Le Turtle

4.5
91 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine

Le Turtle brings modern French flair to your plate and delights all your senses with its bright and beautiful space. Appetizer options are loaded with charcuterie board fare, such as cured meats, cheeses and fresh baked breads with artisanal butters. Popular entrée items include the Maine lobster topped with bottarga butter and nasturtium, the umami-laden mushroom plate with celeriac puree, and the whole sasso chicken with brussels sprouts. It wouldn't be a night out at a French restaurant without trying the desserts. Do not miss the hazelnut financier cake with chocolate feuilltane & frozen lemon yogurt and the decadent chocolate sorbet.



Make sure you drink in the atmosphere, and add to your continental experience, with a glass of wine to accompany your meal.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Modern European
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Saturday - Sunday 11am-3pm
Dinner: Daily 6pm-11pm
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Phone number
(646) 918-7189
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Victor Amarilla
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
J Bowery 157 m
F 2 Ave. 327 m
B D Grand St. 340 m
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.7

Le Turtle is a Lower East Side restaurant that we almost thought was a joke. Turns out the joke’s on us.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
Reviews from verified diners
91 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
69%
Very Good
19%
Good
5%
Fair
4%
Poor
3%
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Had high expectations based on the menu and reviews, but was disappointed in the food and service, in relation to the price. In this range there are many better alternatives.
Flavour and products were a bit of a mismatch. What was presented as little gem was in fact lollo rosso (different taste effect) and when we politely inquired, the chef still insisted it was little gem. The alternative, fresh cheese with beets, was rather bland and disappointing. Still, the beef carpaccio was tasteful, as well as the pasta with crab.

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2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

This must be the most underwhelming and bland food I've tried in a while. Do yourself a favor and cook some French meals yourself - your taste buds will thank you and you'll save money. Or better yet, go to any other French restaurant in the city (except for Benoit). No wonder we were literally the only two people dining there.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Amazing food

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The food and service were amazing.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Waitress was excellent. Seats in the front were very uncomfortable and the chicken was way overpriced.

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2.0Dined on June 22, 2018

The night began with our waiting more than 20 minutes for our $20 drinks. One in our party waited longer. Another asked for a twist in her Martini and waited even longer. We were constantly being uphold by our waiter who asked 3 times if we wanted to order another appetizer. The chicken dish will unique was overpriced $69 -( I mean really?) and the breast was dry as a bone. I don't know what the hype is about this restaurant. It was so overpriced especially for what they served that I will never recommend it. I never do negative reviews and this is actually my first.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I found this place to be great because the waiter was very informative of the food

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We have been to Le Turtle a few times. Always an excellent choice. The food is fresh and inventive, sometimes surprising, and always delicious. The service is relaxed and knowledgeable. Nice bright room as well if you sit in the window. Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Beef and uni carpaccio and sasso chicken are the stars.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The food was exquisite, the menu listings don’t do it justice. The environment was way different than I expected after just reading reviews but that’s not to say it’s bad, just loud. Food was absolutely incredible though. We got two salads that were really artwork, the carbonara was actually just okay, and the rice pudding was phenomenal.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Okay so I wasn’t so sure about the hype on roasted Sasso chicken, but seriously, I now understand why they are serving so many. Loved the presentation and the taste. Service also was excellent, attentive but not overly.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Amazing food and service. Definitely makes my list of favorite and go-to restaurants in NY.

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2.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Meager portions. Nothing was memorably tasty. And extremely overpriced given these two factors. Do not recommend.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Only small plates for vegetarians. Atmosphere is meant for more ~upscale folks, not necessary a nice spot for younger millennials, even though the website may suggest it is. Servers were kind until we decided not to order the $145 duck and $70 bottle of wine, then our service decreased tremendously. The food was mediocre.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Perfect place for a special birthday, a fancy date, or to treat yourself with a friend. Everything is perfect.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was confused. The flavours were unbalanced and poorly matched. The explanations of the dishes were not accurate, which led to us ordering items we would not have eaten either alone, or together, had we had different information.
I have never written a review on yelp before but after this dining experience that might change. Not impressed 🤔

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Such a remarkable meal at Le Turtle. We loved the staff, and the food was just delicious and gorgeous.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

This restaurant beat every expectation we had coming in. I loved every second. The chicken was to die for and the staff did an amazing job giving a great dining experience

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1.0Dined on April 23, 2018

I have been wanting to come for awhile as it is a "trendy" restaurant. However, the scallops were not very tasty and were cold. I was not very hungry plus not into the seasoning and with that said, I did not bring this to my servers attention. To add, my friend had the tagliatelle carbonara and she was not satisfied with her dish as well.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Worth going to ones. But the portions are tiny and the price tags are high. Service is slow I felt like I was always thirsty the waiter never came around to fill up my water glass

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great meal. Spot on cocktails. Solid wine list. Went solo and got a seat at the bar. Make a res. Will return.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Whenever you can order something that arrives at the table on fire - you're in a good spot.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We loved it! Waitress was amazing. Food as well! A+

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great atmosphere- food inventive and simple at the same time.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Fine. Menu is a
Bit quirky( only two main courses but enough for four if previous courses
Ordered. Ravioli particularly good and the chicken as well.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Food is great, a lot of vegetable forward dishes, which seem to be quiet expensive and portion sizes are far more European than American! (Which I prefer) Amazing flavours. Service was fabulous, our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. Would like to go back to try out some more dishes when I have more time as we were rushed this time.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had a great time. The place is beautiful, the food was great, and the service was on point. Overall a great option, I would definitely recommend it.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Superb food and wine. I'm vegetarian, and the choice, imagination and quality was excellent.
Very sceney - loud, but not offensively so when the very shouty group of US college girls next to us left!
Sarah, our waitress, was really knowledgeable and took great care of us.
Fabulous place.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Downtown place. Hipster vibe.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Charming and not too loud. Lot of flavor options on menu. Nice drinks. Nice food. Risotto, foie gras, venison, broccolini and oysters were all highlights.

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1.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We had a reservation at 8:30pm. We had our table at 9:30pn, 1st appetizer at 10pm and at 10:30pn we had only 3 appetizers over the 5 we ordered.
We were done at midnight.
Terrible service, terrible

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Spectacular staff and explosion of mouth watering flavors!

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Food was good but it was very small potion. Cocktail was more expensive than food. Window sheets was cold.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We loved our experience at Le Turtle. Our waitress (Lauren, I think) was really great. Always there when you needed something but let us have space. Food was inventive and delicious. Great time!!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Fantastic all around.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

I have been to this restaurant many times, I am in the industry myself and the only thing I can say is that this restaurant went from amazing to very bad since the last Chef left. I am not returning to Le turtle anytime soon.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The reservation was for 10pm and we only sat down at 10:35. The hostess didn’t seem to be bothered by our wait and didn’t offer us anything to eat and drink during the long wait.
By the time we sat, the whole group was starving and the experience was definitely worse because of this. Thankfully they offered us each a complimentary glass of sparking wine when we sat, but it would have been much better if they had done it while we waited to keep our minds distracted and less grumpy.
Apart from their lack of organization, the food was delicious and the ambiance very pleasant. We especially loved the lighting design...and the roast chicken!

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2.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Got 5 tapas; 1 was very good the other were so so.
Server was friendly but miss-represented some of the plates, as did the menu.
For the price point, bread should come with the meal.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Thoughtful food in an artful environment with generous and friendly service.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Amazing spot, great decor, great staff and great food. Highly recommend the chicken!

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