342 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- 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
- 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.Continued
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Town Hall reviews from OpenTable diners
209 reviews since May 5, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelEnergetic
fit for foodies (106)good for groups (70)special occasion (67)great for lunch (63)neighborhood gem (51)hot spot (49)notable wine list (41)vibrant bar scene (32)romantic (24)great for outdoor dining (18)great for brunch (11)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (6)Show More
- New favorite restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/30/2014The ambiance, food and wine were spectacular, but what made the experience even better was our server, Robbie. He was personable and has a passion for the restaurant, chef and bartender. His recommendations for food and drinks were wonderful.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worst. Dinner. Ever. At Town Hall.DrewPaikVIPDined on 8/29/2014I've been coming here for years because I live around the corner, but I have never had such bad service or food at what is normally a solid restaurant. I'm glad I wasn't able to add another person to my reservation (even though the floor was half empty) because it spared them the indignity of having to endure the worst dinner ever. Service was slow, my orders kept getting messed up, and the oysters were fishy. I had to complain twice to the manager and specifically ask for our waiter to be removed because he became hostile (e.g. slamming down steak knives without saying a word).
- Buzzy and Great FoodSarasotaLadyDined on 8/25/2014Town 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- RiffkenRiffkenDined on 8/23/2014Town 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:
- outstandingOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/22/2014loved the food esp the okra and cornbread wonderful upscale southern dining in CaliforniaSpecial Features:
- So sad, used to be delicious...DahoDined on 8/22/2014This 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.
- Still GoodJAYHJVIPDined on 8/22/2014A 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:
- Sadly I will miss this placeOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 8/20/2014We 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:
- Buzzing for lunchIzIsFoodDined on 8/20/2014Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good but not greatZingerVIPDined on 8/19/2014I 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:
- On a Monday nightHunterVIPDined on 8/18/2014Thought 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:
- Solid Neighborhood LocationJimJVIPDined on 8/17/2014Very 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:
- Stylish comfortEMBEEVIPDined on 8/17/2014We 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:
- A great time!ducatisbDined on 8/16/2014From 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:
- SolidJDS1234Dined on 8/15/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Off NightAHSFDined on 8/14/2014I 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.
- Good Till DessertSFCAVIPDined on 8/14/2014First 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:
- Fried Chicken and Great wine!JoweiVIPDined on 8/9/2014My 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:
- Very strong new american restaurantbennett5311Dined on 8/9/2014Beyond 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- POT DE CREME!!!!!!!SFeaterDined on 8/7/2014I 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:
- good, but had better beforeTiffyPopsDined on 8/7/2014Had 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/6/2014The 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!I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loud, slow serviceBatBoyVIPDined on 8/5/2014Waited 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!
- FoodieDined on 8/4/20142 outstanding dishes: The fried chicken and the ribs.Special Features:
- Always top notchDsommsDined on 8/1/2014We 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:
- Solid SoMa gem!HighjinkDined on 7/30/2014Love 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:
- Lunch - Mostly GoodMungaDined on 7/29/2014Three 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- A local gem!Terp330Dined on 7/28/2014Found 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:
- Way too loud!RowenaDined on 7/28/2014The 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.
- Service an issueRQFSHDined on 7/26/2014Dined 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:
- we called our waiter sargeOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/26/2014All 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:
- DanDG0108Dined on 7/25/2014The 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.
- I'll be back!HeatherFDined on 7/24/2014This 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:
- Always DeliciousJanis4uDined on 7/24/2014It doesn't matter what I order, it is always good.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 7/17/2014The 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.
- Excellent!outandaboutVIPDined on 7/17/2014Have 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:
- Excellent choice for DinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/16/2014I 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:
- ExcellentbelafechaDined on 7/16/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Long wait time for tiny portionstryingfoodsinSFDined on 7/15/2014Disclaimer: 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:
- Town Hall ReviewOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/11/2014I 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: