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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SP
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was horrible. And $29 for half a dried out half chicken is outrageous. I will never eat at this restaurant again.

BT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit was an awesome/excellent experience. Staff was so warm, friendly & professional. Food was delicious! I had the eggplant sandwich. 😋

JW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been to Farmer’s Table a few times for dinner. The food is consistently good. The staff is friendly. The evening has always been “good times”

KK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was just ok and the noise level was too much. We had two servers, both of which we do not care for. The food was over priced. We will not be coming here again.

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place!

m
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and everything was great! Our server was so polite and checking in on us frequently! The food was amazing and my drink was even better!!!! Will definitely be coming back here again!!!!

SL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was absolutely terrible. It felt as if the server was trying to avoid us completely and only came to check on us once throughout our whole meal (well twice if you include him handing us the check). We would have gone for a second drink, but he never came to ask!! Additionally, the runner spilled an entire glass of water on my friend. That was an accident and we were able to look past that, but the overall service was sub-par. Food was good but apps came out at the same time as entrees. Seemed like it was amature hour on Monday night. Maybe I'll come back on a weekend night to see if we get the A-team and a better service experience.

GX
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Brad, was excellent. How he was handling a table of 12 and still giving us perfect service is beyond me. The food, as always, was delicious and he checked on us the perfect amount of times. Unfortunately, when we made our reservation we had forgotten that it was Oktoberfest. That surely added to the noise. Overall it was a nice night getting reacquainted with an old friend.

NL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Overrated. Service is o.k. Food is mediocre & I've given it a shot for the 3rd (and last) time. Way too pricey for quality. Potatoes (home fries) are consistently oversalted. Tables are awkwardly situated and too close to one another. Neither server knew answers to my questions (soup of the day, Kombucha of the day, etc). Server told me one flavor of Kombucha, came back & told me it was going to be mango, then brought back a blueberry one. *sigh* Table water that was served had no ice and was literally room temp. Disenchanted. I miss Sanfilippo's!!

SC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. The waiters and the chef will work with you to make your dining experience wonderful.
Very helpful for special dietary needs.
Make a reservation and enjoy.

D
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It’s a great place for a friends get together. They had a shift change during our dinner and the appetizer was lost in the mix. But other than that it was good.

SD
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For what it was, it was way too pricey, and the restaurant way so noisy we couldn't hear the guest at our table. We had three different servers introduce themselves as our server, which was confusing. The seafood in the seafood risotto was half cooked okay and half under cooked; and trying to get the attention of the server to resolve the under cook wasn't worth the wait. The veggie risotto was cooked okay, but very bland. Not what we expected from a prior visit. Doubtful we'll return anytime soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and i loved meals . All of them delicious

MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

White Sea Bass was over cooked. Restaurant is always too noisy. Service was good but not perfect.

RL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

This restaurant is way too loud. It made for an uncomfortable dining experience. The server was not friendly or professional. This is too bad because the food was great.

OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Our first experience at this restaurant. Our reservations were for Restaurant Week. Hostess forgot to give us Restaurant Week menus, we had to ask and at the time didn't know they had a separate wine list as well. We found that out when we got the check. The manager did give us half off because of the oversight.
First course was a pork belly with mushroom risotto, tasty and mostly fat. Risotto was nice,on the bland side. Next was French Onion soup...could have fooled me. Hardly any onion or onion flavor and what little cheese was on the baguette slice was hard to find, let alone taste. Pretty pathetic at best. Main course was 16oz Bison New York. It was covered in a mushroom balsamic reduction. Tasty, but mostly gristle and fat. I gave up trying to find a good piece to eat. It was accompanied by and organic romanesco puree. It thought it was cauliflower. Had a few sliced in forths carrots for garnish.
Last but not least, I had the Lemoncello Lemon Cream Cake. This was good, very good indeed. My dining partner had the creme brulee'. It had mixed fruit on top and happy it did as the fruit had the flavor the brulee had zero taste.
The first two courses came right out, the main took another half hour, the ending 20 minutes. Waitress was very knowledgeable but I think had too many tables. Had to ask for knives.
They have bread before your meal, ours came out after we had finished the first 2 courses. Maybe you have to ask.

l
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Disappointed in the restaurant. Server was not that good. Asked us how the food was when it was being set in front of us, so we hadn’t even tasted it. Told us the steak was buffalo meat when it was beef. Ginger beer was $6.00...it,s a soda, not real beer. Short rib was $33.00 with small servings and side dishes were barely enough to finish the dish. Gluten free pizza was excellent and pork chop was huge and cooked medium as I asked which raised my rating of the restaurant.

j
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable dinner with appetizers - stuffed squase blossoms, dinner - steak and lobster, wine and dessert - Lemoncello cake and it was all delicious.

LD
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Could not have taken my wife to a better place for our 44th anniversary.

F
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Our server was great and so was the food. We happened to be there on a hot and humid night and even though the roll doors were up, it was really warm and stuffy in the dining room.

BT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been there 3 times now, and absolutely love Farmers Table, however the noise level is very bad. during the height of the meal, about12:45 PM, there was such a hum of conversation that we had to lean into each other, extremely close to converse. I think next time we will probably sit outside. It is a bit pricey, but my daughters and I love the ambience, the food, location, and your employee Sherry. I have known her for several years, and it was a wonderful surprise to find her working there. She is a treasure, and even when she is not our waitress, she goes out of her way to make us welcome

s
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With a focus on buying and supporting local farmers and fisheries, this restaurant has something for everyone. This was our 2nd time going with another couple. Our group of 4 was in and out in 1.5 hours on a Saturday evening (but we did go early; we were seated by 6pm). We didn't feel rushed either.

We ended up getting 1 appie each and 1 adult bevvie each. Total bill was $222 and change. The mains are large though and to be honest, I didn't need an appie as I ended up taking half of my shrimp pasta home. Highly recommend.

TE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food! Caesar salad and boneless short rib were outstanding! My son had the Salmon and he also said it was very good! Service was a little lax and the noise level a little to high. Will definitely be going back!

L
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved this cute little restaurant!
I forgot our waitress's name but she was wonderful. We could tell she as all waitresses were busy but you would have not known with all the attention she gave us.
The food was very good! Compliments to the chef(s).
Will go again and mybe try an evening as well.
I do recommend making a reservation. Although the tables seem ti turn over fast, it is a very busy restaurant and appears to be a local's favorite.

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy the food and the wait staff is attentive however we seem to have to wait way to long to receive drinks from the bar. This time they were held up because they were cleaning the coffee maker! It seems to take 20-30 minutes to receive martinis from past experience and this last time waited more than 20 minutes for 2 Irish Coffees, Mexican Coffee, and a Latte.

JW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The pizza at farmers table is really close to the pizza in Italy. Not American pizza but good Italian style. I come here frequently for a pasta dish, and good salads.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was superb!!! He arranged for a birthday cake without us asking, was really knowledgeable with the menu and super super nice!!! Thank you for great time!!!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good, waiters attentive! I want to go back! :)

K
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner and drinks on a Thursday night. The place was busy but not uncomfortably so...nice buzz. I tried the Blue Blazes cocktail...OY!, but not in a good way.
Our waiter Ivan did an amazing job and was very attentive.

MC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

What a disappointment. I went to Farmer's Table as part of a party of 7. The menu looked outstanding and the waitress was great, and then we ordered...and just about every single thing we ordered fell short. From the white sangria that wasn't very good to the duck pate with the terrible, goopy texture and "off" taste (that we sent back). From the cream of cauliflower soup that lacked salt and seasoning to the brussels sprouts with bacon that still were just okay. My friend ordered a bacon mac and cheese, but was served a plain mac and cheese (that we sent back). Another friend with tree nut allergies was served the roasted carrot salad after being assured it was free of tree nuts--only to suffer an allergic reaction (we sent that dish back too). I was so disappointed. We spent over well over two hundred dollars, and I don't think any of us raved about a single thing except the beet salad, which was very good. I won't be back. Life's too short for bad (and expensive) food.

G
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always yummy, and great servers, great lunch spot !

T
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very slow service again. The dish I ordered stated the protein was lamb, they switched to beef and did not inform me. Not going back.

K
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unexpected surprise in La Mesa. Will definitely go back to try other delicious items on the menu.

M
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This was my 2nd visit, food is ok, dinner seemed to be overpriced for what I tasted. Cocktails were great! Service was excellent. Would probably return for cocktails.

LA
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice table outside, but comfortable for lunch on a sunny day. Table of 4 friends enjoying the afternoon together. Two of us had the pecan crusted chicken sandwich, another a salad and last was a flatbread. Everyone was happy with their selections and the service.

MH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a good experience. We arrived on time and were immediately seated. However, our table was in the main traffic area and the ambient noise was so load that we asked to move.
We were quickly re-seated and the noise level was better but still required talking over the din.
We ordered and split the DEEP FRIED STUFFED ZUCCHINI BLOSSOM, which was very good, but pricey.
I also ordered the SPINACH SALAD, which I was worried might be too large, but the waiter offered to split it as well which worked out perfectly. Unfortunately, it could have used just a splash more of the vinaigrette, but was otherwise tasty.
My wife ordered the RATATOUILLE RISOTTO which she loved. I tasted it and also thought it was very good.
I ordered the 18 OZ BONELESS RIBEYE medium rare. While I did enjoy the steak, I wasn't wowed. I thought it was cooked closer to medium. Jt was still moist and tasty, but the char didn't come through. The steak also seemed to be a bit sinewy while cutting, but not when eaten. Maybe I just can't properly use a knife.
We were not taking desert as we had a birthday cake at home to cut into. I told our waiter of our plans, and be brought out a slice of custard pie surrounded by fruit with a candle on it--which I happily blew out in celebration of my birthday. Very nice touch given we were not making much of the date beyond goinforto our waiter, Evan (with a long E). He was outstanding, attentive without being overly so or in the way. Will ask for his table on a future visit.
Overall a good experience out. A few things to make sure to ask for (seating location) on a next visit. We'll try some other menu items and see how we fare.

JA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall good experience. Flank steak with pasta, flank steak was disappointing. Tough, fatty, too much gristle.

LN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time.... enjoyed the Spinach Salad with chicken, shared the carne asada torta, all delicious.

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We arrived on time but the table wasn’t ready and then when we were sat it was indoor but we asked for outdoor on open table.

The waiter was super friendly but he didn’t come check on us after the food came and we needed stuff.

The food was good and fairly priced.

The ambiance- it was nice outside but overall it was very loud in the restaurant which made it challenging to hear anyone.

MK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Had to send the coffee back at 9am, tasted like it had been sitting for hours, it was undrinkable. That is the first time I have ever had to refuse a cup of coffee at any restaurant. Waitress told us that their coffee is strong as she took it away and then it took about 10 minutes for a fresh cup to show up at the table. The second cup of coffee was drinkable but our breakfast was nearly over. I had ordered homemade granola with yogurt and fruit and a cup of coffee would have been great while eating that combo. I won't be going back.

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