Townsend

4.9
863 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
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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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Excellent service customer service chef cuisine. Everything just perfect.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Great cocktails

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Overall great.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Amazing everything

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The Cote de boeuf was astounding ~ lovely, charming atmosphere

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Wonderful food and our waitress was so friendly!
Sauces to die for and an interesting wine list!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Creative menu. Every dish was delicious--oysters, foie gras, warmed vegetable salad, seared scallops, halibut, sea bass, and peach tart. We can recommend them all. We were warmly welcomed. Our server was personable, knowledgeable, and capable. The bonus was that we found parking directly in front of the restaurant. Strongly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Friend’s birthday

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Ambiance & seating is most comfortable .. Service is Outstanding.
Wine List & by the glass is Outstanding .

However ...
Food was highly overpriced for mediocre quality .
Kitchen needs to Up their Game !!!!!!!

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

3 couples for a late dinner, extremely accommodating service, but several items over salted...will try again, it was really late on a Wednesday...

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Wonderful foodie spot. Absolutely recommend the chefs tasting. Expensive but worth it if you are into a tasting. Wines are different then your usual wine list and cocktails are very eclectic. Can’t wait to go back!!

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

One of my favourite restaurants in Philadelphia. The menu is sophisticated, the food extraordinary and the service impeccable. Truly a world-class restaurant and worth every penny.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

From the moment we arrived we were treated great! The staff was warm and friendly, the decor was simple and nice. The food was incredible! We got the hamachi- so light and delicious, scallops were cooked to perfection. The foie gras was unreal and our entrees were amazing also- the fish and the rabbit. Everything was great and we will return :)

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great experience all around. Steven was very knowledgeable re food and wine. Thank you, Townsend was on my list for a while.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

It was our first time in the restaurant. The food and service were outstanding. A person in our group had many food restrictions. I was impressed with the accommodations made for her throughout the meal. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

The meal was delicious,and the cocktails were so good!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

I love everything about this restaurant. So much so that I’m
reluctant to go anyplace else! The food is fabulous, the setting lovely, and the service perhaps the best I’ve ever known (and I worked in restaurants for 20 years!). Honestly cannot recommend it highly enough. My only concern with giving it such a good review is that it will be more difficult to book my favorite table next time I go!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The scallops were the best we have ever tasted. Service was top rate.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great food, service, quiet.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

An upscale restaurant in a neighborhood. Thoughtful, helpful and vigilant server French food full of taste- portions on the small size but artistically presented and delicious. Menu has many seafood options which we enjoyed but might be a problem for some.. There were 6 in our party and we had a lovely round table in an alcove on the 2nd floor - great for conversation. It was a delightful evening for celebrating a memorable occasion. Pre-reservation phone call to check for allergies was a nice touch . Thanks for everything

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I love it every time. Get here

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I don’t usually write reviews. We are very picky foodies.. our meal was outstanding. Escargot was average, foie gras outstanding didn’t like the recommended pairing wine. Bone marrow spot on, bread could have been toasted more. We had 2 fish dishes, both spectacular. Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Everything was wonderful from service to wonderful food.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Portions of food were way too small for the price. The food overall Was excellent. Three bells using the Craig Laban scale. We will try brunch next time. Wines are also overpriced. Only 4 tables dined there last night.

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