Townsend

4.9
882 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
A contemporary French restaurant in Philadelphia. Located in a renovated East Passyunk row home, Chef Townsend Wentz's elegant French menu follows the seasons. GM/Sommelier Lauren Harris's wine selections are carefully cultivated, constantly searching for honest wines made by caring producers. A culmination of working together for 10 years, they have succeeded in highlighting the synergy of food and wine.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday & Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(267) 639-3203
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Townsend Wentz
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Cross street
on East Passyunk between Morris & Tasker
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Parking details
Valet available Friday and Saturday on East Passyunk Square where the Singing Fountain is located.



$16 with validation.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu was fantastic!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I had high hope for this place based on the reviews. Overall I was disappointed at both the quality of the food and service. At this price point, there are many other better choices in Philly. Will be go back.

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PF
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Townsend on Friday night with a group of friends. We all ordered the 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings for each course. Oh. My. God. It was absolutely amazing!!! Very creative dishes, and our waiter, Steve, was knowledgeable and entertaining. Bravo, Townsend! You knocked it out of the park!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way. Phenomenal, accommodating, knowledgable, and attentive service was also unintrusive and never hurrying or pushy. Enjoyed our dinner very much!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service. Wonderful cocktails and wine list. Perfect for our anniversary.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal at Townsend was outstanding. We were welcomed, the server gave us the menu (which had Happy Anniiversary imprinted at the top!), and answered any suggestions needed. Quality of food was excellent as was the service.

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BG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Was a little disappointed that we were not informed about the prix fix menu before ordering. Overall the food was superb.

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JC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a favorite place for special occasions. Great food in a relax intimate setting couple with helpful and gracious servers.

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L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm so glad i found this. Best French food in Philadelphia. Impeccable service. Quaint and sophisticated. I've already made another reservation. Thank you so much Townsend, my new favorite dinning spot.

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Philadelphia
248 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a joy dining at Townsend. Such a gem. The lovely room downstairs with a fireplace is one of the few cozy, intimate places you can dine at these days in Philly, where you can actually hear your dining companions. White tablecloths! Great place for a date. Food is sublime. The hamachi appetizer is TO DIE FOR. Our first bottle wine was clearly "off", but the waitress quickly got us something else that was perfect.

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AC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new fiancée and I had a lovely dinner to celebrate our engagement. We enjoyed the tasting menu and everything was fantastic. The food was delicious, the wine was unique and amazing, the service and ambiance were perfect. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion!

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L
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was creative and delicious. The service was wonderful. The cocktails and wine were excellent. Relaxed atmosphere in a fine dining spot makes it a perfect place for an enjoyable night out. It's so nice to be in a restaurant where you can have a conversation without raising your voice and the overall noise level is relatively low. We were celebrating my son's 30th birthday and they printed a personalized happy birthday message at the top of the menu. :)

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JF
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding meal from start to finish. My wife decided that the roasted chicken was the best chicken she's ever had. Glad I ordered the braised rabbit. Scallops and hamachi were both excellent. Desserts were on par with the main meal items.

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m
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

hands down one of the top 2 restaurants in PHL, along with Vernick, in terms of food. Without a doubt number 1 in PHL in terms of the staff -- uniformly professional, knowledgeble, accessible, and just plain nice

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My date and i both ordered the tasting menu. The food was just so so. There really wasn't any course that was that good. And it was very expensive. Overrated and overpriced.

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DS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my wife and my first visit. We had the tasting menu. It was wonderful. The food was some of the best I have had in a long time. The saucing was very intense and complex. Our server was wonderful -- friendly, very helpful. We were in the second floor dining room -- it was very comfortable. Even with the room full of diners it was easy to hear and carry on a conversation. There is a parking lot right across the street. The cocktails were great, very creative. Can't wait to go back

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JK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Townsend. A Quiet and intimate atmosphere which was perfect for a romantic evening. Our waitress was friendly, and knowledgeable about the food and wine list. The food was delicious and beautifully plated. The rest of the staff was so warm and friendly as well. We will be returning on our next trip to Philly.

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J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect except for the size of the portions which were on the small side. This was surprising considering the pricing.

