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“Lackluster at best.”
Review of Billy's Tarpon Turtle - CLOSED

Billy's Tarpon Turtle
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Scenic view, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Lackluster at best.”
Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

I've eaten here a few times. Great location at the north end of Lake Tarpon with spectacular lake views however the service leaves a lot to be desired. Their menu online does not correspond with the menu at the restaurant. The online menu states they have fried mushrooms which my girlfriend and I were really wanting for lunch. The menu now is a fried sampler. I guess it is too hard to just make fried mushrooms and since we didn't want the other items we passed on the appetizer. The meal itself was good. Coffee was terrible and I left the cup untouched. With a little more attention to service this place had great potential.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Greg B
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English first
Orillia, Canada
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Late review, but better late then never...”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

This is a late review, but thought I would share it anyway. Our server was very friendly, no complaints about the food although my husband broke at tooth! Fabulous location if you like waterfront dining but the restaurant could use some TLC as it seemed a little run down.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank K B
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Spring Valley
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54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Awful”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Our family went there due to its lakefront location. Greeted by hostess and sat down. Table wasnt where we requested so we were re-sat closer to water. Drinks were ordered but very late in arriving. On top of that, my mother in laws drink came in a glass that was cracked and spilled on her. We were then relocated to another table. No apology. Nothing offered by mgmt. Waiter knew nothing of the specials, so we all ordered from the menu. Salads were actually fresh and tasty. However, none of our entress came out good. One was not hot, one was bland, and another took twenty extra minutes. We would have commented on it, but the water never really came around again. We had to flag hm down for coffee, which came out cold. All of the above took place with terrible live music from a very ameteur crooner who was loud and terrible. We could not wait to leave and will not be returning.

  • Visited July 2013
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3 Thank Mr W
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Clearwater, Florida
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful location...wonderful food....great bar”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Went for lunch. We were seated immediately by friendly staff. Our waitress recommended the Sangria, and although we usually don't drink at lunch, we ordered it. It was very large and refreshing. This restaurant has an outdoor patio which is where we ate. It was shady and very clean. Again on our waitress recommendation we had a special of four skewers, one chicken, one fish, one beef and one scallop served over yellow rice. It was so fresh and tasty. I cannot wait to go back to this restaurant.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank GladtoGoRose
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Views - Great Live Music”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

We just had dinner here with four of our friends and decided to hang around with the singer "Tony" for some singing and dancing and had a lovely evening. Food was good too.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank BalgowlahHts
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