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Townhouse Bar & Grill

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5862 Doyle St, Emeryville, CA 94608-2530 (Powell Street)
+1 510-652-6151
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Berlin, Germany
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food (braised short ribs, salmon, risotto), great service (Sean), nice interior. Definitely the best restaurant in Emeryville. Outdoor porch is very nice as well. Place is well visited but not overcrowded which is nice.

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Thank Frederick R
West Milford, New Jersey
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

From the outside you might be skeptical, but don't judge a book by its cover! Food was great! Ordered the calamari as an app, chicken picatta and cobbler for desert. Wonderful! Practically licked my plate! Colleague ordered the scallops and creme brule and loved.

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Thank Susan M
Berkeley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful original architecture, outdoor space when weather permits, full bar, good sized portions and friendly staff. Good full range of choices from great salads to prime rib....bring your out of town guests...they will love it!!

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Thank 784michael
Kennebunk, Maine
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92 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Make reservations as they are necessary in this very busy restaurant! We visited on a Friday night with reservations for 8pm, and there were people waiting. We had a nice table against the back wall. The decor is very nice, inviting and warm. There is lots of wood, so that increases the noise level inside a bit. Our server was... More 

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Thank RoxieMaine1111
Emeryville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017

The steak salad is to die for and most of the food is consistently good. I think its a little pricey but they don't rush you at all and sevice is pretty good

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Thank wedinsky
Vancouver, Canada
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283 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

Had the pleasure of visiting the townhouse restaurant for dinner on Valentine's Day or beer with a good friend and colleague rather than my beautiful wife. That said both of us were overly impressed with the quality of the food, presentation, energy of the room and overall rustic and pleasing ambiance of the room. Started off with the chicken wings... More 

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Thank Paul B
Seattle, Washington
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145 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2017 via mobile

Started out with a less than friendly host. He was unfriendly and short...figured he was having a bad night. He did find my reservation and seat us promptly. The appetizers were really good - avocado bruschetta and shrimp. Meals in order of appearance and taste: scallops, short ribs and 5 spice ahi. Don't bother ordering the ahi. Very disappointing. Desert... More 

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New Paltz, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2017 via mobile

Generous portions of delicious entrees and creative salads. Try the Thai steak or Ahi Tuna salads. Aesthetically funky on the inside.

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Thank Gourmetgerry
Berkeley, California
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159 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2017

A recent visit to the Townhouse reminded me of how much I like this place. Four of us had dinner. I loved my kale and quinoa salad. With the addition of some grilled chicken, the salad was a generous main course. Everyone in our party of four had a different dish, and everyone was happy. The bar serves excellent cocktails.... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

This was a pleasant surprise. When I walked in, I expected a burger and sandwich place with mediocre food. The ambiance is very loud and casual -- lots of oak wood. But the food was truly outstanding. There were lots of interesting options on the menu, and several specials. One of the specials that night was prime rib, and it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $80
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5862 Doyle St, Emeryville, CA 94608-2530
    (Powell Street)
  • Public Transportation: The free Emery-go-Round that operates from the MaCarthur BART Station will drop you off at 59th Street and Hollis. This puts you at a distance of one and 1/2 blocks from the restaurant. You only need to walk one block up 59th, towards the Oakland Hills, to Doyle and make a right. The Townhouse will be on your left under the big Redwood tree.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Emeryville
  • Phone Number: +1 510-652-6151
Description
From the Emeryville fireman's dream of a Speakeasy that he built in 1926, to Steve Vernetti, the original Townhouse Speakeasy bartender who along with his family ran it for 35 plus years after Prohibition ended, the TH has been and remains an East Bay institution. Next came the 70's and 80's when country and western bars, music and dancing were at their peak and the theme at the TH. This period is fondly remembered by Cal graduates who continue to visit the Townhouse and reminisce about their dancing days but do not miss the peanut shells and sawdust on the floor. 1990 was the year that Ellen Hope Rosenberg, the current executive chef and owner, took over an ailing TH and resurrected it from top to bottom. From her inspired American-California style menu to the maintenance of the original construction both in and out. This is a restaurant that has a unique story whose food and ambiance is as authentic as the staff are courteous and genuine.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?