Finn Town Tavern

4.4
336 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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
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
Additional
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 336 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.4
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

An enjoyable dining experience, except for one thing. Some of the "tables" in the bar are very narrow and long and not enjoyable to dine at. They're high tables with stools, with no back support. And the table top is so small, it's impossible to get dinner plates, bread, and wine all on the table without a lot of shuffling. I made a reservation for dinner way ahead of time, so it seems they should put us at a normal table, and let walk-ins have the uncomfortable tables. I know I could have complained, but my party was already seated there when I arrived.

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TD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered Finn Town by accident a couple years ago, and we go a lot now. It's a super fun atmosphere, and even my kids enjoy it. They like the interesting people, the TVs, and of course, the food! The staff is great and very tolerant and respectful of client needs, even when our kids might not be the prefect dinner guests. :)

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except my avocado toast was teeeeeeeny! Barely big enough to hold two poached eggs. Which would have been fine if it weren't the same price (with the eggs) as much larger meals.

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M
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I've been raving about the burger and chicken sandwich here for so long, telling everyone it's the best burger in San Francisco hands down... but we were so disappointed this weekend. The burger had barely any sauce, I asked for more on the side and it turned out to have no flavor. The chicken sandwich has shrunk in size considerably (it used to be huge) and wasn't that great either, and not worth $18. Espresso martinis were just ok and the service wasn't great. I used to love this place, I hope it was a one-off.

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n
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Opentable and Finn Town allowed me to make a reservation during a time they they were closed for a private party. We didn’t find out till we got all the way to the front door and then we had to scramble to find another place to eat.

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A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love this place. The staff is super friendly and the food is fantastic!

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S
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great space, very good food & wine - but was very busy, so it took almost 40 minutes to get deviled egg appetizer (which are made in advance, usually take 5 minutes from time ordered)

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love Finn Town, the food is amazing, make sure you try the deviled eggs! Service is great and it is a blast! If you are in sf make sure you stop by.

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SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I arrived a few minutes late for my brunch reservation, but was seated right away - in the front window. I think it was because the reservation was for quarter to 1:00 and not on the hour. Waited for friends for about 20 minutes, but ordered a drink for myself, and about 15 minutes in for friends. The waiter was great! Very friendly. Kitchen was a little backed up, but it was Sunday brunch so we were very chill with our cocktails. We sat after our meal and had another round of cocktails, and everyone was happy. I'd easily go back to Finn Town Tavern.

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ES
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and great drinks. I had a reservation though and still had to wait about 20 minutes- not a problem at all, but it seemed a bit chaotic trying to check in. I also didn't feel confident that once I checked in- I would still be seated.

I feel like this restaurant needs a host stand- its a bit confusing upon entry.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

the food was horrible: fried chicken sandwich was way overpriced and just not good. neither were the fried. didn’t finish. the tomato soup also was super salty. only good thing we’re the mozzarella balls. also, ordered a hot toddy bc it was cold and rainy. it came in a class brandy snifter which made it impossible to drink until it cooled down which is the opposite of why you want to drink a hot toddy. disappointing overall and way overpriced.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Took a lil bit long to get seated but they offered us seats at the bar while we waited.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The “sure thing” cocktail was pure butter — ew. Friday special fish was salty. Ketchup came late after requesting it. Duck confit was too salty and tougher, not as soft as it should be.

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JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food, service and value are exceptional. Very friendly staff which is extremely important to me.

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s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

When I made the reservation I was asked if this was a special event. I said it was my husband's birthday. Not one word was said by the staff. At least they could have put a candle on the PURCHASED dessert.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely casual setting, with good food and great service. They split several dishes for us in the kitchen and were really generous, the food came quickly and we lacked nothing the entire meal. Delighted by the modest prices

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice staff, great cocktails, good food and overall value.

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T
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The ambiance was cozy. A few servers had an attitude and made us feel like were were putting them out . Drinks took a long time to be delivered. Appetizers arrived before cocktails. If it weren’t for Ariana, the experience would have really sucked. The tomato soup was delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Deviled eggs showed up prior to cocktails

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MY
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great and really neat atmosphere. We tried a few different appetizers to share and it was a smart way to try more menu items.

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AB
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times. This was by far the best yet. Amazing food and great wine!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, nice decor, good cocktails. Most tender pork shoulder I’ve ever had.

