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May 12, 2010 02:53 PM

Any reviews on Town Hall restaurant in SF??

We were considering going to Town Hall restaurant for a graduation lunch but are bit nervous because no one in our party has tried it. Has anyone been and can give us a review? Anything special to try?

Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

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    Not reviews per se, but the place does get discussed. It would be better perhaps to describe what you're looking for in a graduation lunch and ask whether town hall fits the bill. The general rap is the food is pretty darned good, the atmosphere is nice but the faux colonial thing is a little weird, the wine and cocktails are very nice, and it can get loud (not so much at lunch). Service was very good when I was there. Menu wasn't very broad, but more than good enough for a parent-dinner a few months ago. Whether you'd be better off at the hipper and more cutting edge Salt House, the more view-oriented Slanted Door, the more name-recognition Boulevard, that I can't say.

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      1. re: bbulkow

        Salt House and Town Hall are owned by the same people.

        Also note that Slanted Door is the only one that doesn't close in the afternoon, which could be good if running late

        Slanted Door
        Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

        Town Hall Restaurant
        342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

        Salt House
        2 Shaw Aly, San Francisco, CA 94105

        1. Our favorites at Town Hall are the BBQ shrimp & butter lettuce salad (we get these every time), roasted beet salad, veal meatballs, buttermilk biscuits with pepper jelly, fried oysters, fried chicken and blackened fish with dirty rice. We did not like the tuna tartare or the St. Louis ribs.

          We've tried almost every item on their dinner menu and found we much prefer their appetizers to their entrees, so we'll often order 1-2 apps, a salad and an entree to share between the two of us and take leftovers home. Their salads are huge and easily large enough to share between 2-3 people.

          Our favorite desserts are coffee & donuts and the warm toffee cake. If you like puddings, their chocolate & butterscotch pot de creme is very popular.

          They serve delicious cocktails, especially the Dorothy Parker.

          Town Hall Restaurant
          342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

          1. If you like Southern American or Louisiana fare, give this a shot. Probably the best in the city.