Townsend

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$31 to $50
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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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Philadelphia
116 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week. It was an excellent bargain. I would definitely go again, even if it isn't restaurant week. The server Amy, was extremely personable.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for restaurant week; disappointed with the short rib and desserts but fish was great - main menu is better.

s
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A place I would be happy to return to.

NB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We discovered Townsend at its original location and fell in love with the food, ambience and service! At their newer Center City location, while the food over all was still amazing, it was lacking in ambiance and attention to
detail. I will for sure be be back to give them another go.

MM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were there to celebrate selling our home. Very special
Event I would say my first dish, tuna nisoise, just ok. Everything else great. But pricey for the amount and service

e
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is friendly; very accommodating. Food was exceptional, we will be back.

RW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Small portions and average at best. Short ribs terrible. Beer selection pretty good.

HC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My wife and I went to Townsend in Philly for the restaurant week menu, which includes 3 courses for $35 per person. The food was exceptional and so was our waiter David. He offered wine options for us. The wines David chose were perfect for the food pairings. My wife started with the Potato Leek Potage and it was elegant and flavorful. She’d definitely order it again. I had the escargot with white beans and it also was very good. I liked the soup my wife ordered more than I liked my dish. However, I was not disappointed that I ordered it. It was delicious and filling. For entrees, my wife choose the wild mushroom risotto and I had the halibut with roasted zucchini in a curry-vermouth cream. The risotto was very rich, creamy and tasteful. We both enjoyed it. The halibut was small in size and slightly overcooked, however, the dish was one of the best fish plates I’ve ever had because the vermouth-curry sauce. It was light but creamy and full of flavors. Although it had curry, it was not hot and it paired perfect with the halibut. The halibut was a substitute for the Bronzino. Although the halibut was slightly overcooked, the sauce was brilliant and I can’t imagine finding another sauce that pairs with fish as well as the vermouth-curry sauce. Compliments to the Chef!!! I added the Crispy Sweetbreads to my meal, although it wasn’t on the Restaurant Week menu. Townsend allowed add-ons but no substitutes for the special Restaurant Week menu. The sweetbreads were superb. Not many restaurants serve sweetbreads and even fewer serve them as delectable as Townsend. The portion was large and beautifully plated and seasoned. Best sweetbreads ever. The only complaint is they were served at the same time as our entrees rather than before the entrees. Excellent Desserts - Cream Cheese Mouse & Pear Cake. Finally, David made the experience wonderful. The ambiance needs improvement. It was clean, plain and chic and it drastically needs something to give it character and make it cozy

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was delicious! I really enjoyed the escargot. I took a gamble on it and was glad I did. The ambience is lovely and the service was great. We felt all our needs were met during our date night dinner.

N
Philadelphia
124 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a bad service experience when they were on Passyunk but this time we had a great experience. The food and service were great and the restaurant week menu was very good.

DI
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Blah and cold decor. Tiny portions. Cheesecake should NOT be called that....very deceptive name. Tiny amount of soup. Mushroom risotto was delicious....needed no pepper powder...it actually ruined the flavor.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for the first night of restaurant week and loved it. I can’t believe this was out first time at Townsend. Fabulous experience and our server was delightful. Will definitely be returning!

A
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Extremely expensive for almost no food. A very loud and uninteresting space. I would not go back.

LO
Philadelphia
273 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were dining pre-theater on a Saturday night. We were seated in the "loft" overlooking the ground floor tables, a great people watching spot! We recall fondly, being seated upstairs at the window table at the EPA location so this gave us a similar vibe. The bar did a great job whipping up a surprise cocktail for my wife. Our server, Amy, did an outstanding job helping us make our selections and she was very friendly, sassy (in a good way!) and accommodating and went out of her way to make sure we had a great experience. All of our food selections were delicious. The recommended pace is selecting one item from each of the three sections of the menu. That worked okay for us but could have just as easily gotten away with two dishes each as we are relatively small eaters. But, everything we tried we enjoyed! The tasty bread is filling but comes in very handy for sopping up sauces! Our selections included the oysters and tuna Nicoise to start followed by the scallops and sweetbreads and finally the duck and the red snapper. We shared the walnut cake for dessert and the french press coffee is delicious too! Highly recommend!

F
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Below average experience. The food is at best acceptable, the music (if you can call it that) prevents any conversation with your guests. A really bad experience for the money.

WO
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early. Table was ready within 5 minutes. Great table on the upper level. Server was knowledgeable with a sense of humor. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys French cuisine. Will be back in a few months.

DE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the halibut and crispy sweetbreads and both were excellent. I find halibut often too dry. This was perfect.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal at Townsend. Service was outstanding. Delicious dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely incredible!

g
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first time at the new location. The space is minimal in a good way, I thought the food was not as exceptional as our many visits to E Passyunk location. Also only one of the sommelier wait staff transferred with the move, unfortunate. Still recommended for a special occasion.

