Farmer & The Seahorse

4.3
347 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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JM
San Diego
68 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Routinely an excellent restaurant with great menu and great service.

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AB
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

A party of 3, we were seated in a main thoroughfare with a lot of noise and traffic. It wasn’t overly crowded but wet outside after showers. The service was inattentive and slow. We were unable to have time for coffee or desert with over an hour of time at lunch. The food was okay bit it didn’t make up for the inconveniences.

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p
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a festive spot that two other friends and I have visited on three separate occasions for lunch over the last year. Good menu choices and the food is delicious.
As far as service goes, each visit resulted in one entree not being right. Really!!! Every time one of the entrees was not what was ordered. But, they have always made it right and have reduced our bill.
Try it!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service a bit slow and food wasn’t really warm when we got it but still good and the brunch ambiance was awesome especially for families

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L
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

The atmosphere was so spectacular that we really wanted to love this place. The live music just added to the ambiance. After waiting 45 minutes for our first round of drinks and terrible service throughout our brunch the mediocre food was a letdown. They were out of crab cakes and breakfast pizza by 12:30 and 3 out of 6 meals came out cold and incorrect. Sad, sad, sad.

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F
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Every year our family chooses a new restaurant for a Christmas get-together. This year we chose brunch at Farmer & the Sea Horse and we had a wonderful experience. We made a reservation a month ahead and when we arrived we were seated promptly. We requested patio dining as we brought our 1yr old Husky with us. We were seated at a corner table by the grass area and enjoyed seeing the action of families playing corn hole and throwing football together. Our waitress was a little slow in getting us started on drinks but to be fair the patio was packed and she was busy. We ordered everything from a bottle of wine to app’s and entree’s when she came back. The avocado toast was delicious for a starter. We had several beet salads with perfectly grilled salmon. The chopped salad with bacon was amazing as well. We passed in dessert. The whole venue is placed well on the property with ample room to walk around and explore. Having airstream dining inside is a fun concept. Prices are in line with the area. Will definitely return for another sunny patio brunch.

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Raleigh
32 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

went for a business lunch with an exec who works in the neighborhood. fresh food, delivered by a friendly wait staff. everything exactly as expected. will gladly go back.

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CH
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went to this great restaurant for the first time for holiday team lunch. Beautiful restaurant , fun environment and delicious food.

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JY
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The portion of veggie option was small. We asked for one coffee and one latte. The coffee came in a paper cup and the latte never did come. When the waiter brought the coffee she never came back around

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrible service, food took forever, then it was cold upon arrival, server was difficult to find, would take forever to return to us when we made simple requests...like sugar for our coffee, and our table was in the middle of the grass, high chairs were all taken, our table was away from the ambiance of the restaurant and had I know that was their plan for our large party, I should have been told that. Super disappointed for my cousin and her 21st birthday celebration. The manager did comp my husbands meal because it was cold, but so were other meals, we just didn’t have the patience to wait any longer, but given all of those issues...wish we had gone elsewhere and expected more from the reputation of Brian Malarkey restaurants.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Horrible service. Had to keep getting up and letting the server know we needed something. Completely ignored us. Had 3 dishes only one of them tasted good and had flavor

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Love the food and the venue but we were stuck in the banquet room and forgotten about. Unfortunate first experience for my co-workers. I also wrote to the restaurant but was surprised I never received a response.

My personal experience before this trip was awesome which is why I suggested it as our Holiday party venue.

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DZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great menu selection, great food. Lots of items I'd like to try!

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JM
San Diego
69 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent casual restaurant. Great menu and excellent service.

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MR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The singer/guitarist was WAY TOO LOUD. You can't hear your own conversation, and it's Sunday brunch for Pete's sake. It's not a nightclub! Otherwise, love it -- been there many times.

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DJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I truly enjoy Farmer&The Seahorses. Great food, great outdoor sitting, and always a great place to people watch.

The host staff is amazing but for some reasons lately, food service has been slow for me. I was there with my company for my welcome lunch and it took about 46 minutes to received our lunch and my boss had to eat and run since he had a meeting. I place an order to go and they took me to pick it up in 15 minutes. I gave it 20 minutes and then walk over. It took another 13 minutes for me to get my food, which I didn't understand. I was just there on 11/14/18 with three of my friends, and our food took about 36 minutes for it to come out which my friend was not happy.

All in all, I think like Farmer&Seahorse minus the food delay sometime.

Thanks for reading. :)

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JH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Decent food, this is my second time visiting and the service is terribly slow.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un Lugar y concepto increíble

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AH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The service is terrible. What a shame. We’ve been there 4 times and every time the service is dismal. There’s no other place like that so they are comfortable and take advantage of that fact.

