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The Turtle Restaurant

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514 Center Ave, Brownwood, TX 76801-2810
+1 325-646-8200
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Sun 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Brownwood, Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Since Bubba left the food just hasn't been the same! We have continued to go back when invited by friends or family but we won't be going there on our own any longer.

Thank zingjig2015
Mary S, Owner at The Turtle Restaurant, responded to this review

We are very excited to announce that we have hired a new chef, Jim Miller from Dallas, Texas. Chef Miller moved here last week and is in the process of learning our kitchen and revamping the menu and dishes. He has over 30 years of fine dining experience in the Dallas area and South Carolina, Florida and New England. You... More 

Brownwood, Texas
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Food is usually good with a variety of dishes but WAY TOO EXPENSIVE. Even with a dinner for 2 costing well over $100.00 one has to pay for bread. The wine list is extremely expensive also. A group of girls ordered a bottle of Proseco (sp) at lunch and it was in the $70.00 range. I will not go there... More 

Thank Ann W
Mary S, Owner at The Turtle Restaurant, responded to this review

We have something on our wine list for nearly every budget. I would like to see your receipt because there are NO bottles of prosecco on our wine list for $70. The lowest priced bottle is $20. and the highest priced bottle is $63. If you were charged $70.00 for any bottle of any sparkling wine here you were over... More 

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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Great service and a lovely meal, will go again the next time we drive through. Great selection of outstanding wines.

Thank Vicki V
Mary S, Owner at The Turtle Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the complement. We look forward to serving you every time you travel through Brownwood. More 

Houston, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I dined here this evening. We were the first customers of the evening. We ordered drinks and appetizers. The appetizers came right away, but the drinks did not. We also ordered dinner. Other folks arrived and placed orders and when their drinks arrived quickly, we realized that our order wasn't coming. We flagged down our waiter, who... More 

Thank Lynne M
Mary S, Owner at The Turtle Restaurant, responded to this review

I am very sorry my waitstaff let you down. I am showing your review to them during the shift meeting and I will address this issues. Thank you for alerting me to your experience. More 

Boyd, Texas
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209 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

My wife had the Turtle Burger with Swiss cheese, Bibb lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise on our challah roll, which was very good, I had the Lobster roll, served on a round bun that was as dry as West Texas in July and as HARD, very little dressing, the lobster was over cooked, it was like eating rubber, and finally my wife... More 

Thank B52Gunner
Mary S, Owner at The Turtle Restaurant, responded to this review

I am so sorry you did not enjoy your sandwich and wish you had sent it back for something else. We would have been happy to replace it. I understand our chef did talk to your wife about the recipe and you did not mention your displeasure at that time when we could have replaced it with something else. There... More 

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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

The Turtle is surprisingly upscale and fresh for a restaurant in Brownwood and you can definitely taste the extra care that is put into the dishes. I always ask for Morgan to be my server, he is great to consult about wine pairings and is the best waiter in the restaurant. Also don't miss the gelato, I've tried several different... More 

Thank lemon92
Mary S, Owner at The Turtle Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Morgan has been with us less than a year but we are proud of his growth in his position. It is a pleasure to have him working here. More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

A nice upgrade to other restaurants in town, while remaining friendly and comfortable for all tastes. Service was excellent, the food was delicious. I had the pecan crusted chicken and it was wonderful. Also has a separate Gelato bar, which we sampled and thought that was very good too.

Thank Pat H
Mary S, Owner at The Turtle Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing us on Trip Adviser. I personally use it when I travel to make dining decisions. Pecan crusted chicken is one of our signature dishes. We are proud to use San Saba pecans in this dish as this is the heart of the pecan growers in Texas. More 

Sarasota, FL
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63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Have gone to this restaurant for years, when we are in the area. A surprisingly sophisticated menu, and an excellent wine list (who expected Aglianico in Brownwood?) They have a consistent product -- and excellent gelato. Would rate this #1 in Brownwood for "non-comfort food" cuisine.

Thank definiteopinions
Mary S, Manager at The Turtle Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for being a returning customer. As you point out we do not have a "usual" wine menu of cab, chard and zinn. We like to explore the great values and the fantastic pairings with our food afforded by some lesser known grapes (and there are so many we can't drink them all). When you return, try our new... More 

Austin, Texas
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

I cant review this place enough. We were completely blown away. Had the filet and the rabbit. You can cut the filet with a butter knife..and im not exagerating. Best filet I have EVER had. The rabbit..omg. Every morsel was a surprise of flavor and juiciness. We ended with the homeade Gelato. Again, completely blown away. The service was impeccable,... More 

Thank Heather N
Mary S, Owner at The Turtle Restaurant, responded to this review

Coming from such an experience traveler and reviewer this really means a lot to us. I am showing this to the staff because THEY deserve the props! We look forward to future visits. More 

Lake Brownwood, TX
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

Quiet, upscale, with a down home feel, and the food is EXCELLENT. The Turtle is a great place to experience what chef prepared food is like. It's a bright spot to take visitors, a place you can be proud of in Brownwood. Friendly servce, excellent food with a peaceful atmosphere, I highly recommend The Turtle!

Thank ScootOverBaby
Mary S, Owner at The Turtle Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you! We've really worked hard over the past 12 years to get to this point. It hasn't always been easy and we haven't always lived up to our standards but like our namesake, the turtle, we pick our shell up and move forward a little bit each day. Customers like you make all the tears, joy and effort worth... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$41
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 Center Ave, Brownwood, TX 76801-2810
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Brownwood
  • Phone Number: +1 325-646-8200
Your destination for food prepared from locally available seasonal ingredients. Slow Food is also simply about taking the time to slow down and to enjoy life with family and friends.

We at The Turtle try to provide a place to relax and enjoy the conversation of your family and friends while celebrating the diversity of the earth's bounty. So, no TV!

We feel that the enjoyment of good food and conversation is essential for happiness. We are dedicated to the revival of the kitchen and the table as centers of pleasure, culture, and community. We advocate the return to conversation centered leisurely meals. We think a firm defense of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life.

Our menu changes with the seasons in order to provide you with the freshest possible produce and a variety of taste experiences. We are making every effort to support local growers and encourage our customers to direct us to new sources.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?