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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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  • Bar Seating (130)
  • Comfort Food (115)

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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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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.1
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 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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vipBigTeam (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

Great ambiance, terrible food and drinks unfortunately

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MrNewYorker (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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vipPluto (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Yummy food. Air conditioned. Great bar.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 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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jamesp (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2017

Always great food and service!

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vipMark (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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vipSFCA (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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vipMisterMister (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

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

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vipDaleT (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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MathewM (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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IremG (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 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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PauG (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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