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The Farmers Union

4.4
4.4
1427 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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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

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What 1,427 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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  1. SI

    SIW713

    San Francisco

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  3. GA

    GilAprille

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great outdoor dining on the plaza with choice of delicious beverage!

  4. 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.

  5. YS

    YuminSanJose

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service as always

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Good Beer, Terrible food.

  7. LA

    LALouiseB

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 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.

  8. e

    etcetc

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

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

  9. MJ

    MarettaJ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  10. W

    Weld4

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very friendly staff, great service. Food and drinks were excellent.

  11. MD

    MauraD

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2

    The Farmer's Union has good food from a varied menu and big portions. Service is terrific. What the restaurant lacks is atmosphere. It is very basic table and chairs w/big bar in the center. Lunch service is quick, efficient and appreciated. Perhaps sitting outside is a better option.

  12. NC

    NCVisitor

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Business dinner - good location from office - not too busy - but sound does carry a little bit. Server was attentive, but ease of language seems to have caused a little delay in ordering. The food was very good. Ribs were nicely smoked, but a little dry. Sauce is provided, but those not wanting sugar - was not used. Would definitely return for future dinning experiences.

  13. GN

    GlenN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Not cheap, but fine to good food in an attractive place.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The place was very nice to go to and very convenient, I very much enjoyed it as well and would definitely recommend other people to go here to.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome waitress- Isabella. Food and portions excellent. Price was reasonable

  16. k

    kadidiac

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    We chose to sit outside because this place is truly loud inside. I think the one suggestion is have for management is to consider some noise dampening installations on the ceiling for example. Anyway - we love the food here. Outside was cold but heaters were available. But we did have to ask twice for one. The food was great, service a bit lacking and slow.

  17. P

    Phil

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Food was nice, portion sizes were good, and the manager was very friendly. The space is well-lit and it wasn't too crowded on a weekend evening. But servers were not very attentive and we had to wait and wait before someone took our order, and then wait again for the someone to bring us the check. Maybe they were short-staffed that day?

  18. GP

    GaryP

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Nice menu and food, good service and moderate prices.

  19. CE

    ChristinaE

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Jumped the shark! This used to be our go to place to eat great food before concerts. No longer. The food was horrible, like eating at a ballpark. The service was so bad it was actually used as a teaching moment for a server who brought out all our food ( appetizers and entrees) at the same time before we even got our cocktails. When we asked our server to take the food back until we were done with our apps she refused. Too bad. Used to be great food.

  20. B

    Bemo

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice pre-Sharks game meal, good food and beer, quick and efficient service, got us out in time for the game.

  21. MP

    MPster

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The Farmers Union was a good experience, but not great. The food was all right. Not out of this world, and missing some actual flavor. The prices seemed on the higher side for what we got. We sat outside and our service was outstanding! Unfortunately, when you sit outside in downtown San Jose, you're going to be experiencing all kinds of noise: fire trucks, yelling from the folks on the sidewalk, construction on a patio down the way, and cars racing by. It is what it is. Overall, not sure I'd recommend it or go back again.

  22. L

    Loreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for dinner before a Sharks game. We had reservations and were seated quickly. The service was spectacular especially with the hectic game crowd. The food and drinks were delicious as always. Its our go to place before the game. I highly recommend

  23. w

    wbeeman

    San Francisco

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    The Farmers Union is a restaurant we visit largely for convenience when going to events in Downtown San Jose. It has reliably decent food, though the menu is quite limited and never changes. The restaurant has a somewhat challenging task trying to walk a fine line between hockey fans who go for beer and burgers, and something that faintly hints at fine dining. For example, last night their "chef's special" was a Reuben sandwich--probably OK, but hardly very special. We have a few menu items that we can happily eat with some modification. The barbecue is reliably good, but the accompanying sides are a plate of starches, which we don't eat. The restaurant does have a good vegetable platter from which we can make substitutions (last night there were tasty baby squash and asparagus--very welcome), and the restaurant is accommodating in this way. Salmon--the only fish on the entrée menu--is good and well prepared. The beet salad is also good. The list of wines by the glass is quite limited, running to "blends" rather than true varietals, and the prices are a dollar or two over what one would expect. An expansion of the menu would be welcome, but the hockey bros would probably not go for anything more elaborate. One problem at the restaurant is the highly variable service. The waitstaff is invariably good natured and solicitous, but they are not well trained. Orders come out at random. Things are often missing from the table. They also appear to be understaffed. The kitchen backs up when there is a big crowd, and the waitstaff appears to be stressed trying to get food to the patrons in time for sports or theater events. We have always been able to enjoy dinner here with some work and menu modification and tolerance of the variable service, and we will return because of the convenience of the location, but the restaurant could really make an effort to improve both the menu and their service, which would please us certainly, and might even help the hockey fans.

