Town Hall
Town Hall

Town Hall

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.townhallsf.com/
  • Phone: 4159083900
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH Monday - Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm; DINNER Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm HAPPY HOUR Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Max Hosey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: I

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fremont St.
  • Public Transit: Muni & BART: Embarcadero station; Muni: 1 California @ Howard, 14 Mission @ Fremont
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is made available by Bee Parking for $15 per car during dinner. There is a pay lot on the corner of Spear and Howard.
A word from Town Hall
Town Hall Restaurant is a casual chic restaurant located in SOMA, housed in the historic Meco building, serving New American cuisine with a focus on regional ingredients. At Town Hall, there is a communal table, bar, patio, private room, and beautiful dining room.

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Town Hall reviews from OpenTable diners
207 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (108)good for groups (72)special occasion (70)great for lunch (62)hot spot (52)neighborhood gem (52)notable wine list (43)vibrant bar scene (34)romantic (25)great for outdoor dining (21)great for brunch (13)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Buzzy and Great Food
    SarasotaLady
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Town Hall was recommended by a friend as one of her favorite spots and it didn't disappoint. We were seated as soon as we arrived even though the restaurant was almost full. The service was good and the waiter didn't just say "everything is good" when I asked what his favorites were. One of their signature dishes, the fried chicken, was delicious and my husband loved the ribeye. I had the Alaskan halibut, it was beautifully presented and delicious. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Riffken
    Riffken
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Town hall was recommended by a friend that spent most of her life in SF. Always trust a local foodie. They have some amazing food, and alcohol that is very hard to find. Make a reservation, you won't regret that, and think of this restaurant as a local gem so dress a little bit more upscale (I'd not wear shorts or t shirts like in the tourist areas) and treat it like the gem it is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    loved the food esp the okra and cornbread wonderful upscale southern dining in California
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So sad, used to be delicious...
    Daho
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco when it first opened. I hadn't been in quit some time and met a couple of friends for dinner. The food was very disappointing. The service was also not great. With so many terrific restaurants in San Francisco, I won't be coming back I'm sad to say.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still Good
    JAYHJVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A lively & somewhat noisy dining hall. Friendly, attentive & competent service. Great selection of bottled beer & wines. only had three Pliny The Elders & no Buehler Zinfandel for an early seating on Friday night, although both were listed on the menu. Ample fresh bread & butter served. The Country Ham Sampler was an interesting & tasty starter for five diners. Everyone loved their main courses (meat & fish) and the gluten-free chocolate torte dessert was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sadly I will miss this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We must have dined over 30 times at Town Hall and recommended it even more to others. Sadly, I think our love affair with this place is over. The food has become solid rather than special, I mean a grilled pork chop over some carbs for $25+. Cramped space and harried servers all add to a feeling of eating (not dining) in a train station. But the real problem is the noise. We had a table for two in the far corner of the restaurant and it was still almost impossible to talk to each other in conversation tones. Shouting sweet nothings doesn't enhance the experience. In any event I am sure Town Hall will soldier on without us in the future but we will miss her. Maybe another try sitting on the patio. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buzzing for lunch
    IzIsFood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great little place near Embarcadero--a bit on the pricey side, but the food is always consistent, and the service that I've experienced has always been great. Their "Starter" salads are large enough to pass for a lunch entree, and their burger is huge...so beware of over-ordering.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    ZingerVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have been here a number of times and while I like the venue, style etc. it seems like the kitchen is always slow to get the meal out. Service is fine, it is just slow. In a social/friends event this isn't so bad, but in a business dinner setting, this gets a bit awkward.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On a Monday night
    HunterVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Thought we'd go on a Monday night for a less intense experience. Wow, were we surprised. The place was packed. As usual, the food was outstanding, both Mitchell and Steven were in house overseeing everything and checking with patrons. We have been many times and have never been disappointed (also applies to their two other restaurants). So, I guess it should be no surprise to find Town Hall busy any night of the week. We always default to Town Hall when we don't know what we want to do (eat).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Neighborhood Location
    JimJVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Very attractive restaurant with a nice menu and friendly staff. For my wife and me, this is the perfect Sunday evening dining place. On Saturdays, its personality is totally different, but it is still a terrific place to experience a dinner out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stylish comfort
    EMBEEVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went here with a small group and the meal was delicious and the service attentive. The whole meal was fantastic but I have to highlight the grilled nectarine and plum salad which was so good that I want to eat it again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great time!
