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About Townhouse Bar and Grill
From the Emeryville fireman's dream of a Speakeasy that he built in 1926, to Steve Vernetti, the original Townhouse Speakeasy bartender who along with his family ran it for 35 plus years after Prohibition ended, the TH has been and remains an East Bay institution.
Next came the 70's and 80's when country and western bars, music and dancing were at their peak and the theme at the TH. This period is fondly remembered by Cal graduates who continue to visit the Townhouse and reminisce about their dancing days but do not miss the peanut shells and sawdust on the floor.
1990 was the year that Ellen Hope Rosenberg, the current executive chef and owner, took over an ailing TH and resurrected it from top to bottom. From her inspired American-California style menu to the maintenance of the original construction both in and out. This is a restaurant that has a unique story whose food and ambiance is as authentic as the staff are courteous and genuine.
Emeryville, CA 94608
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lighter Fare: 2:30pm - 5:30pm Monday-Friday; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm and Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Bar: 11:30 am-Close Monday-Friday, 5pm-Close Saturday. Closed Sundays and most holidays. Patio Dining weather permitting.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We do not cater on site but will fill to go orders that can be picked up by client.
We have a private lot next to the restaurant with space for 30 cars. Unfortunately the lot can be full and the restaurant is only a third full as many people arrive separately. Street parking is reasonably ample and not metered.
The free Emery-go-Round that operates from the MaCarthur BART Station will drop you off at 59th Street and Hollis.
This puts you at a distance of one and 1/2 blocks from the restaurant. You only need to walk one block up 59th, towards the Oakland Hills, to Doyle and make a right. The Townhouse will be on your left under the big Redwood tree.
Ellen Hope Rosenberg
Private Party Facilities:
A private party is all about you and your group. The Townhouse does not have a private room but we will customize your event's menu and pay detailed attention to all of your requests. The restaurant is available for private party buyouts. We will even open on a Sunday, when we are normally closed, in order to meet your needs or budget.
Private Party Contact:
Shane Clabaugh: (510) 652-6151
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
You may take over (buyout) the entire restaurant for your professional or personal events. Although we are closed on Sundays, we are open to a buyout.
Townhouse Bar and Grill Ratings and Reviews
Spectacular!! Townhouse never disappoints. The food and cocktails are just fabulous, and our server tonight, Joe, was friendly and attentive yet not at all overbearing. Their thread is to die for and so are pretty much all the appetizers. My first time trying the avocado bruschetta which was a standout. No complaints. Love this place through and through — and I am a foodie and ambience expert.
I have been coming to this restaurant for about 10 years as I travel frequently to Emeryville for business purposes. I eat here every trip as it is one of my favorites! The food is consistently great and the service is always top notch. Shane (Manager) is always friendly, engaging and makes sure that we are taken care of.
Love this place. Good service. Great drinks. We ordered the scallops and they were amazing. I typically think that scallops are just ok because they can be kinda chewy. But the scallops here are super tender and tasty... cooked to perfection with a delicious buerre blanc sauce and mashed potatoes. Great restaurant overall.
Food and service were good -- but did not understand why a 20 minute delay to be seated after arriving on time for our 7:30pm reservation. Also, since they have valet parking at lunch, why not for dinner, allowing more cars to be parked in the lot. Two of us arrived early, and while waiting in the lot for our third person, twice helped drivers trying to maneuver when they discovered that parking was full after pulling all the way in the lot.
For the most part, the food was good but left out a lot of flavor and variety. The mashed potatoes, featured on many of their entrees and specials, were left to be desired. The ambiance in the building was was overall comforting and relaxing and not terribly loud. It was nice but nothing that would draw me back to this neighborhood institution.
Why have I just found this gem! Fantastic meal. Every dish was a delight. The teriyaki steak bites were incredibly tender and tasty. The avocado bruschetta was good (I would have like a bit more balsamic reduction). Almond crusted scallops were Perfection and the chicken picatta was wonderful. Too full for dessert. Will definitely be back!
Showed up way early for our reservation and we were promptly seated anyway. Food was on the pricy side for some dishes but everything we ordered was well liked and enjoyed. All the reviews online hyping up the Avocado Bruschetta need to chill. It's literally avocado toast. Bread. Avocado. Balsamic drizzle. LOL don't get me wrong, it tasted good. Not worth going strictly for that dish though, plenty of other delicious menu items.
Parking lot is tight. Ambience is cozy and welcoming. Service was great. Dessert looked amazing however, we didn't order any because we were all too full. The noise level was surprisingly loud for a restaurant with cloth napkins and candlelight but we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless.
Went to this restaurant after reading reviews. It was nice/as described overall. Had a "flaming heart" drink (basically a manhattan) and it was good. Avocado bruschetta was beautiful and tasty. Sweet potato fries also good. My son had the mushroom ravioli and they were tasty. I had the scallops w/fettucine, and sadly, the sauce didn't taste right. Since this was our first time I would have to say the food is uneven... maybe just a bad night, and we enjoyed everything else.
Cocktails are great—tasty and liberal portion —at this comfortable bar and restaurant. Food and service just fine, too. They seem to vary the menu pretty often which also makes it nice. My mushroom ravioli was excellent—wine sauce subtle and creamy. My companion’s smoked chicken risotto was delicious. Loved the beet and goat cheese salad as well.
It's always a pleasure to dine at Towne House Bar and Grill, I have trouble deciding on one dish from the menu and whatever I pick is always delicious. The service is terrific, you never wait for anything and the wait staff knows the menu well and make inspired recommendations. Best of all is the ambiance. Outdoors or inside, any occasion feels special.
Arrived near closing time after a delayed flight into SFO. Looking for a nice spot with great food. Couldn't have found a better place. We were instantly welcomed, a great crowd enjoying their dinners around us, spot on service, and a wonderful menu that filled our desire exactly. Completely unpretentious. Coming back here over and over again.
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