Farmer's Apprentice

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Farm-to-table
Farmer's Apprentice, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, serves farm-to-table cuisine in a casual, cozy setting. Farmer's Apprentice strives to source as locally and ethically as possible. Menu items are available a la carte or as part of a chef's menu for the table. Farmer's Apprentice features a diverse wine list offering wines made with minimal intervention




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4.7
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4.4
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KK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, great location, great cocktails!

SN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We enjoy the casual atmosphere and the well seasoned and prepared fresh food in season and the bread too

TL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love a restaurant that allows reservations for brunch! The omelette was delicious, perfectly prepared and the coffee was from Elysian which was great.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

Very small portion for $35 main course

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

Tables were less that 12” apart. Another couple seated right beside us despite the restaurant being half empty. Had every word of their conversation right in our ears. Very limited selection of entrees. Food was tasty, but over-priced for quantity/quality. Presentation was poor for pork entree. Just a plate of brown. Won’t be returning.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very accommodating for dietary needs.

OT
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Diners should be forewarned that usually just 2 entrees with meat. Family style is fine. One dish was pork neck and heavily with fat served with curried beans. Not fully enjoyed with fat ratio and for $38.

Just be aware of the gamble given the limited selection and questionable value. Dishes do change.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We brought our friends from out of town here. One was vegetarian and plenty of options for them. Our waitress was helpful and informative. We had a great meal together.

m
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious, as always!
Service was friendly, efficient and not intrusive.
Disparate tastes in our group and everyone was very happy with their meal.

AP
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food is very very tasty and beautifully presented. It's a small menu, which I love because I know every item has been carefully thought through. Our server was extremely attentive while not being a nuisance. It was not too noisy, which I like, and it was nice and cozy even although it was snowing outside. for sure I will go back and I would recommend it.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

It was fine. Not sure we would go again but worth a visit overall for some interesting small dishes.

A
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Seasonal, fresh, efficient as always. A solid choice. We went for brunch this time, and it’s one of a few places where you can make a reservation for brunch instead of trying your luck at a table. Not interested in waiting in long lineups for eggs, so this was a solid spot.

r
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2014
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

a small and bustling place that serves some amazing foods.....we booked a few weeks in advance to get an 8:30 PM table, and the experience was lovely, just like the servers. The foods were somewhat unusual, most very much of interest and fascination....we did appreciate that the dishes appeared at a good pace, and, were meant to share. We enjoyed two salads, one order with sablefish...the only truly expensive dish was the steak which was cooked to perfection. It literally melted in your mouth. Disappointed that there was little or no consideration for B.C. wines, nor anything chocolate for the dessert offerings. A very pleasant place that we will return to for a special occasion or when we have true foodies visiting us.

E
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had been meaning to go to the Farmer's Apprentice since it opened in our area, but only got around to it for my husband's birthday last week. After winning a top restaurant award in Vancouver it took a while to get a reservation at a good time. But certainly worth the wait! Very friendly, unpretentious, helpful wait staff. And very delicious, interesting, eclectic food. Loved all the 70s records they were playing.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was amazed with the whole experience at the Farmer's Apprentice.
We were greeted with a friendly hello and seated immediately. The decor was interesting. Not too flashy but there was thought put into it. I was sitting next to an old vintage window that used as a partition.
We chose three seafood dishes and the eggplant. Every single dish came out with a full description by the server. The taste was incredible and so fresh. The dessert with the basil sorbet and blueberries was delicious.
My sister and I were thrilled to have a chance to speak with the owners who were so nice and humble.
I believe they have a great future ahead.
Chica

s
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2014
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The restaurant is surprising in every way..The food..the staff..the menu..the ambiance..made for a truly great experience!

R
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2014
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lots of creativity in the menu, with all dishes intended for sharing. Individual dishes, however, are relatively small so be prepared to order a second helping when you discover one you love. Space is tight, especially if you're sitting opposite the bar area. We tried just about everything and nothing disappointed. Definitely on the list of places to visit again and again!!

B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2014
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Made a reservation about a month in advance and everything was great until the main course prime rib. It tasted like it was roasted. It was covered in sauce. A rib eye is a notoriously fatty steak and I was very surprised to find it had been roasted. In my opinion, a rib eye should be cooked at high heat to make best use of the fat and it's flavour. Since it was cooked low and slow, it meant I paid $50 for a very fatty dish. Other than that everything was great.

