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“Great restaurant in a tough location”
Review of The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse
Ranked #2 of 66 Restaurants in Needham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations, Takeout
Boston
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515 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Great restaurant in a tough location”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

This location has had it's run of restaurants, and we meant to try the seafood restaurant that was in this site. We met another couple, who suggested it and was pleasantly surprised to find a fine restaurant. We had the Scallops and Duck with the Calamari starter. The wine list is complete, but priced ambitiously. The service was excellent and only the lack of expresso to finish the good desserts was missing. This is a nice addition to the restaurants in Needham center at the corner of Great Plain Ave. and Dedham Ave., right at the light.

  • Visited November 2013
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“Fresh and delicious in a surprisingly elegant atmosphere”
Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

We were in town for business and the hotel shuttle driver recommended The Farmhouse. We were pleasantly surprised and impressed with the menu. The food was wonderful. The wine choices exceptional. The service was perfect. One of the best meals we have had traveling in quite some time. Thank you for the experience. Good luck!

  • Visited October 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Very good all around tasty fare”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

We both liked our entrees, mine was ribs on pasta, his was salmon.. bread is out of this world, service attentive and friendly. It is a nice setting but does not have great acoustics so it gets overly loud when the place is full, our only negative. Fresh good food ~~ expect medium prices, not inexpensive. ps dessert yummy too

  • Visited October 2013
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“Patience my dear ...”
Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

Great concept - good food, healthier, farm-raised ... I get it. So let's up the food tasty-ness, up the service level and you've got a homerun!

THE GOOD
Menu had interesting things on it: rabbit, duck, pasta with short ribs. Salads were authentic as well: prosciutto salad (prosciutto, noodles, caesar greens), some other tasty stuff. Waiter was great - personable, but not an entertainer ... I'm not there to be entertained by the wait staff and their jokes.

THE BAD
Not all so bad ... but fix these and, like I said - homerun. Slow service: Wife ordered a martini from the menu THEY suggested. It came at least 10 minutes after she ordered it; wine came 15 minutes after we ordered it; bread took 15 minutes to hit the table and the bread gal rationed it out like it was the last supper; meals took forever. Granted it was a Saturday night - but come on, you want to step it up in an upscale town and stop people from going into Boston? Then do it ...

Meals were tasty ( I had beef short rib pasta, wife had a veggie tart). Good - but not great, warm not hot. These aren't rocket science meals guys - make em, make em tasty and get em out hot.

INTERESTING
Some wait staff have small attitudes, which is no doubt spawned by the woman who owns/runs the place - she is always into something with somebody - the night we were there she was cruising around in Pippy Lond Stocking rainbow socks. We have listened to her before - she needs to lose the tude.

The waitress we had asked me (I am a male) if I wanted another martini - my wife was having the martini. The same lady asked my wife to taste the wine I ordered -- I said I would -- she told me she never lets her husband order the wine ... weird but I am over it.

Good place - not great. Tastier food and less weird comments and slow service and these guys could make a decent place that people would kill for: like Sweet Basil - right next door!

Visited November 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“A wonderful meal!”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

A friend treated me to my birthday dinner, and this was our first time here. The wait staff was courteous and very excited about the restaurant. Both of our meals were good, and the wine list is decent.

They are new, and it sounds like they have had some growing pains. We both thoroughly enjoyed the venue and food. I will definitely go back.

  • Visited October 2013
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