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The Farmers Union

4.3
4.3
1457 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Burgers, Beer Garden

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 277-0545

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    The Farmers Union in Downtown San Jose is the ideal venue for private parties, receptions, corporate and convention groups and pre or post SAP Center event gatherings. We offer a variety of private and semi-private event spaces. Inquiries can be sent to events@thefarmersunion.com or contact us a

  • Private party contact

    Janey Hawley, Events Manager: (408) 277-0545

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Cross street

    San Pedro St.

  • Parking details

    There is metered street parking available as well as a parking garage located across the street on San Pedro St. We will offer validation.

  • Public transit

    Second Street Light Rail

  • Entertainment

    We feature over 20 televisions for your sports viewing pleasure, highlighted by our 200" High Definition projector.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,457 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Some of the appetizers were excellent, like the mushroom cigars and the calamari but some entrees were mediocre. Asked for salmon medium rare and was medium well so very dry, vegetables on that dish lacked flavor and dish was sloppily arranged. Side greens on the flat iron steak were drowning in citrus and vinegar and inedible. The union salad was also overdressed.
  2. J

    Jill

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Mediocre food & mediocre service, disappointing, would not return. Better options at Santana Row
  3. L

    Lucilight

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Awful. We had fish and chips and the fish was tasteless and dry. The batter was dark oily and burned. The French fries oily. The use the same oil for all food and it was old. They brought the drinks halfway our appetizer. I wanted an extra spoon to share my dessert with my husband, but I couldn’t get no waiters attention. They look away on purpose so you can’t get their attention. Not going back for sure.
  4. j

    jgrl

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect, greeting, table location, server very attentive and energetic .... service and food prompt. But then there was the food prep. Sorry to say disappointing. The half rack of ribs although lots of meat on the bone were dry and overcooked. The chicken was also dry and it had dark meat too. The brisket was 3 pieces of VERY LEAN dry meat. The cooks need to reduce cook time, and watch their cuts of meat. The calamari starter was excellent!
  5. TF

    TenFeetTall

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Too much salt on steak/fries. (Could I have some steak n fries with my salt plate?) Fried Chicken was dry/overcooked and just plain sucked flavor wise.
  6. C

    Constanza

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and an amazing menu! The service was great too. We love the outdoors patio.
  7. JS

    JoeS

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pleasantly surprised at how good the food is here!!!
  8. YS

    YuminSanJose

    Phoenix

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Excellent staff and great food.
  9. S

    Sheldon

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This time we ate outside. Weather was perfect and added to enjoyment of meal. Good menu and good food!
  10. DR

    DRSAMURAI

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Tried the prix fix menu. Wife had the Cesar salad, salmon and bread pudding. Salmon was overcooked to her taste and came with plenty of mixed veggies. Bread pudding was good and had a big scoop of ice cream on top. I had the smoked BBQ ribs. Meaty and mild smoked flavor. Sides were spicy beans, rosemary corn bread and potato salad made with herbs and bacon with a touch of vinegar. Desert was a fudge brownie with a big ice cream scoop on top. Reminiscent of Bob's Big Boy version. All were good. Fixed price deals were a great deal. Indoor seating was quiet. Service was terrific.
  11. B

    Bill

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were outstanding. Sitting outside was a joy.
  12. JS

    JabariS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Ordered the ribs they were terrible and over cooked and fish and chips were soggy 😢
  13. DH

    DennisH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an incredible destination for a great meal and drinks. Our part of three put together an unforgetable sampler meal consisting of: * Heirloom Tomatoes Salad * Roasted Cauliflower * Half Rack of BBQ Ribs * Fish and Chips (absolutely incredible!)
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the beer cheese fondue. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!
  15. c

    cjoz

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Came for Father’s Day brunch before a show. Decent selection of breakfast items, not too expensive (I got steak and eggs - $24 was good value for portion size) and everyone else enjoyed their food too. House made michelada very good. Came with what must have been a house-smoked strip of bacon on top as garnish(yum). Nice outdoor seating patio on San Pedro Street with plenty of umbrella cover so not bakimg in sun.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Great food and good beer and cocktail menu. Service was extremely slow and not overall cordial. It was basically drop off food with no follow up. No conversation, no explanation of food items or recommend suggestions when we asked. But good food and good location. Just don’t expect much customer service.
  17. AP

    AmyP

    Vancouver

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Very busy night. Barely saw the waiter, but others chipped in. Food was decent. Price was reasonable.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Generally very nice experience. Ribs, biscuits, cauliflower were all great The sangria was not really anything close real sangria - not to mention weak and expensive. And the fondue was uninspired and bland.
  19. HV

    HappyValentine

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    It was our first time and our server was very nice and friendly. Unfortunately, I have an allergy to onions, chives, etc. And asked that it would be omitted and each item I ordered had onions or chives. Also my tomato soup was too salty. We went for our Wedding Anniversary. It was not what we expected. Food had no flavor or that tasty. We will not go again.
  20. M

    Maria

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great meal of small plates ordered for the table…every one of them was delicious! We were pressed for time, heading to a show within an hour of arriving (late) for our dinner reservation. Our server and staff were super accommodating and quickly expedited our meal, without us feeling super rushed or pressured. Loved their menu and beer list! Will return again!
  21. AH

    AceH

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food, prompt service. We're repeat customers!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Seems a notch below since we were last there.
  23. DQ

    DessertQueen

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    As many reviews have said, the food is very good the service is poor. We waited for everything. No one greeted us at our table or brought water for 10 minutes. Our appetizer was served without silverware napkins or plates. One member of our party had his entree and the rest of us waited about 8 minutes for ours. We had mushroom cigars, salmon, beet salad, fish tacos, and fried chicken. All were very good. The outdoor seating was delightful on such a warm night.
  24. d

    daniellew

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    REPURPOSED FOOD! The kitchen swapped the proteins on two meals at my table by mistake, so we sent them back. They returned shortly after having had the same proteins removed from one plate and put on the other instead of remaking the dishes. That has to be a health code violation! Trying to serve someone food you previously tried to serve someone else? Disgusting. And absolutely no thought of food allergies, which I have. Be wary of this establishment if you value sanitary food practices.
  25. MS

    MichelleS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We sat outside which wasn't too loud even with a basketball game going on. They say they are a gastro pub, but it's not like any I have been to. Their menu is lacking too much information. Their beer selection does not include the IBU's, which tells you how hoppy a beer is. The waiter did not seem to be familiar with the beer menu, and lack of information made selection difficult at best. The Share plates did not give you any idea of portion size, so it is difficult to know how much to order, so everyone can have a taste. Most of the food we ordered was good, but nothing special. The one dish I would NOT recommend is the Mushroom cigars. They are not described, but we all love mushrooms so we gave them a try. The biscuits were dry, but the honey butter helped a lot. The ribs, brisket, and grilled cheese with soup were all enjoyed. Our waiter did not wear a mask, I think they all should in the food industry.
  26. EB

    ElizabethB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience—loved the food and the waitstaff were excellent. Convenient parking too—we’ll go back again.
  27. JV

    JoeV

    Las Vegas

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    We were a party of 6 with reservations through OpenTable, so seating was pretty easy. We ordered drinks and eventually, a few appetizers & dinner… so far, so good. As we weren’t in a big hurry, the time for seeing our server never seemed to be an issue. After ordering, getting drinks and the appetizers, dinner came out at just a little later than expected, but not noticeable. Had the following issues not occurred, I wouldn’t have even given it a second thought. Two in the party both ordered the fish & chips. When the food arrived, 5 of us received our food, with 1 order of the fish & chips arriving, but the 6th person in our party didn’t receive his. For the one that did arrive, the fish was ‘warm’ at best, and the French fries were lukewarm at best. After several minutes passed (~8 min?) as we ate, expecting our colleague’s food to arrive, it didn’t so I had to get up and find our server to get him to come to our table. We conveyed the issues about the lukewarm food as well as the missing food. It was still some time before the missing food arrived, while most of us were well past the halfway point of eating our food… and while his fish was warmer, the fries were still just sorta warm… by the time the replacement plate came for our other colleague, we had all finished our meals by then. There wasn’t much of any attempt to apologize for any of this… I asked to speak with the Manager, but was told he was too busy to speak with me.. so the hostess asked me if I wanted to call him tomorrow.. I told her that I had done enough work, as a customer, and that it should be the Manager calling me… I then gave her my contact info. The bill came, no corrections for the issues, we paid and left. I have taken clients here, but not sure if I will in the future. We left another establishment where the service was good to go there, but that seemed to be a mistake. I’ll be curious to see if the Manager calls me or not.
  28. AS

    AngS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! We were there for brunch. I had the brisket hash and my sister had the Machaca Nortena. Both were very good. We also had the Paloma Negra which was quite delicious as well. Next time, I'll go for dinner!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Pretty sure the server forgot our table was in his section. We were seated upstairs right outside the private room and it was extremely loud in that area. Food was great, and we will definitely be back!
  30. J

    Jeanine

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Fish n chips and kids meal portions are large! The fondue was delicious.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was just great. She told us she loves serving people and it showed in her attitude. We had lovely time and great food. Thank you for having us.
  32. SI

    SIW713

    San Diego

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Farmers Union never fails when it comes to excellent service and food. We started with the delicious biscuits and brisket tacos, by far 2 of our favorite apps. We chose to stay light at dinner and went with a classic wedge (great size) and I chose the smaller version of the beet salad, more than enough. Full of a variety of beets.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location and ambiance. Outside terrace right at the entrance of San Pedro Square. Food and servicd was excellent for the value.
  34. GA

    GilAprille

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor dining on the plaza with choice of delicious beverage!
  35. JR

    JRL7

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Service was very slow and the food was all mediocre. In our party of 4, no one enjoyed their meal.
  36. YS

    YuminSanJose

    Phoenix

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service as always
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Good Beer, Terrible food.
  38. LA

    LALouiseB

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Nice little outdoor patio but the food quality was pretty poor. The brunch fried chicken was like a piece of runner - basically inedible. Eggs benedict was tasty but almost cold when it was served.
  39. e

    etcetc

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Everything could have been great - but the service ruined the experience- it was awful.
  40. MJ

    MarettaJ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice seating outside. Food was great. Had the salmon. Waiter was attentive.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

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

The Farmers Union is rated 4.3 stars by 1457 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The Farmers Union

151 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    San Pedro St.

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Burgers, Beer Garden

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is metered street parking available as well as a parking garage located across the street on San Pedro St. We will offer validation.

  • Public transit

    Second Street Light Rail

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    We feature over 20 televisions for your sports viewing pleasure, highlighted by our 200" High Definition projector.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (408) 277-0545

  • Private party facilities

    The Farmers Union in Downtown San Jose is the ideal venue for private parties, receptions, corporate and convention groups and pre or post SAP Center event gatherings. We offer a variety of private and semi-private event spaces. Inquiries can be sent to events@thefarmersunion.com or contact us a

  • Private party contact

    Janey Hawley, Events Manager: (408) 277-0545

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