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Townsman

4.6
511 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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Townsman offers New England Farmhouse Cuisine, made with seasonal and sustainable ingredients from local, New England sources with our menu specifically focusing on the produce and seafood harvested in the Northeast. The lively and welcoming atmosphere is great for families or large groups of friends. Join multiple James Beard nominated chef Matt Jennings and team for a comfortable, service focused experience!

Now Open Sunday!

Beautiful bar with one of the cities best bar programs; plentiful seating, high top tables and true lounge seating .

The dining room offers a modern setting with clean, modern, architectural features, large party seating and a semi-private dining area. Our 10 person "diner" style chef's counter is always in demand; you can select your seating preference in Open Table.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Midday Bar Menu
Mon–Fri 2:30 pm–5:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(617) 993-0750
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew Jennings
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Catering
Yes we do! 90 seconds to order here: https://townsmanboston.com/catering/
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Essex Street
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Parking details
Limited meter parking is available on Surface Rd. and some surrounding streets. Garage parking available.

Lincoln Street Garage, $10 after 4pm.
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Public transit
We are located within a five minute walk of South Station, Downtown Crossing and the Chinatown T stop.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 511 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 7 hours ago

Really upset with the Townsman this go around. I’d been twice before and had stellar experiences. I had decided to bring family to celebrate my graduation. The service was painfully slow and the food was underwhelming. Very little taste to the dishes, and all three steaks were cold by the time we actually received them. I was incredibly embarrassed to have chosen and recommended this place for a celebration. I’d highly recommend taking your business elsewhere.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Loved sitting at the counter, even during brunch! Always my favorite when coming into town!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was great but the music was way too loud. Couldn’t have a conversation at the table

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful and innovative cuisine!! Can't go wrong. Everything we tried was flavorful and memorable.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was annoying and not good. Mother’s Day brunch. Place was empty even though we were told our table wasn’t ready. There was only 3 tables sat. One of them was the chef’s family. Problem was they sat us next to the door of the patio. It was cold out and the chef kept opening It for his kids to run around. Then the door would jam and staff would push on it hard and make noises. We asked several staff to stop, they didn’t communicate It and kept doing It. Chef sat, didn’t care but realized we were annoyed. Mom ate brunch with her jacket on. Came here for dinner when they first opened, wasn’t good. Thought would try them for brunch, wasn’t good. Good luck.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was meh... Arrived cold... Not that flavorful

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had reserved a table on the patio. The weather was not good. We were told there was no room to move us inside and we had to suffer in the cold and rain.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The food was very good and the service was very good.

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1.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The restaurant does not open until noon for lunch, only has one hostess and not enough wait staff or kitchen staff to serve the number of people who all arrive at once. We had to wait ~ 10 minutes to be seated and another 10-15 minutes to get our lunch order put in (so, we're already 20 minutes into an hour lunch break). It then took another ~15 minutes to get our food. It is clearly not geared to patrons that need to get back to work. The food was fine.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We sat at the crudo counter. Food was delish! Definitely worth it. Service was quick, but the bus service tried to take our unfinished plates a few times.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Townsman is my favorite restaurant in Boston...great drinks, food and service! Everything is on point! And Chef Jennings is a genius, you can truly taste his heart and soul in the food.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Had to wait for kitchen to open (after noon). Food was ver good, but the soup was scalding hot and the main course came out almost immediately after the soup was served. Food was very good though.

