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About Town Hall - San Francisco

Town Hall Restaurant is a casual chic restaurant located in SOMA, housed in the historic Meco building, serving New American cuisine with a focus on regional ingredients. At Town Hall, there is a communal table, bar, patio, private room, and beautiful dining room.

342 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH Monday - Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm
DINNER Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
HAPPY HOUR Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Cross Street:
Fremont St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 908-3900

Website:
http://www.townhallsf.com/

Public Transit:
Muni & BART: Embarcadero station; Muni: 1 California @ Howard, 14 Mission @ Fremont

Executive Chef:
Vernon Morales

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Exposed brick, caramel wainscoting, expansive windows and an eclectic collection of modern and traditional art characterize the private room. This stylish, sophisticated space is able to hold a variety of events including meetings, rehearsal dinners, festive celebrations, and intimate gatherings.

Town Hall - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Casual (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Authentic (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Cozy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The tuna tartare with the fried green tomatoes was excellent. Pretty good wines by the glass selections.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Had the Reuben sandwich this time, and looking forward to the Pulled Pork sandwich next time. Always delicious and well-prepared, never disappointed here at Town Hall!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This is not what you would call "traditional" southern food but it puts an amazing elegant spin on everything. All the food was perfectly cooked, swimming with flavor and the portion sizes were more than generous. I didn't order it but I saw the chicken and waffle dish go by me and it looked like it could feed a whole table!

I brought home my leftovers which were promptly confiscated by my husband who also agreed that the food was amazing and that was after a re-heat in the microwave.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The restaurant was very busy for early in the evening! Our service was somewhat slow due to many tables had large parties. Food though was excellent.. we were very pleased. The barbequed shrimp was excellent.. the sauce was amazing.. salad perfect as well..Would return but it was a challenge to have a conversation as it was pretty noisy.

Tags: Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Food was excellent but server was inattentive at best

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always love coming here, the food and service always exceptional!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It's a sort of pricey menu but I'm certain it's geared to the younger, financial markets clientele. I had the BBQ shrimp which was tasty but would have been much better if it had been hot instead of barely warm. I didn't want to send it back because I was afraid I'd have to wait another hour for the food. As it was, the dinner took a very long time. The location is great but parking is nasty. If you're arriving on BART, it's a 3 block walk

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great food. Very noisy place with loads of energy. Great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Disappointing. Food not spectacular and service rather poor.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our wait person was hard to pin down. Her knowledge of food very poor and she was very distracted. Waited a long time for drinks and food. Quality of food was just okay. Definitely not enough wait staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I have been a fan of Town Hall for years. As always, the food did not disappoint. However, our waiter, Timothy was some what surly and condescending to one of my dinner guests. She is relatively young and had trouble pronouncing the name of her wine. Timothy was rather snooty about it. We also felt a little rushed. But I'll be back. The food is that good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Good food and good for business meals but super loud.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

On my latest visit with clients, this time I had the Fried Chicken sandwich, which was outstanding as usual and never fails to disappoint!

Can't wait to return and try the pulled pork sandwich, or possibly the salmon or bavette steak...
So many wonderful choices from which to choose....

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We were celebrating a friend's birthday, and the ambiance, dinner and evening were all excellent..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Six of us had dinner and loved every single thing. Big discussion re which is better, the fried chicken or the ribs! Jalapeño corn bread to die for, great beet salad. You will love this food!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Jill was amazing!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great food! Highly recommend. The ribs were quite tasty

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Town Hall never disappoints. We went there for a birthday dinner, shared a range of different appetites and plates plus a range of many different cocktails. Between us we probably tried every item on the menus! The food is "California Cajun" with quality ingredients and lots of nice southern touches. The BBQ Shrimp, Cornbread, and Ham and Biscuits are to die for. Versatile restaurant that is good for a business dinner or just for fun.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Service was lacking

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Used to be a favorite. But, the food and service and gone downhill.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We decided to have our New Year’s Eve dinner here so that we could walk to the fireworks nearby after. We made a reservation at 10.00pm on Open Table, and showed up at the restaurant at around 9.45pm. We did not get seated till 10.45pm. Although it was a very busy night at the restaurant, and they had overbooked, it was very annoying to have people who showed up later with the same 10.00pm reservation get seated first. The excuse that was given was that they followed the order of the 10.00pm reservations in their system, but frankly, with a little courtesy and not too much imagination, the restaurant staff could have seated us before the other 10.00pm guests who showed up much later. The difference was almost 20 minutes if we had been seated in the order we came.

