Farm Bell Kitchen
My husband and I celebrated all the kids being away (teenagers and college students...) by going out for brunch at the Farm Bell Kitchen. Not our first time, and definitely not our last. I ordered the steak breakfast bowl—melt in your mouth tenderloin, perfectly seasoned sautéed peppers, onions and potatoes, with a fried egg on top. My husband’s traditional breakfast was delicious, as were the two extra biscuits he ordered. Almost scone-like. Soooo good with the whipped cinnamon butter and jam they served with it. The ambiance is wonderful—an historic building with tons of character. The leaded glass pocket doors and arched transom are stunning. We had a delightful conversation with Ryan, the owner, who was relaxed and gracious even though the place was bustling. Delicious brunch in a welcoming and elegant—yet decidedly unstuffy—atmosphere.
Loved this place! Super cute restaurant, really nice staff and delicious brunch. Definitely recommend making a reservation.
Food a mixed bag. Mushroom fritters were tasteless, pork and grits boring. Chicken entree and warm brussel sprout salad were outstanding. Service needs an upgrade. Had to continually ask for drinks and water refills. Never did get that last glass of wine we ordered. One overwhelmed waitress for 8 tables was not working out.
Cozy feel, with updated traditional style, inside an old inn. We arrived shortly after opening, and only a few tables besides ours were seated. Service staff was pleasant. Our first course came fairly quickly, however as more guests arrived, the kitchen must have been backed up, because our entrees took quite a long time to arrive.
Overall, the menu was inventive, with creative takes on traditional southern cuisine ingredients. We tried the wild mushroom fritters with sherry duxelle sauce, which had a nice flavor, but were a bit dry; the tostones with crab remoulade, creole snapper soup (our group's favorite item) and the sweet potato dumplings.
For our entrees we had the cajun flank steak with blue cheese risotto (very nice flavor) and the chamomile seared scallops which could have been a bit more seared, but had nice texture and subtle flavor.
Our server seemed fairly knowledgeable about the menu and was pleasant and attentive.
Drinks took awhile to arrive and eggs were over cooked. One meal was not hot. But lovely experience overall.
Very good food! Great staff!! As with most brunches, prices are a tad on the high-side. But all things considered, Farm Bell is a place we’re likely to visit again when we find ourselves in Charlottesville! Recommend folks give it a try.
Excellent service, light lunch very enjoyable; cup of gumbo + half of house salad- both very tasty
Food was tasty but service was disorganized We ordered dishes that never arrived. I think we were charged for them anyway. The night was too chaotic to be sure
Lovely place connected to Dinsmore Inn. Delicious food and sweet ambiance.
Excellent experience in every way! Will definitely be back and will have no hesitation bringing friends
We come to Farm Bell every time we visit our daughter at UVA. Love the ambiance the service and of course the food! Can’t wait to come back again
Beautiful spot! Love the ambiance! Very charming owner and staff. Look forward to returning. Food really delish!
Everything was great-only complaint is that our waiter was a bit cold and unwelcoming. But had a great experience with the hostess over the phone and they were able to push back our reservation because we were running late
I really wanted to love this place. Went for a celebratory lunch for my birthday and was disappointed start to finish. It was freezing cold and everyone had to keep coats and scarves and hats on. Service was disorganized and random. Had to ask for a drink menu and then it took forever to get our drinks. Food was ok but not great, my friend’s waffle wasn’t cooked all the way through and I was disappointed with all dark chicken on my chicken and waffles. Because of the difficulty with parking and subpar experience I’m not planning to go back since there are too many other choices in Charlottesville.
What an amazing brunch from start to finish. We will be regular customers from here on out!!
Brunch was a great time to visit. The atmosphere was perfect, the food was a bit salty and the parking was difficult (as mentioned in previous reviews). A suggestion for the web site is to give recommendation of where to park.
Early morning brunch. Food and service exceptional. Will return soon.
Our first visit was great, we'll definitely be back again!
My guest is fairly new to town and wanted to try something new. She loved it. Parking can be a little challenging, but the welcoming environment makes up for the challenge.
Had to make a reservation 3 days in advance for brunch-time seating on a Monday. Parking was ridiculous, got kicked out of the two closest parking garages. The main entryway is clogged with porch furniture blocking a single entry door, packed with twice the number of people the little space can accommodate. The general difficulty with just getting in the door and to a table meant the food was going to have to be off the charts to make it worth all the trouble. Sadly the food was for the most part “meh” at best. I can make the same or better at home. My brunch steak bowl was drowned in grease/butter and included almost no Cajun hollandaise. The crab beignets however we’re quite good!
