The fine dining BYO scene in Philadelphia is vibrant and exclusive, with restaurants offering limited seating and seasonal menus. The Farm and Fisherman is one of our favorites. Not only is the food delicious, but the plating is a beautiful work of art that will leave you in awe of your dinner. It’s almost too pretty to eat… almost.
The Farm and Fisherman is an intimate 30 seat restaurant owned by husband and wife team Josh & Colleen Lawler. The menu features sustainably sourced ingredients including vegetables, homemade pasta, meat, fish, and poultry.
Due to the ever changing menu, it’s hard to recommend any one specific dish, except for the Bloody Beet Steak which has been a staple since day one. This pounded beet steak is roasted in its skin until it’s caramelized, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, and served over a mascarpone goat cheese spread. The dish is absolutely eye-catching and so delicious.
The atmosphere of the restaurant has a cozy, romantic feel to it, and is perfect for a date. The lighting is dim enough to create a warm glow in the restaurant, but also bright enough so you can see your date and enjoy the beauty of your food.
“This BYOB exemplifies the best of the farm-to-table movement…This is a restaurant that should restore our faith in the possibilities of a philosophy that’s far more than a fleeting trend.” – Craig LaBan
They say all good things must come to an end, and unfortunately in this case, it’s true. The Farm and Fisherman will be closing its doors at the end of May 2016 so that the owners can work on other projects including a second location of The Farm and Fisherman Tavern and Market (the original is open in Cherry Hill, NJ). We strongly suggest you add this restaurant to your list ASAP! We believe The Farm and Fisherman is a culinary masterpiece, one that you should enjoy before it’s no longer here.
-Arielle & Lea
Note: If you arrive early for your reservation, there isn’t a waiting area so you will most likely have to wait outside, or by the front door until your table is ready.