K
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great team. Fun staff.
Need to fix up the space a bit and add a sound system and will be 5 star.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Overpriced for what it was .....food was very salty

OT
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service on NYE. The noise level was moderate - we were able to carry on a reasonable conversation making it a good choice for a date or couples get together. We have dined at Townsend before and will go again in the future.

RF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Memorable New Year’s Eve dining with my spouse! 5 Stars!

V
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Had not been to the prior location but this iteration is elegant in its simplicity. Ambience was lovely and service was excellent, attentive but unpressured. The foie gras mousse was heavenly, not heavy, the tuna nicoise and butternut squash soup excellent as well. The bourride for the halibut & the curry vermouth sauces for the bronzino were fabulous - all four of us nearly licked our plates clean. An exceptional meal and worth the price.

LB
Philadelphia
141 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Butternut soup, gnocchi, halibut all done with the most flavorful care you would expect from French cooking. My husband had the duck and said it was the best he’s had in a long time. Nice cocktails and wine by the glass list.

MW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing - creative, but approachable. Excellent service.

K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was stunned to read my bill receipt in the morning which reflected that I was charged $4 for my ICE served in my two Maker’s Mark drinks. If I had noticed this at the time I would have raised a fuss. Really outrageous! The food was outstanding other than that issue.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I live half a block away and have wanted to go here since it opened. I finally took her there for her birthday, and everything was outstanding. The food was delicious, perfect proportions. You can do a paired tasting menu or à la carte (we each did the latter, but the tasting menu looked really good). The wine selection was solid and the server’s knowledge of wine and wine pairings was top rate, better than most restaurants we frequent. It’s a smaller, intimate setting. We were there about two years ago when it was Talk, and the decor then was just odd, dark and disjointed. It’s much brighter now. I would say it could still use just a little help in that regard, it’s very plain, but nonetheless pleasant overall. The restaurant as a whole, from food to drink to staff to ambiance, is definitely worth a visit, and another, and another. So happy that this is right in my back yard.

PF
Philadelphia
130 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Saturday night was our first visit to Townsend at their new location on Walnut Street. It used to be our favorite Philly restaurant at the former location on Passyunk Avenue. Unfortunately the new location missed on all points. It is no longer the cozy restaurant it was. Saturday we were seated downstairs next to an extremely lively and loud bar area. Service was extremely slow. The menu shows three courses, and you are urged to order from each course. That was too much food for the four of us as we were hoping to have one of the wonderful desserts that were available on Passyunk . One of us ordered from the first and second course, one from the first and third and two of us from the second and third courses. One of the persons ordering from the first group was served soup that was so cold it was sent back. The result was two people were served their food while two of us had to wait for the scallops from the second course. The three who ordered from the third course got their food leaving the fourth person who ordere from the first two courses with no food at that point. The duck breast two of us ordered was great but cold as was everything else on the plate. The desserts are different and not too appealing. Two of us shared a carafe of decaf which had some many coffee grounds in it, we chose not to drink it. The restaurant did acknowledge the unusual delay in serving food and served us a platter of gnocchi which was hot. We felt that there were major problems in the kitchen which needed to be resolved. There was no reason the serving of the courses could not be coordinated so that everyone had food at the same time rather than having members of the group without food for long periods. We may return to give Townsend one more chance as we truly enjoyed eating at the former location, but it won't be too soon.

BG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Had dined at the old location which was so much better. The ambiance, noise level, and classy atmosphere can’t compare with my prior experience. Too many superior restaurants around to make me want to return.

RG
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Townsend recently relocated to the Rittenhouse Square area. The space is long and narrow. Tables are fairly close together. A small bar area with about 5 seats. The menu consists of 3 groups. Starters, appetizers and entrees. Each group only had about 5 offerings. No specials. The wine list was very limited and only by the glass. We ordered 2 appetizers, a version of escargot and a butternut squash gnocchi. Both were creative and very good. A duck breast entree was excellent as was the halibut. A Kettle One martini was $14. Overall, a good solid restaurant.

s
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal and the service was outstanding. We dined on a Sunday night to avoid the Saturday crowd. It was wonderful to dine to light music and to have a nice quiet conversation. It is a bit pricey, but worth it for the special occasion.

AG
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious, service terrific and ambiance terrific for conversation and relaxing evening. Perfect

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner celebrating an anniversary with newborn baby. The restaurant was more than accommodating to our mini guest, and timed our courses perfectly. Plates were just as delicious as they were beautiful. Would love to dine here again soon.

AM
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best French food I've had recently! The escargot with roasted garlic were particularly amazing. They even have a very nice whisky list if you ask. The dining room is very comfortable and the acoustic panels to keep the noise level down are a nice touch.

PF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The meal was a good one and the pace at which it was served was appreciated! We were not rushed, as is often the case on weekends at other places. I thought the space seemed a little plain for this restaurant’s caliber....

DA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! One of the best restaurants in town!

WH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on the mezzanine, hence the quiet. I thought the food and the service were just fabulous. My new favorite.

MM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved it!! The new location is fun and modern. It's even better than we remember.