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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
160 Bank St
phone: (802) 859-0888
(Place added by: liquidlife on 05-20-2010)
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| Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The farmhouse tap and grill is absolutely amazing. Whether its outside in the beer garden, or downstairs in the lounge. They always have a great selection of beer on tap. The food is amazing. The atmosphere is very chill and laid back, not pushy and quite friendly. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area looking for great local craft beers or delicious fresh meals
07-31-2013 00:16:03 |
More by mriley1984
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A newer place with a nice trendy/modern meets rustic aesthetic. We sat at the upstairs bar on a Sunday evening and the place was bumping with a line almost out the door waiting for tables. They were doing a Smuttynose takeover so I got to try a couple I'd never had before along with something else that escapes me right now (this was our second to last stop of a pretty long local beer tour). Wish I'd gotten a chance to try Hill Farmstead's Edward, but didn't see the tap until it was too late. The bartender was very attentive and knowledgeable. We tried a local cheese plate that was pretty killer. I walked downstairs to check out the bar - I basically can't imagine a place I'd rather be in the middle of a Vermont winter with a great beer in my hand than in this room. It had a cool, rustic, dark, comfortable vibe that looked perfect for that kind of thing. Place was a bit pricey, but everything seemed on par with the prices being charged.
08-24-2011 19:52:57 |
More by Delraypete
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I stopped her for dinner and drinks with a few friends while on vacation in Burlington. The place is pristinly clean and with a very modern look.
Quality of the beer was excelent. Everyting was fresh, served in its proper glassware and clean.
Service was outstanding. We had a drink outside on the patio and the server was very quick and attentive. Inside during the dinner, the server more than adequate and very helpful.
The Selection was very well thought out. Lots of New England craft and belgian imports. If you can't find something you like or want to try, then you are being too picky.
The food was amazing. Everything was organic and from local suppliers. I had the meatloaf which was beyond good.
07-23-2010 20:08:18 |
More by mymrnngjckt
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I lunched on the patio on a sunny fall day along with my beer-curious wife and rambunctious four year-old. The beer selection was fantastic with about 20 well-described offerings on top that were mostly local and some incredible bottled treasures.
The food was amazing (as local as the beer) and they were willing to make a smaller portion of the regular menu items for my son in lieu of the same old kid's menu stuff (chicken fingers, pizza).
The interior seemed nice--and if it's true that it is a converted McDonald's, you can hardly tell.
An excellent combination of quality food with outstanding beer.
Will definitely return.
09-17-2011 17:35:50 |
More by Matt1516
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A very cool restaurant and a must-stop for anyone visiting Burlington.
The tap list was ridiculously good, likely a little better than usual due it being the weekend of the Vermont brewers festival. There were multiple offerings from Hill Farmstead and Lawsons among others and two casks.
The food was outstanding as well. Had a cheese plate and burgers. Both excellent. All food is sourced locally, just like the beer.
Atmosphere is very laid back. Service was very friendly and informative, although a bit slow.
07-28-2012 13:36:52 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Made two trips to the Farmhouse on our visit to Burlington - once to the dining area for lunch and once to the downstairs bar for drinks.
Upstairs it's a large open room with a variety of tables and a reasonably sized bar. The taplist consists of about 20 drafts and 6+ pages of bottles including a cellar collection. Our visit was the day after their Maple-fest so the draft options were geared towards that. Unfortunately the Lawson's Maple Imperial Stout and Maple Tripel kicked the night before. There will still multiple Hill Farmstead options, Fiddlehead, Rock Art, Long Trail options available.
The downstairs area has tables, high tops, and a bar that's at least as large as the main area. If you want to mainly drink this is the place for you, but they do offer food as well.
The food was good, but the menu is somewhat limited as it is very localovre centric. I had a burger that featured VT beer, VT cheddar, VT bacon, and a house made roll - absolutely delicious. This is definitely not your typical pub-fare which could leave some people stranded.
Prices were somewhat high, but you won't find a better draft selection anywhere in the state. It also helps that all the beers are offered in half or full pours which makes it easy to taste a lot of different options.
If I lived in Burlington I'd be here at least once a week.
04-15-2012 20:31:09 |
More by nh2032
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Yes, Marvin, I’ve heard about the new taproom in Burlington. I mean, really. Stalled at the rainy hotel, holding this off as long as we could thinking (knowing) it would be stupid jammed, and it was. An hour and a half on a table, they say. We’ll wait downstairs in the lounge. Seeing dinner and drinks things in reverse this time around...
6 seat “L” bar with seating on the stretch only. Barback is a wood unit split in half with a dozen taps in a row on panel backing. Wines on the counter between the taps on center and a few random display bottles, and that’s about all. Lamps imbedded over the taps and glassware shelved below. Wood box overhang above the bar, with pressed tin inlayed and buttercup lamps dangling. A single banquet table seating a dozen adjacent to the bar, and a ½ dozen tables on the far wall sharing bench play. Down on the end, a church pew on shorty tables, seating to both sides of the fireplace, and light bar counter space on the opposite wall below a 4 x 8 mirror. A real comfy room, our table called too soon.
Now back upstairs again, seated up front this big open room along the large windows there. Garage doors to both sides roll up to penned streetish side seating in warmer weather, which is now not. Beige walls papered & painted over plank lowers, and some drop copper lighting giving good ceiling swirly pattern fun. Roughly 30 tables riddled about. Just shy of a dozen 2-seat tables sharing a wall of bench, hightops on the other end, and low recs and a few banquet tables in between. In the rear left corner, a slab straight marble bar seating less than a dozen, with a pair of handpumps about midway along. Barback holds a pair of row towers fronting a pieced horizontal mirror on center. Wine and glassware boxed vertically to both sides and shelved glassware below. A trio of angled horizontal blackboards listing tap selections sits above. Upright bottle cooler on the end. Cheese off the other side of the bar, with peek a boo views of kitchen window above and a board listing cheese selections atop. And a ‘Thank you farm’ board on the far wall, nicely done.