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Overall food was good. Dinner with 4 friends. We shared plates. Not much meat on the menu. Disappointed that the meatball was it’s ‘signature dish’ per the waitress. Pretty unimaginative.
Decor somewhat sparse. Felt like a nice dinning room at a young tech company. Not too busy so noise level ok.
Brussels sprouts tastey . Burrata ,pretty plate ,good flavor. Three dessert choices but nothing remarkable.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Beers and cocktails were tasty and the service was excellent!
Cheese plate and the plates to share were disappointing in quantity vs. price with the exception of the sea bass. We received 3 small meatballs for $16 and 3 small scallops for $18.
The entrees, duck breast and broiled monkfish, were also a bit on the pricey side but the flavors were excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

It was part of our 10th anniversary weekend celebration. We Arrived a little bit early and were seated right away at a window seat. It was a nice place to sit. The server was knowledgeable and quite helpful. The menu had more things that we wanted to try than we could order (a very good thing) and the wine list was fun and offered many choices for the adventurous wine drinker. We ordered 5 shares and snacks in total and then a cheese plate and dessert! We had a 3 glasses of wine each (we walked😊) and some wonderful peppermint tea with dessert. We were happily sated. Overall, a very nice night and we're looking forward to going back.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

sharing options were delicious - bbq duck leg, bluefish, and seared scallops, each dish accentuated by a unique sauce. we shared these 3 'sharing' size dishes, plus two apps - oysters and deviled eggs, which were equally tasty and thoughtfully created. ended w/ meringue-like dessert - pavlova. perfect amount of food for two. cocktails were top notch but pricey at $13. i'd go again w/ a group.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Food was deeeelicious! Highlights were the bluefish pate and the marrow and sweetbreads; service very responsive but not overly imposing. Noise level good for this kind of place; will return for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Awesome as always! Great service! Great food!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The burger was delicious but would of loved some more fries. We were heading to a show and the server was great at accommodating us.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We went to Townsman for our anniversary dinner. We sat and completed the meal in 35 minutes. We ordered 6 starters to share and they came one after another in immediate succession. There were only 4 entree choices, none of which excited us so we ended at the shared plates. It was >200$ and we left and got a sandwich from a street vendor bc we were starving. The food was decent, but we left hungry and unimpressed after completely overspending. Highly disappointed in the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Townsman is always special. It’s our favorite restaurant in Boston. They’re always trying new things on the menu with the very best ingredients (morels, ramps, Benton’s ham, etc etc etc), which is rare for Boston, especially at this price point. Every cook there pours their heart into it, and it shows - you get the feeling that working at townsman is absolutely a team sport. Anyway, highest recommendation, and definitely order some charcuterie.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

They were offering a special maple tasting menu this evening, in addition to their regular menu. Our party wasn’t interested in the tasting menu when we made the reservation, and I called to make sure the regular menu would still be available. I was told the regular menu would be available. Unfortunately for us, most of the menu items we were looking forward to were on the tasting menu, and we were unable to order them. We still had a nice dinner, but it sucked to see the items we wanted to order on the menu, but unable to get them because we didn’t want to partake in the $69 price fix dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Delicious food in a wonderful spot with incredible service. Always a great night at The Townsman!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Came here for business dinner after convention. Wait staff was great. Did an excellent job working around our conversations while ensuring we had everything we needed.

Food was good, presentation was good.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The little bursts of flavor from the meticulously sliced and sourced berries, vegetables, herbs and sauces elevated each bite to an unexpected level. Staff was friendly and not pushy. Looking forward to going back again soon!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Townsman is exactly what we like in a restaurant. Nothing was pretentious - the food was delicious, the wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in making selections, and the place bustled with separate bar and eating areas.

Our server talked with the Chef to accommodate the multiple food allergies that we have. Our meals of Pork Shank and Hanger Steak were flavorful and filling. We planned on taking pictures to show to friends but the food was so good we simply started eating instead.

Diners at the next table were not sure what to order so they asked the Chef to decide on a small plate. The charcuterie plate that came to their table made us want to join them.

Although we went to Townsman for a special occasion, if we lived closer, it would be a regular dining place for us. We'd recommend it for everyone who enjoys good food cooked well.

