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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (52)
Special Occasion (42)
Creative Cuisine (37)
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Good for a Date (35)
Romantic (32)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Notable Wine List (21)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Tasting Menu (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Cozy (16)
Authentic (14)
Hot Spot (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Seasonal (9)
Business Meals (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Fun (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Casual (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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 5 days ago

Staff was wonderful and we had a great anniversary dinner

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 11, 2018

Delicious!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 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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·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 6, 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 6, 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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·Dined on January 6, 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 5, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Every bite was delicious and the service was wonderful

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

I went here for my birthday dinner. Service was excellent. We didn't feel rushed at all. Food was delicious! The best part was the chocolate soufflé. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Every bit of the experience, every step of the way: exquisite. A staff who loves everything about food and is delighted to share about it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Amazing service. Amazing food. Can’t go wrong.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Ian Lynch was phenomenal!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Awesome menu- we wanted to get everything. FOH staff were all on point. Perfect dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The menu is very limited. The night we went the main choices were all shellfish. They did not have one salad as a starter.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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?

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Everything was superb, from cocktails through dessert. We chose dishes that we do not prepare at home and enjoyed the adventure. Look forward to going again soon.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I don't know why we haven't visited Townsend sooner. A great meal and service, and we felt like we belonged there. An impromptu OpenTable reservation has led to a new favorite.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent dinner as always with expert wine pairings by attentive wait staff, one of the best restaurants in a city of many great restaurants

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Wonderful chef’s tasting menu! Excellent service at the bar and dining room. Interesting and delicious wines. Highly recommended for a special dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Everything was wonderful! Highly recommend!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The steak was amazing!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We did the chef's tasting menu and had a fantastic experience. The meal and service were both outstanding. This is a great restaurant for a special occasion.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Nothing short of amazing. Great cocktails, great wine, and every course was better than the previous one. Awesome staff, attentive without being rushed. Townsend Wentz has a magic touch. Wow, can’t wait to go again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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