    ducatisb
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    From the minute we walked through the door we were warmly greeted and experienced great service. The food was outstanding and the fried chicken a definite house special! The cocktails made for a fun time. We couldn't resist ordering 4 desserts! There will definitely be a return visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid
    JDS1234
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I am a repeat customer- they have an amazing wine list, food is solid (some items run a little salty but that's America), staff are very nice and professional. I love the space and convenient location.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off Night
    AHSF
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I am hoping this was just an off night. Town Hall used to be one of my favorite restaurants, we even had Christmas Eve dinner there several years ago. In a nut shell, the quality of the food was way less than what I recall from many previous visits (heirloom tomato salad was awful, tuna tartar spicy and tuna not fresh), portions were quite small, there was construction going on next door so sitting outside turned out to not be a great idea, waitstaff was sort of cool initially but warmed up towards the end. They did comp us dessert given the noise - which they did not have to do and was a nice gesture. Drinks were good. All in all, I will monitor other reviewers' feedback before deciding whether to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Till Dessert
    SFCAVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    First be warned that the noise level is exceptional. The loud jazzy music did not help. All was well till I ordered the dessert. After waiting 15 minutes for it to arrive the waiter informed me that it was coming soon. After more time waiting I was informed that the kitchen was having a "some kind of problem" with the sauce for the bread pudding and would I mind waiting a few more minutes. I said no and shortly thereafter the dessert was delivered by the bus boy. And yes I was charged for the very late dessert. Strange indeed. Other than the dessert fiasco the food was very good. I usually visit the restaurant after 1:00 as the place is almost empty and very quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fried Chicken and Great wine!
    JoweiVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My second time here. Everything we ordered was delicious. Fried chicken, BBQ ribs, Tuna tartare, Seafood stew, Fried okra and a bottle of Jordan Cab 09'. You can't go wrong at town hall and the service is great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very strong new american restaurant
    bennett5311
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Beyond the bacon maple old fashion, what stood out for me was the stellar front of the house service. The server was patient with the table that included a 12 year old. The food was excellent as well and of course I thoroughly enjoyed the butterscotch cote de creame.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • POT DE CREME!!!!!!!
    SFeater
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I have to admit, the first thing I think of when I reserve a table at Town Hall is the singularly spectacular chocolate/butterscotch pot de crème (dessert). It's the best dessert in San Francisco--HANDS DOWN. That said, during my most recent dinner there with a client we enjoyed the fried green tomatoes with ahi tuna appetizer and the heirloom tomato/watermelon salad. Both were killer. I also had the halibut--which was delicious--along with their yummy corn on the cob. The only downside to this restaurant is the noise level--which can be deafening. Otherwise, it's one of top choices for dinner downtown. If they discontinue that pot de crème, I will be devastated!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good, but had better before
    TiffyPops
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Had reservations and was seated right away. Friendly staff, attentive. Food had good presentation, but lacked in flavor for some reason this time... I had the catfish and chips - the batter was soggy and not crisp at all. Tasted a bit bland, which I was surprised. Friends had the shrimp po boy which she felt was okay. Other two friends has the ribs - plenty of meat, but lacked in flavor again. We also enjoyed the corn bread - which was all liked and thought was tasty. Finished off with dessert - chocolate mousse like with butterscotch... very yummy - some thought was too sweet, but enjoyed it. Atmosphere was nice - had a fun time with the girls. I was surprised the food was bland - would I come back? maybe...but not for a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The butterscotch and chocolate pot de creme alone is worth the trip to this restaurant. One of the best desserts I have had in a long time. Incredible!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud, slow service
    BatBoyVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Waited at least 10 minutes at our table before anyone acknowledged us. Took forever to get drinks, food arrived slowly. Not impressed. Typical SF restaurant, overpriced, overhyped, and crowded. Don't expect to have an intimate conversation here. Loud!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Foodie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    2 outstanding dishes: The fried chicken and the ribs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always top notch
    Dsomms
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We love this place. Don't come if your on a diet! We recommend the fried oysters, BBQ shrimp, and the pot de creme. Each is its own taste of heaven. And everything else we've ever had is good too. We will keep coming back until they tell us we can't!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid SoMa gem!
    Highjink
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Love Town Hall. It delivers quality service, solid food, great atmosphere at a non-astronomical price. It has survived the ever-changing nature of the neighborhood and is a place I would be proud to pop into on a whim or take out of town guests (which I did at our last visit). The fried chicken is delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch - Mostly Good
    Munga
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Three out of four entrees were great. The St. Louis ribs had no sauce and a strange seasoning. Even though the waitress raved that the ribs were very tender, they were tough and perhaps undercooked. Fortunately, the rest of the group had a better experience. The sea bass, salmon, and linguine were all delicious. The desserts were a hit. Butterscotch over chocolate pot de creme, plum cake, banana icebox cake and chocolate torte were all wonderful. They were passed around and couln't decide which was the best.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local gem!
    Terp330
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Found Town Hall first day in San Francisco while walking around. Stopped for lunch and found the food and service excellent! Decided to return for dinner three nights later. Again, a great meal. The veal meatballs appetizer was outstanding as was the main courses. The salmon and halibut were superb. What gem downtown near AT&T Park and the Embarcadero.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way too loud!
