The Farm and Fisherman
1120 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
The Farm and Fisherman
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.thefarmandfisherman.com/
- Phone: 2676871555
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Joshua Lawler
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Personal wines welcome
A word from The Farm and Fisherman
The Farm and Fisherman is a 30-seat white tablecloth BYOB featuring regional produce, meat and fish prepared by owner and Executive Chef Joshua Lawler, a former chef de cuisine at the quintessential farm-to-table restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns. At The Farm and Fisherman, Chef Lawler serves what he calls "snapshots of the seasons here in the Delaware Valley," incorporating interesting and unusual ingredients produced by area farmers.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
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The Farm and Fisherman reviews from OpenTable diners
200 reviews since June 27, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (162)neighborhood gem (136)special occasion (105)romantic (80)hot spot (18)good for groups (5)scenic view (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
- Solid Philadelphia GemOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 10/21/2014Cozy and full even mid-week signifies an exceptional foodie spot. Well thought-out table arrangement and effective noise abatement gives diners in this relatively small space a great, private-dining feel. Compact four-dish per course menu offers both a wide variety of unusual ingredients and perfect preparation enlivened with an exceptional light saucing on most dishes. Signiture beet steak dish a must. Beautifully constructed dinner courses carried through to heavenly desserts in both appearance and flavor.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- wonderfulOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 10/19/2014love that it's boyb. the roasted beet and the soup looked wonderful (the table next to us ordered it). the cauliflower app was okay but the house-made sausage stuffed mushrooms were superb. as was the lentils and egg. our entrees were both excellent, the chicken and the hake with turnips, carrots and dates. small, quaint, and not too noisy. staff was very attentive with being overbearing.Special Features:
- A truly flavorful experience.BillDined on 10/18/2014We had such a wonderful taste experience. Every course was spot on and the beet steak was the highlight of the evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Consistently one of the city's bestDemandingDinerVIPDined on 10/17/2014No matter how often I visit, it is always a treat to look at the menu and find so many new selections that absolutely must be tried, and flawless execution ensures that every dish lives up to its promise. Be sure to bring some wine that matches the quality of the cooking and you will be in for a memorable evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- fine foodPeterDined on 10/17/2014For my anniversary we chose Farm and Fisherman for a first visit. I reserved through Open Table mentioning the occasion. When we arrived we requested a table to the side,but at first were denied. They then agreed to our wish. The service was attentive, not intrusive. The food offered some innovations, especially the beet steak served warm, and my pork with sausage. My wife had the pheasant in honor of her late hunter Dad and the mushroom first course. We were kept supplied with ice for our water, and chatted with the hostess/wife of the chef. The noise was tolerable at first but grew so that we were relieved to leave at 8:30. The seating is quite intimate and space limited. We got a hand-written note of congratulations.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not overly impressedweliketoeatwellDined on 10/17/2014We dined here on 10/17. The menu was limited, but interesting. We tried the bloody beet steak, the sunchoke-pear soup and I had the pheasant. While I did enjoy the soup, the pheasant was a disappointment. It was overcooked and dry. Thanks to the small menu, we won't be returning to this place.
- GeorgieGeorgieDined on 10/15/2014One of the best meals I can remember. Everything on the menu was so tempting that I wanted to taste everything but that would take another few visits. Although the seating was a bit tight and the ambience a bit too noisy, all was forgotten once the food arrived. Service was leisurely but not slow. Even as first time visitors my husband and I felt very much at home.Special Features:
- Always excellent!EricVIPDined on 10/15/2014Returned to the Farm and the Fisherman for yet another awesome meal. Our server David was great and very knowledgable. Had an awesome meal. Only slight drawback was a large table near us of about 12 people which is a lot in that small space and made for rather high energy volume wise. Not a bad thing just hard to really chat with alot going on and the charm of this restaurant is that it is small and cozy. Keep up the great work and the awesome farm to table food!Special Features:
- Fabulous meal, great ambianceRittenhouse1700Dined on 10/11/2014The Farm and Fisherman is a gem. Had a lovely dinner there - the ambiance is wonderful. Like you're eating in someone's fancy living room. The small size of the space means it doesn't get too loud either. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. Definitely a place to go!Special Features:
- outstanding dinner, service lackingmbf6288VIPDined on 10/11/2014We have been here before and loved everything. 4 for dinner Sat. Night. Had friends in from out of town. We each had a first course and an entrée. Mushrooms were fantastic, wife loved the soup. entrees, we had a variety at table. My pheasant had to go back, room temp at best. when retuned it was fantastic and everyone else enjoyed theirs. Service, we had a waiter and he was not attentive. long waits and considering the small footprint it was frustrating. From dessert menu to receiving and paying the final check, we didn't get dessert - very full, took 25 minutes. Way too long. Poor ending to a wonderful experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pleasant dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 10/10/2014This was our first visit to this restaurant. We were greeted with a lukewarm "Do you have reservations?" followed by an awkward 2-3 minute kitchen conversation about seating arrangements. After this, the service was warmer but remained somewhat awkward. Wow, the bloody beetsteak (the signature dish) was truly wonderful! The vegetable offerings were fresh and multilayered. We were disappointed by the size of our entree, but the fish was perfectly prepared. Enjoyed the panna cotta.Special Features:
- JimmyDined on 10/9/2014The restaurant exceeded expectations. The actual menu was more imaginative and exciting than the computer version. The fare was delicious and artistically presented. I am recommending to all my friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great local food. Great serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/4/2014Nice location in a lovely part of the city. Our table was available about 20 minutes late but we were made comfortable waiting. We also were offered their specialty (Beet) that we hadn't ordered. It was amazing. Great local cheeses too.
