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The Farmers Union

729 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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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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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Please contact the General Manager at (408)277.0545 or complete the event request form on our website.
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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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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.
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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

Private Dining

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.

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What 729 People Are Saying
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Very friendly, laid back atmosphere makes the restaurant a San Jose downtown favorite. The food is hearty and healthy, lots of options for picky eaters.

5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great server! Always great food!

5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great service and food!

4.0Dined 6 days ago

Good meal prior to a Sharks game.
Service was excellent, food selection and quality very good and pricing reasonable.
I will return.

5.0Dined 6 days ago

As usual, our hostess was awesome (Danae)! She remembers her frequent diners and was gracious and engaged in light conversation. We were seated at the table we requested (excellent!), and were greeted by our bus-server immediately. Our waiter was not known to me, I should have introduced ourselves to him. He was attentive and our food came out in shocking quickness. Wow!

The food was perfect and they remembered dressing on the side. I had forgotten to request this and the server asked if I'd like my salad that way. It is the little things like this that makes a place, a meal, memorable and makes you want to keep coming back. Kudos,
--Sheryl P

3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I had brunch there once before and liked it. Dinner was a different matter. The food was really lacking. The potato salad was completely bland and unappealing In appearance. The collard greens were very good. The bbq meats were just ok. I ordered the BBQ combo plate. The four small slices of brisket were very thinly sliced and full of fat so there was a lot of waste. The cornbread was hard and dry. My friend ordered the pork and polenta dish and loved it.
Our server must’ve been very busy, as he rushed in occasionally and took care of our orders, but was not attentive in the least. A server can make a big difference with the dining experience with just a little TLC and warmth.

5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great food, extensive drink list and the service was very good.

2.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Maria our waitress was very personable and thought she did a really great job. The food was mediocre at best. We had the lamb burger w/a side of French fries. The burger was ok/ good but the fries were so weird. We wondered if the feta they were sprinkled with caused some of the mischief so we asked Maria and she brought us plain fries which were also horrible.
We also had the Farmers Union salad that had chicken. The salad was competent but the chicken was dry and chalky.

5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great service and amazing food!

5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The service and food were excellent. This was the first time I sat in the back room it was very noisy and it was hard to carry a conversation

4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Pre Shark game dinner. Service was great! Food very tasty! Price was moderate. Would definitely go back again.

3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Typically in th past the food has been great. This last visit the service was good, but with a party of 4. Each of our meals were either under cooked or cold.

Didn’t want to deal with trying to send food back as we had a sporting event to attend after dinner.

Hope they improve on the food side.

3.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The food is really terrible. Think modified airplane food. Chorizo poutine fries were nothing like described. Hormel chili on average fries with melted mozarella. Beet salad was gross. Sweet dried cranberries, overly sweet candied walnuts from a can, uninspired lettuce, canned beets. Chimichurri steak was okay but did they have to dump the entire jar of chimichurri sauce on the meat? Fries were gross.


3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Sides and appetizers were good. The meat main courses were undercooked.

4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We were there for a birthday dinner. The service and food was wonderful! We'll be back again.

3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

It was an average experience. Front house was great, but our table wasn’t set, we were ignored for service until we flagged down someone not working our section, who did end up serving us and he was great! The food and cocktails we ordered were average, but not bad. It is very tight on space and noisy.

2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I have been there recently for dinner for two, and business lunch for four. I have no issue with their prices. But I ordered lunch and dinner and both times left hungry. Food is standard fare. They seem to serve up portions intended for 23 year old girls with a small appetite. Good drinks though. Service is handled by college students so not Top Gun service. With so many places out there, I think I will pass on Farmers Union. I wonder if their landlord is squeezing them so they are squeezing the menu to find a profit. Maybe.

4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Food was consistently solid. Heavy apps and entrees which makes sense for the theme. The flat iron steak my friend ordered looked amazing, the Brussels sprouts apps and the duck spring rolls were perfect. The risotto was dense and thick and definately able to be split or shared as an app. I would have liked the portion smaller and a little lighter. The pineapple salad was very weird, it had maraschino cherries which was gross but the shrimp was cooked and seasoned well. The poutine was very very dry and the melted cheese over the top made it hard to eat because it wasn't a sauce. It was a hard shell of cheese over the fries. I haven't had real Canadian poutine in a very long time but this was not a successful nod to the dish. Flavor was there, texture and ease of eating was not. Our waitress was excellent and attentive. Got the old fashion and boulevardier which were both well crafted and excellent. We got to sit in a booth which was awesome. Overall everything was good to excellent. Beer list is exceptional. Will be back again.

5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

We had great service and a delicious dinner. Highly recommend Farmers Union as a great, casual eatery.

5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Thank you so much. Everything was great and I thank you so much for the booth. I met a friend I hadn’t seen in years and that was the perfect spot to be able to catch up.

3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Nothing especially special, but tasty, reasonable and the right location for after a sharks game. Pleasant competent staff dealing with a big crowd.

5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great downtown location with great food options. I made early morning reservations but the reservations were not needed. Play song opens at 10 a.m., but staff is still arriving and getting ready for the day.

4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We dined with a group of seven on a Saturday evening. Made reservations, seated immediately upon arrival. Kelly was our server and she was fantastic. We can be a rather loud crew. She handled us with deft aplomb! And did it all with a smile and excellent service. We had one hitch, my entree went to the wrong table and they had to remake my dinner. Kelly graciously brought us dessert at no charge to compensate. We were happy and had a great evening! I would strongly recommend Farmers Union to any and all!

4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We had a good pre-Sharks game dinner here - beer and appetizers - everything was tasty. I recommend the garlic shrimp and chorizo poutine. Bill seemed high for just appetizers and beer, but no individual item seemed over priced, so I guess that's just the cost of drinks and snacks these days. I would make a reservation for pre-Sharks game - it gets quite busy. I would definitely go back again.

5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Had a good time . Everyone enjoyed it.
Service was very nice.

3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Good food, mediocre service. We had 3 courses and our plates where never cleared when we finished each course. They took my husband’s fork and knife and didn’t replace it until we flagged our waiter down to ask again while his food was getting cold. I have a nut allergy so I’m always cautious when ordering dessert. For dessert, the waiter told me that the apple crisp didn’t have nuts, so I ordered it. What came out was a plate of hot apples and ice cream because they just removed the streusel topping. They were friendly about replacing with a different dessert (devils food cake, which was pretty tasty).

We came for Valentines Day so perhaps the service was bad because they were overwhelmed. However they should have known and accounted for the rush given that most tables had reservations. This place has been open too long for mistakes in service like this to be acceptable.

2.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The service was good, but the food was not. The kitchen put zero effort into presentation of dull and unappetizing entrees. The pork chop was over cooked, dry and mealy, and the ribs were dry and chewy, when they should have fallen off the bone. The collard greens were prepared with too much vinegar and the potato salad tasted like it looked ... gray.

3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

I have been there twice in 2 weeks, I thought after the first time I would give it a second chance as it was also a convenient location. Unfortunately both times the food was very disappointing ; Crab cake Sandwich - dry bread and little filling, fries were only warm and dry perhaps reheated? Second visit - Risotto was barely warm and very bland. Unfortunately both visits were for business and so complaining at the time was not an option, otherwise I would have sent the food back. Beer was good however.

4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

The service was the best part, but the food was still pretty tasty. Excellent beer selection and our waitress was very knowledgeable. Great place for a casual hang out.

5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

A group of us met up for brunch. Everyone enjoyed their food and our server Tor was great. bartender was ON POINT and everyone LOVED their drinks. We will be coming back!

4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

A good place to eat and drink before an event in San Jose.

5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Wife B Day.. went great!

3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

I order fish n chips and the fish was so heavily batter and not good at all. Calamari was over cooked.

5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Had a reservation for 12:30 lunch. Arrived a few minutes early, was welcomed and promptly seated. Our server was very attentive and nice. I had the tomato soup and the spinach salad. It was delicious! My friend had a sandwich and fries... Can't remember the sandwich but had habenero peppers in it. Said is was very good too. Loved our lunch and service. It was a bit loud, yet still fine. Will definitely come back.

4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Great place to take my wife for her birthday. Food was very good and service was great too.

2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Overall a very disappointing dining experience. Nice atmosphere spoiled by lackluster cuisine and poor preparation. I had the fish & chips $17, which was a major disappointment (I’ve had better at Mimi’s Cafe for less) and tasted more like chicken fingers; my companion had the beef brisket $23, that would have been better served to my dog. Service was adequate; not outstanding and the noise level makes a pleasant dining experience virtually impossible.

Better as a bar, go to this establishment for the beer and the appetizers, like the calimari, for there is little else to recommend.

5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Ate here with my friends to celebrate my Hubby's new job offer! Food was delicious and service was good as well. The prices were pretty high but the food quality makes it worth it.

3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

My third time at Farmer’s Union. The previous two times were for lunch. I was moderately satisfied on the prior two visits. This time, a client and I shared the barbecue platter. The meet was charred past the point of being edible. The sauce was bland, the beans and coleslaw left much to be desired. Not a good meal.

The chicken salad is acceptable. The flat iron steak is probably the best item on the menu. Avoid the barbecue.

Service was decent. The server was friendly and likeable, however there was a large party so the service was not stellar. The location, downtown town, and atmosphere are okay.

5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Good menu selections. Great for casual dining

2.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Our server either did not understand English or did not listen or both. I explained I did not eat sugar and asked him to verify the content of the items I selected - I ordered sauerkraut and sausage. The sauerkraut tasted as if it should have been called sugar-kraut. When I explained I could not eat it and asked for a simple green salad with nothing but green veg, he brought me one covered I pomegranate seeds AND charged me $6.00 for it which displeased me since I could not eat it either.
My son ordered ribs that came with slaw which was so incredibly spicy that none of us could eat more than one bite - nothing was mentioned in the menu about the strange and overly seasoned slaw. Calamari was listed - and we ordered - which as “simple salt and pepper seasoned Calamari”. When it arrived it was standard deep fried calamari with a load of other items, some identifiable and some not. We brought this to the attention of our server and he said “ya”.
The food was not good but the service was far worse. I will never return and would advise against going to this restaurant. There are too many good eating options available in the area to waste time with this place.