Apple Farm Restaurant

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The Apple Farm Restaurant & Bakery has been a favorite spot for decades for locals as well as the traveler on a weekend getaway. Our hearty house made food, fresh pastries, and pies are world famous! If you enjoy the simple pleasures of a farmer's market, you will savor traditional favorites like chicken and dumplings, turkey pot pie, or country fried steak and eggs. Or you can treat yourself to prime rib, steak, fresh seafood, or the delicious specials created by our chef. Followed by our signature dessert, the Hot Apple Dumpling all in the atmosphere of California Country charm. The Apple Farm Restaurant - Fresh for all seasons, harvesting great food and lasting memories.
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Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I usually enjoy the uniqueness of Apple Farm’s restaurant, but I was a little disappointed this time. Since it was Valentine’s Day, I made a reservation in advance. But when we arrived they couldn’t find the reservation. We ended up waiting quite a while to be seated. The server forgot to bring my husband’s salad before his meal, and his steak was overcooked. I let Open Table know that there was a problem with our reservation, but strangely enough Apple Farm had verified seating us, so who knows what happened.

G
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very quaint, bustling restaurant. Great food. Large portions. Great value. Our server was Savannah and she an excellent job. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants fresh, homemade food for a great price.

DA
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A bit expensive for breakfast.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Wonderful once again

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been driving/passing by this place for years. Good food and bake goods. Didn't have a chance to stay there....but it looks really nice on the outside. Great ambiance...

LV
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Apple Farm has everything to be a top tier restaurant but they need to hone their methods a bit. Service was good but I felt a bit rushed. Nothing severe but asking if I want a box for left overs before I’m halfway through a pork chop... the food was good but not remarkable.

CD
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Hostess placed our party in dining room with 2 very large groups of people. Very loud. In retrospect, I should of requested a change of rooms. Lunch menu I felt was not very extensive and pricey. I ordered Chinese Chicken Salad. VERY small amount of chicken. Mostly lettuce, wonton strips and mandarin oranges. Not what I’d expect for $16.00 salad. We will not return. We used to go to this restaurant many years ago and it was great. Very disappointed

AJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the delicious home-style food. The staff were helpful and friendly. I will definitely come back again.

JP
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We had meatloaf and pork chop. The mashed potatoes had little flavor and no seasoning that I could tell. Gravy was not a good flavor and mild. Meatloaf was mush and flavorless, couldn't stomach it. Yes, that bad, left almost all of it on the plate. Veggies served with the meatloaf were over cooked and lacked consistency, flavor was also bland. The pork chop had a nice flavor but was over cooked (a bit tough, but good near the bone). The bread was fine but ordinary. The mushroom soup was just OK. The corn chowder was more like a pudding, also just OK flavor. The sides that came with the chop were the only good and somewhat imaginative part of the dinner.

This would be mediocre cafeteria food, but, totally unacceptable for a moderate to higher price restaurant. Would avoid, even though the atmosphere is nice.

SL
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Apple Farm for breakfast with our granddaughter and her parents. This is a perfect location as they have a menu to suit all tastes. The service was excellent. The food was delicious. They had crayons for the baby and we didn't feel rushed. We made a reservation because it can get quite busy -- and they have delicious baked goods too!! I had the pecan and raisin scone with breakfast and my husband had the blueberry muffin. Both great!

TH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience4

I wasn't happy with the food or service?.........................................................Dhdjdbdjd

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our original reservation for four diners was changed last minute to 5. They added a chair to the end of the booth table... way too little leg room for 5 adults.

Our food server was energetic and engaging.

The prepared food quality was average. One meal, a pulled pork sandwich, tasted poorly and only partly consumed.

The apple crisp and pie a la mode were tasty. Serving sizes very generous.

To summarize, the entree food quality was at best average, with one menu item being unacceptable. Service was great.

Only 3 stars, as there are many other restaurants to choose from in SLO, with better quality food items.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great but the circle room is super loud!

b
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I love how charming Apple Farm is during Christmas holiday - like stepping into 1940’s - but was surprised by how empty it was at 2 pm. Burger and potato pancakes great. Corn chowder was paste - not edible. Turkey pot pie dry.
I love to stop there while driving thru San Luis Obispo.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Day with Family

R
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Consistently good breakfasts.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met our daughter and her husband along with another couple to celebrate our daughter’s birthday. Made our reservation a few days in advance. They got us right in. The staff was very friendly and nice, the food was excellent. Perfect!

LV
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the menu items available here. Among the best pancakes I've ever had.

CB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place used to be a lot better. There were not that many people there for dinner (like only 3 tables) and we were greeted with "I hope you're not in a hurry!" It took a ridiculous amount of time to get food and our bill and things kept coming out wrong. Not horrible but not great. We probably won't go back. :(

KM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and the service was fantastic! So much to see also.

