Mothers Day 2013
We had made a reservation and were seated on time. The music was too loud and not family friendly but I imagine the young staff like it (if that really matters)! The roast beef was fatty and grissely. The waitress could have been more attentive to our empty hot beverage cups.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were there during the appetizer hours 4-6 and these were great deals. One of us got 2 apps ($5 each) and this was more than enough. Another friend got the pulled pork sandwich with 3 apps reasonably priced. I would recommend that they add vegeterian or vegan options as the only choice was to order sides that add up when you order three and the portion size of the apps was rather small. The serving staff were great and the restaurant is lovely. They have a nice bar area and patio, however, we dined inside. Not sure if it was real campfire smell or simulated as I did not see any cooking fires.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
For our first visit , all was great. Excellent Value for our dollar. No hesitation in returning again.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just What Barrie Needed!
What a quaint, but modern restaurant. So exciting to see Barrie have a little spot by the water that focuses on fresh, farm-to-table dining. The prices reflect the value perfectly. I love the idea of getting to choose 2 sides from your wonderful menu. Can't wait to try them all! So far, the luscious oozy-gooey baked potato and crispy chili snow peas are my favourite. Try the flavourful chicken avocado club-crammed full of moist chicken breast and silky avocado piled high on a fresh, chewy bun. The Farmhouse has it all-mouthwatering culinary delights, inventive cocktails made of freshly-pressed juices, and a charming decor that feels just so homey.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a little neighbourhood gem!
Food is excellent, I love that this restaurant doesn't hide behind salt! Fresh, flavourful classics offered in a rustic, contemporary manner. Great service and a lovely atmosphere. I'll be back, frequently and have already recommended The Farmhouse to friends.
Noise carries a little in the restaurant, but it's a reflection of everyone having a good time!
Try the Bloody Caesar and thank me later. :)
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We found The Farmhouse to be a refreshing change from what is available in restaurant dining in Barrie! Compared to what is available in the "sit down fast food restaurants" as we call them (think chain restaurants), The Farmhouse offers much higher-end, more sustainable, more locally sourced meals at the same price (if not less expensive, we think), but with a relaxed atmosphere. You feel like you're still getting a fine-dining meal without the "stuffiness" (not to offend).
The fall-off-the-bone ribs were heavenly! Wines are chilled, beers are cold. Try the...oh, everything! We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates the value of fresh fare and full bellies! Go during "Appy Hour" to stretch your meal budget.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great idea and good food.
Great idea and good food. A few kinks to be worked out but an overall good experience
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great comfort foods with a twist. Can't wait to go back and try something different. The roast beef was like butter in your mouth.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Farmhouse - Wednesday night
I had my first experience with the Farmhouse this week, and was not disappointed.
The building itself is historic, and has been a Barrie fixture since 1908. It has gone through many owners and different restaurant brands through the year, and is a great location by the lake.
Our group of 5 started with an assortment of 3 appetizers, all very tasty and generous portion sizes to share.
The menu fits one (big) page, with lots to choose from. Burgers, pulled pork, grilled lamb, beef, pork, pan fried trout & halibut round out the mains, with a selection of 2 sides, including three kinds of potato, three kinds of salad, mac & cheese, veggie of the day, etc
We were too full for dessert, but maybe next time, as I intend to return :)
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I wanted to take my gal out for a nice dinner to say thanks for being a great friend and partner. When we arrived the greeter was friendly and had us seated quickly. The flowers I ordered were already at the table and the arrangement was beautiful. The server was pleasant and attentive and we had our beverages in less than five minutes.
The food was nicely done and very tasty. Our table allowed us to look out towards Kempenfelt Bay. The noise level was moderate so this is not a good location for a romantic dinner for two. Unless there are other tables better suited for this upstairs.
As a general location for a nice meal I would recommend this restaurant. Great staff and good food. Thanks for a very nice evening out.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
After seeing a few of the reviews, I was apprehensive about taking my older parents there for dinner. Turned out that the staff were personable and attentive, the menus had something to everyone's taste, and the portions were just right, with 2 sides offered for each entree. And our server was just spectacular, making the older folks feel completely at home.
Although we didn't sit on the 2nd level porch, the view and ambience out there were spectacular.
I'll be back.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service. Noisy room
We loved the food and service! Went there during Barrie-liscious for a mid-week dinner and had a fabulous. Sat in the upstairs room, which was very open. A large, energetic group sat in the middle of the room and raised the volume level a little. The room is very open and themed for the restaurant (ie. hardwood floors, no sound dampering), which made talking difficult.
We all had salads, which were fabulous. The Iceberg Wedge is great. Romaine is also good. Pork Chop and roast beef are amazing! Portions were large. Quality was amazing. Will go back!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Many Mouths to Feed!!!!
