Turner's Seafood - Melrose

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811 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Turner's operates on a requested seating list (NOT a Traditional reservation system). Your name is on our list for tables estimated to open about the time of your request. Please check in with the host upon arrival and we do our best to seat you within 15 min and when your party is complete.

Four generations of wholesaling New England's finest seafood make Turner the most trusted name in quality seafood. In 1994, Turner's Seafood opened Turner's Seafood - Melrose, our vision of a classic New England seafood house. Complete with its fresh fish market, turn of the century oyster bar, and open kitchen, our Melrose seafood restaurant marries the family mission: "to serve you the freshest, best tasting seafood you have ever eaten" with the promise to remain authentically New England.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
7 days a week

Lunch: Sunday - Saturday 11:30 - 3:30

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 3:30 - 9:00
Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 3:30 - 10:00,
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Phone number
(781) 662-0700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jaime Aguilar
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Parking details
There is street parking and a large public lot behind the restaurant
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room
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JS
New England
1 review
Reviewed on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Great atmosphere, amazing and fresh seafood, and talented staff especially the Friday and Saturday night crews!

CD
New England
1 review
Reviewed on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

EXCELLENT MENU GREAT CHOICES GREAT APPS GREAT DESSERTS

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DM
New England
1 review
Reviewed on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

The best seafood ever with consistent quality and service and wonderful creations. I find Turners to be even better than Maine seafood.

TJ
New England
1 review
Reviewed on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Always a great meal although sometimes there can be quite a wait on weekend nights.

WD
New England
1 review
Reviewed on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

We love this place. The fish is always super fresh, and they have great craft beer on tap for a good price. We love sitting at the bar. We do not order from the dinner menu. It is just ok. Appetizers and raw oysters, soups are the best value for the money.

BB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Our reservation was not on their computer...as of February 1, 2019 they had dropped OpenTable. Luckily they were able to seat our party of 4. Your system needs to be updated.

m
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The oysters are the best! The waitress was begonia. The food is always delicious. The best dessert I have ever had was the chocolate torte. I get it every time and it never disappoints. That alone is worth the trip.

DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister from Malden recommended Turner's, especially its seafood. I was with a party of four from Maine where the seafood is excellent, but Turners would have been competitive with anything from Kittery to Bar Harbor. I had the scallops, my wife the shrimp, i washed it down with an Oyster in Purgatory bloody mary and shared a plate of Belgium Muscles with one of the others. All was great and Turners is definitely on the list when ever I visit the area (wish it was there when I lived at South Cedar Park!)

WR
Naples
62 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish here is very fresh, and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. The quality has been consistent over the decades. We love the Salem location, too.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Food was underwhelming and overpriced. So disappointed.

OT
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience outstanding! Chowder was superb, meals were exceptional, service was professional yet friendly, —all in all a gem of a restaurant!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Seafood was cooked just right; soup was creamy; highly recommended. Wine list was extensive; price reasonable!

D
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In the past I have been critical of the service at Turner's Melrose. During this visit the service was tremendous. What a difference. The food is always worth going there for. But now if the service is good too, well now they have it all.

JM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent experience at Turners!!!

KC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Turner’s offers high qualityfresh seafood in traditional and innovative preparations. Prices are quite reasonable, and the staff is friendly, efficient, and professional.

C
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had an awesome experience at Turner’s. The food was exceptional and the service 5 star. The only draw back was we were sitting at the bar and the guy next to my husband was invading his space. Because his wife took a single seat at bar and he did not have one

RE
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Turners never disappoints. We always enjoy the delicious food and the cozy atmosphere. A gem!

SS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood restaurant that I find beats Summer Shack and Legal Seafoods. Oysters are always delicious and perfectly shucked. Good variety on the menu from sandwiches to entrees and fried seafood platters. Sides are good too. Service is always professional and prompt. Decor is cozy and well thought.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly great time given the poor reviews regarding service
Noisy but food freshness quality and service outshined the noise
Will definitely go back

MM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food very tasty ..... fish is fresh .... nice sized portions.

JA
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, GREAT food and great service! We had friends visiting us from San Fran and they were both VERY pleased with our dinner experience at Turner's!

DD
New England
38 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently good quality. Love the ambiance, especially at Christmas. Warm and cozy. Friendly and welcoming environment. Superb fish!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was wonderful, attentive without being overbearing, bartender at oyster bar acknowledges us right away . Will be back again..

BR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was awesome she made our night! Wish I caught her name but she was great! Food was delicious as always. Can’t wait to go back!

JT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Been here a million times and service and food are usually always exceptional. I know it is a busy time of the year, but service was not up to par at this visit.

MM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone in our group enjoyed their meals. Two of us had one of the specials, which was a crab cake stuffed haddock with lemon caper cream sauce and it was outstanding. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. The dining area was a little crowded and noisy but it did not take away from our wonderful meal. We were very pleased with our experience overall.

AP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service!!! Seafood is the best all year!!!

IC
New England
24 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

There were 4 of us and we had salmon with peas and pasta, bake stuffed shrimp, crab cake, and fish & chips. All were good, although the salmon dish was a little overloaded with cream sauce. Less would have been better. The booths are also a little too cramped for a party of 4, but overall it was very good and I'd recommend it.

DS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice eating atmosphere. We really enjoyed the experience. I like more than Legal.

BF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, service very good but really noisy and loud

TB
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find for seafood in the area. Thankfully made a reservation and were seated quickly. Once seated, we were greeted and taken care of as well as anyone could expect. The raw oysters served were good and decent sized and the grilled swordfish was excellent as a choice. All of the seafood options available seem to be very fresh and delicious. I would recommend this to anyone seeking a local (not a large conglomorate chain) restaurant. The dessert options were delicious and very recommended.

DC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We three thoroughly enjoyed the Harvest salad with apples, pecans, etc and a bowl of utterly delicious Lobster Bisque! What can I say, it was heavenly! We finished with coffee and tea. We were too full to consider dessert - next time!

Turner's is a neighborhood favorite: cozy, fun, boisterous, good times for everyone!

Turner's has the knack to make everyone feel like family. That's why we keep coming back.

FF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, loved the atmosphere and witty waitperson. Will be back!

DD
New England
38 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistent, fresh, great combos for meal options.
Fun place. Festive for the holidays. I even placed my Christmas order while waiting(waited 15 min-not bad for a place you can’t get into)

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waitress was great. The two bartenders were terrible. They were not aware, it took 10 minutes before we were acknowledged while one of wiped the counter staring off into space. Once we sat down it took 15 minutes to get a drink. Truffle oil, tomatoes and brussel sprouts do not go together - disappointing. The scallops and oysters were fresh and delicious!

MA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went during Christmas time and the entire staff wore Christmas sweaters. Loved the decorations and lights, food was great and loved the ambiance! Would return and recommend!

LH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! We had raw oysters and clams! Had wonderful linguini and clams. A ginger snap eggnog drink was out of this world!

P
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, food and service were excellent

F
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was freezing in there!!!!!

S
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, as always. Our service was very slow, would have gotten more drinks and dessert if we had been able to locate her. Bread took 15 mins to arrive after we ordered, never refilled our waters. Hopefully just a one-time thing, other visits have had no issues.

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