C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fabulous and fresh! The chef decided the order the food would come out in. Really enjoyed the sharing style and got to taste a bit of everything! Can't wait to try it again.

c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2014
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

The restaurant tries too hard. The service is slow. The plating is poor. The favors are decent, but it's nothing notable. It's a hipster place that doesn't quite put out anything worth going back for. The waiters need a lesson in providing good service. We weren't notified of the specials. There were gnats flying all around. They gave us still and then sparking water. We asked just for still. Mediocre at best.

d
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Sunday dinner was market themed. Six incredibly delicious courses and one of the best wines
I've ever tasted. It was a perfect anniversary dinner.
I highly recommend Farmer's Apprentice. We left full, smiling, and enchanted.

N
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went to the Sunday night set menu. The corn soup was excellent. The salad selection was very good, and again excellent. The toast was interesting. We enjoyed the main course which was pork. The plumb desert was very good.

VG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2014
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Yes, the food was interesting and tasty. The tables are tight, so much that if the waiter is talking to the table next to us, his shirt would fall into our wine glass.The service wasn't great. It's nice to have dishes come out one at a time so that you can enjoy each one but there were a couple of times with awfully long gaps between dishes and sometimes 2 would come at once. The bench seating was ok. The seating across was a hard chair with no cushion and it was an awkward height for the table. It was so long between dishes that my boyfriend and I had to change seats because his was so uncomfortable. They brought dessert but no cutlery and then disappeared. We had to share a pear tart and eat with a knife and mini spoon for espresso.

AI
London
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2014
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Farmers Apprentice was an absolute joy to eat at. Every plate was more complex, more delicious and more impressive than the last. Particular highlights for us were the gnocchi and the rib of beef, which was reportedly cooked medium rare, but arrived rare at best (much to our unbridled joy!) Fantastic music selection and a generally great experience. Get a table booked as soon as possible!

r
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

FA does a great job of putting together a small menu of interesting combinations of seasonal/local ingredients prepared exquisitely well. The service is always spot-on - friendly without being intrusive and helpful with recommendations. The wine list always features some intriguing wines that you probably won't see elsewhere. My only complaint is that it's harder and harder to get into! Can't wait for their bistro next door to open.

o
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2014
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

The portion is smaller than I had expected. Two of us were barely full. The food over all was pretty good but for that price I could better choices. The place is so tiny that there are no room for me to get out of the restaurant.

B
London
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2014
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

this place is a REAL foodies' restaurant.....almost too a fault. This may bewhy it may have rec'd such 'mixed' reviews......the presentation is VERY simple and nothing is over-the-top which perhaps people expect it to be. First, this place is about sharing, and the portions are fine for that and the quality and uniqueness of the food DESERVES to be shared. Service was perfect - not 'too' attentive and did a great job of synching with our needs. Don't expect any 'big' presentations or sauces - this place is all about the ingredients and trying to create sublime creations that are unique for their freshness and inventive preparations. Because it was awarded 'best new restaurant' in Vancouver it seems people expect more 'fluff'.

DD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2014
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent, innovative, fresh food. Really fun to go with friends and order a bunch of different things to try on the menu. I have never had a dish here that I didn't like!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2014
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We had olives, which were wonderful; different that I have ever had. Then the bread with onion butter, which was delicious. Then the scallops and pork cheeks, both of which were outstanding. Strange that the duck confit was sold out at 5:45....The prices are a little high for the portion sizes, which are small. But if you crave great food, this is the place for you!

D
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Happy and joyous food that comes out of the kitchen with the chefs delivering it. Sharing style plates, with thoughtful food. Uber fresh with interesting combinations. Every time I dine here I leave with a big smile on my face. Not so much of a hidden gem anymore, as the word is out. This is a restaurant that does something completely different, and without any pretension or attitude. Again, consistently amazing!

W
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Definitely a different and interesting food experience - fresh ingredients in unique combinations (we asked for a copy of the daily menu sheet back so we could keep track of the components)! Lots of chefs in the open kitchen, and they seemed to enjoy serving the food themselves. As expected, the servings were a bit pricey for the small size - 4 of us split 7 main items plus 2 breads and the great olives. Recommend the perfectly done halibut. The sweetbreads were a highlight - great sauce - another good reason for the bread to wipe up every drop. Great background music. On the negative side, there were no moderately priced wines on the list. Also no non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks or juices for non-drinkers - just a fruity "cocktail".

R
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2014
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We had dinner on a Friday night. This place gets quite busy as it is very popular. We liked the idea that all plates were meant for sharing. We had a nice zucchini and tomato salad with avocado dressing, some halibut that was small but perfectly done, and a rib eye steak that was overpriced and not cooked on a hot enough grill; the fat was not really crisped up. The bread, which is an extra cost, was very good but there was not enough olive oil provided with the bread. I would recommend this restaurant but I will not go there again for a year or two as there are so many new restaurants to try in Vancouver.

C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2014
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was exquisite. The ambience is humble but nice and fresh. Portions are small.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2014
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The chefs killed it with the food here. We had the heirloom tomato dish (good and perhaps too simple of a dish). We also ordered their potato dish which was amazing. The flavors were spot on. Then we ordered their foie gras. Amazing portion of foie for the price and the flavors were again spot on. Lastly we ordered their 45 day aged steak (I think it's 45 day). Wow! Probably the best steak I've had in Vancouver. It's pricey but worth it because the portion is enough for two medium size people. Although I could probably finish it myself but my wife would not be happy. The steak was cooked perfect rare, maybe even blue. I suspect it was sous vide though they didn't advertise it. All around great place to have a nice dinner.

j
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2014
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Farm to table - got it. But... they seem to go so far to make sure that you recognize just how good a tomato it is, that they barely do anything to it. I buy the same exact produce (from the same farms) at Trout Lake Market, and I don't need to spend $180/cpl to eat 'em.
I really wouldn't rush back for any of the 8 dishes our table of 4 tried. The sable fish and halibut and tuna dishes were very nice, as were the Seiglinde potatoes, but I've had better dishes in plenty of restaurants for less money.
Excellent server, really like the room, bright and airy, spinning vinyl. Except that for our 7:45 reservation we were told at 9:15 that they'd be needing the table for 9:30 - not cool.

F
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I rarely get to use the 5 star outstanding across the board but this restaurant deserves that rating. It is hard to explain Farmer's Apprentice because I do not have a comparison. It is laid back and super attentive at the same time - that goes for the food, the ambiance and the staff. It is a wonderful combination - and that ability to combine great experiences is translated in the food as well. Simple yet complex ingredient pairings result in dishes with flavour layers. An example is the simple olive that is smoked to perfection - you can buy them for takeaway for your award winning martini at your next party. I eat a plant based diet and had no trouble finding great selections on the menu.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2014
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Having read that this restaurants have made several lists as one of Vancouver's best, my partner and I were looking forward to dining here. However, the experience was disappointing. The food was inconsistent in quality - we started with heirloom bean salad that was excellent, this was followed by an interesting albacore tuna with kimchi, an over-salted red wheat berry salad, and a rabbit dish that was overcooked. What really made the experience poor were the hostess and waitress who were unwelcoming, uninformed about the menu, and seemed unhappy to be in what seems to be a successful restaurant. If our experience that night is typical, then the accolades are undeserved.

FC
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2014
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Poor service and slow initial service of drinks. Very condescending attitude by the waitress. She made us feel uncomfortable. Simple requests like a serving spoon for the dishes (as opposed to using our own forks to "dig in" communal dishes) was treated by attitude. At the end, she almost threw down the bill. She acted like a spoiled brat. The food, while good is overpriced and the servings small. We will not be back.

E
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a find this place is! Off the beaten downtown Vancouver path, but offers lots! We went on their guest chef Sundays where a set menu was provided but loved every part of it! Food was incredible. All market foods and whatever is in season from local farmers. Really quite delicious! Service was great and the restaurant is charming. Tiny, rustic place with lots of character. Definitely try it out but make sure you make resos ahead of time.

S
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2014
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This is our absolute favourite place in Vancouver, but is recommended only for true foodies. The dishes are all designed for sharing, and use smaller amounts of high-quality ingredients. Think of a tasting menu at a Michelin-starred restaurant - the emphasis is on quality and trying different things. If you try everything, it will obviously be a little more expensive, so I do not understand complaints about portion sizes or price with respect to Farmer's Apprentice.

The staff are doing a good job of managing the restaurant's new-founded (and deserved) popularity, but we did have minor waits for drinks and water. The food was all perfect when it came out - I would be hard-pressed to pick a favourite dish.