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Finn Town Tavern

4.4
249 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
  • Comfort Food

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A distinctive "Tavern with a Twist®" in San Francisco's Castro district. Serving dinner nightly from 5pm-11pm, weekday Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm, Friday Happy Hour from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Weekend brunch from 10am-3pm
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Brunch: Saturday: - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 626-3466
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Please inquire about our group dining options. Finn Town is pleased to host groups in a semi private area of the restaurant or for a full buy out of our space. Please email us for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Noe and Sanchez Streets
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Parking details
F Line Noe Stop
Castro Muni station two blocks away
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.1
service
4.4
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3.9
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2.0Dined on September 11, 2017

PLUS: Nice atmosphere, quiet enough to hold a conversation & friendly service.

MINUS: Mediocre food--my roast chicken was way overcooked. Very dry + flavorless. The appetizers and sides were pretty bland. Overpriced for the level of food, and $10 for glass of Ft. Point IPA - really? Our waiter was nice, but mumbled--could barely hear the special, even when I asked him to repeat.

For the same amount of money, can have better quality food at Nopa or Delfina.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Finn Town Tavern was a delightful evening with my party of 4. We had a few celebrations to recognize, including a couple birthdays and a graduation. Finn Town Tavern was the perfect choice.

Our party started the evening with a plate of Brussel sprouts. The dish was perfectly cooked with a delightful lemon dressing. I would return to Finn Town Tavern just to make a dinner out of this delicious starter plate.

Personally, I had the Country Fried Pork. The pork was perfectly fried without drying out the meat and over- salting the batter. It was splendid!

My friend had the quinoa vegetable burger. He was nervous that the burger would be too salty, but it wasn't. He said it was perfectly seasoned and would return for another veggie burger.

My other friend had the roasted half-chicken. The plate was perfect. There was a reasonable serving of meat and veggies, and he was unable to finish the plate. The rest of the party helped him with his leftovers.

Overall, it was a great night with a wonderful atmosphere. The spot is in the bustling heart of the Castro which is a great location for people watching the pedestrians and continuing the night at one of the nearby hot spots!

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1.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Great ambiance, terrible food and drinks unfortunately

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

First time at the place...in from NYC...wanted something local to my hotel. Good food. Excellent service. Nice vibe. Nice crowd

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2017

We visited Finn Town for my husband's birthday. The ambiance was casual yet stylish and the menu was accessible but elevated. Our food was very slow to arrive, but we thoroughly enjoyed it once it did. Our server was not very attentive and did not check in with us during or soon after our first course. Eventually he did, before our main courses were brought out and asked us if we wanted to see a dessert menu. We reminded him that our mains hadn't yet come out, so he rushed off to check on them. When they did arrive, my entree was amazing, but they brought my husband the wrong dish, which they quickly remedied, but it was incredibly awkward waiting another five minutes with my food getting cold after already having waited 20 minutes between courses. I could be mistaken, but it seemed that our server was new and potentially a little overwhelmed with the volume of diners. The table next to us also experienced some issues with delayed food and inattentive staff. I would definitely return to Finn Town Tavern, as the food was excellent and the ambiance was nice.

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Yummy food. Air conditioned. Great bar.

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Nice spot with good good and attentive staff. Had a counter seat for group of 3, and it worked well. Enjoyed the food and experience. A nice find

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Friendly staff, great up side dinners. Added touches to basic food items

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Always great food and service!

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

A favorite. Can do tapas dining. Can do full entrees. I like counter dining, even in a group. It's perfect for that!

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

A rude bartender greeted us, he was very full of himself and seemed to think that he was hot stuff. We were not impressed. The food was otherwise good and the service was decent.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

This was my first meal here and loved the hash at brunch. The complaint we had, however, was there were two of us and we arrived at separate times. After the 2nd person arrived, there was confusion (and neglect) about who was going to be our server. The server was apologetic and once we got going, it was fine
Great looking restaurant interior - would definitely go back.

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Be certain to check with the waitress as to what cheese is in the grilled cheese sandwich. I was surprised that mine had goat cheese, which was okay for me.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

My go to for an enjoyable experience. The food & service are always on par!