- Disappointingunderwhelmed25Dined on 10/4/2014My husband and I were underwhelmed by the limited choices on the menu. Cauliflower and beets were featured in several of the selections. There was only one seafood item on the menu, a sea bass which turned out to be a 2"x3" piece surrounded by new potatoes in a heavy mayonnaise sauce with little or no seasoning. Using Fisherman in the name implies that there will be a variety of seafood choices. And the farm? The waitress didn't know where the "farms" that source them are located. One more thing...when will wait staff learn to not use the phrase "working on that" when addressing the customer. I do not "work" on my food. The prices were very inflated for such unsophisticated cooking and service.
- PerfectOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 10/3/2014The menu was small and perfectly executed. Every dish hit the mark. The staff was observant of needs and non intrusive. This was excellent!!Special Features:
- commamommacommamommaDined on 10/2/2014Excellent restaurant! And a BYOB!!! We ordered from the Prix Fixe menu (offered to Walnut Street Theater subscribers) - each dish was beautifully presented, creative, and delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good foodZoofoodieVIPDined on 9/24/2014Most of the food was fabulous as usual, but some a tad too salty this time (not a problem the last time I was there).Special Features:
- Cute but underwhelmingBWHCDined on 9/23/2014While a nice little neighborhood get of a place, the food was more of a mishmash of ingredients than it was fully furnished concepts and one item was so salty it was inedible for one of our party. Overall, cute but we won't be going back.Special Features:
- Quintessential BYOBPhoodadelphiaVIPDined on 9/20/2014F&F has remained true to its roots and is one of the true BYOBs left in town. What I mean by that is it is a 30-person neighborhood spot that fills up every day of the week, but they have not tried to upgrade to a bigger, more central location or try to rush customers in order to seat more people each night. Above all of that is a unique, thoughtful menu that makes for limited conversation during the meal. Expect to only look up from your food to say "wow." This was my third time at F&F and they continue to offer seasonal cuisine that, despite a 13-15 item menu, contains a strong range of fish, poultry, beef options. My only complaint would be that the air conditioner was right above our table and seemed to cool off our food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing!AlexandraM529Dined on 9/20/2014We are from CT and when we found this place on our short visit to Philly, we were excited. This place is great. We don't have BYOB in CT so it's a real treat when we do find one. The food was outstanding. My husband had 3 courses and a dessert and I had 2 courses and a dessert. All so reasonably priced! And so tasty. We easily would have spent double had we gone to a place in CT. I love this place. 5 stars hands down!Special Features:
- fresh food and varied menujojottVIPDined on 9/18/2014have been here at least 7-8 times. never had a bad meal here. menu changes according to produce. blood beet steak and fresh farm eggs are two of our favorites. small restaurant with limited seatings. so reservation is a must, and well in advance.Special Features:
- FantasticSickNeabockDined on 9/17/2014Celebrated our anniversary at the Farm and Fisherman and was nothing short of amazing. Food was spot on and hit every note on our palates. Service was top notch, attentive but not stuffy. We always recommend this wonderful byob to friends and wish we lived closer so we could visit more often. Thank you to the team for an awesome night.Special Features:
- Well intentioned but uninspiredJJPPVIPDined on 9/14/2014The food here pulls the right strings - local food, small, BYOB, nice ambience, farm to table etc. but is disappointingly bland. Had the poached egg appetizer with almost no taste past a powerful tomato based sauce. The prime rib was surprisingly boring (didn't seem marbled enough) and served on local brown rice that had no taste whatsoever. They had a good cheese plate at the end with a delicious NJ cheddar but everything cooked was a waste of calories.Special Features:
- Flavorable and FabulousliveforfoodDined on 9/14/2014My family and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Farm and Fisherman and will definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- farm to tableAndrewDined on 9/13/2014excellent food with seasonal menu. attentive service, quiet and elegant dining roomSpecial Features:
