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About Townsend

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.

1623 E. Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday & Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
on East Passyunk between Morris & Tasker

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(267) 639-3203

Website:
http://www.townsendrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Valet available Friday and Saturday on East Passyunk Square where the Singing Fountain is located.



$16 with validation.

Executive Chef:
Townsend Wentz

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

Townsend Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (54)
Special Occasion (49)
Creative Cuisine (40)
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Good for a Date (36)
Romantic (30)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Cozy (19)
Notable Wine List (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Authentic (14)
Seasonal (12)
Local Ingredients (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Fun (5)
Casual (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Business Meals (4)
Great Beer (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome menu- we wanted to get everything. FOH staff were all on point. Perfect dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

We went for my friend’s 30th and the service and atmosphere were fantastic. The food was amazing and extremely rich and flavorful, but the second courses offered were a bit lacking for their price. Cocktails were creative and well balanced. I’d love to go back and hopefully see some more substantial offerings, and perhaps some more vegetables on the menu!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The menu is very limited. The night we went the main choices were all shellfish. They did not have one salad as a starter.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The dishes were all way too small for the price. The quality, presentation, and taste wasn't good enough to make me come back or to justify the price of the almost "tapa" sized entrees. The $20 lobster appetizer was an amuse bouche ar best. My branzino was not well seared although it said crispy on the menu. Service was just okay. The desserts and the drinks were the best part, and that's not good when you drop 160 between 2 people on dinner. We left from here and had a whole other dinner at Fond down the street because we were still hungry when we left Townsend! Fond is so much better they can't even compete. We had a steak tartare at both places in the same night and the tartare at Fond was astronomically better than Townsend. So disappointed after reading all the other good reviews...my question is did everyone else who left good reviews eat at the same restaurant that I did?

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Everything was superb, from cocktails through dessert. We chose dishes that we do not prepare at home and enjoyed the adventure. Look forward to going again soon.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I don't know why we haven't visited Townsend sooner. A great meal and service, and we felt like we belonged there. An impromptu OpenTable reservation has led to a new favorite.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent dinner as always with expert wine pairings by attentive wait staff, one of the best restaurants in a city of many great restaurants

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in the city. Perfect combination of excellent food and service. They make every effort to be accommodating and meet and exceed your needs. We dined pre-Thanksgiving Day on our way to the airport and they made sure we were taken care of to leave on time to make our flight. Our server, Steve, provided tremendous guidance in helping us choose from the menu. My wife's favorite cocktail is a Moscow Mule and Townsend makes its own ginger syrup making her very happy. She started with the poached lobster which was so unique and delicious and went with the barramundi for her entree, another excellent choice. We tend to enjoy dishes where the portions are on the smaller side so Townsend works perfectly for us. I started with the Foie Gras and stayed the the second course menu with the sweetbreads. The hamachi and escargots looked like excellent options but we were very pleased with our choices. We even had time to share the cobbler for dessert. What a great experience, as usual! Thank you! P.S. Thank you for helping with our car troubles!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Wonderful chef’s tasting menu! Excellent service at the bar and dining room. Interesting and delicious wines. Highly recommended for a special dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Everything was wonderful! Highly recommend!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The steak was amazing!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We did the chef's tasting menu and had a fantastic experience. The meal and service were both outstanding. This is a great restaurant for a special occasion.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Nothing short of amazing. Great cocktails, great wine, and every course was better than the previous one. Awesome staff, attentive without being rushed. Townsend Wentz has a magic touch. Wow, can’t wait to go again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

A serious "foodie" friend told us this is the "best" restaurant in Philly so we have been had to see for ourselves. We were not disappointed. Sat in the bar area at the high tops, had an early reservation. On a Saturday night had no trouble getting a reservation this early. Bar area is nice but it is small and you do get a shot of cool air with the door opening and closing. Wine by the glass was fine. We had a simple Beaujolais which was nice and an unfiltered red that was average at best.
The meal was a gem though. We shared the hamachi dish and it was excellent. I wish I had it right now! Followed by the duck which was perfect and branzino also amazing. Looking forward to going back. Service was efficient.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Townsend pays attention to detail so it’s always a treat! My fiancé and I have been coming to Townsend for the past 3 years for his Birthday. We eat out a lot so when it comes to special celebrations we really need to step it up to impress each other. 3 years ago when I made the first reservation for the occasion we had only strolled in off the street for a cocktail before another reservation on Passyunk. I guess you could say it’s been love ever since that first Old Fashion with Grand Dad Bonded. After that first drink at the bar, seeing the courses come out I knew it was the perfect spot for his birthday. Every year it keeps getting Better & Better, things that have stood out through the years have been foie gras & tartare but I have yet to have an average course! See you next year Townsend, unless we sneak in early for an Old Fashion ;-0

It’s officially a tradition we treasure and now that we are getting married It’s not going anywhere!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Usually a 9.5 or 10. On this night an 8.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was superb, the ambiance pleasant, and the food tasty. We like checking out the restaurants in East Passyunk and try a different one each visit. However, we should have done our homework--the portions are miniscule and the prices exorbitant. There's such good food to be had in town, from Mulherin's to Vernick and beyond, at more reasonable prices and overall better value.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

