Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area

Town in San Carlos

Shane Greenwood | | Jan 23, 2009 06:12 AM

This place is mentioned in a few posts but doesn't have a thread of its own. It is hugely popular in "downtown" San Carlos. The place is a steak and chop restaurant with a lively bar area and a dining room with lots of dark wood and flattering lighting. Town reminds me a lot of Houston's in terms of menu and decor, but I'll give Town a slight (barely) edge on quality of the food.

The place is often quite crowded, especially the bar. You'll need reservations on most nights. Dinner for two with apps and wine comes to about $100.

The food is okay, but we've had some hit and miss experiences after 3 visits. Their caesar salad and soups were great. The steaks are from corn-fed midwestern beef (proudly advertised as such on the menu). There is nothing about the menu that suggests they support local or sustainable product. We've also had some issues with execution. A rib-eye was cooked perfectly, but the wine demi glace was way too salty. A baseball cut fliet ordered medium rare was almost raw inside, after sending it back it was returned medium well. The roasted squash side was also over salted and the brussels sprouts were slightly undercooked. Other dishes like the creamed spinach and the mushrooms in wine sauce were very tasty.

Overall, there is nothing on the menu that is unexpected or especially inspired. You'll get basic American steak house fare. When it's executed correctly, it's quite good. But for the prices they charge, there is no excuse for the lapses in the basics like temperature and seasoning.

Service is very good. Wine list is limited in variety but the wines they have are decent. Like the food, you will not find interesting or inspired wines.

716 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 94070

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