Portland >Farm Cafe
This longtime staple of the lower Burnside dining scene has launched a thousand first dates, with their old-fashioned décor, homey food, and well-crafted cocktails. Come fair weather, the side patio’s a grand place to hide out when escaping the office early.
My wife and I had the pleasure of dining at this wonderful restaurant this evening, and it was a truly sublime experience. I just signed up for citysearch just so I could post this review and encourage everyone in the area to eat here as soon as you can. I was especially moved to write this review after noticing, to my astonishment, two one-star reviews. One reviewer was griping about the salmon, and another about the service. Since my wife and I are vegetarians, I can't comment on the fish preparation, but every dish we ordered was orgasmic, so it's hard to imagine them screwing anything up in the kitchen. Another person griped about being asked to leave...we found the entire waitstaff to be casual, friendly, helpful and prompt. Our waiter checked in with us several times throughout our meal, but not so much as to be irritating. If you want to eat some healthy, delicious food in a charming victorian house (with a very pleasant outdoor seating area), by all means check this restaurant out. We'll definitely eat here again.
Overly priced. Salmon was lousy.. Nice atmosphere. Some dishes are tasty. However, my main order of salmon was totally disappointing. It was overly salty and the portion was so small, it looked more like an appetizer rather than a dinner entree. If we had not ordered appetizers, I would have gone home hungry. I will never go back unless the restaurant builds a solid reputation for quality, quantity, and fair prices.
My favorite PDX Spot with my favorite PDX server/bartender. When it's in, the Farm's duck breast dishes are the best meals I feel I have ever eaten. The pan fried trout is out of this world. (I don't usually like trout at all) This trout is amazing so much the skin even finds it's way onto my fork. The orzo, vegetable sides, croquettes, root veggies, and others are always top notch. (Whoever said they take shortcuts is crazy) Every detail is paid attention to. I love the attention the bartender (Patrick) pays to the patrons also. He is friendly and always helpful and talkative, always there to assist in the drink selection. There are some wait-staff who are less than friendly and I can see how some have been put off by their less than upbeat demeanor which is why I never sit in the table section. I always sit at the bar and enjoy the house selected music and company of Patrick. The desserts are to die for. If you like Red Snapper, then get to the Farm early because the last two times I had to choose something else which is never difficult. The snapper runs out and the duck is a rare treat these days. So be sure to try the baked brie, roasted garlic apps, and if you need a good drink, try Patrick's always delicious concoctions. There is a great appreciation for Whiskey too. I want to go on but I hate long reviews. Just go there. If you get a server who you don' like, go sit at the bar and ask for Patrick. (I am not Patrick's friend, well now we're friends,or mother) he just is always right on the money and makes our times at the farm fantastic! The food is great. Try it.... I do agree thought with some of the reviews there are a couple servers who are less than friendly. I can't deny it but the food is great.
Fresh farm to table.
I love the goat cheese salad!
There will be a wait but the food is great and Farm has a comfortable atmosphere.
Highly Unprofessional. After spending 110.00 on drinks, apps, main dishes, and a few desserts we were asked to leave by the floor manager in order to prep the table for guests that had not even arrived! This is so insanely rude and unprofessional that I will never return. The other three in my party all agreed that despite the good food and drinks, any establishment that is so money oriented that it asks you to leave at the end of meal deserves no further patronage from us. I encourage you to not have your meal and part of your evening ruined. Do not go here.
not worth the hype. Too many shortcuts are taken at Farm - a place that was recommended to me for its seasonal, local ingredients focus. Well that's all fine and good but if a kitchen can't perform using those ingredients, then the time, care and money spent selecting them is a waste. A goat cheese ravioli married simple, good ingredients well then ruined it with an abundance of heat on the tongue. Two servers confirmed that it came from red pepper flakes. Really? Red pepper flakes belong on a slice at a corner joint, not as a finishing ingredient at a place claiming gourmet street cred. The veggie burger drowns in butter - the bun, patty and carmelized onions oozed it - and didn't come with the pickled zucchini described on the menu. It was a soggy, buttery mess. The one bright spot to our dinner was the grilled halibut, which was cooked perfectly and accompanied by a lightly seasoned, fresh assortment of shucked corn, peppers and zucchini. If you can make it here during half-priced appetizers at happy hour, then your money is wisely spent. Otherwise, skip Farm until the kitchen performance meets up with the quality of the ingredients.
feels like home. in and old turn-of-the-century house, it's no wonder you feel at home when there. the staff is accommodating and kind, without being overwhelming. the food is fantastic and i agree with the last person... the baked brie is TO DIE FOR!!!
our family favorite.
this is my family's favorite spot in portland. whenever we're all in town, it's the first place we have a family dinner. my mom is a vegetarian, so the fact that they have great options for her is a major plus. for the rest of us, the decision making process is a bit hard, but for good reason. lately though, all i crave is their baked brie. i'm tempted to order it for my appetizer and again for my entrée!
the atmosphere is intimate and special, and makes you feel like you've been invited into someone's home. love it.
The food was too salty. The blackened snapper and brussel sprouts were inedibly salty! and when we told our server, she shrugged and said that the chef already knew. For those prices, I would expect a substitution - or at least an apology! The other dishes were great, but that one spoiled the evening for the two who ordered it.
Poor service. Boring food.. First off, no reservations. Had to wait almost an hour to be seated.Though it was a sat night. The server was standoffish and didn't know a thing about the food. How can I be interested in the meal if the waiter doesn't know a damn thing? The food was boring. It tasted ok but looked like they slopped it on the plate. no sauce or anything. boring. The place was beautiful and nicely lit. Art on the walls. I guess I'm not trendy enough to like this place like the rest of you posters. Oh well next time I will walk 150 feet to Le'Pigeon. That is a good meal.
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