Boston >Food & Dining > Turner Fisheries Bar
10 Huntington Ave (Copley Westin), Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.348800 -71.077300
Neighborhoods: Prudential / St. Botolph, Back Bay
"Bait and Switch" menu – Turners restaurant is a scam. they advertise $30 lobster dinners on wednesday nights. when my group arrived at 8:00 PM, we were told that they ran out of those lobsters at 7:15 Am (the manager Trish told us this). when asked what the restaurant could do for us (like split a 3 lb lobster for 2 people and charge us the same $30, manager Trish abruptly refused. this is a clear example of Bait and Switch and I will inform the concierges of the westin and marriott copley hotels who recommended turners to us. we won't return. JB
Turner Fisheries Review – I was lucky enough to be one of the first 100 people who got to try out the free lunch promo last Friday (3/2) and it was FANTASTIC. First of all, I took my friend and didn't really know what to expect of the menu. When we got there, we asked what exactly on the menu was free, to which our waiter responded with "everything." Stoked! We were encouraged to try as many items on the menu as possible so that we could rate and review the restaurant as a whole on our comment cards before we left. We literally ended up with a 12 course meal. To give an overview, we ordered nearly half of all the appetizers (the dip was not only both of our favorites, but the BEST dip we had ever had in our lives. we also had the oyster plate, gigantic cocktail shrimp, and crab cakes - all delicious), the lobster & cobb salad and the scrod plate for our entrees, and each of the 4 desserts on the menu (rhubarb pie, mini chocolate molten lava cake, creme brulee, and a mango sorbet-ish cake with caramelized pineapples). Happy/full tummies to say the least! The service was also top-notch, with the friendliest waiters I've seen. Location is perfect, too, as it's right in Copley and on a warm spring day the window seats provide and excellent view with a nice breeze. No complaints!
In short, I will be coming back here if only for the dip but I'm also excited to try out some new dishes. Their promo certainly turned me into a longtime fan. Also, though this was a free lunch I looked over all the prices on the lunchtime menu and they were very reasonable. Only $19 for the prix-fixe and you can also make your own paninis for like $20 or something. I'd image dinner obviously getting a bit pricier, but totally worth it for the excellent food you're getting.
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Not your typical seafood place – This resturant was eclectic and trendy. Its great for those looking for seafood with a different flare. I had a delicious seafood risoto, and the clam chowder was great. The restaurant was empty, but business picks up on the weekends. I would recommend, but beware, the prices are a bit on the higher side.
If you re looking for a cool, hip, eclectic, or romantic city restaurant this is not it – This is a restaurant attached to a hotel, if you are Boston native under 35 years of age and enjoy hip cutting edge places this place is not it. It is about the calibur of Legal SeaFoods and slightly more expensive. So if you are looking for a lunch with your parents or a nice meal after shopping at the Copley then this place is ok, but if you are looking for a nice night out, seek something else.
Great lunch, our favorite chowder – My wife and i brought our kids (junior high and high school) in for a late lunch. This was a decision based primarily on convenience as we were staying at the Westin in which it is located. It was a great choice. Very elegant and comfortable dinning room with friendly waiters that knew what they were doing. My wife and I love chowder and made it our mission that week to try all the good chowder in Boston. This was the best we found. There was a hint of something unusual but very delicious not present in others (perhaps sherry or an herb). In any event, it was creamy, full of clams, and delicious. Our order included lobster rolls which were niclely toasted with garlic butter. The lobster salad was also a bit different with some unusual seasoning that added interest without being overwhelming and the lobster was very tender. Herb roasted chicken was crisp, and arrived hot, moist and tender, which pleased our very picky eater. The restaruant itself is also quite beautiful.
Next year we will come for dinner.
Vastly overpriced for ordinary meals – I was disappointed in what was supposed to be one of Boston's better seafood restaurants. Great location and a nice room but the seafood was vastly overpriced and the lobster was overcooked. went back and had same experience with the lobster. At $85 for a 2 1/2 lb boiled lobster I expected it to be properly cooked.
Other dishes were also rather ordinary and at $30 aveage were not worth it. Boston is still a great seafood town but go to Legal Seafood or even that old standby Pier IV.
One of my best dining experience – I actually went to Turner during Restaurant Week. I have to say this place did not disappoint me at all. Everything from food to services to atomsphere was good. For appetizer I had a salad and my friend had a "Trio of Raw". My advice is that DONT GET SALADS in this place because it's not one of their best dishes but you know it's Restaurant Week so I did not get much of an option. The "Trio of Raw" was tuna, beef, and grouper ceviche, and they are obviously raw, duh. Suprisingly, they did not gross me out because the tuna was super fresh and it didn't taste funny. For entrees we had seafood: grilled scallops and halibut. Seafood is excellent. Very, very fresh. The design of the dishes were good for the eye too. Desserts. We ordered another dessert after our first ones, so yeah, it was that good. The common ground I find for most of the dishes is that they have a bit of citrus zest in them. For instance, my appetizer had orange in it. I think it's a great complimentary with the seafood.
Another important thing to take note of this restaurant is that the interior designing is very nice. I recommend taking the stairs down as you enter because you'll see this beautiful, large, and blue chandelier. It's a great place to dine if you care about the look and mood of a restaurant, and if you're a seafood lover!
A place to come back to time and again – Turner Fisheries remains an excellent and reliable restaurant, one of the best fish restaurants in the country. Service is excellent, and especially noteworthy is the bar service, not to mention the bar service at Bar 10 in the Westin lobby, owned and operated by the same group. Turner Fisheris has the best chowder I've ever had, and Legal Seafoods could definitely learn a lot from this wonderful place. Portions atre generous, and the desserts are also a highlight.
average – I've been meaning to write a review about this place for a while. I think overall our experience was pretty good, but some entrees weren't as good as we expected them to be. I will tell you one thing, though - the jumbo shrimp cocktails were no noke! They really were SUPER-jumbo. The shrimps and other appetizers were pretty good. The salads we tried, however, were unfortunately terrible. There was so much salt that we couldn't finish even half of them. The salmon I tried as main course was ok..just ok..it wasn't fantastic. But my husband's chicken dish was fabulous, so I guess they have some dishes that are stronger than others, but I don't think it was worth the talk. Nice location, ,though.
Disappointed – Visited Boston recently. Saw this place listed as 9.0. It should be downgraded to a 4. The quality of the food was below average. Bouillabaisse was weak in flavor and had overcooked seafood. My tuna tartare was over spiced to point of burning my tongue. And, the waitress let our raw oysters sit around for 15 minutes on a tray before serving them. Another customer had to open their own wine bottle because the waitress couldn't.
Nice work on the decor but now it's time to redo the food.
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