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The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex, Essex, MA

The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex

4.1
4.1
233 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located on Western Avenue (Route 22) in Essex, The Farm Bar & Grille serves traditional American comfort food, barbecue dishes, extensive spirits and a large selection of wines and beers. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and has an outdoor dining area for those who prefer a more lively casual dining experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Barbecue
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (978) 768-0000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Essex
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 233 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

233 Reviews
  1. ClarkeT

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    First, the service was outstanding. Susan was very attentive and friendly and she was assisted in bringing food to the table by more staff, also very pleasant. My wife's steak tips were good. My friend and I both had the fish and chips; pretty good although a little dry. Friend's wife had fish tacos and liked them a lot. My biggest complaint is that the place seemed a little dingy. At the entrance, the hostess station was a mish-mash of menus, child seats, and coat rack. Just a little bit of attention there would make the place much more welcoming. And the whole place could use a spring cleaning. A simple place with simple food at a decent price, I would recommend.

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  2. Debt

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great local place. We went on Valentine's Day, as a last minute option. They were busy , of course, but the waitress was incredibly nice.

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  3. BethanyA

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is consistently good, should serve beer on a cold glass though. Service was good, they made our birthday girl feel special

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  4. BB83

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    There were two large loud private events booked and those parties treated the restaurant like it was a private hall. Standing around talking loudly with no thoughts about other patrons.
    The Farm Bar and Grille - EssexResponded on December 8, 2023
    I would like to apologize for the noise volume in the restaurant that night. Those 2 large parties were booked 2 hours apart. I am glad to see that the food and service were good. I always ask what you think we can do to make your experience better? We are a family restaurant and tend to have large parties on occasion. We hope this doesn't discourage you from coming back and giving us another try. Thanks for your patronage

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Samantha was just wonderful, we will be back again just because of her!
    The Farm Bar and Grille - EssexResponded on December 8, 2023
    Glad you had an enjoyable experience. Thanks

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Laura was wonderful. So friendly & attentive.

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  7. Beverly

    Greater Boston

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Farm is always a local favorite. Great food, nice vibe and easy parking. The menu has something for everyone and the nachos are THE BEST of the Northshore.

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  8. ChristineA

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal! Love the rockporter salad, they were packed but were very accommodating

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  9. Mandy

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went there to take advantage of the October senior 50% off deal. Had never been before but will be back there even at full price! We both had fish and chips which was the freshest I have ever had and the portions were gigantic. Delicious cole slaw too. Got extra tartar sauce no problem and had a glass of wine at full price (which was still a bargain). Friendly and competent waitress Denise was a big plus. Definitely recommend this spot and will certainly return!

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  10. PaulP

    New York City

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal and service. Thank you for the special offer for the seniors we appreciate it.

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  11. BB83

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good as usual, server was excellent! Just wish they would add a domestic light beer on tap. IE: Coors light, Mich Ultra or Bud light.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was phenomenal, drinks were amazing! The service started a little slow, but then it picked up and they couldn’t have been nicer and more accommodating

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  13. Penni

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit was impressive. Servers were very pleasant and accommodating. Food was excellent and perfect portions. Try the sirloin tips and fish tacos! We will definitely return.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Awesome food and great service. Will definitely be back!!

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  15. VeryPleasedPatron

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New menu. Quality and yummy food. Live band on Saturday night was a treat!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    They didn’t have many items we saw in the menu which is why we booked. Service was slow. Food was delivered hot. Food was just average. Staff was attentive when they did come around. Very good local hangout seems like. Overall just average.

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  17. janjan

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    No hostess upon arrival when someone came to ask she said let me check and took off and never returned.About 5 to 10 minutes later someone else came over looked right into tablet saw our name and sat us. Waitress was friendly to start, only one refill of water,never asked if I wanted another cocktail just took my empty glass. Nachos delicious Steak tips not chewable

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The hot dog looked gross, it might have been fried? My kid didn’t eat it. Found a packet of silica gel in one of our salads!!. Good ambiance but need to up their food game and quality control.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat outside, love the ambiance and outdoor seating. Waitress was attentive and good food and value for money.

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  20. Orlando

    Greater Boston

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was ok. A little disappointed in the service. We sat at our table playing on our phones for 30 minutes waiting for the check

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  21. SARAM

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You should really try the new salmon with soy glaze and vegetables I prefer zucchini and summer squash to broccoli however, and of course the pork tacos are always excellent

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  22. ThereseC

    Greater Boston

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good. We split the BBQ ribs and the Mac ‘n cheese meal. More than enough food for the 2 of us. The BBQ ribs were WONDERFUL! The meat fell of the bones, as promised. But the sauce was VERY different. We thought a bit of an Asian flair???? They had a lot of games for kids and adults (volleyball net, corn hole and jenga). Folks were having a fun time

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Took forever to get food, waitress forgot to take our dinner order.

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  24. Noname

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and very friendly staff. Food wasn't the greatest we got the Mac n cheese. I would give it another try and get something different.

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  25. PaulP

    New York City

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good was excellent as always. Prices were reasonable. Service could of been a little better. Portions are very generous. Love this place.

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  26. Brian

    Greater Boston

    31 reviews

    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The Farm appeared on a Facebook feed so we tried it out. Arrived and seated timely. Unfortunately we were near a table with some loud children. Once they left we thought the esthetics would change. But there was another seating making me think it was the space that just seemed to amplify the sound. This reason alone will cause me to think twice before returning. As far as food and drink was concerned, my wife enjoyed a burger. We both added onion rings to our orders and they were great. I had steak tips that I ordered medium rare but were cooked medium well. I later heard another waitress indicated they don’t cook anything under medium. My dinner was a “surf&turf”, and I added the baked haddock. It was the better half of the dinner, though kind of salty. Coleslaw was great. Overall, an average evening.

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  27. DameDeb

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was friendly and got all our orders right. Service was very slow (it was Memorial Day so they may have been short staffed) but the food was worth waiting for. All six of us enjoyed our meals.

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  28. PirmiMom

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress, Denise, was friendly, pleasant, accommodating and efficient. Food was, as usual, mediocre but tasty. We do enjoy the place overall.

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  29. DavidB

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The waitress forgot about our table and one other table near us. Then when she did come by she offered no explanation or apology. I under stand the short staffing and/or kitchen backed up but she ignored the whole situation.

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  30. MichaelaK

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The parking is horrendous. If they painted in lines it would be helpful. Once we were seated we waited 10 minutes before our waiter greeted us and took drink orders. We put our food order in right away and made the comment that the kids were really hungry so the server took it upon herself to put the kids’ food order in first so it arrived 10 minutes before the adult food came out which meant that our kids were done and bored while we tried to eat. They seemed really busy, which speaks to food business, yet the inside appeared dirty and the menus were falling apart.

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  31. Mary

    Greater Boston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and quality food at a very inviting atmosphere

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  32. Jules

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our drinks and food were delicious and our server Denise was exceptional!

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  33. Disappointed

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Possibly one of the worst meals I have ever had. I just got the cheeseburger and fries. The fries were cold and soggy and the burger had no flavor. My wife got the special of the night, a mac and cheese bake. It tasted like it was boxed with powdered cheese. It looks like this is primarily a place to bring small children. There are much better restaurants in the area.

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  34. ChristineA

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always, great service! Haddock and fajita

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  35. ChristopherG

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Comfort food. Has outdoor seating on picnic tables and a volley ball court.

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  36. ChristineA

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice menu and specials. Great service, large portions!

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  37. KarenK

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really good. Went in afternoon so it was mellow. Sat in dining room. There were 2 of us. I think we would have enjoyed the bar area more. Still it was good. One got ribs & 1 got steak tips-food awesome. Will definitely go back.

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  38. PaulD

    Greater Boston

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a good time.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Good service. Would recommend.

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  40. Steve

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal and service. Only negative was lost reservation and therefore need to sit at less comfortable high-top table in loud bar area. Still, a wonderful meal!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex using the Order Online button. The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (978) 768-0000.

The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex is rated 4.1 stars by 233 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex

233 Western Ave, Essex, MA 01929

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Essex
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Barbecue
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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