Mon. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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- Good for:
- Breakfast, Lunch
126 reviews for farm:table
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San Francisco, CA
This place is simply charming. A cute and quaint spot with one little table and a couple tables outside.
The concept is brilliantly simple and pure - fresh, seasonal food with a homemade kiss. And as annoying as it may be that they don't carry non-fat milk for their coffee drinks, you have to give some credit for staying true to their values through and through. (a little whole milk won't kill ya.)
I enjoyed a warm Appalachian cheese and dijon sandwich today. Nothing fancy schmancy - but lovely and wholesome. The bread is exceptionally fresh - warm and soft on the inside, crunchy and wholesome on the outside. I also stole some bites of the farro salad with root vegetables, that was amazing as well. Crisp and savory.
You can't help but like this place. It makes the world feel like there's lots of good people and things in it.
San Francisco, CA
I stopped in for a coffee because I was visiting some friends and was immediately greeted by both some very nice women behind the counter and the smell off eggs. It didn't do much for my appetite but I wanted the caffeine none the less. I ordered a latte which was made with what appeared to be care but could have been autism.
I enjoyed the product quite a bit and would certainly have some of that goodness again but if the tiny little sitting are always has an egg odor I would have to sit outside or get it to go or have somebody get my drink for me.
So . . . nice people, satisfying beverage, small space, funky smell
Disclaimer: This review was written by a girl who doesn't feel comfortable dining at a table with her own family, much less a group of strangers.
Of the two inviting options, I chose the hard-boiled eggs + chutney on very thick, hard-to-cut slices of bread. While we ate, pieces of egg and bread crust flew in the air around the square communal table, and no diner emerged unscathed. The almond butter + nectarines on wheat toast was a little easier to eat, but definitely still messy.
I wouldn't bring a date here. In fact, I ain't coming back until I'm settled in a relationship and no longer need my boyfriend to find me sexually desirable.
The service was EXCELLENT. When I didn't get my re-fill on coffee, they asked me if I wanted to take it to-go, which was a thoughtful treat. But great customer service doesn't compensate for the fact I had strangers watching me remove almond butter from my face and egg yolk from my sweater.
Let's just say my poor coordination is the reason I like to eat, and do other things, with the lights off.
Los Angeles, CA
Hey wow! It's a tiny cafe!
My life wasn't changed or even interrupted. I had some coffee and it was fine. I had a snack; it didn't stand out.
Reasons to Go:
This spot is cursed so the place may not be open much longer
You tow the yelp party line
You don't want corporate coffee
Reasons to Pass:
It's easy actually because it's small
You need to use the bathroom
San Francisco, CA
I'm a big fan of this place. Very small menu that changes daily which means more love into each item. Hint: follow them on twitter to get daily menu.
I am a big coffee bitch. I am amazed that starsucks sends their baristas to barista school and yet they can never make a quality cappuccino. It's about froth silly, not foam. Get your spoon and thermostat out of the milk. Put your hand on the side to feel the temp and use the air pressure to spin the milk until the bubbles and the milk form one consistent frothy delight. But I need not tell this to the baristas at Farm Table because they know how to make a quality cappuccino. I was disappointed to see that they didn't use oak roasted Mr. Espresso, but the beans they use are local and packed full of flavor.
I love the European concept of a family dining table for strangers. All my favorite places have these. Sure I don't like to be thrown into a space with people I don't know and forced to engage when I don't feel like it, but I am a life-long people watcher and eavesdropper and these tables are great.
Keep up the good work
So my friends have lots of opinion, and they like to "opinionize" me. Why? Because I have my own set of almost obscure opinion.
Yelpers have different attitude towards the restaurants when it comes to opinionize them. Why? Because we write for "free" publication (my journalist friends dislike) based on true experiences but don't get scrutinized.
We write for free new place openings / soft openings so that we can help promote / improve them.
We write for those that would otherwise get neglected because they are a hole in the wall or local (where Zagat and Michelin can go and take the big dollar bills to promote the big names.)
With this, I have to send kudos to Yelp and Yelpers who yelped about farm:table. Without you, I would not have found this place that is only 2 blocks from my place!
After rain, while the air was crisp freshly scented, breathing in the refreshing, relaxing Sunday, I walked up to this little gem.
