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About Farmer's Apprentice
Farmer's Apprentice, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, serves farm-to-table cuisine in a casual, cozy setting. The restaurant prides itself on its fresh meals made with local ingredients. Farmer's Apprentice also has an extensive wine selection and a knowledgeable staff who can help pair wine to entrées.
Try the brunch on the weekends, which features items like French toast and customizable omelets. Start out your dinner at Farmer's Apprentice with an appetizer such as the squash tortellini. Choose from a variety of menu items like steak, salads, pasta and more or try the four-course set menu, which changes daily based on seasonal offerings. The restaurant offers plenty of vegetarian menu items in addition to its meat-based entrées.
Vancouver, BC V6J 1R1
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am-2:00pm
Brunch: Saturday/Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm
Sunday Supper Series 5:30-10pm featuring up and coming chefs.Prix fixe.
CAN$30 and under
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Farmer's Apprentice Ratings and Reviews
a small and bustling place that serves some amazing foods.....we booked a few weeks in advance to get an 8:30 PM table, and the experience was lovely, just like the servers. The foods were somewhat unusual, most very much of interest and fascination....we did appreciate that the dishes appeared at a good pace, and, were meant to share. We enjoyed two salads, one order with sablefish...the only truly expensive dish was the steak which was cooked to perfection. It literally melted in your mouth. Disappointed that there was little or no consideration for B.C. wines, nor anything chocolate for the dessert offerings. A very pleasant place that we will return to for a special occasion or when we have true foodies visiting us.
We had been meaning to go to the Farmer's Apprentice since it opened in our area, but only got around to it for my husband's birthday last week. After winning a top restaurant award in Vancouver it took a while to get a reservation at a good time. But certainly worth the wait! Very friendly, unpretentious, helpful wait staff. And very delicious, interesting, eclectic food. Loved all the 70s records they were playing.
I was amazed with the whole experience at the Farmer's Apprentice.
We were greeted with a friendly hello and seated immediately. The decor was interesting. Not too flashy but there was thought put into it. I was sitting next to an old vintage window that used as a partition.
We chose three seafood dishes and the eggplant. Every single dish came out with a full description by the server. The taste was incredible and so fresh. The dessert with the basil sorbet and blueberries was delicious.
My sister and I were thrilled to have a chance to speak with the owners who were so nice and humble.
I believe they have a great future ahead.
Lots of creativity in the menu, with all dishes intended for sharing. Individual dishes, however, are relatively small so be prepared to order a second helping when you discover one you love. Space is tight, especially if you're sitting opposite the bar area. We tried just about everything and nothing disappointed. Definitely on the list of places to visit again and again!!
Made a reservation about a month in advance and everything was great until the main course prime rib. It tasted like it was roasted. It was covered in sauce. A rib eye is a notoriously fatty steak and I was very surprised to find it had been roasted. In my opinion, a rib eye should be cooked at high heat to make best use of the fat and it's flavour. Since it was cooked low and slow, it meant I paid $50 for a very fatty dish. Other than that everything was great.
The restaurant tries too hard. The service is slow. The plating is poor. The favors are decent, but it's nothing notable. It's a hipster place that doesn't quite put out anything worth going back for. The waiters need a lesson in providing good service. We weren't notified of the specials. There were gnats flying all around. They gave us still and then sparking water. We asked just for still. Mediocre at best.
Yes, the food was interesting and tasty. The tables are tight, so much that if the waiter is talking to the table next to us, his shirt would fall into our wine glass.The service wasn't great. It's nice to have dishes come out one at a time so that you can enjoy each one but there were a couple of times with awfully long gaps between dishes and sometimes 2 would come at once. The bench seating was ok. The seating across was a hard chair with no cushion and it was an awkward height for the table. It was so long between dishes that my boyfriend and I had to change seats because his was so uncomfortable. They brought dessert but no cutlery and then disappeared. We had to share a pear tart and eat with a knife and mini spoon for espresso.
Farmers Apprentice was an absolute joy to eat at. Every plate was more complex, more delicious and more impressive than the last. Particular highlights for us were the gnocchi and the rib of beef, which was reportedly cooked medium rare, but arrived rare at best (much to our unbridled joy!) Fantastic music selection and a generally great experience. Get a table booked as soon as possible!
