Farmer & The Seahorse

4.4
408 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.
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Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our Easter Day reservation was toward late for the Brunch, but we arrived on time and noticed guests were seating themselves on unoccupied tables outdoors. It was unpredictably unorganized since the host-counter wasn't at the entrance but far indoors and no host was at the counter where we waited for someone to seat us, hence apparently lost opportune time for the best seating outdoors. Although uncomfortable, yet our family accepted a couple's smallest table to sit outside on a very nice it tasted very wet and sour to enjoy even a single bite. It looked and tasted nothing like a pancake but a sour-ricotta oven-baked mess. The chef has put a strange twist/a weird change to their perfectly good tasting original menu. Tea and espresso came cold, and 'Tropic like it's hot' smoothie was white in color with only 2-ingredients used -banana and coconut milk. It had no pineapple, strawberry or mango puree as described in menu. They ran out of these ingredients yet served us bland and charged full $7. In a nutshell, their menu is unbelievably small, and food subpar for Easter day brunch, but the day's atmosphere and energy were somewhat enjoyable.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience- would have been all 5 stars but the menu seemed sort of limited in comparison to many of the places in the area. There wasn’t a very big selection.

The food tasted delicious and service was great. The music for Easter Brunch was perfect!

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Austin
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Went for Easter brunch, we picked because only a few minutes away from our home and didn’t want to go far. Had we known it was going to be filled to the brim with small children, we would have picked somewhere else. Very loud and kids every where. We actually managed to get there before it got crazy, but by the time we left... Waitress was wonderful, funny and good service. Food had potential to be great but was really just kind decent. I ordered the steak and eggs which was rather one-note in flavor and kind of cold once served. The Bottle of Mimosas was fun and well enjoyed. A little overpriced for what it was, not terrible. Might try again but definitely not on Easter.

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PK
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Evenings do not have a full menu. Great for letting the kids run around and play.

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and so fresh. Outside patio was lovely. There was a private event nearby but it didn't bother us. Service was excellent. Highly recommend giving it a try and you will want to go back!

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BM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Had a Margarita Pizza and it was a "glump" of cheese with some half cut cherry tomatoes on top. Had the Burger and it was too greasy to eat! The Poke was boring (at best!). The meatballs were NOTHING SPECIAL. I was VERY disappointed. I am a big Brian Malarkey fan (Benn to all Seersucker's, and Gingham, etc...) and had wanted to go to this restaurant for some time now. Very sad!!

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JW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

20 minutes after being seated, no one had come to turn on the heater (as promised by the hostess), filled water glasses, or otherwise acknowledged us. I finally got up to speak to the hostess about it. When the waitress did arrived, she was stiff and avoided eye contact. Our order included a side of beets. It didn’t arrive so we had to ask for them. They came as we were finishing the last couple of bites of our meal. I was embarrassed to have taken my guest to this restaurant.

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N
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

this is the 3rd time I have been here. The food has just gotten progressively worse. all of our meals were cold when they arrived (3 egg dishes). My daughters waffles were over cooked and tasted a bit burnt. Our second trip was ok, but I wanted to give it another chance s that's why we came back. While its a fun place with great ambiance, I don't think we will be back.:(

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, slow service on a slow Friday evening.

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Love the look and feel of this restaurant. Indoor to outdoor and back flow effortlessly...fun, modern vibe to the decor...lawn games when the mood strikes.

The poke and the mussels were quite good, as was the hazelnut cake with marmalade, saving the food rating from one or two stars only. Unremarkable and rather tasteless fish tacos. Pork belly sliders that we all actually wondered if they’d used fish instead of the pork belly with what surely were stale buns—or just a very poor quality bun. A roasted beet hummus with barely a nod to beets—only lending color but no depth of flavor, and unfortunately served with pita bread that was not soft but also not crunchy...Just somewhere between that came off as stale.

The service, though quite friendly, was s l o w. 15 minutes to get a refill on my wine, though the place was less than half full.

Would I return? Yes, for the atmosphere. And some good friends tell me breakfast is done well. I might give it a try.

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W
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Salads too salty
Desert choc chip cookie stale
Side 'salad' w burger misnomer- lettuce only

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GD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was difficult to make a reservation for 14. Left several voicemails over several days and never had a call back to confirm. When I finally got someone on the phone they said they would have to call back. Another wait. Even then it was difficult; I had put in an Open Table reservation for 10, the max, but the person still wanted to turn us away siting the need to maximize customer experience. Persistence and flexibility prevailed finally. How about the customer experience when no one returns phone calls? Zero stars there. I was bringing 10 new people to the F&S experience and they loved it. They didn’t know about the hassle I had.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager Alissa and our server Emily were both great! I'm glad that they were able to accommodate outdoor seating for my large party. Their were 2 private events with reserved space going on at the same time. Everyone enjoyed their food and grounds itself for the little ones to run around and entertain themselves.

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G
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute place, healthy and tasty menu options, but pretty noisy inside and small portions compared to similar meals at nearby restaurants @ price point.

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S
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Happy hour without a full dinner menu following it means few choices for dining. Please add more non-Animal-based choices. Hummus is not good for DINNER.

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MS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first visit and we enjoyed it. Nothing over the top special but we’ll be back at some point.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was surprisingly poor., from the moment we checked in with a reservation and had to wait 10 minutes for our table. And no one seemed to mind. When we ordered an appetizer we waited over 5 minutes for someone to bring us plates so we could eat it.
The food was under seasoned, lacked flavor and my tuna was cooked far beyond rare. As a final note, our server brought us the check without ever asking if we wanted dessert.

