The Frog and Turtle

4.7
1115 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food

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About

What is a gastro pub?” Gastronomy is the study of preparing and consuming food. A pub is a neighborhood spot for affordable food and good times. When you combine the two you get a neighborhood spot with a focus on food prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Barbecue
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am -1:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(207) 591-4185
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
James Tranchemontagne
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Private party contact
James or Sasha: (207) 591-4185
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main St.
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Parking details
Park at CVS in municipal lot and walk over or try smaller lot behind us
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Entertainment
Wednesdays: Live music from 7:30 to 10:00pm Thursday: Tony Boffa Trio 7 to 9:30pm Friday: Friday Night Music Show 9 to 11 lot of great local acts.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, delicious food made with fresh ingredients! Large portions and great drinks!

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c
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, service & friends:). Will definitely be going back!

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bryce our waiter was outstanding!
The steak was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the live music playing

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d
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been here several times now on Wednesday nights and have always enjoyed the service, food and live music. This evening the music was exceptionally loud to the point where a table of 4 could hardly hear each other talk. Service (or the kitchen) was slow even thought there were empty tables. Our server seemed to be more interested in clearing empty tables than attending to the customers. The food was very good all around once we got it. I'll be back again, hopefully this was just an "off" night.

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AM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can't go wrong there: the food and drinks are always top-notch. Highly recommend

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GB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Both hubby and I have worked in the restaurant business. We travel all over and love foodie towns. This food is delicious. We will be back. Salad portion was a little small (salmon), but over an hour to get it, I wasn't quite as hungry . Not complaining TOO much, bc the margaritas were the BEST I have found since moving up here from Greenville SC. The mushroom app was the best I've ever had, too. The big disappointment was an hour from ticket order til food on table. It was a Saturday night 7pm... I WILL recommend to guests of our B&B, The Perkins House, Cornish ME.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The menu and the food did not disappoint. With a variety of options and combinations there’s something for everyone to choose. One guest in our party of eight ordered blindly and asked for the chef to create one of his best dishes. We were all surprised but the gentleman who ordered even more so. The meal was fantastic all around. Our server was busy and may have been able to circle around more for water or drinks but overall was pleasant and generally attentive. This place is great for relaxing and purposely spending time chatting with your fellow diners. Do not go here in a rush because the food is meant to savored as well as enjoying the time you take with those dining with you. Chef James does not disappoint! We will be back.

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SO
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for the live music. The setting was great. Good vibe, friendly folks. Fun music by Juke Joint Devils, Nitro beer and Cajun fish tacos. What could be better?

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DD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely breakfast menu with plenty of options! Our waitstaff was friendly, attentive and efficient—great combination. I appreciate being able to make a reservation for a small group. Many restaurants won’t do that! Be sure to order the donuts!!

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were not impressed. They were out of all Crepes (how can you’ve out-it’s batter). The flat bread pizza was thick and doughy with copious amounts of sauce and thick chunks of meat. Very heavy/hearty.

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MT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time visit and was pleasantly surprised by the Great food and local feel.

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MD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing. Everything is made to order and the staff are great. Overall my wife and I love it.

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L
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great for burgers and beer. Also usually some very good entrees fro dinner.

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s
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Seems as though they were a little short staffed, our waitress had to be hailed to take our order after waiting 20 minutes. Worth the wait, though- the donuts were crisp and flavorful and each of us had an excellent breakfast meal. Highly recommend even when service is slower than usual!

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T
New England
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frog and Turtle is awesome! The eggs benny are out of this world.

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SD
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best restaurant in the Portland area. Chef James is a true master and the staff are simply amazing; whether a first time visit or a regular, you feel at home.

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Unfortunately to no fault of the restaurant we were adjacent to three tables of drinking women alternating between shrieking and cackling at the tops of their lungs. We couldn't hear the waitress or each other. Of course that's to be expected near the bar or bandstand but we were in the corner of the dining room. More a suggestion to patrons, don't be louder than necessary and ask the loudest in your party to maybe tone it down a bit.
The food was excellent but the overall experience was negative so we probably won't go back. Unfortunate because otherwise we like the place.