    Rowena
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The restaurant was extremely loud. My dining companion and I had to shout to hear each other. The food was okay; the standouts were the cornbread, oysters, the crispy okra and the side of corn and mushrooms that came with my entree. Otherwise, we were both underwhelmed by the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service an issue
    RQFSH
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Dined here with my wife and daughter. The large pork/biscuit plate was the hit of the night. A real must! I had the NY steak. The baste they use is very tasty. It was tough, not tender or juicy. Poor cut/bad luck? My daughter had the gnocchi, liked it did not love it. Salads and soup were great. Desert we had pudding and ice box cake. Pudding = amazing, cake = just okay. Service was slow with an overconfident attitude. Cocktails hit the table 25 minutes after we sat down. The food came in at acceptable time frames. $200 w/o tip. No wine. I've had better service at Waffle House. Service should never be in question, especially at a place like this. Pork plate for sure. Hoping the steak and service were just bad luck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we called our waiter sarge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    All really great but our waiter had us on a rigid schedule and wouldn't brook with any improv: no asking menu questions before he brought our drinks. He was brusque and somewhat condescending, tho I don't think he had a clue he was a turn off. Sort of funny and then suddenly not funny.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dan
    DG0108
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The steak was beyond spicy. We couldn't eat it because it was so hot. Server never came after food was delivered to check on us so we had no one to say anything to. When he finally came we said have it wasn't food and we couldn't eat it. John, the server just tilted his head and said "oh". Terrible service and a back steak. The fried chicken was okay but the server was aweful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'll be back!
    HeatherF
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This was my first visit to Town Hall and I've already recommended it to three other people and I'll definitely be back next time I'm in San Francisco. The food was excellent and unique with interesting mixes of flavors, and I was impressed with our service - just the right amount of attention even during the busy lunch rush.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Delicious
    Janis4u
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It doesn't matter what I order, it is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The dinner service was very lengthy. Waiting more than 20-30 min. after ordering a dinner should not be happening. We almost left to go somewhere else.
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  • Excellent!
    outandaboutVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Have been to Townhall a handful of times. Convenient location in SOMA / Embarcadero, close to BART and Transbay Terminal. This time around had a bottle of the Albarino they offered by the glass - very refreshing after a hot day. We started w/ the peach & plum salad & the tuna tartare w/ fried green tomatoes. Both were really delicious - well balanced, light (even w/ the fried tomatoes). We shared their fried chicken as it was my best friend's first time at Townhall. Some of the best fried chicken in the city. We ended with the pot de creme because, well, duh. It's the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent choice for Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I was in SF for a business dinner with the team I support and took them to dinner at Town Hall. I'd been to Town Hall a few times in the past, and have always been impressed! We enjoyed the pork chop, steaks and fried chicken around the table along with the jalepeno corn bread and the Espetus Pinot Noir (Russian River 2011). Overall feedback was fantastic, food phenomenal, and we would certainly return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    belafecha
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I went here for lunch on a Wednesday. The restaurant was quite empty at 1:30 pm. From the lunch menu we ordered the grilled sea bass, the linguine with shrimp an sausage, and a tossed chicken salad. All were amazing. The bass came on top of a warm sweet cornbread that complemented the bass perfectly. The pasta was simple and extremely tasty (with a New Orleans kick). The salad was also light and tasty. For desert we ordered a warm peach galete that came with fresh strawberries, marscapone whipped cream, and pistachios. This desert was the perfect ending to the meal; it was so light and sweet—but not too sweet. The strawberries with the peach galette were amazing. I would highly recommend Town Hall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait time for tiny portions
    tryingfoodsinSF
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Disclaimer: we had a group of 8 and the restaurant also seemed to have several other large groups that evening. Despite that, the food just took such an incredibly long time to come out. The appetizers took 30-40 minutes and were tasty but very small. Then we waited another hour and fifteen minutes for our entrees to come out. We had a few vegetarians, and the veggie meal (the only option on the menu - even the tomato soup isn't vegetarian!) was so disappointing. Burnt and just hardly any food at all. The rest of the table had seafood entrees and enjoyed them but we were all so tired at that point, we just wanted to go home. Maybe this place would be good for friends, but find somewhere else for a business dinner. Also very noisy!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Town Hall Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I had friends coming into town last minute and was scrambling on a Friday morning for a Friday evening reservation. Town Hall did not disappoint! The food was fantastic and wine delish! I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    ENLT
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I have been eating at Town Hall for almost 8 years and still have not had a bad experience. The staff is excellent, the food great, and the meal is never rushed no matter how busy it may be. Everyone we have recommended it to has loved it also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Town Hall is the best
    SpartyOn
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Everyte I come to SF, Town Hall is always on my list of places to go. The wine list is selected by one of the city's best sommeliers. Wine is typically delivered to you by this amazing wine expert that knows what works with the menu. The bar sticks high quality Liquors and features amazing drinks--the imaginative Peyite Trail was featured this time and was...delicious and unlike anything we've ever tasted. The apps are so good...the entrees are not only large they will be talked about many times after you leave Town Hall. The best item is Mary's Fried Chicken...perfectly prepared with a side of mashed garlic red potatoes and steamed broccoli. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.