As most said, they only have 3 items a day, usually a sandwich, a soup and a salad. I got the meatloaf sandwich. I usually prefer warm bread and even theirs was not, it was super soft, fluffy, light with a slightly good chewy edge. I usually also do not like mayo but I don't how they did it, it was good. The meatloaf was not heavy nor soggy, it was just right. And that little slice of what I first believed was celery, turned out to be leek-- phew, it was strong and through my nose!
Now I have to really write about their coffee. They have a good whole chalkboard of coffees!! I love strong, properly roasted coffee. By proper I mean not over roasted but clean, crisp taste. The Verve is exactly that. The beans are actually much smaller than many other coffee places. I love the coffee so much that I bought 2 cute bags home, 1 Kenya Peaberry (fruity) and 1Costa Rica Helsar de Zarcero (earthy.) These are much smaller, cute little happy jumpy beans. I found these beans to have more delicate and detailed taste, more notes to them.
Service was great even it's such a busy place. Yes it's a very small place, just like most SF local cafes. Inside there's a table that could fit about 7 or very tight 8. The side bench can fit a couple more people without a table. I was able to snatch a seat outside while savouring the food. Yes only 2 small cafe tables outside.
I do hope at some point there could be a bit more space inside, maybe even make the communal table longer or an attic/loft somewhere!
The house juice was okay. The bacon, burrata, and greens sandwich was good when hot (the half I kept for the plane ride was dry but still ok). I was willing to pay $12.50 for these two items, but given the small dining space and small size of the sandwich/juice glass, I can't help but feel a little gypped. The ladies at the counter were nice and I get the sense that there are regulars who love this place (note to first-timers, it's cash only). All of that is great but I do think the prices for drinks and sandwiches run a bit high for what you get.
San Francisco, CA
The Verve coffee that they serve is excellent, the place is charming (brick red and dark wood, slightly rustic) and my cookie was fantastic. The menu is very limited and changes daily. During my visit they had a baguette topped with eggs, cereal, and bread pudding. They also had a pastry case with a few items (Meyer lemon bread, breakfast bread, 2 types of cookies) and one tart (coffee pecan) on a cake pedestal. You can buy bags of coffee ($10 and up) and Firebrand baguettes.
* Rangur lime & cardamom cookie ($1): Thin, crispy, the right amount of sugar and salt, divinely scented, truly delicious
* Baguette w/ hard-boiled eggs ($6.50): There were three small slices of baguette, three halves of hard boiled eggs, sautéed cold mushrooms and onions and a sprinkling of feta cheese crumbles. The flavors were nice (and simple) but the stack of bread and egg was too tall to bite into simultaneously (very annoying), the portion was small...and the food was cold. The crust of the bread was so chewy that you had to bite into it sideways. For $6.50, I expect a little more effort, including not offering something so tall that you can't bite into it (and/or they baked the bread, they raised the hens that laid the eggs, they heat up the food, they add a side salad).
I don't understand places like farm:table that don't make espresso drinks with non-fat or lowfat milk. That COMPLETELY annoys me. Non-fat milk doesn't ruin a good cup of coffee and I actually don't like full fat milk. They're not customer friendly in other ways including how they only accept cash and you have to get your own cookie from the pastry case. Uhh, would it be too much effort for them to get my cookie for me? For those prices, they should get my cookie and wrap it up with a bow. Don't expect to find a seat - there's one big communal table and two small tables outside.
Even considering the quality of their offerings, it's overpriced and customer unfriendly.
San Francisco, CA
THe daily changing menu keeps you on your toes, and the am/pm menu keeps you on your game. The flavors are clean and well seasoned and the coffee is perfectly concocted. For the quality of food you're getting, the prices is right! Perfect portions, tasty grub, and fresh juices, OH MY! Plus the crew is a dime.
If I lived closer, I'd probably start each day with a little F:T, but until then, I just follow their tweets and dream of eating there on the regular.
Thank you Farm:Table, nos vemos.
I'm fairly confident I won't be returning to farm:table. I appreciate the concept, and the service was friendly, but I left the communal table unimpressed/depressed that everyone there shelled out nearly $7 for 3 tiny slices of baguette each topped with 1/2 of an unchopped hard boiled egg and a slice of bell pepper.
The food tasted alright (I didn't find my bread pudding to be particularly flavorful and I didn't enjoy the extremely tough/chewy chunks of bread) but if I'm going to pay $6-7 for a breakfast SNACK (I actually had to but a second breakfast immediately after) I would like it to be something I can't make at home due to lack of skill, ingredients or time. I did not feel that this was the case on my recent visit. Maybe you'll have better luck with a different daily menu. :)
San Francisco, CA
Simply amazing coffee. The staff (owners?) are really friendly, and always have a bunch of coffee speak to throw my way.
