Farmer's Table - La Mesa

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Farm-to-table
Located in the heart and soul of La Mesa, we are sure you’ll agree that Farmer’s Table is a worthy complement to East County’s emerging culinary culture. We invite you to let the natural flavors you’ll experience here speak for themselves.
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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Got an egg Benedict. Was pretty bland. Thought about getting their sweeter breakfasts but wanted more sustenance so I went for the Canadian benedict. Sorely disappointed. My friend got their breakfast burrito which also lacked flavor.

JW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every time I visit Farmers , it’s fun. The pizza (Italian) is point on. They are very busy and service sometimes suffers. The staff is friendly and helpful. The salads are always a must along with the rest of the menu. I’m glad they are in La Mesa

VD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for dinner! Great food & service.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We all enjoyed our meals. GF options makes the meal enjoyable for all!

BS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast was delicious. The atmosphere and service were both warm and welcoming. Great spot!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service started off subpar, waitress was fine except we felt rushed. Food was OK, almost NO vegetables in either main course, which was the draw for “farm to table” in the first place!

EC
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Busy on a Saturday which was expected. Unexpected was our waiter who was rude for the first half of our stay. First she told us the bread and butter would come out when it would come out because they were busy. But other waiters didn’t seem to have that problem in getting that for their guests or for us when we flagged them down later. We also wanted to hold on to one menu to order more items, but the waiter took it away saying they needed it. But the hostess stand had at least 20 menus at the time! Soup of the day was very heavily salted and almost inedible and I like salt. Mac n Cheese was surprisingly good and not heavy. Octopus app was tasty and cooked nicely. Glad we tried it, but for the price, we will in the future eat at other establishments in San Diego serving similar menus at lower price point, but also executing it better and with more professional service.

JH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was...meh. Beet salad was basically nothing but beats. Calzone had no sauce, and crust was charred so much it all tasted like charcoal. Beer was merely cool, not cold. Nice ambiance, poor execution.

B
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place and great food. Waitress was very helpful.

PA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was great, the service was too slow. It took too long to get food. Our server was very friendly and helpful.

R
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Been there twice, extremely noisy both times. Conversations must be shouted. Service was so poor I had to refill my water glass myself. I had to get a water carafe from the waiters station myself. After the food arrived no one bothered to ask us if everything was all right. Very slow service although admittedly the place was crowded with lunch patrons.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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C
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was had the farm salad which was awesome and my wife had the ravioli dish which she loved and I had the pork loin which I also loved

OT
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Sorry to have to say this, but the service was so bad on Friday we had to leave. Our server came and welcomed us and never came back. There was no one around to tell this too so we never ate and we had to leave. It was a business lunch and we didn’t have half half an hour to wait for our server so we waited 15 minutes and walk down the street to another restaurant that was a little more welcoming. It was very disappointing especially since I had been there the day before for lunch and my waiter left for the day never to say goodbye or announced that he was leaving and there would be someone else helping us. Not a great way to run a restaurant that generally has good food and good service. Hope it gets fixed!!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Service wasn’t attentive. We had to keep getting someone’s attention:

OT
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a really good meal. I guess I was a little surprised by the pricing, though. Seemed a tad bit overpriced. But other than that, it was a good experience. Service was good, too.

ML
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was OK. They were not able to verify that one item marked GF and VEG was what it said and suggested it was likely a typo on the menu...that can be a pretty significant error for some people. The service was very good except the entrees came out while the starters were only about 1/2 eaten. I gave it an overall "very good" because we've eaten there numerous times with better experiences. I don't think we'll go back for dinner; maybe lunch for pizza or salads. Total bill with starters,wine and tip was about $240 for 3 people. Not what I expect for the price.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Loved restaurants week menu.

MM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation was for 630pm. Restaurant was packed but we were seated in a minute. You could see all the workers hustling and bustling. Took our order at 639.

I thought the bread was cornbread because it was so soft and crumbly. Overall not bad. Really taste the rosemary.

17 minutes for cheese board to come out but everything on it was delicious EXCEPT for the mustard. Wasn't a fan of that.

Also took a while to get water to us. We were all empty on water at 712 and didnt get a refill until 726pm. Happened twice.

Food took a full hour to come out but was expected with how busy it was.

Short-rib rigatoni was kind of just ehhh. I was disappointed in the dish. Our server did offer to replace it but I didnt want to be that cistomer. It reminded me of Dinty Moore in a can. Should be renamed Return-a-toni quick-ly.
Unfortunately the swordfish was pretty dry and flavorless as well. Didnt quite have the zest I was expecting.
Chicken was the best. Plenty of flavor from the very first bite. The lemon zest with the fire grill was unbelievably good and I dont even care for chicken.

Edit! I ended up ordering the pork loin. Night and day from the Rigatoni. The yam balanced out the flavor of the red cabbage and the bacon went well with pork.

Rodolpho the manager was very kind. Spoke to us towards the end of the night and apologized for the pasta but honestly other than the water hold up the service was excellent. He also let us know the short rib rigatoni was only for restaurant week (keep it off the menu).

Dessert was good. Latte was also very good.

This location is better than the Little Italy one. I would drive the 20 minutes to come back.

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food here is very good and a good variety of choices on the menu.

y
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just overall wonderful experience, made my daughters birthday memorable

s
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First discovered this place during SDRW - Sep '19. Was happy to see it was back in the rotation for SDRW - Jan '20 because we liked it so much the first time and wanted to go back. Coincidentally we had the same table as before...so I guess it's tradition now. Will definitely go back again.

m
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service has been lacking the last couple of time we've been there. Still enjoying the food.

SC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fav place! Excellent service always and delicious food :)

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

A disappointing visit, more so because our first time last year had been so wonderful. The seared ahi was well done, the pork chop dried out and our server could have cared less.

m
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We arrived on time to our reservation time but we were made to wait 20 mins. We told receptionist we would wait outside because we were getting in the way of waiters. When I went up to receptionist if our table was finally ready she didn’t know who I was and then proceeded to tell us they had called us. When I reminded her I had told her she offered an excuse but no apology.
The waitress service was mediocre. She seemed to be in a rush every time she came up to our table. She was not
very friendly.
This is my fifth time at a Farmers Table (Little Italy and La Mesa) and have always had a great experience.

J
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very crowded and loud. Good service was good but the waiter was slow and didn’t check back with us during the meal. We had to ask for water refills several times.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It’s a nice restaurant but very slow. We had reservations at 7pm on a Friday night and didn’t get seated until 7:40pm. Once we sat down, we didn’t get our orders taken until 8pm, so it was very slow. Food was good but way over priced.

CH
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food1service5ambience4

1st time the food has been this bad. Everyone has an off night but our bread arrived completely burnt (every piece), most of the meals were flavorless and no one finished because it just wasn’t good. Chalk it up to the cook having a bad night.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. Service was great and so was the food!

CG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

New Years Day brunch! Wait staff was attentive and we were seated right away with our reservation. Everyone’s food was yummy, mine was a little cold but mimosas were good, (mostly all champagne 😉)
Overall nice way to start the new year.

VM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

First time our breakfast wasn't served hot. They were really busy

B
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Early New Year’s Eve dinner

CK
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! The margherita pizza is the best and when I have brought friends they liked what they ordered, too!

1
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun restaurant that also happens to serve great food! Terrific for a special holiday lunch with my friend. Great service too. So glad it's in the neighborhood.

MW
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I keep giving Farmer's Table a try but always end up a little disappointed. The food is ok, the service is ok. This time around the kitchen did not get my order exactly right. I think you just need to have lower expectations when you go here.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Love the food and atmosphere here! A regular spot for brunch!

VA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We’ve been there multiple times. The service was just fair this time. Weird too because it was early in the evening and the restaurant was that busy. Celebrated a
Birthday and it was just ok.

W
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We had a couple of issues with the food. The French fries showed up very greasy, soggy, dark colored and warn. Not hot. We sent them back for a fresh batch because we thought they must have sit in kitchen too long. Wrong. New batch was hotter but still greasy, not crisp and dark. How can a well run kitchen do fries so poorly? Next disappointment came when I asked for a side of avocado for my burger. A very small portion, maybe 1/4 os a tiny avocado was $3.50 on my bill. I would have appreciated the waitress mentioning $ when I asked. I would have passed. The service was good with a great menu.

j
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Farmers Table, we come here for Sunday brunch and anniversary dinners. Great vibe, even better service

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