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The Farmer Restaurant

Original post made by Brittany, Pleasanton Heights, on Aug 7, 2009

Has anyone tried The Farmer Restaurant located in the Pleasanton Hotel yet? I've driven by on my way home from work and it looks busy, but the bigger question is how is the food and service? We would like to try it but have had too many bad experiences going to restaurants right after they opened. Any reviews are greatly appreciated!

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 7, 2009 at 5:20 pm

unclehomerr.. sez.

Don't ever go to a new restaurant till they've had time to establish and train the staff and settle the menu. Remember Eddie Pappa's??


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 10, 2009 at 3:27 pm

New restaurant puts on a show; excellent food and good service. Web Link


the cook and barber

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Posted by Loyal to Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 12, 2009 at 7:47 am

I will not go to 'The 'Farmer'. I don't like the way that Bill was railroaded out by Ms. Martin (building owner). (Comments partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts.) I can speak from direct experience. She cancelled his lease when he chose to fight back against her rediculous rent increase and her 'decision' that his restaurant is outdated. He was forced to cancel wedding receiptions that were already committed to and booked. His restaurant was one of the favorites... and was what makes this fine town. Especially with Thursday night Blues and Summer Sunday evenings dancing and listening to live music on the patio. Her statement was that the Building & people 'deserve a restaurant that is more up to date'. Well, Bill's restaurant WAS Pleasanton. I will not patronage any other restaurant in that building after the treatment Ms. Martin gave the people of Pleasanton. Bill: I hope you are doing well. We miss you.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 12, 2009 at 5:11 pm

If you can get past all your petty HATE, the food is actually very good! My only problems is that do NOT serve even one ARMADILLO dish!

The seafood is EXCELLENT! VIVA! 3 STARS

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Posted by Polarbear
a resident of Rosewood
on Aug 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Farmer restaurant is OK; nothing great.
Wife & I went there for lunch today--she had $15 New York Steak--(not the sandwich). It was OK, but nothing real special--sides of potato salad & vegetables were very good--all portions were ample.
I had the fried chicken backet with fries. Chicken was OK, but again, nothing special. Hate to say it, but for $9, it was no better than KFC's. Fries were nicely seasoned.
Waiter was a nice guy, but service was not that great--how long does it take to get a drink from the bar & a bottle of ketchup--answer is: way to long--fries had gotten cold.
We ate on the out side patio, a nice day & a slight breeze--plastic tables & chairs (nice plastic with a wood grain appearance, but still plasic). They were not crowded together, so there was a feeling of "open-ness" out side. Other than the new plastic tables & chairs, nothing has been done to the patio area since the prior tenant.
The only thing that has been done to the interior of the place that we noticed is the walls have been repainted & there are many fewer tables inside, so it is not crowded in the dinning areas the way it was when the other restaurant was there. Same old carpets.
For the price, there are other places in town that are better; would we go back? maybe, but it's not #1 on our list & certainly did not "WOW" us. It's OK, but nothing great.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2009 at 3:02 pm

In response to "Loyal to Bill"'s comment--We has several run in's with Bill-especailly on the First Wednesday's street fairs. He would tape off & try to block his parking lot so people who would come to the street fair couldn't park there, rather than encourage them to park there & come to his place for dinner or dessert, and maybe a drink afterwards. He was real obnoxious about this--very territorial. He did this after telling us he had "reservations for dinner" at his place. What I found interesting was that when we left the street fair, there were no cars in the parking lot & his restaurant was basicly empty. This was at 8-8:30 on a Wednesday evening. Need less to say, we started parking there anyway & just blew him off.
His Sunday Brunches were overpriced & not that good. Went there once & never went back.
[Post removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]
As to the complaint about how he was treated--that is a hazzard of being a renter and a tenant, rather than the owner of the building.

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Posted by bitsy
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 14, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I heard that the carpets had been replaced if not that is gross-they were soooooooooooooooooo bad

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Posted by THE question is...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Is it still haunted?? Did Ms. Martin evict THOSE tenants yet?

