Book Your Wedding with Turtle's 1890 Social Centre
A BALLROOM IN SHAKOPEE, MN
Located in downtown Shakopee, Minnesota, Turtle's 1890 Social Centre is a historic and elegant venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Its history traces back to 1890 when it was first built and was used often for meetings. In 1999, the building was renovated while maintaining its original charm. Modern amenities include a professional light and sound system, as well as a 10-foot TV. The venue can be a great one-stop shop for those seeking a simple planning process. Turtle's 1890 Social Centre is an excellent option for couples wishing for a historic and elegant venue that works with their budgets.
The venue is basically one room, which includes a permanent full bar made of African mahogany. With high ceilings, wooden pillars and beautiful tin-paneled ceilings, the space offers a classic sophistication. There is a wall of exposed brick, which brings forth a lovely vintage vibe. It can accommodate up to 250 guests. There are some industrial lights that hang from the ceiling and the floor is beautifully patterned. Because the space is already well-decorated, additional decor is not necessary.
What You Should Know
The room can be flipped for those who would like to hold the ceremony and reception on-site. Catering is provided by the venue and outside caterers are not allowed. Cake and favors, however, can be contracted elsewhere. There is a food and beverage minimum during Saturdays. This is going to equate to roughly 130 guests eating at a two-meat buffet and beverage purchases.
All outside decor must be pre-approved. Rice, glitter and confetti are not allowed, save a cleaning fee. Bands and DJs can be brought in and there is a large stage area to accommodate them. All staffing, including kitchen staff and management staff, works in conjunction to pull off the important wedding day. In addition, the venue rental includes tables, chairs and linens. All flatware and china are provided with the catering. For the reception, a cake cutting, bar and dance floor are included. Last but not least, the staff takes care of all of the setup and cleanup.
Turtle's 1890 Social Centre offers several extra perks. Important for couples seeking personalized attention, the venue's owner is involved in the planning process for weddings. Couples have found the owner to be highly helpful and accommodating. There is free parking available in a lot across from Turtle's 1890 Social Centre.
From the Vendor
Elegance and charm in a late 1800s treasure!
**Ask about "The Knot Special" for $100 off room fees for 2017 Friday receptions!** Turtle's 1890 Social Centre is a state-of-the-art banquet facility from yesteryear. From the old tin ceiling and 125-year-old brick, to the dark mahogany woodwork, the room is a sight to behold! You'll be working directly with the owner on your reception plans to ensure your day is perfect!
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
My husband and I could not have asked for a better place for our wedding reception than Turtle’s 1890. It is such a unique space and prices are unbeatable. Unlike most venues, Turtle’s 1890 does not charge you for every little detail like cake cutting or coordination work. The food was amazing—we got nothing but compliments all night. Bryan Turtle was straight forward and quick to respond from our first meeting on. As the wedding approached he had many good suggestions regarding food, beverages, decorations, DJ, and other tips to make the night run smoothly. We planned our wedding mostly from out of state, but he made that very easy by responding quickly, checking in on us, and drawing out the venue for us so we could make decoration plans. The night of our reception, the coordinator Barb put last minute details into place for us, kept our DJ in the loop, and made sure we stayed on our timeline. I don’t know what we would have done without her help during the cocktail hour and reception! The other staff was very respectful as well, despite us getting in their way while taking pictures inside due to the weather. Both Bryan and Barb put our minds at ease and left us with no worries regarding the reception. The venue and staff are superb; we highly recommend Turtle’s 1890 for weddings and other parties!
We could not have asked for a better place to hold our wedding reception. Bryan makes the whole experience so easy. He is familiar with other wedding venders in the area and helped us find our ceremony space at Huber Park. Other venues up charge for every little thing, but Bryan includes everything you need in the room rental fee. Bryan is also a huge craft beer fan and we had a great time choosing our beer selection with him. The space is beautiful, the food was phenomenal and the entire staff was very impressive. We are so happy we chose to have our reception at Turtle's.
a hidden treasure!Reviewed on 6/16/2014 Mary T
We used Turtle's 1890 social Centre for our wedding in June 2014 and cannot reccomend it highly enough. We searched for venues forever trying to find something both (a) affordable and (b) beautiful (we didn't want to spend a ton of money on jazzing up a less-than-picturesque venue). We stumbled upon Turtles, contacted Bryan, the manager in charge of weddings, and we were set from there. Bryan was extremely helpful, honest, and knowledgeable, and did everything to accommodate our wants along with our budget. He's a really nice, honest guy, and put our needs first (rather than making it easier or more profitable for himself). As for the venue, Turtle's is absolutely gorgeous! It has an old-world feel (beautiful ceilings, exposed brick walls, mohagony bar/pillars, etc.) that made decorating really unnecessary. The day-of staff at Turtles were EXTREMELY helpful and flexible as well- it was raining so we had to move our wedding indoors, and the staff made a ceremony area with chairs and an aisle with only a few hours notice. They handled everything throughout the night (food, drinks, setting up, communicating with our DJ, etc.) so that we could just relax and enjoy our wedding/reception. Can't recommend Turtle's enough!!
Oh Turtles, that I could write a sonnet about how amazing a vendor you were. Turtle's is the absolute best place to hold a reception in the twin cities provided you care about the following things Affordable: Bryan walked us through pricing multiple times and did everything he could to help us bring costs down where possible. There were no hidden fees, no over the top minimums and no run around to get us to spend more. Quality: OH MY GOSH THE FOOD WAS AMAZING. And they boxed up my leftovers so that I would have something to eat when I went home after dancing for hours and some extra cake. I almost cried. We could have our pick of beer and there was plenty of wine to choose from. They let us bring in our own cake and the cook was really fun to work with. Beauty: We did a lot of decorating and turned Turtle's into a pine forest winter wonderland but this place needs absolutely no decoration. The dark woods, beautiful ceiling and classic bar do it all. Integrity and service: I have worked in restaurants for the last ten years. I know a good manager/owner when I meet one and from the first time I talked to Bryan I knew this guy was the real deal. He clearly cares about the place. He treats his employees well and is a good communicator. He responded to my emails and was honest with me about what was going to work and what wasn't. I would say; if you are a high maintenance couple that wants tons of bells and whistles, or the venue to do everything for you, or something incredibly fancy maybe Turtle's isn't the best spot for you. That's okay. Do you. If you want good, down to earth people, absolutely amazing food and a stellar space at the most affordable price in the Twin Cities than you have found the perfect space in Turtle's 1890 Social Centre.
My wife and I couldn't have been happier with our experience at Turtle's 1890 Social Centre. Bryan Turtle is super easy and fun to work with as are the rest of the staff. On top of that, the room has such a great classic look to it with the original bar and brick wall opposite it. Besides all of that, you are going to have a hard time beating the pricing. Bryan will tell you that he's not out to take advantage of you on your wedding; he's just looking to sell food and beverages, with a small fee for renting the room. If you are looking for great local craft beer, he gets you excellent pricing and he has an already great menu selection that can be totally customizable upon request. We wanted to have pulled pork and he got us some of the best pulled pork I've ever had for a great price. I would highly recommend this venue!
Turtle's was where my husband and I chose to have our reception, and we are so glad that we did. They communicated with us well, were efficient, and were so caring. We loved the food and the wedding evening went SO smoothly! I didn't have to worry about anything at all. They also accommodated my set-up people and made the entire experience so enjoyable and easy. We were extremely blessed to find a place like Turtle's. (Not to mention it is the most ELEGANT place and is just beautiful).
We couldn't be happier with our experience at Turtle's for our 10/20/17 wedding! Bryan and his team were exceedingly flexible and accommodating when it came to planning our menu and the details of our dinner. We had a cocktail hour with passed appetizers, and a buffet-style dinner. The food was outstanding, and I have received multiple compliments. At the tasting, we got to meet the chef, Ron, and discuss options for customizing or changing things, which was fun for us as we love food and cared about our guests enjoying a nice meal. One huge detail that we loved was that Bryan loves beer! He was excited to discuss the options with us and make recommendations-- we love local beer and got to pick exactly what we wanted to host on tap for our guests. The space is so unique and elegant yet comfortable. We didn't feel like we needed to go overboard on decorations, and Bryan let us use candle holders and vases that they had on-site. The first time you meet Bryan, it will be clear that he coordinates a lot of weddings and knows how things can go smoothly. I'm very organized and never felt like I was bothering him by asking about details or emailing him questions. He was always very kind and communicated promptly and clearly, right up through the evening of our wedding. Again, the entire staff was very easy to work with, and our wedding was a blast! We felt like we (and our guests) could simply show up and enjoy.