The only problem was the surprising number of unruly children and screaming babies. I can’t really blame the restaurant for that, though it was beyond the level where some polite intervention is called for.

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GK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, outstanding staff and we will go ahead.

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L
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and friendly service. Excellent cocktails. Unfortunately the food from the kitchen needs work. We were there on a special night- election and Blast from the past which gave a choice of 3 t.v. dinners. I was looking forward to it but must say that the old "Swanson" fried chicken t.v. dinners were better than this! Finn Town served a breaded cutlet with terrible seasoning and overpowering. Bland, white sauce on top. Sort of like a chicken fried steak but bad. Also the butterscotch pudding with my husband's dinner was almost all cream foam in the dish. Not good. We will return and try another night because we like the place.

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b
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

The appetizers were great and the people friendly, but the meal was awful. Neither of us ate ours, and the person at the next table did not eat their dinner either. "Fried chicken" was a patty of some sort of ground meat or non-meat product, impossible to tell. It was extremely spicy and garlicky, deep fried patty, and covered in a white gravy. Bizarre that anyone would consider that fried chicken. Inedible. Overall our bill as $144, which would have been fine if the food was good or even decent. Skip Finn Town unless you're only getting a beer and some atmosphere. Too many good places for dinner to have this kind of experience.

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J
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t say enough about what a wonderful time we had at The Finn Town Tavern. Deviled eggs that are always spectacular. I know that sounds weird but it’s true. Fanny Farmer rolls. Never heard of these but they are wonderful and come with three flavored butters. My friends had the burgers and loved them. I had the short ribs and loved them. And our server, AJ, was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!

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m
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside with our dog for a weekend brunch. Really enjoyed the food and service. Had the burger, benedict and coffee crumb cake. The only slight letdown was that the cake wasn't really a cake. It was more of a parfait served in a glass container...we wanted an actual cake. Tasted great though. Best fries ever too, that came with the burger.

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OT
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, the food and cocktails were very good. They take some risks with the food and cocktails, so there were a few misses from me. Others in my group had different opinions on these items though. For example, the deviled eggs have truffle in them. This is not on the menu. While many people love truffles, I despise them and had to give my egg away. We were there for brunch and my breakfast sandwich was great. I would come again and just not order the eggs or the Bloody Mary.

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f
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took a friend there for brunch yesterday. The crab cakes Benedict were marvelous and the fried chicken with savory scallion was nice but could have been served with more maple syrup. The server surprised us both by bringing an apple tart a la mode w/ a candle to help us celebrate. I'll go back!

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ML
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The menu is getting better. Not as good as the orginal menu from when they opened, but definitely better. Would love to see better salad options.

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EI
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for brunch on a Saturday morning. Menu had standard fare with a twist. Food was good and well portioned. Mimosas were potent. Service was good when we were first seated. Coffee and water were refilled, food came out fairly quickly after order. But as the restaurant got filled, it was as if we didn't exist anymore. It was nice because we didn't feel rushed. But refills stopped coming. It took a while to flag somebody to get the bill, and to process payment. We thought we could have probably walked out and nobody would have noticed.

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AP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food was such a disappointment. Ordered Steak Tartare, Duck Confit and Cauliflower. Steak tartare was not properly seasoned. Bland. And the quail egg was not poached properly. The duck was so dry. It must have been frozen prior.

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s
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great server and staff, she/they made it so fun! Great food and atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the entire crew from Branson to Jhaizono to AJ to Katrina.
They know how to show customers love.

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SM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really love the ambiance. Cozy in The Castro. Great spot for dinner or a drink at the bar.

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JV
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

This restaurant is the first time I have had the experience of feeling that it should not be included on OpenTable’s list of available restaurants. Not high-quality food.

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PD
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at Finn Town. Wait staff was great, the hostess was kind and welcoming despite the frenzied crowd at the door. We waited 10 mins for our seating, despite reservations. Delicious food, excellent service, the steak was a little lightweight for the price, though. It was a good size, but thin.... still tasty though. Plan to return, for sure.

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P
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun Neighborhood place, excellent cocktails, friendly staff... always seem they genuinely are glad to see you. Food is spot on, good value. Good times!

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DE
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a friend and everyone was quite happy with their meal. The Caprese salad was very creative, how do get creative with such a staple...well you gotta try it. And the guys had Salisbury Steak...forget TV dinners and Mom's version, this stuff was leap's and bound's above our expectations! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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