The Turn House

4.3
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$30 and under
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American
Welcome to The Turn House! Executive Chef and Owner, Thomas Zippelli brings local flavors and fare to the Howard County area. Chef Zippelli's farm to table style of cuisine keeps his menu local, fresh and seasonally inspired. We look forward to providing a unique and tasty dining experience for everyone who visits.

*Please note: Reservations are strongly encouraged*
*We do not split checks*
*Please Note: Patio & Deck Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.*

Our menu changes frequently as Chef passionately lives by his message, EAT LOCAL! In addition to lunch and dinner, we offer outside dining with a gorgeous view of Hobbits Glen golf course, weekend brunch, happy hour food and drink specials, a notable wine list, and more! Our neighborhood gem is a great spot for any occasion - whether you're looking for a quiet conversation, to host a casual group night out or celebrate a special occasion, we have the space and service for you!
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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely brunch and everyone enjoyed their food.

BB
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always have an outstanding experience at The Turn House. Our meals were fantastic. I had the french onion soup and the steak, my husband had oysters and and the fish. He said the fish was one of the best he has ever had... ever. That includes five trips to Maui dining at the most exclusive restaurants on the island and a more recent trip to the French Riviera where he ate fish at every meal. Yum. We are total foodies that enjoy eating at all of the top farm to table restaurants in the Baltimore/DC region and The Turn House is repeatedly one of our absolute favorites. My only request would be that they sit reservations in the more formal dining area. The last three times we went we were sat in the front room that is shared with the bar. For a romantic dinner for two with a reservation, I really prefer to not have all of the TV's around and be in a more formal, quiet area of the restaurant. I wish this front room was used for walk-ins and the main dining area was used for reservations.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good quality and the service was even better! Our waiter was awesome even though we arrived fairly close to closing time. Very honest about the menu and went above and beyond to ensure our date night was superb.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I really want to love the Turn House. I got the cheese board to start, it was delicious, but the overall presentation could have been better. Just a small garnish and someone pointing out which cheese was which would have been nice. The root vegetable hash was really just large chunks of sweet and regular potatoes, I wouldn’t call that hash.
Overall the decor is lovely but the table next to us was warped and should be replaced,
The bathrooms were in desperate need of a good cleaning. The bathrooms at Columbia Mall were cleaner.
Small details do matter.

N
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch experience.

T
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful brunch at the Turn House. Great food, drinks and service, thank you Pete.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

We met friends for brunch here on a Sunday. The food was good, but not spectacular. I had the Mediterranean omelette. It was not very exciting. The biscuits and honey butter they served to start the meal was fabulous! It was the highlight of my meal. My friend had the Benedict and said that it was very good. The service was slow. We waited for a long time for our check. Overall, it was a good brunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Overpriced and the food wasn’t up to the price

FM
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We have been multiple times at The Turn House over the last few years. The oysters are always excellent. Food is most of the time excellent too, this time they overcooked the steak. However, 7 out of 10 times we had issues with the service. From very slow to completely incompetent where I opened the wine myself since the girl had no clue how to use a corkscrew! This time the server was super slow, did not pay attention and did obviously not care. We decided not to go back for the next half a year and then give it maybe a try again. Sad, because the kitchen is good but management not. I did send them an email about our visit through their website but they did not respond...

NC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food in general is outstanding...wine list can be improved upon (expanded) and service of late has been polite but slow. Overall one of my go-to restaurants within the area.

Y
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Food was acceptable....crab cakes good.... server fine however, our table was near a noisy spot right next to the door in the bar with tvs all over the place.
Also we were in the pathway from the kitchen.... thought i was going to get clobbered by a tray a couple of times.
The hostess didn’t ask us if we wanted to sit in the bar.... I thought perhaps the dining room was full .... I should have asked because upon visiting the rest room I saw that it wasn’t.
Hostess needs training to make the turn house experience meet the needs of patrons.

OT
Baltimore
77 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A go to place for a relaxing evening. The food is always good and the menu changes often to keep me coming back for something different. The burgers are a staple and each is excellent, my favorite is the Turn House burger. The brisket nachos are sharable or great as you meal and the lamb meatballs should not be missed.

MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried this place for the first time this weekend and LOVED it!! The food was so good, the place is beautiful, and the service was excellent! They let us taste wine and a soup before ordering. The dishes were unique and we had a hard time deciding what to choose. I met two friends that I hadn't seen in a while and we sat at a table in the bar area...which is gorgeous. So cozy with the fireplace and the noise level was just right. I will definitely be going back soon!

DW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and a great view. Couldn’t ask for much more.

r
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem. I'll be going back there for sure.

K
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The restaurant is gorgeous, and was decorated beautifully for the holidays! Our party ordered about 9 or 10 appetizers and split them all -- the chicken wings and the brussels sprouts were the best I've ever tasted anywhere!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere! Great food! Morgan (the server) was amazing!

SD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding as was the service. The environment is beautiful and we can't wait to go outside in the spring and summer.

It was obvious the chef had phenomenal training from soup through dessert with homemade gelato that was out of this world.

