The Farmers Union

4.4
1259 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 1259 people are saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCarole
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best fish and shrimp tacos! Really superb. My husband had a brisket taco and loved it,

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MikeD
Memphis/West TN
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service and ambiance at The Farmers Union was awesome. The food was average, but the signature cocktails were pretty spectacular. The fish and chips had little to no seasoning, but the salmon was pretty awesome.

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AmandaV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Huevos Motulenos were great! Spicier than I expected but still so tasty. Definitely recommend if you love spice!

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arvindv
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

great selection of drinks. a bit pricey. lots of space and therefore a great place to meet a large group of friends or family.

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KHerz
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We loved the atmosphere. We were on the patio which is right behind the large San Pedro Square sign. However, the food was just okay (burger was dry and turkey sandwich was average). The drink was tasty though! I got the cucumber and lemon cocktail

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vipKennethN
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

In our post pandemic times, the restaurant was rather quiet inside. The food was basic but the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Diverse menu options. Attentive service. Large portions. Music a little loud

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LuisG
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Pueblo viejo mango Margaritas. Tasty and a good time

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as always.

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vipEvanH
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening. Fantastic food.

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vipLouVal
Oklahoma City
40 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The beet salad is delicious! Beer battered fish was bland but grilled cheese and soup was well seasoned. Great bar!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A nice go to

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vipEdward
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Not too crowded at lunch, great service, great food. Visiting from another city, this was a nice find downtown for a quick business lunch.

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vipChrisB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was great quality, great atmosphere, and service was exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Kelly. Excellent value.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter is always welcoming and attentive. Food is always great and I love seeing the the table busser cleaning with Clorox cleaner.

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Kiki
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike was the best server with great menu suggestions and even brought me a sample of a cocktail to make sure I liked it before ordering! Went above and beyond per usual. Always have the best food and service here, it’s why we always come back!

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MichelleM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always

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JonathanK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner at the Farmers Union. The fried chicken was delicious, as were the meatball appetizer and bread pudding dessert. The texture on the chicken added to the salad was not as successful. Maria, our server, was an absolute delight

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BrittanyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Brunch was bland and overcooked. The hashbrowns on everyone’s plate were hard and flavorless and the fried chicken looked like it had been defrosted and left under a heat lamp too long.

The service and ambience were fantastic, it’s such a shame that the food did not match up.

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TrudyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance was amazing! We had such an awesome Mother’s Day. We definitely will be back. The service was so fast and the food and drinks were so delicious! Thank you for a great experience, during Covid we have not had that. :))

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Flora
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

This was our first time at this particular restaurant. The service was fine, but the food wasn't that great especially for the price. I had the brisket hash and the brisket was extremely tough to eat...sort of like chewing on rubber... My brother order the chicken fried chicken which he liked but the hash browns and toast that were served on the side were cold by the time they reached our table... The server did replace them but he still did not care for the hash browns. Overall the service was good but I probably won't return for their brunch menu again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A pleasant Mother’s Day brunch al fresco. The food was fresh and well prepared, with choices for healthy and indulgent eaters... Our servers were attentive and always with smiling eyes ( behind the masks...).

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a Mother’s Day brunch with my wife and son and we really enjoyed our experience from top to bottom.

The food was great, service was fast and friendly and that’s really all I need for a pleasant dining experience.

Will definitely be back.

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Puck
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved siting outside at tables spaced far apart during this COVID precautionary time. Waiter and servers were attentive, food good (the Baja tacos are big and super filling) and drinks tasty. While I miss the throngs of Sharks fans on game night, it was super enjoyable to relax and dine.

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

Went for brunch. Quick service, delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant! Always love going to the Farmer’s Union! Food is outstanding and so is the service!

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BrittneyH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying The FHU and I must say we really enjoyed the brunch. A nust try is the Croissants with the honey butter! Amazing.... Drinks are pretty good also.

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Maria
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Beef in the chimichurri dish had me choking...I don’t think they knew how to cut against the grain

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TimmB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

For the second time here with an open table reservation we were put in a very quiet back room, that just isn’t much fun. There was a TV and we knew sports were on, but the TV didn’t work.

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vipThienO
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent chicken tenders, which I ordered for my girls. They finished it!
Moist and juicy.

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Eesha
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service was very rude. We had a reservation and we asked for a preferred table but the usher brushed us off saying those were "reserved". The waiter was very condescending and curt. The food is overpriced and mediocre tasting. Dont go here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not good really food was burnt

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MichaelR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was pretty good. Our server was very friendly, though we didn’t see him much (it was a busy Friday evening and it didn’t seem like there were many servers on deck, so this was understandable and not a big deal to me). Our biggest complaint was the party seated next to us — a party of 10+ younger folks that spent their entire time yelling at each other and moving around the dining area without masks on. It was noisy and I wasn’t crazy about having to dodge unmasked people that clearly haven’t felt the need to stick to pandemic restrictions. The fondue and fried chicken were tasty.

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JoshW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not bad, but not jumping to go back. Food was fine overall just not anything special.

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MireyaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant. The food is fresh. The drinks are good and the service is supervb.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

All doors were open. It was cold. Service was awful. They brought main courses before appetizers and then appetizers in a few minutes. So our table had all the food at once getting cold.
Everything comes with fries. Unless you order a salad. I hated not having an option of substituting with healthier options. The “fondu” was just awful. Anyone who ever tried an actual fondue would not be able to call it a fondue. It was a fatty curry- flavored mush. The fries were cold. My coffee was lukewarm. The rest of our food was very very mediocre (flank steak, fish& chips, grilled cheese, tomato soup, calamari).. I would never want to eat there again.
We were there for a special occasion and really tried to have a good time. But it was just... bad. Just bad.

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StephanieL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is attentive and thoughtful. The menu is understandably limited as of March 8 (I'm sure due to the shutdown uncertainties) but the items are all delicious and served promptly. Love the cheese fondue, calamari and beet salad in particular. The vibe on San Pedro St. (closed off to car traffic) is hopping and fun.

Their tent is 3 sided for safety but also does a good job cutting the draft, and there are ample patio heaters.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and food was awesome. My wife order the farmers union salad and she enjoyed it. I ordered the hamburger which was also good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the ambiance since it was quiet during Covid. The food was all very delicious!

FAQs

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

The Farmers Union is rated 4.4 stars by 1259 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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