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N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Townsend remains one of my favorite Restaurants. Friendly & casual vibe with a touch of elegance, the food is consistently wonderful and the service is great. I can’t recommend this restaurant any higher. Love it.

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LS
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice spot, great food, excellent service and very knowledgeable staff.

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DK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner very much, it was a birthday party for 9 people. The server was great, and was patient with us, because a couple members of our group were late, due to a lack of parking in the area.
Would absolutely recommend.

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m
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It's an attractive spot, and we had a corner table at the rear of the first floor. There is a dining room above. The scenery from that table was less than desirable--the undistinguished rear of the next door building, a spiral staircase and a fence. I would like to see them beautify that area, which could be done with plantings. The food was more expensive than we expected, but also more creative and delicious. Inside the restaurant, it is plainly elegant. I had the foie gras and the chicken with vegetables. Both were very good indeed.

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PF
Philadelphia
103 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always pleased when dining at Townsend. In addition to other visits to the restaurant throughout the year, it has become my choice for my birthday dinners with my husband. The staff is attentive; the food preparation is excellent; and I highly recommend it.

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PK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is the star at Townsend. The ambiance is rather plain and the chairs are uncomfortable, but the food is outstanding -- fresh, top quality ingredients prepared just right with unusual combinations that really work. Among the best food we have had in the city.

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NS
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation for 8 pm. When we arrived at 8, they said there was a bit of a wait if we want to sit at the hightop table in the window of the bar. We had a drink. We saw others come in and be seated. After 40 minutes, I spoke to the manager. She apologized and said it would be a bit. I said waht about that empty table right there. She was like, um, ok. Honestly, that spoiled the rest of the evening for us.

The food was good, but we won't return. After spending $211 on dinner for 2, I did not have a good feeling afterward.

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L
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service customer service chef cuisine. Everything just perfect.

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k
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great.

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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always amazing and it is very hard to decide on what to order. I sometimes have to order more than three courses just to cover the bases. Sometimes I wonder if I want to deal with the traffic and parking but I brave through and Townsend always makes me thrilled I did.

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BP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I justed had a wonderful meal on a Saturday night. We elected to go with the 5 course tasting menu. The dishes were creative, using a wide range of ingredients and executed skillfully. There were definitely a few new flavor combinations we’ve never experienced before. Service was on point. Attentive but not over bearing. Highly recommended!

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GG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place! Food was fantastic and service was outstanding. A nice find in Passyunk!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing everything

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J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal. Service was very attentive but not intrusive. Our waitress Megin was extremely knowledgeable not only about the menu but also the wines. We have read reviews that the portions were meager, but we found that not to be the case. It was a perfect evening all around.

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JD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight to dine at Townsend. The service is fantastic. The staff is so welcoming. Tod is a fantastic chef

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DG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cote de boeuf was astounding ~ lovely, charming atmosphere

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E
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and service but as a couple who was looking for a quiet evening, we sat right next to a very loud and boisterous table of four. Very unsettling and ruined the meal for us. We couldn’t even hear ourselves speak. This should be monitored by management or maybe tables for two should be sectioned off for intimacy purposes.

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S
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant and the food. Had a WONDERFUL wait staff individual named Megin who was extraordinary!!
A 3 hr dinner that seemed timeless and fabulous.

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LS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding in every way. It was my daughter’s birthday and they added a birthday wish to her menu. Just a lovely perfect restaurant.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was beyond wonderful! The service is amazing and everyone was delicious. I made the reservation and indicated that it was a birthday celebration. The restaurant called earlier in the day asking the the name of the birthday girl. They had a menu printed with a personalized birthday message. What an extraordinary touch. This restaurant goes above and beyond and we will definitely be back!

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M
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the Marinated Hamachi, Warm Spring Vegetable Salad, Escargot and Fava Bean, Rabbit Pot au Feu, Halibut, and Striped Bass on a quiet Sunday evening. Service was excellent. The astonishingly good"Rabbits are Thieves" cocktail is a must. The small but very good wine list would benefit from a few less expensive additions. Looking forward to our next visit.

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