Townsend

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Contemporary French
A contemporary French restaurant in Philadelphia. Chef Townsend Wentz's elegant French menu follows the seasons. Our wine selections are carefully cultivated, constantly searching for honest wines made by caring producers.
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TP
Philadelphia
89 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Same good food, but atmosphere and service are not nearly as good. Perhaps a bad night, but was not the special experience I expect. Scallop and Halibut courses were excellent. Despite having roasted oysters online menu, they offered only raw...and declined my request for roasted (despite only 5 people in the restaurant). Space looks empty and not finished. The value pre fixed menu offerings were not offered until I inquired. Hopefully they get it together and return to what was once one of my Philadelphia favorites.

DM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place and awesome service. The octopus risotto was a bit salty but they exchanged it without any issues. My venisin dish was a bit dry so I would recommend sticking with fish. The escargot was terrific and so was the scallops. Pricy but great

K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks were excellent and our server was very pleasant and added to our dining experience. We can't wait to go back.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner.. wonderful food and ambiance

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the steep price -- very unique flavors and options, even considering the great food options in Philadelphia. The wait staff were friendly, helpful, and attentive. Really an exceptional eating experience. Excited about the move of this wonderful restaurant to our neighborhood.

K
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent experience. A great menu that was well executed.

d
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Though our waitress was attentive food service was slow.
Food was generally good though the risotto was too salty.
Desserts were unexceptional. Printing happy birthday on the menu was a very nice touch

F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was lovely, and the setting is elegant. It got loud as the evening went on, but no more so than is typical for Center City.

DL
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Not up to the standard of the previous Townsend....location is convenient for the neighborhood folks.

M
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and a lovely atmosphere suitable for a special occasion!

JO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was just okay overall. I ate at the previous location at least 3 times and that was absolutely perfect. I am not impressed with this new spot especially the ambiance. The ambiance and the whole experience does not match the price point. Almost as if it’s over priced. Hopefully something can be done to improve the look and feel. The food was okay. The previous location was cozy and more intimate. And the price was right for the whole experience. My favorite meal was the steak. I always ordered the steak. Unfortunately that no longer exists on the menu. Maybe it will come back at some point.

JF
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The new location is very nice, but most importantly the food remains outstanding. Only issue is the lack of lighting, making reading the menu almost impossible.

p
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Preferred the old bar and parlor. Food and service top notch!

OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was much too noisy. Something needs to be done to dampen the sound.

SX
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and wine were very good, so were the friendly and professional serving staff.

r
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very pretentious
Server overly aggressive
Acted more like a salesperson
Halibut was very salty
Inedible for one guest
Menu limited and not very customer friendly

RG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to the Townsend in South Philly in the past and enjoyed it as 4 to 5 stars. This new Townsend on Walnut is even better! My wife and I celebrated our 14th anniversary with a marvelous dinner. We were greeted by menus with "Happy Anniversary" on the masthead. Let me say that the Service was impeccable, delightful and very professional - 5 START for BETH G! To start - Cocktails; Manhattan for wife, and "Catch me if you Can" for me. Appetizers - Pork Rillette and Sweet Jesus Oysters; everything awesome! Entrée - Venison and Halibut; double AWESOME! Dessert - Pot De Crème for both of us; which was Heaven on Earth. And Then with all of this wonderful food - Glasses of Port on the house! Wine with dinner was a bottle of Maestro Garnacha Rose - excellent for our choice of food and palette. I do have a suggestion for the space, which my wife and I liked - we sat by the entrance which on a rainy cold night was bothersome as people came in and did not bother to shut the door. A suggestion for bread basket - warm bread before serving. GO GO GO to this wonderful place!

MM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Value for dollars spent not there. Limited selection, inconsistently executed.

LP
Philadelphia
111 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We will go back but would hope they revise their wine selection in the “by glass” choices. We were very disappointed with the quality/price but they were gracious to exchange. The starters were good but not great. Our main courses excellent. The service we felt needed a boost in sophistication. This place has a lot of potential and we wish them luck.

N
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu options were varied, and all lovely choices. I wished they had a wine pairing for their courses.

TP
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the simple but elegant dining room. Mary our server was attentive but not hovering. She allowed us to savor and enjoy our meal but appeared when wine or water needed refilling.

