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Townsend, Philadelphia, PA
Townsend, Philadelphia, PA
Townsend, Philadelphia, PA
Townsend, Philadelphia, PA
Townsend, Philadelphia, PA

Townsend

4.7
4.7
1216 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French
A contemporary French restaurant in Philadelphia. Chef Townsend Wentz's elegant French menu follows the seasons. Our wine selections are carefully cultivated, constantly searching for honest wines made by caring producers.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Monday & Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (267) 639-3203
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Townsend Wentz
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Cross street
    At the intersection of Walnut St and Van Pelt St
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 1,216 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseQuiet

1,216 Reviews
  1. Townie

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in the new location. So much closer ! Very young chic clientele !

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  2. LeslieK4

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent dinner. Loved it

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  3. foodiedudie

    Philadelphia

    295 reviews

    5.0

    295 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was superb. Quiet night with the coronavirus causing folks to stay away from public places, but come on out and eat! Nice wine list, friendly staff. So glad to have Townsend in Rittenhouse neighborhood.

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  4. Momtofive

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner and wonderful drinks. The staff is delightfully helpful and respectful. Overall, a great dining experience.

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  5. Fern

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our recent visit to Townsend. We both ordered the chef's tasting menu and staff was very accomodating about changing out one of the dishes that was something we don't eat. Each course was delicious. We also enjoyed the wine pairings with each course. A great choice for a special occasion meal.

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  6. RyanS

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant at a new location, food in top shelf and service is pretty good. A little louder and less intimate then it used to be but still great all around

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  7. pamk

    Philadelphia

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food and service as on Passyunk! We had a beautifully timed dinner to celebrate and the best temperance cocktail in Philadelphia so far. Miss the old charming ambiance a bit, but will definitely be back.

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  8. CityDweller

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were greeted promptly and seated. There was a table of 5 men and 1 woman that was very noise. The men kept trying to talk over each other and getting louder. We complained to the server about the noise. She agreed they were way out of bounds but there was nothing she could do. There was a dying poinsettia in the window sill next to our table; it almost spring. We had to signal to order cocktails. The food was very good and the wine was very good. The variety of food was excellent and they prepared a salad course for my wife which was not on the menu. It was very good. Pricing was good. I would recommend that they spend more training on customer service and attention to details.

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  9. Susan

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful dinner!

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  10. WilliamSasso

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was just OK. The Bronzino was soggy indicating it had been frozen too long .The gnocchi was overcooked although I thought the sauce was good.

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  11. Joanie

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate upstairs on a Tuesday night. We were able to talk and hear each other! A remarkable and delightful surprise in a restaurant these days. We four foodies agreed this was one if the best food we'd ever ate. The experience was further enhanced by our excellent waiter, Harry. All in all, a wonderful evening.

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  12. AngelaH

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was lovely and we definitely will return. Delicious!! Excellent service!!

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  13. HeidiL

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Glad we arrived early on a Saturday, seated right away. After that it went down hill. Waiter not very professional, no offer of fix menu, had to refill water ourselves. Too casual about everything. Overall good was good, not overly salty, cooked correctly. Just not a wow taste anywhere. We had escargot, gnocchi,duck and halibut. Had hoped service improved since opening reviews, once it's was full restaurant we waited for most everything.

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  14. Steve

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great tasting menu! The halibut was incredible, the filet mignon cooked perfect, and the soup tasty.

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  15. MelanieY

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything we ordered was wonderful. No complaints, want to go back soon.

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  16. vinpayne

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing spot, excellent service, food was phenomenal and truly a dining experience. Can’t wait to go back. Chef Todd acknowledged my request to meet him and talk about the restaurant.

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  17. AdamG

    New York City

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Special event dinner for 2 birthdays and my son passing his CPA exam. Great food, delicious wine list, very knowledgeable and friendly service. Pricey and totally worth it.

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  18. Jantiki

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole meal was wonderful. The oysters simply melted in your mouth, cooked to perfection, simply lovely! Cannot wait to dine there again!

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  19. twoteachers

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Average compared to the many fine restaurants in the neighborhood.

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  20. SuzanneR

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was delicious BUT VERY loud. The acoustiscs need improving as everything else is wonderful !!!

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  21. Datenightfun

    New York City

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quality experience on all levels- food, service and ambiance

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Simply one of the best meals I've eaten in years and the cocktails were exquisite. The only downsides to the experience is that the ambience isn't great. The food and drink far makes up for that fact . This place absolutely needs to be experienced at least once

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Pleasant surroundings if a little stark, quiet and comfortable. Service very good. Best dishes were the squash soup and the scallops. The foie gras was unevenly cooked, one portion just right, the other undercooked. Both had an off taste in the sear. The sweetbreads were very well prepared. The duck was well prepared, nothing unusual but good nonetheless. Overall a good experience . More likely to return to Bibou.

