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Turtle Club

In 1796, the Hoboken Turtle Club was founded and became the first organized social club in American History.

Founded by Col. John Stevens, early membership included Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and John Jay. The first official meeting of the Turtle Club took place at what is now Sybil’s Cave.

‘It must first be premised that this is no ordinary club, from the day of its foundation it has existed for but one thing, the principal of epicurean pleasure’
- Col. Stevens.

Today we have re-established and reclaimed their motto of old:

‘As we journey through life, let us live by the way’
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36 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
(36 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 36 reviews
5 stars
(13)
4 stars
(16)
3 stars
(4)
2 stars
(3)
1 star
(0)
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
Ambiance 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Noise Level
2.4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(15)
  • vibrant bar scene(10)
  • notable wine list(7)
  • fit for foodies(6)
  • good for groups(6)
  • romantic(5)
Turtle Club Reviews List
Review 1 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Wouldn't honor published HudsonRestaurantWeek deal

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2003
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"We drove specially on a Sunday night to Turtle Club to enjoy the Hudson Restaurant Week deal they were advertising. When we got there we were told it didn't apply to Sundays. We showed the live website showing that Sunday was listed for Turtle Club on the HRW website. We were told the manager had decided not to honor it anyway.
We sat down and ordered food, which took a long time to come. The food was tasty. We ended up spending less than we would have done had they honored the deal they were advertising.
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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2003
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Review 2 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
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Review 3 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, notable wine list
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Review 4 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/17/2015
 2005
Dined on 11/17/2015
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/17/2015
 2005
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Review 5 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/05/2015
 2010
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Review 6 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/23/2015
 2010
Dined on 12/23/2015
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 12/23/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 7 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Good local spot

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Drinks are fun and unique and tasty, but lack enough alcohol
Appetizers are all yummy, especially the pork sliders and buffalo chicken dip (nachos weren't great, chili lacked flavor and there was no salsa or spice - add jalapenos)
Ambiance is great, really cool eclectic vibe and great decorations for an old school social club open to the public
Suggest if you have to refill waters more than 2 times, leave the pitcher :) and include lemons by default, not just when asked
"
Dined on 12/13/2015
 2008
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 8 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 7/31/2013
 2013
Dined on 7/31/2013
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 7/31/2013
 2013
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Review 9 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/05/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups
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Review 10 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Quality Evening

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We loved the brie appetizer, and we were never without a full glass of water. I was underwhelmed by the chicken fajitas, but they were still pretty decent. Pasta primavera is delicious, the steak was cooked well, and you can't go wrong with their wings and mac & cheese. Great bar food, attentive staff."
Dined on 10/23/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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Review 11 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

the music was far too loud and server was inept.

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Dined on 10/20/2015
 2009
Dined on 10/20/2015
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 10/20/2015
 2009
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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Review 12 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/26/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Meh.

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"They were out of burgers. How is that even possible for Sunday brunch? They had loads of pulled pork however. It appeared at least three times on their menu in different forms and was also offered as a the special. Huh?
Service was slow and the place was empty for a Sunday afternoon. There were seven of us to celebrate a birthday. We brought kids too and the place is kid friendly. They were accommodating and nice enough. But the food was not great.
In addition to being out of burgers (again - Huh?!) they were out of baked Brie which was the birthday girl's go to app. So bummer there. I ordered a chicken wrap and it was nothing special. In the wrap the cheese was clogged on one end and tasted nuked.
It was $250 for seven people, a round of Rose Cava, and a few beers and vodkas. So its reasonably priced and like most things in life - you get what you pay for."
Dined on 9/20/2015
 2012
Special Features: kid-friendly
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Review 14 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 8/28/2015
 2010
Dined on 8/28/2015
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/28/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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Review 15 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/07/2015
 2015
Dined on 8/07/2015
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/07/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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Review 16 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/30/2015
 2010
Dined on 7/30/2015
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 7/30/2015
 2010
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Review 17 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Yum!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Came for restaurant week and was not disappointed! The food was fantastic, the wine was great, and the atmosphere was upbeat."
Dined on 7/27/2015
 2011
Special Features: hot spot, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 18 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 7/20/2015
 2012
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Review 19 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 6/28/2015
 2013
Dined on 6/28/2015
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 6/28/2015
 2013
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Review 20 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/29/2015
 2006
Dined on 5/29/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/29/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Review 21 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2011
Special Features: great for brunch
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Review 22 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/24/2015
 2009
Dined on 4/24/2015
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/24/2015
 2009
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Review 23 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 5/09/2015
 2008
Dined on 5/09/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/09/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 24 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Finally found a place in Hoboken where every dish is solid. Don't waste your money at the wannabe fancy restaurants around here. This place is an upscale bar on late nights that's serving spot on dinner entrees. SO had the tilapia topped with gorgonzola and it was delicious. I, fed up with overpriced mediocre food in the area, got the ribs thinking, "If they can do ribs right, they must be a solid place." And boy did they deliver. Cocktails were well made. Service was more than you could ask for. I will certainly be back."
Dined on 3/20/2015
 2012
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Review 25 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Valentines Day Reservation

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2012
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2012
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I reserved a table for 2 for Valentine's Day. There was nothing wrong with the reservation itself, we go there and got seated right away. They also called a couple days before to confirm. What I didn't know and the employee that called should of told me was there was only a Prix Fixe menu. I went there with my girlfriend expecting to order off the regular menu, which we saw items that we liked. It did not have this online or anywhere that this would be the only option. Considering my girlfriend only eats chicken out of the meats, it messed up a lot of the dining experience. We had to ask them 3 times to not season their stuffed chicken with other meats and they kept coming back trying to find out. Besides the strawberry salad I could made better at home, it was just lettuce and like one strawberry cut into 4 pieces. Very small portions of everything and food was mediocre. Definitely won't go back there unless I have to. I do still want to try some appetizers that we were planning to go there for, but I feel like it may be a waist. Also while we do like privacy while eating, we did have to call for the waiter every time we needed them."
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2012
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Review 26 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Good service and decent food

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/08/2015
 2015
Dined on 1/08/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We had a total of 4 drinks and 3 small plates for 80 bucks. The food was pleasant but neither were memorable. The baked brie was the best of the 3. The hot apple cider was fun to drink. Cool spot"
Dined on 1/08/2015
 2015
Special Features: late-night find
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Review 27 for Turtle Club
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Simply amazing

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Delicious, friendly service, lovely time. Can't wait to go back"
Dined on 8/09/2014
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Turtle Club
Based on the average of (9) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
6 out of 6 recommend this product
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
2.3 / 3
Energetic