We ate three courses each. The escargots were earthy and tasty. I would get it again. The Artic Char was refreshing and a great beginning to a meal. Also would be on my repeat menu.

On second course we had the sea scallops and the potato gnocchi. The sea scallops had so much flavor. They were some of the best scallops I’ve ever had. The gnocchi was delicious as well.

On the last course we had the venison and duck. The venison was peppery and delicious. The duck was also well prepared and tasty. My only negative comment on the last course was that it was larger than I am accustomed at a French restaurant and therefore I was unable to savor every bite.

The wine list was a great addition to the meal. We started with a Chardonnay and switched to a Cabernet Sauvignon with our more hearty last course. It was a perfect combination.

This restaurant should definitely be on your must try list. When back in Philadelphia, we will return.

GM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Preferred the old location

LT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, beautiful "cool" space, great service.

f
Philadelphia
147 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I know they have newly opened in this space but Townsend has been around and we found not having a salad choice or a filet on the menu put us in uncomfortable decisions as one of us was dieting and the other only eats meat. What I did have was good but the waitress was all over the place and slow taking our order. I asked for no bread and we were served it. We used to enjoy going to the old place this not so much.

J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were disappointed the bar didn't stock Jack Daniels or Grey Goose. Food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. Our server, David, was gracious and informative about ingredients and preparation of the dishes. I was looking forward to some sort of flakey sweet for dessert but the three choices offered didn't fulfill my wish so I had a glass of port instead. We let them know it was our 50th wedding anniversary that day. It would've been a nice touch if they had given us a complimentary after dinner drink.

EF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming space. Food was creative and delicious. My husband had oysters as a starter which he usually likes plain, but the various additions really worked without overwhelming the delicacy of the oysters. My starter was beautifully prepared and presented marinated Arctic char.

K
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Love a good table cloth restaurant.
They haven’t figured out the decor yet- would be great to have some Philly art on the walls!
Would be a great location for a jazz or cabaret brunch!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Off night at Townsend. Unfortunately. Really hope they are able to get it back together. Disappointed.

T
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect dinner for our anniversary! Every course was outstandingly delicious, the service from Megan was so great, she’s very personable and knowledgeable and made our experience a top-notch one! Delicious drinks & desserts too but I have to say that the curry vermouth cream w the crispy branzino was my favorite, probably the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted! Beautiful restaurant, great new Rittenhouse location! We loved every minute and will definitely be coming back!

OT
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Limited menu but the food is superb. The food takes a while but worth patience.

O
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! New location is modern and more spacious...maybe a little less character. Food was excellent as expected!

BE
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Limited menu

JG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I enjoyed my experience recently at Townsend but my only issue was that I thought my entree, the halibut with clams and baby octopi was a bit too salty.

a
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience1

The food and service were very good, but the space was sterile which was a little disappointing. The ambiance in the passyunk square location was much better.

B
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a spacious and very beautiful room. There's a good cocktail list, and the one I had was delicious. The server - I think her name was Amy - was first-class and fun, and the food was consistently superb. Good competition for Vernick just along the street.

Bernard

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service ever! 10/10 would recommend

h
Kansas City
46 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Liked the ambiance, active but not deafening on a Friday night. Meal main (fish bourrade) was delicious, poached pear dessert served with a fiery pepper cream was too savory, not sweet enough for a satisfying dessert.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I ordered the three courses. We waiting about an hour between the first and second course.

D
London
134 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I've been a fan of Townsend and Tod's other restaurant for years. We were excited to try this expanded re-boot of his original restaurant. Sadly, we were somewhat disappointed. First, they took one of the coolest, sexiest restaurant spaces in Philly and neutered it. They turned it into a bland, cold, white box. Instead of just cutting back the too-long bar, they relocated it to the back where bar patrons have to sit with their backs to the room...a very uncomfortable feeling. finally, while the food remains quite good, it doesn't feel updated or renewed. Lastly, the service was friendly but strange. We had to ask for bread, after watching tables around us being given bread immediately. Bread was served without butter, which we had to ask for three times. I'm hoping what we experienced was opening jitters. Not sure what they can do to warm-up the room?

TJ
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venison was excellent, we also loved the duck. Good food and good people at Townsend. Kevin makes a good Manhattan.