R
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My server made the entire experience pleasant and enjoyable. She was attentive without hovering and I never felt neglected. I didn't get her name but I overheard her explain to another diner that it was Russian.
The food was good, no complaints there.

p
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We snuck off to enjoy Christmas without family drama. Apple Farm provided the perfect Christmas dinner. Each dish came before I thought to ask. Wine perfect temperature. Meal with more than enough food for each of us. Of concern to me was that the waitress had no idea there were mushrooms in the vegetables. I am allergic to mushrooms - I mentioned and questioned prior to the food coming. Thankfully I saw the mushroom on my husband's plate and found the two hidden on my plate in the vegetables. Because the menu did not say mushroom in description - the server had no idea. In this day and time I'm happy'm happ Apple Farm kept the wonderful Christmas spirit - but please consider some sort of allergy list for your servers as a safety measure in the future. Thank you! We did enjoy our time there.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was mediocre and unfortunately common for SLO. Five out of six meals came out initially. My nearly empty salad plate sat next to me throughout dinner and I had to ration my water as the server never came back until dinner was done to offer boxes, not to ask how we were doing or if anything else was needed. This could have been Denny’s. The menu has changed over the years, not necessarily for the better. A couple of old favorites are missing. Like many other places in the area, seems there is enough tourist traffic that they do not have to care or try to excel at what we walked into the restaurant for and what they are supposed to be serving - a good meal with good service.

BS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, especially the pork chops. The idea to have a hidden elf that you are searching for in the gift shops is clever and entertaining for kids.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harvest Melt was awesome!

KC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

They could not get my order right. Ordered bacon and eggs, with the eggs cooked over-hard. I received over-easy eggs twice. Was not interested in a third attempt. Waitress was nice, and I was not charged for my meal. Not a great breakfast experience.

K
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a beautiful place for Christmas! Great decor and we got to see Santa too!
The food is fantastic! There is plenty of it so bring your appetite! We had THE best chocolate chip pancakes of my whole life!!!! Sausage and apple sauce great too. Worth the visit if in SLO!!

CM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Wife's potato pancakes did not taste good and were burnt. She didn't and couldn't eat them. Wait person didn't inquire why she didn't eat anything.

RH
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Our table was not ready upon arrival, took 20 minutes to setup. Food took almost 40 minutes. Our server was delightful.

SL
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great place to have a Sunday breakfast. Always good hot food and friendly service.

HH
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We went there for Xmas dinner last year and it was good. This year for Thanksgiving party of 8 not so good.
The waitress was doing her best, they didn’t have a bus person to clear away the dinner plates she was about to serve deserts with our dinner plates still on the table. Our food was barely warm more on the cool side the worst part of the whole thing was all our plates the whole table were grossly dirty its as if they just scraped the food off and reused the plates and there were greasy fingerprints all over the edges and there was food all over the edges. Me and the rest of the family picked at our food, we were afraid to eat off of them. We couldn’t send all the food back so we dealt with it and didn’t finish our plates. I don’t know what the deal was with that it was really gross. Don’t think I’ll be eating there again. They need to find better help I think.

LE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Turkey Thanksgiving dinner was very good - could have had a little more stuffing and they would charge extra for cream pie (pie came with the dinner) so I ordered Cherry and said they didn't have it and then saw Cherry in the pie case for sale
Booth for 2 was claustrophobic and couldn't move lamp because it was glued to table but all in all it was a good experience

TJ
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The omelet was very small for the price and potatoes undercooked. The waffle was lack luster for 14 bucks. Service was rather impersonal and in fact they messed up one of our orders and brought our appetizer half way through main course.

CH
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great - simple food

DB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had nine people so I guess that could be why we received our food about 30 min after we ordered. Food was great, service great. It was very hard to hear our conversation because of all the noise in the room.

PW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Apple Farm's french toast is my favorite. I occasionally drive in from Morro Bay just to enjoy the french toast. The service is almost always excellent. I've been a fan of AF for decades. It is a great place to take friends from out of town, especially since downtown is becoming increasingly unattractive to visit.

DM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We used the open table app to book a reservation but when we got to the host station they said it would be a 45 minute wait and didn't know how we got the reservation. They did not seem to know how to manage the open table app. Weird they were telling everyone a 45 minute wait but there were open tables. I didn/t complain too much because we did get a table 15 minutes after arriving. The place was busy but their gift shop items could only be purchased at the lower counter... when I asked why the bakery cashier could not ring up the jam, they replied they didn't have a scanner at that register. Ok but the lower register was taking forever; I had to leave the preserves or forfeit my table (no the cashier with
the restuarant can't ring it up as well). After the meal I forgot and didn't want to wait again to puchase a small jar of preserves. They seem inexperienced and not completely service-oriented. You have to really want to eat here since there are better places to try.

MH
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I'll come back for sure. Everything was good, the baked goods were even better. Nice gift shop and to-go bakery area.

T
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very dated. Reminded me of Marie Callender's. Clean, Friendly and helpful staff offsets the lack of atmosphere or excellence in food quality and presentation. If you want a comfortable feeling old school restaurant, this will serve the purpose well. Just not my style.

s
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was friendly and attentive. Family style dining room with booths and outdoor dining. Old fashioned comfort food. Cocktails were traditional and well done.

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