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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Our dinner at Townsend was outstanding. The menu is small, but everything is done beautifully and creatively. The four of us were delighted with every course. We can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Had dinner here twice now and I have to say there is no need to scrounge for a rez from Laurel. This place is just as good if not better! Taste and presentation are very good. Servers are competent about the preparations and flavors of each dish. Only downside is that it's not BYO. Hopefully they'll offer a low to now corkage fee option for midweek diners. DO NOT LEAVE UNTIL YOU TRY THE CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE!!! The best soufflé in the world is at the 4 seasons Philadelphia (trust me, I've eaten soufflé around the world and no one does it better) and Townsend has matched them. If you eat at other restaurants on passyunk save room and have a drink and dessert here."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The flavors were excellent, the menu imaginative, if a bit small."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was superb. I would describe as sophisticated modern French. Knowledgeable and professional service; understated but classy ambiance - our group had a wonderful evening and we can't wait to come back to try the changing seasonal menu."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Enjoyed the seasonal dishes at Townsend. Warm spring vegetable salad was excellent. Bread was fresh. Second course was also excellent. Brief menu, so not great for more picky eaters. CONs: The usual confusion with tap water being poured on top of our sparkling... and since that was 3 people's glasses, they should have comped us the bottle of Pellegrino, but didn't. Butter arrived hard as a rock."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It's been a while since I've eaten well-prepared French cuisine and Townsend was an exquisite reminder of why I love it. My companion and I lingered over every course - from the escargot with fiddlehead ferns and warm spring salad appetizers through the rabbit and cod, all taste sensations perfectly balancing texture, sauce, seasoning - harmony. I plan on returning within the month for the stinging nettle soup and bass! 4 stars instead of 5 is entirely due to the noise level. My companion and I had to shout to hear one another because of the restaurant hum (music was not the culprit). That said, the food, the service and the ambiance are well worth a bit of noise."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I can't stress enough how delightful my dinner here was. I came here with my girlfriend to celebrate our engagement, and on our way we were caught in a torrential downpour. When we walked our soggy selves into the restaurant, our waitstaff immediately saw we'd be cold and turned off the A/C and got us towels to dry up. From the moment we walked in we didn't have to ask for a thing, it was like everyone there was one step ahead of us and made us feel great and welcome. The food? Incredible. The drinks were fantastic too. I won't go into details, just go and enjoy yourselves. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great place with friendly service and a nice bar. Food was good - the starters were excellent, but the mains (fish) were a bit overcooked (for all 4 of us). Service was very friendly, but slow. They've only been open a month, so I'm sure they can iron these things out."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Did dinner for 3 on a Monday evening. Started with cocktails, a nice mix of classic/conservative, and modern/adventurous. The three apps were outside the box - a warm fava bean and fiddlehead salad; seared scallops with roe emulsion; and fries sweetbreads with charted veal tongue and boquerone gribiche. Entrees were a little more classic French approach: roasted chicken was cooked perfectly, with nice compliments from a leg galantine and peas and morels underneath. Sea bass and Icelandic cod both had great texture and mouthfeel, and the brandade with the cod was an added bonus. Also enjoyed a glass of wine each with entrees, including red wine on tap that was delicious. DONT skip dessert - the chocolate soufflé is worth the wait!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We decided that many of the apps looked interesting, and the entrees were less interesting. Therefore we got six apps, two of which were specials, and were extremely pleases and quite full. Look forward to another trip soon. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed Townsend. Its hard to believe they have just opened, the food was great service was on point and overall a great experience! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We made reservations at Townsend because Keith, the bar manager, had just moved there from Lemon Hill, and we wanted to see what he was up to. The cocktails, as always were amazing. His inventions were well balanced and seasonally appropriate. The classics were spot on. We were not disappointed. We met the staff and were impressed with the professional, yet very friendly demeanor. And then there was the food. The warm spring vegetable salad -Ramps, Fiddlehead Ferns, Favas, Artichokes, Lardons -need I say more? The marinated Hamachi had just the right amount of soy. Sweetbreads were in a broth so rich and flavorful my husband actually had a bite of them - a first! The atmosphere is lovely, very relaxing. Definitely a go to."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Outstanding cocktails, wine ,food and service. Upstairs dining room needs a bit more ambience ( similar to Sophia..the former tenant). Will eat in downstairs dining area behind the bar next time. Overall experience excellent. We will be back !"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were excited to go to Townsend for the first time. So, first, it feels like they really livened up the old Sophia's space.The first floor, while still cozy and intimate, somehow feels lighter and more welcoming. (We did not get to see the second floor but hope to next time!) We were greeted well and seated immediately. I love the first floor dining room. The wines-by-the-glass selection is limited but seems to be thoughtfully chosen. Even better was my foie gras mousse appetizer. My friend had the sweetbreads and swooned. For mains the rabbit pot-au-feu was simply superb and Nick's fish delicate and flavorful. In short, this is serious cooking on a high level. It's great to have Tod in the neighborhood!! Can't wait to return!! "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My wife and I were able to make reservations soon after the opening, but we don't expect that it will continue to be so easy. We enjoyed our meal immensely. In particular, I loved the wild striped bass entrée and the chocolate soufflé. Our server seemed very knowledgeable about the wine list, and about wines in general. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The space at Townsend is cozy and well appointed. You can tell they are proud of their restaurant from the Owner Chef to the servers. I had the stinging nettle soup with razor clams, perfectly seasoned and great fresh taste. The sweetbreads and veal tongue, always a favorite of mine as well as the warm spring vegetable salad dressed with a lemon vinagrette. I enjoyed the PIMS cup from the bar and will return to try the rotating wines on draft...yes draft wines, "delicious" said my dining companion of the Riesling. If you've been missing Chef Tod's cooking or have yet to try it, make Townsend your next stop and be sure to chat with the knowledgable and effervescent Sommelier Lauren. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014