The Farmers Union

4.3
890 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Burgers, Beer Garden
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10:00pm
Friday 11:30am-11:00pm
Saturday 4:00-11:00pm
Sunday 4:00-10:00pm
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Phone number
(408) 277-0545
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Charles Crossley
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Catering
Please contact the General Manager at (408)277.0545 or complete the event request form on our website.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
San Pedro St.
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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.
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Public transit
Second Street Light Rail
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Entertainment
We feature over 20 televisions for your sports viewing pleasure, highlighted by our 200" High Definition projector.
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Special events & promotions
Join us for Happy Hour daily from 3pm - 6pm (Bar Seating Only) for $5 draft beers and 15% off all draft wine plus food specials.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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MJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I was very disappointed with this restaurant. The reviews looked great and I had never tried it. We ate upstairs and it was very noisy. This was a 4:45 reservation as I had a performance at 6 to attend. The waiter/waitresses weren’t attentive and hard to get a hold of. The food was mediocre at best. Maybe one step above Chili’s, but nothing to brag about. Had fried chicken, lamb burger and combo bbq with a family Caesar. Price was much more than expected as the restaurant claimed to be two dollar signs. Don’t plan to return or refer.

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J
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been back several times and the smoked brisket never disappoints. Our server was attentive and the entire experience with our business clients went great. This is definitely a gem in downtown San Jose.

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G
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Met a group of friends there and had a great time. Food and service was good, we never felt rushed

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I was not that impressed with the food. It wasn’t anything to amazing. I did not like the Mac n cheese at all, it seemed Awfully sweet. The service was average.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2 thumbs up. Beyond my expectation.

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food at reasonable prices combined with excellent service and atmosphere make this a true gem!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great! We love this place, the food is always super delicious and service is good. They were a little busy but we had a wonderful evening

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CD
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly service staff, great environment, creative menu, huge beer selections

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TD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Farmers Union experience was wonderful for our family dinner. We received excellent service, and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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AG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Missed the mark entirely for authentic southern food...

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DH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My second visit - this time before a concert. It was very busy that night so service was a little off (waited a solid 5 minutes for mustard while my burger cooled). But the menu is fun/unique, wine by the carafe and convenient to SAP Center. My impossible burger was well cooked/yummy and my friend’s fried chicken pleased her. In a city full of great Asian and Mexican food, The Farmers Union is a nice change of pace.

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MD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

great service for a Birthday party of nine. Good food; lots of choices and variety.

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Though the place was quite packed and so quite loud when we first got there, the food and the drink selection was well worth it. Once a few large tables cleared out we had no problem hearing each other over the din. The fish and chips and sweet potato fries are very well done, and I really liked the dipping sauces for each. There is more than enough beer selections to find what you will like, so a good place to go to try new beers.

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W
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a Shark's game night which meant things were quite busy, but having to wait 25 minutes for a cocktail to be brought to your seat was just too long. Otherwise good food and a good place to go before a game. The waitress was so nice that we gave her 2 extra tickets that we had. We will be back as the smoked chicken was superb.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good service. Nice location.

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b
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good stuff- but for proclaimed wine bar, not a great selection. Outside of that , great place.

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M
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brisket was great a little fatty but really tasty.

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BB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy dinner at Tabard before attending performances at Tabard Theater. Our favorite server, Tor, provides excellent service!

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c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The restaurant experience was forgettable. Nothing special. Servere was too busy to pay attention to us. We borrowed a dessert menu from the guests seated next to us. Our server was plenty happy to get us boxes for our leftovers but not to offer dessert or coffee.
The food was very generic, nothing bad but certainly nothing to bring us back. Lobster biscuit is a thick lobster bisque over a tasty biscuit served in a cast iron skillet warm not hot. Cheese fondue is overly incfluenced with beer, served in a cast iron vessel too. The crab cakes were okay but again, nothing to rave about. Fish and chips above average, fried chicken was okay only and the ribs were the best of the three. cole slaw overly influenced with citrus and potato salad was bland.

Brownie for dessert was dry and simply cut into a square with vanilla ice cream on top. Mixed berry sorbet tasted like grocery store brand and the apple crisp had a bitter streusel topping. It was also seved in a cast iron skillet and barely warm.

