Finn Town Tavern

4.3
284 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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 weekdays. Weekend brunch from 10am-3pm
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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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
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 284 People Are Saying
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Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place and would definitely come back again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - everything was totally divine. Ambience was great - laid back but you still feel like you are for a nice night on the town.

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J
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

it was rather disappointing. Friends of mine saw on "Check Please", and introduced me to Finn Tavern. First time it was great and was impressed with the service. I went back next day after work with a colleague of mine, like it and made a dinner reservation for birthday of a good friend following week. To my disappointment and embarrassment, service was cold. Food was decent, but everything was loaded with salt.

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J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been ordering food from Finn Town Tavern since they opened and I finally made it in for dinner.
The service, ambiance, wine list and menu are stellar.
Will be back soon

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

two tables seated after us we were seated were offer drinks and happy hour discounts before us. The waitress when she finally showed up told us it was to late for happy hour prices, we were seated at 6:30 server did not show up until a few moments before 7:00. Hamburger was large fries good but were the same size as tried Orphan Andy's café at double the price. I had the short ribs the portion was very small had to eat sandwich when we got home. At end of meal not offered coffee or dessert, just the check left on table, we tried to get staff attention the server returned to take everything ogg the table even the water glasses even though we were still talking. The restaurant had about 1/3 of tables and 4 people at bar. the price is high for what you get and no better than you can cook yourself at home or buy or already cooked from Safeway.

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here 3 times and every rime i go the staff us kool and fun. Love sitting at the front bar and eating.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went here for a date night dinner. Place is very nice and clean. The foods was good. The drinks were off...either bad alcohol or they don’t know how to mix drinks. The service was not good at all. We weren’t done with appetizer...they brought our dinner out. With everything on our table. It was hard to eat. Lol
Will we come back... maybe!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food. Everyone working was very attentive and kept making sure our party was happy and that we had everything we need. Also everything was very clean, and well taken care of...bonus they had amazing music! Will definitely be returning.

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KI
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The quality and taste of the food has gone way down. When this place first opened, it had a huge menu with lots of great options. Now, the menu has changed and the quality of the food is not great. I will not be dining here again, and would not recommend this place to anyone.

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DR
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my birthday brunch and everyone was so nice. They brought out an extra birthday surprise since they saw I had a party of six.

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J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

this is a great newer and much-needed restaurant in the Castro. Still a few bugs to work out but it's a very nice establishment for a happy hour drink and some small bites, given how tough to shine in a city like San Francisco, with sooooo many incredible restaurants.

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TG
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was recommended by a friend who lives in the area and I was not disappointed. The staff was great, offered signature cocktails and off menu recommendations. The roasted brussel sprouts were awesome and the braised short ribs were amazing.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and fantastic food!

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d
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is good but everything is overpriced for what it is.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was well prepared and enjoyable but quite overpriced.
Happy hour probably better value for money.

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L
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walking in to a chic, well-appointed restaurant always bodes well for a great evening. Comfortable seating; with a great table where we could actually hear what we were saying. Service was good, attentive and amusing. Food is imaginative, beautifully presented and delicious. From excellent, tasty cocktails (try the Busty Ross) to the denouement dessert of Stone Fruit Pie Hole, a thoroughly memorable meal. Thanks, Finn Town. As we left, the maitre'd thanked us by name! We'll be back.

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I found the food to be underwhelming for the prices (a single piece of avocado toast with 2 eggs should not cost $19). The hostess was also very brusk/almost rude no seemingly reason. Service was also slow. I had been here once before and I had a great experience, so maybe it was just an off day.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ordered everything that what was on Bay Area Check Please on PBS. Extremely disappointed, nothing looked like or was good as they said on the program.
Deviled eggs bland & Fried Chicken sandwich boring. On the show it was covered with coleslaw, mine had hardly any on it.
Partner had short ribs which was the only thing he liked on the plate. Greens were bitter & two types of potatoes was just too much.
The only thing we liked was the fries.
Hopefully the chef just had a bad night.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We waited 1 hour before we got a lukewarm appetizer and then the wrong order. #avoid

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KL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Terrific cocktails and great ambiance. Having dined here several times before, I was expecting better food and service. Our entrees were overdone, and while the servers were very nice, the service was extremely slow and inattentive. We still love Finn Town and will be going back for cocktails and hoping for better next time!

