1623 E. Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148Neighborhood:
East Passyunk Avenue
Contemporary FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.townsendrestaurant.com/
- Phone: 2676393203
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday & Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Townsend Wentz
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from Townsend
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Townsend reviews from OpenTable diners
180 reviews since May 21, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (160)neighborhood gem (110)special occasion (102)romantic (80)notable wine list (60)hot spot (27)vibrant bar scene (20)good for groups (11)late-night find (5)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Just Flat Out GreatOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/15/2014We had a great overall experience. The hostess was very accommodating when we told her we wanted to have a drink before dinner. The bartender was super nice and made an amazing Pimms Cup. Once seated our server couldn't have been more pleasant, professional or knowledgable. The only reason the good didnt get five stars is because the rabbit dish wasn't ready for service so I had to go with the lamb, which was outstanding. We will be going back especially since it's a block away from our house.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Small menu, excellent prepOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 9/14/2014As other reviewers have noted, the menu is very brief and all dishes we ordered (3 persons) were deftly executed. However, we do not consume fois gras and veal for ethical reasons and therefore, for us, the choices at Townsend are extremely limited. The wine list is modest and is populated with esoteric wines from mostly unknown producers. That said, the two wines we had were interesting -- but anytime you order an obscure wine you are taking a risk and the wine prices at Townsend are formidable. Overall, the cost per person exceeds $100, so just be aware. Our final comment is that the kitchen displayed considerable talent.Special Features:
- Fantastic!OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/14/2014We had a romantic dinner on the second floor with a view to the street. Best seat in the house. A nice start. Loved the himachi appetizer and the special of the day was a homemade gnocchi with mushrooms. Fantastic! Sea scallops were also delicious. For dinner I had the the skate wing which was perfectly prepared and my husband had the chicken dish. Everything was exceptional. We will be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lived up to (high) expectationsMicahBVIPDined on 9/13/2014How many great Philly restaurants can be on the same couple of blocks? Yet another one. Townsend lived up to expectations. We usually sigh when suggested to wait at the bar for our table. But we grabbed two seats and found the bartenders very friendly and capable. The wait was short enough. The menu is small, but the selections varied enough to accommodate all diners. Alcohol costs were reasonable, with good selections. The Hamachi and gnocchi first courses were excellent. Very good entrees--had fish and lamb. And went with the top notch cheese plate for dessert, with a nice glass of madeira. We'll be back.Special Features:
- Good, just not greatTimyoDined on 9/13/2014Went here on a Saturday night, reservations at 8. They have a nice bar area (directly when you get in) which gets a little loud with bigger groups, but has phenomenal cocktails. After waiting for half an hour (which is petty long when you have a reservation) we were seated and ready to enjoy what every critic has been raving about so far. The result was.. Meh. We got the foie gras mousse and oysters as apps, which were both great. Main course however (rabbit pot-au-feu and codd) were drastically under seasoned and just plain bland.. Wines by the glass were good pairings.Special Features:
- Another gemNalphillyVIPDined on 9/12/2014A new gem in the East Passyunk crown of restaurants, Townsend is a wonderful dining experience. Lovely bar, good food and attentive but not overbearing service made for a great evening out. We followed the server's recommendations which included the braised black bass and the roasted oyster starters, the skate and the wild striped bass for entrees. All were good-sized portions and delicious. Dessert was an exceptional Pavlova adn their chocolate soufflé type dessert. The waiter's wine suggestions were "spot on" and perfect with the meal. While Townsend is French-influenced I am not sure I would not call this a pure French restaurant but I would call it a restaurant I will go back to soon.Special Features:
- TablemannersVIPDined on 9/11/2014Inventive menu with outstanding execution in a fun neighborhood. Knowledgeable and attentive wait staff. Would highly recommend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Top-notchBrigidfionnDined on 9/10/2014Menu and service excellent. Well-deserving of its high marks.Special Features:
- a bit disappointedLobsterVIPDined on 9/10/2014Food was wonderful but the restaurant lacked the small things like an amuse bouche or a bit of chocolate after dessert. Food worthy of a fine restaurant! Server very knowledgeable but had too many tables-he had the entire second floor!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Dinner, ExpensiveOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/10/2014We dined here with our relatives and while we found the majority of dishes delishious, some were severly lacking. The scallops were chewy and the fish with the pepper sauce was overbearing. The fish was excellently prepared, but the sauce was too strong for the delicate fish. Service was great.Special Features:
- A welcome newbie on e passyunkCuriouspalateDined on 9/7/2014This new restaurant lives up to the buzz about a chef with admirable training with Jean-Marie Lacroix, a chef I love and miss. The first two floors evoke the best of old PHL row houses with an informal and convivial ease linking tables. The menu is creative, ingredients prime, and preparation admirable. My mushroom gnocchi were superb and cod a great pleasure. The sommelier suggested two wonderful whites outside the mainstream that were refined and excellent from first to last sip. Service was attentive and congenial. Our dinner partners, who recommended Townsend, applauded their own choices and the sustained quality on this second visit--so consistency may be another welcome virtue. Kudos. We hope they'll take us again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great anniversary dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/7/2014Went to Townshend for the first time for our wedding anniversary - wonderful service and the food was spectacular. While the menu is relatively short, concentrate instead on the excellent preparation, quality of the food and unhurried service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- centercitygalVIPDined on 9/5/2014The food was excellent, as always, but the small menu is limiting. We'll wait awhile before we return.Special Features:
- Outstanding dinnercitydinerDined on 9/4/2014Everything about this restaurant is wonderful. The food choices were lovely; we had the scallops and escargot as appetizers, skate and char as entrees. Everything was magnificently prepared and delicious. The portions were exactly right. Our wine choice , the Languedoc, really complimented the meal. The service is simply outstanding; it is attentive but not in the least intrusive. The price is quite moderate for the value and enjoyment. A real gem.Special Features:
- Good food meager portionscb4foodVIPDined on 9/3/2014I arrived hungry and left same though considerably lighter in the wallet. 4 gnocchis Does not an appetizer make no matter how good they are. Chintzy with the potato flour. Really? Lamb entrée equally yummy but with neither a starch nor veggie side it left me wanting. Full disclosure: I'm a 110 pound 59 y o female so obviously not a fan of oversized portions but if I leave hungry I cannot imagine what these folks are thinking. Also ambience felt more than a bit pretentious. Not likely to return soon.Special Features:
- Don't Miss it!!!!AwesomeVIPDined on 8/31/2014Food was incredible!!! Oysters, Hamachi, warm vegetable salad, rabbit, desserts - the best, souflee, pavlova, drinks inovative and well prepared, wine list wonderful service- impeccable and low key space lovely.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SharonVIPDined on 8/31/2014Let me start out by saying the service was very good, the food was not. I had a warm vegetable salad which was too acidic and woody. My husband had a gnocci first course which he liked. My entree was rabbit which was tough and gamy and the person sitting at the next table said the same thing about her rabbit. My husband had fish which was ok. We shared a chocolate souffle for dessert and that was good. The coffee was cold and tastless. We were given a fresh cup when we told the waiter. Bottom line is that the chef and staff need a month in France to get a lot of inspiration.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/30/2014Great food and service. Seafood was incredibly fresh and our waiter was very knowledgable and did a great job describing the menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- This was a very good meal....bradVIPDined on 8/30/2014The scallop appetizer had an amazing sauce and the gnocchi was very good as well. The sauce on the escargot was good but the snails themselves was a little too chewy. The chicken was tasty and the chef was willing to customize the dish to our specification. The rabbit was very flavorful. The Pavlova ando chocolate souffle went very well together.Special Features:
- City girlTownieVIPDined on 8/30/2014Beyond all my expectations! Unbelievable good.Excellent service.Charming waiterSpecial Features:
- Great new restaurantPattyDined on 8/29/2014First of all, the bread was fresh and the butter was spreadable! The heirloom tomato salad and organic chicken are delicious. The skate was cooked to perfection. The service there was amazing, mostly because the staff seem like a tight-knit group, they seemed proud to be working there, and they have great knowledge of what's going on at the restaurant.Special Features:
- ExcellentRichVIPDined on 8/27/2014The menu is oddly small, but if you treat the "appetizers" as small plates, it makes a lot more sense. They should just label it that way. Anyway, the space is cute and romantic. The service is excellent. The food isn't crazy creative, it's just very, very good. There's just enough creativity in ingredients and presentation to satisfy a foodie, but your grams will enjoy it just as much. Scallops and warm vegetable salad were fantastic. The rabbit was oddly presented so that it was hard to tell what was actually rabbit, but it was very tasty. A gnocchi special was excellent. A fish entree they served that night was lovely, but somewhat forgettable. That said, nothing was bad. It was an excellent meal.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 8/27/20145 star prices for a 4 star experience; shouldn't have to fight for the server's attentionSpecial Features:
- Just delicious and great service!lekkerDined on 8/27/2014Loved our waitress' knowledge of the wines and her recommendations were wonderful. Just a perfect relaxed, delicious meal. Will be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best in Philly???mugsyDined on 8/25/2014Overall fantastic initial experience at Townsend! Fit for discriminating "foodies", this new East Passyunk emporium gets it ALL right. From warm bread, to great app's, to varied and satisfying entrees. Service with Lauren (GM of Townsend) was attentive and personal. GREAT find!Special Features:
- French Dining par excellenceSaraDined on 8/25/2014There is something very special about this restaurant, and you feel it from the moment you enter the door. The waitstaff welcomes you like family, and the cozy ambience immediately exudes warmth and intimacy. The only drawback might be the long flight of steep stairs you must ascend to reach the main dining floor, but once you're there, you're cosseted in a casual chic world of white table-cloths and warm woods. We loved the wine pairings with selections seldom seen on any menu. When the first course arrived -- we had the heirloom tomato salad -- the flavors of pesto, micro greens and croutons blended with the sublime flavors of summer's bounteous beauties from the vine. Superb! The whole evening continued this way, and we swooned.Special Features:
