The Farmers Union

4.4
1203 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Farmers Union is a gastropub located in the heart of downtown San Jose. We boast a 60 tap draft system that features many craft beers, wine on tap, as well as root beer and cider. Our food menu has a large assortment of items with many of them prepared in our wood burning oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • 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 1203 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Empress
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, good vibes, friendly staff, and good location

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CursedwithService
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Keeping with CDC guidelines, tables are spaced quite generously. There is outdoor seating available, but it was a cold and rainy night, so we were seated inside near an open window. It was a bit chilly, but the attention to air flow gave us confidence in our relative safety as we dined. Definitely worth supporting in the Industry's darkest hour.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The service was not the best, although I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. The food was okay, however the venue was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is AMAZING. My sister and I brought our grandma here for a belated birthday lunch, and my grandma and I were drooling over their grilled cheese and tomato soup. The whole ride home we couldn’t stop complaining about how full we were! Shout out to Francisco, our waiter, for bringing us a free dessert when he found out we were treating our grandma! We have no idea what the dessert was, but it was one of the best desserts we’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The description on the menu did not match what I got. It was a big sloppy mess

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. We sat outside and it was really nice. The food was excellent and the drink were creative.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 2nd visit in as many weeks and the food/service was great! So pleasant to be able to get out and enjoy a great meal w/friends.

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CyndyT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Celebrating our son’s bday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great and great service

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MarkS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Nice spot for outdoor dining. Mask on or off questionable.

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Christina
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food here is excellent! I would recommend getting a few small plates to really sample the great selection. I also would highly recommend the sangria!

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vipTomH
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Not memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Ambiance and service was great. Food was a tad disappointing. Highly recommend the biscuits with honey butter.

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vipgary
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything as usual was very good; food, service & sitting outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service! Outdoor dining spaced well. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Completely aware that running a restaurant during the Covid-19 pandemic is extremely challenging. Came on a busy Friday night and both kitchen staffing and waitstaff were spread completely too thin. Food came out cold had to be sent back and many in our party had finished eating. Out waitress did not stop by our table to check in.

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AshleyA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Miguel and Chuy provide the best service. The back patio is great

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vip3atingoutrox
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Other than the noise from construction taking place across the street everything was wonderful!

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Ehern
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the outdoor seating. Very accommodating with the pandemic going on.

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Yummyfood
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time eating at The Farmers Union, I would eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at this restaurant. The food was excellent. The wings were great! The fish tacos were yummy. The bbq ribs were delicious. We had some ice cold brews. Wine. My son had the grilled cheese and tomato soup which was the best! Our server was so attentive to us. Loved the atmosphere. Will definitely go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server named Rose was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the current pandemic situation of course all dining was outside. The street was closed to cars and therefore was spacious, accommodating and of course added to the sound levels. However in my case that just enhanced the ambience, to each their own though.
Great service and great food I recommend highly.

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AngelaH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on Saturday night, 8/22 was served by Mr. Mike, the absolute best dining experience we've had in a very long time; and we are BIG diners. Just moved here from Washington, DC. Mike was awesome, such a wonderful disposition, understanding (we had our 13 & 3yr olds with us), prompt, efficient, and just an all-around excellent Food Professional. Food was great, and we found it by chance on Open Table...what a sweet surprise on a night where mostly everything else was booked. We will definitely be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

We’ve been to Farmers Union many times and consider it a hit or miss. About a third of the time things are very good. About 2/3 of the time they are average to bad. Our latest visit was just bad. The salmon came out raw through the center. The chicken on my salad was extremely dry and tasteless. Although they corrected the salmon there wasn’t an apology; it was just a shoulder shrug. It was very disappointing as we really do like the restaurant (especially the bar) and want them to succeed. That said it’s just too unreliable in my opinion. Well try them again post Covid; hopefully they can get to a more reliable standard.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience, Marina(our waitress) was friendly, attentive and overall brought best experience for us. Food was great.

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GeorgianaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Excellent food, but our waiter didn’t know the first thing about service. After waiting 45 minutes for our food, we got Rose’s attention and she “discovered “ that our order hadn’t gone through. After blaming it on technology- hello this is Silicon Valley- she asked if I wanted another glass of wine . When I replied yes, if it’s on the house, she laughed, grabbed my glass and walked away. Needless to say, no wine was forthcoming. We won’t return.

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MariaS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, followed state orders during pandemic.

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DennisD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The new busboy Nate did an excellent job since the waiter was very busy! I recommend he become a waiter soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite business lunch spots!

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vipAubrey
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome service and great food! We really enjoy eating here.

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vipPms542
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Outside dining during COVID. Food & service were just OK.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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vipCristinaM
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

my union market salad was great, and the beer selection was so fun! I loved sitting outside on the breezy courtyard- just perfect!

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vipsliderwally
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went to the Farmers Union and sat at the delightful large patio area. There is a nice mural there. Service was stellar.

I enjoyed a grass fed hamburger. My husband enjoyed a salad and macaroni.

This is a great place to relax and enjoy Sunday brunch.

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KimK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The staff is so nice and polite !! Had a great evening on the patio with music and drinks !!!

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SJgal
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Our first Covid era dining out experience. They did a good job social distancing and everyone was wear masks. Not wearing gloves to serve the food but I did see them using hand sanitizer ofter.

My husband's fish and chips was big on chips and small on fish. It tasted good and he shared his fries with me.

I had the Union Market Salad which was very good but they didn't have any bread or tortillas to go with it. Large portion so took some home for lunch the next day.

It was my birthday and they comped me a desert.

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vipnicolea
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time. Great service, food was good, the weather was nice for sitting outside. The bar next door had their music on super loud so we could hear both very well, the bar more so. However they were playing good music so we almost wished the restaurant had turned theirs off. lol Would def recommend and go back.

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ElvaS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

When making reservations I requested a booth - that was not listed on our reservations when we got to the restaurant; however, the hostess was receptive to our request and quickly located an available booth. The waiter was attentive but not obtrusive and he attended to our needs without prompting of any kind. The food was exceptional and attractively displayed. All-in-all, a wonderful culinary experience.

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The Farmers Union is rated 4.4 stars by 1203 OpenTable diners.

The Farmers Union does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://thefarmersunion.com/gifts/.

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.

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