342 Howard St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410537.789674 -122.394627
Neighborhoods: South Beach, Central East
Amazzzing.... – I've been to a lot of restaurants SF and i can say majority of the time i am very disappointed however Town Hall never fails to disappoint (except for one time where the food was a little too salty). Your attention is held from the moment you enter the restaurant; the ambiance captivates you... amazing. Our server was great and polite...I would highly recommend this place to anyone who knows good food.
great food, but... – Our waiter was great - timely, pleasant and he recommended the right bottle of wine (Stella Maris 2003) for dinner. We enjoyed the bread, heirloom tomato soup, lamb chops and mississippi mud pie - all excellent. But, the heirloom tomato salad was bit too salty and the jambalaya was horrible. It didn't ruin our evening, but was such a contrast to all the other good food. I'm from the south and know good cajun food and thought I'd give it a whirl. I'd read that the Town Hall is a mix of cajun and california cuisine... but it was funny how bad the jambalaya was - like they messed it up and decided "screw it, let's add more cayenne pepper, no one will be able to taste it then." Bottom line - go, enjoy, but stay away from the jambablaya.
Why didn't we go sooner?? – A friend told us to try Town hall and we wish we had gone sooner. Yes, as we read, it's not the quitest restaurant we've ever been to. However, it is the best we've been to in a long time. There was a small bottleneck at the bar but once we went into the dining room, it was relaxed and the service was stunning. Our server seemed to know when we wanted him there and when we didn't - a rare thing these days. We thought the food showed creative intelligence - not too fussy, excellent ingredients yet creative and amazing flavors. The suckling pig appetizer - a must! Also try the pork chop. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a place with a great vibe and a great meal. We'll be back soon,.
Best Overall Restaurant in San Francisco – Service is top notch, food could not be better, great wine list, friendly people, convenient location, attractive decor. MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN THE CITY! Great for private parties (small parties) upstairs! :)
We felt abandoned... – I had high hopes and really wanted to like Town Hall. And, obviously a lot of people do like Town Hall, as it was packed. On the positive side, the hostess was super sweet and the guy who showed us to our seat did a great job clearing the way thru the bar crowd to get to the dining area. We were seated by a wall and were even commenting on how welcoming the staff was. But then the good feelings started to ebb. After several long minutes we started to feel abandoned. It took at least 10 minutes before we were acknowledged and at least 10 more before some one brought us a little bread. We joked that at least we had "bread and water". After a very long while, the joke wore thin. It was a good 25 minutes before our waiter (who seemed quite disinterested in us) came back to take our order Our wine, salad and appetizers were eventually quite good. Unfortunately, the rib eye and lamb were both over cooked. We decided not to send them back, as it had taken so long to get them. We literally had to flag down a server for every drink refill & each bread refill. It seemed that large tables took all of our waiter's attention. Finally after 2 hours + and waiting endlessly for our server to take our credit card, we couldn't stand the noise, lack of service and general feeling of disappointment at Town Hall any longer. So, we paid in cash and made a push to the door It really is a shame to feel so abandoned in a place as nice as Town Hall. To make matters worse, it was a special birthday dinner and although we had informed them via Open Table, we got not even a happy birthday from anyone. Many other high end places take notice of special occasions. It's a shame Town Hall doesn't. I think if you are in a large group and on an expense account, (and enjoy really loud places) you may actually like Town Hall. But, if you are looking for a nice place to celebrate a special night, with a special some one, Town Hall is definitely not the place to go...
Expect a Salt Hangover – Town Hall needs to cut way back on the salt. I keep returning to the restaurant hoping the chef will hear the feedback or read these reviews. Last night we ate there, and today my friends and I are suffering from salt hangovers. I will go there for a drink, but never eat there again.
Don't Get the Devils Food Cake! – Went last Friday (12/22) and was generally disappointed; service was good, as was the wine; started with the crab cake-- the cake was really good, but it felt completely disconnected from the rest of the dish; had the pork chop as main course and the chop was good, as was the cheesy stuff it sat in, but the peanut stuff on the outside seemed also very disconnected from the dish; at that point, I was feeling like the food was okay, but not great, in the sense that neither dish seemed to be real coherent and neither blew me away; then desert-- had the devils food cake and it was beyond dry-- town hall should be absolutely embarrased by this desert-- it was just aweful; so overall, I was really disappointed and would not likely return
Amazing Food....Nice Staff – I love this place! I Recently I visited this restaurant (without reservations) with a family member visiting from out of town. As usual the place was crowded BUT the hostess was very nice and did what she could to accomodate us. We were given seats at the bar and the bar tender served us an amazing dinner. The red snapper was to die for and the pork chop was one of the best in the city. Also, don't forget about the fried chicken....YUM!
perfect ambiance, professional service and interesting menu – Had a great meal with 5 friends on a Friday night. I ordered two appetizers and a side which was more than enough. food was truly delicious. only complaint - the dish highly recommended by the server (scallops) turned out to be gone. slightly expensive - not too many reasonably priced wines, but all in all a great place. -- Christina
Horrible customer service – We had reservations made about one month in advance in great anticipation of our trip to San Francisco. On the night of our dinner, we had a 30 minute wait for a taxi at our hotel which made us a little less than 20 minutes late for our reservation. Well, the hostess had given our table away and made no effort to accomodate us other than to put us out on the patio where we waited for almost an hour for our dinner. Our waitress was very apologetic because we frankly had been forgotten out there. I have traveled extensively and have never had such an experience. I now understand why Town Hall did not return to Wine Spectator's list of 50 recommended restaurants in San Francisco.
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