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DH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Farmer and the Seahorse...my date liked it too. Great service...great food...great atmosphere. We were there for Sunday Brunch and found it to be priced about right. We weren’t rushed at all.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance! Loved it. Such a great bang for your buck

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CL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the outdoor seating with heaters. It was a bit hard to hear my friend-noisy. Had a cob salad which was excellent. Waitress was so nice and personable. Took the time to answer all my questions about the menu and restaurant. Will definitely be meeting up with friends here again.

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j
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fun

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Menu is small. Could slightly expand

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DS
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We had 8 dishes, only one of them had any salt. Service was understaffed and slow

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RQ
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious and our host was very friendly. We sat outside and the decor and environment were pleasing. Unfortunately our waitress took a long time coming to our table and a long time in between subsequent visits. If she had been quicker and more attentive I would have given this 5 stars across the board. Still I'll return.

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LT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Came with anticipation and excitement. The grounds are charming and the setting unexpected with a very stylish, o0en-aur atmosphere.

Our server was less than cheerful after a brief misunderstanding about the availability of Arnold Palmers by the carafe. She didn't really have much insight on menu selections for we who were unititated nor was she very attentive afterwards. Our food was just dropped on the table by other expos without so much as a "bon appétit".

This was a day when the restaurant was out of bread so we all ended up with our second choice selections. My Korean Sald was really salty and had a lot of pepper slices (with seed and membrane)... as a result, I wiped out our entire table's water and ice tea.

We tried to end the meal on a sweet note by ordering the Mexican Chocolate Pot-de-Creme. Ours dish was overwhelmed by a lumpy and hard cookie crumble topping that had an unpleasant mouth-feel reminiscent of suckling chunks of chocolate rocks. The texture of the pot-de-creme was gritty and lacked the signature deep, rich, chocolatey taste and silky texture.

The Restaurant Group has a reputation of doing much better so we chalked it up to an odd Monday lunch service and will try again.

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SM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Wish the food and service was better! I had to get up and look for my server and food was cold. I am tired of going to a restaurant where they act like they are doing you a favor to serve you.

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S
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic environment!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Atmosphere was perfect!

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OT
Baja California
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. Have indoors and a terrace with lots of room for kids to play. Appropriate for couples and group brunch.

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S
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cold nights and cool breezes warranted the doors/windows to be closed, in my opinion. Nevertheless in true San Diego style, all the portals were kept open, and we wore our down jackets while eating the wonderful food. Winter months and summer months alike, when the temperatures plummet to 60 degrees why not close a window/door or two?

Also the lighting above the outdoor seating went on as beautiful rays on sunlight still were beaming into the restaurant. And those lights were brighter than they needed to be. Shocking display of electric usage when it was not needed at all til much later in the evening.

Tweaking the magnificent Farmer & The Seahorse. Will we return? YOU BET!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Unique, relaxing environment. Very good service and interesting menu.

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DJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Farmer & The Seahorse is not consistent. My boss, colleagues, and I go to the restaurant quite often since we work next door. I made a reservation for 12:30pm but didn't get seated until 12:48pm. Once seat, it took us about 10 minutes for the bust boy to come and provide us water. I asked 4 different the bust boy where is our waiter, and she (Logan) finally decided to come and take our order.
I do understand that the time we are having lunch is a busy time, but it shouldn't take our server about 23 minutes to finally come and acknowledge us. This is truly unprofessional for a servicing industrial and not that many people from biotech and tech world come to eat at Farmer & The Seahorse. It doesn't matter how they look like, but realize that every patron is important since you don't know the value of their knowledge and bank account.
I hope the service/server important at Farmer & The Seahorse.

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L
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun vibrant restaurant with great food and service.
Tasty

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TS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, great ambiance, easy parking. All wonderful!

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, awesome wine and beer selection. Convenient to work and avoiding traffic. A bit loud for business conversation. It was raining, so everyone was inside. We love this location. It's a hidden gem for lunch and Happy Hour with outstanding service and great food.

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y
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Cozy and inviting atmosphere. Great baked potato. However, my poached eggs on the Crab Benedict were overcooked.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Came here twice, food was good but service was so so slow. It took 30 min to get coffee, and after an hour we still didn't have our food. Waitress was a little rude, and seemed aloof.

Would not go back, especially since it happened twice

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Have been a fun of this place because of the very kid friendly set up, especially for Sunday brunch. However, huge disappointment last Sunday. We arrived on time for our 11:15am reservation. Everything was nicely set up and we were seated at the event room (might because of the possible rain fall). Around 11:30am we saw our waitress coming to get our drink orders, and that was the last time we saw her for the next 45 mins. No one showed up to take any order nor our drinks. During then, another 3-4 tables were seated in our room waiting for services. We asked pretty much anyone who seemed to work there about taking our order and all them said was "I'll check with your server". In a result, food didn't arrive until 1.5 hrs after we arrived and they managed to miss one of the order. Everyone were starving and tired including 3 fuzzy toddlers. Horrible experience.

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f
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is fresh, simple and tastes good. Service was kind and fast. Pretty busy at lunch time. We left happy and probably visit again later.

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MK
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Avocado toast was delicious but bread was so hard I had to request a steak knife to cut...not a good choice ☹️

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