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About The Farmers Union

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.

151 W. Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95113
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Dining Style:
Home Style

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Burgers, Beer Garden

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10:00pm
Friday 11:30am-11:00pm
Saturday 4:00-11:00pm
Sunday 4:00-10:00pm

Cross Street:
San Pedro St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 277-0545

Website:
http://www.thefarmersunion.com/

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

Catering:
Please contact the General Manager at (408)277.0545 or complete the event request form on our website.

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

Executive Chef:
Charles Crossley

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

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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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.

The Farmers Union Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (31)
Good for Groups (30)
Great Beer (25)
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Bar Seating (21)
Fun (20)
Comfort Food (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Business Meals (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Live Sports (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
People Watching (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Authentic (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Kid-friendly (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Healthy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Romantic (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Organic (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Cozy (2)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Pork shoulder with chard and polenta was amazing, such great flavors. My husband loved the pork chop. Unfortunately they calamari was nothing to write home about.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We come here often for lunch and for the Sharks games. They are consistently very good. The biggest gripe I have, however, is the very loud atmosphere. So much buzz you cannot hear your seatmate talk. At times we get lucky and are seated in a table that is a bit quieter.
A very big plus is generally the outstanding service. Tonight, though I was given the wrong dish but they dashed back and got my 1/2 salad with chicken. Granted hockey night is crazy, but even at that, they try very hard and get us in and out in good time. Also, big kudos to the host(ess) as we have had luck with booth seating too. Try the Farmer's Union Market chicken salad - to die for! My hubby likes the beer and their by-the-glass wine is very respectable. Highly recommend this spot for a super meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Casual, Good for a Date, Live Sports
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food. And service were fine, but the noise level is awful!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Disabled Access, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Delicious food with good variety and some interesting options. Mushroom cigars are delicious as is the poutine. We had a great server. We were 3 couples and shared several appetizers. In addition, we all split our entrees. There was plent to share! Be aware the noise level can get up there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Thanks for accommodating our group! We had a nice time and we treated well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

If you want to go to a very noisy restaurant, this is the place. Location is good, Food was fine, service poor. Noise just permeates the entire restaurant, and it was not full of people. Have been to this location when it was another name and had same issues; never returned.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great place. Consistently good drinks, good service, good food.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

I want so bad to like the food here! I've been three times because I love the ambiance and drink selection, and each time I tried something different in the menu, and I just do not like the food. I'll be back for drinks only before a sharks game or something, but probably will eat somewhere else.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great feel to the restaurant- great bar. I was a little disappointed w/my fish and chips. I'd give it another chance when I come back to San Jose.

Tags: Live Sports, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was excellent. The beer and cheddar fondue was yummy. Food does tend to be a bit spicy which I like but be forewarned. Service was very weak. Ask for a booth. Quite private and quieter.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Very good food with interesting twists. Our group ordered several entrees and shared. Each one was tasty and well prepared.

Tags: Great Beer, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Good food and ambiance. Easy walk to SAP Center for a Sharks game.

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food was excellent. It took about 15 minutes for someone to come to our table though....

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was tasty - especially the duck rolls; however, we found a bug in the salad. When we brought it to the server’s attention, we witnessed him laughing while parading the plate around the bar before going to his manager.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Birthday- miguel/michael was a great server! Went above and beyond.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went here before attending a Sharks game. The restaurant was fully and the noise level is pretty loud, but not so much that we could not have a conversation.

We had the Smoker Sample and the Salmon. We shared the 2. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the roasted root vegetables we very good as well. The smoke brisket and the ribs are excellent as well, but the chicken was smoked and dry. The sides we had were beans and coleslaw. The beans were good spicy but overly so. The coleslaw was advertised as Habanero and was as the name would predict very spicy, too much for me (so I would not order it again) but it was true to its name

Tags: Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Very nice restaurant in downtown San Jose, went on a Monday night not too busy-was great for us. The food and service excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

We have eaten here many times. Usually all very good. Not so much this trip. My daughter,whose birthday is was,didn’t get the meal she ordered. When her meal did come it didn’t come with The potatoes that were supposed to be with that dish. When we mentioned it we were told,after a trip to the kitchen,that they were out of them. She would have had something else if she had known. In the end it would have been nice if some courtesy had been offered. Take the dish off the bill or at the very least buy dessert. We will be back but a bit more cautious .

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The menu specifically listed gluten free options only to find our waitress returning to tell us it was not entirely. The only GF dessert option was sorbet.