First time at the famous Philly restaurant in South Philadlephia for my birthday! Very cozy, dim lit, and well-spaced dining area. From the greeting when you arrive, to the menu, to the cocktails, to the service — you definitely feel like you are being treated to something special. Food was absolutely divine. Only critique is on the portion size - definitely representative of French portions but eat bite was dripping in flavor.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Hands down, best meal I've ever eaten in Philadelphia. We got the tasting menu, which itself is an experience - it changes daily, and there is no written menu. The meal is 5 courses, which includes dessert. I would try to describe it here but I wouldn't do it justice. The food was simply incredible. At $85 a head, it's certainly not cheap - but more reasonably priced than comparable restaurants such as Laurel. The Old Fashioneds were great too.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Second Time Here - Awesome in almost every way. Has to be one of the top Philly restaurants if not the top - It certainly is my fave. Start with awesome cocktails - best Manhattan and Whisky Sour anywhere - the use fantastic whisky and fresh ingredients and large blocks of ice that don't dilute so easily. Just great. Food is superb and great menu with many choices compared to similar venues that are much more limited. We had the oysters and foie gras this time, Barramundi was so moist, delicate and delicious prep; perfect duck breast, Valrhona choc souffle for dessert. Nothing is heavy or overbearing. Very nice wait staff. Only complaint is that the bar is tiny and crowded when waiting - no seats - freezing cold air pours over you every time the door opens which was often and it was only 60 degrees outside and not 30 like it would be in winter. Also, our reservation was not honored on time - waited almost 40 minutes. Also took very long to get our drinks - but as I said - they were worth it. Maybe, try and avoid Saturday nights.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The perfect meal. Outstanding foie gras, sweetbreads, barramundi, duck. Heavenly. Excellent service. Small but interesting wine list. Superb cocktails. A must for any foodie,

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Exceptional service and delicious food. Very attentive and informative service. Nice attention to detail including personalized happy birthday wishes on menus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Every aspect of dining here is special -- the food is spectacular and the service is refined but not stuffy or overly formal. In short, both the food and service are the perfect intersection of high-end and relaxed that makes for a wonderful evening. I urge you to go with the chef's tasting menu. I never do this anywhere else, but I can do it here (and I am a picky eater). This last visit was my fourth; I look forward to many, many more.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Townsend has great ambiance and terrific service. The prices were very high and the portions minuscule. Food quality is exceptional. Wine list extremely expensive.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

You always get a good meal here. Defines fine dining. Service is perfect. We had the Chef’s Tasting Menu and it was well worth it. We were stuffed by the end of the meal. We love East Passyunk Avenue dining. Also quiet enough to have a conversation without having to scream. Chef Townsend should be proud and good luck on his third establishment. We got a parking space on the street!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing bday dinner with an excellent waiter. Couldn’t have asked for better service and the food and drink was top notch!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

AMAZING!!!! Best meal in Philly!!!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

I made a reservation here for my boyfriends 30th birthday and I am so happy I did! They were very accommodating and we were so impressed with the food and staff that we have told everyone about our experience. The food and the drinks were delightful here; we ordered food in a tapas style so everyone could try and we ate every last piece! I do not nomrally eat seafood, but everything was so delicious I had to taste some - and I loved it. From the moment we arrived we noticed how well they paid attention to every detail and to us. Even our menus had "Happy Birthday" written at the top with my boyfriends name! We all left very pleased and cannot wait to return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

My wife and I had dinner at Townsend for our anniversary. The food was excellent, well prepared and presented, and the service was outstanding. This is definitely a restaurant to be revisited.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Hands down one of my top 3 restaurants in Philadelphia. The Côte de bœuf is a dish that lingers for days after... that dish could give any steak at Peter Lugers in Brooklyn a run for their money.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Another wonderful meal. Townsend's food has continued to grow, with increasingly adventuresome dishes that still ring true to its French foundation. In addition, the wine menu how showcases less common varieties that pair well with the food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was outstanding and service was even better. A hidden gem in Philly, highly recommend. Was a great birthday dinner!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

First time visit. We appreciated the attention to our special occasion and were delighted with the chef 5 courses menu. On the less positive side, we were a bit disappointed with the wine list, expensive and not so attractive. An area to watch and improve. Besides a great experience that we are happy to recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

My choices and my boyfriend's food choices were delicious! The service was wonderful! We will be back😊

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Until this experience, the food has always been exceptional. It seemed like an off night food-wise. Everything just missed the mark. Nothing I could put my finger on , but definitely a bit blahh. I wonder if they have someone new in the kitchen

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food! My wife never thought she would try a few items. However, appealing and well prepared! Thank you.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 5, 2017

What a delightful delicious restaurant. Old class food and world-class service. The foie gras dish on the tasters menu was truly transcendental. Every dish was prepared with exquisite attention, extremely fresh ingredients and amazing presentation. . This is an absolute must try if you like local ingredients and fantastic flavors. Enjoying great French cuisine is optional but helpful .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable. I wish all restaurants had this level of service! The food was fabulous and it was just a great overall experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The service was definitely the highlight of the evening. First and second courses were delicious, just wish there was more than two bites of each for the price. Third course entree was outstanding, albeit wildly overpriced. Good thing you can walk to Geno's from there.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had a fantastic meal, and our server, Steven, was one of the best ever. Townsend is now my top Philly restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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