Finn Town Tavern

4.3
382 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
A distinctive Tavern with a Twist in the historic Castro district, Finn Town has been an instant hit since it opened in late 2016. From Best Burger and Best Brunch inclusion on several press lists to coverage on KQED's Check Please! TV show, Finn Town is known for its contemporary American comfort fare, distinctive craft cocktails named for San Francisco celebrities, and a colorful, upbeat ambiance that serves a diverse clientele.

Only a 12 minute ride from downtown, Finn Town is easily accessible via public transportation for Dinner, Brunch on Saturday and Sunday and Happy Hour with a full Bar Bites Menu. Large Groups and Private Parties are easily accommodated in our front lounge or main dining room. Monthly special events include charity dinners, television watch parties and holiday themed menu offerings at affordable prices.

Specials

Lucky $7 Happy Hour

Enjoy $7 Tequila Tuesday, Whiskey Wednesday and Thirsty Thursday Vodka specials plus all well drinks and house wines for only $7 from 5-6:30 weekdays and 3:30-5pm on weekends. Tax and service not included.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 19, 2019

Ends: February 20, 2118

Availability: Sun 3:30PM-5:00PM
Tue-Fri 5:00PM-6:30PM
Sat 3:30PM-5:00PM

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BG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This was our fourth or fifth time at Finn Town and probably our last. While the decor is pleasing and the atmosphere is convivial, these elements did not make up for several shortfalls.

We arrived on time for our reservation and the hostess was literally surly as if it was inconvenient for her to seat us. The cocktails were very skimpy. When you order a martini straight up you expect the cocktail glass to be at least 90% full. Ours were about 75% and they were not inexpensive. One of our dining companions ordered a vodka on the rocks and when it arrived, it looked as if that little puddle at the bottom of the glass was melted ice, but no. It was the vodka.

Our food arrived all at once; appetizers with entrees. When we asked to have the entrees returned to the kitchen until we were ready, they were whisked away promptly enough. However when they were served to us at the proper time, they were cold. There is no excuse for this kind of unprofessional service in a restaurant like this one. There are too many other good restaurants in the area that hire professional service personnel, pour a healthy drink, and appear to be welcoming when you arrive. Finn Town is not one of them.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food is quite good. Service is atrocious. We waited about 15 minutes to get our orders in, and about 25 minutes to get our check and pay.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

There was a constant strong odor of candle perfume that took away from any pleasant food odor

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EH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice experience, but $18 for a martini is outrageous. Even though it was Belvedere, New York prices and sort of a neighborhood restaurant?!

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SD
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTABULOUS!

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s
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Brussels sprouts starter were soooo tasty. We will definitely order it again. And the pasta primavera was really fresh and piping hot. And I love me some fresh peas. Definitely would order it again too. I have only two minor criticisms. One, it was the day before Valentine's Day but, the paper decorations were directly from "PaperPartiesRUs" and felt like a 3rd grade classroom. C'mon - you can do better. Also, we had an early-ish dinner reservation for 6:30 and no one else in the back dining room - which we kinda like, being able to have an intimate conversation without needing to yell in order to be heard. We were seated at a nice table for two. The next person into the dining area was seated immediately next to us. Really?! There were at least 3 other tables of two available. Twenty minutes later when our neighbor's dining companion arrived, they asked to be re-seated away from us as we were still the only two tables of two in the dining area. Apart from these two minor points, we will return.

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D
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Oscar Party

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BH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find. A beautiful space, great and creative food, excellent service and a fair price. Great drinks too. Cannot say enough good things about our experience. It was a wonderful place.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant with lively yet cozy ambiance and not too loud. Fantastic food and service with specialty cocktails. Great for both brunch and dinner.

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JK
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful business dinner the other night with a small group and would absolutely recommend Finn Town. The service was a solid 'A' and we found the ambiance to be especially appealing and pleasant. The deviled eggs were seriously good and everyone's entrees were well received. Next time we'll see what changes the new chef (possibly very new as he described?) has made on the menu.

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S
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved Canadian Dane, he was an amazing host. Food was pretty darn tasty too.

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was cold. Over-essy eggs were well-done, sausage patties were hard as a rock and nearly inedible. The server was absent and at one point put on his coar and left the restaurant. Had to flag down other staff throughout the meal. It was disappointing since the space is very well done and inviting. Sorry to say unless someone tells me of big improvements I won’t be back

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S
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Incredibly friendly and helpful staff. Very chill and warm environment. Nice collection of cocktails. Food was a bit mediocre (especially at $26+ for an entree). The Smoked Tomato Soup was tasty but not lukewarm as were the mozzarella balls. Delivery of our entrees was very slow taking over an hour for Short Ribs and Fish N Chips. When it arrived, it looked like it has been sitting for too long under the heat lamp and yet was not hot at all. My mashed potatoes had solidified to a congealed chunk and was lacking the horseradish. Had I been alone I would have definitely sent it back. --- It's a good place for a quiet cocktail in a cozy space for a date. I wouldn't make it a destination for food.

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SG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great local place. Terrific cocktails and excellent food. Knowledgeable and attentive staff.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The short ribs were delicious, the salmon above average, and the duck confit below our friend’s standards (he loves the duck confit at Absinthe). The ambience was great at the beginning of the meal, until they turned up the volume for RuPaul’s Drag Race, with the speaker right over our table. It got way too loud for a conversation.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a confirmed reservation for 10:30pm and upon arriving we found the restaurant in the process of closing. They wouldn’t seat us due to low volume so they decided to close early. They never thought to notify us.

