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Townhouse Bar & Grill


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

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grilled jalapeno
stuffed prawns wrapped in pancetta w/ bbq sauce
cornmeal-fried calamari
with spicy cocktail sauce
warm dungeness
crab & artichoke dip w/ grano duro bread
avocado bruschetta
with sea salt & balsamic reduction
steak quesadilla
with pico de gallo salsa, guacamole & a chipotle sour cream
mini burgers
with caramelized onions, gorgonzola & a mustard aioli
pork, cabbage & ginger potstickers
townhouse garlic & parsley french fries
sweet potato fries
with chipotle‏ aioli
with black beans, pepper jack, salsa, guacamole, & a chipotle sour cream
smoked salmon salad
with an‏ apple celery slaw, mixed greens & a buttermilk dressing
warm brussels sprouts
tomatoes, hard boiled egg, croutons & bacon vinaigrette
roasted beets & organic greens
goat cheese, walnuts, dried cherries & balsamic vinaigrette
grilled shrimp tostada salad
with chopped romaine lettuce, guacamole, feta & pico de gallo salsa
crispy buffalo chicken salad
with tomatoes cucumbers & bleu cheese dressing
grilled thai steak salad
with marinated filet, mango, avocado, peanuts & lime-cilantro vinaigrette
chicken salad
with bleu‏ cheese, apples, toasted pecans, currants & malt vinaigrette
small $8.50
large $9.50
bleu cheese $+1.75
organic mixed green salad
with cherry tomatoes, cucumber & dijon mustard vinaigrette
small $9.50
large $10.50
chicken $+4.75
salmon $+9.00
caesar salad
with freshly grated parmesan cheese
penne pasta
chicken, prosciutto, asparagus w/ a garlic cream sauce & parmesan bread crumbs
porcini ravioli
in a port wine-wild mushroom sauce
seafood risotto
with prawns,‏ scallops, smoked salmon, mushrooms, tomatoes & romano cheese
sesame encrusted ahi tuna
served w/ sticky rice, stir-fried vegetables & a soy reduction
roasted mixed vegetables
with sauteed spinach & rosemary pecorino potatoes
chili rubbed
grilled prawns mashed potatoes, roasted mixed vegetables & bbq hollandaise
chicken piccata
With mashed potatoes & roasted Brussels sprouts
baby back ribs
with coconut‏ bbq sauce, sweet potato fries & cole slaw
open faced dungeness crab
Melt on sourdough; mixed greens or French fries
pesto chicken panini
With arugula & gruyere cheese; mixed greens or French fries
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
$30 - $80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
American, Bar
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, Table Service, Takeout, Highchairs Available
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All reviews avocado bruschetta prime rib baby back ribs chicken piccata dungeness crab warm bread prawns mashed potatoes peach cobbler ahi french fries burger monday night friends family casual atmosphere wine selection great menu
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The food at this restaurant is excellent. I go here frequently to sit on their delightful outdoor deck. Valet parking. Very good service.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank JosefineV39
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wanted a comfortable spot to talk to a friend coming through town briefly; made a reservation easily online. Service was excellent and we talked and ate slowly without feeling rushed by wait person. Food is fine though not memorable. Nice drink selection. Attractive interior. Good...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Emeryvile
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife had been and wanted me to experience the restaurant. Appetizer Calamari was fairly priced. But entrees were expensive, many over $30, for an entirely casual atmosphere in an industrial neighborhood. We had a burger with an overflowing helping of decent shoestring type (McDonalds-type)...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Qpower1
Reviewed March 6, 2019

I was a single diner, being in town for work, and sat at the bar. I had great service, awesome food and all-over a good experience. No question why this is rated the best restaurant in the area, it is hard to imagine a better...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Wrylee
Reviewed February 17, 2019

Four of us enjoyed a celebratory dinner here. The restaurant was very nice yet casual. We had made a reservation for a Friday night but were pleased that they could seat us early. I had the mushroom ravioli which was oh so creamy, rich, and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank Paula B
Reviewed January 17, 2019

Fun spot and great service. But I wish their food was better considering they charge San Francisco prices. If you are a really big eater you'll probably like it. The portions are huge. Would be nice to have more lesser priced smaller items to order....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Brad C
Reviewed January 9, 2019

Busy even on a Tuesday in winter. This place has been around for decades but has been brought into the modern age with a great menu and sharp staff. Nice to see a place persist in the face of high rents and escalating staffing costs....More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Tom G
Reviewed January 7, 2019 via mobile

This was our first time visiting Townhouse. Was greeted by the Host and seated near the Bar. Our server was on her A game gave recommendations. We ordered 2 rounds of cocktails which were perfect good pour. We ordered the Artichoke/Dungeness crab dip. We had...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank ordonelandscape
Reviewed January 5, 2019

We've just returned to the East Bay after a 2 year East Coast adventure. I've dined at Townhouse many times over the years. Great memories with friends. Fantastic food! We had the chance to return last night with family for first time since getting back....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MikeSchramm
Reviewed December 18, 2018 via mobile

We had a pre-holiday group lunch with a about 10 people and found all we needed: - friendly service, reasonably fast - nice selection of appetizers and lunch items - appropriate pricing - ok atmosphere Parking seemed to be difficult until I saw the valet...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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