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Townhouse Bar and Grill
Townhouse Bar and Grill

Townhouse Bar and Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://townhousebarandgrill.com
  • Phone: (510) 652-6151
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Mid-day Service: 2:30pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ellen Hope Rosenberg
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We do not cater on site but will fill to go orders that can be picked up by client.
  • Private Party Facilities: A private party is all about you and your group. The Townhouse does not have a private room but we will customize your event's menu and pay detailed attention to all of your requests. The restaurant is available for private party buyouts. We will even open on a Sunday, when we are normally closed, in order to meet your needs or budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Mazin Nasser (510) 652-6151
  • Special Events & Promotions: You may take over (buyout) the entire restaurant for your professional or personal events. Although we are closed on Sundays, we are open to a buyout.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Powell Street
  • Public Transit: The free Emery-go-Round that operates from the MaCarthur BART Station will drop you off at 59th Street and Hollis. This puts you at a distance of one and 1/2 blocks from the restaurant. You only need to walk one block up 59th, towards the Oakland Hills, to Doyle and make a right. The Townhouse will be on your left under the big Redwood tree.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a private lot next to the restaurant with space for 30 cars. Unfortunately the lot can be full and the restaurant is only a third full as many people arrive separately. Street parking is reasonably ample and not metered.
A word from Townhouse Bar and Grill
From the Emeryville fireman's dream of a Speakeasy that he built in 1926, to Steve Vernetti, the original Townhouse Speakeasy bartender who along with his family ran it for 35 plus years after Prohibition ended, the TH has been and remains an East Bay institution. Next came the 70's and 80's when country and western bars, music and dancing were at their peak and the theme at the TH. This period is fondly remembered by Cal graduates who continue to visit the Townhouse and reminisce about their dancing days but do not miss the peanut shells and sawdust on the floor. 1990 was the year that Ellen Hope Rosenberg, the current executive chef and owner, took over an ailing TH and resurrected it from top to bottom. From her inspired American-California style menu to the maintenance of the original construction both in and out. This is a restaurant that has a unique story whose food and ambiance is as authentic as the staff are courteous and genuine.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Ask for wait staff person, Kevin. He's great! The Townhouse Bar and Grill will work for you for anyone you want to bring to dinner (parents, partners, clients, friends). There is something on the menu for everyone. Relaxed but stylish environment. Tables are laid out on different levels. High ceilings. Unobtrusive Bar row. Sound level of the restaurant is comfortable for conversation. There's the ability to eat outside. The food was that excellent quality without being froufrou. Quantities were ideal for our appetites (husband with protein needs). It's a definite neighborhood gem and do not let the outside exterior fool you. It's a joke all of the steady customers enjoy every time--particularly when bringing new people."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Finally managed to convince my parents to visit me, so I took them out for dinner. Previously dined here for company functions. There's a great energy, but my older, traditional parents felt it was loud. Great for hanging out in a nice place without feeling you need to be hushed (or lay off the margueritas) and catching up with a party of friends/coworkers/etc. The service was spectacular!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Very good food and cocktails. Our waiter had very good suggestions on dessert wine. We had scallops and pork loin, simple dishes executed well."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "is the reason I gave the Ambience and Noise level good ratings. Food is great, service a little slow the night we were there AND their outdoor patio is very pleasant and welcomes our well-behaved canine friends!!! I am definitely going back and recommending to my four-legged friends and their owners. LCH"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Locals know it as the old speak-easy with quality food, great bar scene and even has a great waiter (ask for Joe and you will see). There for a birthday and all the buttons were pressed. From delicious veggie dishes to great and reasonably priced prime rib ( better than Kincaids and cheaper)...this is the place to go. Friendly crowd adds to the fun. When they brought out the candled piece of birthday cake the whole place sang. Bar knows how to make a martini, waiter knows what to recommend (I had crab stuffed halibut that was excellent). Outdoor dining on enclosed patio is lovely."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "this is nothing more, and certainly nothing less, than a reasonably priced, a bit noisy, fun, place to have dinner with friends."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great food generous portions love the valet parking"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Friendly, attentive service. Fun atmosphere. Great menu selection the Thai Steak Salad is not to be missed."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "wonderful spot in unique setting, innovative food, great stuffed halibut, well worth the trip to EVille."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The Townhouse is always a pleasure. The menu changes, updates, and experiments. I saw a couple of things I want to try so will be back again soon. All diners, whether entrees, just appetizers or salads, were served with smiles, conversation, and high quality of care . Thank you."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "And an enjoyable evening. It is a tad noisy, but that would be expected of a busy restaurant on a Saturday night. We will 100% return!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I have been coming here since the late 90's and I am NEVER disappointed. During the summer/fall season, they open the outdoor seating and it's always a great time. Came last night with my son and again, great food and the patio was perfect. Always a treat to come by and break bread."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Townhouse is one of very few restaurants where I want to order almost everything on the menu. We had Nicoise Salad and a seafood pasta dish and every element was wonderfully cooked and presented. Very fresh-tasting seafood and shellfish. The chef left the shells on the big shrimp (the only way to get the deepest flavor), but split the shells down the back so they were simple to eat. Brownie sundae was spectacular; the brownie was warm, ice cream rich vanilla, and carmelized pecans added great crunch. Can get pretty noisy when the long tables for 10-12 in the middle of the room start celebrating, but there are plenty of tables away from the center if you want to have a quieter conversation. I'll be back soon."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We got there a half hour before our reservation and had a glass of wine at the bar bartender was very friendly and accommodating. believe her name was Angela. sat down for dinner and had the mushroom appetizer which was excellent. prime ribs which I think was the best prime rib ever had even better than the house of prime rib in San Francisco. girlfriend had the peppercorn filet both were cooked exactly how we wanted them. desert and the service was excellent. We can't wait to go back again. thank you for the wonderful evening."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The wait staff are very patient and attentive. They did not rush ordering and made the diners feel welcome."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I usually love this restaurant, but we had a TERRIBLE, LAZY and borderline RUDE waiter. It ruined our evening which was a business dinner."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Recently I had an opportunity to award one of my customers with a sales award. I picked Townhouse since I had been there before and it was also close to my customers office. In addition to my customer surprise to the award the afternoon was made just that much better when both our meals were just fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Townhouse Bar & Grill offers a menu that can accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs and preferences. I love that it looks like a questionable dive from the outside and surprises you when you walk in to an open, airy and rustic interior. The wait staff is well-trained and attentive without being overbearing. The food is very good and satisfying. The only thing I'd like to see different is the acoustics. It's very hard to have a one-on-one conversation because of the noise in the restaurant due to the high, open ceiling. I guess it's a trade off for the nice interior. When the weather's nice, it's easier to converse on the outdoor deck area."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "It is such a treat to have lunch at Townhouse Bar & Grill. We split 2 appetizers and a salad and it was all delicious! Bloody Mary's are pretty darn good to boot!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I ordered halibut dinner...but waiter brought me salmon instead...so I had to watch my companions eat their entrees while I waited for my halibut. This is not what I expected...and of course, I informed the manager but no one offered to take the halibut off our bill for this poor service that ruined out dinner experience. This is NOT a sign of a good restaurant."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This restaurant has an open feel and modern vibe. Menu was varied for each of us to make a choice that we enjoyed. We went with the house wine- very good. Wasn't crowded, the day before a holiday. They paid attention to my request for a "quiet corner" and it was mentioned as a consideration when we were seated. Good place for a "ladies lunch". Ready to go again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I have been going to the Townhouse for years now, and I never stop appreciating the consistency. Always great cocktails, wonderful appetizers (artichoke crab dip is a must) and solid entrees. Service is always impeccable and friendly. A real outstanding gem in the Emeryville scene."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I have eaten here many times over several years and never disappointed. Angela was a great server though dirty plates could have been scooped up sooner. The thai steak salad was big enough to eat half and save the other half for lunch the next day. the bruschetta with perfectly sliced avocados was fabulous."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Had a reservation at 7pm for 2. We sat at our table for at least 15 minutes before we were approached by our waiter. The first thing he said was "So your fine with waters?" We said no, we wanted cocktails from the bar. We got to the point we asked our waiter if he could check on our entrees, which were sitting in the kitchen. We felt our fish to make sure it wasn't cold. I was surprised. I had heard a lot of good things about this place. The halibut was cooked perfectly, but the blueberry salsa had no fusion, it was really just tomatoes and blueberries. Beet salad was really good, and the polenta was just ok. Overall, not a super fantastic experience."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I've been dining at the Townhouse for over twenty years and its consistently excellent food, service, and overall ambience has never failed to impress me and my guests."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The standard menu covers all of the traditional bases, but with interesting local interpretations. The specials each night are fantastic! Although you could certainly spend a lot of money on a meal, the menu has a great range of pricing. It's possible to get out with an entrée and a glass of wine, plus tip, with the total being in the $30 range. For food this good, it's a great value. This restaurant is also very accommodating of large parties."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Don't let the outside fool you, this restaurant is casual chic! I love the modern yet warm and comfortable "barn-like" feel to the pretty dining room. The well-stocked bar displays many options while the bartenders take time preparing wonderful cocktails. We were eating on the light side and really enjoyed the potstickers and salads. All fresh and flavorful and served by attentive, friendly staff. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I have had lunch there a few times now, and it has always been very nice. The service is both friendly and professional and the food excellent, if not very creative."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "From the outside, questionable. From the inside, outstanding. This is a great neighborhood restaurant with wonderful service and great food."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "If you want a quiet table for two to celebrate something special, ask for table 44. It was a perfect table for our 44th wedding anniversary! The food was wonderful too."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "As always, we loved the garlic fries and calamari. This time I tried the open faced crab sandwich and it was really tasty!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Full bar that is friendly. Dinner choices for every appetite...from veggie dishes to Prime Rib. Enjoyed the malbec by the glass. Original achitecture...just as it was when it was a speakeasy many years ago. A good place to bring out of town guests...a charming peak at the old Emeryville, when it was the Red Light Distric fro the Navy lads stationed in Alameda."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Friends from SF came over the bridge for some sun. Karl The Fog was lingering but we were seated on deck in a protected corner. Fence was a great wind break. Server 'Koffi' recommended mojitos. Perfect! Then some killer apps of garlic fries and calamari. Now the sun was warming us up. Ordered the Thai steak salad and a second mojito. We were getting loud but the lunch crowd had gone back to work. Great spot for a midweek lunch. Valet parking made it easy too. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Always great. Had the scallops this time and i was impressed. Everything cooked perfectly, invluding the asparagas and mashed potatoes. Generous portion of scallops surprized me."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Dinner outdoors at this place is very pleasant. Host, Maz, immediately makes you feel at home. crab dip and baguette is a great appetizer to share. Nice Thai steak salad followed. Full bar that is friendly and knows how to make a drink. This is a landmark place with great original decore....just lovely."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We have always frequented Townhouse. Now that we are right around the corner, lunch AND dinner will be a more frequent option."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We've been coming for the past 20 years. As usual, good food, good service. Came with friends on a Thursday evening, 6:30 reservations. Not too crowded or noisy, Good wine and Scotch selection. Service was paced just right."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed the vintage ambiance of this space & the history. Good food, good space for good friends. Food is always solidly great, love the wait staff..... consistent, fresh and tasty neighborhood spot. Don't overlook Townhouse!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "One of my favorite Bay Area restaurants. It's got it all going on. Food, service and a comfortable environment."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This place never has disappointed me which is saying something, since I began coming here in the late 70s! I lapsed for many years but came back about 7-8 years ago and now come as often as I can (not exactly cheap-but not terribly expensive either). This dinner was to celebrate my BD-lovely."
    Dined on 5/13/2014