The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex

4.5
69 reviews
$30 and under
American
Located on Western Avenue (Route 22) in Essex, The Farm Bar & Grille serves traditional American comfort food, barbecue dishes, extensive spirits and a large selection of wines and beers. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and has an outdoor dining area for those who prefer a more lively casual dining experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 69 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was good. Food came fast. Still felt crowded in bar area.

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joeS
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere and super service . Excellent out door dining in a comfortable setting. Always enjoy visiting. You get generous portions and almost always end up with a good size doggy bag.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have come to the farm a couple of times and the food and drinks are always great. The only issue is the management must have a problem with “out of state” IDs. I have brought numerous friends who are over 21 years old but due to the ID not being from Massachusetts, there’s always a stand off to have them be served. They need to find a new policy to deal with this.

CS
vipCherylS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We got their pulled pork nachos usually they are very good. But this time I felt like they skimped on the pulled pork kind of disappointing. Not the same. Also got the tuna appetizer the tuna was not so good.

TB
TimB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We did enjoy the food at The Farm Bar and Grille. We sat outside and although it was a little cold, the food and beverages made it worth while.

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kcorlaer
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I found the food to be eh, the service less than optimal, but was MORE CONCERNED with the COMPLETE LACK OF SOCIAL DISTANCING at the Bar. Cleary there was no concern for the current climate that we ALL are in at the present moment.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful date night place.

PD
vipPaulD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We love the outside dining. Kosta was excellent. Thank you Jayna for updating my points total. The only disappointment of the night was that my two favorite draft beers were out of stock, that was a bummer.

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Ireland
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the outdoor area felt comfortable.

PD
vipPaulD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outside dining is definitely for us. We hope it can continue through the Fall. Table was perfect & service was very good. Isabella took good care of us and didn’t miss a beat.

JS
JoeS
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

never disappoints! Great food and restaurant! xxxx

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vipvirginiaL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem - refreshing to find. We needed up going back a second time! Relaxed- not fussy - friendly and good food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Can’t really accurately rate food as we never got in restaurant. Showed up for 730 reservation for outdoor seating. Arrived 5 min early told table would not be ready for at least 20 minutes. We tried to be understanding—the restaurant was over capacity given Covid. We waited until 750 asked status was told realistically it would be another 30 minutes. We were so disappointed and frustrated. Asked about indoor seating-it was available but it was not properly distanced. We decided to leave as it was very uncomfortable. The truly disheartening thing is we asked to speak to management never had anyone come. It also was unbelievable that workers had no problem breaking social distance policies to accommodate tables. And when we checked open table app they continued to take reservations knowing they could not accommodate them. It was truly disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We waited forever for our server to come over and the service was super slow. Our food was cold when it came out which was disappointing, but the drinks were really good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, Drinks, Service and dining area all wonderful!

PD
vipPaulD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Alexa & Kathy are excellent! We love the atmosphere & vibe of the outside dining. We’ll be back, again 👍🏻

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diner99
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fast and very friendly staff!

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Colleen
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried smoked gouda was OUTSTANDING! My wife loved the steak frites. The building is new and beautiful. I love the architecture.

PD
vipPaulD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Getting together w friends. Denise was great. Food & drinks were excellent. Love the mozz bites & fried cajun shrimp.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We sat outside which was what I wanted from the reservation so that was good but they don’t have the entire outdoor dining space lit and our girlfriends were cold, could use heat lanterns. Service was slow to get to ya once seated and was just decent entire night. Mixed drinks were not very good. Next time if there is one I’d go with cider or something ore bottled. Best food selection was the Mac n cheese. Would unfortunately not recommend.

PD
vipPaulD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had my parents join us, they have mobility issues. My Mom asked the hostess “Does you establishment have a handicapped bathroom?” Unbelievably, the hostess didn’t know & didn’t care to find out. I was not impressed to see my Mom’s question treated as not important. Hostess couldn’t wait to get back to her cell phone. Your front-of-the house workers should at least pretend they care, or be trained on basic behaviors when dealing with any customer, especially seniors.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a lot of outdoor seating. Service was very good. I will definitely go back.

PD
vipPaulD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hostesses seem bored and not interested in what they’re doing. My elderly mother asked the hostess if there was a handicapped bathroom. The young lady acted like she couldn’t care less, said she “didn’t know” and started playing with the host computer screen. Give me a break, act professional, you’re the front of the house.

CC
vipCarolC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Food great. Service good. Had reservation but got the worst table. Hostess a whacko. Flies inside and out. Disgusting.

DD
DebiD
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good pub food, cute back porch area

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy!!! Would like to see the personal size nachos back on the menu but fantastic nonetheless

BS
BobS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful meal, attentive servers, it was a beautiful evening out. Selection was limited due to COVID menu. Looking forward to “normal” again.

CM
ChristianM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seated right away for our reservation! Great food and service. Outdoor seating is spaced nicely apart

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Waited for 30 minutes for someone to come to our table as we watched an out of place waitress bop around ignoring all her tables, watching the band play, hanging out with 1 crowd that looked like her relatives/friends. The table next to us had to ask a busser if there was anyone still waiting on tables in our section. Luckily the hostess realized what was going on and sent another waitress out to tend the forgotten tables. After that it was great, the waitress that picked up our table was attentive and cheerful. Food came out fast, drinks were cold, and the music was awesome!

PD
vipPaulD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a fun night! We were outside then it rained on us so we moved inside. Loved the Memphis Burger, yum! Had a few draft beers too.

J
Jneen
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for family friendly casual dining or a neighborhood pub to claim as your home-away-from-home,, this place actually fits both criteria. During "normal" times, the restaurant and patio side is well separated from the pub side, so there's no spillover between the two different atmospheres.

In this time of COVID, they've adapted wonderfully to offer both takeout and expended outdoor seating, and the staff does a great job ensuring everyone is well cared for. I've been a fan of this place for years, but this was our first visit in 2020 and everything was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very yummy!! Sat outside very nice patio!!

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ZGLr
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lots of bugs after sunset - should have citronella candles outside after dusk.

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Tango
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and it was wonderful

PD
vipPaulD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a really good time the food is delicious service is very good and sitting outside was comfortable and seemed safe.

NE
NormaE
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was excellent. Great personality. Food was great. We will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Straightforward and enjoyable.

DC
vipDougC
New England
40 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is truly a gem that appears unexpectedly along Route 22 in Essex, Ma. Lunch on the patio out back was delightful. A nice twist on “Standard New England Lunch Fare” prepared perfectly and served professionally. I’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon this place what a great little spot for a date!!! Service was great and with a smile and the lighting ambiance outside was so perfect!!!! We will be back again and again!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice night. Food was excellent and waitstaff was friendly
And attentive

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You can order delivery directly from The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex using the Order Online button. The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (978) 768-0000.

The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex is rated 4.5 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.