It was excellent. Coffee and chipotle-rubbed chicken was delicious.
Subpar, overpriced food. Food came out cold. Small portions. SUPER expensive. Love supporting, new local businesses but we won't be back.
Food was outstanding. The home is nice!! Wait staff is super helpful. Didn’t wait too long for food. Loved it completely! They seem very put together.
The restaurant was very nice and they were able to seat us earlier than our reservation. But there were a few problems. My fiancee and I had just gotten engaged the day before, and we were looking forward to celebrating but the server seemed pretty lack-luster. My meal was cold, but was quickly replaced by a warm place by my sever. But my fiancee's pancakes were also under cooked. The server also forgot my fiancee's drink, but then bought it for us later. Overall, I just wish it had been more of a celebratory experience giving all that we were celebrating that day.
It was a wonderful brunch! Nice seating in a corner with friends, scones, and delish breakfast entrees! We'll be back!
Delicious food! My only complaint was that the poached egg on the Southern Benedict was not runny like a typical Benedict, but it was seasoned beautifully! Will definitely return to try some of their other yummy dishes. I would suggest making a reservation online beforehand like we did, they were booked up solid for Sunday Brunch. Love that they serve brunch every day.
Drinks were disappointing, as was the food. One of the 4 people in the group enjoyed their meal. Staff seemed annoyed with a simple request and were not friendly. Very nice inside, but too expensive for quality of food.
Everything was good service, atmosphere, and food except the NY Strip steak was tough and hard to chew.
A hidden gem! I would recommend to everyone! It is as if you are in another world from the rest of the corner area.
Excellent food, price, and ambience. Will definitely return.
Southern cooking with a fancier spin. The shrimp, dumplings, cheesecake were all very good. The gumbo was incredibly good. The wine recommendation from the waiter was also nice. The atmosphere was good, a nearby table made quieter conversation difficult but, overall it was a nice place to take good friends to dinner.
We are gluten free, meat free, and dairy free. I ordered the Quina salad with no bacon and my husband ordered the eggs baked inside the avocado! Both were delicious!!
Food was unique and outstanding. Service was awesome. Highly recommend. Ryan the owner was a gracious host.
We enjoyed dining at Farm Bell Kitchen recently. Initially, the hostess wanted to seat us in the first room which shares the counter area. We objected to this as one of our companions has hearing loss and needs a more quiet space. While she wasn't the most warm hostess (seemed to be put out by this) we were ultimately moved to a wonderful inner room near the front windows. Noise level was excellent here.
Our server( Justin or Jason?) was excellent. Very professional, responsive and engaging. He went out of his way to accommodate us on our drink requests. Your bar did not have several of the items/drinks we requested so he made an extra effort to fine similar items. Lack of a fully stocked bar would be our only complaint. Otherwise, a wonderful overall experience.
Andoulli Sausage was so good!!! Everything was fantastic. My new favorite Brunch spot. 5 stars
We were in town for a week and we ate breakfast at Farm Bell all four mornings, it’s so good. The food is fresh, the flavors varied, and the service always friendly. The decor is like going home to visit your wealthy grandma, and the fresh flowers spark joy as you sit down to eat. We also ate the four course dinner there one evening. Better than any other dinner we ate all week. The only thing we’d request is to share the location of where each wine originates hopefully printed right on the wine list.
Restaurant week experience. Beautiful space. Parking can be difficult. Do not attempt to park in 11th street garage as website of restaurant suggests-this is hospital parking only with a guard at entrance.
Greeted immediately and shown to a perfect table with a breath of spring from tulips and daffodils.
The menu looked wonderful. One appetizer of baked oysters ,3 per plate, was unexpectedly spicy and one oyster just didn’t exist. Brought this to the attention of the server who did not respond. The spicy shrimp appetizer was well done and excellent. Salads were good. Cornmeal crusted trout was bland and the crust so thick I had to scrap it off. The side dish was actually tasty
But the bottom was burned and stuck to the ramekin. We did not have dessert.
Understand the restaurant is known for the brunch.
3rd time at the Farm Bell. It was the least impressive. The food was good but not great. The exception was the baked oysters which was not good. The oysters were cold and tasteless. The toppings were the saving grace for the starter. The Farm Bell price point requires better than an average experience.
Great food. I went for restaurant week. The decor was simple but perfect for a historic inn and restaurant
Such a great find! A friend recommended we try the brunch, and we ended up eating there twice in one weekend it was so good! Very fresh, unique items on the menu. Our service both times was amazing. Very friendly and welcoming staff. A cool Inn attached we will try on our next trip.