25 Mason St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.783885 -122.409323
Sun.-Thu. 5-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5 p.m.-midnight.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. brunch.
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Tenderloin
Great place for drinks! Food has improved! – I've been going to Farmer Brown since the beginning. The food originally was awful and disappointing! I had been going back just to hang out at the bar. Imagine my surprise when a friend ordered their food (against my strong wishes) and it was actually good! I've been back a few times since and I have to admit this restaurant has seriously improved! Glad I keep going and got a second chance at the food. It's still not authentic soul food (I stick by my soul food fusion label) but it's good. I'm also impressed that this restaurant purchases from African-American farmers.
Overall, this restaurant has a great vibe, perfect place to meet up with friends/co-workers for a drink. They play great hip hop (the old school kind) and funky soul music and the drinks are innovative and tops. I seriously suggest the Watermelon margarita or what ever seasonal flavor they have.
Excellent Southern Food and awesome Wines by the glass by quality and Price! – I went here last night and found it was very busy, however, the service was excellent, Nahill, was on top of it the whole time - and very knowledgable. We started w/ 2 specialty cocktails that were delicious, then had wine by the glass - both great, a vermentino and a riesling with our poppers appetizer. He had the catfish which was better than Louisianna (and he's from there and an excellent chef) - lightly battered and seasoned with greens and yams. The yams were a little sweet so better at the end. I had the fried chicken, well we shared it - very good. Not as good as he makes it, but some of the best in San Francisco by far! And we both loved the mac and cheese, which was baked and then finished with shredded cheese - I don't know where the last review came from? Loved it and then finished w/ a delicious pecan pie.
This isn't soul food – This food was not even close to comfort food. I made the mistake of taking my mother here, who happens to cook very delicious soul food. She laughed. The dishes on the menu that vaguely relate to soul food are not prepared well. For example, the macaroni and cheese was just noodles with grated cheese on top! That's it! I could do that at home, but better. Overall, go here for drinks but not the food.
Great Comfort food! – My friend and I had the roasted chicken with fennel/grape stuffing, pork chop with an awesome walnut cabbage salad and the cheddar mac and cheese (with quite a zing to it!). I found the service to be very pleasant, the vibe energetic and the portions extremely generous.
horrible service!!!!!!!!! – We saw an add about this place's Southern Cooking and went to try it out. What a dissappointment. We got there 10 minutes before the posted closing time and asked the door man if they were serving dinner before we went in. When we walking in the door no one greeted us or even gave us eye contact. We assumed that it was self seat so we grabbed a seat in the area we saw the most people seated. We waited another 10 minutes without any service so my husband decided to go to the open kitchen to ask them if they were still serving dinner. They replied, "ask your server", g how come we didn't think of that, oh yeah maybe because no one evened looked at us before we waved down the server. She then dropped off a glass of water and went on her way again without even dropping off a menu. After 20+ minutes of nothing we decided to take our business else where. Before we left, we told the helpful doorman a little bit about our service and he insisted that we talk to a manager. The manager came out and introduce his self and we then told him about our experience. To our surprise he wasn't even paying attention to our feedback. If we new the manager didn't even want to hear about what was going on why waste our time. Just like this entire experience. Farmerbrown across the board a wasted experience.
Good Concept; Needs Work – I loved the concept of a casual soul food place, but I admit I was a bit disappointed with this restaurant but I have high hopes that this relatively new restaurant will be able to turn it around. First of all, the watermelon margarita I had was bland. Second, the menu was a bit limited (I was surprised there was no mac & cheese, collard greens or corn, etc. on the menu). Third, while we waited for our fried chicken we were offered muffins, but they were cold and mediocre. Finally our chicken came, but each of us got it at different times and one person got undercooked chicken. Fortunately, the chicken was quite good - but it wasn't so good that the other problems could be overlooked. The service was nice and friendly, but overall the restaurant needs to improve its food offerings, service and coordination with the kitchen. Random tip - the restaurant has a cute interior (like being in a barn or something), but it's not in a particularly good part of town.