Always disappointed on Monday mornings when I realize they are not open and I have to settle for something else. I'm spoiled working across the street: no other coffee stands up!
Long Beach, CA
What a neighborhood treasure! We were staying at Adagio around the corner and stumble upon this place. Great local atmosphere (complete with local eccentrics ;) ), INSANELY great coffee, and great food.
I had the bread pudding with was very nice and mellow and perfect bite to start the day. My wife had the boiled egg on baguette with cheese and intensely flavorful micro-greens.
Everything was made fresh and with great care. Friendly staff and great one-table setting that creates a cool community-like atmosphere.
They serve Verve coffee from Santa Cruz made with a french-press that was really great. These guys KNOW and REALLY care about their coffee. I was thrilled. WIll hit up again next time we are in SF.
San Francisco, CA
Ah, the new darling of Yelp. It was because of its high-rating that caused me to visit farm:table in first place. You know, time to see what everyone was talking about.
What I found was a tiny space with one semi-large indoor table, and two outdoor tables. A cafe that could sit a maximum of a dozen people. The idea itself sounds challenging, especially in a world of Starbucks and Peets that house multiple tables and are created with the mindset that the coffee shop should be your third "home" (after your real home and work, of course.) So how could farm:table do the same thing with such a small space?
I'm not sure if I have the answer, but I will say that my first visit turned out to be pleasant and quaint. As my friend and I sat at the table, a rotation of about 6 others joined and left the table. It wasn't a lounge spot, but you never felt pressured to gulp down your coffee to avoid the leering stares of people waiting for a seat. It simply was a place to be, for a moment, in a moment of tranquility.
What works to its advantage is its locale. It is a bit out of the way for many people, unless they live in the Tendernob hill area. I honestly can't see myself making the trip on MUNI simply to have a coffee and sit at this table. So perhaps it will always be a place in flux.
But to its product: the iced coffee was served in a mason jar and was quite delicious. The menu changes daily, and consists of only two or three things. The food was adequate, although a bit small for my liking. The service was quite amazing and you could tell that even though this place was a bit new to the neighborhood, its owners were establishing good rapport with some consistent customers.
A good cup of coffee and a nice change of pace, but honestly, not going to make a special trip to go here. It will be a good place to visit whenever I'm visiting the neighborhood.
San Francisco, CA
Cute place. I should really give it 5 stars for its existence. Great business model, you really feel the heart of the staff in the food. Though the review is for the food, 3 star is fair.
The house cereal: GREAT flavor, just enough crunch, but was disappointed by the time I opened it when I got home. It got soggy because of the moisture from the yogurt. Would recommend divide the cereal and yogurt somehow when it's in a to-go cup.
The toast: really really bland, no flavor. Challah with thick cream cheese spread, topped with bits of fruits. Great concept but...it really needs more flavor. I added cinnamon and honey at home, it was much better.
The sandwich: good flavor and generous portion, plus I love anything with fig in it.
Great place for a quick, good coffee, snacks. Food-wise...to be improved.
Btw...memorize the recipe so you don't have a big book in front of you, it's a tiny kitchen there...It's cute if it's at a friend's place, but not at a cafe.
San Francisco, CA
I'm just here to share more love. Every time I go here, I really enjoy myself. Cambria, the resident chef, is always incredibly nice and checks to make sure you are enjoying your meal, which I always do.
Shannon, the awesome barista is also tremendously friendly and really makes you feel welcome.
Aside from great coffee and some really good eats (my favorite sandwich is roast beef, favorite soup is creamy tomato, and new favorite salad is the spinach with kumquats, toasted pecans and mustard dressing) is the warmth of the employees and the passion they put into their jobs.
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San Francisco, CA
Adorable place, great staff, incredible concept.
So, why the 3 stars?
I came here for breakfast with a bunch of friends and had their toast of the day ($6.25): bacon avocado w/ hard-boiled egg. Now, I'm a detail Nazi when it comes to food; the slightest imperfection, it's game over. So, when I got my plate of hard-boiled eggs on toast, I had to check for that ever-looming sign of miscalculation: the green ring around the yolk. I don't mean to sound like an egg connoisseur, but I like my hard-boiled eggs just boiled enough, without the ammonia-taste that naturally accompanies an egg gone for too long of a soak. The bacon bits were also a bit on the cold side... I guess bacon has to be cooled down in order to be broken? =\ Everything else was grand. The toast was warm and moist, perfect amount of melt-in-your-mouth avocado slices, all topped off with caramelized onions.
For something that I can make in the morning for much less without freezing my ass off coming here early in hopes of beating the crowd, I'd rather stay home.
Love the concept, the ingredients, the table, but the food... not so much.
FARM:TABLE HAS THE BEST COFFEE IN SAN FRANCISCO
(ducking preposterous glances hurled from beautiful Philz coffee bitch) - i'll go back there, too, because i think bitchy is hot.
back to farm:table - this is only a review of the COFFEE and the SERVICE. i didn't get to eat at farm:table, but it's on my short list when i get back to San Francisco...
no one with a heart and a palate couldn't love this place.
So I'm back in the city where I first started my career in banking (via North Carolina) after many years of moving around and working for other institutions.....another merger and here I am again.
I love this town....sunny, cloudy, rainy, foggy...summer, winter...blah, blah, blah...folks are nice, laid back and just feels like the south without the accents and mullets (I'm from the south I can write that one *grin*)
So after arriving in the mid morning I had a VERY fast cab ride into the city...I mean the guy was doing 85 mph...So fast I couldn't type on my blackberry.
Though it was 11:15am, my body said 2pm NC time, so it was time to get some lunch. I read a few reviews about farm:table and decided to ask about it at the concierge's desk at the Hilton......older gentle man behind the counter.....
"Can I help you?"
me: "Yes, any recommendation on farm:table for lunch?"
me: "you know...a few blocks up on Post?"
concierge: "never heard of it?"
me: "yes, I can see that..."
...cannot believe this guy doesn't know his own "hood" so-to-speak???
So I just headed up there anyways and was surprised...not in the fact that place is tiny just that is was a great little place to have lunch...hang out and have some tea and enjoy an hour.
On the menu today was the Fig ginger chutney ham sandwich (on a baguette). After I ordered I sat down with my pot of tea...read the NY Times on the table which had a cute little plate of turnips in the center. This is the one and only table and a community one at that which I adore.
The sandwich was good and as I ate it I watched one of the staff as they tweeted the menu to update their fans and their website in real time....very cool.
A great place and probably one I'll hit a few times for lunch while working in the city this week.
San Francisco, CA
I could see how this place is a breath of fresh air for anyone who lives in the area.
It's a very adorable cafe in the middle of an otherwise GHETTO part of the city. The staff were real friendly, the food was good, and I somehow felt healthier eating there...
Plus, the excitement of not knowing whats on the menu tomorrow... ohh the suspense!
San Francisco, CA
Great coffee, great sandwich. The price is understandable because they get fresh ingredients daily and it's not made by someone who gets paid minimum wage to stand behind a counter. C'mon people this isn't Subway! You get what you pay for.
The communal table thing gets talked about a lot. It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. The other people there were quite friendly and it really makes for a unique atmosphere. Would definitely come back, probably to try the breakfast.
San Francisco, CA
I rolled into farm:table pretty late for breakfast one weekday morning. Luckily, the daily chalkboard menu was still set on eggs and toast.
The food and coffee selection is awesome. This cafe's originating idea is definitely novel. The menu is dreamed up daily based on a few wholesome ingredients, and the seating is just one large table where strangers mingle. Obviously with one table things get crowded and awkward, but the staff is nice enough to ask everyone to squeeze together.
On this visit I had eggs, ham, and fig/ginger chutney. It had all the appeal of homey breakfast food, without being heavy. I also shared a pot of green tea with my bench neighbor, though it was a very lacking compared to what I find down in JTown. Supposedly, this is a coffee joint, which the menu supports, so I'll be back to give it a shot.
I absolutely hate places says "cash only". If I saw a restaurant says "cash only" at the door, I would say "Lets do somewhere else". Can anybody tell me who does NOT hate cash only places? Who would prefer carrying a bag of heavy coins and green papers in her thick wallet instead of a couple of plastic card?!