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s
San Diego
78 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My turkey sandwhich was yummy & olive oil cake, too!

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BS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I really liked the restaurant, but the noise from the jets! It was deafening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Super slow service

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ML
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Parking was busy as you were hosting an event. Hadn’t sat in the patio previously. It’s a lovely setting but there were a lot of noisy military planes flying about.

The food was great, as always. I wish our server had asked if we wanted dessert. I didn’t pay attention and the next thing I new the bill was on the table. We were celebrating my friend’s birthday so I should have asked if she wanted dessert.

No biggy, I like your restaurant and will return again in the future.

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L
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a birthday celebration and notes on the reservation and yet the restaurant made no mention whatsoever. Also the ricotta pancake was dry, small and not as described. Very disappointing compared to the pancake that used to be on the menu. Services was marginal. Had to request waitress to refresh our drinks. Service and food has declined with each time we go. Don’t know why I would go back when there are others in area to choose from.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Loved the vibe and the hamburgers here. Cocktails were just ok. Pricey cocktails in my opinion. However, the service was completely lacking. It was clear that they had way too few servers working for a Friday night at happy hour. My drink didn’t arrive until after the food came. I ordered a second drink and I had to go up to the bar to get it myself, after eyeing it for a good 10 minutes, hoping someone would bring it to me. The place is cute and has a fun vibe, but I would really have to consider coming back here if I knew it was going to be a rush and there wouldn’t be enough waitstaff to handle it.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food lacked flavor, drinks were weak, and waiter was barely present

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WD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Love F&SH for lunch. Most recent visit was for a meal before a concert. Menu is way to limited to call a dinner, but I get it—there isn’t enough traffic to sustain a full dinner menu. Smart business move, but probably won’t return for an evening meal.

Great for small groups.

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C
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and we loved it. Food is fresh, service was excellent. Great selection of cocktails

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TT
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. All of the staff that we encountered were nice and helpful. The menu is a bit limited but there will be something for everyone. The place has a great vibe. We received a lovely dessert for an Anniversary treat! We will recommend Farmer and The Seahorse to others!

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CS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our group went for lunch. We ordered the salmon cakes special (like crab cakes, but crunchier), smoked salmon toast, and the king cobb salad. Food presentation looked great and all were tasty. Our server was very attentive and friendly. Looking forward to visiting here for happy hour.

There were games available out on the lawn next to us, which added to the friendly, casual atmosphere
Only one minor negative - although it was nice to be outside on the patio, the sun still beats down through the openings of the shade sails.

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ST
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My last visit here was a HUGE disappointment. I have been for brunch or lunch recently with family and friends and had delicious food and good service. However, I had a group of 6 visiting from out of state and I thought the patio would be a lovely California experience for happy hour. We waited over 20 minutes for our first round of drinks. The appetizers began to arrive before we even had a drink on the table. We were somewhat forgiving because we realized they must have had a private event going. However, the service didn't really improve over the whole evening. Food was okay. So bummed that I took my friends here. Still a cool space to go but if you see that they are having an event, TURN AROUND and leave.

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IG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Most of us enjoyed our meals. One of us had a new item, but it wasn’t a hit - it was a special pizza. Weather was great for outdoor dining. Too noisy to eat indoors. Great service. Gets busy at lunchtime.

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A
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first time here and it was delicious. Our server Spencer was great, answered all of questions and made sure to check on us regularly. Very pleasnt! Food was awesome and Spencer's recommendations were on point!
Thank you!

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YC
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and high quality menu and venue. Great service and unique overall experience ! Will repeat.

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MS
San Diego
91 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great time for a Sunday Brunch!
Our server was wonderful very attentive. Nice to have a place so close to the golf course.

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Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Food was pretty good but the service was not so good. Nit friendly or knowledgeable in the food.

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OC
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really nice birthday lunch with a group of women. Nice variety on the menu. Our server was great and did not rush us out of there. Loved the open atmosphere.

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MR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the place, but the singer/guitarist is WAY TOO LOUD. You can’t have a conversation with your table without shouting — come on, it’s not a nightclub, people!

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GM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service friendly staff and atmosphere. Menu has good variety and is tasty .
While I have great respect and admiration for our Military the noise from the Ospreys and jets can be a bit disconcerting requiring those outside to suspend conversation until the aircraft passes. Nothing that the staff nor creators can avoid. Simply a reality that might hinder those who need to have a continuous business conversation. I will try inside when or if that is a high need.
This is my second visit in consequetive weeks and I will return regularly for lunch with guests. Nice and proximate to my location. Another hit for Brian .

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NC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
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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