We are a group of women with a real variety of tastes!! We have the meat eaters, the vegetarians, the fuss pot and the fish only members!!! Choosing a dining out excursion is risky at best but your establishment and staff were more than accommodating. Each and every of the group ate and ate well!! The food was delicious and plentiful!! Would definitely recommend your restaurant and will for sure, be back again!!
Sincerely Kathy - THE BLOCK member!!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found the food to be fresh farm cooking with a modern twist. Loved our meals & the atmosphere. The staff were great; very friendly & helpful.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
1st time at the Farmhouse
Came with a friend during Barrielicious. I found the menu to be a good selection and the portions and taste were wonderful. I'm not surprised as I was a customer at Oscar's, and found the same great food and pairings. Looking forward to coming outside of Barrielicious to see what is on the menu and bring my husband to try. Keep up the good work!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thought that overall the
We thought that overall the menu was great, with a lot of choices. The waitress was very friendly and helpful.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a great time with my friend at your restaurant. The food and selection were great. I liked it so much I'm taking my boyfriend there tonight.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took my Sister and her family to The Farmhouse, they were visiting from the UK. Had a wonderful Barrielicious meal and each course was wonderful. Portions were just right. Dessert was marvelous. Waiter was great and found out his brother played hockey and went to school in Coventry, England which is where my Sister and her family are.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
tasty food...great location
Food was tasty and the service was very good. Love the local food philosophy and the gourmet flavours. The cocktails were yummy too!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
For a restaurant starting out I thought you guys did great! :) I really enjoy the different cocktails. Found it appealing to people who are health food conscious. Over all I was pleased and the food was what I had hoped. I enjoy the food portion sizes especially for Barrielicious. I like not walking out feeling very full.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best Barrie food experience we have had in a very long time...excellent value..we were there for Barrielicious..kudos to the chef for providing a great meal at the reduce price...will gladly go back..often..at regular prices
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
outstanding server, Jonathan
Food well done, fresh and homey
Will return to try other menu choices
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed our meal. The fresh fruit/vegatble juice cocktails were a great touch.
The waitress was great.
The only down part was the hostess had to be directed by us to sit us. I had requested a patio table she tried to put us in a dark corner seat inside. I asked for outside so she tried to put us on the empty ground floor patio. I had to say can we sit where the people are. Then we had to get our own chairs to make a table for 3. Luckily the waitress was great and made up for that.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to the Farmhouse Friday
We went to the Farmhouse Friday night for my husband's birthday dinner (a group of 5). Everyone enjoyed their meals, and the service was friendly and efficient. We will return!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
recently relocating to Barrie I have asked my new friends about good places to go for a nice lunch, this place came up in conversation for another reason so I looked at the web site and it looked very nice so I booked it and was very impressed by the food, creativity and energetic staff
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall experience was ok. Would not rush back. Did not like the presentation much and the food was so delayed they brought an extra appetizer. The noise was so loud it was hard to make conversation at some points - we were upstairs. When the food arrived it was good but not great.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Casual Meal
Had a family dinner there last week and the menu had something everyone enjoyed - not an easy feat since the age ranged from seniors to middle aged. The fish I had was nicely cooked not the usual overdone seafood that some restaurants serve. Wait staff was very attentive and helpful dealing with the seniors in the group. Short wine list, but some good bottles to suit the menu. Noticed they have corkage; so, might bring a good bottle from home next time. We'll be back!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had requested the outdoor balcony but it was pouring so I was already disappointed but it turned out to be charming inside aswell and the food was scrumptious!!! I can't wait to go back and try something else. The servers were very friendly and attentive. I've been telling everyone about this gem of a place.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Home Food!
I was visiting Barrie for the long weekend and decided to give this place a try. I ordered the FH Burger (with cheese), a side of mashed potatoes and Cesar salad. I was delighted. The meat was perfectly done and the sides were well proportioned and complimented it well. I will be returning again.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
An awesome dining experience with a beautiful view of the bay!! Food was fantastic and cooked to perfection!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place
Enjoy this place a lot. This was my 2nd time there. My friend's first time there.
We are returning later this month.
So far we only have disliked the area right by the door to the upstairs patio as it is heavy traffic with people and wait staff but most annoying is the slamming the door makes as people go in and out.
A great place so far.....hope it continues!!!!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent and so
Food was excellent and so was the service. Have already recommended it to others and will definitely be back!!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Down at the Farmhouse
The first time reserving on-line about two hours before dining was amazingly easy. There were a number of groups and parking was an issue. Our wait person Sarah was relaxed and friendly and knew the menu, the specials and the wines. We ordered a wine and I opted for the strange sounding Kale Caesar, now that's original!. Sarah explained that it was not a 'normal' Caesar and she rhymed off the ingredients. My fiancee thought about ordering the same but Sarah told her she'd bring her a sample (sans vodka) to taste, on tasting she opted for the wine. Our meal was good, substantial with original elements well presented. Priced right, too.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I should have worn my plaid shirt
I loved the attire of the wait staff. An elegant casual feeling in the restaurant. Something for everyone on the menu. Loved it.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not as good this time
4th time here. Previously good in all aspects.