On Sunday, me and my girl friend decided to go shopping at Union Square. So let's grab a cup of coffee on the way. Farm table sounds like a good place, I found it via yelp, and it's very close to union square. This is our first time here obviously, but wait, what? Cash only? Hold on, let me check, humm.... I only have three dollars cash... and the Latte is 3.50. My friend was like, "let me check, ah, I don't have cash either.... But I have coins..." We were at the cashier at the moment and the lady looked at us and felt very awkward. I was like, are you serious about this? I have Visa, Master, Amex, Discover, you can take anyone of them, JUST TAKE ONE please! "No, we only take cash, sorry. But don't worry about it, I'll just take whatever you have." I go "Ok, we'll just share one coffee then, one latte plz. @_@" Very embarrassed at the moment. After we ordered the coffee, my friend was keep digging her 3000 dollar LV purse and found all the coins she had at the moment, and added up to 3 dollars. She said, "Now I can order my au lait." Now the lady (she looks like the owner of the shop though) walked towards us with two cups of coffee, and said to me "here's your latte" and turned to my friend "here's your coffee, it's on us, don't worry about it." I went, "oh no plz, we just found 3 dollars, plz take it." She went "No it's ok, don't worry about it" She really wasn't gonna take it. Then later I beg her to take the 3 dollars.... She eventually took it. Hew...... What an embarrassing experience!
Although I hate cash only places, but the lady was truly nice to us. We did get what we wanted in the end and the coffee was awesome! The shop was tiny but cozy, very French looking little shop, with red door and décor, and also wood furniture. There were also some people sitting out side the shop enjoy their espressos. I'll definitely come back!
San Francisco, CA
I found farm:table on yelp and decided to check it out with a friend after being caught by the fact that they twitter their menu daily! i thought this was a brilliant idea, always changing their menu based on what's fresh and only offering three menu items!
i twittered the menu and was overly pleased with what it said! after getting there with a friend, we realized the menu wasn't anything like what was posted but it reeaally didn't seem to matter one bit. everything was sooo good, especially the coffee. they really know what they're doing back there with their artisan and beautifully crafted coffees. i even got to try almond milk in my latte which i instantly loved.
i love that, true to the name, there is just one medium sized farm table for seating. on peak times during the weekend, the table is quite full which is the only con i can really come up with. there are two small two-person table outside but when the weather doesn't permit, inside it is. people are usually more than happy to share their bench with you though so i wouldn't recommend bringing a whole bunch of people at one time. great place to visit solo or with a friend.
delicious food, amazing coffee, friendly staff, a true hole in the wall that is adorned with a farm table. wonderful :)
San Francisco, CA
This is a very cute little coffee shop, locally owned and perfect for a small cup of mocha. I always see a lady with very cool tattooes on both her arms! She has San Francisco cable car tattooed on her arm.
The servers are always friendly.
Mocha is pretty delicious.
Great Cappucino other coffee drinks. The inside eating area is about 8 ft by 8ft, so it is pretty quaint. There is one table inside that people share and a couple of tables outside. The woman inside who helped us was very nice, and I give the barista Five stars!!!
I am the king of wishful taste-making, so why are you making eye contact with me? Yet another reason for you to be on your knees.
I discovered today that I may be on the edge of relevance for the Yelp populace. What a rush, what a thrill...and how did I come upon this presumption? Well, I actually went to the place that is rated "hottest" on this site at the moment, farm:table. It actually isn't that far away from me, but it does require me to steel myself to take the 19 Polk, the passenger list of which would not be mistaken for the guest stars on an episode of "The Love Boat". More like "The Meth Bus". Come aboard, they're expecting you.
After sauntering on Post for a few blocks, I was surprised to find this to be a blip of a place. There is a distinct Gallic feeling to the decor with the red outlines, and it actually does consist of a French farm table, fully occupied when I got there. Their ever-changing menu is on a chalkboard column, so you pretty much get what they have. I was there for a late lunch, so I went for both the $8.50 Prosciutto and Pesto Sandwich on a crunchy baguette and the $5.50 Cream of Tomato Soup (see photos). Fresh-tasting for sure. The baguette was just the right texture. The soup had a dollop of olive oil, a bit on the lukewarm side but still a treat for the clean flavor of it.
Since I really couldn't sit inside, I secured one of the two petite tea tables outside in the bitter cold. I did get self-conscious slurping soup as derelicts would slow heir pace to stare at me. However, I don't fault the staff who were nothing short of attentive and cordial through my entire experience there. By the way, I did bypass the Verve coffee beans this time in favor of their $3 glass of unfiltered apple juice (see photo). I think once they clear out the ice rink at Union Square, I'll come back and get the food and coffee to go since it's only a few blocks away.
FOOD - 4 stars...very fresh flavors albeit a limited menu and a tad overpriced (my total bill went over $18)
AMBIANCE - 3.5 stars...a nice walk-in closet...and if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with
SERVICE - 4.5 stars...quite stellar and conscientious
TOTAL - 4 stars...worth the hype? (shrug)...worth a visit? oh sure...wait a minute, are you still looking at me?
San Francisco, CA
So when I first wandered in I was starving and saw a meatloaf sandwich on the menu. I was dealing with a bit of a hangover so I just wanted some water. After getting my order number (on a stick), I asked if I could have some water; this is when the place began to reveal it's essential awesomeness to me. I was told the water is on the table. When I looked at the table there were a bunch of young hostel travelers there who cleared a spot for me. In the middle of the table was a carafe of water and I fixed myself a glass.
My food arrived quickly as I listened to these travelers chatting away about social networking websites of all things. I even drifted into the conversation occasionally as social networking is something that I have one or two opinions about.
The sandwich was delicious!!! The bread was perfectly soft and tasty. The meatloaf was in generous portion and irresistibly seasoned. There was also a delicious mini apple on the plate.
After a little while the travelers left and were replaced with a group of regulars who sat and discussed the coffee scene in SF, which I had no idea was so complexly interesting. Everybody was inclusive to outsiders like myself and I even decided to extend my stay long enough to enjoy a drip coffee.
If you are looking for a coffee and a quick bite this place is great but it is also a good place to go if you just want to hear some interesting conversations. This place is not a laptop party so leave it at home.
San Francisco, CA
Okay, so I just had breakfast here and want to say something while the experience is still fresh.
farm:table, I want to give you three stars. You're bougie as hell and only have one table inside and two stools on the sidewalk; representatives of the proletariat might find it appropriate to smash windows, shout slogans, and distribute socialist pamphlets over the ruined hulks of espresso machines. But still. Your coffee is delicious, and there's a simplicity about you which softens the pretense.
Your sandwiches are delightful, on paper. 'Daily toast' with homemade jams and chutneys and colonialism and whatnot. I saw the hard-boiled egg on baguette with avocado (my new love interest), caramelized onion (an ex i'm still not over), and bacon (drool)...yesss, that sounds perfect. Let's try it!
I'm not a professional chef, but I know stuff and things about making and eating food. And you present me with this Rube Goldberg machine of a meal, I want no part of it! It was taller than wide, falling apart at the slightest touch and requiring careful reassembly between bites. I'm not eating, I'm doing a Jack Bauer impression and defusing this improvised explosive breakfast.
Do us a favor. Slice each of those baguette pieces in two once more. Don't put whole halves of the egg on each piece, but slice those in one of those little miniature lyres. Layer the bacon first, then the avocado as glue to keep it in place, then the egg, finally the onion as garnish.
Really, it'll be better this way, take my word for it. And I'll give you some more well-deserved stars. Do it for the people. And while you're at it...a 'cash only' sign would also be nice.
Phew. Felt good to get that off my chest. Back to labor!
My next venture: I shall open a cookie shop that can only fit one person that is shorter than 5'3". It will only serve a "cookie of the day" using all local ingredients...and only that one cookie. It may be the hottest thing on Yelp for years to come.
There is a formula that is beginning to be unearthed here...
1) Business owner (most likely food oriented) has a good simple idea...which is basically do one thing and do it really well, e.g. Blue Bottle, Brenda's, Ike's, et al.
2) Find location that is impossibly small.
3) Let the rest take shape on its own.
The result is quite possibly an extended run on the top spots for "Hot on Yelp."
Farm:Table follows this exactly. The product is pretty high quality and executed very well. The service is charming and jovial...essentially it is a limited offering but what they do they do it well...a basic K.I.S.S. approach which I wholeheartedly believe in.
The interior has roughly 1000 CFT. This makes it uncomfortably cramped when they have ...oh, lets say more than two customers at any given time. Brenda's is palatial in comparison.
Therefore, some Yelpers come along...get some goodies, and rave about it here. Other Yelpers see the high marks and like the concept and bookmark...turning into a snowball effect. However, I really think the "bookmark to try" is more often then not a pipe dream in cases like this.
