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Town Hall

Town Hall Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.townhallsf.com
  • Phone: (415) 908-3900
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "It doesn't matter what I order, it is always good."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I would probable go to Boulevards next time and get much better service & food for the same price."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Friendly and efficient service. Loved food except for soft shelled crab which was fishy. We got there before they opened but they let us sit on patio, brought us water and opened the bar early to accommodate us. A really nice dining experience. New Orleans with a twist. Loved it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "one of the best experiences I have had in San Francisco. Impeccable service, delicious meal and great wine selection. The verbena panna cotta is to die for!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Four of us celebrated a belated Father's Day meal, and we all agreed every bite of appetizers, entries and dessert were just terrific."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The service was very slow when we went there on a Saturday night. It took about 20 minutes to get our first drink and then at least another 15 to get appetizers. Waiter was apologetic. Also really noisy in there. Fried oysters was fantastic but my steak was overdone and so spicy I had to scrape the garlic-jalapeno sauce off the top. Desert was the best part by far. Maybe get appetizers and desert and call it a night."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food here is always delicious - and the service is beyond outstanding! I am always so impressed with the service here - and the food. Hands down it is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. The wine list is terrific - and the cocktails are always a delight! I've had this waitress every time I've been at Town Hall and she's terrific (but I am failing to remember her name)."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "But not great. Does everything just fine, so I would recommend. But don't expect to have a conversation, even at a small two-top. Noise level is always ear splitting."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had an amazing dinner celebrating our 7th anniversary. They were kind enough to seat us at a nice private "nook" table (which was perfect because I lost my voice and was afraid we wouldn't be able to talk!). We had champagne, delicious deep fried oysters, the ham sandwich was to die for, awesome halibut and THE...FRIED...CHICKEN!! The food was outstanding and so was the service. They made us feel special and made it a point to congratulate us and surprised us with a complimentary plate of dessert bites since we were too full to actually order a dessert. We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Food and service was outstanding. The restaurant was very busy and the way the tables are set up (like a Town Hall) makes navigation difficult for servers. It took a few extra minutes to be waited on, but once we were connected the service was fantastic. The food was wonderful. I ordered a butter lettuce salad which was generous and delicious, followed by halibut over fresh spring peas and vegetables. It was one of the best dishes I have had in recent memory. The halibut was beautifully prepared and the peas and vegetables tasted like they had been freshly picked from the garden. Somehow I managed to order a chocolate butterscotch pudding for dessert. Save room, get it "to-go" -- it was perfect."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was incredible - fresh and innovative take on traditional dishes. I tried the fried chicken, the apricot-plum salad and the fried okras. The fried okra was to die for. I wish the server had told me though that the portion size on the fried chicken was worthy of two people. On the service side, I was disappointed. First, the staff was very awkward in seating a single guest. Somehow the idea of someone showing up all alone to dine at a restaurant like this is unheard of? I was seated at probably the worst corner table next to a column and my server showed up later than tables whose guests had arrived after me. There was not a lot of advice offered on the menu, no attention during my meal, and I had to wait forever for the check."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food is good , yet not worth it. Went TH night; no issue getting seated. Noisy place; prepare to talk loud like at a bar on game night. That wasn't so bad. Here is what went wrong: 1. My appetizer was served with my dinner (I expect it to come out way earlier). 2. Takes forever to get anyones attention and get your food. 3. My $35 steak was over cooked well-done (ordered med-rare). 4. My dessert & coffee orders were placed at the same time after dinner. Expectation is that it all comes up quick AND served at the same time. Reality: espresso took 15 min and served cold/warm, and then 15 min later the dessert was served. Spoke to Mgr, and he did not care what I had to say about the above."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service. My fish was prepared perfectly."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Once a top notch restaurant has established itself it can struggle to constantly innovate and keep the food great yet dynamic. Town hall always rises to the occasion with a great in depth, creative and delicious menu. I have been dining here since the beginning and it's still great."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We've been here a few times now over the last year, and it has been consistently good every time. The food is best described as fine Southern dining with a touch of New American- from perfectly cooked fried chicken to a well executed duck breast. There is something for everyone's taste, which made it perfect for our family dinner after our City Hall wedding. Everyone was happy with their dishes (even the vegetarian), and gave the place rave reviews. My favorite item on the menu, and a must have, is the BBQ Shrimp- it is amazing! You'll want to get extra bread for this one to sop up all that delicious sauce that comes on it."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Such a lovely locale and I've long wanted to try it. But the good was extremely mediocre. Best dish was the ham and biscuits, which we shared as an appetizer. My veal meatballs were grainy, dry and bland. My husband's fish stew was lukewarm and the shrimp were soft, mealy and a little off-tasting -- ie not fresh and crisp. Such a shame since the menu is creative and the place packed, but this is another high-concept SF restaurant serving upscale cafeteria food. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We celebrated my daughter's birthday with lunch. They made it special and presented us with a birthday dessert plate. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Everything in the restaurant was really good and the waiter steered me to great wines and food. My only gripe was the valet. It was more expensive that i had anticipated; it was $20, but that doesn't really surprise me and isn't really a problem. I just wish that for that price, they would have posted it somewhere so I knew it going in and that the valet would have left my radio presets, mirror and seat presets alone or at least had the courtesy to return them to their original positions."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "My friend ordered the pork chop - it was dry and overcooked. I had the fried chicken and it was excellent. During dinner, however, a roach ran across the table. We smashed it and called the waitress over. They comped our dinner but we were really disappointed at the overall experience and won't be back."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Delicious ham and cheese sandwich with super rich cream but a delight. Had the tuna appetizer and galleries with vanilla bean ice cream. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food is always great, you're treated in a friendly and relaxed way. W00t! Sometimes it's a biiiit noisy, but who cares:)"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Had a great dinner and cocktails at the town hall our service was outstanding and we really enjoyed the whole evening. The fried chicken was amazing!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I had heard a lot about this place and wanted to check it out for awhile. Service was pretty good, our server was knowledgeable about the menu and wine(great wine list by the way!). Food was okay.....veal meatballs were lacking flavor, squash apricot soup didn't have those flavors but instead the garnishes of cilantro and jalapeno were all you could taste. Pork chop was dry, ribs under cooked, side of kale to salty to eat. On a positive side, the duck was really good, red pepper jelly and biscuits with the ham were awesome, ham and cheese toast is a meal in itself! Desserts however were the best part-Butterscotch chocolate pot de creme and banana ice box were the best. Overall.....couple of things shined but you can find better in SF."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Outstanding event at town hall. The food was great, the drinks were unique. Everything was top notch. Only observation- the front door to the resturant is positioned strange. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "From start to finish, our dinner was great. The courses came out at a perfect pace, service was excellent, the drink list had good choices for decent prices. All in all, a wonderful night out, everyone should try Town Hall at least once, cause you will come back. Plus, their new chef is really good, like, REALLY good."
    Dined on 5/22/2014