Townsend

4.7
1009 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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. Our wine selections are carefully cultivated, constantly searching for honest wines made by caring producers.
What 1009 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Quiet
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
MA
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting and tasty food. Very good service. And (at 5:15) quiet enough for our elderly guests to hear the conversation.

Report
Helpful
PF
Philadelphia
109 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasant experience to dine at Townsend. The staff is accommodating, including having menus with the name of the birthday person, keeping a record of food allergies of diners, etc. The food and service are always excellent, and we have never been disappointed.

Report
Helpful
n
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally got the chance to visit the flagship behind Oloroso-a restauarant I’ve been a steady evangelist for since its opening. And, gratefully, it delivered. A beautiful space, a well-curated wine list, and beautiful, refreshing takes on traditional French cuisine. Go here.

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food. excellent service. nice atmosphere. pricey but worth it.

Report
Helpful
ZA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything we ate was phenomenal, the Hamachi and Oysters were out unbelievable!

Report
Helpful
T
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love their fish dishes, done to perfection,
and I never miss their chocolate soufflé— so chocolate-y!

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Perfection from start to finish

Report
Helpful
MR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was fantastic from start to finish. I had contacted Townsend before our dinner to arrange to have a special cocktail for my boyfriend's birthday and had it ready and waiting with a printed out, customized recipe. That on top of delicious food, the best bottle of wine we've ever had and after dinner cognac and dessert wine made it a night we will not soon forget. Thank you to Townsend for the fabulous hospitality! Can't wait to visit again!

Report
Helpful
L
Philadelphia
117 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ! Beautifully prepared and presented. A gem of a restaurant.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That was our second time. The food and service are always amazing. Both times we enjoyed the tasting menu! Always an amazing night at Townsend !

Report
Helpful
JW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was outstanding. It was more outstanding than the last time I was there!

Report
Helpful
V
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed Easter dinner; presentation was good, server was attentive and not overbearing; primary complaint is value for money and portion sizes. One lamb chop is an entree? Really? Other portions were appropriate, but did you need to source lamb from Colorado? Is that why it was a skimpy portion?

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience

Report
Helpful
SB
Philadelphia
134 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our third or fourth time having a full dinner at Townsend. We have also had rinks and small plates at the bar too many times to count. And while we have always liked and appreciated the cuisine here, we have never been completely bowled-over. Well, tonight we were - all four of us - bowled-over. What an elegant and delicious dinner. The halibut was superb - just superb. The lamb-three-ways was amazing according to our Northern California friend. The Sauteed sweetbreads/bone marrow was as good as it gets. And the desserts from the chocolate souffle to the amazing creme brulee........well, what a fantastic experience!!

Report
Helpful
E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Drinks were great,food was less than lackluster.

Report
Helpful
LM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks and food were so delicious. I absolutely want to go back. The customer service was fantastic. I highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is amazing.

Report
Helpful
e
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Run don't walk. Delicious with a great wine list.

Report
Helpful
MH
Zurich
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good French restaurant. We had the Degustation menu of five courses that were outstanding, perhaps, as ist is "normal" in the USA, the single courses were a bit large. Very good Quality, good wines available by the glass. Parking space is a problem and explains perhaps why there were not so many guests; we were lucky to find an empty parking spot right in front of the restaurant.

Report
Helpful
NG
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a bit of a "special occasion" spot (unless you're wealthy, I suppose), but for the amazing food and service I'd have expected to pay much more. Staff was incredibly knowledgeable, the cocktail menu was wizardry, and the halibut was something truly special.

Report
Helpful
C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Basically quite good however it proved to be more expensive than one would have expected it to be.

Report
Helpful
J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, wonderful server, first rate experience.

Report
Helpful
P
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing meal. We ordered almost everything on the menu and it was all delicious. The waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and answered all questions we had. He also knew his wines which I find to be rare that the waiter knew both the food and wine menus. He was pleasant and funny, he joked about the fact that two people could eat the entire menu. It’s small and quaint but they don’t shove tables together so close that you’re talking to your neighbor. We will be back for more of everything. Thank you Townsend for a wonderful night out.

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful Old style foods in New ways. Loved how the flavors all worked so well together for everything.

Report
Helpful
CB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had the tasting menu, they were kind enough to substitute the meat course with a fish course for one of our party's selection. We went early so we were the only one's in the restaurant, so the courses came out pretty quickly, sure it was only because of that..Service was good, the Sea Bass course was very good, would skip the dessert, over all a solid meal...

Report
Helpful
PP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I settled on the 5 corse tasting menu. From beginning to end, the entire experience was just fantastic. The courses for this evening included the Lobster Salad, Black Bass, Pork Belly, Filet Mignon and Short Rob with a Dessert. Let’s just say fabulous. If I had more time, I would write about each dish and the service we received from Stephen. It was our first visit and we can’t wait to go back.

Report
Helpful
AV
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As an ovo/lacto vegetarian who allows for the occasional pescatarian exception, I was a little worried about requesting a modification of one course to remove the pork from a lobster/pork dish, for fear that it might be uncouth at best, or offend the chef’s vision at worst. However, despite the usually fauna-dense carte du jour of French cuisine being enough to keep vegetarians at bay, I was willing to show my interest respectfully at the risk of the aforementioned. Needless to say, our server was already prepared to suggest the adjustment as if he had been reading my mind. Absolutely wonderful! Everything from the aperitif to the desert cheese plate was brilliant! Art for the tastebuds. Amazing, knowledgeable and attentive staff, and the quaint atmosphere was just perfect.

Report
Helpful
S
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the fact that tables are not to close to one another.
Appetizers were very good. Main course a little disappointing. I had the halibut. It lacked a bit in flavors, a bit dry. My husband had the lamb, it was just ok. Desert was fabulous though.

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner at Townsend was truly delicious. We shared many different things and all of them were wonderful! Great flavor and balance on the palate!

Report
Helpful
BK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, professional service, good vibe in the room. Made the daytri

Report
Helpful
LS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Astounding tasting menu

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food & service!

Report
Helpful
S
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service great! Wine bottle excellent. Lobster/pork course so so. First course - Lobster tough and I didn’t ask questions and pork was in ground burger form. Halibut entree delicious and creme brûlée dessert wonderful! Had a fun evening, but a bit disappointed after Craig LeBan’s review.

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and service. The various courses were served at a comfortable pace and you can carry on a conversation without needing to shout.

Report
Helpful
SH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time that I dined at Townsend and it was just as lovely this month as it was last year. I've now had the chance to try both the Chef's Tasting Menu and ordering a la carte from the menu. Both were delicious. Standouts included Duck Fat Confit Finger Potatoes as a first course and Lamb Loin ‘en Crépinette’ as a main course. Our server was extremely professional and helpful.

Report
Helpful
s
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the East Passyunk Restaurant Week menu at Townsend. The 3 course wine pairings for $25 was a good deal as well.
The service was exceptional. The food was delicious. We ordered the chicken and beef entrees. They were both wonderful. Highly recommend Townsend! It is a true gem!

Report
Helpful
j
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first meal at Townsend was absolutely dreamy good. The food... amazing! The staff were lovely, very friendly and attentive. The ambience had a very homey feel...loved the fireplace. One of the best meals I've ever had. Already planning to return soon!

Report
Helpful
T
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for a special occasion or when you're feeling like a fancy night out. The service was terrific.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome service, highly
recommend the foie gras and striped bass, will definitely be back.

Report
Helpful
ES
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited Townsend on March 5, 2019. Everything was great, especially our server, Steve, who provided accurate information about the food and wine. This has become one of our favorite restaurants.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
26