I would highly recommend Turtle's 1890 Social Centre. Just had my wedding on Saturday and it was absolutely amazing!From the beginning stages of planning through the day of, Bryan was available to answer questions, show the future in laws the venue, and talk with other vendors (photo booth and DJ). The day of the reception, Barb took the reins and it was seamless. 200+ guests of family and friends raved about the food and service of the staff. The space itself is beautiful, making decorating easy since it needs very little. I would definety think about booking this venue for other events because it was perfect for my wedding!
We had a wonderful experience working with Bryan Turtle and his staff. He was very easy to communicate with, responding quickly and answering all our questions clearly! The space is gorgeous. We looked around the Twin Cities for a venue with character (exposed-brick, high ceilings, soft lighting, nice bar) and you can't beat the price at Turtle's!! Food was delicious, service was wonderful, and Bryan is so organized! We highly recommend!
I highly recommend this place! First of all, you can't beat the price. That's what first captured our attention. Then everything after that just continued to get better and better. We had to plan most of our wedding from out of state and Bryan was always quick to respond to emails and extremely accommodating to us when we would fly back to MN to make sure he was able to fit us in for meetings and the taste testing. The venue itself is so beautiful with the brick wall, black detailed ceilings, and the awesome bar; we barely had to decorate the place. We had Barb there to coordinate for our reception and she was SO sweet and made sure everything ran smoothly and on time. Also the food was yummy and the pizza bar towards the end of the night was a huge hit! Everything about Turtle's made our day PERFECT. It went above and beyond all expectations. Thank you Bryan, Barb, the chefs, bartenders, and the other staff that helped make our day so wonderful. Don't look anywhere else...book them!!!!! Alex and Bryce W.
Amazing! The staff were awesome, and the venue is great! Very reasonably priced. People were raving about the food! Highly recommend!
From start to finish, they (Bryan & Barb) paid attention to every detail and allowed for my husband and I to thoroughly enjoy our special day. The space itself is a conversation piece. We loved the eclectic vibe. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how they appreciated and enjoyed the atmosphere. Beyond that, the food was absolutely incredible! You can't go wrong with anything you choose. It makes the process so simple having venue and food in the same location. We would utilize this venue again for future events as well as recommend it to everyone! You beyond get what you pay for.
Bryan, Barb and the staff at Turtle's are amazing. The day of our wedding held a chance of rain and they were checking the weather and communicating with us. They were helpful throughout the day, making sure we had everything we needed. Not only is the service amazing, the food is out of this world. This isn't your regular wedding chicken! Turtle's was the perfect venue for our wedding and people continue to tell us how much they loved it!
Turtle's had everything we were looking for in our reception site. AND it was affordable! They don't up charge you at all. Bryan was SO easy to work with, he answered all my silly questions very quickly. I was never waiting around for an answer about anything. When our guest shuttle buses were running VERY late and messing up our timeline, Bryan and staff pushed dinner back (an hour!) without complaint, and it was still delicious. We had been looking forward to our wedding meal for weeks before our reception and it did NOT disappoint. When we struggled with finding a DJ, he was quick with an AWESOME suggestion, who we hired and loved. If you're on the fence about picking turtles or not, do not hesitate. Bryan and staff were so easy and fun to work with, it made the wedding process more enjoyable!
Bryan & Barb did an amazing job. Bryan was always available through e-mail and would get back to me with any of my questions within 1-2 days. The day of the reception Barb did a fantastic job making sure everything was running smoothly and helped me make decisions based on time and number of guests attending. They definitely made the day less stressful. The venue itself is beautiful and it worked wonderfully with my decor. I would definitely recommend Turtle's for a reception venue. All of my guests loved the food and are still talking about it as well. We did have one guest that was gluten free and they had no problem accommodating that person. Overall a beautiful venue within a reasonable price range with amazing food!
I couldn't have asked for a better place to hold our reception. Bryan, the owner, was phenomenal; he worked with me, an out-of-town bride, on all the details via email/phone or with my mother, who was in town. He accommodated my travel schedule so I could do a food tasting, and he went above and beyond to ensure that we could install a wall of lights behind the head table. The room itself is gorgeous - a large brick wall, vintage tin ceilings, and a long mahogany bar gave my reception the ambiance I was looking for. The head of maintenance assisted my parents in hanging the wall of lights and even made some suggestions and alterations to ensure it stayed in place. I could write a page about the food itself, but I'll leave it at AMAZING. And Barb, the person who coordinated the reception the day of, was extremely capable, organized, and thoughtful. No detail was overlooked, and all of the thanks for the perfect reception go to her, the cooks, the serving team, and Bryan. The prices were also very reasonable; I cannot recommend the venue and its value highly enough.
