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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.

5862 Doyle Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

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.

Cross Street:
Powell Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 652-6151

Website:
http://townhousebarandgrill.com/

Catering:
We do not cater on site but will fill to go orders that can be picked up by client.

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
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

Additional:
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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (31)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
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Good for a Date (25)
Comfort Food (22)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Cozy (16)
Bar Seating (16)
Fun (14)
Authentic (14)
Business Meals (13)
Romantic (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Healthy (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Live Sports (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Old Emeryville favorite. I like the crisp white tablecloths and the wine list. This moderately priced neighborhood eatery is consistent but manages to surprise with wonderful soups and unique appetizer pairings.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Nice people and tasty food, but far too loud---we will not return.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Love this restaurant! Industrial space converted to funky chic artsy restaurant and bar with indoor outdoor seating. Food is always fresh and satisfying. Great cocktails. Generous portions. Terrific service. It’s our go-to favorite.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Awesome as always

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Always my go to restaurant for good drinks, food and atmosphere.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great restaurant & staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Always great!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, People Watching, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

We enjoyed everything about our dining experience!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food and service. Love the high energy atmosphere at lunch. Many holiday work party groups enjoying themselves.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

very nice service, cool spot and something for everyone on the menu. Great cocktail list.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food is always great here. Service is wonderful. My go to place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent as always, this is truly one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Steak in the Thai steak salad was tender. My wife liked the avocado bruschetta.
We were there for a late lunch, so parking was no problem.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The best restaurant in Emeryville/Berkeley. You must try the crab dip.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

The front facade had me a little worried at first, but worry was not needed. Inside was class, food was great. Waiter was very kind to bring me a little more wine after an accidental spill.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Good reliable food and excellent decor. thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food generally tasted ok. But crab mushroom had little crab and roasted beet salad had only 4 thinly sliced beet. Disappointing! Waiter also forgot to tell us there was prime rib available.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was very slow and not acknowledged. In fact, I had to help myself to a glass of wine I ordered because it sat on the service bar for over 15 minutes. Good food, however.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Second time dining here, excellent food and great service. Fun place to go.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

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 (London)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Always love this place. Staff was helpful in splitting a salad and gracious about letting me move seat.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Hadn’t been to Townhouse for a long time. Glad we went last night. Felt right. Now back on radar for date night. Thanks again.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Lovely day to dine outdoors. Service superb. Good ALWAYS excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was decent; service left something to be desired. We were ignored much of the time -- was hard to get waiter's attention.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food is fabulous with good service. When packed, like on Friday night, very noisy.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our favorite date place. We always order the calamari. The Ahi tuna salad is particularly great, but we like everything. The crème brulee is small but delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Emeryville

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Cool ambiance and great friendly staff. Free valet parking. Easy access from the fwy. The lamb salad and prime rib chop salad were great. I love this place!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Always a great meal - quinoa salad and chicken salad with a wonderful chowder soup of the day. Fast lunch service. Thanks!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Love this place. Everyone that I've shared it with has loved it and gone back. Great food, great service, great ambiance.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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