Farmer's Table - La Mesa

4.2
1421 Reviews
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Excited to announce that we officially have four locations open in San Diego including Bay Park, Little Italy, La Mesa, and Chula Vista. As a family run operation we believe every good neighborhood deserves an eatery where locals and visitors can enjoy “honest food done right”. Here at Farmers Table, we specialize in farm-to-fork cuisine that focuses on bringing locally sourced organic ingredients together to be savored in an inviting family-friendly atmosphere, where adults and children can enjoy many different food options that are just right for them. If you are looking for a magical brunch this week, come stop by for an unforgettable night.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a great time

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It was a very good dining evening! My husband and I were given a choice of eating outside or inside. Either choice would be good but we chose to sit inside. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. We shared mussels and clams first. I was very specific about how I wish to have them prepared. They came exactly the way I had requested.For dinner I had short ribs with polenta and broccoli. I citrus were extremely tasty, very well prepared, you could tell they had been cock for hours. Not to saucy, just right. I had a glass of one of my favorite go to wines called Pessimists .Delicious blend..The portions were generous and there was no room for dessert. All in all it was a very nice evening and looking forward to going back.

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vipPLEater
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

food was very good, but a bit uninspired. Sadly, our appetizers and entrees came out together--we should have sent the appetizers back, but didn't. Fettuccini was too much pasta, or too little everything else. Oxtail ravioli was over sauced. Roasted carrot salad was very good and seared Ahi was very good.

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Mhost
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Everything was great. But it seemed the server was preoccupied and didn’t pay much attention. It took forever to get our order in, food, and bill. Either preoccupied or too many tables for one person. I love Farmers Table either way, just wasn’t the best night to go.

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JamieR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Ordered food to go. The hostess clearly lied to us and put the problem back on us that one of the orders we had submitted was not there. She did not try to call us and she lied to us about it. A simple apology would have gone a long way or even attempting to call us back. The manager gave a small discount that was nice, but it was clear we were bothering her and she only addressed us because she was expected to. She didn't even apologize or have a conversation with us.

We have tried your restaurant many times and look forward to making it one of our favorite returning locations, but if the staff treat us like we don't matter forget it. We don't have to be catered to, but genuine interaction and sincerity is a part of customer service. Both lacked that ability.

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vipDavidL
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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WilliamF
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice dinner for my wife's birthday. We had good service and the table was great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, service & drinks. Would dine there again. Recommended.

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Cmprda
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really enjoyed the Sea Bass and my husband loved the stuffed sole. Our server was very pleasant but service was pretty slow.

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vipAllysonW
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Food was good, service was not. Was not checked on, did not come back and see how food was/offer more drinks, food was lukewarm, prosecco was food temperature.

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CinziaF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The gnocchi were very good, so was the crab cake and the jar appetizer. The pizza was average, nothing great. The Mac and cheese for my kid were just ok, not restaurant quality.
Service was good and fast.

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Ralphsmale
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Horrible experience. Nothing went well. Incorrect and poor description of dishes. Slightly spicy pasta meant both people in our party had to send the dishes back because it was so spicy. Pizza came out cold so they made me a new one. Nice right? But then the second pizza was raw in the middle. I was so excited about the squash blossoms but the coating was so thick and dense that you couldn’t even taste the blossoms. The crab artichoke dip was oily. Desserts were lackluster and one was out so they brought out only the ones available and didn’t even offer to replace the missing one. Just an overall terrible meal and bad server training. $200+ for 4 people with 1 drink each, 2 apps, 3 mains, 2 desserts and 2 coffees. Ridiculous. One of the worse meals I’ve had in decades.

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vipKatrinaD
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun atmosphere and terrific drinks.

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Jonathan
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Nice ambience but food quality has done downhill. All dishes were average with nothing memorable. Given the price, it isn't up to par.

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vipSIW713
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great little spot. The patio was super cute and loved how the restaurant was open and airy. The staff was amazing and the food superb. We really enjoyed the artichoke appetizer and the carbonara pasta.

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JoyceU
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch. So happy that you are open.

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TerreL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, happy service (much more rare these days!) - definitely recommend!

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vipSUSANW
San Diego
80 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the dinner. The server was wonderful.
Our only regret was it was during Octoberfest (or bad) and the parking was NOT fun.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the restaurant week special, the steak was fabulous, cooked to perfection chargrilled, the carrot salad was to die for. Excellent food

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vipDana
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was great. We had an outdoor table that was away from most of the crowd which was nice. However, the service was very slow and we almost felt forgotten about.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Birthday ! 10 people and two of the 10 had to send there plates back because food was cold.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Can’t believe this restaurant is still open. Consistently terrible service, disgusting food, filthy chairs and tables, and way overpriced. Last time my order was served ice cold- and since they didn’t check in, just had to eat it. No discount or apology. Gross. Have been here multiple times because there are so few choices in East County, but will not be returning.

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vipmary
San Diego
61 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for Restaurant Week. It was our first time. The food was fantastic! We will certainly bd back!

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Mrbentley
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinner was so delicious! The crab cakes were light and fresh and the steak - oh my! Thick and juicy. Dessert was picture worthy and decadent. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. Looking forward to going back soon.

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Fudee
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Comfortable, pleasant environment to meet friends for HH which was excellent options and prices! I prefer a crispier pizza crust all around. Food was tasty, service impeccable and company the best!

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BryanP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I was invited to eat breakfast here years ago, shortly after the La Mesa location opened. We were seated just inside the open patio. I remember the incredible ambience and the delicious farm-to-table food. Everything about that experience was noteworthy!
We don't live in the area, so I haven't returned for years - until the other night. I was setting up a business meeting, and La Mesa was a convenient location. I remembered my experience at Farmer's Table, made reservations and was looking forward to hosting my wife and our guest to a memorable dinner and meeting.
The ambience was what might be expected for a Monday evening - and perfect for a dinner meeting. There was definitely energy, but the "buzz" didn't interfere with good conversation around the table.
Our server was personable, helpful and attentive. In fact, all the staff we encountered were friendly and hospitable.
My only disappointment of the evening was the food. Not to say that it wasn't good, but it wasn't the amazing experience I enjoyed at breakfast years ago.
We started with the calamari appetizer. It was seasoned well enough, but was cooked inconsistently so that we had perfectly deep-fried pieces and others were rubbery. In ordering our entrées, my wife was conflicted between two different dishes and went with the stuffed sole that our server recommended as "bursting with flavor." Once it arrived, the fish was baked nicely; it had a perfect, flaky texture, but everything lacked seasoning - including the crab meat and shrimp stuffing. Not that it was bad, but it was definitely not bursting with flavor.
The same was true of the pappardelle that I ordered. The beef ragu was tender - almost melt in your mouth. But, assuming that it simmered long and slow in tomatoes, onions, garlic, etc. it was surprising that it was just bland. Our friend ordered the truffle pizza and commented, "Yeah, it's good."
The prices were expected for what the menu promised, but not for what we received.

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NikkiM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food fell short of expectations for the price.

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DougS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

First of all let me say I'll be back. Overall I thought the food was good and the service was attentive. My problem is that, with tip my bill was 265 for three people. The value was not there. The appetizers were excellent but the entree plate presentation was not up to a level it should be. A $35 pork chop in La mesa should jump off the plate but the sauce completely covered the plate and destroyed the presentation. Same for the other two entrees at the table. The presentation is the premium we're paying for but it looked like Sunday dinner at your parent's house. Also the mashed potatoes, which came with everything were beyond bland and I doubt very much they were Yukon Gold which the menu said they were. But the real problem I had was one of their employees. She was a manager or assistant, not a server. She was walking around the dining room helping and eating food as she did. At one point she stuck her finger in her teeth like it was a tooth pick. Why she thought this was acceptable is beyond me. Anyway, I'll go back because I believe there are alot of positives in this restaurant. La mesa needs this restaurant to be a success, but they need to bring the value up or the prices down. They do not have a lot of room for error.

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ValueMom
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It’s menu is getting stale. Plus they were out of fruit and English muffins at breakfast?

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KathyK
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough good things about the service, food and overall experience. It was amazing and we will definitely be back soon!

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R2000
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My Mom had sea bass, I had halibut both, too dry, overcooked and flavorless. Very disappointed, since they were the most expensive items on menu.
Brussels sprouts, figs and bacon were also burnt and calamari shrimp appetizer was cold!

We usually love breakfast, and thought we tried dinner. We probably won’t return for dinner.

Joel and other staff were superb!

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vipDelL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food but a little pricey

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vipSDCris
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was wonderful, the service was great. It is a little on the pricey side, especially the appetizer menu. But all in all a good experience.

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vipDineAllTheTime
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Quick client lunch. Service was slow but friendly. I’m at the point of giving everyone the benefit of the doubt. The old fashioned was poorly made; no excuse for that. But the manager or supervisor pop a shot in there once he saw from afar that I was scooping ice out of it. I was happy with that. Food was delish per usual!

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vipJoeL
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The service was very good and attentive. We had the chicken and pork chop, both of which were cooked too much and were very dry (as were the vegetables with the chicken). We ate on the patio in the evening and flies were a constant companion throughout the meal. This was the first time that I had a moderate food experience here so hopefully it was the exception and not the norm.

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patriciag
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was over the top excellent. Friendly! Prompt! Just the best. Sorry I forgot her name

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brad was awesome. Ambiance was pretty. A little loud for my grandparents but fine for a younger crowd. Delicious food, great old fashioned. Free cake for bday! <3

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food and service were great. The flies are annoying but it’s hard to control that if half the restaurant is open

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juliec
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Charming sidewalk restaurant in La Mesa. It's Italian by the language you hear from the chef and staff but not quite Italian food. A nouveau cuisine featuring organic and local markets. Fun modern farm decor and the staff was friendly and quick. Just a different blend of flavors than I've had before, which was Artichoke Ravioli w olives and a non traditional tomato sauce. Tasted good and not heavy or rich, just fresh. My hubby had stuffed sole w crab and shrimp which he loved. We had no problem getting a reservation on this Thursday evening. With drinks be prepared to drop a Benjamin.

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MiguelD
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date with my two besties

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Farmer's Table - La Mesa is rated 4.2 stars by 1421 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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