You don't have to avoid the place, just don't expect much.

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JS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

BBQ was not cooked correctly. Many of the items served were of poor quality or flavor.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Very cool place, good drinks, food is ok
Got a bit loud later in the night but expected. Had a good time overall

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W
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Slightly annoyed by how badly overcooked all our our dishes were, 4 people ordered burgers (medium; 3 impossible 1 normal) all came out very very very well done. Also the fact they charge $4 premium for impossible burger vs a Grass Fed burger is highway robbery. Every year I come back here, and every year I am reminded why I don't return here more frequently. Our waiter was very active at our table until the food came out, then it took 15 minutes to send the one burger back (the impossible eaters didn't care).

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Staff was very rude and actually cussed about how terrible their job is. Forgot orders of drinks and part of the meal. Wait was very long.

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G
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always dependable and a good value. Energetic atmosphere that indicates the popularity of the Farmer’s Union.

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BE
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, but our waitress was clueless. Forgot my drink, didn’t know the menu and brought the bill way before we were done.

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LT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This resturant was all very meh. It wasn't busy at all on a Sunday around 11:45, which should hav ebeen a big red flag - every place in the bay area is bursting at the seams for sunday brunch. It took about 4-5 minutes for someone to notice us in the front - actually plenty of people noticed us, but no one was working the front it appeared. We were asked what we wanted by our server in a reasonable amount of time, but we had to flad down others in order to get items like sugar for our coffee. The food was fine but there was nothing very exciting about it.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant - great service - friendly and wonderful people

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a
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We did visit on a hockey night, but that only accounts for how noisy it was in the restaurant. The service was slow and the food was mediocre. I had clam chowder that would have been great if it hadn't been so salty. The shrimp and grits was really bland, and the pears in my pear salad were completely tasteless and watery. My husband had a pork chop, which he enjoyed, and our son's cheeseburger was good. The fries were cold, though. Not worth a return visit.

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r
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Seated promptly , and service was fine ,... considering the San Jose Shark playing hone game!

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A
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Portions were on the larger side so there was plenty to take home. Service was slow before we ordered. Quick once we ordered. Then ignored after we had finished. Had to ask for the check twice. This is not typical for The Farmers Union.

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G
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Do not bother going if there is a Sharks game (unless you're going to the game). Being right down the street from the SAP Center makes it a great location to grab something to eat before the game. The problem was, we weren't going to the game. I thought we got in prior to the rush but our waiter continued to make excuses about being slammed because of the Sharks game. This was before his section even filled up. Once that happened, we never saw him again. We got our dinner order, salad came with the dinner but had to ask for the drink I ordered before dinner and refills on sodas and water. Food was good, crab cakes, wings and fish and chips. Burger was a little too pink(we weren't asked how we wanted it cooked). It was also loud so made it difficult to have a conversation.

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BL
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good spot to catch a meal before a Sharks game.

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IS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This place is very cool! I loved the set up and ambiance. Very pretty inside. We got seated upstairs which was pretty cool. Our waiter was good, but he didn’t seem like he wanted to be there. He was nice though. I had the Farmer’s Bowl I believe with chicken. It was delicious, although I wasn’t much of a fan of the citrus vinaigrette but still pretty good. My sister had the steak with the fries. The steak was good & so were the fries. They’re like garlic fries. Overall, this place is great.

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food at the restaurant was pretty good. Although I wasn't really impressed by the BBQ combo platter, everything else was great.

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KS
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I’ve been here a few times now. The experience has been consistently positive. Date night, business meal, recruiting events, this place works well for all of them. There are lots of options for different dietary preferences, well priced for the value you get, and the staff are very professional. No complaints here that’s for sure.

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AV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have great food and the service never disappoints.

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TW
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends here before the Sharks game. The food and service are consistently good. I appreciate having a table reserved on busy game nights.

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We loved the ambiance! As for the food, it was a bit hit and miss. We ordered salads and appetizers. My salad was yummy, but my husband's beet salad was extremely salty. The appetizers could have been fantastic, but both (Meatballs and Mac and Cheese) lacked a bit of flavor. We will give it another chance though.

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AH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Eight of us ate together prior to going to Broadway SJ. Service was fast and food was good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Girls get together

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