FA does a great job of putting together a small menu of interesting combinations of seasonal/local ingredients prepared exquisitely well. The service is always spot-on - friendly without being intrusive and helpful with recommendations. The wine list always features some intriguing wines that you probably won't see elsewhere. My only complaint is that it's harder and harder to get into! Can't wait for their bistro next door to open.
this place is a REAL foodies' restaurant.....almost too a fault. This may bewhy it may have rec'd such 'mixed' reviews......the presentation is VERY simple and nothing is over-the-top which perhaps people expect it to be. First, this place is about sharing, and the portions are fine for that and the quality and uniqueness of the food DESERVES to be shared. Service was perfect - not 'too' attentive and did a great job of synching with our needs. Don't expect any 'big' presentations or sauces - this place is all about the ingredients and trying to create sublime creations that are unique for their freshness and inventive preparations. Because it was awarded 'best new restaurant' in Vancouver it seems people expect more 'fluff'.
We had olives, which were wonderful; different that I have ever had. Then the bread with onion butter, which was delicious. Then the scallops and pork cheeks, both of which were outstanding. Strange that the duck confit was sold out at 5:45....The prices are a little high for the portion sizes, which are small. But if you crave great food, this is the place for you!
Happy and joyous food that comes out of the kitchen with the chefs delivering it. Sharing style plates, with thoughtful food. Uber fresh with interesting combinations. Every time I dine here I leave with a big smile on my face. Not so much of a hidden gem anymore, as the word is out. This is a restaurant that does something completely different, and without any pretension or attitude. Again, consistently amazing!
Definitely a different and interesting food experience - fresh ingredients in unique combinations (we asked for a copy of the daily menu sheet back so we could keep track of the components)! Lots of chefs in the open kitchen, and they seemed to enjoy serving the food themselves. As expected, the servings were a bit pricey for the small size - 4 of us split 7 main items plus 2 breads and the great olives. Recommend the perfectly done halibut. The sweetbreads were a highlight - great sauce - another good reason for the bread to wipe up every drop. Great background music. On the negative side, there were no moderately priced wines on the list. Also no non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks or juices for non-drinkers - just a fruity "cocktail".
We had dinner on a Friday night. This place gets quite busy as it is very popular. We liked the idea that all plates were meant for sharing. We had a nice zucchini and tomato salad with avocado dressing, some halibut that was small but perfectly done, and a rib eye steak that was overpriced and not cooked on a hot enough grill; the fat was not really crisped up. The bread, which is an extra cost, was very good but there was not enough olive oil provided with the bread. I would recommend this restaurant but I will not go there again for a year or two as there are so many new restaurants to try in Vancouver.
The chefs killed it with the food here. We had the heirloom tomato dish (good and perhaps too simple of a dish). We also ordered their potato dish which was amazing. The flavors were spot on. Then we ordered their foie gras. Amazing portion of foie for the price and the flavors were again spot on. Lastly we ordered their 45 day aged steak (I think it's 45 day). Wow! Probably the best steak I've had in Vancouver. It's pricey but worth it because the portion is enough for two medium size people. Although I could probably finish it myself but my wife would not be happy. The steak was cooked perfect rare, maybe even blue. I suspect it was sous vide though they didn't advertise it. All around great place to have a nice dinner.
Farm to table - got it. But... they seem to go so far to make sure that you recognize just how good a tomato it is, that they barely do anything to it. I buy the same exact produce (from the same farms) at Trout Lake Market, and I don't need to spend $180/cpl to eat 'em.
I really wouldn't rush back for any of the 8 dishes our table of 4 tried. The sable fish and halibut and tuna dishes were very nice, as were the Seiglinde potatoes, but I've had better dishes in plenty of restaurants for less money.
Excellent server, really like the room, bright and airy, spinning vinyl. Except that for our 7:45 reservation we were told at 9:15 that they'd be needing the table for 9:30 - not cool.
I rarely get to use the 5 star outstanding across the board but this restaurant deserves that rating. It is hard to explain Farmer's Apprentice because I do not have a comparison. It is laid back and super attentive at the same time - that goes for the food, the ambiance and the staff. It is a wonderful combination - and that ability to combine great experiences is translated in the food as well. Simple yet complex ingredient pairings result in dishes with flavour layers. An example is the simple olive that is smoked to perfection - you can buy them for takeaway for your award winning martini at your next party. I eat a plant based diet and had no trouble finding great selections on the menu.
