Farmer's Bottega Restaurant

4.6
567 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Farm-to-table restaurant located in the heart of Mission Hills. Farmer's Bottega serves farm fresh breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner along with a unique selection of craft local beer and wine.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Italian, French
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Hours of operation
Breakfast, Brunch, & Lunch: Daily: 8:00am – 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday – Friday: 4:30pm – 10:00pm; Saturday - Sunday: 4:30pm – 10:30pm
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Phone number
(619) 458-9929
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alberto Morreale
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Catering
We cater private parties, weddings, office events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Goldfinch and Falcon St.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Farmer's Bottega has a beautiful private patio that can accommodate up to 40 guests and the main dining which can accommodate 55-60 guests.

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had a wonderful time. It was our second visit, the first being a larger birthday party on the lovely patio a few months ago. It was a Wednesday and not super busy so also not super noisy which made the ambiance nicer as the indoor surfaces are mostly hard, so I imagine it could be noisy if full. The cocktails and wine were tasty. I had the Farmer's Cup. We ordered the beet salad and the burnt carrot salad. We both preferred the latter for the interesting mixture of tastes. For our entrees I had the stuffed quail and he had the artichoke ravioli. The sauce on my quail was divine but trying to cut up the quail was nearly impossible and I did not see any stuffing inside. It came with potatoes which were not whole but I can't say they were fully mashed either. Wasn't excited about them. My boyfriend like the ravioli, but he didn't rave about it. We had creme brulee and molten chocolate cake for dessert. Both were very good but we agreed the chocolate cake was a bit better. The delicious coffee made went well with it. We would definitely come back to try some other things on the menu.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice people, great food and drink. The noise level was very tolerable.

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J
San Diego
75 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of friends eats breakfast here every two months because the food and the service are exceptional. The coffee cups are kept full. The food arrives hot. I order something different every time because there are so many interesting choices. This time I thoroughly enjoyed the home-made meatloaf hash and eggs.

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d
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been a few times and have enjoyed it, but this night they ran out of our favorite dish, the duck gnocchi, by 7 pm. They had a private party in the back so service was very SLOW. Drinks and food took longer than normal. The server did everything he could to make up for the missing menu items and slower service which we really appreciated. However, if there is another private party scheduled in the future, my recommendation for the restaurant management is to have more staff scheduled, and enough food available so items are not unavailable as early as 7 pm. We drove from North County to have the duck gnocchi so were disappointed. All worked out in the end because the waiter was very sensitive to the situation and did all he could to make up for it.

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S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply Amazing! Everything about this place is excellence.

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N
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting San Diego for a meeting, and chose Botega for a dinner with my lab members. Botega is a bit away from the convention center (2-3 miles), but TOTALLY worth the ride!! The restaurant is great. It is in a very interesting area that is located up in the hills over San Diego. The atmosphere is relaxed and "hip", with tables arrayed at a comfortable distance so it feels spread out. The waiter was excellent - providing good attentive advice, choosing an excellent wine that was relatively low cost and making great food suggestions. For the food, I had a delicious venison dish, and my colleagues had a shortrib dish and a fish. Everything was superb! Bravo!

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LA
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit. Has the real feel of a neighborhood restaurant. Four of us could actually have a conversation at dinner without raising our voices. Eclectic and interesting menu. Will be back for brunch.

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so delicious!! flavoring was on point. Veggies and pasta tasted very fresh! and give you a notable amount of seafood for their seafood dishes.

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T
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant, we go for breakfast/brunch, lunch and dinner, never disappoints! Weather you want Mexican eggs, a great Salad or a Filet- they do them all well. Great neighborhood gem!

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TD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing. Will definitely go here again!! The food was fresh and amazing. The flavors blended so well! Totally beat my expectations.

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NC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!! Can’t wait to go back!

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KO
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Farmer's Bottega is definitely a neighborhood gem. The service is always on point and the food is locally sourced and delicious.

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LM
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I ate at Farmer's Bottega for a business dinner. I was impressed by the wine list, and knowledge of our server. We opted for a bottle of En Route Pinot Noir as I'm a huge fan of Far Niente wines. We decided to eat family style and share a few appetizers and entrees among the three of us. We started with the sausage and octopus appetizers - both were tasty. The timing between finishing our appetizers and receiving our entrees seemed abnormally long (though we ordered right away). No comment was made to address this, and our service seemed to wane from here. We didn't see our server until we had finished our food (Duck gnocci, Buffalo steak and Stuffed quail - all server recommendations). Portions were large. but taste/total dish composition was good, not great, probably nothing that I would order again. We were all too stuffed for dessert, and left with our patience tested, as we had to wait an extended period of time to ask for then pay our tab (despite the restaurant being close to empty - it was a Tuesday evening). I left with mixed feelings. The décor, ambiance and overall feel of the restaurant was on point. Service and food fell below the bar of what I expected, but I'd urge others to give it a try for themselves. I certainly plan to give them a second shot!