Turtles is one of a kind. We had our wedding reception there 9/2016 and it was awesome - we were pleased and honored to Turtles and staff a part of our special day. We rec'd many kind words and compliments from family and friends on the professionalism and responsiveness of the staff and the food was delicious. Bryan was great from day 1. He is easy to work with and breaks down the reception planning in an experienced and organized way.
I cannot say enough good things about this venue! Bryan made the whole process super easy. He definitely knows what he is doing and so does his entire staff. The food was also hands down the best food I've had at a wedding or other large event and as you can see from the info above, a bargain! This venue has everything going for it from looks to food to staff. If you want to make your day easier, I highly suggest booking Turtle's!
I recently was married on Friday the 28th of October. We had a appetizer buffet which was affordable for our 195+guests. Many guests raved that the food was not only delicious, but there was plenty of it. The venue is in a great location for friends and family to easily commute to. The room rental price included many things for such a great price and there were never any hidden fees. Bryan made the whole processes easy and painless! I would highly recommend this venue to any future brides.
Turtle's was amazing! The food was fantastic and the service was spectacular! Our guests had a great time and that's all I could ask for!
While there wasn't a lot of glitz and glamor (not what we were looking for), the space is spacious, accommodating, and inviting. It had a revived 20's feel with an all wood wall sized bar, stamped ceiling, with brick and timber. While at the wedding, all of our needs were met by their staff without us needing to ask for anything. Their pricing is hard to beat. They cut our cake at no charge and they provided coffee at no charge. We did have to provide bistro tables and clothes because they didn't have any. This wasn't a big deal as we were notified well in advance. If we ever had an event of substantial size, we would go to Turtle's in a heart beat.
I had an amazing experience working with Brian at Turtle's! He was so clear when initially giving my then fiancé and I information and was very available to answer any questions I had as the planning went along. The food was fabulous, being a vegetarian I wanted some options that were not on a typical wedding menu and the chef was open to making whatever I recommended. Brian totally respected my budget and worked with us to make our wedding wonderful and still within our means. The venue itself is gorgeous with the wood and brick, you can truly decorate it as much or as little as you want. My now husband and I were happy with our experience!
Turtle's 1890 Social Centre was a perfect fit for our daughter and son in-law's wedding reception 6/11/16! It had everything they were looking for and then some... This venue did not disappoint! Bryan was wonderful to work with from day one and his entire staff was so helpful and caring, which made everything enjoyable. The venue was spotless, unique, and affordable; the food was fantastic...only compliments from our guests; and Bryan and his staff are top notch (helpful and kind)! Our daughter found this venue on theknot.com and we are so thankful she did! Please do not over look this venue when searching for a wonderful place to host your wedding reception or special gathering!
Absolutely amazing venue! Can't say enough good things about Bryan and his co-worker Barb who helped us out on the night of. Throughout the planning process Bryan was very helpful and responsive to any and all questions we had and on the night of Barb was incredible at making sure things ran smoothly. The pricing of everything at the venue was also wonderful, it made it possible for us to have a great night with 200 of our closest family and friends at a price that didn't make us cringe too much.
The best experience we have ever had! We got married 5/28/16 & it was the most perfect day! Bryan is the most easy going owner of such a great restaurant! He has a very attentive staff that would do whatever they could to make sure we had the best night possible. One thing that we really liked was that they don't overcharge you for anything & are very reasonably priced for being in the metro! Kudo's to Barb for making it such an awesome experience for us also, she is the best!!! It's a must see!!!!
Meet The Owner
I have been in the food and beverage occupation for 32 years, 27 of which have been as owner/operator of my family's business, Turtle's Bar & Grill. But it wasn't until 18 years ago when we built Turtle's 1890 Social Centre that I really found my place in this industry. My wife Lisa now runs the bar & grill operation, leaving me to focus solely on marketing, booking, planning and executing wedding receptions in our very unique wedding hall, which is in a building that was built in 1890. It's as important to me as the couples I work with that everything is perfect!