cheddar biscuits; lemon meringue pie; pork chop; jalapeño grits;
It is a high end beautiful place. Good for special occasions. The ambience is beautiful.
The property and building are both beautiful. We ordered the deviled eggs (which were good) and the beef tartare to start. Both were spicy, but the tartar was so hot you could not even taste the beef. We were very disappointed. Ordered the boulevardier and Paloma cocktails and both were good. Our meals came and both the potato gnocchi and petrale sole were greatly under seasoned. We kept applying salt, but after the (overly) spicy appetizers we were just done. My husband described it perfectly as “muddy and bland”. We will not be returning for dinner. So many great places to eat in St. Helena, but this was not it.
The outdoor bar is beautiful and I would go back again to enjoy a cocktail outside, but dinner? Never again.
Very good food, and a an informed service group. We sat on the terrace and had a wonderful lunch.
You will not be disappointed.
Normally a restaurant heavy on fresh air dining, our visit was on a crisp 45 degree winter night— indoors. Service was great, however, we were a few minutes early so the wait in the bar was uncomfortable. No place to sit and the lone bartender was no match for the crowd. There should have been 2-3 instead.
Food was very good as always.
The food is always good and tough to beat their corkage policy - a local favorite
Our server was wonderful - she had great recommendations - the food was so delicious!
The food is amazing. Great flavors.
We met our son for dinner on a Tuesday night - I checked the Farmstead restaurant website/menu and thought the Fried Chicken dinner sounded good and seemed like it was a great value. We made reservations through Open Table and I thought it odd that a Tuesday night in St Helena would only offer dinner seatings after 8:30 - everything else was sold out.
I called during the day to see if there was an earlier opening and was told to come at 8 pm. We arrived a few minutes early and there was no hostess to greet us - just another guest who said he had been waiting since 7:30 (his actual reservation time) and was a bit peeved that the hostess seemed to have forgotten about him. We were directed to wait outside by the bar. At 8:20, I went to see when our table would be ready and ran into the previous guest with the 7:30 reservation who was still not seated!
Finally, seated at 8:30 but waited for 7 minutes for the waiter to approach us and then another 5 minutes for a glass of water. Selected our food, which arrived quickly and was overall pretty good. Time for dessert after the long wait - and they were out of beignets! Turns out that the restaurant had a festive evening planned, with special menu for Fat Tuesday, which was why it was so crowded. However, the info on that was not on the restaurant tab on the website, but under a tab labeled Events. Would never have checked that tab and would not have chosen the restaurant had we known that it was a special menu and event.
In defense of the wait staff, they seemed very tired and I am sure they worked their butts off for the event. But for those of us dining at the tail end of the evening, the service was not what would be considered satisfactory. My husband did run into our waiter, who was cleaning the Men's Room. Hubby was wishing we had left him a larger tip, as he was consciencous!