Every dish we had and saw being served was prepared beautifully and it was a busy brunch morning. The portions were generous and the price very reasonable for the quality of food presented from farm to table. Even the salad can not be described best in words.... but in a photo as on their website. The photos on the website are true.

We are looking forward to returning for dinner soon.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The turn house is our favorite spot in Howard County. It’s got a laid-back neighborhood vibe, very sophisticated, yet never snobby. That’s a tough balance to find in this area and we appreciate that the turn House keeps it real.

S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Dry pretty restaurant with delicious food. A tiny bit pricy, but definitely worth it from time to time!

ME
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I go to The Turn House once a month to eat the crispy brussel sprouts and peel & eat shrimp. We love it! Make sure you make a reservation.

SF
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic!! The ambiance was great and we were offered alternative seating to the noise bar area which was perfect.

OT
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice quiet facility with good food and drinks

V
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I had a really poor experience at The Turn House about a year ago at a fundraising event that was held there. The server was very rude, and we suspect her DUMPING an enormous amount of salt on our entrees out of spite. The dish was inedible and we had paid a lot of money for the meal -- money which did not go to the organization we were supporting that night.

I decided to give the restaurant another chance, and a friend and I went for brunch. He was very excited to try their burger that was being served on an English muffin. Although the dining room in which we were seated had 1-2 other tables with customers and was very empty, the food took a long time to come out. When the burger arrived it came out on a regular bun. We asked and the server didn't know, but she took it back anyway. She brought it back on an English muffin, but we had to inquire as to what went wrong with the order -- we asked if we had misunderstood. Only then did she say that the kitchen made the mistake and they apologized. I ordered a side of the root vegetable hash, and the vegetables were very unevenly cooked. Therefore some of them felt raw and undercooked since some of them should have been started earlier/cooked longer in order that all of them were the same consistency - rather than some of them being hard and some of them being mushy and overcooked. It did not seem like the hash was freshly made either -- these were recooked from the previous days.

Overall the server wasn't terribly friendly nor happy.

The location and ambience is really lovely. It is too bad the food has been very inconsistent -- sometimes absolutely inedible, and it is a shame that some of the servers are not very nice.

JA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The occasion was a Brunch Birthday celebration for my Daughter
The attention and friendliness of the server "Pete" was outstanding !

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The atmosphere was one of rustic upscale chic and the food was a wonderful blend of familiar American fare punched up many notches.

OT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great but not too fussy food is the main attraction here. The kitchen especially has a way with frying - artichokes, Brussels sprouts, frites with steak. Lovely composed salads too, and large servings all around. Good quality, reasonably priced wine selections also. Service was friendly but not terribly competent - just young and relatively untrained. The second room is never as charming as the main room by the bar, especially vulnerable to neglect on a weekday night. Still, food like this is a good notch above most the of the competition in Columbia and the young staff is always very nice.

J
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Glad to see it so full of people. Ver nice atmosphere.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location with terrific outdoor space and seasonal menu that uses locally sourced ingredients. Fun crowd and great outdoor fire pit to relax with cocktails before and after dinner.

GB
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Loved it! The food was SO good and our server was the best! Two of us have a long list of food allergies or sensitivities and the server and cook worked together to come up with options for us.

We look forward to returning!

DE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Awful service. Overpriced food.

AR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pete was an excellent waiter. The servers and hostess were extremely polite and courteous. The crab and tomato salad was EXCELLENT!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit and was pleasantly surprised. Our server was excellent and the food was fresh, and delicious. We will defend return. It was a beautiful day and so we were able to eat out on the patio which I would definitely recommend.

SK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had friends visiting from Atlanta, Ga. The food was delicious. They really enjoyed their dining experience!

JA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

GM
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been going to Turn House and its predecessor for a few years now. Our last couple of visits prior to this one honestly weren't great, but after a bit of a break we decided to try it again and we are glad we did. The service, drinks and food at the bar were excellent. We will be returning.

F
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Unfortunately didn’t actually eat our meal here. We waited over 20 minutes after being seated to be acknowledged by our waiter when he and our servers passed our table more than once. He did not apologize and almost seemed annoyed so we politely excused ourselves and walked out. It’s a shame the service has gone down hill, we’ve had good food here before.

B
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We sat outside with our grandchildren, ages 6 and 8, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was nice that the children could run around on the grass as we waited for dinner. We had the Avocado Toast and the roasted brussel sprouts for appetizers. I would not recommend the Avocado Toast. Very difficult to cut/eat as the bread was well toasted. My husband and I each had a burger, which was excellent and the grandchildren ordered off the Children's menu, which was quite nice. Our server, Lisa, was excellent with the children. The manager stopped by our table to be certain that everything was to our liking. The restaurant has a nice menu of craft beers and specialty cocktails. Very nice neighborhood restaurant overlooking the golf course. Definitely a good place to dine.

JR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience1

My burger was raw :(

s
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time diners here. We ate outside and enjoyed the vistas. I had the TH dry aged burger...was unbelievable, so good. We'll definitely return

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