Another small gripe I had was that my partner wanted to try the oysters but didn’t know if he would like it. The menu listed oysters for $3.75 each, and did not specify any minimum order. When I told the waiter we wanted 2 oysters, he couldn’t help himself and smirked. Quite unprofessional I thought.

The other dishes we ordered were not bad. We had the Swiss chard for starters, and then the Beef Duo and BBQ ribs. The steak in the Beef Duo was cooked rare, but was much too cold. The ribs were not bad, just a tad dry.

Overall, it was an okay dinner, marred by the wait in the beginning and the waiter’s attitude. We ended up missing the first minute of the fireworks because our dinner ended up later than expected, and basically had to rush through the entrees so that we could make it to the waterfront in time.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Not a typical experience I hope. We came on New Year's Eve and had to wait 30 minutes for our table despite having a reservation. They blamed it on Open Table only allowing 75 minutes for each seating. The wait staff seemed quite rushed and harried. Food took a long time to come and the second beer took even longer. We were in and out within 75 minutes as we wanted to see the fireworks. I would not come here again on NYE, it was too stressful and the food was not worth it. We had the beef duo and the St Louis ribs. They brought bread and butter to fill the time before out main course was ready, which was a nice touch. Our waiter did his best, I'm sure it was hard work. We will come back when it's less busy but be aware they do add the healthy SF surcharge to the check. It gets deducted from their tip...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We showed up exactly at our reservation time and waited for 40 minutes before we were seated. The waitress wasn’t familiar with a single bottle of wine on the menu and pushed us to just make a choice when I asked if there was a somolier or another waiter that could answer our questions. It was a good 20 minutes before she came around and took our order. We ordered mains and she informed us that it would take a while and we needed to order starters. The food was great but the service was offensively awful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve dinner

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Tasty fare, but your mileage will vary depending on what you order. I had the beef duo which was well seasoned, tender and absolutely a party in my mouth. My partner had the buttermilk chicken which was decent, but underwhelming. The pot de creme was rich and had a nice texture. Staff was attentive despite how busy it was. Overall, a positive experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

very creative: food, interior design, choice of music, attention to detail

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always perfect. Food. Service. Total experience.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 24, 2017

To be fair,this was probably not a typical night at Town Hall. Christmas Eve so very busy. As a result, service was very slow and restaurant very noisy. Food was not piping hot when served and I do think a bit overpriced. I should not base my experience on one night but I would not go back there again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Loved getting in early, when not crowded. Great cocktails and kind, accommodating staff! Then we liked very much that we could order small plates.
Only thing I’d frown on is the expense of the main plates, but probably in line with city wide costs.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great holiday vibe. Excellent service and good food!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

As usual food was wonderful. The cod was just ok but the fried chicken and bavette excellent. The sides and BBQ shrimp also delicious.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Fabulous and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Hard to hear each other at the table and our waitress seemed overcommitted for the evening .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The last time I ate at Town Hall was several years ago. It was very good then but this past week it was even better than I remembered it. Our party split between the classic and the seasonal dishes; everything was great. Dinner was a bit chaotic and loud but fun.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Wainscot wall and hard floors made for unacceptable noise levels st lunch
Food was well prepared and presented

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Would have like to the chef to use less oil on the dishes, especially fish.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Town hall never disappoints! Our group has Been celebrating holidays dinners out for 9 years now. I chose TownHall as it’s one of my favorites for delicious food for the soul and cocktails to lighten any harsh week. The staff is great, service is spot on, the holiday decor will help fill your with the holiday spirit.

I can’t remember how long I’ve been coming here (more than 5). Will definitely be going back and also giving high recommendations. Thanks for getting us started with a great holiday kickoff!

Ps pimento cheese and fried okra!!!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Had another excellent lunch, this time the pulled pork sandwich, and also the butternut squash soup. Always a consistently-good winner, we had the buttermilk biscuits as an appetizer, too.
Can't wait to come back for dinner some evening.
Keep up the great work!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Had the excellent Fried Chicken sandwich for lunch, which was moist and tender on the inside, crispy to perfection on the outside. I recommend it without the bread, just straight up with a side of lettuce and/or slaw that comes with it.
It's also served by itself on the Dinner menu, and that is the star of the show.
Consistently tasty and delicious from start to finish, this place continues to amaze over the years!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We had a wonderful time. All of the food tasted fresh and good and the service was top notch.

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