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

In fact, I've told everyone I've spoken to this week not to go there. They said they had "corn fritters" as a special appetizer on the menu so I ordered them. They were not corn fritters, they were hush puppies. One has corn kernels; the other has corn meal. Big difference

Then, I had to send back my fried chicken sandwich as it was BLACK, nearly impossible to cut and inedible. I thought at first it was a burger. I even checked the menu again to make it hadn't said "Blackened Fried Chicken Sandwich" and I had missed that.

Never again.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

This restaurant has so much potential. Great location, cute decor, nice menu options and fully stocked bar.
Staff was nice but service was very slow. I went with a group of 8 during restaurant week. We all ordered the three course pre-fix menu plus a few apps to share. Dinner unfortunately took three hours (!) and they ran out of the food owe ordered. We ended up canceling part of our order when the backup food took more than 20 minutes. We learned they were working through some kitchen staffing issues. I would give them another chance to get it right - hopefully they can work through the issues.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Our food took so long that we had to leave as we were going to the opera. They comped our meal which was great considering most our food didn’t arrive.

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TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great to go to because it is nice inside and feels very comfortable. Wait staff is never super helpful or timely. The restaurant was basically empty with many open tables and we waited for service a few times with the waiter not responding nicely to my requests. They just need to improve service for it to be an experience that matches the price.

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BP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Waited 30 minutes past our reservation time...finally sat at a long, narrow bar table which was barely big enough for 5 people dining. Service was spotty at best. Food was decent but not worth the higher price tag. Plenty of other places in the Castro!!

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A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

I've been to Finn Town several times before, so I was appalled at the terribly slow service and lack of attention to detail. Took 30 minutes for drinks to arrive, they didn't have enough cups or place settings on the table for the number of people in our party (even though I asked twice), and more than once I had to get up to find an employee to request something.

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OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food executed well. Nice ambiance with decor that looks high quality. I'd definitely come back.

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BT
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We've been to Finn Town several times before, so I we had high expectations. The service was good, but a bit misguided (my husband had a salad and two appetizers for dinner and we mentioned this to the server). His dinner appetizers arrived at the same time as my single one did. While the appetizers were quite good, I was less than impressed with my weekly special of fried chicken, mac and cheese with braised greens. The greens were mushy and something was off about the way the chicken was seasoned. My husband's small salad, which arrived with my main, have lettuce that was mostly ok, though there were pieces that were past their prime and had already begun wilting. The servers were prompt, courteous and and attentive, but on this night, the appetizers were great and the mains a sad ending to our dinner.

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G
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and coctails. Very noisy, uncomfortable tables.

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r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I thought the opening time for Sunday brunch to be a little late(10:00AM). The decor is unique, and the seating is extensive. We sat at a booth for 5 people, but the table was two small. Two people would have had enough room for plates, silverware, cups and glasses but NOT 5. Once the restaurant got busy the service staff left a lot of plates on the table. The food was basically their breakfast menu with a few cocktails and pastries added for brunch. I was hoping for more choices since the menu said Brunch.

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MC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was tasty. Our server was so personable and fun. The drinks were well designed and everyone had a blast. Will definitely be back!

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great happy hour on mimosas sunday morning. $17 for a pitcher! Very cute decor. It will be a staple for us.

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FM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food here was SO good! Everything we ordered but especially their roasted cauliflower. It's marinated in lemon juice and other seasonings and roasted perfectly. I really wanted to order more to take away with me so I could keep eating it for days. Crab cakes were perfect, with a delicious red pepper jelly. Caesar salad had a wicked garlicky dressing, just the right ratio (for me) of salad to dressing. The only slightly imperfect part was the dessert - a butterscotch pudding parfait - that had too much whipped cream in the layers and then some kind of chocolate cake 'crumble' that did not have a good texture. I would recommend more pudding, keep the crunchy chocolate crumbles, and lose the whipped cream and cake bits.

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NM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was great, but the service was just ok. I had the quinoa burger and the french fries and both were really good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Terrible service. Asked if they were serving waffle fries in the dining room, but went ahead and ordered another app. Other app was brought and we asked what the verdict was on waffle fries. He’d clearly forgotten to ask, ran to find out and came back and apologized that they were no longer being served at all. I ordered the Saturday night bbq special but they dropped a short rib instead. I pointed this out, he took it away, apologized and offered a comped beverage while I watch my partner eat. Finally food comes and then we sat trapped for a half hour with no follow up or check. Flagged down a runner for the check and the supposedly comped beverage was on there but at that point we’d waited so long we just wanted to leave. Terrible, terrible service.

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A
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I love Finn Town for date nights!

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TR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a Thursday happy hour. Great drinks a quick bites menu. The staff was very friendly and prompt. We were really able to sit back and relax to enjoy our delicious food.

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JJ
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 1

Really tired of the dear in the he headlights front of house and wait staff. Overpriced lame bordering on Walmart greeter front of house

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, really quite good food. Music is too loud.

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RK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, good cocktails and decent food.

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S
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New Years Eve... fun scene... great holiday drinks

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J
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This place has apps down. Entrees are iffy. Short ribs great. NYE Prime Rib Special was inedible. I understand medium rare but this was raw. Couldn’t even cut it with the knife provided. Noticed a number of other partons having the same experience. Ordered a cappuccino and was served an espresso. I’m chalking it up to maybe was just early for NYE and hope they got it together as the night went on. Will go back for the deviled eggs and fanny farmer rolls! BTW. Heard our waiter took a couple of dollars off our prime rib dinners so that was a nice gesture. Wish he would have mentioned that as I would have liked to thank him. Cooked the prime rib in my toaster oven the next day and it was delicious. Not raw. Bottom line. Love this place for drinks and apps. Iffy for entrees. And great service!

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b
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very friendly and a lot of fun. Creative holiday drinks and many cocktails.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always...the food, craft cocktails, service, and ambiance were spot on for the holidays. Thanks for a fantastic evening with my family!!!

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