MAJOR LETDOWN!!! – Was looking forward to dining here for quite awhile. Went to Farmer Brown on a Thursday night. Bartender was extremely short with our party, as well as several of the patrons sitting near us. The hostess was very kind, but waitstaff was HORRIBLE!!!! My husband and I had the iceberg salads and the black eyed pea soup, which were very good, and later split the fried chicken--again good. However, we were basically invisible to the waitstaff, though we tried several times to attract our server's attention when she passed out table. Our drinks were finally refilled when one of the table bussers noticed our empty glasses lining the edge of the table and took our order himself (thank you to him!!). Our server did finally approach our table ONCE near the end of our meal--to apologize for not bringing us plates (my husband and I ate off of the same plate) and bring our check.
I really wanted to like this restaurant, but we felt as if they did not really even want our business. The food was very good, but as a former restaurant server, I approach dining out as a total experience and a treat (especially now that I am in med school and cannot dine out very often), and cannot recommend this restaurant except for take-out food.
Misses the mark – My best friend and I went to farmer brown based on the fact that he had heard it was a soul food restaurant. I should have read the CitySearch reviews first. We went on a Friday night and the restaurant and bar area was packed (I highly recommend reservations). Based on the crowd in side we began to realize that this was not going the the soul-food experience that we had anticipated. The drinks from the bar were good and strong. Once we were seated and flipped through the limited menu and all we saw on the menu that was related to soul food was fried chicken, pulled-pork sandwich, mac-and-cheese, a po boy sandwich, gumbo and some desserts. We order the ribs and appetizer and the fries. The ribs were good but the fries arrived cold so we sent them back for another plate of the ribs. He had the pork chop, greens and mac-and-cheese and I had the steak. The steak and pork chop were average, the greens were swiss chard with a sweet glaze and not collard greens, and the (small portion of) mac-and-cheese was just the right size because it was not good. On the positive side, the wait staff was great. They were very friendly and attentive. When I think about soul-food I think about comfort food and I just did not feel it. If you are a fan of soul food, as I am, skip this restaurant. This is California cuisine meets Soul-food and the Soul gets lost in the mix. If I look beyond my disappointment regarding the lack of soul, I would say that overall this is a very average restaurant with nothing unique enough to make me want to recommend it.
Very dissappointing.... – I've been looking forward to going to this place for some time now. As it came highly recommended by some friends. Our first atttempt was interrupted by the "walk ins welcome" over the phone greeting, only to get there and find there was a two hour wait. So we left and decided to try another night and make a reservation. I'm really glad we did!! I can't begin to describe how upset I would have been if I waited two hours for an extremely sad attempt at soul food. First things first, I found myself terrified of the neighborhood and the overly helpful homeless man who tried to help me park in a no parking zone. Upon entering the night club, I mean restaurant, the atmosphere was entirely too loud. However, we were sat promptly. The staff was great, very friendly, etc. The shrimp cakes were okay, no complaints really. The lettuce wedge salad also okay. After about 30 minutes we received our entrees.......and the reason for going......Fried Chicken, with macaroni and cheese and some watercress leaves or something like that, accompanied by our sides, scalloped potatoes and sauteed greens. The first thing I noticed was how small the pieces of chicken were. Then how small the portions of mac and cheese and the two or three leaves were on the plate. Anyway, I immediately dove into the mac and cheese, I still regret that decision, the taste still lingers. Next the greens......I still don't know what I just encountered. Not like any greens I've ever had or ever wanted. Could the scalloped potatoes make up for the other two.......absolutely not!! They were the worst of all!! I do have to say though, the chicken was great! And the three tiny pieces I had were a great appetizer. Needless to say 70 dollars later, we left the restaurant, braved the streets of the tenderloin, paid 8 dollars to get my car out of prison and off we went to Subway. As for my friends that recommended this place....they are from CA and didn't know any better.
Good "Sort of Southern Food" – My g-friend and I went here on our anniversary, and had a great time. The waitress was friendly, and the owner even approached us and was warm as well. All of the food seemed to be good, but lacked the certain things that HIP COMFORT FOODS lack. The pulled pork was good, but was rather pricey for a pulled pork sandwich that tasted just like one you could get at a normal southern restaurant. I feel if you are going to charge me more for something like that, you should make and bake the bread yourself or something. I would recommend this place, but i would warn any southerners that the California flare that is attempted to better it, hinders it.
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