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“Great place in a little town.”

Farwood Bar & Grill
Ranked #1 of 24 Restaurants in Orland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Chico, CA
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Great place in a little town.”
Reviewed December 19, 2011

Met up with family traveling along I-5 and a friend recommended we connect up at Farwoods for lunch. It's an old bar that has been renovated into a very nice bar and restaurant. Our waitress was very friendly and seemed to know everybody by name. It's a good sign when the lunch crowd is a lot of locals and they all seem to come for the food.
There's a menu with great options like hamburgers, salads, sandwichs all from basic to elaborate. There is also a buffet that has one main option that is different each day and it's all you can eat. My Aunt and Uncle who are over 55 ate for $5.00. You can't beat that!
The chicken salad sandwich on a crossiont was excellent, coming with a very large salad that was not just iceburg lettuce, rather good greens, tomatoes, onions, and more. The tomato bisque soup was wonderful and the beef stew was hearty and thick with LOTS of meat!
Great little place to stop if you are traveling through Orland or along Highway 5!

  • Visited December 2011
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Corning, California
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Another delighful Orland Eatery”
Reviewed December 11, 2011

The Farwood bar and Grill was an old haunt of mine 20 years ago..when it was a Bar. The total renovation has provided a warm and "historical atmosphere".
The food is generous and well prepared.
Since i used to grow vegetables in the area, I am pleased to see the use of LOCAL produce

Visited November 2011
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1 Thank ChuckBartok
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Harbor City, CA
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best in Orland”
Reviewed August 31, 2011

Best eatery in Orland. Good menu selection. We had dinner and the restaurant also catered my high school reunion. Prime rib was excellent.

  • Visited August 2011
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2 Thank JDP626
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Cottage Grove, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Charming, over-priced and our food choices were just OK.”
Reviewed August 17, 2011

We went to the Farwood Grill based on Trip Advisor reviews. My husband had his mouth set for the Prime Rib. We were surprised by the huge and lovely back bar in the bar area. Cloth on the tables, a relaxed, upscale vibe in this small farming town. It was too warm to sit at the small bistro tables outside the front entrance, but I can imagine that would be a pleasant place for beer or coffee and a small bite to eat in the spring or fall.

We opened the menu and were surprised to find what I would think of as LA prices on the menu. But the descriptions of the food sounded good, so we decided to have a drink, an appetizer and split a dinner.

The Mirror Pond Pale Ale came with a frosted glass, and at $4.50 a bottle, it's a great drink and an average price for this brew. Then, we ordered the Bacon Wrapped Tempura Shrimp with a sweet Chili dipping sauce $6.99 (how bad could that be?) Actually, it wasn't really good. Big, succulent shrimp were wrapped in bacon and then smothered in a thick, beer-batter-style batter and fried. Shrimp were done. Bacon was not. Batter was over-powering. This is NOT tempura. 3 shrimp were served, and it was plenty for an appetizer. THEN we had the Salmon Burger which came with a choice of soup, salad or fries. We opted for soup, a Tomato Crab Bisque. Mild with OK flavor and discernable crab, it was served only lukewarm (which I thought was a mistake.) The salmon burger came on a Kaiser roll with an herbed garlic aoli, lettuce, onion and tomato. Fish was well cooked, but a small piece which didn't begin to cover the roll. It was tasty but probably not worth $11.99.

There were several tables of diners who all seemed to be enjoying their food. The service was friendly and competent.

There is no doubt that this is a nice place. We would choose great food in a hole in the wall over OK food in great surroundings, so we would probably not choose this again. But I can certainly imagine why many people would find this place a welcome oasis at the end of a day in the Central Valley.

  • Visited August 2011
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1 Thank AmeliaAnne1024
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Chico, California
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Gotta go back for more”
Reviewed June 13, 2011

We arrived at 6 pm on a Saturday evening for dinner; the restaurant filled up immediately after and the noise-level grew significantly ... But by then we had perused the menu that was extremely enticing & placed our orders (after much thought) ... The Farwood Iced Tea and Cosmopolitan drinks were very well-made; our orders for Prime Rib, Cyclone Chicken and House-Brined Pork Chop were big servings of quality food. The Fish & Chips were just so-so -- mostly french fries, a few sweet-potato fries & about a half-dozen strips of fish that wasn't too heavily battered. We liked the decor of dark wood and framed paintings. The noise from the bar was the biggest negative, but more bearable if we had sat at the tables in the back.

  • Visited June 2011
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1 Thank itchfoot
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