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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Town reviews from OpenTable diners
308 reviews since May 23, 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 (150)vibrant bar scene (143)fit for foodies (132)hot spot (116)great for lunch (115)great for brunch (103)good for groups (101)great for outdoor dining (101)notable wine list (66)romantic (65)kid-friendly (34)late-night find (28)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Perfect right from the start
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • 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
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    • 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
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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
    • 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
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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
    • 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
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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
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.