We ordered steak with chimmichurri that was so completely over salted overpowered by garlic that it ruined the steak altogether.

The salad was uninspired and lacked any real flavor.
I've hosted many many dinners and the Farmers Union... will NEVER return. Truly one of the poorest meals I've experienced at the low low rate of $175 for two.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Had dinner with friends on a Wednesday evening. Great service, a bit noisy, and food pretty good. Nice selection of reasonably priced wines, the 1/2 liter bottle was just enough for 2 to share. Pork chop entree was moist and tender. The lamb burger was tasty too but I don't recommend the French fries as they were way too spicy. The filet of sole special was yummy, as were the bbq ribs. Conveniently located downtown with curbside parking for free after 6 p.m.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 24, 2017

My team of three arrived for a quick dinner after a full day of travel and meetings. The menu is eclectic and has some great options! We shared the duck confit roll and chorizo poutine. The steak caught 3 of our attention, and the other chose the risotto with salmon. Food was pretty tasty, I really enjoyed the ambiance, recommend!

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

When it comes to food, this place goes for quantity over quality. Prices are reasonable and you get very large portions, but it just isn't impressive at all. I ordered the flat iron steak and frites. It came with enough French fries to feed a family of 12. It was only ok, as I'd rather have a small amount of delicious food than a huge pile of mediocre. One of my guests had the risotto and thought it was awful. Another person ordered the ribs--- which were all eaten, but I didn't hear anyone say it was delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great beer selection—Tony, the bartender gave us great service and recommendations! Always great food and drink.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fun, Late-night Find, Casual, Live Sports
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Awesome food & drinks, and great service

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We were in town for a conference and stopped in to Farmers Union for dinner/drinks.

The food is great! Good drink menu and service. The restaurant has a great vibe, interesting menu, and fun atmosphere for just drinks or dinner.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I've been there twice and both times have been good. Nice drink and dessert menu. Tad bit slow, so give yourself plenty of time if you're on a schedule, definitely recommend reservations.

Tags: Organic, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

horrible service. the orders were all wrong, food was cold, the server appeared to be on something and couldn't remember anything. one of the people at our table waited the entire meal before her meal finally came.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We love farmers union. We dine here all the time before sharks games. The quail dish was outstanding and my husbands brisket was the best he said they've done. Two drawbacks- one is the upstairs seating that we were seated at was like the antarctic with the air conditioning blowing straight at our heads. Service was a little slow to start. But then it picked up and our server turned out great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Fun evening -- dinner for 6 of us before the Sharks game -- our waitress was great -- friendly and checked in on us periodically to see if we needed anything. The wine list was reasonable - by the bottle or the glass, and the food was delicious. We started with the calamari app -- light and crispy -- the fennel was a nice touch. I had the braised pork shoulder for my main entree -- so good. I highly recommend that. If you are looking for someplace to eat before an event at the Shark Tank - be sure to check this out!

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Our server was the best!! We were there to celebrate a co-worker's birthday. Server was very helpful and accommodating. The staff around were very friendly and courteous as well. Thank you.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great service. Very friendly staff. Food was ok. Not bad by any means. But not spectacular either.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Lamb burger is like a gyro explosion! Highly recommend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We were on the way to the SAP Center for a show and the waitress was very good at getting our order to us quickly even though it was very busy. Good food, fun atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Such a great spot for any venue, reservations is a must if you're having dinner especially on an event night around town. The food is excellent good price great service and a nice ambience

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We really like the varied menu and the food is good. Wide selection of beers is also a big draw! The atmosphere is lively and the service is attentive. Definitely recommend this restaurant to others!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We frequent The Farmers Union prior to Sharks games and usually the experience is a good one. A hiccup at the previous visit was a confirmed anomaly based on this follow up dinner. I will continue to recommend.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We have chosen Farmer's Union as our "go to" restaurant when attending Tabard Theatre. It's an easy walk from light rail, great service, friendly staff and excellent food.

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food. Great service. Our server kept us well hydrated. Love this place!

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was not great. Brisket was dry and lamb burger had a homemade tzasiki but nothing creamy enough to outweigh the dryness. Apps were great though (meatballs and asparagus salad). Drink selection was great and atmosphere was very good. Service was amazing - just a shame that food didn't live up to the rest.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I guess we expected a little more from the two entrees we had. Food was okay but just okay. For a downtown SJ restaurant we expected a more extensive menu and entrees to have a little more "pizzazz" to them.

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