The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex

4.6
103 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 103 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.4
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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rosieeatsout
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

While it was Mother's Day, the restaurant was not very busy. After waiting 20 minutes, we had to request service and the server wasn't especially friendly, didn't introduce herself, etc. Anyway, we waited a while for drinks and upon delivery of our meals, the food was not cooked well, soggy asparagus, raw fish. The deserts were the best part of the meal. Delicious churros and chocolate lava cake.

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Beverly
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Farm has great food at reasonable prices and a nice outdoor eating area in the back. The nachos, BBQ, and sandwiches are all solid choices. They have a nice choice of craft beers available

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place to enjoy a nice Spring day! Food was tasty, beer was cold and service was friendly!

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DebbyS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the quesadilla which was so good. Fish tacos delicious and love that you could get the fish grilled not fried! Will definitely go back.

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vipkareng
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Your basic pub. Not a lot to write about. Outdoor seating but didn't look like there were any heaters out there.

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SusanO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Outdoor area looks like a great place

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ChristianH
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A very short drive from the busy village center of Essex. Ample free parking. Nice rustic decor. Food is very good. Ahi Tuna Burger was amazing. Hamburgers are the best around. The steak tip salad is awesome. A+ service.

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We are regulars at The Farm and consistently enjoy excellent service, but this time we experienced some attitude from our server and were rushed from the moment we were seated. Our server was pushing us to order our entrees even before our appetizer was delivered. We felt like our server didn’t want to deal with us. Every visit to our table was quick and abrupt. It was obvious to us that our server didn’t want anything to do with us that day.

We’re really hoping for a more positive experience next time we visit.

PD
vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Parents “breakout party” after being inside for a year!
Alexis placed us at a nice table partially in the sun. Our server was excellent, food was delicious. Please get more Maine Brewing “Lunch” on tap.

JM
JudyM
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service. Felt very safe eating during Covid. And they honored my request for seating, in a booth in front of the fireplace.

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Alexis did a great job!

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Stephanie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very casual but great food and drinks, we definitely will go again.

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Jneen
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is home away from home for me. Comfortable farmhouse vibe in both the dining and bar areas with a huge outdoor patio and yard in season.

We chose pub seating and everything was exactly as expected, service was above and beyond.

Highly recommended!

BG
BrentG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Tuna appetizer was AMAZING!! The cosmopolitan was superb and the Ipswich IPA was delicious. We split the fish tacos (broiled) and they were DELICIOUS!!!! And to top it off, we had the Strawberry Shortcake for dessert - and HOLY COW was it phenomenal.. If we had known - we would have had dessert twice and skipped dinner!!!

Second time there and it won't be the last.

Brent Gebel
Boxford, MA

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vipValMccaff
New England
28 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite waitress Denise made us feel welcome and at home!

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ScottW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently great food and innovative drink specials. Bar food yes, but a whole lot more. You will not be disappointed.

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Exit18
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent comfort food with good size portions. Everything we ordered tasted super fresh.

LB
vipLynneB
New England
196 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my husband and my first time at The Farm Bar and Grille. I was very impressed as our Server seemed to have her hands full waiting on many tables but was attentive to us. In addition, the Manager who stopped by our table to bring out something to our table made a comment that next time she will have to give us a bigger table as that was my only negativity as we ordered many different appetizers and side dishes, as well as a sandwich and our table, was truthfully to small. I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be dining there in the near future.

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vipbabs
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always fun at farm!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. One of my favorite restaurants. The wait staff is the best, food & drinks are great.

PD
vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Ian is excellent, took good care of us. Outside dining is getting chilly, but we’re still able to sit outside, thank you!

My rewards points continue to not make it to my account, which leads to phone calls to the manager. Jayna always rectifies the situation, which is appreciated.

The specials & beer list should be updated to reflect what is not available. I’m often informed that my choices are not available, after looking at the menu.

PD
vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice time!

SG
vipSheilaG
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and fun! We will be back.

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janicec
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, very clean and spaced appropriately and we had an awesomely positive server that kept us smiling!

PD
vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Thank you again for having outside dining and for having staff willing to go out into the chilly temperatures to serve us. Andriana was excellent as usual. The only issue we had was that there were absolutely NO specials available, not even one, though were were given the “Specials” menu. Kind of disappointing but not a big deal. We’ll be back soon!

VM
vipValMccaff
New England
29 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great”local”:friendly with great fresh food and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at the farm. Food is amazing !! So is the staff ❤️

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vipValMccaff
New England
29 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So comfortable!

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you for having Outside Dining!
Alexis is very welcoming and pleasant at the front desk.
Andriana was excellent, didn’t miss anything! Love the food, beer selection, and patio.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Farm is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always great. It’s very comfortable and the service is excellent. We will be back again & again.

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had a great time outside dining! Ian took good care of us.

MM
MichaelM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and good service.

PD
vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thanks for having outside dining!!! Good value overall. Adriana was excellent. Kathy & Alexis are very nice!

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vipPaulD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We’re outside dining as long as possible

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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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 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.

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vipCherylS
New England
11 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
vipTimB
Las Vegas
6 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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The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex is rated 4.6 stars by 103 OpenTable diners.

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