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Party Size
For 2
7:00 PM
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Booked 20 times today


448 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

Townsman offers downtown Boston brasserie-inspired New England fare, made with seasonal and sustainable ingredients from local sources. The menu at Townsman specifically focuses on the produce and seafood harvested in the Northeast. The lively and welcoming atmosphere is great for families or large groups of friends.

Now Open Sunday for Dinner!

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 crudo counter is always in demand; please be sure to request in advance.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Midday Bar Menu
Mon–Fri 2:30 pm–5:30 pm
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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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 448 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined a day ago

The food was outstanding! The portions, however, were quite small. They also ran out of two different appetizers. Would have been 5 stars if not for those two aspects.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

Food was mediocre, apps better than our meals. My fish was very over cooked. Tables were not sturdy so it shook a bit.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Great experience! We got the small Plateau and it was perfect for 2 with drinks and dessert. Highly recommend!

5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We've wanted to try this place for a while and are so glad we did. The food was delicious and flavors unexpected. The staff all did a great job of managing expectations (arrived early for our reservation, so what to expect; how best to order to share; adjusting drink orders) with a helpful smile. We ordered brussel sprouts at the bar while waiting and ordered them again at the table they were so good. A great spot, already planning our next outing with more friends. I also liked that it was busy on a Saturday night but not crazy or so loud you couldn't hear each other.

viptapasytapas (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I've only ever walked by, and I'm glad I finally went in!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Very yummy food, staff was super accommodating, two thumbs up!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was excellent! The menu was diverse and it was easy to pick a few things we wanted! The service, not as great. I ordered surprise champagne for me and my date as we were celebrating (and I let them know if this ahead of time) but somehow 15 minutes after ordering it, or waitress comes over and asks both of us if we had in fact ordered two glasses of champagne...k. Surprise ruined!! It didn’t ruin the night, but that could have been avoided on their end. Then, after finally receiving our glasses of champagne, I was giving a little toast to my boyfriend, and the waitress interrupted me right in the middle to ask how the champagne was. Is this amateur hour or what?! We had put two small plates in when we ordered drinks, both of which were delicious, but I told her we’d probably order a few more things. She never came back to take our order, so we just asked for the check and left. Poor service, but excellent food! I would go back to order the things on the menu we missed.

3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Service was good but food was lack luster. Each item that we had (Muscles, Duck Leg, Clam Chowder and Mahi Mahi) seemed to lack seasoning. We also had Oysters which good, but not fully cleaned. Overall very pricey for a mediocre meal.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I am not a tapas lover, but this place was great! He service was excellent and the server was extremely knowledgeable. Definitely will recommend to friends.

MaineMom (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Making the reservation via Open Table was great. Someone from the restaurant (she was lovely) called me back to discuss seating options, which was really above and beyond. The ONLY thing that made me unhappy was the fine print on the menu about auto-charge “living wages” for the kitchen. The place is great, but I am philosophically opposed to this practice. They said it’s to keep them from raising prices...Do it! I’m paying either way.

That said, everything was delicious (and aside from the bar), reasonably priced. We love small plates and each item was well prepared, fairly portioned, nicely presented and not oversolicitous service... We will be back for sure!

vipKristin (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

We had a lunch meeting with a client at noon so we arrived 5 minutes early. We were told by the hostess that the kitchen wasn’t open for 5 minutes so we couldn’t sit at our table - we were 3rd in line after 2 other parties. Otherwise, the restaurant was empty. It was awkward and strange. The entrees were good but the kale salad had grains of sand.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Saw Townsman on Chronicle. Food for foodies. Able to get a seat at the crudo bar and watch the action. Sunday brunch is once a month. Excellent bloody Mary bar. Avocado toast super. Great food. Great time. Location is right next to Chinatown, so walking distance to/from everything.

vipRayWeil (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We went there for the Hunger Brunch, and could have just donated the $50 and not gone. It's extremely difficult to find reasonable parking near Chinatown, so unless you live around there, you just don't go. The menu for the GBFB Hunger Brunch was extremely limited to three items. A $10 mimosa was not at all well done, and not worth it. I don't think we'll ever be back since there are tons of better venues in Cambridge and elsewhere with easier parking and better food.

Nicholas (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Dinning room was full, but despite that wait staff was friendly and responsive. The food was on point! I had a delicious burger and shared the pickle plate, both of which were downright fun to eat. They were well executed meals and the brunch bloody mary bar was a added bonus. Just a great overall experience!

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Went for GBFB Brunch for A Cause excellent food and staff very efficient and polite. Would recommend we will be going back....often