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

We went for a friends birthday (his choice) and we were overall very pleased. Great cocktails and deviled eggs for a quick appetizer. I had the "fish fry".. it was good but not outstanding. It honestly needed some more flavor. But the coleslaw it was served with and the chips were amazing. Our friends got the burger which they said was awesome.... But I think the winner of the night was the creamed corn.. Very different and delicious!!! This isn't your mothers creamed corn. Roasted Corn with a nice mixture of other tasty ingredients and a small hint of citrus.. We all loved it!

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2017

We went for brunch. Our service was dismal. Food was mediocre. Our waitress had to be reminded to bring our tea (she was busy watching tv). Our doughnuts never arrived, we had to remind her we had also ordered those. She admittedly forgot to place the side of extra crispy bacon, after we reminded her we had not received that either. When it was finally delivered, it was anything but extra crispy, so it went back to the kitchen. Food was okay, but did not make up for the lack service. There were only four of us and it was not yet busy. We will not be returning.

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2.0Dined on August 15, 2017

I wanted to like this place. It was recommended by several reviews. The drinks were okay. The grilled cheese special sounded amazing, but was really not that good. The cheese was too much. It was a greasy lump with what I think were fried green tomatoes in there. I would not recommend. The specialty old fashioned was weak and lacking a any sort of flavor profile that is worth mentioning. Overall good atmosphere, but the food was lacking in a big way.

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2017

Snagged a counter table the day before and when we arrived, we were offered a wonderful table in the window! I was impressed that the menu was completely different from my last visit a couple of months ago. My friend and I split a couple of appetizers (the pork croquettes and the grilled peas). Both were wonderful! I've never eaten English peas right out of the pod although many of the peas were VERY tiny. The croquettes were meaty and perfectly crisp on the exterior. My friend really enjoyed his burger (double stacked!) and being from Australia was blown away at the amount of fries that came with it. My pork main was a bit disappointing however. The two scallops were thin, breaded and overcooked. I thought the sauce was too sweet and cloying and, at $28 very expensive compared to other dishes' price points. Overall, the service was the same; warm, friendly and professional . I'll definitely be back though. The happy hour Manhattan rocked, btw.

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2.0Dined on August 13, 2017

Waited for our food for 45 min. I asked for any bread other than wheat bread because of my allergy and they said they don't have other kind of bread available to switch (but you can see they do have it on their menu). Than I ordered pancakes with nuts. After 45 min later when our food arrived they said they run out of nuts. They didn't give us enough maple syrup so it was this plain dry pancakes. Just want to point out that our brunch was at 10 am! Maybe they are not ready to service Sunday Brunches.

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2017

Asked for Tuna Casserole and wanted it medium - said can't do it so I asked for Tuna Burger and again asked if that could be medium and she said can only be seared. So ordered clam chowder which was grey and really wasn't all that good. I just wasn't impressed with much other than the hostess who was pretty sweet and the decor.

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2.0Dined on August 6, 2017

This was our third time at Finn Town for Brunch. We absolutely LOVED the first two visits - the food was great and the energy in the place was buzzing. Every seat filled and several folks waiting in the entry way for a table both times.

However, it was very clear to us upon on our most recent visit that some things have changed...

1. Menu has changed (apparently this happened in mid-late July 2017). While the menu is easier to read (the last one was hard to look at aesthetically), several of our favorite and what were mentioned as "trademark" items previously were nowhere to be found i.e. Fried Chicken Benedict

2. The new menu is pretty "meh" - both the options and the food itself. The chicken in the Chicken and Waffles was dry and bland. We even had to ask for salt and pepper which is something I try to avoid at all costs in nicer restaurants. The Lemon Ricotta pancakes had the most minimal amount of lemon flavor and were also fairly bland. The $5 Buttermilk Biscuits, while listed as plural on the menu and the receipt is actually just one and our server didn't think to make sure we were aware of this even though there were three of us at the table.

3. There were a TON of empty seats. This was a big change from our last two brunches here and quite shocking for 11am Sunday in the Castro. This completely changed the energy of the place.

I hate leaving reviews like this, but it was simply a disappointment to bring an out of town guest of ours to what had become one of our favorite brunch spots to see that it has completely changed.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

I could kick myself for not getting the name of the bartender who waited on us at the bar while we were waiting for the rest of our family to arrive. He really deserves a shout-out for the level of thoughtful service he provided...he had a great sense of humor, poured excellent drinks/wine and even comped our table with a plate of deviled eggs! I split the grilled cheese with my sister and it's a good thing I did as just half of this delicious sandwich was completely satisfying. Everyone else at our table of six enjoyed the lunch and the fun atmosphere of the tavern! It's definitely a neighborhood spot I will visit often!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Probably the most fun you can have while eating in the Castro. Everything is great. Everyone is friendly.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

This is my first visit since Finn Town started their new menu. The food is still great and I look forward to going back to try more dishes. They have wonderful, creative cocktails, and a great, well priced wine list. Also wonderful servers.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2017

Really enjoyed our meals. Food was well seasoned & well prepared. Portions were good sized & we had leftovers to enjoy the next day. Desserts were fabulous! Pretty to look at & delicious. Very attractive restaurant too.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2017

Energetic but not too loud. The fried chicken sandwich was damn good.

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1.0Dined on July 31, 2017

Limited menu
Amateur staff
Deviled Eggs boring
Pork and chicken tasted like old grease/oil

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Our food was cold, cocktails are good .

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2017

We requested two highchairs which the restaurant wasn't able to accommodate us. Please look into getting more highchairs and also a kids menu.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2017

An energetic spot with an interesting interior although some of the seating is awkward and cramped. Had the lamb meatloaf which was too dense and tasteless except for the sauce thrown on top. My date had a tuna burger which was 2, 2" cubes of tuna on a bun! Very difficult to eat. Pricey seems to be the accepted norm for San Francisco but we have found many excellent dining spots where the value/meal/atmosphere fits the price. Finn's did not.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2017

No water refills and could overhear bickering staff... inattentive service

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

The staff here are great! They were so friendly and they congratulated me on my new job.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

Delicious food with a fun waitress who helped us choose items from a creative menu. Surprisingly excellent!

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1.0Dined on July 23, 2017

Don't go for brunch!!! Service was terrible. 10 minutes average to get drinks. Almost 50 minutes for food. I suspect server forgot to put in ticket because once we raised issue, we got food within 15 minutes. Two incorrect orders although they were fixed quickly. Fries were cold. We were initially told manager was unavailable (he was outside chit chatting). When he came by, he apologized and told us he would take care of somethings on the menu. When bill came, nothing was taken care of. I don't go out to get stuff for free so didn't say anything again until our way out. He offered us to come back in for a round of drinks but we told him it was too late.

Few other items of note:

Food was decent although it is right on the cusp of oversalted.

Biscuits are $7 and you get one!

The owner was there socializing. One of our party had been previously introduced to him so thats how we knew it was owner. Doesn't seem to take an active interest in running this train wreck. Overheard him say he has had a lot of staff turnover. It shows!

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2017

This reservation didn't really help, as I still waited for 30 minutes for my table.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2017

I love this place. This was my fourth visit, and I'm not sure why the menu seems more limited than before: daily special, 3 burgers, chicken sandwich, and a pork dish. Why no fish? The service was slow this time, and a couple of mistakes made. But great atmosphere which is why we went back. Maybe once more, but hope it doesn't crash and burn before!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

We had a tasty and friendly brunch here with my folks. Everyone's food was especially delicious and the service was great. The table wares were notably high quality and fun. The ambiance and overall experience were excellent, especially for a newer SF restaurant. We look forward to checking out this place for dinner or happy hour.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2017

I'm surprised about the menu changed since I love a few are gone!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2017

Finn town is a gem. One of favs and the new menu has some really tasty additions.

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3.0Dined on July 17, 2017

Service was terrible but the food was great. (The story of San Francisco).

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