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  24. PeterD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance but the portions were to large! We were told they were portioned for each individual to order each course but by the time the main course came we were half stuffed.

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  25. TJMoir

    Philadelphia

    113 reviews

    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We eat at the bar about once a week, but on Saturday night, we took my mother for dinner, and she liked it so much that we switched her upcoming birthday party to Townsend. Great food on a menu that's always kept fresh. (I had Broiled Oysters, Rabbit Gnocchi, Halibut) Great service. Great drinks (Manhattans! - thanks Mike and Kevin).

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  26. LeeK

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent on all counts. Will definitely return to explore more of the menu.

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  27. ReneeLiss

    Atlantic City

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our dinner was outstanding. Our server, Amy, was knowledgeable about everything on the menu and steered us In the right direction for each course we ordered. Every person who came to our table to serve us something were also knowledgeable about everything! We loved it and can’t wait to come back. Beautiful restaurant!

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  28. DavidW

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food!

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  29. WandaS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good, but consistent not warm. We felt awckward to send it back to be re-heated, and again it was reallt tasteful, jut not hot.

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  30. alanm804

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This may be a great spot- but only after they fix some startup problems. Our table was not ready at our reservation time but there is under zero space to wait - except at the overcrowded bar (with others waiting to be seated) so we hung out in a window area. We had a wonderful server who took our order for a nice bottle of wine (from a moderately interesting list). A runner then brought us the obligatory bread basket along with an amuse-bouche of vinegared beets, one of which he overturned onto the table linens - but made no offer to even cover the large and expanding beet red amoeba shaped stain with a napkin. Our first courses - a nice potato potage and baked oysters with (I recall) Pernod were quite well prepared. Our mains, a duck breast and a fish with a leek and other vegetable purée were both well prepared - but suffered from an obvious many too many minutes late delay in getting from the kitchen to the table. We passed on desert as nothing on the limited selection spoke to us. This is a work in progress. Most of the “rough edges” we felt were managed around by a wonderful and obviously experienced server (who we well tipped) but it’s hard to not get the feeling that the front and back of the house need some more time working together. Last - it’s a fine dining restaurant. It needs some acoustic treatment as the noise level was close to that of a sports bar until later in the evening when the number of patrons was at a minimum. We will give it a few months and return.

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  31. gleng

    Philadelphia

    140 reviews

    3.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    First time at the new location (but several times at the old)- so my advice now is - ask for a table against the wall or upstairs. The window tables are very cold in winter and the one nearest to the service station is distracting. The food - well, I just don't get the hype! It's good but not spectacular in any form. Sweetbreads were overly large and thus contained significant cartilage. Tuna nicoise was grainy... in general the entire meal was overly salted. Maybe I'm being picky but for a top place it was disappointing and all this was reflected in prior visits.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seating was swift when we arrived with our reservation (which we made 15 mins prior); the food was all fantastic - from the amuse-bouche to the sophisticated dessert. Everything was so fresh and extremely well executed. It's a masterclass in French cuisine.

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  33. LexiM

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I have never left a poor review. We were really looking forward to trying Townsend as we have heard great things. However, the food was extremely mediocre - some lukewarm, some so hot as if out of a microwave. It lacked any real flavor. The foie gras mousse was gummy like glue and the duck was questionably duck. The only thing actually worth eating were the oysters. Our meal was so disappointing we immediately walked to Friday, Saturday, Sunday where we know we can get a top-notch, perfectly executed meal with staff that don’t seem like robots. Just having a reputation for good food won’t do much unless you only serve people who would be happy eating at Applebee’s every night. We won’t be returning.

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  34. SheriL

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about my evening was outstanding! The food was incredible, the service was spectacular...best meal I've had in a long time!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal and cocktails were divine! It was restaurant week and that can be hit or miss in some restaurants. Townsend was better than expectations! We have eaten at Townsend when the restaurant was located in South Philly and thought this meal was even better. The ambience, the complex yet clean flavorful dishes and creative cocktails should not be missed. We live in the city and have become foodie snobs frequenting many restaurants that have had the 'hype' and were disappointed. Townsend did not disappoint- we will be back!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed restaurant week menu and portions were generous unlike many French restaurants. Very nice wine list. Excellent service and good ambiance.

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  37. JoAnn

    Philadelphia

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My new favorite Center City restaurant! Great for any occasion.

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  38. GerardR

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for restaurant week and both got short rib both were overcooked/tough but one was significantly more overcooked and dry. Wasn’t worth sending back cause than not eating at same time. Everything else was good

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  39. LorraineF

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service was fast. I will be going back to Townsend restaurant in the near future. Highly recommend.

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  40. Adam

    Philadelphia

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    With reservation I would recommend but also realize this was RW.

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Townsend is rated 4.7 stars by 1216 OpenTable diners.

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2121 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Additional information

  • Cross street
    At the intersection of Walnut St and Van Pelt St
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Monday & Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Townsend Wentz
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wine
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