Third dinner here, really
Third dinner here, really enjoy the whole experience. Menu is inventive and unique.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Eating on the farm - in Willow Glen
There is a tractor in the eating area. There are long tables where you can sit next to your special person - or - next to someone you have never met. And the FOOD - WOW! This is a master chef. The celery soup was to die for - perfectly balanced tart and sweet and flavors. The halibut in a delicious tomato sauce - ummmm. The desserts are varied. The menu changes at every meal. The food is all from the farm - they are building their own farm. And the portions are not overwhelming in size so you can enjoy the appetizer and dessert. The Rum cake was a little dry. So its not perfect. Its new, its easy to get to, so get there before it gets overcrowded.
Almost like my favorite restaurant in Paris on the island Île de la Cité.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Spot on again
Enjoyed our twin daughter's 26th birthday at Haymarket and they did not disappoint. Great, always interesting menu that you won't find anywhere else along with a very clever wine list makes for a perfect meal. This was my fourth or fifth visit and each time they do an excellent job.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice little find in Willow Glen
We were at a baccalaureate service nearby and used Open Table to find Hay Market for dinner afterwards. Seating is at long tables with high chairs, and you could be next to a stranger, so if private intimacy is your goal head elsewhere! The wait staff was friendly and helpful, though I had to remind our waiter to bring our wine. The food was wonderful. We started with a green garlic fondue, very tasty, and a tasty salad. I had a pork chop, bone-in, that was huge and prepared perfectly. My wife had quail and lamb, and while that would not be her normal choice, she loved the meal. We had no room for dessert. This would be a fun place to go with another couple or a group, extremely casual, and we'll likely head back when in the neighborhood.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has the best
This restaurant has the best food in Willow Glen hands down. The chef must have worked in a city with a vibrant restaurant scene as the food is innovative, well-executed and world class. I'd strongly recommend this restaurant to others (and I already have told several people about it).
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tomato and cream corn appetizer!!
Very nice meal, but the tomato and cream corn appetizer was out of this world!!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quirky, but great food
The food at Hay Market is excellent. We shared an apricot butterscotch (with vanilla gelato and chocolate cake) that was out of this world for dessert. The wine list is interesting with a lot of good value choices. The service was attentive and prompt. The place is a bit quirky though. Large communal tables and high chairs to the decor consisting of mostly farm-related found items to the really decent wine served in juice glasses, makes for an unusual dining experience. I would think a re-styling is definitely in order, but the quirkiness isn't off-putting and it does make it easier to get a table on a Friday night at this gem.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food, Poor Service
Had the rib eye which was a bit tender & chewy. My gf ordered the shrimp tacos & instead of lettuce it was a bunch of mixed bitter greens so she wasn't impressed. Shrimp was good though. Be warned that it's family style seating for the majority of the restaurant. You'll be seated shoulder to shoulder with strangers. When we went there were 2 girls that didn't understand noise level courtesy . Would be good for groups assuming everyone can be seated together, not for date night.
Service was lacking and they never brought out a steak knife for the rib eye. Was using the butter knife the whole time until my gf pointed out the couple next to us got steak knives. Will try again later in hopes that they will get their service together.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
fun. weird ice cream sundae,
fun. weird ice cream sundae, did not fit with the restaurant theme or the meal we had just eaten. very odd.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM