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The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex

4.5
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56 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 56 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Can’t really accurately rate food as we never got in restaurant. Showed up for 730 reservation for outdoor seating. Arrived 5 min early told table would not be ready for at least 20 minutes. We tried to be understanding—the restaurant was over capacity given Covid. We waited until 750 asked status was told realistically it would be another 30 minutes. We were so disappointed and frustrated. Asked about indoor seating-it was available but it was not properly distanced. We decided to leave as it was very uncomfortable. The truly disheartening thing is we asked to speak to management never had anyone come. It also was unbelievable that workers had no problem breaking social distance policies to accommodate tables. And when we checked open table app they continued to take reservations knowing they could not accommodate them. It was truly disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, Drinks, Service and dining area all wonderful!

PD
vipPaulD
New England
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Alexa & Kathy are excellent! We love the atmosphere & vibe of the outside dining. We’ll be back, again 👍🏻

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diner99
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fast and very friendly staff!

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Colleen
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried smoked gouda was OUTSTANDING! My wife loved the steak frites. The building is new and beautiful. I love the architecture.

PD
vipPaulD
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Getting together w friends. Denise was great. Food & drinks were excellent. Love the mozz bites & fried cajun shrimp.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We sat outside which was what I wanted from the reservation so that was good but they don’t have the entire outdoor dining space lit and our girlfriends were cold, could use heat lanterns. Service was slow to get to ya once seated and was just decent entire night. Mixed drinks were not very good. Next time if there is one I’d go with cider or something ore bottled. Best food selection was the Mac n cheese. Would unfortunately not recommend.

PD
vipPaulD
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had my parents join us, they have mobility issues. My Mom asked the hostess “Does you establishment have a handicapped bathroom?” Unbelievably, the hostess didn’t know & didn’t care to find out. I was not impressed to see my Mom’s question treated as not important. Hostess couldn’t wait to get back to her cell phone. Your front-of-the house workers should at least pretend they care, or be trained on basic behaviors when dealing with any customer, especially seniors.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a lot of outdoor seating. Service was very good. I will definitely go back.

PD
vipPaulD
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hostesses seem bored and not interested in what they’re doing. My elderly mother asked the hostess if there was a handicapped bathroom. The young lady acted like she couldn’t care less, said she “didn’t know” and started playing with the host computer screen. Give me a break, act professional, you’re the front of the house.

CC
CarolC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Food great. Service good. Had reservation but got the worst table. Hostess a whacko. Flies inside and out. Disgusting.

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DebiD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good pub food, cute back porch area

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy!!! Would like to see the personal size nachos back on the menu but fantastic nonetheless

BS
BobS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful meal, attentive servers, it was a beautiful evening out. Selection was limited due to COVID menu. Looking forward to “normal” again.

CM
ChristianM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seated right away for our reservation! Great food and service. Outdoor seating is spaced nicely apart

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Waited for 30 minutes for someone to come to our table as we watched an out of place waitress bop around ignoring all her tables, watching the band play, hanging out with 1 crowd that looked like her relatives/friends. The table next to us had to ask a busser if there was anyone still waiting on tables in our section. Luckily the hostess realized what was going on and sent another waitress out to tend the forgotten tables. After that it was great, the waitress that picked up our table was attentive and cheerful. Food came out fast, drinks were cold, and the music was awesome!

PD
vipPaulD
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a fun night! We were outside then it rained on us so we moved inside. Loved the Memphis Burger, yum! Had a few draft beers too.

J
Jneen
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for family friendly casual dining or a neighborhood pub to claim as your home-away-from-home,, this place actually fits both criteria. During "normal" times, the restaurant and patio side is well separated from the pub side, so there's no spillover between the two different atmospheres.

In this time of COVID, they've adapted wonderfully to offer both takeout and expended outdoor seating, and the staff does a great job ensuring everyone is well cared for. I've been a fan of this place for years, but this was our first visit in 2020 and everything was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very yummy!! Sat outside very nice patio!!

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ZGLr
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lots of bugs after sunset - should have citronella candles outside after dusk.

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Tango
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and it was wonderful

PD
vipPaulD
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a really good time the food is delicious service is very good and sitting outside was comfortable and seemed safe.

NE
NormaE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was excellent. Great personality. Food was great. We will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Straightforward and enjoyable.

DC
vipDougC
New England
40 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is truly a gem that appears unexpectedly along Route 22 in Essex, Ma. Lunch on the patio out back was delightful. A nice twist on “Standard New England Lunch Fare” prepared perfectly and served professionally. I’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon this place what a great little spot for a date!!! Service was great and with a smile and the lighting ambiance outside was so perfect!!!! We will be back again and again!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice night. Food was excellent and waitstaff was friendly
And attentive

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, delicious food and top notch drinks! The Watermleon Rita is outstanding!

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viptcomb
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Fun vibe! Great outdoor seating with a step up from pub style food!

SG
SG1992
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and overall experience! Would go again.

MJ
MaryJ
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was nice to be back to this restaurant; it is one of our favorites. We sat outside in the sun; next time we will ask for one of the tables with an umbrella. The food was delicious and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so good! Get the BBQ pulled pork nachos! So good!

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Orlando
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and a great place to take fin the summer!

DG
vipDrewG
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were so great and service was wonderful. We will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and drinks!!!

HJ
HJFR
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The Farm is my favorite place. We went a few weeks ago on a Sunday, great food and service. I took four of my friends to check it out last week, great food and service. Last night I decided to try the surf and turf. Baked haddock. Not impressed. So salty it was alarming. Had to scrape all of the crumbs off. Didn't actually end up eating it. This was the only time I didn't like the food there. Husband didn't like fajitas either. I'd like to add that when I brought my four friends last Wednesday, we all got something different, nachos, fish tacos, caesar salad, lettuce wraps, all excellent! Our server was excellent too. I can't remember if her name was Diane but she was great. I think our server was new last night. Felt kind of bad for her. One off night won't change our mind. I'd recommend this place, just skip the surf and turf. Chicken sandwiches are the best and nachos are amazing.

CG
ChrisG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very casual, very good food

MK
MarkK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great fathers day lunch, awesome to get out after the lockdown from covid

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BrianO
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a very positive outdoor dining experience. Employees were pleasant and hardworking. All food items were fresh and delicious. The BBQ Pork Nachos and Fried Pickles were excellent. The burgers, sandwiches, salads and burrito were sizable and tasty. Speed of service was very good for drinks and appetizers, very slow for entrees for some reason, but the server apologized.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam was an awesome server. Our food came out hot and drinks were cold. Best experience we’ve had so far!!!!

FAQs

The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. 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 4.5 stars by 56 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.