Farmer & The Seahorse

4.4
306 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Brian Malarkey's new farm to table eatery located in the lovely Torrey Pines neighborhood!
Service Styles:
Breakfast- Order at the counter with the Baristas
Lunch: Full Table Service
Happy Hour: Counter Service through the bartenders.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday; 7:00 am -10:30 am;
Lunch: Monday - Friday ; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm;
Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday; 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Brunch: Sundays 10:00 am- 3:00pm
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Phone number
(858) 260-5401
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brian Malarkey
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Private party facilities
Auditorium: seats 210
Pre-function: Reception style for 100
Conference 170: Conference for 50, Theater 100
Shell space: Seating for 100
Ballroom: Seats 200 in rounds
Event Lawn: Large parties and weddings
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Private party contact
Alex Esmonde: (858) 260-5412
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Catering
16,000 sq. ft. indoor and outdoor event space
Brian Malarkey and his team have developed a one-of-a-kind catering menu featuring fresh seasonal ingredients and produce. By bringing together world-class culinary talent and a dedicated events team, Farmer & the Seahorse provides best-in-class service for a group of any size.

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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Science Park Rd.
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Parking details
We have our own, very large parking lot.
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Public transit
978 Coaster/Torrey Pines
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 306 People Are Saying
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San Diego
1 review
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Waiting to be seated seems to be a challenge. The host/ess always seem to be confused, needs to be more orderly at greeting customers. The restaurant is great!, clean, good vibes. Live music is excellent. Food is very good (Farmers breakfast and crab toast, yummy!) games to play outside is great. All around great dining experience!

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N
San Diego
22 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been here for a while, but arranged for lunch with friends. There was a special event going on, so there were no parking spots available--a bit of a problem. Also this place is a MUST for reservations, it gets really busy at lunchtime. The service and the food were wonderful. a few new items on the menu--Lobster rolls, Smoked salmon toast, Avocado toast--all very tasty and a good portion. it's a hidden gem!

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DA
San Diego
4 reviews
5.0Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to lunch with friend, we love good food and it met our criteria..Crab cake sandwich delicious and also the lobster open faced....This is my 4th time and enjoy bringing friends for the new experience..

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R
San Diego
35 reviews
5.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really tasty & creative. setting is beautiful. Great place to be able to sit & talk

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KG
San Diego
5 reviews
2.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

This is such a beautiful place on a big, gorgeous property. Even with indoor seating, the open doors give it such a nice, breezy feel. Sadly, the service was nowhere near the level it should have been. We were a table of 2 seating in the middle of 3 large parties (10-15 ppl in each party) and a single server was responsible for them all. That is poor scheduling from the start. When our server finally did get to our table, the drink order was incorrect, the attitude was poor, and we were referred to as “babe,” “hon,” “sweetie,” none of which shoud be used to address a guest.

If they step up the game with service, it has potential to be a great spot.

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SH
San Diego
1 review
3.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The brunch menu is very limited. There wasn’t even an omelet. I prefer their lunch menu. Our waitress was slammed. It took almost 45 minutes to get our food.

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AO
San Diego
5 reviews
4.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food just so noisy, hard to talk and we were in a booth

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DS
San Diego
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect for lunch with friends would highly recommend it

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RS
San Diego
4 reviews
5.0Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I ordered the duck confit and blackberry salad and it was outstanding. Great service, lovely ambiance, a perfect lunch.

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AB
San Diego
8 reviews
5.0Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a late business lunch (1 p.m.) and so it was not overly crowded, not too loud. There were 5 of us. The food selection was creative and everyone really enjoyed their meals. With the wide selection, the waitress was helpful making recommendations and answering questions. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The openness of the dining room to the outdoors was very pleasant. The fried chicken sandwich and fries with a side of greens was very tasty.

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p
San Diego
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spencer was great! Good service and delicious food.

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PA
1 review
5.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. We all finished every single thing on our plate. Loved that it was kid friendly and the live music was perfect. I will definitely be back.

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SF
Los Angeles
19 reviews
3.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I really loved the vibe of this place and the set up/decor but they messed up my order. I adjusted the chilaquiles because of allergies and they didn't get it right. They did remove that item from my bill which was great and a really nice gesture. I just think they need a little more training that's all. Otherwise a great space.

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CG
1 review
4.0Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Long wait for a table even though we had a reservation.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
1.0Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We loved that place! So we decided to book a table 2 months in advance for outdoor sitting, as we had family visiting and we wanted to ensure it was special. At our arrival, they told us that we had to wait for 30 minutes to get outdoor sitting!! When we said no, they tried to assemble a table completely under the sun during San Diego heat wave, even seeing that there was a baby with us. After finally sitting inside, they forgot to bring one of the drinks and one of the orders was wrong. This place was nice, but we are definitely NOT going back...

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L
San Diego
31 reviews
5.0Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun ambiance. Food was good. Service was good. I had the salmon toast. It was tasty but bread was hard! I will return!

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VN
1 review
5.0Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service made this a wonderful experience. The staff went out of their way to make sure that we enjoyed ourselves. And of course the food was delicious! It would be nice if they had Vegetarian protein options.

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S
1 review
3.0Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Even with a reservation the wait for the table was 15 minutes. That doesn't work well when you have a lunch break and need to get back to work. The waitress never returned to our table after we were served to ask if we needed anything else....e.g., drink refills or dessert. She didn't bring the cheque to the table, so we had to go to the front desk to ask to pay since we couldn't wait any longer. If you have no time limits, it's a nice place close to work (there are so few in the area) for a special lunch, but too pricey to make it a frequent lunch spot. Don't go without a reservation unless you're up for a long wait for a table.