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P
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice neighborhood surprise. Affordable, great variety on the menu. Fun place for meeting.

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and I noted that when I made the reservation. Every staff member we encountered all evening wished us a happy anniversary and they even had a special dessert for us. The food was great and the service was great. Best anniversary dinner we have had in 17 years!

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BR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

everything about our evening at Finn Town was outstanding! We sat at the bar and couldn't have been happier with the service and the food - good cocktails too!

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The sever was terrible and she was also rude. She basically made me feel like I had to go to the order my own drink at the restaurant.

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

understaffed, overpriced, my recommendation is to come for drinks and get dinner else where.

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at Finntown Tavern, especially enjoying the warm, cozy ambiance & friendly outstanding service. It's two bars, front & back lend it a relaxed friendly neighborhood atmosphere, while the menu's combination of hearty entrees, appetizers, sandwiches & small plates appeal to a good variety of dining options. This is a perfect spot for enjoying a drink & light dining with friends, celebrating a special occasion with a group of friends, or a cozy romantic dinner for two. The wine list is extensive, if pricey, and their cocktails both creative & delicious. Dining options are varied enough to appeal to a variety of tastes, appetites & budgets. I highly recommend Finntown Tavern.

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DD
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Sexy vibe and cool decor, although in “real life” the interior is not nearly as attractive as in the photos on the restaurant’s website, where the lighting is much better.

The welcome by the host and waiter were very friendly, but after that, the service was minimal to nonexistent. Once the waiter had taken our order and delivered the mediocre but expensive food, he never once checked to see if we needed anything, wanted more drinks, etc.

We ordered rib-eye steaks, which were flavorful but a bit gristly. The Pommes Dauphinoises were undercooked (halfway raw) and inedible. The baby broccoli was also undercooked, and the stems were inedible.

Too bad that the food and service did not measure up to the friendly and sexy vibe.

I do not recommend this restaurant and would never return.

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Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Some of the food was amazing, but our mussels were undercooked. Service was great. Everything was just a bit more expensive than it was worth. Might just stick to brunch here

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LA
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Despite the fact that we had a reservation, we were sat in the back corner at a bar that faced the side wall. This made it difficult to have a conversation with my date and the space was awkward and uncomfortable. The waiters even joked about us ‘being banished to the back corner.’ The food was good, but not sure I’ll come back if I have to sit in that location again.

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SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & atmosphere! Only thing I came across the country & wanted to meet Chef Ryan Scot.

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

What started as a good experience with our waiter getting our drink orders and appetizers on time ended up being a disaster. We sat and ordered around 7:20 and did not receive our food until well over an hour. The server asked us if we wanted dessert and we said that our food wasn’t even delivered. After asking to speak to the manager who tried to blame us saying we ordered our food only 10 min ago (it was 8:40 at this point) our server returned only to apologize for not putting our order in and offered a bottle of champagne. The damage was done and we just wanted our food which finally came. The fried chicken sandwich was burned and we finished because we were starving. The way management handled that situation was terrible and I am definitely not going to recommend this place and when one works in customer service and doesn’t check in with the customer then we have a problem.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will comeback again, soon (hungry for more)

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I ordered a whiskey on the rocks and didn’t look at the price -it was about $18.00, calculating my bill afterwards, which was $8.00 less than my entree ( $26 .00, duck confit) which was rather salty. So, 18.00 + 26.00 = $44.00. They mistakingly entered .09 cents as tip. I called this to their attention. I left an $8.00 tip, as I know how hard service work is... but, all in all, very disappointed, as it was not a worth my expense. The main bartender that night seemed to be having a difficult time there; the bar assistant noticed me after about 5 mins; he took my order. I was about to leave at this point, but the bar assistant saved the day. Smile.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ambiance and food quality have gone down since its opening.

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PA
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Ordered something off menu and it wasn't as described. When asking the waitress she told me the menu was outdated and i could order something else if I'd like. All of my party's food was there so of course i wasn't going to order something else. No other solution was presented to me. The clam chowder had clams that had to be shelled which was not explained on the menu. No kid friendly dishes. We won't be going back, plenty of other good restaurants in the Castro.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

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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BT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Great ambiance, terrible food and drinks unfortunately

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MN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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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