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Posted by Bride to Be........
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 20, 2009 at 2:39 am

They just kiled any wedding business with all the farm scenes on the walls! Who wants their wedding photos with cows in the background. No sophistication whatsoever. Hof Brau atmosphere.

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Posted by Drexl
a resident of Ironwood
on Aug 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Went there on Sunday for Brunch, great service, music great, ate outside with the kids. Will definitely go again; very well priced, starting from $8. It is worth the try, we were on our way to Alberto's, heard the music, seen the happy crowd, decided to stop and eat there; had a great time!

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Posted by Gladys
a resident of Sycamore Heights
on Sep 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm

The Farmer is the same people that use to have "The Elegant Farmer" in Jack London Square. Had lunch there for the first time, outside on the patio. The food was excellent, affordable and the service was outstanding. I too shy away from new places until they get the kinks worked out. But I have to say I will be a repeat customer to "The Farmer". Nice new addition for the downtown lunch crowd.

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Posted by Jen
a resident of Danville
on Sep 9, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Speaking of the Farmers restaurant, I feel it was poorly staffed and the decor is beyond tacky!! When opening a new restaurant they should have selected a more experienced crew, our waiter was clueless. I was not impressed and was nauseated by the paintings on the walls. Who was your decorator? They should be sued or sentenced to a week living in a room with those horrible paintings and decor! I thought I was having a nightmare and was taken back in time to the he-haw show. Why weren't the carpets replaced? Maybe they should have postponed the opening instead of subjecting the public to those disgusting carpets and untrained crew. They might have lower prices and large portions, but the quality is not there. Needless to say, I will not be returning unless numerous changes have taken place. I was looking forward to eating there too, it was a real shame and disappointment. The level it is at right now, don't waste your time or money.

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 7:41 am

IMHO - Bill Laube is/was a good person. If (like the comment above)I disliked everyone who chases me from their parking lot - I'd be a hateful man!
Though for years the actual building could of used some major updating, he did offer some very cool activities that are now history. The Blues on the Patio each Thursday for years drew the best bands from the entire bay area. Truly miss those warm evenings listening to music and visiting friends.

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Posted by Annon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:42 am

Um, the music on the patio continues! What's the beef? The food and management seem better as well. AND the crowd is a wee bit younger, not that it matters.

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Posted by jiffypop
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 24, 2009 at 12:34 am

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Both are outdated establishments. They just took one outdated restaurant and put in another. If a restaurant is new, but looks like its been there 100 years? Come on...give it some life or give it six months and it will be shuttered. The food has always been bland and overpriced. Great location, food...not so much.

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Posted by 32 Yr. Pleas. Res.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2009 at 10:24 am

We tried the Farmer Restaurant last night, Sunday, Sep. 27. We dined in the main dining room and while the filet mignon was superb the blonde waitress who served us was rude as they come and she also short changed us. She seemed put out when we mentioned the two dollars that was not in our change. She remedied the problem but with a cold manner and with no apologies. When we left and said a polite "Thank you." She replied, "No problem." We thought that was a strange reply. I think she forgot who was the paying customer. To the owner of the've done a great job in making the old hotel look distinctively different with a clean, warm atmosphere. We fully enjoyed our meal but the waitress was just a rude woman. She will run off your clientele.

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Posted by Sue
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I've had lunch at The Farmer Restaurant twice in the past month. We chose to eat outside because the inside of the restaurant still smells like grandma's basement! The patio hostess was beyond rude because on the second occasion we failed to check in with the inside hostess. We were comfortable outside, even though the tables and chairs were plastic. Our waiter was nice both times. The food was just average. It's definitely not going to be anywhere near the top of the list when I want to consider where to go for a lunch out.

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Posted by Bobby
a resident of Dublin
on Nov 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Have been there 4 times, 3 for drinks and music and once for dinner. Had a great time with the bands they have selected, however the food is just ok, nothing really special. But I would go back.

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