  24. T

    Tommy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We ate outside on the closed section of San Pedro St and it was lovely. The noise level in the restaurant was quite loud but outside we only had to deal with the occasionally loud traffic on Santa Clara St. Parking was a breeze as the public garage is on the same block. The wait staff were very attentive. Pricing was about right for the food purchased. I highly recommend the Farmers Union restaurant.

  25. KG

    KeithG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Great location, like the vibe, good menu choices, food was great, but unfortunately, the service may have been the worst I have ever experienced. There were four of us who ordered a beer, salads as a starter, followed by a main dish. Wrong beers...twice, one salad served followed some time later by 3 of the main courses, followed some time later by another salad, 3 people now had salads and main courses while the 4th person had nothing, some time later the final salad was served and when 3 of the 4 people had completely finished eating, the 4th main course was brought. Reason given, "the kitchen got slammed". No follow up from server unless asked (food and drink brought by other servers) and no real ownership of the whole situation. Very disappointing experience!

  26. A

    Ayala408ale

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2

    Crowed wasn’t too diverse. 2 couples that got there after us were getting their appetizers before us. The server who was bringing out the food kept giving people wrong orders. When our finally came out she spilled half the fries on the table. The drinks were pretty bad as well. However the food was good.

  27. TP

    TPCCal43

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Food is not up to par with the past. The cocktails were tasty and the service was pleasant.

  28. K

    Katie

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1

    The restaurant seated us 30min before the kitchen was to close (we had reservations) so we felt very rushed. They shouldn’t have reservations that late if they’re closing so soon after.

  29. GO

    GOFDFGO

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We had the shrimp appetizer and it was awesome! I had the fish as an entree and it was over cooked as were the fries. The drinks were very good, the service was ok once he realized we were there and the value was acceptable. I wouldn’t eat there again.

  30. BA

    BenjaminA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible restaurant featuring hearty portions. I was a little worried about the amount of food considering it’s a pretty trendy restaurant, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much food I got. I can’t wait to come back.

  31. k

    kora

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Occasionally items on the menu will not be available. Also the food quality is not consistent. We've ordered same food on multiple occasions and had best of the best and worst of the worst experience. I don't know why we still go here :|

  32. LE

    Live2Eat

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our service was excellent and timely! The food was good and there’s plenty of options for even picky eaters.

  33. b

    bayareags

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    I had a great brunch here with some friends. We sat outside on Sunday morning - it was a little noisy but was over all very pleasant and the food was great.

  34. JY

    JoshY

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there after a Sharks game. Place is beautiful, food is great, and service is quick. The fondue is amazing!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Went there before a concert. Food and drinks were great! It is a little noisy, but not a major problem.

  36. BB

    BethB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    The place is lovely, the menu unique and the service is good. We were spaced out in the restaurant so it was sad that we were put in a section with a large crowd. Therefore the 3 of us had a difficult time hearing each other. The party was loud because there were so many of them.

  37. WO

    WONderwoman

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    The fondue was really good and you can't really mess up a wedge salad. The fish tacos were so fishy I could not eat it, and its pricy there as well. Service was great, but for the price and quality I think we will eat elsewhere next time.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great! Food arrived very quickly, and was nicely presented

  39. AE

    AngieE

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just an amazing experience. We are traveling from out of town and saw wonderful reviews online. It did not disappoint! The meatballs and the fondue from the appetizers were DELISH. For our entrees, we ordered the smoked brisket and the fried chicken. The crisp on the chicken was perfect and light! The get out potatoes and like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Total Yum! We order the bottle of “The Prisoners”. Such a great blend. Recommend this restaurant to everyone. We will eat here again when we return.

  40. L

    Lawrence

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Small beet salad was huge and delicious. But too big for a side. Flat iron is a favorite cut and I never had a bad one until I came here. It was unchewable. After 3 attempted bites I had it boxed. Got home and found out my medium rare was borderline raw. Couldn't see that in the dim light. No wonder it was unchewable. Meat needs to be cooked.

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

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

The Farmers Union is rated 4.4 stars by 1427 OpenTable diners.

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

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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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