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PL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic visit, as always. Gigantic portions, ridiculously friendly and attentive service - they continue to impress, year after year.

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LL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Juke Joint Devil Band was awesome, as was Jamie the bartender and patrons in general.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to hear live music every Wednesday and Friday! The food is outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was amazing...food satisfying..

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PG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad experience at the Frog and Turtle. Great music, great food and atmosphere and awesome waitstaff! Plus an owner who cares very much about his patrons and about the community at large. Love the Frog and Turtle!!

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c
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Frog & Turtle once again has impressed my taste buds! And the chef even prepared a ceviche that I requested (I had seen from another customer’s posting.)

The skins w/pulled pork was incredible as well as the lobster dinner, desserts are killer!

Looking forward to the next time:)

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SS
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our second time to the Frog and the Turtle and we were as equally pleased this time as last. The service(Lucia) was wonderful and attentive, the food was made to order and the overall experience was worth the drive and the price. The Frog and Turtle is a gem in Westbrook and I would recommend to others. If you like sheperd's pie--get the sheperds pie crepe--it s outstanding. The special pork loin chop was very well prepared and drinks and the salad( dark greens) was excellent and we shared it. Overall a wonderful evening.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience- food, service and atmosphere. Gourmet food served unpretentiously.

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was seriously amazing! The food was fresh, delicious, and unique. The drinks were awesome. My husband had Alagash and I had three mock tails which were all different and delicious! I had he jerk seasoned salmon (which was fabulous and delicious) and my husband had the kitchen burger (which was not only entertaining but also yummy and worth the wait)! It is a little on the pricey side but I’d say for a special occasion or a date night it is well worth it! We did not stay for the live music so our dinner was peaceful and quiet so we could have conversation the entire time. Our waitress was kind and helpful and made our dining experience that much better. We both highly recommend this place to anyone!

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d
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice evening listening to live music and eating good food. The wings are flavorful, the calamari was excellent. Burgers were also great. The flatbreads were good but they were more like traditional crust pizza vs the thin crispy crust I would expect from "flatbreads". We'll be back!!

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c
New England
38 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day. We were seven adults and an infant. I had the special steak and eggs Benedict, it was delicious. I asked them to spice it up and it was exactly what I was looking for. I had an espresso martini which was very good. No one in our party went away hungry! The service was also very good.

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s
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Service and food was great, unfortunately the music was too loud and I'm a professional musician.

Thanks.

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MP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Honestly, a fantastic place. I have been there twice now, once for my anniversary and another just for a date night. The most recent time the Old Souls were playing for the Friday night dinner and it was absolutely spectacular. Great music, food, atmosphere. Although a little on the expensive side, it was well worth it!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Another amazing meal. We love it here. The mussels are so amazing. It’s one of our favorite date spots.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve had in a while! So delicious and fresh; will definitely go again.

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VS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was fantastic, Home made donuts delicious. Food was great, were able to take our time and catch up. Will go again. It was nice to be able to make a reservation

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DK
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I thought the food and service was great , although my partner had eggs and he did not feel they were cooked enough for him, he did not tell the waitress so not your fault. We did do 3 donuts, yummy!

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NW
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is nice, options for every taste. The specialty drinks are out of this world...wonderfully crafted with fresh ingredients. The staff are friendly and the service was fast.

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n
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

8 of us Had a great time for our friends retirement gathering. Food was delicious, atmosphere was fun, one of us said the music was kinda loud during dinner, one of us (me) was very pleased to realize it was Don Campbell singing!:). It is loud regardless of music to hear in a big group setting, but then that might be just me??
Was very pleased for the surprise special dessert for the retiree, nice touch!
Thanks!!

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RO
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. My wife loves the "John Candy" doughnut as an appetizer. Excellent service, good value.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mother’s Day Brunch

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is excellent.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to meet with friends and hear the band, but was very impressed by the menu and the excellent service. I have described the menu to friends as "foodie comfort food" - interesting takes on old favorites (Shepherd's Pie Crepes, anyone?) and everything made fresh to order. Wait staff offered helpful hints for ordering and made sure that we knew the entrees would take at least 30 minutes due to the fact that they were all freshly prepared. Reservations are highly recommended, especially on live music nights.

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