The food is good and serving sizes are good--unless you order the salmon and then you get a tiny piece, smaller than a typical restaurant size serving.

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P
San Diego
1 review
4.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great, Service slow and things were delivered wrong.
We were there for Sunday brunch , seated out side and it was noisy with lots of little kids. Not relaxing as I had hoped.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
2.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Very slow service. Brought wrong drink order (after a long wait).. and one of our party members got his drink after the meal arrived. It also seemed like they were waiting to get some of our items out at the same time as our drinks for some video ..they sacrificed good service for some marketing material. Got charged for the wrong drink... Overall, disappointed. Don't think I'll be going back. Not impressed (specially for #2 brunch place on eater... Not even my top #15 in SD)

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SA
San Diego
6 reviews
5.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just a really good place to eat and hang. Good bar. Good menu. Good games. Comfortable place. Try the brunch once and you will come back.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
1.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place sucked in every aspect.

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S
1 review
5.0Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to come relax with a drink and some good munchies after work! Let the traffic die down and enjoy some peace at the end of the day!

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JP
San Diego
7 reviews
5.0Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome ahi salad!

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CC
San Francisco
15 reviews
2.0Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Made a reservation for 6 for a business networking dinner. For some reason they only serve you if you’re sitting outside, and we sat inside in order to be further from the band so we could talk. I’ve been for lunch and the service was fine inside and out. So I spent about half the evening waiting in line or just standing at the bar to order more drinks or food. It was awful, the staff seemed so unhurried even when the line was crazy long. And no one ever brought flatware, took away empty plates, etc.

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JG
San Diego
8 reviews
5.0Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I work in the Torrey Pines area and so Farmer and Seahorse is a convenient place for a business lunch. Since my wife had an appointment in the area we decided that she would pick me up from work and we would have lunch prior to her appointment. We were both very pleased by the ambience of Farmer and Seahorse plus the food was excellent. I have to confess that while I've been there several times, I've only ordered one thing, the crab cake sandwich, which is a real winner. Our server Kathryn was excellent as well as the hostess. We asked for a particular table outside, and no problem, it was ours. All in all, a terrific experience!

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EL
1 review
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the quesadilla and veggie posole combo for lunch. Yummy on both. The cheese in the quesadilla was traditional mexican cheese, NOT processed yellow cheese (which I love but not at a place like this).
Patio was lovely on a hot afternoon.
Service was great, as always.

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y
San Diego
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice open space, friendly attentive service, good food.

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OT
San Diego
12 reviews
2.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

I really want to love this restaurant, I'm just really having a hard time getting over the indifference of the staff, especially when checking in.

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VJ
San Diego
19 reviews
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were bringing three friends to introduce them to Farmer and Dennis the manager and Logan our waitperson were wonderful. A truly great experience once again.

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AH
San Francisco
5 reviews
2.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Food took 40 minutes and came wrong and cold. The Managwr didn’t charge for the Briunch so that made it to where we would give it another chance giving the fact that the place is super cute.

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C
San Diego
9 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we only live a couple of miles from Farmer and Seahorse, this was our first visit. It was outstanding!! The bloody mary's were perfect as was the smoked salmon that I had and the breakfast my wife ordered. Our server was Sam and she was so accommodating and attentive. In fact, I don't eat carbs and they switched out my toast for slice tomatoes - which was perfect. We were there mid-day on Sunday and there was also excellent live music featuring by "Caleb" - really made it an overall excellent experience. We'll be back!!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately the Sunday brunch menus was changed omitting some of the more interesting selections on the previous menus.

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San Diego
1 review
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were seated in a dark corner which didn’t let us soak up the ambience of the restaurant. Next time I will ask to be in a brighter location

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New York Area
1 review
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

They close at 7 and make sure you know that.

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LS
San Diego
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We selected Farmer & The Seahorse after seeing it as a good brunch place on the internet. The prices were very reasonable with a great selection of food. We sat on the patio and tried the mimosas with three different kinds of juice. So yummy that we had to order another bottle. Food was fantastic and there was even live music for Sunday brunch really a nice touch. I have already recommended this restaurant to several people and we will definitely be returning.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent venue for family and friends to get together. The food was delicious and the ambiance was very inviting. So glad we finally checked out this place!

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CM
San Diego
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience friendly service , nice music

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent! I had the Shaved Asparagus Salad with chicken and my husband enjoyed the fish and chips. Fish batter was nice and crunchy. Definitely on our list to visit again. Waitress seemed distracted and we had to wave her down twice. Overall a great restaurant.

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RT
Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

My friend and I stopped by for lunch the other day. She had her 2yo son with her and initially requested inside seating, hoping t would be easier to contain him. Since he was being a bit boisterous we then asked to change to an outside table (we dined Monday around noon). There looked to be plenty of seats outside - my original reservation was booked for outside seating- and we told our waitress who said we had to talk to the host about outdoor seating...we had been seated at that point with orders placed - not sure why we had to then wait to discuss with the hostess and not her? The hostess then told me there was no more outdoor tables but we could sit on the couches...that ended up being fine. Just felt like the service was pretty poor and not very accommodating or friendly. The food was good and the space lovely. For a new restaurant you would expect servers to be on their best behavior but I guess not.

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