The Farm and Fisherman serves modern American cuisine. It's homey setting is warm and inviting, making it a wonderful spot for date night or eating out with the entire family. Owners Josh & Colleen Lawler offers guests a casual, yet fine dining experience. The Farm and Fisherman creates its dishes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. A roasted cauliflower salad or grilled Spanish mackerel are tasty starters. Guests can dine on Gulf shrimp pasta, pheasant breast with cheese spaetzle and hubbard squash or smoked sturgeon.
The Farm and Fisherman allows guests to bring their favorite bottle of wine or other beverage to pair with meals. It also welcomes reservations.
Amazing food, especially for the value. Small but comfortable. Great for a romantic date. Bonus: BYOB
We enjoyed ourselves however, they have crammed too many tables into such a small space. It was hard to have a private conversation. And, every time the door opened we were blasted with cold air which made it uncomfortable. Also, it was very expensive. Of the six dishes we ordered, three were excellent. Three were ho-hum. The dessert and coffee were delicious.
The food was amazing. I loved everything that I ordered. I had multiple tastes going on in my mouth with each bite. I had one of the best meals of my life at this restaurant. Service was excellent and attentive. I highly recommend eating here.
small, intimate location; great food (especially the beet appetizer).
BYO so the value was extraordinary
Sorry to hear you will be closing in May 2016 ... you will be missed:(
Wonderful food. Unfortunately, the cramped seating and general atmosphere left more to be desired.
We love to travel to Philadelphia from NYC for great food without pretension. The Farm and the Fisherman delivers on both. My partner has a dairy allergy and they catered to him with beautiful alternatives. The food and the staff were attentive and authentic. This is a very special place.
Really good service and I love the BYOB concept. The dish was amazing too. Will come back definitely.
I'd heard so much about Farm and Fisherman and my expectations were high. There was nothing wrong with our meal but it never really took hold for me. When I go to what is considered one of the better restaurants in the city, I expect the food to force a pause in the conversation and I want to think it through the next day and compare notes. With F&F I just had nothing it say. It was fine but not really memorable and nothing of note. It was all good, nothing was bad. I can't find any specific fault with our meal at all but there was nothing that really made me want to come back. Of the 12 dishes on the menu we had I think 8 of them so I feel like there's little left to discover. This could just fall under the "not for me" category more than I would say it wasn't a good experience. The service however was excellent.
Excellent service. Food was delicious. This was our second time back and the experience was just as exceptional as the first. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Second time at F & F, thought our first trip would be hard to top, but the second time around was even better. I had to literally put my fork down so I could take a breath and not eat everything in a few quick bites. Wonderful, diverse menu, options for any taste, phenomenal service. Absolutely will be back.
First two courses of tortellini and rutabaga were delicious. The monk fish lacked a complex taste but was still somewhat enjoyable
Was very pleased with this restaurant recommended to me by a discerning local during my three day trip to Philly.
The Farm and the Fisherman was a wonderful dinner out. Everything we had was delicious and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice night out.
This was one of the most enjoyable restaurant experiences I have ever had. From the food to the service- outstanding
All seven of us were enthusiastic about the delicious and imaginative treatment of seasonal and local produce that, let's face it, is not easy to manage in the winter.
Four of us had an early dinner at F&F before a show at the Walnut St Theater. All of the dishes were very well prepared and tasty. The carrot appetizer, the double cooked rutabaga, egg with frisée and pork cheek, loup and strip steak were all delicious.
The service was excellent, as usual. We don't get here often enough was echoed by everyone in our party.
while everythng is good; they think too much of themselves. And there are better restaurants that do think more of themselves than their customers
As always, an excellent meal. Beet salad is a reliable and tasty starter and the striped bass was beautifully cooked and presented.
We'd always wanted to try Farm and Fisherman because it looks like an intimate place with great food. We were quite disappointed. The bloody beet steak was very good. The salad was ordinary, and the red snapper was a very small portion and dry and overlooked, although the lentils it came in were quite tasty. The peanut butter chocolate cake was mostly peanut butter and needed more chocolate. Aside from the food not being that good, everything was quite expensive. We will not go back and if people are looking for an intimate place with good food they should try somewhere else.
One word, excellent
We had an early reservation on an unexpectedly snowy Sunday night, anticipating enjoying each other's company while relaxing over dinner. While the food was ok, nothing was memorable with the exception of the pasta with boar bolognese. The coq au vin lacked any depth of flavor. What really soured the experience was the service. It was efficient, but obtrusive. First mouthfuls were interrupted with requests for comment on the food and conversations consistently intruded upon. In sum, overpriced and underwhelming. One can do far better in the neighborhood.
The setting and size of this restaurant are just like the other BYOs in Center City so the food is the key ingredient to rise above them rest. And in my opinion, the food was good enough to enjoy, but not great enough for me to want to return. The starter Kyoto carrots were nothing special, followed by standard chessey risoto sprinkled with a few mushroom chunks, and my final course was bass that did not taste anymore special than the rainbow trout I bad at McCormick and Schmidt's a week earlier for lunch. To be fair, my wife's pasta and especially her lamb were quite delicious, but 2 out of 6 menu items (her starter was blah like mine) is not enough to warrant a return to this restaurant.
To report on the service, both of the hostess/servers were fine, perhaps a little slow, but one of them seemed to whisper everything she brought to the table and hurry away as though she was unsure of what she was actually giving to us and used her low volume to mask her insecurity.
So to sum up our experience, it wasn't bad, but we didn't leave the restaurant with that "can't wait to come back here again maybe with some friends" feeling like we got our first time at LA Viola, Mercato, or the Dandelion.
This is a special place that combines excellent food with a wonderful staff! Pastry chef is outstanding! One of our consistent favorites!
My wife and I visited TFAF with friends om my birthday and had the special menu: it was excellent! The food, a collab with Urban Roots, was innovative and perfectly balanced: the staff were helpful and very responsive. We were entirely satisfied with the experience!
Our second time here and just wonderful. The food is "cuisine"- excellent and creative. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable. Small setting, but once you arrive, the small size goes unnoticed. Love it!
Eaten here a few times. and it never disappoints. Great food, very creative, very tasty. Nice little rowhouse, can be a bit tight on space, and a bit noisy depending on who else is there. BYOB helps hold down the price, bring a nice bottle of your own. Great value. Totally recommend.
This restaurant "THE FARM AND FISHERMAN" has been on my "things to do" list and was finally completed on 12/26/15... The overall experience of this BYOB rose well above many of its peers within this genre of restaurants. Service was professional, polite, considerate and exceptional... The food was delightful, flavorful, well-presented and imaginative. If I lived closer, it would be a monthly adventure, but I will settle for quarterly visits. If it is on the menu, a must try is the Beet Steak as a starter...OBTW - the food paired nicely with "The Prisoner" wines...
F&F is in our neighborhood. We are frequent visitors. If F&F was far away, we would still be frequent visitors since the food is excellent, innovative, perfectly cooked. And, from the quality and freshness, it appears they are true to their name with local sourcing. Finally, as a BYOB, it allows one to have great wine with great food at a reasonable price.
My wife and I reserved here to dine with friends from the northern suburbs. We dined here last about a year ago. We were disappointed mainly because of the service. We brought two bottles of wine, white and red. We had to chase the server down three to four times to get our wine glasses refilled with white. The server was pleasant. We believe they were short of servers on December 23rd. I enjoyed the chicken dish, but my wife was not happy with the Hake. Our friends echoed our experience. We will try them again soon to see if this was a one time disappointment.
We have been to the F&F a few times. The team always offers a intriguing combination of fresh local herbs and vegetables, supporting local seafood, meat and fowl. Amazing variety of ingredients so nicely combined to bring out unique flavors for most every dish. A bit tight table quarters, and service is sometimes stretched at busy times.
Overall a really terrific restaurant. Certainly one of the city's finest in quality and presentation, and relatively affordable dining experience too!
Excellent food. Competent service. But for some reason, I just didn't come away "wowed" the way I was expecting to be. Between us, my wife and I had two appetizers (the rutabega and the baby cauliflower), three "seconds" (risotto, elmer's egg and pappardelle) and the chicken baked in hay. All were well prepared and nicely presented. The portions were reasonable. The staff was pleasant and appropriately attentive. As a BYOB, you can eat very well for a reasonable price. I really can't put my finger on anything that fell short, but the experience just didn't stick with me the way a meal in many comparable restaurants has. Probably no fault of their's and I'd never suggest anyone not give it a shot.
Impeccable. Loved everything we ordered, including desert. Cozy, lovely place.
Food was very good and cooked well. BYOB a plus
We had a great dinner here and enjoyed the service. Small space, but we were there before it filled up, and I'm grateful, since it might have been a bit "tight" if all the tables had been full! The sinage on the outside of the restaurant is virtually non-existant, so you need to know exactly where the restaurant is if you plan to go there. It would be easy to walk by...
We dined here for my husbands birthday and it exceeded all expectations. This will be a new favorite date night BYOB!
We had an amazing dinner! The restaurant was beautifully decorated to get us in the holiday mood. Our server, Marie, was so much fun and extremely knowledgeable of the food on the menu. All ordered items were perfectly portioned and cooked exactly to our liking. What a great experience!!
The headline for me is that this is essentially a 3-course, small-plate restaurant with full portion prices. Just way too expensive. For example, the "entrees" are priced around $30, however they are spa-sized or diet-sized portions. And, it's not like this is some swanky address or stunning room where they have a price nut to cover. I just don't see how F & F has gotten away with this business model for four years. It just doesn't seem equitable to me. But, knock yourself out and give it a try if you're curious. I don't think we'll be going back.
Our waitress was a bit off, too. She never introduced herself. She didn't ask what temp we desired for the beef "entree". Stuff like that. Not right for such a pricey place.
The food was good, though. Ehhh.
We had such a good dining experience. Food was well prepared, timely served and so tasty. We will definitely go back and tell others to try it. It is a small place and some tables closer to others than we would like to be. Other than that, five stars!!!
Limited menu; Tight quarters; but certainly worth a one-time visit. Or perhaps a second one in a different season. Wait staff very knowledgeable and helpful