French Bistro

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Intimate, elegant bistro, Townsend, is a gem in hip East Passyunk serving modern French cuisine from chef Townsend Wentz. Dishes are dictated by the seasons and may include the likes of rabbit pot au feu with root vegetables and creme fraiche, sauteed sweetbreads with grilled tongue and green peppercorn jus or beef tartare with an Idiazabal cheese tartine. The bar pours French, Italian, California and Spanish wines, as well as house cocktails showcasing whiskies and French brandies.

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  • Semi-Finalist: James Beard Foundation, Best New Restaurant 2015
  • 50 Best New Restaurants 2015 - Bon Appetit
  • Number 5: 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia 2016 - Philadelphia Magazine
  • 50 Best Restaurants 2015 - Philadelphia Magazine
  • 50 Best Bars 2014 - Philadelphia Magazine
  • 10 Best New Restaurants 2014 - Philadelphia Weekly
  • Top New Restaurants 2014 - Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Three Bells from the Philadelphia Inquirer 2014

Menu for Townsend

Dinner Menu

1st Course

  • Broiled East Coast Oysters with Fennel Spinach, Bacon, Pernod Cream
  • Foie Gras Mousse pear-ginger marmalade, grilled bread
  • Marinated Hamachi cucumber, sesame, lime, cilantro, furikake
  • Beef Tartare Grilled Idiazabal Tartine, Cressonette

2nd Course

  • Jumbo Lump Crab Risotto truffle-asparagus salad
  • Escargot and Brussels Sprout "Mange Tout" bacon-sherry crème fraiche
  • Sauteed Sweetbread potato aligote, castelvetrano olives, oven dried tomato provencal
  • Potato Gnocchi roasted beech mushrooms, oven dried tomatoes, caramelized onion, thyme

3rd Course

  • Seared Bronzino confit potato, fennel, sultanas, orange, mussel velouté
  • Pan Roasted Magret Duck Breast white bean cassoulet, port reduction
  • Roasted Organic Chicken leg galantine, speck, artichoke barigoule, carrots, lemon
  • Grilled Swordfish lentils du puy, carrots boulanger
  • Rabbit Pot-au-Feu loin roulade, braised rabbit, carrots, potatoes

Wine Menu


  • Champagne Extra Brut, Ployez-Jacquemart, NV Champagne, France
  • Sancerre "La Garenne", Domaine Girard, 2012 Loire Valley, France
  • Beaujolais Blanc, Terres Dorees, 2012 Burgundy, France
  • Chablis Premier Cru "Les Forets", Patrick Piuze, 2012 Burgundy, France
  • Chasselas "Roultabulle", Green Label, 2012 Rhone, France
  • Malvasia Seco, Los Bermejos, 2013 Canary Islands, Spain
  • Vouvray "Les Trois Argiles", Francois Pinon, 2011 Loire Valley, France
  • Gavi, Cascina degli Ulivi, 2012 Piedmont, Italy


  • Vin de France "R12", Olivier Lemasson, 2012 Loire Valley, France
  • Chambolle-Musigny, Patrice Rion, 2011 Burgundy, France
  • Crozes-Hermitage "Les Hauts Granites", J. Boutin, 2010 Northern Rhone, France
  • Emilia Rosso "Trebbiolo", La Stoppa, 2012 Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Chateauneuf du Pape "Signature", Domaine la Barroche, 2011 Southern Rhone, France
  • Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato, Cascina Tavijin, 2012 Piedmont, Italy

1623 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Casual, Intimate, Modern
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
  • Noise Level: Quiet
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (267) 639-3203
  • Private Dining Room: Yes