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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (31)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Good for a Date (24)
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Comfort Food (23)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Bar Seating (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Cozy (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Romantic (16)
Business Meals (15)
Fun (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Authentic (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We've dined a handful of times at this place over the past year. The first time, everything was great - food, service, ambiance. The last few times have been disappointing. The food has been just OK. The host, a tall man, has been cold, unwelcoming and unfriendly; he acts as if he's doing you a favor by letting you into his dining room. I have seen him turn on the charm for parties he appears to know, but we are not one of those. This last time the wait person was totally unhelpful on menu choices, and we had to wait forever for our food, way longer than other parties who arrived and ordered well after we did. When I asked our wait person to check on the food, he refused to do so and said that ours was taking longer because we had ordered appetizers. When I pointed out that other later arriving parties had already gotten their food, he just shined me on. With all the amazing restaurants in the Bay Area, there's no need to tolerate OK food and poor service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

This is a fun, lively restaurant. We think it strikes the right balance of a good meal and fun ambience. They have a great staff and do a terrific job without being pretentious. This is one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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·Dined 3 days ago

This was a delicious place. The drinks were great and the food melted in your mouth. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a wait to get some bread -- we came in very hungry already. Overall I would rate it 9/10!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Had the best prime rib dinner! Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

I love this restaurant! The food is great and the wait staff is wonderful!! The only down side is that it is a little loud but the vibe is still nice! So in my view, the loudness can be overlooked. Go to the Townhouse, you’ll have an excellent dining experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentine’s Day dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Me and my boyfriend were stunned by the quality of the food. He said he just tasted the best baby back ribs, he loved the garlic fries and was amazed by the taste of the brocolli lol will be going back again on our next special date!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

My first time for Valentine's Day dinner. Will definately come back. Excellent menu. Attentive service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Service was great. However, food and drinks were ok for the price.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

I had been to townhouse years ago and was very happy to rediscover it... everything about it was wonderful..

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Casual, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

An excellent meal all around! My kids were thrilled to eat at a “fancy restaurant”. The servers were terrific, and the food was just amazing. Please keep serving that avocado bruschetta!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food in an attractive setting. Very good service. Big detraction was noise level, as my husband and I had to shout or repeat most of our conversation, despite being in a corner.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The Townhouse was a favorite of mine when I worked in Emeryville 10 years ago and have been back only a few times. I am happy to report that it is still one of the best restaurants around. Some old friends from the Pacific NW were in Berkeley visiting and I wanted to take them out for a good dinner that was a little different from restaurants up North. It so happened that we had the summer like weather and I thought about going somewhere with a view. They had gone to a waterfront spot earlier and said drinks and snack was horrible. Our dinner was perfect at Townhouse. Food was delicious and our waiter was terriffic! He shared the history of Emeryville and Townhouse with them which they loved. They loved the architechture and interior of the restaurant as well. We shared 3 dishes-- brussel sprout salad, grilled prawns, mashed potatoes and green beans and crabcakes with broccoli. All were fabulous and the portions were perfect. One of the people eats a mostly vegetarian and only fish diet and she said that the menu provided many options. I'll be back again!! Thank you!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Casual, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great food, but this place is super loud. If want to go someplace and have a conversation, consider another restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Overall a fun place to visit with a lot of colorful history. Excellent food, large menu with many choices; reservation a must as restaurant fills up by 7:00. Good service; outdoor eating area for warm days/nights; small parking lot.Rather loud inside so I wouldn’t recommend for an intimate romantic evening. Good for groups as well as lunch or brunch .

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Birthday dinner, delicious food served promptly

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great Find...Townhouse has been around for years and it still have outstanding service, great food at reasonable prices. Met a friend for dinner to catch up and chat over drinks/dinner and at no time did we feel pressure to hurry up or give up our table for others. Ended up sitting there for 4 hours, enjoying the drinks, dinner & dessert.

Awesome place. Will definitely return.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The beet salad and the artichoke dip was tasty. The ribs were too sweet but the steak was delicious. Try the flourless chocolate cake for desert. Avoid the crepe brûlée; too pasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Amazing as always!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Everything was fantastic, but very noisy. Pls invest in sound dampening panels.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing food. A little hidden gem in Emeryville.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Iconic place in Emeryville. You get a taste of the "Old Days" here. Great place with friendly staff, good drinks and portion size makes sense...its plentiful. Great Salads, seafood and prime rib to boot. All tastes will be satisfied.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 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 12, 2018

Awesome as always

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 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 3, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A great, consistent establishment after all these years still. Go....unique area and venue/dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 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 27, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 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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 (San Francisco)·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 12, 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 9, 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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