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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Town reviews from OpenTable diners
301 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 (177)special occasion (156)vibrant bar scene (141)fit for foodies (141)hot spot (123)great for lunch (112)great for brunch (106)good for groups (103)great for outdoor dining (99)romantic (64)notable wine list (62)kid-friendly (41)late-night find (26)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Thank you, Town!
    ShawnaOMVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We celebrated our 5 year anniversary here the other night. We weren't able to get a babysitter so I needed something child-friendly, but also worthy of a celebration. The Town Team went out of their way to make us feel appreciated. Over-the-top service! I'm so happy we chose to celebrate here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Town
    Ronnie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Town is one of the few Gems in San Carlos. Food, Service and Ambiance are excellent. the Following are a must try Starters: BBQ Shrimp, Philly cheesesteak eggrolls Entree: Teriyaki Skirt Steak, Seared Ahi Tuna or any of the hand cut filet mignon Desserts: Bread Pudding is a must try. and if you happen to go on a sunday brunch, don't forget the unlimited mimosa's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sounds like the whole TOWN is here
    Ducky
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is not the place if you want a romantic dinner with your lady. That goes double if she's a vegetarian. (Even though this IS the Bay Area.) The place was deafeningly loud, but this could have been because there was a Giants game on. (Still, it's not a sports bar.) We were seated in a booth right by the door, where large groups of desperate housewives hovered over us until they were seated. By the time we got to order around 8:30, they had already run out of all the vegetarian options. They don't even have any vegetarian entrees, so my date was left with basically one option. On the bright side, our server was awesome. He was busy but very helpful and pleasant. My food was delicious. We made it work, but we probably won't return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Brunch in Bay Area
    ItsAlwaysFriday4me
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I've been very fortunate to have been invited to Town on several occasions. The food and drink offerings for Brunch are second to none. I typically order the chilaquiles but decided to try the Moco Loco this time. the Chorizo, Beef Patty, Rice, Eggs, and Rings with the gravy make this a spectacular experience. One of the many hidden gems is the Bacon. Do yourself a favor and order some bacon. It is pure Hog Heaven. I am not sure why it is so good but it phomazing!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BOMB Brunch!
    lexylou
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Town's Brunch menu is one of the best around not only for the quality, but for the extensive variety. There was something on there for taste buds across the board. I went with 4 others (strategic move so that I could taste a little bit of everything!) I ordered the chicken and waffles and it was a perfect portion that wasn't overwhelming or doused in syrup and gravy. The service was great--- never saw the bottom of my bottomless mimosa :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, special birthday lunch
    happayoshie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We celebrated my daughter's birthday there, and she was treated with remarkable attention throughout the meal. First of all, we received menus especially printed for her special day, with a birthday greeting and her name at the top. How many restaurants do that? My daughter is on a wheat-free diet, and was delighted to be able to choose from a gluten-free menu. An extraordinarily delicious and gluten-free birthday dessert (house-made pumpkin-spice & vanilla soft-serve with hot caramel sauce & praline pecans) was given to us free of charge. The meal was "foodie" enough to delight my culinary-trained daughter. I will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yeah Gluten-Free!
    kkes422
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The waiters did their best to assure a gluten-free and dairy-free experience for us. Both of us were gluten-free. While it was disconcerting to see that the chef put breaded scallions on my friend's gluten-free salad, the waitress spotted the inconsistency after she brought the salad out and went back pronto to get a new salad for my friend. I ordered the King Salmon and it was delicious and filling and was glad that they were adaptable on the menu so I could get a different side than the one that usually comes with the dish. And best of all, I felt good afterwards and savored the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Town never let's ya down
    Lebouche
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Perfect day for lunch ala fresco. Service was good food was great! It's a go to spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food / Great atmosphere
    Town
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I always regard a trip to Town as a special treat. Whether I'm at the bar with appetizers (which are wonderful) or sitting down to a full meal, I've never been disappointed with this restaurant. The service is friendly and checks in when you want them to. The skirt steak salad for lunch is delicious. AND Town is one of the few restaurants I've found that really knows how to make a green apple martini. What more can you ask?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Up to Its Usual
    Tony
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Had reservations for a Sunday evening at 5:00. Dinner was served almost an hour after placing order. My filet was overcooked and returned. Second steak was perfectly prepared. Not Town's best showing and very unusual for their normally high standards of quality and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt like a sports bar
    Marcus
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Not to be negative, but the atmosphere and the massive bar in the middle made it feel like a sports bar. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday
    Mamanee
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    And it was on the menu! What a great surprise. Thanks for making hubby's bday special. A bit overwhelming when we walked in on how loud it was even on a Sunday night. Not what we expected but food made up for it. Very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family night out @ Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We've heard many good things about this place and we finally had to try it for ourselves. We were not disappointed. Service was excellent and the food was scrumptious and savory! Definitely coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Whats going on...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    For the first time in a long time we wondered what has happened at our go to restaurant. My drink came wrong, a vegetable listed on the menu with an entree was not right, an up charge to sub rice for a another starch on an entree. All minor, just not as good as we have to come to expect from Town.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time
