Town
Town

Town

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.townsc.com/
  • Phone: 6505953003x7
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Monday-Friday - Mid-Day Menu: 2:30pm-5:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Bar: 11:30am-12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Jeremy Cheng
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cherry Street
  • Public Transit: Located walking distance from the San Carlos Cal Train Station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking in the front of Town on Laurel Street. Also there is a large free public parking lot in the rear of the restaurant.
A word from Town
Town opened in March of 2006. Located in the heart of downtown San Carlos. Town features hand cut steaks & chops, the freshest seafood, local organic produce, hand crafted cocktails, and a wine list with a focus on California, Washington and Oregon wines.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Town reviews from OpenTable diners
300 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (176)special occasion (156)fit for foodies (140)vibrant bar scene (140)hot spot (122)great for lunch (111)great for brunch (106)good for groups (103)great for outdoor dining (97)romantic (63)notable wine list (62)kid-friendly (40)late-night find (26)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Had no idea what to expect,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    Had no idea what to expect, so I was pleasantly surprised. The rack of lamb was cooked perfectly. The side of blue cheese-au-gratin was a very different treat, perfect blend, cheese did not overpower the potatoes. Will return for further menu choices, especially for the blue cheese-au-gratin. - HamRam
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was great. But
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Everything was great. But they do not serve bread!!!!!! You have to buy garlic bread which is too garlicy. The food is good, but its cheap not to serve bread.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and food were great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Service and food were great as usual. Consistency is the key to their success!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The cocktails are fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    The cocktails are fantastic and the skirt steak is delicious. Reasonable prices for great reliable food. A fun place to go out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise level at lunch was not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    Noise level at lunch was not bad, at night it is very noisy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu has something for
    FredVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    The menu has something for everyone and one of the best wines by the glass selections I have ever scene. The entrees are well executed though not terribly inventive. For the price, one would expect more. The service was quite good and the recommendations were top-notch. Our server was quick to point out that one of the dishes I was thinking of ordering was 'not very good today.' One does not always find a service staff willing to fess up to weaker dishes on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our all time favorites.
    Rove
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    One of our all time favorites. Love the food, the atmosphere (it can be loud, but it's terrific for a night out). Very much a "destination" and/or meeting spot for cocktails, dinner, etc. Service has always been top notch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting and varied menu.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    Interesting and varied menu. Flexibility in modifying the menu. High quality ingredients prepared with consistent quality. A totally fun and vibrant atmosphere. In short, a San Francisco restaurant quality and vibrancy...with the convenience of the Peninsula.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My family and I enjoy Town
    otdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    My family and I enjoy Town Restaurant; the ambiance and the food. However, this time, it seemed that the service was slow. Our table was not cleared between our appetizer and salad. Our server, J.J., whom we've had before and requested, was very busy and had little support from the staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consider Spellerconsulting.com
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/17/2008
    Consider Spellerconsulting.com for all of your bookkeeping-needs
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Town is awesome! I can't believe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    Town is awesome! I can't believe it's in San Carlos!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it was saturday night,and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    it was saturday night,and the restaurant was "packed". Managemtnt obviously has the policy of rushing guests through as quickly as possible. This was one of the most egregious examples to trying to "turn" a table that I have ever seen. There was so much noise that we could barely hear each other.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The side dishes here are uneven-
    DWoodVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    The side dishes here are uneven- I have been here three times, and each time, for example, the potatoes blue cheese gratin was prepared with wildly differing amounts of blue cheese. The steaks are always tender, and taste good, but it's very loud and you are next to the bar with most of the tables.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my 2nd time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    This was my 2nd time dining at Town. The service, food and coctails are very solid. I also love the energy even though it is loud and conversation is challenging. The only suggestion for improvement is the sushi appetizer... Not that great, the rice and seaweed wrap were very chewy and the sizes were bigger than bite size making it challenging to eat. Not my favorite. However, the calamari appetizer is awesome!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Although the particular fish
    BarbaraFVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    Although the particular fish dish I ordered was overcooked and dry, everyone else's entree was delicious, as was the appetizer I ordered--tuna & avocado roll. The decor was warm and relaxing. But the noise level was unbelievable and made it difficult to hear the person right next to me, let alone someone across the table. I might go back on a weeknight hoping it won't be filled and therefore less noisy. But I would never go back on a weekend.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • i was a little disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    i was a little disappointed this time. the birthday menu was not ready, it was so loud we could not hear each other at the table. the blue cheese potatoes were dry and the order of garlic fries ended up as just fries...but we will dine there at the end of march.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    Consistently wonderful food and service (we've dined at Town many times). Our only complaint is the noise level. It's so loud once the place fills up around 6:00 p.m. that you cannot converse at any table without shouting to your dinner partners across the table and even then one must lean forward and strain to hear what is being said. We couldn't wait to get out of there and into the tranquil peacefulness of the night and vowed not to return for quite a while. We're not sure if it's deliberate by design but we feel they need to do something to buffer the noise level. Velvet curtains strategically placed perhaps, a la Izzy's Steak House? or cloth baffles mounted on the walls? I hate to give up enjoying the best burger on the Peninsula.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Corina the bartender made
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/12/2008
    Corina the bartender made sure that we were well taken care of. She was a the highlight of the evening
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our table was not ready when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/12/2008
    Our table was not ready when we arrived but the Maitre'd more than made up for it. He had a delicious appetizer waiting for us when we sat down (complimentary) and when one of our table asked about the drinks menu, he provided samples for the three in our party. He took the time to explain the menu, made us feel extremely welcome and my guests were "wowed" by the service and atmosphere. The waiter provided the same service and overall it was one of the most wonderful dining experiences that i have ever experienced.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was consistently
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/11/2008
    The food was consistently good and the service was also very good. However, the noise level in this restaurant is excruciating. We had been warned by others who had been there and even though we had an early reservation our party of five had difficulty hearing one another. If that could be improved it would be such a great restaurant! I think bread at the table wasn't missed after we were told "no bread" but the traditional bread is hospitable so maybe something else when people arrive...olives? crackers? spiced nuts?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was out 1st experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2008
    This was out 1st experience at this restaurant. The ambiance was nice enough the service was good until we got our dinners. Two of our 4 dinners were barely warm, chicken/ribs combo and the rack of ribs. The cole slaw was tired and runny and the skirt steak was not medium rare as ordered....and the most frustrating part was that noone ever checked on how our food was after we got it or we would have tried to send it back and get something else. This was a birthday dinner celebration but we didn't even stay for dessert because of our frustration. I'm very disappointed and will not recommend this to our friends. It's a shame because we've tried the other restaurants owned by this group and have loved them all. We miss A'Tavola!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Generally everything at Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/9/2008
    Generally everything at Town is great. I was very disappointed at this service this past time. It seemed if you sat outside you were disregarded. We had to ask several times for things. Next time I will sit inside so we are noticed. Sorry but service was bad. Rest was Great as always.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Town is our favorite restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2008
    Town is our favorite restaurant. We have been there many times celebrating anything form an evening out with my husband to celebrating a birthday. The atmosphere is wonderful and the food is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my third meal at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2008
    This was my third meal at Town, second time for dinner. We were seated next to the bar, which is very, very loud. Food is "meat and potatoes", and all nicely, if not extraordinarily, done. It's a good place to go for a steak. It's lively, but not romantic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A tastefully designed restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/8/2008
    A tastefully designed restaurant - the food was great, the service was excellent. I love the atmosphere- energetic in certain areas and cozy and romantic in others. The type of restaurant people travel to the City (San Francisco) for but conveniently located on the Peninsula.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been many times but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2008
    We have been many times but found the food very disappointing on this visit. The steak was rare (ordered medium) and the salmon was overcooked. At these prices we expect more. Apparently the head chef had the night off and it showed. I'm hesitant to go back anytime soon. Pretty disappointed. The service, however, was excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, drinks...will
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/25/2007
    Excellent food, drinks...will go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service.
    laney678
    Dined on 7/23/2007
    Excellent food and service. Love the Warm cabbage salad. Great place to meet friends for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always BUSY at the bar - hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/18/2007
    Always BUSY at the bar - hard to find a seat. If you don't like crowded places, this isn't the place for you. Food is always good/very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • top of the mark
    Nick
    Dined on 1/6/2007
    I love this place I can sit outside with my dog and have a great Glass of wine and some great food and service
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Been here twice and had bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2006
    Been here twice and had bad experiences both times. The food was ok, but I became sick after both meals. I shared this with a friend and they had the same experience. Wouldn't go back again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is adequate at Best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/24/2006
    Food is adequate at Best! Service is imature and don't expect to have a conversation across the table while your dining. Place for the 20's set and those in their 50's and think they fit-in but don't...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic