PART 1: Terrible service, Good locally produced food, byob for parties of less than 6 or 10 or something.. Good food. They do the locally grown thing, which I appreciate. Pricey, but good nonetheless. However, the service is close to terrible. I've been here 3 times. Once for rest. week several years ago, once with my girlfriend's parents, and tonight with a party of 9. Tonight 4 of us showed before the other 5. We were promptly seated, given menus, et cet. We had a bottle of wine with us. (Although they serve wine, they let you bring your own wine and don't charge a corking fee, which is really nice -- we confirmed it on the phone and again with the waiter). The server asked if we wanted the wine opened, we said "yes, thank you," and waited. And waited. Eventually, the rest of the party showed up with more wine. We had to ask another server about getting the wine opened. So finally the original waiter comes back, to inform us that, unfortunately, they charge a $10/bottle corking fee for parties of 10 or more. We inform her that we're only a party of 9. She says she needs to talk to her manager. After a long time, she comes back to tell us that they weren't going to charge us this time but in the future they would. I asked what the cut off point was - It didn't think it was appropriate for her to make us feel like we were getting a favor when we were clearly a party less than 10. She fed fed us some line about how they typically charge for larger parties and how they lose money when larger parties bring their own booze. Again I asked her what the cut off point was. And suddenly 6 people qualified as a "larger party" and she that we got lucky this time. The point is, she should have come back after talking with the manager and sweetly said something like, "I'm sorry for the mix up -- there won't be any charge tonight but we do have new policy that parties of 6 or more get a nominal corking fee." But instead she made the whole thing into a big issue and we sat there in awkward silence for 5 minutes while she slowly opened 4 bottles of wine.
Quality Food but Poor Service. I took a friend of mine for our first date to Farmicia. I always pass by and the ambiance finally drew us in. I really like the rustic chic look of the restaurant, the little apple as a simple centerpiece and the fresh flowers in the bathroom. The food was very good, simple and flavorful, reminisicent of the White Dog menu and flavor. However, our two waitresses were so incompetent, they seemed like they were high. In fact, that is the first thing I said when she left our table after fumbling through all the specials. I also thought it might be her first day but our second waitress was just as bad. She took our orders but never refilled our water glasses or asked how things were. When we asked her which dish she might recommend she was at a total loss. The restaurant was not crowded at all so there was really no excuse. I'm going to give these gals the benefit of the doubt and figure that it might have been their first day or week on the job, but the poor service was definitely a mar on the otherwise nice experience. I don't know if I would go back because this was like the little sister of White Dog, but I would probably recommend it to a friend for simple, casual date fare.
Worst Service. My boyfriend and I went during Restaurant week excited to try out a new place. At first, everything seemed great. We were seated right away, the waitress came to a table shortly after being seated and was very pleasant, little did we know what was in store for the rest of the night. After being served our bread and salads we were patiently waiting for our entree to be brought out. The waitress came over with new knives for our entree and said that our meal would be brought out in a few minutes. She then turned to the table next to us and told them the same thing (the gentlement at that table ordered their meal after us). A few minutes pass and the table next to us is served their meal. Time goes by and we have still not received our meal and our waitress is nowhere in sight. The gentlemen at the table next to us FINISH their meal as we are being served ours. The food was ok, not bad, but nothing great, but that didn't really matter as the waitress never came back to check on how everything was. She finally returned to clear our plates (still not asking how the meal was) and then asked if we wanted to order dessert - we had ordered it at the time that we ordered the rest of the meal. She then tried to guess what we had ordered and was wrong so she took the correct orders back to the kitchen. When the desserts were served, my boyfriend had received the correct one, but I had not. I called her over and told her this, she disappeared back into the kitchen to order the correct one. 15 minutes later she arrived and asked if my dessert was ever brought out. I told her no and said I didn't want it at that point to which she replied "Ok, I will get you the check" never apologizing for me not getting the dessert that I paid for. This was the worst service I've ever experienced in my life. The only reason I gave it a "1" was because the food wasn't that bad.
Local seasonal fare breathes fresh air into this modern, cozy, socially-minded Old City bistro..
Primary colors, soft indie rock and Buddha murals make this setting as serene as a holistic spa--one that serves champagne cocktails and eggplant cannolini. Metropolitan Bakery owners and the White Dog's former chef team up for a menu whose message is: Good food is good for you. Equal treatment to vegans and carnivores calls for Niman Ranch pork chops, vegetarian cassoulet, bountiful bread baskets and desserts.
Well... nice but not again. Loved the atmosphere, sitting out in front on a First Fridays, watching the world pass by. BUT, though he was amicable enough, the waiter was incompetent. We had to repeatedly ask for everything from water to bread to "we're ready to order now..." The food is ok, but way overpriced. Dry tuna, over-sauced London Broil, overpriced drinks. Well... we won't go back.
Top food, baked bread aroma. Watch out tastebuds!. The window seats on a nice sunny day are the rage. The seats outside are best for dog walkers who still want to do a brunch with Fido. Menu is indeed varied, and the service is super. And on top of that, the smell of fresh bread was awesome. On one of my visits, they ran out of soy milk and I am lactose-intolerant. Well, they sent someone out for soy milk so I could have my soy capuccino. Restaurant is a solid performer.
Best Happy Hour(s) in Old City. This place has an amazing happy hour-- generous, half-priced drinks; comfortable bar with no noise so you can actually talk; bartenders who know how to mix and provide great service.
Great Food & Atmosphere. Having just dined with a group of 7, we were all pleased with Farmicia and will return. The restaurant was very accomodating to the group, the service was expedient and amiable and food was enjoyed by all. We thoroughly enjoyed the first course: salad. Delicious were the pear & goatcheese salad, beet salad and calamari salad. The St. Peters fish was tasty albeit a bit bland and sparse on the plate. Desserts could be better given the association with the Metropolitan bakery, but the brownie sundae was a great treat. We will return for brunch, to try some meat entrees and to try the fancy tonics for happy hour.
Best Kept Secret In Olde City. We happened to walk past FARMiCiA, and we are glad we did. It's off the beaten path of Market St on 3rd. The hostess greeted us with a warm smile. We were taken to a table and waited on by a knowledgeable and gracious waitress. We stopped at the bar after dinner and enjoyed a drink and a laugh. The food, most especially the crab and apple salad was to die for! The manager acknowledged us and made sure everything was up to par. We can't wait to return to our new favorite restaurant. Cheers to your establishment. Thanks for a great Saturday night out!
Cold and hostile. The hostess was at best incompetent, at worst yelling across the restaurant to other staff while standing by our table. After twenty mintues without service, we had to flag a waitress down. She brought us a not hot hot toddy. The yellow tail tuna was reminiscent of wet carboard and the ice cream accompanying a rich but bland and arid chocolate torte was freezer burned, much like my behind after a visit to the restroom, which is apparently not heated. The bright spot was the salads: a warm goat cheese on the french lentil salad and a harmless beet and fennel salad left us hoping that the food, at least, would be okay. But from the centerpiece of bruised apple to the disorganized and oblivious service, one gets the feeling that the folks at Farmicia just don't care about running anything better than another below average restaurant.
Moodiocre. Hip hangout for those in search of a good place to be seen eating locally raised but bland food. We dined there recently for a brunch including fluffy but dry and tastless pancakes, a crabcake sandwich that was short on spices, and chicken enchiladas in desperate need of some zip. For dessert, skip the (also) almost devoid of flavor bananas foster bread pudding and go with the heavenly, not-too-dense chocolate mousse. If only the rest of the meal were as good as the mousse, we wouldn't be suggesting that this restaurant be set out to pasture.
Restaurant week gem. Visited this restaurant Friday evening during restaurant week. The food, service and decor were all awesome. Food was a bit pricey, but was so tasty.
Could be the worst restaurant in the city..... Every time I go to Farmicia I see customers complaining, waiting for someone to take their order, etc. Last Friday I figured I'd try again. It took the hostess 20 minutes to seat us with plenty of empty tables in sight. It took another 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order, then disappear. After waiting, we got up and left. The couple next to us, decided to do the same. Other customers were waiting at the door to get in, but could not find the hostess. I think this place has a good location, and is always filled with tourists and people who just don't know any better. But every time I come here, I leave frustrated.
Fresh and tasty. I had a lovely dinner at this restaurant. Beet salad was delicious, as was my main entree- grilled bass with crab broth served atop vegies and rice. Service was good.
GOOD FOOD - BRUNCH STARTS WAY TOO LATE. For those who have the mishap of waking early on a Sunday, don't bother. Brunch doesn't start until 11. Just like McDonalds!
Save your money. The food was merely ok. I like to look for a place with a good combanation of taste and value, and the taste just wasn't there for me. As for ambiance - it was just too "busy".
Best bread. The bread from Metropolitan Bakery is the best in the city. If you haven't tried the French berry roll or multigrain bread, you don't know what you're missing.
yummy soy latte. I went to the Pine street location (there is also one in Reading Terminal) and my soy latte was awesome!!!! The only down side is it was cash only, I went in august so maybe it has since changed. I have tried many many coffee shops in the city and this is the best for espresso drinks so far. If you love black coffee I recommend Passero's they have a few locations, my favorite is in Suburban Station! Go to either place and enjoy a cup o' joe!