This time, chicken extremely salty, but good portion. Took part home and i discovered that the waitress included the bones from what I ate, of all things!!!! Rather silly????
Garlic green beans barely touched the hot water as couldn't cut them with fork or knife and barely warm. May as well have been raw. We told the waitress about it.
Mushroom cheese, kale dip with flatbread once again was fantastic, but very few pitas this time.
Pumpkin pie tasty but very small slice, and not attached to the back crust at all. Flavoured whopped cream yummy.
Will return as thinking of previous visits.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem!!
Good local food prepared with integrity, & respect, for local good honest farmhouse food.Noise level was very high due to a table of young children,as there was 2 tables including ours celebrating birthdays a quieter area would have been a nice option.
Over all a lovely meal.We have been many times to dine & will continue to do so lunch as well as dinner. Thanks
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first visit. The food was amazing, well priced.Comparable to other restaurants. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is great.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service and great food
Went here for a nice dinner. Immediately seated in a good booth. Had fried PEI oysters as an app - AWESOME! Then had one of the best pork loins I've had in years. They have their own herbs they grow in-house. One of the best Caesars I've ever had... they use their home grown herbs in it. Service was outstanding. One of the much better restaurants I've eaten at in Barrie!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I can't hear you!!!
Excellent service, wonderful food. But, way too noisy. Was very difficult to carry on conversation.
We almost gave up conversing at one point - it was too much
effort. Perhaps seat smaller tables in one room and large in another?
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great dining experience!
From the moment we were greeted at the front door we enjoyed every minute at the Farmhouse. The appetizers were awesome and the main course superb! The selection of sides is creative and appealing rounding out the perfect meal. The servers are so attentive and pleasant. We will definitely come back!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I found the it to be very comfortable to enjoy we and our guests spent over two half hours there.The servers at no time rushed us in ordering. Allowed us time to talk and enjoy the time. I will be telling everyone about this most interesting place to take family and enjoy the food which was neatly served good portions and a joy to eat.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worthy of a return visit
This was my first time at the Farmhouse and it won't be my last.
The food was excellent, the service was friendly, and the location (a 100 year old building with tall ceilings) was great. It would be fun to go in summer and sit on the upstairs patio. Try the Glazed Pork Loin - it is sooo tender.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was amazing, service was fantastic and the location/view is lovely. The only downside was that I found it a little cool inside and kept my coat on while eating.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Typical great food that you would expect coming from Randy. This was something different than what we were used to but it is what it is trying to be. My wife and I believe that many should take a note on what this guy is doing. I mean how many restaurant locations does he have that could never be sustained in barrie? At least three! That's no accident.
Server explained menu options ver well and was extremely helpful in providing guidance in selecting something that would fit my wife's food allergies...which is not an easy task for most places. Unfortunately after our food arrived at the table our server did not return to see how things were or if we would like anything else. In her defense it appeared as though she was stretched thin
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
First time visit
My first visit to Farm House ................... but not my last ! Best burger I've had in a long time. The food in general was outstanding, and the folks that were with me agreed. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I definitely will return to try more of their fare.
Saw Randy (owner/chef) on Cityline TV last week, which was the inspiration for trying Farm House. The location is wonderful, historical, and I look forward to visitng again. I will recommend it to friends and family that they do the same.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely delish! Can't wait to go again im
All about great food don't like chain restaurants as everything taste frozen at the farmhouse everything is fresh and tasty!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A nice experience
This was our first time at The Farm House. The service was excellent and the food very good. We definately would come back.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Big dollar food for a budget price!
Really good food - as good as other high dollar establishments at approx 60% of the cost!!!! Lamb shank under $20...no way! YES WAY and it is superb!! 16 oz rib eye for less than $30!!! And the lower price does NOT sacrifice quality or taste, I am an extremely fussy eater and IT IS GOOD.
Great menu selection - 2 sides out of a dozen choices with every entree. Sides like fresh veggies, mac & cheese, baked beans, garlic mash, ..... good portions and all taste great
No surprise the owners also have another restaurant (Wood Fire Pizza Joint) that offers amazing food - none of the typical chain brand style frozen or pre-packaged foods that I can cook better from scatch on my own
Try it, you will like it
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food except for salads
Had lunch the other day.
We had French onion soup, beef dip, and salads.
Salad dressings too limited. No creamy dressings. All are vinegraites and since we hate vinegar, hated the salads. No other choice if you want a salad. Would appreciate what other restaurants provide in the way of homemade creamy salad dressings.
Place still a little cold, but at least not freezing cold this time.
Turn up the heat a bit!!!! .......I keep my house at 62F and this was colder than that!!!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just loved the food and I
Just loved the food and I am already planning on going back!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM