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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (40)
Romantic (35)
Good for a Date (31)
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Creative Cuisine (31)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Cozy (17)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Authentic (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Hot Spot (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Seasonal (7)
Business Meals (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Fun (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 4 days ago

My boyfriend and I ate here on a weekend away in Philly, I was extremely impressed. The food was incredible, in fact one of the best meals I have had in the past year and the service was great! The Scallops were to die for! Definitely recommend this for a nice romantic night out

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was incredible. Totally worth the money.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food but very pricey for rather small portions.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

As always a fantastic meal with impeccable service

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day dinner and first time we went. Menu was chefs tasting and fantastic. A little pricey at $95 pp plus a $75 pp wine pairing but it was a special occasion. Probably won’t be a frequent choice because of cost and all courses but our server was absolutely awesome.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

You went from favorite to never again in one meal. Overpriced and terrible portions. No crab in the “lump “ crab risotto. A silver dollar sized portion of fat for wavy beef. Too many good places in Philadelphia to waste money here. Thanks for ruining our special occasion dinner

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Townsend is our special place. The food the drinks (Just Say Yes), the service and the atmosphere are just perfect to share a moment in time with your loved one.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent. Waiter provided great recommendations, especially for cocktails and wines to pair with our order

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

nice restaurant- I have been many times. Menu seems much more limited than I remember. No salad options. Portions pretty small for the price. Food was good, although not memorable. Service and atmosphere excellent. No longer a standout in my opinion

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food but an exceptional waitress. She was helpful, fun and knowledgeable. she helped made the evening memorable. 3 appetizers, 3 main courses, 3 desserts and wine - all top notch.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great meal, rather expensive for the portions provided. Not the easiest location to find and forget about parking. Good for special occasion. Good service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

While not the traditional way of serving escargot, the snails were still banging

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

One of the best meals I have had in Philadelphia. First rate

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The restaurant has a nice ambiance. It took the waiter some time for him to get to us after we sat down but it was a busy evening. Once he got our orders, the food came promptly. A couple of the dishes had a lot more Asian influence than I had anticipated. Their cocktails are awesome. Overall, great experience. I would go back for drinks.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Duck was outstanding. Hamachi great. Escargot delicious. I think lobster dish flavor very good but lobster a little chewy and scant amount for price! I was not fond of oyster dish. They were too big for my taste and would rather have them cooked or raw. Not sure how they were intended but were in an in between state which was not good. I would go back as service was excellent and flavours overall were great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food and excellent wait staff. Also, interesting wines.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Just OK
Sort of expected more given the reviews
Too many other places to try to be excited to go back

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent dinner and service will come here again. Lauren the sommelier was very helpful and amazing at helping us select a wine for our meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Excellent service, amazing food, and expert cocktails.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Creative, delicious food, which is the most important reason for a restaurant. Great for those who appreciate fine dining especially on any special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Nothing here really stood out. Everything was just ok, and portions were very small. Only thing outstanding was the seared foie gras, which is pretty hard to mess up. Left unsatisfied and hungry a couple hours later. Center city prices in a tiny old house.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My date and I did the tasting menu. Everything was fantastic. We added the chocolate soufflé, and it was a top 5 I've ever had. I highly recommend it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Wonderful service and a great experience. Interesting food choices and also great drink options!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Came for wife's birthday. The food is well prepared and the presentation is very nice. If ordering a la carte, I would recommend ordering a bit more than just one dish per course as the portions are quite small, even for the final course. For a dinner for two, perhaps a total of 7 or 8 plates.

The desserts were incredible -- very good creme brulee and probably the best chocolate souffle I have ever had.

Seating is very intimate, only a few tables downstairs. Total was about $200 for our dinner before tip.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Wonderful meal — great food, delightful staff. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Staff was wonderful and we had a great anniversary dinner

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was our first trip to Townsend, friends brought us because it is their favorite restaurant. We loved it. Everything was fresh and well made, flavors that were amazing. The food presentation was excellent. Drink menu offered a variety of wines and unique cocktails. We tried everything on the first and second course menus which did not disappoint. I had Barramundi for my main course which was perfectly cooked with a crisp skin and fresh squash. Dessert was perfect also! We will be back!

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent overall
Imaginative cuisine and wine list
Great Service

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Food was way above the average in philly. We just were in Paris and it's close.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Delicious!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Spectacular as always. The staff shines as much as the food. Jeff and Steven in particular are worth the trip

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Superb evening! Lovely restaurant - diner upstairs - portions were perfectly sized. A meal to remember for a 50th birthday.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was delicious and the atmosphere made for a very memorable birthday dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was good and service was even better. Kind of pricey but you get what you pay for.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Overpriced and forgettable. What was hoped to be a memorable and delicious dinner was good but not memorable. The food was tasty, the service impeccable, but overall it just didn’t have what it takes to warrant a return visit. Bummer!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We spent a delightful 3 hours dining at Townsend. The food and service were excellent. Our only suggestion would be to provide a softer seat to make a long dining experience more comfortable!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Townsend is by far one of Philadephia’s best restaurants. And that is saying a lot because Philly has an amazing food scene. Aside from the top level cocktails, delicious selection of wine and beautiful food, what sets Townsend apart is impeccable service. Anyone who appreciates fine dining knows that great service is the key to enjoying the creations from the bar/kitchen and making the dining experience special. This is true at Townsend whether you choose a seat at the bar or reserve a table in their intimate dining room. Our last time in, celebrating a birthday, was truly made special by our server, Megin...I can’t say enough about her warmth, her knowledge, and her sensitivity to our dining pleasure. Her timing was impeccable, never interrupting but magically always there when we might have needed her. Generous and creative, she made magical wine pairings for all our food selections. It was simply the most delicious and fun evening we’ve enjoyed in memory...I don’t usually go out of my way to leave reviews but while huge compliments are due to the chef for the exquisitely balanced food, it was Megin who truly set the bar and left us once again marveling at how Townsend so consistently rules the roost in this great city.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Townsend is one of our favorites and never fails to meet our high expectations. Steve (server and sommelier extraordinaire) always makes the evening an absolute pleasure.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We enjoyed our meal at Townsend, look forward to dining again.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent service and good food. Portions relatively small....

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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