    shortandsweet
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Second time at TOWN and enjoyed our experience. This time with the hubby, though he wasn't too impressed. It wasn't just the food, but the service and venue itself, along with service. Always excellent! Had the skirt stake which was a mistake. First time I ate at TOWN, I had the Ribeye and that was excellent. Should've tried either the Ribs or Prime Rib. But my drink and dessert was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    sosorry
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had been to Town several times before and was always impressed with their Brunch menu (chilequiles). However, the dinner menu and quality of food leaves a lot to be desired. I had the Filet mignon (Baseball cut/prep) with a red wine glaze and while the meat was tender and cooked well enough, the side of corn with cheese was actually more flavorful. I expected more quality for a $38 piece of meat. My Moscow Muel was passable but they used to serve in a more compelling mug - now it is just a plain old silver barrel shape mug. The waitress was nice enough but from the minute we sat down, felt like we were rushed to get out. The worst (read most disappointing) part of our meal was the bread pudding dessert - was just plain.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EVERYTHING GREAT
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Whole meal a delight. Perfect salad.....Steak and fish cooked perfectly. Dessert wonderful A wonderful night out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect right from the start
    Chef63withWife
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Warm greeting, beautifully appointed dining and bar areas, amazing service consistent throughout a perfect meal. Each dish was prepAred and presented with attention to detail. Interesting and wonderfully flavorful dishes. The halibut was to live for, the Ceasar salad was superb with the Parmesan crisps, the bread pudding was over the moon delicious and the attentiveness of our server, Lou-Ann made the whole experience perfect. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best steak anywhere!
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I live in Texas and steak and ribs are proudly proclaimed throughout. But the Town NY Strip and bone-in ribeye are the best I've ever had anywhere. Frequent travels to the Bay Area keep me coming back every time to taste these flavorful delights. And if you have a sweet tooth, the chocolate Sunday is simply wonderful for sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    Jouvenet
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We made a reservation for 5 pm since I was told that sometimes Town can get a bit busy. That was an understatement. The place was full within minutes of us being seated at 5 pm and I can see why. The food was great and so was the service. I will certainly recommend Town when I have the chance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Izzy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food is always great at town! Brunch was delicious! I had the chicken and waffle and that's definitely my favorite for brunch. The service was good as always. Town is definitely the best restaurant on laurel street in San Carlos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch place
    melkor
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Came here with my wife and friends for my wife's birthday. Food was good and service was fast and very attentive to our table. The only down size is that it is a little pricey but overall the experience was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You Gota Be There
    HamM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    So much fun, such a wonderful staff, and the Deviled Eggs were to die for!! Reservations are a must, we made ours four weeks in advance. Parking can be a challenge and you should give yourself plenty of time to find a spot. As would be expected with all the restaurants along the street, it is very busy on a Friday night but it is well worth all the effort to have dinner at Town. We will return soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I have been to Town twice and had a good experience both times. The meats were cooked to perfection. The lobster is a large portion unlike the tiny lobsters you get elsewhere. I had a side of heirloom tomatoes with my steak and there were only 4 small tomatoes. Wish they were more. The meat loaf is quite delicious. All the appetizers were good except the BBQ shrimp was overcooked and the shaking beef was also overcooked. Wish you had mushrooms as a side dish as I think they go good with steaks. Town was not tight with the liquor which is a good thing. I was surprised that there were not any bread. I do judge a restaurant by the amount of liquor they give. The staff is very attentive and very courteous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • etknoxVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This place never lets me down. Still the best rib eye and bread pudding in the peninsual area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OscarTango
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food, attentive servers and they never made us feel rushed. A very relaxing meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best dining experience in years!
    TreemanVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our server, Jen, was attentive, knowledgeable, personable, professional, and considerate. This was a wedding anniversary celebration (>40 years!), and the restaurant provided printed menus with the date and "Happy Anniversay!" to us. Provided complimentary desserts with a candle for the occasion. Menu was varied, ambitious, and extremely appealing. I had heard very good things about Town, and it definitely met my expectations. We'll be back, and will be recommending it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Twin2
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband had the Steak Benedict he said it was great. To get him to say that is a real complement
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Favorite!
    JulieDave
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Very vibrant place. Lots of energy. Food overall was good. Overall service was good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic