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Farmer Boy Restaurant
3427 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 687-7011

Reviews by the General Public

Nate, 11/24/2015
Reviewer: Nate from Santa Barbara, CA
I was looking forward to visiting Farmer Boy's restaurant after its recent reopening. I've heard good reviews. I ordered the All American Burger. Everything about the burger was great except the beef. The meat was chewy and over spiced. If they do not intend on using the best beef at least they could make sure that it is ground better. The overwhelming spice just kills the beef flavor. Beef is very delicate. Salt and pepper is usually enough. If the beef isn't great then you start pouring on the spice. I hope they fix this hamburger. It should be perfect.

Tasting Great!!, 11/2/2015
Reviewer: Krissy from Santa Barbara, CA
Happy that your reopened! Fun Staff, Niece (Denise) for short,greets you with her pretty purple hair and a warm smile! Danny the General manager is an absolute delight to chat with! I had their Fish and Chips they were served nice and hot, my daughter had their Chicken Club sandwich, I could see the steam coming off the chicken... need I say more.. we did order one of there famous cinnamon rolls...needs a little work but still delicious! Second time in i came for Breakfast...sat at the rail (Counter) had their veggie Scramble,asparagus,fresh spinach,mushrooms and onions I added swiss cheese! it was incredible,served with hash browns and a biscuit! prices are good, very reasonable and the company is truly awesome! THANKS

They have re-opened, 10/20/2015
Reviewer: Salmo from Santa Barbara, CA
This restaurant is easy to walk to from my apartment, so I've been watching and waiting for them to re-emerge. Saturday at about one o'clock I saw that they had and stopped in. The general layout is unchanged but all of the decor and furnishings are new and very tasteful. Since they offer some breakfast items all day, I got basic bacon and eggs, as a good test comparison item to other places I eat. There were two rather than four slices of bacon, but thicker than many places, and crispy, not limp, so thumbs up. The potatoes were good. The manager Danny was talking to customers and he and the rest of the staff were friendly and efficient. He said eventually they may start serving dinner in addition to breakfast & lunch.

Rest in Peace Memorable Farmer Boy, 2/25/2015
Reviewer: Thinker Bill from Santa Barbara-by-the-Sea, CA
Farmer Boy had become a local institution. It was "great for what it was"; lots of good food as very reasonable prices

Returning in the fall.
Reviewer: Annie from Santa Barbara, CA
Looking forward to the reopening of this location in the fall, following the purchase and remodel by owners of Brophy Bros.

Looks Closed ? Windows are brown papered shut
Reviewer: John from Santa Barbara, CA
Note on window but we did not stop to read it, hopefully a remodel and quick return

Letting the dead bury the dead....
Reviewer: J from Santa Barbara, CA
If you see this place as you drive by ...keep driving! I thought to myself, let's eat here and keep a local business alive and well. I've never written a review before.. always been empathetic to a giving situation. Coffee served cold, mentioned to waiter..cold again. Ordered basic breakfast. Eggs were watered down, sausage still frozen in the middle, hashbrowns undercooked. Had a side of biscuits- crumbled to pieces, I mean crumbled, old biscuits. Unable to eat a simple breakfast. McDonalds would have been a better choice to eat. If I was the owner, I would fire the cook who worked Sunday, nov 3 2013 at around 8am. I live and work in this town, since 1988. Sad to see a local business bury itself. Hope, the cashier realized the meal was not to par, the business compensated the meal. The cost of me having to take the time and write this review, the last time I will eat here.

Reviewer: STEVE talley from Santa Barbara, CA

Great Lunch Specials
Reviewer: Austin Mera from Goleta
The food was great, I had the Tuesday lunch special, and the soup was homemade chicken fideo, so good!! My girlfriend had Bacon avocado cheeseburger with french fries, we both had the homemade custard for dessert, it was really good. The server had a beaming smile which made our experience most enjoyable, always brought refills for our drinks, we like eating at The Farmer Boy restaurant, we go there quite often, and always tell them to eat an oyster and we well see you tomorrow, inside jokes are the best! I've never had a bad experience there, the atmosphere is very 50's thats what I like about it.

The most disgusting place I've ever eaten
Reviewer: Brooke from Santa Barbara, CA
My boyfriend and I went there for breakfast earlier in the week and right when we walked in the door it felt as though we weren't wanted there. We got a snicker and a glare from the older waitress and another one from one of the employees sitting at the counter. Our waitress served all of the regulars before us and I caught her rolling her eyes at us twice. I would never recommend this place to anyone, and from working in the hospitality industry I know the quality of the food, the cleanliness of the restaurant are entirely unacceptable. My boyfriend got huevos rancheros which seemed to look like they were out of a can, and I got a French dip where the meat was green.... I think that's all I have to say about the quality of the food there as well. The waitress messed up our order twice and was extremely rude when we confronted her about it, we also had to ask for our check 3 times before she got up from filing her nails at the counter and actually brought it to us. I would never eat here again and would never recommend it

So Sad
Reviewer: Jan from Santa Barbara, CA
The thing I liked best, was that going there brought back happy memories of eating here years ago. Happy memories were dashed. Sadly, this old, tired (service too)and dirty restaurant must be on it's last leg. The food was quite possibly the worst I have ever paid for in my life. I don't want to go into details to save your appetite...for another restaurant. There are so many good places to eat in S.B. Time for this one to R.I.P.

Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
Met a friend for breakfast at F.B. (not my choice) and the minute I walked iny stomach turned! This place was not just dated and hideous but filthy! Even out waitress was a mess! I was waiting for Gordon Ramsay to come out with a film crew at any moment( Kitchen Nightmares). The plates were chipped, flatware and glasses were still dirty and previous lipstick on my water glass (waitress didn't even bat an eye when I complained) I don't even want to think about what kitchen is like!!😳now the food/slop.... I had the highly recommended corned beef hash and eggs poached....what I got was something that resembled a can of dog food and 2 greasy over easy eggs (poached???) I just lookedat my plate in disbelief (this was highly recommended? And then I realized the source...what was I thinking asking our disheveled server for any kind of advise!). I took it back and ended up going to Via Maestra for some real food! As for my friend....she's not allowed to pick the restaurant anymore!

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