The Farmers Union

4.5
1227 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 1227 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipThienO
Central Coast
5 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not good really food was burnt

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MichaelR
San Francisco
2 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
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
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
1 review
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
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!

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vipCristinaM
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really like the Market Salad, I seem to get it every time I visit! Nice to have the street blocked off so there can be outdoor dining. I hope it stays that way even after pandemic!

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vipAMFinSF
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great spot in downtown San Jose, as it as an easy walk from my hotel. The outdoor seating was really nice (alley converted into restaurant with spacious seating and heat lamps). Huge portions and a lot of variety on their "outside dining menu". Good social distancing and hands-free menu & payment.

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ChristinaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The service was very slow and had to keep asking for condiments and water. Food order was wrong. I had asked for a specific dish I get all the time and was told they don’t make that but funny I was here two weeks ago and got it. Hopefully there will be better service next time.

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HayN
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was subpar, wouldn’t recommend. Tried the biscuits but they weren’t true biscuits. French fries tasted as if they had been in the fryer too long/sitting out. Waiter was so rude (huffed and puffed, rolled eyes, stood next to me when deciding the tip amount). Overall, not worth the money—you could get the same quality food at any chain restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Had reservation arrived early and was accommodated early. Service was fast and the heat was wonderful in the tent. My biggest issue was the food. Cesar salad I had was not remarkable and was sloppily put together. My salmon dish was ok the salmon was great but the root vegetables weren’t cooked all the way. I did express concern with the root vegetables with my waitress. I would not go out of my way to dine here again.

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JingH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked this restaurant because others were all booked. However, it was so much beyond expectation! The lighting, the heater, the service, the food... all so amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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ChristinaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parents cannot stop talking about how wonderful their dinner was. Thank you The Farmers Union! My parents don’t get a lot of chances to treat themselves out and it is wonderful to see how happy they were and how much they enjoyed their evening. Both of them said the food was amazing as well.

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AaronH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good outdoor seating option. I enjoyed the service and the food very much. Good drink options too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was amazing and they did a great job with the tent and lighting (and heat). Food was excellent. A few items came out cold but they corrected and made up for it! One of our favs! Best cocktails around!

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Magalicious
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went here for a first date. Service was excellent and with a reservation we sat right away. Our food and drink came quickly. My salad with goat cheese figs avacado and chicken was very tasty. His steak looked good but he said his fries were a bit too spicy. I’m currently keto and so I was happy to find many things on the menu I could eat. Our meal came out to around $72 before tip which I thought was reasonable for two drinks and two meals. Thanks again!

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RAYALA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Cant wait to go back. Patio was heated perfectly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great overall experience. Service was a little slow and I had to ask for a heater.

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JoshB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are doing a great job under the new restrictions. Felt very comfortable and the outdoor setup is great!

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vipYuminSanJose
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came the first day they had outdoor dining open again after restrictions. The food was great and even with all of the challenges of reopening their service was excellent.

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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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 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
25 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
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Celebrating our son’s bday.

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

Always great and great service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They always have the best food and nicest workers here!

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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.

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 1227 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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