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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

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (18)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
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Creative Cuisine (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

Fantastic spaghetti squash! Eating outside was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Really nice ambience. Casual hip. Fish sandwich was quite tasty while margarita was excellent. Could be loud if totally full. Bit only moderate noise as we had a late lunch.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food was great but the service was SLOW. We were a party of 7 that came in at 11:45am for lunch. We were the only people in the restaurant at the time before the lunch hour rush. Unfortunately, multiple tables around us ate their food and paid the bill before our drinks even came. We were one of the last tables still there at 1:30 and STILL waiting for the bill. Great food but not sure it was worth all of the time spent.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Had a reservation via Open Table for 7:45 on a Friday night. We arrived at 7:35, a little early and there was no table available but the hostess suggested we eat outside. It was a warm evening, we wanted to be able to chat freely so we agreed. The construction next door was loud and continuous. Never let up. We were the only party eating outside, our waiter was grumpy even waving us off at one point when my friend wanted a second glass of wine ($20 glass of top rated and delicious Mcphail Pinot) Food was good:2 of us ordered the sole, the 3rd had the chicken and waffles which was a big serving and apparently delicious. We also had oysters, the beet salad (fantastic, best I’ve had) and a wedge salad (nice, a good serving-easily split between 2-3). The dessert we shared was roasted plums with marscapone (inventive, tasty-highly recommend). Because the hostess lead us to eat outside in what came to be an active construction site and the bad attitude of the waiter, I will go elsewhere next time. The food would have been more
enjoyable away from noise
and served by a pleasant person

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Fabulous as always!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Haven’t been to Town Hall in many years, but brought old teammates back to our old stomping ground, and the food and service were wonderful. Chicken and Waffles, and the Ribs, were both huge hits!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The dining room at the entry was much quieter than the main dining room and good for a group. The building is beautifully restored but the high ceilings and brick walls make for a very noisy atmosphere.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always a stop when I'm in SF. The fried chicken never disappoints. And I love the bacon-washed bourbon old fashioned....inspired me to make my own bacon-washed bourbon at home!

Looking forward to my next trip back!

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Overall, this over hyped restaurant under-delivered. I ordered a fried chicken sandwich--$18 for a meager sandwich (not even full of chicken) plus potato chips. Maybe I ordered the wrong item. But my experience--skimpy and just average flavor. Nice atmosphere. Hostess was very nice.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great food. Super loud and hard to talk.

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

Visit with my wife and daughter.

Fantastic food and service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We try and celebrate every special occasion that we can at Town Hall, including our post nuptials dinner, Anniversaries, birthdays and date nights, whenever we're in San Francisco.

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great service and great food. Still love this place.
:-)

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Food has gone down hill.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Met for dinner with friends. Had a delicious, perfectly cooked steak. Corn bread was amazing! Service on the slow side- but very friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great dining experience. Shrimp appetizer and Chicken and Waffles entre were awesome. Very friendly and knowledgeable waitress.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The food was good but slow in arriving. We waited almost an hour after ordering before food arrived.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Wait and Service was horrible. Waited 15 mins to place our order for 2 people. 15mins later my ice tea still has not arrived. I had to remind the server about my ice tea. The hostess chk'd in on us since our server was no where to be found. It took another 15 mins after asking the hostess for our 2 salads to arrive . A total of 45 mins waiting for our salads to arrive.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Town Hall is a spot that we come back to again and again, simply because the food is consistently excellent. Like almost every restaurant in San Francisco, it can be very loud, especially after 7:00PM. As we get older, loudness becomes more and more of a factor. However, the food is worth the shouting. We had the heirloom panzanella salad, the heirloom melon salad, fried chicken with waffles, and farro risotto, all fantastic, but the panzanella alone was worth every decibel. The service is consistently great; and we got comp'd one of our desserts because it took a little long to come from the kitchen. DO NOT leave without having the butterscotch pot d'creme!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I was unimpressed at this restaurant despite the positive reviews. The service was slow and we seemed to be an after thought for the wait staff.
The fried chicken was amazing though, the primary reason anyone should come here.
Maybe I would order food to go next time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Lots of construction in the area, so parking may be hard. We had parked earlier, and decided just to walk. Great happy hour. Great options on the menu. It was hard to decide---it is southern cooking.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 29, 2017

I am a regular at Town Hall for special occasions with dear friends. We are always treated great by the staff. They are always happy to see us return. I am a vegetarian so I was especially pleased to see a vegetarian entree on the menu. Loved our visit and looking forward to the next time! Thank you Town Hall!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Always a hit, never a miss. The cornbread is always delicious. Drinks are great and service is on point. Will keep coming back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

I always love this restaurant. Every time I have a guest from out of town, I always take them here. The food is delicious, consistent, and very reminiscent of my southern roots. I also appreciate the history of this building!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Food was great. Service was even better and on a Sunday night to boot!

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Love the food at Town Hall. Had somewhat inconsistent service, but overall, was happy in the end. A few mixups with the drinks, but the staff made it right in the end, though some confusion along the way. We didn't care for a couple of the drinks listed in the menu - which is unusual...we're pretty adventurous. For example, the Old Fashioned with Mezcal as an ingredient just didn't taste nice. The staff credited us. Kudos to them. And as always, the food was awesome!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I've been to Town Hall several times and it is always good! It is a vibrant restaurant with a great menu!!! The fried chicken is so delicious! My daughter and I went there for dinner and we were able to linger over our meal since our reservation was on the later side. Everything that we ordered was great - steak for my daughter which she loved. Chicken for me - so good! Portions were large so we brought some leftovers home to enjoy the next day. Definitely will return again!

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

How refreshing to actually be served excellent food for a fair price in portion sizes not designed for small children. We enjoyed everything we ordered, especially good were the corn bread side, the shrimp appetizer and the salads. Our pot of cream dessert was remarkable, not the least because we expected a tiny two-ounce "pot" and were delighted to see a bowl size dessert, large enough to share between the 4 of us at the table. And it was wonderful. Lovely old SF building in a great SoM location. If you prefer finger food at extreme prices, don't bother, but we will be back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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