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Why did you choose the name The Turtle?

The Turtle by it’s measured persistence wins the race against the fast and unfocused rabbit. Turtle symbolism and meanings include longevity, perseverance, steadfastness, protection, retreat, healing, tranquility, the Earth, and transformation.

Restaurant Menu

The Turtle Restaurant is dedicated to a delicious menu bringing you flavors of the world and fresh ingredients.

Gelateria Menu

Our Gelateria is an international award-winning Italian ice cream, featuring 10 fresh flavors in our case each week, plus homemade cones, chocolates, desserts, and coffees!

Enoteca Menu

Enoteca features The Turtle's award-winning wine list, plus a full craft bar and world food including small plates and gourmet hamburgers.

Diner Interior

Welcome to the Turtle

Slow, Fresh Food

A local gem and Texas foodie destination since 2004, The Turtle Restaurant is situated in the town of Brownwood, Texas, owned by multi-faceted Mary Stanley and architect David Stanley.  The first year (2010) the bar was opened, our wine list received an award of distinction from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Since 2017 the  Turtle Enoteca has received two stars from the World’s Best Wine Lists sponsored by the British quarterly World of Fine Wine. This year, 2022, we were gobsmacked when we won their global award for Best Value Wine List (in the world!!!) Honestly, that's our goal to curate delicious under valued wines for your drinking pleasure.


The Turtle Gelateria was a finalist in the North American Stage of the Gelato World Tour and a participant in the finals in Rimini, Italy, in 2014; and in 2018, Mary’s original flavor, Hill Country Lemon Lavender, won a silver medal at Gelato Festival, Dallas.

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