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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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (46)
Casual (42)
Great for Outdoor Dining (37)
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Great for Lunch (33)
Good for a Date (32)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Special Occasion (26)
Good for Groups (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Business Meals (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Cozy (18)
Comfort Food (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Authentic (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Fun (14)
Romantic (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Healthy (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Disabled Access (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Live Sports (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Always excellent!! Garlic fries are a must as well as the artichoke dip. The stuffed pork chop is heavenly, prime rib melts in your mouth!! Scallops and prawns, outrageous. The drinks are divine!! My go to spot for lunch, special occasions and dinner with friends.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our first visit and we weren't disappointed! Some of the best prime rib I have ever eaten. Service was excellent, and there is a small parking lot next to the restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I take my business clients to Townhouse Bar & Grill. Always outstanding food, service and atmosphere!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Townhouse Bar and Grill was extremely crowded for a Tuesday night. The tables a super small and crowded into a small space to maximize diners. It was apparent our wait person wanted us to eat and go so he could turn over our table. The food was good, but not exceptional. Very expensive. Daily specials were $35/entree. The exterior is charming, but parking is horrible.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Spectacular as usual. Awesome service. Great wines. Wonderful menu. Easy valet parking.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was good, but portions. they do offer half salads.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Consistently good food with a menu that provides standards and creative options. Great space both inside and out. A true "go-to" restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

It was one of the best restaurants in my life! Everything was perfect! The food is incredibly good! Thank you very much for the great experience

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

We had an ok experience. The darken tuna was awesome. But the waiter sold us on the specials of the night and we didn’t think of asking how much they were since most plates ranged between 15-25 dollars. The salmon was dry and way to spicy. But ok. The bill. 35 dollars for a regular salmon. I wanted to like this place. Not sure I’m going back.

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

Townhouse is always reliably good food! Great cocktails, too.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

I've enjoyed many times, as a great place for bus lunch. Inside can be a little loud, but patio dining is quieter. I always hear compliments on our party's selections. Friendly and accommodating service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

This was my first visit back in over 5 years and still as great as I remembered. Food was spot on, service timely & friendly and as strange as this sounds, the valet attendant made the day! We decided to go to Townhouse at the last minute and didn't have cash to tip the valet attendant (Townhouse offers free valet parking) - I apologized, asked if he had Venmo, and he smiled "I don't but don't worry about it - everyone deserves a freebie once and awhile, and the fact that you even cared about me is my tip". Talk about customer service!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We went for my birthday and shared the scallops and the ahi entrees... both were lovely flavors combined well. The menu was full of exciting choices, too! The exterior of the building looks like it is from another age - and it is! The historic pictures within evoke wonderful thoughts of the past, but there is nothing old fashioned about the service or the food! We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and I think you will too!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Live Sports, Cozy, Quick Bite, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Don't judge the book by its cover, this restaurant has a rich history and was built at the end of the 1800's. From the outside it looks like a small shack, you would never guess that once you step into the entrance.

The service is very friendly and the food is just amazing. We would have been satisfied just eating appetizers for dinner. The crab and artichoke dip was so delicious and filling. Maybe next time.

We used open table to make a reservation, and I am glad we did. Apparently reservations are required to dine here. Reservations are also available online.

If you are in the area you must check this place out!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Vibrant crowd, friendly service, really busy as the weekend approaches. Food: creative comfort food. Great cocktails. Ordered the halibut special -- slightly on the "medium well - well done" side, but huge serving. Hubby had the ahi -- really enjoyed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great service and food. They helped me pick out a meal around my food allergies. It was a bit loud inside and hard to hear a conversation across the table. I would recommend this place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great menu and delicious food! Staff was extremely friendly and helpful! My only issue was the noise level inside the restaurant. We had planned to sit outside, but it was too chilly for my 85 yr old mother. Having to talk over other tables during dinner was a definitely a bummer.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

A great outdoor patio for lunch with friends. Nice indoors but noisy. Good service.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The overall experience was good, but there was no one to greet us and seat us for over five minutes and we were left standing at the door. Once seated, however, the server was a delight. Emerson was funny, efficient, and personable. The food was flavorful.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had a wonderful prime rib dinner. The service was really great as they use a team approach to serving so that different staff brought items during the meal. The cocktails were very good and the dinner was excellent. This is our third visit here and it was the best one so we will be back the next time in town.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I always go here once a month so I like it very much.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My friends and I frequently dine here....best mojitos !!! The bartender on Saturday night, wow...our drinks were awesone...ive never had a bad meal at the townhouse.,ever...

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent service good food at fair prices. Waitress was outstanding

Tags: Special Occasion
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