Having read that this restaurants have made several lists as one of Vancouver's best, my partner and I were looking forward to dining here. However, the experience was disappointing. The food was inconsistent in quality - we started with heirloom bean salad that was excellent, this was followed by an interesting albacore tuna with kimchi, an over-salted red wheat berry salad, and a rabbit dish that was overcooked. What really made the experience poor were the hostess and waitress who were unwelcoming, uninformed about the menu, and seemed unhappy to be in what seems to be a successful restaurant. If our experience that night is typical, then the accolades are undeserved.
Poor service and slow initial service of drinks. Very condescending attitude by the waitress. She made us feel uncomfortable. Simple requests like a serving spoon for the dishes (as opposed to using our own forks to "dig in" communal dishes) was treated by attitude. At the end, she almost threw down the bill. She acted like a spoiled brat. The food, while good is overpriced and the servings small. We will not be back.
What a find this place is! Off the beaten downtown Vancouver path, but offers lots! We went on their guest chef Sundays where a set menu was provided but loved every part of it! Food was incredible. All market foods and whatever is in season from local farmers. Really quite delicious! Service was great and the restaurant is charming. Tiny, rustic place with lots of character. Definitely try it out but make sure you make resos ahead of time.
This is our absolute favourite place in Vancouver, but is recommended only for true foodies. The dishes are all designed for sharing, and use smaller amounts of high-quality ingredients. Think of a tasting menu at a Michelin-starred restaurant - the emphasis is on quality and trying different things. If you try everything, it will obviously be a little more expensive, so I do not understand complaints about portion sizes or price with respect to Farmer's Apprentice.
The staff are doing a good job of managing the restaurant's new-founded (and deserved) popularity, but we did have minor waits for drinks and water. The food was all perfect when it came out - I would be hard-pressed to pick a favourite dish.
The food was remarkable - delicious and the presentation is like art form.
We ordered 6 dishes and each dish was brought out by a different staff member, which included chefs in the kitchen. That is something unique. We will definitely come back for dinner and lunch.
Loving interesting, authentic local food, we were drawn to The Farmer's Apprentice, the recently voted "best restaurant in Vancouver" distinction. Although tiny and a bit quaint in stature and decor, the food packed a punch! From the daily menu, we chose heirloom beans, sweet peas, burrata with pickled vegetables, albacore tuna, pork cheeks and more! We felt lucky to score a late night reservation the day we arrived to this beautiful city from another great foodie city, Minneapolis!
the food is farmer-simple yet perfected and excellently executed. flavors are more subtle than bold and plating and composure very uncomplex.
even being familiar with the latest gourmet offerings of vancouver, you may find prices are pretentious for the location, size, and ambiance - you'll pay more for it being a new foodie location, then for how good it is, which can suck some of the enjoyment out of the experience.
dietary restrictions appear to be frowned on.
We went to FA for our friends birthday with much anticipation. The space is quaint and bright, west coast casual which doesn't reflect it's price point as it would in other cities but have learned that's not how it works in Vancouver. The service was good, we had a confident, well spoken server who helped us pair our wine well. We ordered 8 dishes among 4 of us, plus 2 orders of the addictive smoked castelvetrano olives, huge plus. The bone marrow, sablefish, burrata, and summer salad, were ok to good, not stand outs. The octopus was not pleasant, too fishy, served cold. The pork cheek, was very good, tender, savoury, the sauce was killer. The best of the best was the sweetbreads. Would recommend a try but I will likely not return.
We loved the restaurant. The food was excellent. The snap pea appetizer was delicious, as were the sweetbreads. Wonderful use of vegetables and light sauces. However, the best item on the menu had to be the agnolotti. Just perfectly done. The chocolate macaroon cookies at the end topped off a wonderful evening. As for our server, Claire, she was delightful.
Lovely little restaurant, very knowledgeable staff, but we experienced a bit of attitude at the door thankfully we had a reservation. The dishes are very lovely with vibrant color and smart variance of texture. The flavors are a bit more experimental than flavorful at times however. Servings are small and meant to share, but we went as two couples and given the menu's small size we ordered 7 dishes and had to venture into that undiscovered territory a bit too far. Sometimes this sort of experimenting can lead to dynamite results. Bison carpaccio, brisket gnocchi, burrata cheese and pickled veggies. Others fell short. This place get's an A+ for effort and design, bravery in experimentation, B for flavor.
I love this resto. However the Sunday supper family style was just "ok". We were five people and I felt like we didn't have enough food. Also there was a lot of time between the first and second dish. The girl that was serving us had no personality. I've been to this resto other times, ordered off the menu and it was great. I don't think I'd go back for the set menu but will go back again for dinner any other time.
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