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About Town Hall

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 Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (17)
Fun (14)
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Good for a Date (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Casual (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Cozy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Seasonal (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great food! Highly recommend. The ribs were quite tasty

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 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 7, 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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve dinner

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 30, 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 25, 2017

Always perfect. Food. Service. Total experience.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 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 23, 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 17, 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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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fabulous and service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 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 13, 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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vip
 (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 3, 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 23, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food and Service was fantastic

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was delicious! Restaurant was lovely, but a little loud. Overall, truly enjoyed and will be back!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic spaghetti squash! Eating outside was great!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was good - everyone enjoyed their meals (pork chop, 2 seafood dishes, and I ordered a bavette but was served a hangar - which I actually prefer anyway). My steak was a bit under seasoned and I was brought jus that wasn't gluten free after discussing that with the server, so that was strange.

Our biggest problem here was the service. After dropping salads, our waitress was pretty MIA and we had a question about one of them. Then, entrees took FOREVER to hit the table. So long a few of us had taken trips to the bathroom basically to kill time and not be so stressed about it. It was a Friday night but it wasn't packed yet - our dinner was at 6:45pm and the kitchen seemed already SUPER behind. It's not the end of the world, but our waitress never mentioned it, made any sort of apology for the delay, nor offered anything up as a consolation.

Overall, I can't say I'll never be back, but it won't be soon given how many amazing places there are in SF. The food here is solid, but it's crazy to wait that long for an entree without a mention- I'm talking probably over 30 minutes - but we didn't count. Luckily, it was a family-in-town type of dinner so we were doing out best to chat and enjoy one another's company until we were sort of hangry.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Small and large portions we were surprised at how great everything tasted. Love the fried okra!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Good southern inspired cooking! Nice portion sizes.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We came to town with a recommendation to try it and we weren’t disappointed. Three of us shared the 39 ounce rib eye with three sides and could barely eat half of it. The steak was done perfectly and the sides were all excellent. We had a great waiter who gave us a wonderful wine recommendation and it was very good. I would definitely suggest it for a special occasion and we will go back when we’re in town.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very small portions and my food was luke warm which I usually send back but we were really hungry. The other two guest enjoyed their food. Deserts were very god.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Staff is great!!!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of our favorite neighborhood spots. Delicious southern comfort food with a California twist.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Horrible experience with the food coming out about an hour and 15 minutes after it was ordered. one of my customers had to leave to get back to work before the food even came out.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great lunch spot in SF! Loved the beet salad, added grill chicken!! Delicious!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was great except for the Noise level at dining peak time. All food was awesome! BBQ shrimp, tuna tartare, cornbread, ribs and sole. One order of the Babette steak was over cooked and too tough! Bad cut?
Love the place!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

A perfect evening. Nice and casual, delicious food and exceptional service. Highly recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Set in a great old historical building (best part). Overall, pretty average, and not cheap - would give it 2.5 stars out of five. I had the sole - OK but nothing special. My girlfriend had the fried chicken and waffles...chicken was excellent, waffles a little limp. Ordered sides of the jalapeno corn bread which came with very few jalapenos, and the jambalaya which was good. Warm apple tart was excellent. Cappuccino was served tepid. Service felt rushed; had to back off our waitress a couple of times. There are many other better SF restaurants.

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