And the price was less than we expected for a large urban restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

No need to add anything BIG 5 stars

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We always enjoy our meals by Chef Matt! Longtime customers since Providence days. Whenever in Boston, we make sure to stop in for a meal at Townsman. This time we had 3 year old child with us (and 80 year old great grandmother) and our server and the kitchen were truly accommodating to all generations. Wonderful food, too!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My date and I had the evening's "specials" and they were excellent. The staff is enthusiastic and well-informed about the food. Cocktails were well made. We had a terrific time.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had a reservation for a Friday dinner at 5:45 before a show. The bar was hopping, but the restaurant was lightly attended. The service was amazing. They constantly were refilling our drinks. They have different glasses for still and sparkling water. There have been so many places, someone tried to add still water to our sparkling water that when they came to refill I actually covered my glass trying to correct them. So this system is really nice. We had a nice bottle of champagne. They didn't have any chilled, but informed us and asked us if we wanted something else or wait 10 minutes. It was nice to have a choice.

The sommelier knew how to properly open a bottle of champagne (QUIETLY). We have been to so many Boston restaurants where the waiter popped the cork loudly and proudly, and we just sit there and smile. He made sure we were happy with the temperature before he filled our glass. They also have the proper stemware.

We started with the cheese plate. The cheeses change. They explained the entire plate when presented. I have some dietary restrictions, so instead of sharing plates, we had entrees. I had the duck breast and my husband had the steak. The plates were beautifully presented (both the dishes and the explanation). The food was delicious.

We had a chocolate dessert that was very nice and complimentary sorbet to cleanse our palate. I never would have ordered the sorbet, so it was a very enjoyable surprise.

I cannot say enough about the service. Friendly. Informative. Changed our silverware. Folded my napkin when I went to the ladies. Brushed off the crumbs between courses. These folks are professionals! We have been to many restaurants in Boston, and it was refreshing to find a restaurant that knows what good service looks like.

I expect lunch is very different and busier, but I would definitely recommend dinner there.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I’ve been to Towsman several times and love the menu, the service is great. The bar is very busy and noisy but the dinning area is quieter but not “stuffy”.
Looking forward to my next visit!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Truly impressive service and inventive, delicious menu.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

After having a few not so great lunch experiences in the past here I was nervous to take out of town friends but they were the only place with an opening. Pleasantly surprised on how good it was!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Townsman is always warm and welcoming particularly on a cold rainy night. The food is fresh, creative and consistently delicious. Service is always top notch.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I didn't find anything special with the place. The menu was fairly unexciting. We were there for a week day lunch. Probably the best thing about the place was that it wasn't crowded and laud.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

As far as brunches in Boston go, Townsman is easily one of the best. Just them and a few others can lure us out for brunch. Keep up the great work!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everything about Townsman was absolutely amazing and exceeded my expectations. Usually a review highlights how great the food was and it definitely was! But my favorite part... I loved how the whole staff (from the minute we walked through the door) who greeted and dined on my boyfriend and I took into consideration our allergies from the very start and even accommodated us by giving us alternate options even when we didn't ask. They were also very friendly, very inviting and made us feel at home. Our table was cleaned up after every meal (even de-"crumbed"), and we never had to ask for more water. Not to mention the food was excellent and just as we would have wanted it! This restaurant is not to be missed. If you are in the area definitely stop by! They have a great selection of beer, wine and cocktails not to mention their oysters, duck and steak are to die for! Will definitely be returning! Thank you for the experience Townsman!! More than 5 stars.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Most delicious food. Most genuine service. Wonderful music and atmosphere. Personable staff.
We loved loved loved our T Negronis, flavours of the Scallop appetiser and on spot seasoning of beef tartare, mussels and the sauce they came in were to die for! Lamb special was such a perfection. Chef owner expediting each dish is a perk to see these days. Care. Love. Passion. Scrumptiousness. We will be back. There’s no doubt.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had family in town and wanted to go out for dinner - as always, Townsman to the rescue. Food and service were on point!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Townsman does everything right. Gorgeous local yet unpretentious food and a happy, knowledgeable staff. One person in our party had several food allergies and didn’t have to settle for a crummy cobbled-together bland meal because the kitchen knows that people deserve delicious, beautiful dishes regardless of dietary restriction. Love this place.

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