The Farmers Union

4.5
1304 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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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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 1304 people are saying
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vipSanJoseGrad
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The fish and chips were over breaded and came with over salted fries that were inedible, the salmon was raw (appalling), the macaroni and cheese was okay but the meat was almost inexistent (for 3-5 dollars extra) so very expensive for the quality of noodles with cheese and roux, the biscuits were dry and sticky from honey but the strawberry jam on the side was good, not sure if it was made in house but it tasted fresh. There was a good beer selection and the server was kind. I would only come back as a bar patron but I will never eat here again. The fish and chips were thrown into the trash as soon as I arrived home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drink. Great outdoor space.

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vipGaryJ
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate Outdoors. The food was good, service was good, it was chilly and the heaters weren't on.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wait staff excellent!
Those biscuits are amazing. Amazing.
Will 100% return.

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KarenL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the lovely meal of comfort food outside in San Pedro Square. I just messaged enjoying my grilled cheese and Tomato soup. I was able to substitute fries for greens and that made me very happy.

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vipBeansyG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal on the patio!

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LawrenceK
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Server forgot to put in one of our apps then asked us if we still wanted it then charged. Seems like an error that was his fault and should have been resolved through him.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thank you for the quick service

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lizB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating. Food was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live music and great atmosphere on Friday night. Veggie plate is great and so was everything else. Chef was accommodating to requests.

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CynR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with lots of options. We had salads, sandwiches, and tacos. All were great in a nice outdoor setting.

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Karh
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lots of seating indoors and out. Meatball appetizer was tasty.

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StephanieM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We went for brunch and they had plenty of outdoor seating. The food was pretty good, drinks were great, and their service was great. I'd recommend going. Just be aware if you eat outside that there will be regular planes flying overhead as they took off from SJO. It wasn't deafening or uncomfortable, but they were there and my 3 year old loved them.

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SSD9
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed outdoor dining. Excellent wait service. Food was very good.

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vipHarmanD
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We had a 7pm reservation and were very rushed because they closed at 8pm! Restaurant should not accept any reservation past 6:30pm if that’s the case. Food was ok.

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SteveA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

They opened at 11:00 for brunch and were out of several items by 11:50. It also felt like they were severely limited on staff. I don't think this experience is representative of the restaurant though.

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AlexO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Went in on a Sunday at 2pm with my family, disappointed to find that breakfast was the only available option (until 4pm apparently). But that was on me to not have checked first. Service was great but the food was very disappointing and not what we expected from the Farmers Union.

I had the brisket hash skillet. The meat was dry and felt like it had been made the day prior and sat under a heating lamp. My poached eggs were hard-poached and not runny like I had expected. My partner had the eggs Benedict with hash browns. Her eggs were poached correctly but the hash browns were hard and cold. Again, as if it had been made much earlier in the morning and just left to the side until someone ordered it.

I’ve brought countless friends and family to this restaurant over the years, and though it has been a while since my last time here, I do feel like this experience was just a one-off. I’ll give it another shot, but I sure hope this place hasn’t run its course.

KC
KevinC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I't pretty safe to assume that all the dishes are going to be quite good. The Bloody Mary's are also quite good ... a good balance of savory and spicy. I do feel like you pay for the quality, as this is not a friendly spot if you are looking to dine on a budget. I anticipate I will be back to try out more of the menu.

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DeboraA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food! Great service on a beautiful day! Def will be back! Dinner menu looks awesome ! I went for breakfast! Yum yum!

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Neo01
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a good experience. Service was attentive and gave very good recommendations for the beers. I only wish they had more than just breakfast options for 1:00 Saturday lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ricotta meatballs were so good!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good good, quick seating and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the expanded outdoor eating area. I hope they keep that post covid.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely weather for outdoor dining. Staff was friendly. The food was mostly tasty. The omelette was overcooked but other then that everyone enjoyed their meals. The salad with chicken was delightful. Also had corn, dates, nuts, feta cheese, avocado and a light dressing. My breakfast sandwich was filling and rich. The potatoes were not hot or crispy like I like, but the sandwich was the star.
Pros: staff, not crowed for brunch.
Cons: a few items were not up to price paid. And the homeless problem around the area. I’ll sit inside if I go back.

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TrishaL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, the service was decent, and they have outdoor seating.

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vipNeilC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience dining outside! The food was outstanding! Colin's service was fantastic, as he was very friendly, informative about the food, and fun! Have enjoyed dining here before, and this was our first post - pandemic closure visit, and it was exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful!

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FamilyTreks
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall very nice. Food was good, not exceptional. Service was pretty good but it took forever to get our bill. Which is a pet peeve of mine.

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vipJudy
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good food. Love the appetizers. Great for take-out too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Food and service is always impeccable.

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ElaineO
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Isabella, was fantastic. And food was tasty.

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jessica
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Don't bother with brunch. Not only was the food poorly cooked but the taste was poor as well. Drinks were great, but pass on food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Don't go for brunch. Eggs= bland and tasteless. Toast non buttered with no jellies or jams brought out. Side of sausage? 5 bucks for 2 of the smallest sausages you have ever seen. I ordered the steak, med rare. it was over cooked and undercooked at the same time. The biscuits were bland the bacon gravy was plain white gravy with 2 strips of bacon on it. I haven't been this disappointed in a 70$ meal in a long time. Lesson learned.

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Mayra
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food - our server did a great job and gave us some special treats (drinks)

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JeffN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Brunch menu wasn’t as great as the dinner menu, but our selections were as expected. Our server Kate was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service!!

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DeniseS
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restuarant! The food was outstanding and the service was perfect! We finished our meal with the most delicious caramel bread pudding I have ever had. You must dine at The Farmers Union!

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OldTimeSodaBar
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love the Baja Fish tacos, which are a great appetizer, but also a good size for an entree (especially when accompanied by a delicious Caesar salad!) The cocktails are also quite creative and attractively presented.

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vipSylvia
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francisco provided excellent customer service and it was perfect after a long day of work and commuting. Thank you!

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GolfNE1
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have walked by this place ever since it opened many moons ago. First time trying. What a surprise! The area was buzzing after a year and a half of sheltering. Host and server were very friendly and accommodating (we wanted a booth and they provided). The menu was quite extensive, I believe, with a host of drinks to choose from. (My only knock is the Cabernet wine list is for full bottles. Would have like to get a glass only. They do offer glass of various red blends.)

Salt and Pepper calamari - WOW - It came out quick and hot and not too greasy. It was the best calamari I've ever tasted. No kidding.

I ordered the flat iron steak - medium rare - with dirty fries. Yikes - garlic breath. The steak was tender and juicy. Flavoring was different, but enjoyable. My wife ordered the brisket tacos. That was good. She also had the Mojito. Very minty and refreshing. We will be back again.

Again, the main courses came out quick and hot. We were very much surprised at the overall experience there. Highly recommend!

FAQs

The Farmers Union offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 277-0545.

The Farmers Union is rated 4.5 stars by 1304 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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