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  • Address:
    1623 E. Passyunk Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19148
    East Passyunk Avenue
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: $31 to $50

Townsend Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.townsendrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (267) 639-3203
  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tasker
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet available Friday and Saturday on East Passyunk Square where the Singing Fountain is located.

    $8 with validation.
A word from Townsend
A contemporary French/American restaurant in Philadelphia.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent 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?"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Townsend 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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Very 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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Wonderful 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!!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Finally 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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Did not find the food to be anything special. My cod was fairly bland and my wife's rabbit was ok"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We went to Townsend to celebrate my wife's birthday. It was our first time there and based our choice on reviews that we had read. We were not disappointed. The bar featured several delicious new treats and the menu contained some interesting new combinations. The oyster appetizer was outstanding and the chicken and cod main dishes were perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious. Make sure you top off you dinner with the decedent chocolate souffle as we did with some port wine. The ambiance and service were outstanding. Townsend is our new special occasion restaurant!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Food wise every part of our meal was spot on. We had heard from friends it can get crowded and the staff can seem overwhelmed. Went on a Wednesdsy night and met the same fate. Long waits between courses (our pre-dinner drink took almost 20 min to arrive). Tables very close to each other and the noise carries not only between parties but between floors as well."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "After hearing good things about how Townsend offers a fine dining experience in South Philadelphia, we were looking forward to a civilized dinner on Monday night. Unfortunately, when we arrived for our 8 p.m. reservation our table was not ready and after waiting at the bar for 30 minutes we just decided to skip the table in the dining room and have our meal at the bar. The bartender was nice enough. The wine was good and the food was decent, but it is not what we had hoped for. This is not fine dining and frankly, there are similar-type restaurants where the food is better."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "What a nice, cozy restaurant! Very French food and it was all delicious. The only draw back was that the menu was very limited but, I did not mind. The rabbit entree was great but, a little less salt would have made it perfect. And I LOVE salt! We're going back!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Best restaurant that I have dine at in years. The help and the food were outstanding. All my wife and I kept saying from beginning to the end was "Wow"....wonderful experience. They did a great job of matching our wine with our food. It is like having dinner in a friend's home."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Party of 4 on Saturday evening expecting an exceptional experience. Too noisy for easy conversation and tables too close for comfort. Food was not at all as advertised. Main course of cod was small and getting lost on the large plate. Chicken was also nothing much although at least there was a more generous portion. The Pavlova was the saddest of all. This is a dessert with great potential but the execution was poor. Rhubarb I could find little. Overpriced and not as advertised."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Unbelievable night in totality. The Gnochi is a must try as is the seared scallop. I'm not sure that you could go wrong anywhere on this menu. Perfect romantic setting upstairs and wine by the glass is great when planning some after dinner fun in east passyunk."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I live in the city and still I have yet to find my "go to restaurant." This is it. We were charmed and delighted by the staff and our food. Warm veggie salad was great. I had the skate (devine) My husband, the lamb (excellent) and our friend, the chicken, (outstanding). We hated to leave after the warm chocolate souffle and the strawberry and rhuebarb Pavlova. Cannot wait to go back. I immediately thought of booking New Years Eve."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Limited menu. Just 4 entrees with a special. More seafood choices than anything else. Food was well prepared but subtle. Flies buzzing around did not add to ambience. Dessert was held up because the server gave our order to friends of the chef (he came over to talk to them so we knew he knew them) first even though we ordered before them(dessert took 15 minutes), so we sat there and watched them eat. Cheese plate was not as good as Talulas's. Our waitress Megan was excellent."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Had a lovely three course meal with two friends Wednesday night. We were sat upstairs, which is bright and lovely and provides plenty of room between tables. The soundtrack sounded like one of my Pandora stations (Wilco, Lumineers, etc.) The food was fantastic. We all shared bites of our meals. My choice, the oysters in pernod, cream and butter with bacon, was the stand-out app. The rabbit, my friend's choice, was the stand-out entree. My choice, the cheese plate, with healthy portions and artistically arranged fruits and spreads, was the winner for the dessert course. The wine list is very interesting and well priced. The service was exceptional. Planning my next visit already."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I had a great dining experience this week at Townsend. The appetizer special was a mushroom gnocchi which was a tad overly salty but the gnocchi was soft and perfectly cooked. The sea bass was delicious and perfectly seasoned. As good as our food was, our service was exceptional."