Farmhouse - Evanston

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Farmhouse is a Midwestern Craft Tavern focused on delivering warm hospitality, great beer and wonderful food in a comfortable neighborhood setting in the heart of Evanston. Focused on the Midwest, Farmhouse offers 36 beers on draft from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. We feature local artisanal liquors and wine, as well.

The menu ingredients are harvested from local farmers and change with the Midwestern seasons. Farmhouse offers locally sourced, pastured raised burgers, steaks, and poultry and makes almost everything from scratch on premise. We are a green tavern. 85% of the building materials, furniture and fixtures were salvaged from old barns in Southwestern Wisconsin and an abandoned factory on Chicago's South Side.
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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food, Terrible service.

e
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

They were pretty chaotic and understaffed for Thanksgiving. Had to wait 45 minutes even with a reservation. Once we were seated, we didn't get much attention from the servers. However the food was very good and plentiful. Also sad that by the time we finished eating, almost no desert left and they said that they had closed the buffet. This seemed unfair because of the 45 minute wait.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Had a reservation at 5:45pm. They even called a week ahead to make sure we were there at 5:45. Then we had to wait a half hour to get seated. Waitress took forever to come to our table, then was irritated when we asked if we could order drinks. For the cost of the buffet the choices were limited. Desserts were horrible. Would not recommend at all!

TT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We have eaten here, just two, in the past and it has been wonderful. Regrettably they have much to learn about Thanksgiving buffets. Overdone food, long waits and terrible service. Expect more for $500+

RB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Thanksgiving buffet dinner was overbooked. We were seated 35 minlutes after our 5:00 p.m. reservation which we'd made two weeks before. They attempted to seat our party of 3 at a table for 2, which was a small space even for two. We asked for another table, which took awhile to get, but the manager was responsive and, ultimately, gave us a table for 3. The prime rib was so tough I could hardly get a steak knife through it. The turkey, only white meat, was dry. There was no actual turkey carved at the buffet. The restaurant ran out of pumpkin pie by 4:30 p.m. It was a nice looking space, but that was really the best aspect of the experience.

JS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Thanksgiving dinner was great other than the under cooked green beans! The pork stuffing was the bomb! Also, the service was slow and we had to find places to put our plates. The roast beef, turkey, ham, and salmon were great! The horseradish sauce needed to be hotter it was bland! Spent $300.00 for 4 of us but I would go back!

PG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff, dealing with hectic Thanksgiving, were outstanding. Courteous and efficient. Buffet was mostly very good but we missed dark turkey meat and a traditional bread dressing. Gravy was used to smother the not-very-good dressing. Rustic ambiance was perfect.

S
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Thanksgiving buffet was a delightful surprise as was our wine choices! Thank you!

PP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had a really great experience. It was the Thanksgiving buffet and everything was tasty and well prepared. They have a bit to learn as far as accommodating the wheelchair bound but given that the buffet service was unusual and the place was crowded, they managed to pull it off. I've eaten at their other locations and the food is always nice.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food- great environment

HL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleased with the fare
Will certainly be returning.

PS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We eat here frequently. We love the food. Just ask for a table away from the windows. It can be so cold in the winter.

TB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat there frequently because the location is convenient. We find the menu has something for everyone. We love the selection of beers. Good cocktails. We love it. Did I mention the cheese curds and pretzels? They make our tummies happy.

S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Met with family for a birthday. Drove 30 miles to come here because it’s got high ratings. There were 6 of us. We had drinks, appetizers, main course and desserts. The food and service were fair to average nothing special. We were there about 1 hour 40 minutes and about to get ready to get ready to leave when a manager came to our table and was very awkward and embarrassed to ask us to leave because they needed to turn over our table and had people waiting! We eat out frequently like most people do now days and this has never happened to us before! It was shocking. We were there for a standard amount of time. Very strange and even the manager must have known because he was so uncomfortable asking us. We definitely won’t go back and honestly it wasn’t anything special anyway.

o
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated promptly at a table we loved. Taylor, our server, was amazing! She made our evening there fantastic. The food was fabulous. We cleaned our plates! Wine tip: red wine should be served at cellar temperature. It was served too warm. But, Taylor resolved the issue. No complaint about anything. Thank you everyone!

ME
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. The dessert donuts are unreal!

LR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Celebrated my mom's bday on a Thursday morning so it was pretty empty which was perfect! Cute EV restaurant. More room upstairs too.
I think I noted in Open Table that it was my mom's bday so the waiter greeted her which was very nice!
The waiter asked me if I was a Hilton rewards member. I wasn't sure so I looked for my reward number and waited til the server came back. I found it but when I gave it to him he said "oh we have to fill out a form at the front desk or something." So in my head I said "why did you ask for it then?"

Food: My mom's steak and eggs was delicious. I ordered an omelette - when you add 1 ingredient you have to pay 0.50 cents each. You would think a classic omelette would have the basics but this order would just be eggs and maybe cheese I think. I added 3 more more ingredients but c'mon an omelette should have your basic eggs, cheese, onions, mushroom, tomatoes, etc). I'm never ordering an omelette from this place. My husband said now this is just greed! LOL!

Our server was awesome but he went missing for awhile. The restaurant was pretty much empty - not sure why! I felt bad asking another server to step in. Our server came back almost at the end (after we asked for everything else with the other server).
The restaurant gave my mom a free ice cream dessert for her bday. Of course, this was a bonus we liked.
My rating is just "GOOD." Wish it could be better. I really wanted to like Farmhouse.

F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Until the bill cane we were not notified that the additions to our salad would be charge with add ons. The bill did not reflect the charges only the total did. The manager never came over to the table after we spoke the the server about this matter twice. Called and spoke to the manager after this visit and he stated that was told about the matter after we left and he can not do anything for us after the fact. Terrible customer service- management doesn’t care about their patrons.

Farmhouse - Evanston
Responded on November 12, 2019

I apologize again for the lack of direct communication regarding your bill. Our system is set up to provide several small additions to a meal, not to create completely customized dishes. We have now adjusted our printed receipts so that all charges are reflected on a check as individual items, not included in the total price of their parent item. In good faith, I offered for you to visit us again and ask for me directly so that I can take care of your next meal, which you declined.

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S
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Brunch with my daughter during parents weekend brought us back to the Farmhouse. We really enjoyed the food on our last visit. This time one item was amazing and one lacking ? The house pretzel was delicious and the cheese dip would make a paint chip yummy. The butternut squash burrata toast was cold. The bread was hard like a brick and poached egg was unseasoned and bland. Was this how this was intended to be served ? It was a disappointment for us.

g
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good experience overall. Food was great--all farm to table. Great cocktails. Definitely would return.

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become a favorite every visit to Evanston.

S
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good; the wine expensive. Parking meters go to 9 so had to leave and re-feed meter.

SP
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I can be discerning when it comes to food, drink, ambiance, and service. And although I rate this place highly, I don't think much of it. It's pretty much what one might expect of a farm to table restaurant in a city suburb -- Not nearly as good as it aspires to be, and lacking in almost every category, but otherwise fine, especially given the other options. If you're meeting friends or business associates for a bite, you could do worse.

k
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid food hearty food. Love the thickness of the bread for breakfast sandwich. Bacon and ham with egg on top is scrumptious. Eggs Benedict perfect and best potatoes anywhere. Service is wonderful. It was a very busy morning but I'm happy we weren't rushed. Really a great place to fine anytime of day

JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

When I made my reservation, I asked for a standard table and we were seated at a high top. Its not a huge deal, but I do wonder why the restaurant asks people their preference if that preference is then ignored. I much prefer a standard table. I find high top table chairs incredibly uncomfortable to sit in, but we did not have time to wait for a standard table to become available.

PC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service fabulous but VERY pricey....dinner for for was $350. One appetizer to share, no dessert.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was great as always. The host was anxious and curt. We had made a reservation at 5pm but the table wasn’t ready and then wasn’t good so we asked to move. Our server was fantastic. The room was way too hot.

LV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great and service is friendly and easy timely. And, they have Hamm's the beer refreshing.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The quality of service in the Chicago location has always matched the outstanding food. The service in Evanston really ruined an otherwise great meal (incompetent and snarky).

MM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Different limited menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is all locally sourced and extremely well prepared. The fried cheese curds by themselves are worth the trip.

ER
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was average and service left me quite disappointed. Went with my brother. We split and appetizer each had a soup and split and entree. I was disappointed when the soups and entree arrived at the same time. So by the time we ate our pork chop it was pretty cold. It was over cooked too. Soup was really bland. Oh well maybe they had a bad night.

K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us dined and we all enjoyed our entrees, beverages and especially dessert. The waiter was
attentive but not intrusive. We had a really nice evening out with good friends, good food, good service. We'll be back.

d
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Food was fantastic. Perfect spot for pregame meal to Northwestern football game. Free university parking nearby and game shuttle one block a way .

k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the food and service. Was looking for a good down home meal in chicago. Farmhouse hit the spot. Great soups, grilled cheese and desserts. Appetizer of cauliflower was not so enjoyed, yet that may be to personal taste.
Recommend you go and enjoy

MT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taylor took care of us and she is awesome, so friendly, helpful and on top of things. We appreciated being seated in a smaller more private room which was much quieter.

K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very busy when we were there with a wedding party from the hotel its attached to. We were never offered drinks. Appetizers came out in literally 5 minutes which left a very long delay between apps and main. Not the end of the world, but they could time better. Our waiter who greeted us disappeared and then we had a waitress show up with no explanation. Had to ask for silverware, plates, water refills... You get the idea. Again, not the end of the world, but a little communication would have been nice. Food was good but way overpriced in my opinion. $17 for a chicken sandwich is excessive. I wouldn't go back only because there are so many other places to try and this wasn't memorable.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Interesting asthetic. Salad was bland in tasteless

Fries and cheese curds were good

Service was good but it was not busy

Not work $60 for three people

h
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We had a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. My spouse had the fried cod and French fries. The food was good. It is a medium restaurant located in the Hilton Hotel across from the Northwestern campus dorms. It has bare brick walls and wooden tables.

SH
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Over cooked and poor quality. Server was very gracious. Get a new meat supplies.

EL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Everything was super. Unfortunately, noise level too: super loud.