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Any reviews on Town Hall restaurant in SF??

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issey May 12, 2010 02:53 PM

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?

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

  1. kaysyrahsyrah May 15, 2010 03:57 PM

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

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      cvhound May 14, 2010 09:20 AM

      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.

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

      1. bbulkow May 12, 2010 03:19 PM

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/635698
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/695183
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/647752

        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
          wolfe May 12, 2010 03:24 PM

          2 recent posts by regular contributors, some of whom are occasionally forgetful.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/693275?tag=highlight-5459848;post-content-5459848#5459848
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6814...
          :-)

          1. re: wolfe
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            issey May 13, 2010 04:30 PM

            :)

          2. re: bbulkow
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            vulber May 12, 2010 03:30 PM

            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

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            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. re: bbulkow
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              issey May 13, 2010 04:29 PM

              Thank you!

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