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The restaurant was so busy following the review in Sunday's paper that the expected quite Monday was anything but. The servers tried very hard but the wait between courses was excessive from the onset. The food was served hot and explained properly but we were very hungry and a little impatient by them. 3 hours for a 6:30 seating! Very interesting wine offerings but never offered alternative selections. We will go back when things calm down."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We went to Townsend Sunday night after reading Craig LeBan's 3 bell review. He was so right!! Over the top service and very creative menu. Excellent!!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal on Saturday evening. The escargot, warm vegetable salad, rabbit pot au feu were very well done. The setting is quiet, romantic, and not a bit pretentious. My only disappointment was the chocolate souffle. It seemed more like the typical molten chocolate cake and less like a classic light, airy souffle. Ask for assistance with the wine list. It's a small list but we were guided to an excellent wine that was from a region in France unfamiliar to us."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We arrived slightly earlier than our reservation and were promptly seated and welcomed to the restaurant. Our server Megin was very Professional and knowledgable of the menu. We decided to do a small plate tasting and ordered 9 appetizers and told Megin she can choose the order they arrive. She did a great job by having them come out in flights from lightest to heaviest and lowering the number each flight. All dishes were excellent, best sauces I had at any Philadelphia restaurant. Each were a nice portion. The sweetbreads and veal tounge dish was a standout to me. My wife loved the escargot and I have to agree. Not a bad dish in the bunch. I decided to go over the top and order the lamb entree and it too was spot on. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was a new experience & thoroughly wonderful. A small restaurant with great ambience. We could actually hear ourselves & each other. Superb waiter. Meghan. Love this place!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Excellent food served by wonderful wait staff and great wine selection. 4 of us had various dishes...escargot, gnocchi, hamschi, sea bass, cod and more. Everything was sublime. They did great job with decor and bar. Area....lovely. Can't wait to go back to try other dishes shortly. Don't miss it!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dining experience with my wife and two friends. I found the scallop appetizer incredible. Three of us had the striped bass which was wonderful, and our fourth had the chicken which he raved over. The chocolate souffle and the Pavlova were a nice finish to a great meal. With Laurel just a few feet away and Fond around the corner we expect to be travelling to East Passyunk frequently."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The staff is very professional, the bar is cozy and servers excellent coctails and the food is fabulous."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The daily, special appetizers were excellent as were the entrees in preparation, taste, and presentation. Seating was prompt and service attentive except for late arrival of second wine selection. Recommend that some a la carte vegetables or starches be added to the menu as the entrée portions while excellent and tasty are relatively small and leave one still hungry après the meal."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "plenty of yummy combinations without being too weird. great ingredients."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We loved the entire experience, from appetizers to mains to dessert and wine. Our server was sweet and helpful. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I had been eager to visit Townsend ever since it opened in our neighborhood, and chose my wife's birthday as the perfect occasion to try it. It was a very pleasant evening, a great spot for a celebration. Menu was a bit limited for options - 3 fish, 1 game, 1 poultry - but the dishes we ordered were delicious. Service formal but friendly. They've fixed the place up to look quite elegant. Very nice for a special event."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food at towsand was wonderful. Tried lots if apps all good one main course loved everything would definitely return very soon . Good luck on review !!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great place! Chef is wonderful. We ended up here for wonderful wine,cheese, and small plate tasting. Everything is delicious. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "did not like the wine list. The whites were ok but the reds by the glass left something to be desired. I missed have a really good glass of wine to go with wonderful food."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My wife and I came here for our wedding anniversary. The appetizers looked better than the entrees, so we ordered six of them. The food was very good: highlights were the hamachi, oysters, sweetbreads and tongue. The service was good, we really liked our waitress. The only blemish was that instead of coming out two at a time, the appetizers came out four at once, and then the other two. Our waitress explained immediately and comped us a round of drinks. The drinks menu was refreshing - they had great, affordably priced cocktails, as well as 'wine on draft', i.e. wine in kegs, that was quite good. Oh, don't forget chocolate souffle for dessert. This place is generally described as French, but it's really just quite good modern American."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We were having a great time from the moment we were greeted. Townsend is attractive and welcoming. Meghan, our waitress, was helpful, attentive and very knowledgeable about the food AND the wine. We commented that the dishwasher had a BIT of an easier job since we imagine everyone licks their plate. We can't wait to return if we can get a reservation!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Once again, our dinner at Townsend was wonderful. Every dish was beautifully prepared, creative, and delicious. I do wish there was a larger menu."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We loved Towndsend. Food, service and atmosphere were perfection. Can't wait to go back. Btw, I'm normally a byob person but I enjoyed the best sidecar of my life at Townsend."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant,quiet,great servers, the food was outstanding and diffrent. The rabbit was the best I'v had in a long time. can't waite to go back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I had never heard of Townsend before coming this past Saturday, but boy was I impressed. Amazing food, fantastic friendly service, great wine list, and reasonable prices. We did the 7 course tasting menu and definitely felt like the way to go - got a little of everything, and left full but not stuffed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014