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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Town reviews from OpenTable diners
318 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (175)special occasion (166)vibrant bar scene (148)fit for foodies (128)hot spot (127)great for lunch (122)good for groups (107)great for outdoor dining (106)great for brunch (105)romantic (69)notable wine list (64)kid-friendly (33)late-night find (30)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Our Favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Town is our favorite restaurant! Period! Love the food, the value, the service, and we have been going since the A Tavola days! It is simply our favorite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    frqnttrvlr94104
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    What an exciting, vibrant venue. Too bad the food didn't measure up. Prime rib was excellent looking on presentation, but turned out to be dry and unappetizing. Ordered medium rare; it was medium. Waiter was sooo busy with his tables, he didn't really check in on us midway to see how the food was. Only chance to ask for coffee refill was when he presented the check.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    menmarc
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had never been to Town before but decided to try it to celebrate my birthday. The service was excellent as was the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charlotte
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Friends celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary had never been to Town and LOVED it!! They're fussy diners. I have been many times and have always been pleased with food, service, etc. I highly recommend Town to one and all. Charlotte
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CeceSF
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Best bread pudding I've ever had. I keep coming back to Town just for the bread pudding. The skirt steak with the garlic mashed potatoes are just as delicious, not to mention their warm napa cabbage. Always a great dining experience at Town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Love their weekend brunch. So glad they extended hours to start earlier.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The New San Carlos
    pallieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Downtown San Carlos as transformed dramatically in the last 15 years. From sleepy by 7 to vibrant indoor and outdoor dining all along Laurel Street (north), Town Restaurant is the keystone. Upscale design with large square bar, leather upholstered booths and even a Sushi Bar illustrate the eclectic offerings. The menu offers meat, fish, pasta, salads all well prepared with emphasis on delicious and some new notes. For example, the deep fried lemon slices served with the sole had a fresh touch, and was excellent. Bread pudding dessert is well known and widely appreciated. Service is attentive and accommodating. Outdoor dining on the sidewalk. Well stocked bar (but no Talisker, sadly).
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent lunch
    Fun2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had lunch at Town in San Carlos. Salads and salmon sandwich were excellent. Best French fries, but even better was the service, outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Celebration to Remember
    juliemac
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We enjoyed the royal treatment when dining at Town for our son's 21st birthday celebration. From the moment we walked in, the hostess Allicia, the bartender, and our server, Jenny, treated us to excellent service, specially printed menus, and over-the-top delectable foods, drinks, and desserts. Seated out front, we enjoyed dishes like the wedge salad, pork chops, skirt steak, and prime rib. The flavors of each dish were popping! The same held true when it came to dessert. The birthday boy was treated to the famous bread pudding, while the rest of us enjoyed a six-layer cake and hot fudge sundae. We are still dreaming of it all! Thank you, Town, for such a wonderful night and for making his birthday one to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Evening On The Town
    Poohpa
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was our first time at the Town and it was worth the weeks wait for a reservation. We arrived a bit early but were promptly seated. The Town is definitely a hot spot and in spite of being very vibrant we were pleased to be able to hold a conversation without yelling. The service was very personable and outside of a timing glitch to start (My Barrel Aged Manhattan came along with my Tomato Bisque) was very efficient. This was a minor glitch as surprisingly the flavors melded quite nicely together and both were delicious. The food overall is very good. The steaks were cooked to perfection. Our only criticism is the 'sides' could use a bit of work. The Mac'n'Cheese and Broccoli were pretty average though my 'Loaded Baked Potato' was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Delight
    mzscapesVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As frequent diners @ Town, we enjoiy the food, service and professionalism of the staff... This was a dual birthday celebraiton and the once again Town performed to their high standards... A special shout out to Jenny our server for another stellar experience and taking care of our elder mothers and dietary needs... We shall return !!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun for Brunch
    BB1948
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have been to Town before but not for Sunday brunch. It was very busy with people sitting at the bar watching the football game and people meeting friends for lunch/brunch. The noise was a vibrant exciting noise that filled the place with the hustle and bustle of having a good time. Country Eggs Benedict were light and tasty. Overall a great Sunday brunch experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Party of 3 for dinner. Bone-in Ribeye was good. Chocolate cake was the star of the night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We've been going to this restaurant since they opened - however, in the last few months, the quality of the food has declined.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slow service
    Djfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We've been to town many times and this visit was an anomaly. Our server was nice and efficient and once we had our food she became invisible. She may have been working on to go orders or some other administrative task but we finally had to stop a table busser and ask him to find our server. It took him a long time to find her. Our kids left, walked to Starbucks, got a coffee, came back, and finished the coffee before our check arrived. The food was excellent as always; but being forced to wait for the check (to the point where we talked about just walking out) will ruin even the best meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best brunch
    Brunch
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Love town! It's a gem on the peninsula and a great place to have brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food - wonderful service
    Hotspot
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service was excellent. Very crowded, popular place. Fortunately we were seated in back where noise level wasn't as bad so we could have a normal conversation. Loved the food
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • bcorrigan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    One of my favorites - great menu, something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've been here for many friends birthdays! The menu is always Amazing and the service is always spectacular! Make reservations, it's soooo worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is the first time I did not really enjoy my meal at Town. I ordered the stir fried veggies with chicken. It was very bland, and they did not have brown rice. Disappointing because I have loved most of my other meals here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for lunch!
