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“Farm fresh”

Farmhouse Tavern Restaurant
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Ranked #366 of 9,548 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Franklin
Transit: We are right under the Chicago Avenue Brown Line Stop. The 66 bus stops in front of Farmhouse.
Ontario
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Farm fresh”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Very good food, reasonably priced and excellent service. The restaurant is well located and the decor is excellent. Very good dining experience

Visited March 2013
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great, local sourced food, and unique drink offerings”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Had dinner on a recent Friday night, and even though a packed house, did not "feel" overly crowded. Noise level is high, but managable; may depend on where you sit (we had a table for 4 in a corner). The food was great - our group had the braised short ribs, chicken, steak, and fish offerings on the menu (offerings change seasonally and based on source availability), and all were outstanding. The beet salad also got rave reviews (from those that like beets). Beer and wine offerings include choices not typically seen on a widespread basis.

  • Visited March 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Absolutely Fantastic , Food =A+, Service = WOW! Concept =A+”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Farm House is a gem. CHEESE CURDS! MIDWEST CRAFT BEERS! COTAIL HEAVEN! BEEF JERKY! The food was top notch, the craft beer pairs impeccably. Take a break from your diet and indulge. This is a restaurant that every local Chicagoan, and tourist should make a point of visiting. Door to table the service was flawless. The décor is hip, unique and fun. Ask the staff about the build out! They used recycled Chicago wood, glass, furniture and so much more. They went one step further; the staff made the art that hangs on the walls! They buy local dairy, produce, meet, and drink. This restaurant not only provides a wonderful service, and food, but they support local artisans, farmers, artist, and industry. I am going to send everybody I know here.

I would like to thank the owners and Chef Mansavage for running a 5 star business while supporting local Chicago industry! You have really upped the anti for any new tavern. You have made a lifetime customer out of me.

The location is ideal, just a stones skip away from the Chicago Brown Line stop, or few blocks west of the Chicago Red Line stop. The price is right, the food is right, the atmosphere is right, the service is right…..10 STARS.

  • Visited March 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice, but mostly geared to 20 and 30-something locals”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

The place is having construction work done outside, so to get into the restaurant, you will have to "walk the plank".

The restaurant is a local bistro format; cozy and has a room upstairs. Not formal or classy in any way. Restaurant is very casual, not a place to go for business dinners. Funkiness all around in terms of decor and furnishings, which are mostly hand-me-down tables and stools and what seem like old high school desk chairs. Ambiance is loud, which again appeals mostly to the younger crowd. Interior is lit well within the sandblasted factory-type brick walls. Cloth napkins are actually old dishtowels.

The restaurant presents a modest menu featuring local grown products whenever possible. Appetizers are limited and mostly bar-type food.

The bar does not carry name brand liquors, but a good selection of micro-brews which seems to be the feature.

The patrons are mostly young and local to the area. There is no valet parking, but we had no problem finding street parking. The one problem with street parking (at $4 per hour) is that the maximum time is 2 hours, which means that sometime during your dinner, you will have to leave, go outside and re-feed the meter, which isn't much fun during a Chicago winter.

The staff is friendly and fun and kitchen staff was very attentive and accomodating to one of our party who suffers from a variety of food allergies.

Had a "grass-fed" burger which was OK, but nothing overly special. The smoked catsup was interesting. Others had the pork loin and steaks. Ok, but nothing that really impressed.

We had a party of 7 which they seemed to have a hard time with. When making the reservation, I was told that they typically seat in 4s. We had two tables pushed together upstairs which worked out just fine. Also telling with their difficulty in accomodating larger groups was the serving of the entree. The single server brought out the entrees 2-3 at a time, with about 4-5 minutes between each entree. The kitchen is located downstairs, however, it was awkward for our party as due to the delay, we had to prompt those served to eat before it got cold.

To make a reservation, they will require you to give them a credit card. We did our reservations on Open Table and since they required a credit card, we were not allowed to make any changes, even though we simply wanted to add a person to our party.

Farmhouse is OK as a "gateway" gourmet restaurant, pariticularly for the younger gentry in Chicago. Would recommend it for smaller parties, 2-4 people. Would not recommend it as a special dinner or business dinner location. Certainly not a "dress-up" place.

  • Visited March 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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417 reviews
325 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Average”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Food here is nothing special, actually quite average, and while I like the atmosphere I feel like there are a few other places that have gone up with are basically the same type of restaurant. I am glad I tried it, but I will not return.

  • Visited July 2012
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