- Yum!4handsDined on 9/13/2014Farm to table drew us to the restaurant! Our server opened up explaining this and telling us the farm locations in and around Philly, which was great. The food was outstanding. The service was wonderful - we interacted with a few different people and each was warm and welcoming. It's a really small place, but never felt "crowded" even though it was full from the time we walked in to the time we left two and a half hours later. We will be back for sure!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The new waiter is a delightPHMikeyVIPDined on 9/13/2014We eat at Farm & Fisherman fairly often and the food is always wonderful. But this last time we were also repeatedly delighted by a new server. She somehow looked and acted and seemed as though she had just stepped out of an excellent cafe near Rue Mouffetard, or at least a direct flight from Paris. She is a true gem and F&F should do whatever it takes to keep her.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of Philly's best BYOBsSilkDined on 9/12/2014My first trip to The Farm and Fisherman was nothing short of spectacular. When I first looked at the menu of only 12 dishes (4 1st courses, 4 2nd courses, and 4 main courses), I was nervous that everyone in my group would find something to suit their tastes. After the first bite of the first course, my fears were immediately put to rest. The flavor and presentation of the food was sensational, and the pace with which the meals were delivered was perfect, allowing us to thoroughly enjoy each dish along with the different wines we had brought. Very accommodating to the dietary restrictions in our group (easy to do gluten-free). With only 30 seats in the restaurant, be sure to make a weekend reservation a few weeks out.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- EllenVIPDined on 9/11/2014A most delightful , appealing, and enjoyable dining experience.Special Features:
- eatoutVIPDined on 9/10/2014The Farm and the Fisherman has managed to maintain its reputation for excellently-prepared, creative, high-quality food. There really is not much more to say! This is one of Philadelphia's best.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Exquisite mealAlinaDined on 9/9/2014I brought an out of town client here for an exquisite meal and conversation. Each course was a culinary and masterpiece. I am eager to return soon.Special Features:
- Intimate dining well with elegancefinedineDined on 9/9/2014The food was delicious, especially the beet salad for first course. Everything was prepared perfectly, even taking into consideration any food preferences, allergies, etc. we had. The presentation of the food was elegant and appealing, the service was attentive without being overly hovering, and we would both recommend this restaurant to anyone. It's nice to have a place to eat which is intimate, small, not noisy, and where, along with wonderful food, one can carry on a conversation without competing with too loud music or general yelling.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DelishalbqueenDined on 9/6/2014Every single bite was extremely delicious. Service was great as well and I already spread out the word that this place is hands down the best byob in Philadelphia.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Friendly BYO in Center CityMicahBVIPDined on 9/6/2014F&F is an excellent BYO in Center City that suggests partaking in three courses--with locally sourced offerings from the farm and the sea. The selections are somewhat limited (about five per course). But there is a good division among seafood, meat and vegetarian offerings. All of our dishes were good--a tomato salad, grilled eggplant dish, NJ caught tuna and striped bass. The atmosphere is comfortable and service is good.Special Features:
- LisaDined on 9/5/2014One the best dining experiences in Philly because the food and service are excellentSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding fresh food...CB4moreDined on 9/5/2014The freshest, most delicious food from an inspired menu makes this small neighborhood BYO stand out... from the refreshing Gazpacho to the exquisite Bucatini and eggplant to the delicious chicken and striped bass, our meal was perfect. The service is very friendly and helpful. And the ambiance is beautiful. (Great recommendation of the Foodery nearby for beer too.)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- small portions but goodalexDined on 9/3/2014I had the tomato salad which was fresh and delicious. I also had the sea bass - which was tasty (if a little undercooked) - but the portion was small - 2x2. I left feeling hungry.
- Great productPoggio9Dined on 9/2/2014The Farm & Fisherman is a gem in terms of food quality. This was my second visit and both times everything brought to the table was top notch. My friends were in for a night from San Francisco and after the meal asked for the card. They said when back in Philly they would return. The freshness of the fish was complimented by delicious sauce and the beet first course was the best I've had.Special Features:
- Tasteful and worthyOpenmindedVIPDined on 9/2/2014Simple, straightforward menu translated to delicious, flavorful food. Will go again.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Simply deliciousCransterDined on 8/31/2014We had a great experience once again at the Farm and the Fisherman. The Beet Steak was to die for. The Gazpacho was so good we wanted to lick the bowl. I loved the Blue fish and the Sea Bass. Our server was excellent. Along with it being a BYOB we couldn't ask for anything better.Special Features: