The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex

4.6
107 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 107 people are saying
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4.6
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Exit18
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and friendly as always. Fried haddock and baked salmon with quinoa was amazing! Have never been disappointed with anything at this restaurant, it's definitely one of our favorites. Go!

The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex
Responded 9 hours ago

Thank you so much! We appreciate you as a customer and are happy to hear all the nice things you said about us!

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Ejr61
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

I’ve been in the industry my whole life. Probably the most inedible food I’ve had in a long time. Soggy wings, flatbread smothered in gross cheese, jalapeño poppers over fried w more questionable cheese , onion wings over fried. We ate one piece of each item and left the rest. Server was good. When food is this bad.... what’s the use of complaining, just won’t go back.

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GeorgeS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lots of choices on the menu. Great service. We enjoyed our time.

The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much! So happy to know you enjoyed your time here!

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rosieeatsout
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

While it was Mother's Day, the restaurant was not very busy. After waiting 20 minutes, we had to request service and the server wasn't especially friendly, didn't introduce herself, etc. Anyway, we waited a while for drinks and upon delivery of our meals, the food was not cooked well, soggy asparagus, raw fish. The deserts were the best part of the meal. Delicious churros and chocolate lava cake.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! I was looking for a fun place to have lunch and catch up with a friend. Couldn’t have chosen a better restaurant. Great menu with lots of choices for reasonable prices. I would definitely go back!

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Beverly
New England
22 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Farm has great food at reasonable prices and a nice outdoor eating area in the back. The nachos, BBQ, and sandwiches are all solid choices. They have a nice choice of craft beers available

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place to enjoy a nice Spring day! Food was tasty, beer was cold and service was friendly!

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DebbyS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the quesadilla which was so good. Fish tacos delicious and love that you could get the fish grilled not fried! Will definitely go back.

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vipkareng
New England
22 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Your basic pub. Not a lot to write about. Outdoor seating but didn't look like there were any heaters out there.

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SusanO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Outdoor area looks like a great place

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ChristianH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A very short drive from the busy village center of Essex. Ample free parking. Nice rustic decor. Food is very good. Ahi Tuna Burger was amazing. Hamburgers are the best around. The steak tip salad is awesome. A+ service.

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We are regulars at The Farm and consistently enjoy excellent service, but this time we experienced some attitude from our server and were rushed from the moment we were seated. Our server was pushing us to order our entrees even before our appetizer was delivered. We felt like our server didn’t want to deal with us. Every visit to our table was quick and abrupt. It was obvious to us that our server didn’t want anything to do with us that day.

We’re really hoping for a more positive experience next time we visit.

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Parents “breakout party” after being inside for a year!
Alexis placed us at a nice table partially in the sun. Our server was excellent, food was delicious. Please get more Maine Brewing “Lunch” on tap.

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JudyM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service. Felt very safe eating during Covid. And they honored my request for seating, in a booth in front of the fireplace.

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Alexis did a great job!

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Stephanie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very casual but great food and drinks, we definitely will go again.

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Jneen
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is home away from home for me. Comfortable farmhouse vibe in both the dining and bar areas with a huge outdoor patio and yard in season.

We chose pub seating and everything was exactly as expected, service was above and beyond.

Highly recommended!

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BrentG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Tuna appetizer was AMAZING!! The cosmopolitan was superb and the Ipswich IPA was delicious. We split the fish tacos (broiled) and they were DELICIOUS!!!! And to top it off, we had the Strawberry Shortcake for dessert - and HOLY COW was it phenomenal.. If we had known - we would have had dessert twice and skipped dinner!!!

Second time there and it won't be the last.

Brent Gebel
Boxford, MA

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vipValMccaff
New England
28 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite waitress Denise made us feel welcome and at home!

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ScottW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently great food and innovative drink specials. Bar food yes, but a whole lot more. You will not be disappointed.

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Exit18
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent comfort food with good size portions. Everything we ordered tasted super fresh.

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vipLynneB
New England
196 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my husband and my first time at The Farm Bar and Grille. I was very impressed as our Server seemed to have her hands full waiting on many tables but was attentive to us. In addition, the Manager who stopped by our table to bring out something to our table made a comment that next time she will have to give us a bigger table as that was my only negativity as we ordered many different appetizers and side dishes, as well as a sandwich and our table, was truthfully to small. I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be dining there in the near future.

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vipbabs
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always fun at farm!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. One of my favorite restaurants. The wait staff is the best, food & drinks are great.

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Ian is excellent, took good care of us. Outside dining is getting chilly, but we’re still able to sit outside, thank you!

My rewards points continue to not make it to my account, which leads to phone calls to the manager. Jayna always rectifies the situation, which is appreciated.

The specials & beer list should be updated to reflect what is not available. I’m often informed that my choices are not available, after looking at the menu.

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice time!

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vipSheilaG
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and fun! We will be back.

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janicec
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, very clean and spaced appropriately and we had an awesomely positive server that kept us smiling!

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Thank you again for having outside dining and for having staff willing to go out into the chilly temperatures to serve us. Andriana was excellent as usual. The only issue we had was that there were absolutely NO specials available, not even one, though were were given the “Specials” menu. Kind of disappointing but not a big deal. We’ll be back soon!

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vipValMccaff
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great”local”:friendly with great fresh food and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at the farm. Food is amazing !! So is the staff ❤️

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vipValMccaff
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So comfortable!

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you for having Outside Dining!
Alexis is very welcoming and pleasant at the front desk.
Andriana was excellent, didn’t miss anything! Love the food, beer selection, and patio.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Farm is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always great. It’s very comfortable and the service is excellent. We will be back again & again.

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had a great time outside dining! Ian took good care of us.

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MichaelM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and good service.

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thanks for having outside dining!!! Good value overall. Adriana was excellent. Kathy & Alexis are very nice!

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We’re outside dining as long as possible

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was good. Food came fast. Still felt crowded in bar area.

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joeS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere and super service . Excellent out door dining in a comfortable setting. Always enjoy visiting. You get generous portions and almost always end up with a good size doggy bag.

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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 4.6 stars by 107 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.