- Went to Townsend & it was terrificOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 8/24/2014We loved our waiter Steve, he really made the Birthday celebration special. Looking forward to another visit soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Might be the Best Dinner Ever!2fordinnerDined on 8/23/2014From the moment we walked in until we left the entire experience was flawless. The service was perfect, the atmosphere was calm and we could actually have a conversation over dinner without shouting above the music. The food was the best we have eaten in a very long time in this city! Thank you for a great evening.Special Features:
- qtown dinerOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/23/2014First time diner here. WE did eat early so noise level was moderate. The wait staff was welcoming and attentive. Our server was knowledgeable about the wine pairing and the description of the food. We had a fantastic meal. Will recommend it to our family and friendSpecial Features:
- Mixed and promisingBazkapVIPDined on 8/21/2014Staff graciously accommodated a wish for 3-appetizer/wine tasting. The food belonged to several seasons from heavy winter to refreshing summer. The wine from by-the-glass list ($30 pp) lacked distinction and was overwhelmed by food prep. Time and fine tuning will bring Townsend up to its promise.Special Features:
- Excellent mealGMB7Dined on 8/20/2014Food was inventive and very tasty. Would like to see a few lower fat options.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- PepperDined on 8/20/2014A wonderful experience all around. The staff is exceptional as is the food!Special Features:
- Excellent with a simple menu1LucyVIPDined on 8/20/2014A decent and nice array of choices await you and one of my favorite: beef tartare. Very tasty served with grilled bread. All the choices were well presented and of excellent quality and the prices were not out of line. I would go back!Special Features:
- Extraordinary CuisineBradVIPDined on 8/18/2014Excellent service combined with great food is a super combination. My party enjoyed the experience immensely. Our server did a good job in matching the wine selections with the food. What's there not to like?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A must gotheeaterDined on 8/16/2014This place is a power house in a small package. It's easy, unassuming and truly disappears around you. The food is high end and their focus is you.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Little Bit of Perfectionkatchin05VIPDined on 8/16/2014Townsend was one of the best dining experiences I've had in quite a while. Fantastic from start to finish, and completely unpretentious. Greeted with a genuine smile by the host (didn't catch her name), and seated in the cute downstairs dining room. Bar was a little busy, but not at all noisy. Our server Steve was charming and polite. He made excellent suggestions for both cocktails and food when we asked. The sweetbread and veal tongue are some of the best I've ever had. Cocktails were diverse and balanced. The food runner JP explained all our dishes as they arrived like a true professional. This place is worth your time and money.Special Features:
- Wonderful Food/ExperienceHappy2SayDined on 8/15/2014Very pleasant & efficient staff - greeted us last Friday night & led us to the 2nd floor where there were some other diners and a very moderate noise level making conversation quite comfortable. Lovely room & setting. Megin was our server, as others have noted, she is OUTSTANDING; she also recommended an excellent chardonnay from the wine list. The food was delicious - we had seafood and one person had veal. The chocolate souffle for dessert was everything other diners have claimed - and then some. Will return for sure.Special Features:
- Lovely eveningFoodie1Dined on 8/14/2014The small dining room provided a feeling of intimacy. There were only 10 white- clothed tables and the relatively low level of noise provided a welcome change in this era of high-volume noise which is found in most restaurants. We were warmly welcomed and seated comfortably to the sound of "Cool Jazz ".Our server was extremely helpful with our dinner choices and wine selection, The warm vegetable salad was unusual and delicious. The generous portion of chicken was moist and tender The marsala sauce was subtle and complemented the chicken beautifully. The gnocchi , that day's special, were light as air! The Valhrona Chocolate Souffle was worth every calorie ! Dinner was an outstanding experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- hungryVIPDined on 8/11/2014Wonderful food but the ambiance is poor. Too much noise coming from the bar and the dining room itself is very small. Would prefer the upper level, but there was a noisy party there that night. All was good, but it didn't amount to a memorable evening. Took forever to get the cheese course. Why not just put cheese on the cheese course -- and some good French bread? Radical idea!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- special birthday spotSusanraebelleDined on 8/11/2014Finally a fine dining experience where the sound level is bearable. Quiet jazz in the background, tables set apart, excellent attentive service and incredible food. The menu is limited but imaginative and the dishes are beautifully presented. My husband and I ordered 4 appetizers, scallops, sea bass on cockles, broiled oysters , sweetbreads and veal tongue, and one skate wing entree which we shared. The best skatewing we've ever eaten was crispy on the outside and tender inside with a delicious sauce. .We will order the identical meal minus the veal tongue next time. We ended our meal with Chocolate soufflé and the cheese platter . Megan offered excellent advice re: the wines and was a perfect server.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.