    Biotechdinner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great spot for lunch on the peninsula! They have a lunch special for 18 dollars that is great! You can choose a starter and an entree. Be sure to get reservations - the plasce gets filled up at noon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food with a special touch
    DaniG
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    WE always enjoy going to TOWN because we know the food is of great quality and is always consistent. We love the menu. There is always something for any guest we bring. The passion fruit martini was a huge hit! Loved our waiter. Loved the people watching too! oh and dessert...we would choose to go to TOWN just for the bread pudding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great place!
    NanaVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Every time I go to this restaurant I always have great service. The food is amazing and the bar is fantastic! I love their brunch which is AMAZING! Can not complain!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Restaurant
    JaneS
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great steak! Great ambiance! Fantastic desserts! One of my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area - only reason not 5 stars is that it's a bit too noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    MistyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food here was excellent! The rolls and tataki were very tasty, and the steaks were wonderful. The prime rib was a bit overcooked (medium instead of medium rare as ordered), but the baseball cut steak was perfect. Service was sketchy. The servers kept putting food down in front of the wrong people so we had to hand around the plates. We also had to request condiments more than once since the server wouldn't come back after a request was made. And getting water refilled was a challenge. We would go back for the food, but I hope the servers can be more on the ball next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful birthday dinner
    MickeyVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Celebrated a birthday. Dinner was delicious. The waiter was helpful and attentive. Highly recommend Town for all occasions!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First round fail
    foodie4sure
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Ate at Town. My colleague ordered the Halibut which was so over cooked it was like jerky. We had to send it back. When we did the manager was very apologetic, very attentive, and they made it again. They also took the charge for dinner off of the final check. So, I would recommend this restaurant in the end.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Town
    Judi22reviews
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I had lunch with three family members whom I have not seen in a long time. I asked for their most quiet table and got it. The wait staff were very friendly and efficient and most of all the food was delicious! I had the cobb salad and it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for business lunch
    Travel4Food
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Town is a great place for a business lunch. Quiet enough inside to hear each other without shouting. Nice spacing between tables. Good food. I had the chinese chicken salad which was excellent. Nice variety of non-alcoholic cocktails. I had the DeeDee which is primarily pineapple juice and ginger beer. Interesting flavors and beautifully presented with a large pineapple slice, but I would skip it next time. Too sweet. For dessert we both had the Banana Pound Cake with a caramelized banana, scoop of vanilla ice cream and slice of pound cake with a rum sauce. This was disappointing. The flavor of the sauce wasn't strong enough, so the pound cake was just soggy without much flavor. The caramelized banana and ice cream were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has it all
    RobTomVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Another great dinner at Town. You can get dressed up - and have mac n cheese. You can enjoy fine wine with your epic ribs - and have custom-printed Happy Birthday menus for your 10 year old, and waiter who makes a nice fuss over her and brings the most delicious bread pudding with a candle in it when you try to pass on dessert. Thanks again, Town! Pride of San Carlos.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Occasion
    Surprise
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My husband and I went there for our wedding anniversary dinner. We always wanted to try this restaurant. It was perfect for us! Everything was perfect, the atmosphere, the noise level, the food (taste & presentation), and most of all, our service. We started off with the Ahi Tuna Tataki appetizer, + salad greens; my husband had the 20oz Bone-in Ribeye steak, and I had their Prime Rib. The desserts were great too, (although we were too full to finish them). It had a vibrant atmosphere, the noise & energy level was humming around us, yet we could hear our conversation between the two of us (it wasn't loud). Fantastic! We will return again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful brunch
    DocB
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The brunch at Town was phenomenal. We loved it. The service was friendly, attentive, and perfectly timed. The food was divine. We will definitely return to try out more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect place for birthdays
    Fun2Dine
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Was very impressed with the "custom" menu stating Happy Birthday to our guest at the top of the menu. Complimentary birthday dessert for the guest of honor was amazing! Thank you for making the evening so memorable for our birthday guest!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Recovery
    SurfinFanatic
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I made reservations for a Thursday evening. Town called to confirm the day prior. When we arrived on time there was some confusion regarding our reservation and it appeared our table was given away. We had to wait about 10 min to resolve. After that the rest of the evening and dining experience was favorable. The prime rib and sides were excellent. Service at the table was prompt, efficient and friendly. Based on the food and table service I would have given it a 4 star. Only reason I gave a 3 was the reservation being fouled up. However, the mistake was handled well and I would return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Town is a family favorite and every time we go we are never disappointed. The food is always delicious and the service is impeccable. Town is a can't miss place to eat!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Town
    CoastalDiner655
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Town is a great restaurant for San Carlos, especially if you live in San Carlos. However, if you have to travel any distance it gets an overall "good" rating. I had the seared ahi, perfectly seared (as in barely) very nice sushi grade. My wife had the steak au poivre, she asked for medium, some parts were medium,other parts were very rare. With the steak you get two sides, which were not memorable. The sides are prepared in separate dishes and are delivered when ready, so everything shows up separately, not late, but you end up with 3 dishes for one order. It's like an assembly plant in that regard. Pricing wise, there is no point to travel to San Carlos when you can get a better meal in SF for about the same price point.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Energetic!
    Jane
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The cocktails are awesome as is the food! I had the hamburger, my friends had the skirt steak and the halibut - tasty all around.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our waitress was outstanding, attentive without being intrusive and very friendly. The bussers were very nice too and packaged leftovers separately! Paid attention to detail. Food was outstanding as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local1955VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Another wonderful breakfast at Town. The sugar bacon is the "must have" dish -- had the country benedict - just great. Sat outside and had a great time, while car was in pep boys getting new tires. Sat a little longer and never felt pushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    Euphoricsearch4foodVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very nice...from the minute we walked through the door to the time we left was a very pleasant lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.