Melrose >Food & Dining > Turner's Seafood Grill & Market
506 Main St, Melrose, MA | Directions 0217642.455419 -71.065264
CLOSED MONDAYS, : Tuesday - Saturday 11:30-3:00, : Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 - 9:00, Friday - Saturday 4:30 - 10:00, Sunday 5:00 - 9:00 (a/f daylight savings Winter Hours on Sunday 4:00 - 8:00
Is there a new cook? – My wife and I have been going to Turner's for over 7 years. We've always had a great meal there and it was once one of our favorite spots. I was stunned by just how awful the cooking had become on our last visit. After a 45 minute wait we were eager to have some of our favorites. I ordered the shrimp scampi and my wife ordered the mussels dijonnaise and Tuna Sushimi appetizers. The linguini for the scampi was cut into small pieces and wasmushy. Tasted like something that came out of a can. The dijonnaise had a bitter aftertase and the tune came in really small bite-size portions that were not trimmed well. Other people I talked to said they also had a bad experience there recently. I hope Turner's reads these reviews and takes a look.
Don't know how to cook a lobster and vastly overpriced – Terribly over rated. Went twice and was surprised that these guys dont know how to cook a lobster.
Boiled/steamed lobster was OVERCOOKED. Other dishes disappoining. Poor value and vastly
overpriced. Sorry but there are many other really good seafood restaurants in Boston and this is not
one of them.
Good, fresh seafood – Seafood was very fresh. Dishes were tasty. Service was good considering the restaurant was constantly busy. May be a little noisy at times.
Favorite Seafood Restaurant – I allways enjoy my meal here, the local color adds a lot, and now they have additional seating. Use their "call ahead seating" if you do not want a long wait on weekends.
Expected More – This is my second time here. I recently went this weekend ( a party of 6 )and the fried seafood has a bland flavor.The lobster pie..too oily and/or buttery - took away from the lobster meat. The haddock my friend had said it was too dry.The fresh tuna was the best. The waitress we had didn't crack a smile the entire night.
Turner's is our spot – Westin uses Turner's Fisheries to honor the name of their fish provider. This is named for that same man by his family. The chef blends flavors and textures for the specials which never fail to delight. The regular menu has something for evry palate. The tin ceiling, ceiling fans, oyster bar and wooden floors make it homey. Locals call from home before walking to this restaurant/fish market to get on the wait list. Sometimes it is better to call here for take-out when lines are long ... but then you'd miss your neighbor, selectman or teacher also waiting.
Where's the beef? – If you're looking for beef, don't come here (or the Hilltop)! But if you like fish, Turner's is a wonderful alternative to Legal Seafood. The place is cozy and has a nice New England atmosphere. The service is friendly, but a bit slow. The food is tasty, whether you like tuna sashimi and oysters or the classic bake stuffed haddock. The portions have gotten a little smaller over the years so the value is dropped a bit. See what happens when a "dry" town allows beer and wine in restaurants - you get nice places like Turner's! Wish it happened decades ago.
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