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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As Momma always said "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all..." -- but then Momma wasn't paying $$$ for a dinner out on the holidays with the kids when everyone is home from school and we are "downy o-shun" at the...condo... Green Turtle on Coastal Highway has been kind of our family's "go-to" for many years when the teenagers are at the condo in OCMD. Wife and I might prefer something fancier, but GT has always had the right mix of beer, sports and teen friendly menu, so everyone agrees. But I think maybe we need to find another choice based on most recent experience. Server was nice enough, but just "not really paying attention" or just not actively listening or whatever. Drinks. Got there on a Friday with about 4:30 knowing happy hour went to 6 -- asked what drink specials were, to which she replied "oh, there is no happy hour today..." After checking at bar, she replied with "Ok, there is a happy hour, but I don't know what the deals are..." Ok, we'll look it up on our phone. Rail drinks = $3.50, cool we'll run with that. Vodka and diet coke. "Do you want a lemon?" -- Yes. "Cool, I'll give you a lime..." Strange, but maybe she was being clever??? Vodka and unsweeted tea for wife. Got a sweet tea, no vodka. Teen (who seriously looks young, as in like middle school young) ordered a water. Waitress says "like do you mean tonic water with your vodka?" Kid is looking at me, Dad, like "what the Hell do I do here?..." Food. Of 5 people, 3 ordered salads. The "vodka and tonic kid" asks for no tomatoes. The other salads come with cherry tomatoes (or so the menu says). Perhaps not marking it down on the order slip, or the waitress can't remember who ordered what, or maybe the chef can't decipher slip, ALL salads come out with no tomatoes. Whatever, we tomato lovers will live. Vodka and tonic kid's salad did have "Pecans" in the title, so that's a bonus -- except there wasn't a tree nut to be seen within 50 miles of his salad, along with his requested no tomatoes... Daughter orders wing bites with side of fries. No fries. Gotta' get waitress's attention (she rarely comes back to table) to get fries delivered. She's nice enough about it, but we are getting a little grumpy now... Bill. This is the best part. We have gift certificate from past year. GT runs a promotion where you "Buy $100 Get $25" -- had it for a few years and we always buy them as the kids like the place. In fact, we were just there in November 2022 and used GC in the tee shirt shop and at the bar. Throw down the GC and waitress comes back and says, and I quote: "We don't take the gift certificate. We're not corporate anymore." That's it. Now its my turn -- as apparently I'm supposed to know what this means -- but I don't -- all I know is that I bought a $100 gift certificate at this same GT location and used it 3 weeks prior and now I've got someone just saying "we're not corporate..." Sigh. Again, she seems nice enough, and this one I suppose is not her baggage, so my exasperated wife says "we just used it here last month, and in fact I called before we came up to see if we could use it in the tee shirt shop as well..." (which is true -- again, kids like the place, why not but them a Turtle Tee for Xmas). Waitress goes to see manager to consult. Returns to table and says, and I quote: "Manager wants to know what phone number you called..." WTF??? I suppose we could have scrolled thru our iPhone and try to figure out what area code 410 or 443 or whatever number attaches to the Green Turtle at 11601 Coastal Highway, but at this point I think we just want the game to end, pay the check, and move on with our lives. After leaving, my wife said "huh, I didn't think of it at the time, but why didn't we say "the phone number of THIS restaurant" when asked what number we called. At least we had a chuckle as we we're reminiscing that it reminded us of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer does "Movie Phone" from his apartment ("why don't you just tell us the phone number of the Green Turtle you wish to see...") GT folk who run this place -- I hope you read this review. I hope you guys care. This isn't a good look. You lost folks who kind of really enjoyed your place. "You aren't corporate" anymore. I think I figured it out what that means (played around on web and see your located isn't mentioned on Green Turtle website). But ironically enough, I never went to any other locations -- just 11601. You are/were the GT to us. And I bought gift certificates there every year. Until they don't work -- or you can't guess the correct phone number... But we'll always have the tee shirt. Later...More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2022 via mobile

I have visited the Original Greene Turtle many times over the years and unfortunately the food and atmosphere seems to be declining. The Crab Dip was delicious as always, but the Maryland Crab Soup was disappointing.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 8, 2022

The place was filthy doesn't even deserve to have even one star. It was lousy food, disgusting bathrooms. And what really was a clincher, the floors probably haven't been cleaned in 10 years. Anywhere in Maryland. The owner of that restaurant and manager should feel...so embarrassed and ashamed of allowing people to come into such filth.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 11, 2022 via mobile