24 taps, ¾ of which are American craft beer offerings from Vermont (Hill Farmstead Edward Pale Ale, Abner Impy IPA, Rakau & Amarillo Single Hop Pales, Trapp Family Lodge Vienna Lager, Long Trail Goodnight Irene, Rock Art Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout), and coasts East (Allagash White, DogFishHead Festina Peche, Victory Helios, Flying Dog Tire Bite, Blue Point Rastafa Rye, Hoptical Illusion, and No Apologies Imperial IPA, Southern Tier Backburner Barleywine), and west (North Coast Pranqster, Old Rasputin RIS, and Scrimshaw Pilsner). The remaining ¼ is a mix of imports (Ayinger Brau Weisse and Oktober Fest-Marzen, Weihenstephaner Festbier), a cider (Original Sin), a root beer (Rockies Root Beer), and a wine (Shelbourne Vineyards Cayuga White). And lest we not forget the single cask offering (Berkshire Brewing Lost Sailor IPA).
And 100+ bottles; nearly 3 dozen American craft (including local hero Heady Topper, a pair from Hill Farmstead, and goods from Lawsons). Upwards of 2 dozen Belgians, including some Trappist play (Orval for $11). Roughly a dozen vintage/rarities (2007 Orval for $15, plus Belgian and Stone offerings), and another 3 dozen beers of the world, with a prominent amount of Canadian & German offerings. And Ciders, Gluten frees, N/A’s, and 50+ wines, a few of them by the glass. We split a bottle of the Hill Farmstead Vera Mae (Saison with honey & dandelions), which we missed earlier today at the brewery but happily caught now. It did not suck. And then I had a Trapp Family Lodge Vienna Lager, ‘cause did I mention it’s pretty goddamn good?
They started with the delicata squash salad (mixed greens frisee, Cabot clothbound cheddar, cider vinaigrette, croutons of good) and the steak tartare (local grass fed beef on house made potato chips). I took in a pair of cheeses; Champlain Valley Triple Crème (cow), and the Blue Ledge Farm Lake’s Edge (goat). I dug on the goat, more so. Came with the things you’d want with the kind cheeses. Ben, the basic burger (kimchee and an egg, sunny side up), and Bethy, the lamb burger (feta, apple, parsley, and delicious). I burgered as well, with the Jericho Settlers’ Farm grass fed beef (Landaff Creamery cheddar, VSC bacon, charred onions, locally sourced awesome). Burgers were money (sooo money), ‘and they know it’, added Ben. We all opted out on the salad for fries, they were no joke. And pickles even Randy would approve of. Bethy wound down with the ice Vermont cider. Now add a spice cupcake with cream cheese frosting and candied bacon, and goodnight.
Apparently, there is beer garden space out back, with a limited food menu (snacks and a smoker of things meat), and a handful of taps. It’s just a bit too autumny for me to hunt out at this time. Great house; upscale, but accessible. Amazing damn food, and a real nice beer selection. Excellent joint, Burlington.
02-25-2012 02:05:24 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Nice, comfortable space in downtown Burlington; lots of seating and definitely more of a restaruant feel, than a bar, though there is a bar.
Service was good, the menu is pretty local, not overwhelming, but full of good food, some of it is on the pub side of things, some of it is a bit fancier. The quality of the food was outstanding! The beer list is quite possibly, the best in the country/world on many nights. A huge selection of bottles and cans from all over, including Heady Topper and a great draft list that, on my last visit, included two Hill Farmstead beers, as well as others by Founders, Stone, Bear Republic and often has Lawsons. About the only negative thing you can say about this place is that the beer is expensive. A 12oz glass of Abner costs $8.50, which didn't stop me from enjoying this outstanding and hard to find beer, but let's face it, that's ridiculous.
11-13-2013 21:01:12 |
More by dougfur
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I always make a point of stopping in here when in Burlington, even if it's just for dessert and a stout.
Modern and lofty inside the main floor with a fairly large outdoor patio adjacent to the sidewalk. Downstairs it's more of a traditional and cozy pub feel with lots of wood and a plethora of boardgames to play- Great place in the winter.
Have about 25 tap offerings of mostly good, local, Vermont beer with usually a Californian, Belgian, German, and some other quality regional New England offerings. From Vermont you can usually count on Trapp, Hill Farmstead, Lawsons, and Otter Creek on-tap, however, I always find Hill Farmstead and especially Lawsons to be out whenever I'm here (not surprisingly I guess). Never ventured to their beer menu but it looks solid with some vintaged offerings.
Service never seems to be an issue here, with prompt service and staff always eager to recommend something for the style you're into.
The food is quite good, with unique and local ingredients always incorporated into the menu. Can't go wrong with any of their cheese boards, salads, or burgers. It seems I always end up here for dessert which never disappoints.
Prices for food are likely on the higher side for Burlington even though it is quality food, but their on-tap offerings are decently priced.
If you're in Burlington for a night or two this place is a definite must-visit. There's bound to be something in their on-tap or menu list that'll satisfy you along with good food to boot.
10-16-2011 04:42:29 |
More by Digimaika2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I was in burlington for a business trip and got this place recommended to me. The place was packed! I went and sat at the bar, i looked up at the tap list- Lawson's Double Sunshine, HF Edward, HF Abner, and Heady!!! Seriously! I also had some food and it was Great! It's definitely a must if you're in Burlington!
07-17-2013 23:52:24 |
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