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PE
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We stopped in for brunch. Cute spot. Laid back service/it takes a while for them to come by, take your order and get you the food. Not a huge issue, just saying.... The frittata was pretty much an omelet. Still tasty but somewhat lacking in creativity and style. I would go back but I would also try other places.

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NV
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a nice place to dine! Had a blast, normally I like to go out downtown, but this place was definitely worth it. Great food, great setting, great company :-)

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M
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Dinner wasgood, however the creme brulee was chalky

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CE
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, good service, just a little too noisy though.

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F
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here frequently and it’s always a great experience. Whether it’s the food or the service, it’s always on point.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, loved the service. Went for my birthday which was awesome that it fell during restaurant week, so we are able to have a 4 course meal for a good price.

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PB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Def going to come back. The portions, presentation, ambienance were all perfect

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j
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very pleasant

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PK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

The service was terrible. Our waiter rarely checked in and forgot a drink and a dessert that we had ordered. I’ve been coming to this restaurant for years and was highly disappointed the past two times I was there.

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I
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I visited this restaurant during SD Restaurant Week. I really enjoyed the 3 meal items, but I was not sold on the desert. I loved the burnt carrot salad but wished that the tenderness of some of the grilled carrots was more uniform. The appetizer of mussels was just the right amount and quite tasty. This was my first time taking mussels with that specific flavor combination (i.e. tomatoes and olives) but it was great. The artichoke ravioli was delicious and satisfying. My bread pudding was subpar for me, but I am very picky about bread pudding. My friend got the mango coconut cake and the taste I had was nice but did not blow me away. I would not go here for dessert, but I would definitely return for a meal or stop by to try brunch.

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D
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We were very underwhelmed by this place. Sadly, we spent way too much money for very marginal food. For example, the octopus was slimy and the potatoes were undercooked. We went for restaurant week and tried a variety of food- but none were that good. Nothing was bad, but this place is way overpriced for dinner. I was so excited to try this spot, but now I am just bummed that I didn't spend my money elsewhere.

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F
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot. Everything is on point and delicious. Love this place.

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OT
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Farmer's Bottega was a nice discovery. We are from out of town and given pickiness and diet restrictions are challenging for most restaurants. The others in my party are not generally fans of vegetables so the farm to table experience could have been lost on them. However my wife scarfed down the special minestrone, and my "meat and potatoes" father-in-law ate the greens that came with his bison steak with gusto. I had the special mahi mahi, a fish easily overcooked, and it was excellent. Burnt carrot salad also strongly recommended. We ate there on a Thursday night, so lively but not crowded.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego thus far, after relocating here a year ago. Having had both lunch and dinner here with friends I can safely say fish, chicken and beef dishes have been excellent, as have the salads. A coconut mango cake was absolutely sublime: delicate flavors and light as a cloud! The only miss has been the creme brûlée, which was grainy and otherwise hugely disappointing.

The patio is my favorite spot (when temperatures are below 85’), the ambience being more to my liking.

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k
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was so good at this neighborhood restaurant. Charming back patio for dining, quiet and laid back.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not a lot of variety for restaurant week

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PU
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal here- nice and fresh, tasty, well presented. WIl definitely go back.

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p
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely patio, very accommodating with food and dog friendly, all great!

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SP
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite local restaurants. Excellent food, professional and responsive staff, with excellent service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A bit of a wait but the food made up for it!! Check it out if your around the area its worth the stop... each dish was great. Truffle fries, boar tartare, quail, pastas!

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a
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We sat on the beautiful outdoor patio with our little dog. The atmosphere was charming. The service was extremely slow (took one hour and 15 minutes to get our entrees and 45 minutes before we got our appetizers). The food was good but I was expecting it to be great after the reviews I had read. Part of my food was cold and I sent it back. The servers never asked us how our food was nor came back to check on us.

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MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was just okay. It was really loud in the restaurant. My husband didn’t like his chicken. It was dry. He told the waiter but he didn’t really respond to it. I guess when he asked how everything was, he really didn’t care. The decor was cool and the menu selection was good.

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EB
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Go hungry! The food here was excellent and plentiful. The two of use could have probably shared each course and been perfectly full by the end of the evening. The mushroom crostini and meatball starters were entirely different from each other and equally excellent. My duck gnocchi was rich and complex, and out of this world. They could probably increase their profit margin by trimming down the portions and nobody would complain. The craft cocktails to start were refreshing and the wine recommendations for dinner were perfect. It's a 15 minute car ride from the downtown area but well worth it! I wouldn't hesitate to return--and just order less! Four stars instead of five because the quantity of food took away from the class and caliber of the place.

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AM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place ! Probably come once a month or more.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I land in a city, I look for farm to table restaurants. I know I am eating healthy, organic food, and supporting local businesses. Every mouthful was delicious and the presentation beautiful.
A little noisy, but wonderful lively vibe, cool decor and great way to share and try many dishes.

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ML
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Farmer’s Bodega is a wonderful addition to the Mission Hills neighborhood. You can sit inside or out back on the patio. The food is always top notch.
I wish the inside was a bit cooler during these very hot days.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and customer service were outstanding. I loved the restaurant decor as well. Well proportioned food.

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