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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Contemporary French, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday & Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
on East Passyunk between Morris & Tasker
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet available Friday and Saturday on East Passyunk Square where the Singing Fountain is located.
$16 with validation.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
Townsend Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
Had a great dinner at Townsend. We ordered off the menu, and everything was delicious. I had the hamachi (yum), my dining partner had foie gras, and my son had the oysters. For a second course, the scallops and lobster were delicious. My partner and I shared the cote au boef for our entree and not only was it delicious, it was a generous portion , some of which we brought home as leftovers. My son enjoyed the duck very much. The desserts were all great as well!
Phenomenal. One of the best wine pairings in the city. Perfect service! I highly recommend the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing, it's worth every cent. I love this restaurant, and the attention to detail is remarkable. The bar is underappreciated... They curate a remarkable cocktail menu.
Did the 5 course tasting menu. Cobia was first course, foie gras soup the second. Sea Bass and Lamb were 4th & 5th courses. Excellent throughout. Dessert was a lemon pastry which was just OK. Service was excellent. Very helpful with wine selections. Had a great table in rear of first floor by a fireplace. Excellent for a special meal.
Lovely atmosphere, courteous and very capable server. A rather small menu, but enough to please all. An appetizer of broiled oysters in the shell with Pernod and fennel amazed all five of us. Another appetizer of escargot and Brussels sprouts was epic. Duck breast and roast chicken were raved about. Fish entree excellent. We skipped dessert but had very good coffee. Very relaxed and not rushed. Highly recommend.
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!
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?
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!
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.
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!
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