Farmer's Table - La Mesa

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$30 and under
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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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.4
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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Loved restaurants week menu.

MM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
9 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
1 review
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
7 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
20 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
9 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
58 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

t
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Christmas Eve at 8:30 p.m., and the restaurant closed at 9:00 p.m. Everyone was absolutely friendly and did not make us feel like we had to rush. Food was really good as always, and they even offered us dessert! I highly recommend Farmer's Table for anyone who was a casual, homey atmosphere with terrific food and excellent service.

JR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing ambiance

RL
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Bryant was an excellent server who was friendly, knowledgeable, and very attentive. Service was excellent!

R
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our server was good, sufficient attentiveness. Gave us options to order. Getting beverages was the slower. Until 20-30 minutes before we left the noise level makes it very difficult to hear.
Food was very good and presentation was the same. We had not been to Farmers Table in some time, we were not disappointed.

H
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten at both the La Mesa location and the Little Italy location. Most of our family enjoys it. My husband prefers the breakfast and lunch menu. We have had some minor service issues at the La Mesa location, but generally pretty good. Noise can be a problem, but we had a quieter table at the last visit.

D
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Roast chicken was dry and over cooked, Brussels sprouts and potatoes under cooked and hard, spouts lacked usual flavor (no balsamic?).Sprouts and potatoes were few, and no purple potatoes. We had this same meal about two weeks ago, and it was the best we have ever had here. The only thing wonderful were the white sangrias. Needless to say, it was a pricey meal gone bad. Won’t be back for a while, very disappointing and a waste of money.

SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ivan was a fantastic server!

E
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a very good restaurant but it is very loud. We were served promptly and the staff was quite friendly and relaxed. The food was great.

L
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner! Didier provided excellent service. The spouse had carbonara, my daughter had prosciutto flatbread both times have been wonderful.

MY
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great Thanksgiving dinner. Food is pretty good! Maybe we will come back any special date and 2020 Thanksgiving day too.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Food was cold. Turkey platter was inconsistent, dad got corn with his and I got stuffing?? They forgot the kids meals and kids food arrived super late once it was finally prepared. (Burgers. Lol).

Layout/ floor plan was confusing and disruptive. Drinks were way overpriced as was the food. The apple pie was really good. It was dads bday. I had asked the restaurant to acknowledge and maybe say something to him but nothing. This restaurant came recommended. Maybe it was a fluke as it was a holiday menu.

It was an embarrassing experience as I was treating dad. He was full of complaints. It ruined our first Thanksgiving without mom.
:( Sickening. Just an overall Depressing experience.

I left a really good tip as it was Thanksgiving. Hopefully the restaurant will pay attention to details or lower their exorbitant pricing.

If you’re going to charge as though you are high-end...then provide some higher-end service.

That is all.

S
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Amazing welcoming environment. Front desk was a bit baffled when we walked in from the rain. No greeting just a blank stair for a min until we said we had a reservation. But table was right by open kitchen, loved that. Food was served quickly, absolutely rich and delicious. Only complaint is that the bread for the bruschetta was soggy had to use a for and knife. But taste was great. Definitely coming back. Loved the truffle fries and zucchini blossoms. Great drink selection and attentive staff even for a busy night.

M
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It’s good not great, definitely need improvement on service, our server was a tad on the grouchy side.

D
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. The roast chicken was superb, liked the side of Brussels sprouts. The white sangria was delicious and refreshing with the chicken. Craving more of it. Venue a bit noisy and food a bit pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.

TR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

They lost my trust when they served my cocktail in a small glass when the next round arrived in a much larger glass... with more liquor...

Prior visits I was unsure on the liquor served as it tasted differently than the bottle I have at home...don’t trust them

AND they hadn’t heard about the recall on romaine lettuce... only stopping serving the salad after we inquired on the location where the romaine was grown...

Food is good...large portions

B
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Selection is exceptional! Our server was exceptional. My friends birthday made it a special night.

M
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food4service1ambience5

There was a hair in our food and we took the dish back and then they made a new dish about 10 minutes later. 3 different people came to apologize for it, said ”we’ll take care of you” so we assumed they would comp the dish (as most restaurants would do) so when they didn't we asked why not and if they could. The response was ”we replaced the dish”. LAME! I'm sorry but that is the VERY least you can do. Farmers Table shocked me by that reply! Any restaurants will replace the dish... That's expected. They should have also comped the dish especially if the guests request that. The person who had to have her dish remade ate much later than the rest of us. Poor service management team today.

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