Sure, you've bookmarked, sounds great, getting there as a destination is actually more daunting than you originally figured...So, instead you resolve to try the place when you happen to be in the neighborhood. You approach...it is impossibly small and may have an impossibly long wait. You resolve to try next time...something this good must be worth a trip back next time. All these people can't be wrong.
The key really is exclusivity. Limit the number of people who try it by sheer logistics and you'll be Hot on Yelp for months on end...snowballing more and more.
If you happen to be there and don't mind reducing your personal space to basically nil then by all means go...it is pretty good. If not, honestly, you can get the same elsewhere...like actually really...you can.
The Emperor isn't wearing clothes...
Hypothesis proved. Please sort by date and see review directly above on 12/31/2009.
I bookmarked this place before my trip to San Francisco because it was ranked #1 on the Hot On Yelp list. If it's hot I have to give it a try, right?
I wish I had a place like Farm:Table within walking distance from my house. I totally dig what they are about and how the do business. Some douche asked for Splenda and the lady behind the counter politely told him, "We don't do that here..." How awesome is that?
Unfortunately Farm:Table wasn't what I was looking for the morning I visited. I was hoping that the morning crush had passed but the place was packed which meant that my scone and hot beverage was going to be a to go order. I was hoping for a relaxed spot at the tiny farm table so I could read the paper and start the day slowly.
My scone was excellent (I think it was honey corn something or other) and since I'm not a big coffee drinker I went with the hot cider. The barista put a splash of almond milk in my cider to make it creamy and it was an excellent addition. I almost feel bad for not trying the coffee that so many people love but maybe I'll give it a go next time.
Dear Owners of farm:table,
Please open a cafe in L.A. I visited your tiny restaurant this morning and I am already thinking of returning for your delicious daily bread (today featured cardamom cream cheese, pears & crushed almonds) and equally delicious egg & chutney sandwich.
Your shop is very charming and the service was friendly and warm. The only problem with your shop is that it is located way too far from where I live.
Seriously, owners, think about opening a shop in LA.
Nice and friendly staff, with menu updated daily on the blackboard, and http://twitter.com/far... At first I thought all the space was taken up by a big group inside, but I later realized that it was actually a communal table that everyone shared. Cozy and inviting, though it could feel very cramped. Menu selection was limited, but the food was decent. Egg salad sandwich was crunchy and delicious bread pudding and latte.
Speaking of communal tables, I still haven't find one that's comparable to Le Pain Quotidien http://www.yelp.com/bi... (in LA) yet.
Nevertheless, FarmTable is a great addition to the neighborhood.
Date & Time: Tuesday December 22, 2009 @ Noon
Crowd: Striking Well-Heeled Expats of All-Ages Some w/ Journals
Decor: European Charm. Hand-Painted Benches w/ Communal Table
Service: Friendly Baristas
Imbibe: TenderNob & Mocha
Devour: Olive-Oil Breakfast Bread & Cake
San Francisco, CA
After my surprisingly encouraging appointment at EDD I took advantage of my extra time to finally enjoy lunch at farm table all for $10 including tip.
I had had some of Farm Tables food but only nuts and things and never gotten to go to the actual shop, but everything before had been fantastic.
The place is small and quaint the service sincere and attentive.
My macchiato was lovely (i could have used a tad just tad more foam, which I could have easily asked for) and the espresso was as close to any since my 6 months of addiction in Rome. Not a tad of bitterness or the unintentional kind that comes from poor shoot pulling and tactless beans. There were layers upon layer of nutty flavors and my favorite which is the chocolatish thick residue of espresso perfection that you should choose to scrape at.
I was so ready for my coffee and zoned out that after ordering mine I grabbed at another costumers cappachino. Pretty odd since its never what I drink but I was politely corrected that my macchiato would be coming. Even though I was grabby the mood stayed calm which I felt down home and mature.
I chose a small meyer lemon bar and ate it with my espresso spoon. This way I was able to tase the salty crust on top of the lemon custard was reminiscent of the the cities local "revolution carmels".
I got the egg and ham baguette "togo" but asked for a plate. At first it tasted of the exceptionally good and very simple sandwiches Ive had on Paris streets. I was more the happy. But as I got into it more it was dressed and placed/plated past perfection.
I was not attentive enough to absorb much else but know there were clearly a few key well thought additions that created a burst I've had to paty $60 bucks to get in other shacks.
Got a food high for nine bucks (left a buck tip) and I know it came from locally sourced ingredients and was made by loving queer hands.
What else can you ask for?
San Diego, CA
I loved this place! They only serve a few dishes and the menu changes daily. We went for breakfast this morning and I had the daily toast with homemade almond butter, coconut flakes and sliced bananas. My companera had hard-boiled eggs served over toasted bread with habanero chutney and feta cheese. Both dishes were really yummy (even though I preferred mine) and just right in the portion size for a breakfast that doesn't leave one full and bloated.
The food here is super duper fresh and they way they juxtapose the contrasting flavors shows a real flair and knowledge of pairing. The coffee drinks are tasty and rich. You even get little designs in the crema of the cappuccinos and caffe lattes :)
I had read about the one communal table in the place and I somehow envisioned a long banquet table accommodating several people. But the place is so tiny that the actual table is only about four feet by four feet. Yeah, you might be asked to get up and move over and couple times to let others sit with you but it's really not that big of a deal. It's actually quite intimate and even lends to conversation amongst strangers, which is what a big city like San Francisco can use more of now and then. There are also a couple of small two-tops outside.
I will make an effort to go back here and try this place again the next time I am in the city. I'm anticipating they will eventually move to another location to accommodate the growing number of fans. Let's hope it doesn't lose the charming ambiance or the superb quality of the food and drinks if that ever does happen. Thanks Yelpers for helping me find this place!! I can't wait to go back. I love SF!!
San Francisco, CA
I'm bracing myself for some hate mail since everyone and their pet seems to think this place is nothing short of five stars. I admit, the coffee and fresh food is hella good and five star material without a doubt. The service is also as friendly as it gets in San Fran.
But I just didn't have a five star experience eating at the one communal table and having to move twice in the middle of my meal to accommodate others (and their shopping bags) who were waiting for their espresso orders to be made. As miniscule as this place is, they surprisingly have a restroom accessible from behind the service counter.
I have no doubt that had I just gotten coffee/espresso to go, or when the hype on this place simmers down that the experience would be the full five stars. If we're all lucky, this place will somehow buy out the crap cleaners next door and add another communal table for the hungry folk who want to eat their kill in peace.
There is a lot to love about this place. It is indeed very charming and the service was friendly and fast. I love a lot of the details about this place like the central bottle of water with fruit floating around and the decorations on the wall. And I LOVE the coffee. If this was a coffee shop alone, I would have given it 5 stars. I don't usually like coffee. I rarely finish even small cups of coffee and after coming here, I realized that it's just because other places don't make it correctly. I got a large cup of mocha and downed that thing.
I took off two stars for the food. Their sandwhich that day had bacon, avocado, and carmelized onion (yum!). But those ingredients alone could carry any sandwhich and while I felt like the ingredients were indeed fresh, there was nothing special about it. The boyfriend and I also shared a mixed green salad with shaved fennel and oranges. Again, super fresh but the proportions were wrong for me (We got about 2 orange slices for an overflowing plate of greens) and the dressing was overpowering in its acidity.
Overall, this place was just ok for me. Would I come here again for the coffee? No doubt. But it has not become one of my essential stops for when I visit SF.
Love this place. So cozy, so inviting. Definitely a great place to go to on a weekend morning. I tried their latte (delicious) and their hard boiled eggs with pesto on a baguette...wow..it was phenomenal. Also had a bite of their chocolate cake, equally as impressive.
In addition to their food and excellent service, what's really memorable about this place is the setting. You feel like you're eating at your breakfast nook..namely because there's only one table which every one eats at. Very cute idea. Love how inviting this place is.
Definitely check this place out. It's a great way to start off a weekend morning.
Simplicity is the key to Farm:Table's success. The menu is changed daily and foods are offered and prepared based on what is locally available. What a fantastic idea!
When I walked in for lunch the menu was apple themed. I had the option of an apple salad, apple cobbler and apple sandwich with smoked ham on a ciabatta roll. Of course I chose the latter and was extremely satisfied with my decision.
Upon ordering I sat down at a quaint little table with other customers who were dining in. Be prepared to wait for a seat because this cozy spot only seats about 8 people.
A big clean pitcher of berry infused water was on the table for people to wet their whistles while they waited. In no time at all the food was prepared and scarfed down by yours truly. I would love a lunch spot like this in Seattle where I could enjoy great food and an ever changing menu.
Final note: Cash only! There's an ATM down the block so come prepared with green.