We have been coming here for a long time. There have been a lot of ups and downs, especially through Covid. Overall, though, this is a great local bar with dedicated servers. The food, historically has been great. Awesome burgers, sandwiches and wings. Denny, Ryan,...Adam, Janet and Jean are a wonderful, hardworking team.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 28, 2022 via mobile

It has been a few years since we ate at the turtle. Serve was good, crab dip was tasty. Blacken chicken wrap was alright. The pretzel with honey mustard was very good. Overall a nice place to get a drink and meal

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 11, 2022 via mobile

Terrible experience as quality and quantity are down. Burnt steak on sub and cold onion rings. Won’t return next time here.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed February 4, 2022 via mobile

Small parking lot. I ordered a draft beer and the beer and glass had an odd odor, maybe from cleaner used in the beer lines or glass cleaner. I’m a member of their turtle rewards program and had a free appetizer, which I showed to...my server up front along with my military ID because they give a military discount. I got the blackened tuna appetizer, which was unimpressive. It was barely “blackened” and the junk iceberg lettuce on the plate only cheapened the dish. Meal was chicken imperial, which the menu listed as “two chicken breasts.”. It was one tiny dry chicken breast topped with a very thin layer of crab dip and provolone. Mashed potatoes were out of a box and dry. I asked for gravy-none available. Veggies tasted like frozen which were microwaved. Avoid this junk meal that is way overpriced at $23. When bringing my check, server said he could not honor the free entree because this original location is “not part of the franchise.” He quickly walked away. I also discovered he did not apply the military discount and I could not find him to address it so I left in disgust. Never again at this location.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed November 2, 2021

Good food and service. Had a cheese steak sub and it was very good. We will make a return visit soon.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 25, 2021

We dropped in because of the name and it was open on Mondays. First of all it's a bar, nothing fancy . The decor was bar like. The service was very good and the National Bohemian draft beer was cheap. The food was surprisingly good.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed July 28, 2021 via mobile

We stopped in here with a rather large party and the game room was empty so we went up there. Location is handicapped accessible, both indoor and outdoor seating with a full par. I really enjoyed the crab dip with pretzels!! It was so good!!...I then I enjoyed the Chesapeake burger!! The food was filling and tasty. The wait seemed a little excessive for downstairs seating but the upstairs was fine for us. The food was ordered at the bar and paid for then someone brought it up and yelled out your name. Food was good, game room was fun and wait staff did just fine.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 23, 2021

Our party of 5 waited about 10 minutes, sat down at 830 on a Wednesday night 6/23, ordered up some drinks and food. Food took a long time (about 1/2 hour) and then they forgot my daughter’s grilled cheese, and then the waitress forgot it...again after we told her it was forgotten by the food runner. We were pretty much done eating by the time she finally got her food - and they still charged us for it *RME* we won’t be visiting Green Turtle on any future OC visits. Three stars only because the food was yummy and the creamsicle drink was tasty.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed April 27, 2021

i haven't ate at this Greene Turtle in a lifetime, I wasn't origionly a fan of it. After eating at another location semi recently, i thought i'd give it another try. The menu at this Original location isn't as large as the other location, but...i did have a good burger that i'd come back for another one. Staff though is kinda off? We arrived while 4 employees were socializing near the walk in door, and it was kinda like what do we do??? 1 of them finally seated us, and then it was 10 minutes before anyone came over to get a drink order. We were about to leave, when a server finally came over, and she did apologize. Maybe she was busy, it was off season, and places were a lil more crowded than anyone expected. the drinks were a lil weak. they werent overpriced, but a lil light on the pour id probably just stick to beer next visit, but the food was enough to bring us back on my next visitMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 16, 2021 via mobile

Went for lunch. The service was great, the beer cold and the menu pretty extensive. They had half price tacos for the Tuesday special. I got fish tacos and they were average- lacked any appreciable sauce and small portions. A bit pricey for the drafts...and what you get as small pub food.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed September 12, 2020

lunch was good but the greene turtle can be over priced on their food. Food was good though. Sometimes they give small portions though.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 7, 2020 via mobile

Went first night we arrived. Restaurant dirty with no attempts at clean-up. Burger terrible. Would have been much better just going to McDonald’s and saved money as well. Don’t waste your time or money.

Date of visit: September 2020
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We have outside seating that is absolutely dog friendly!!
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Absolutely! We even have an upstairs gameroom. After 10 at night once the DJ or bands start however we no longer allow anyone in who is under 21.
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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
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