If you're a local Farmington resident, you probably know the best places to eat around town. However, if you're visiting Farmington or just passing through on a long trip, you may not know where to go for a delicious meal. Choose any of the following restaurants and you will leave satisfied by the food, relaxed from the drinks, and happy with the atmosphere. Whether you're in the mood for some buttery seafood, classic American fare, authentic Italian, a perfectly grilled steak, or fresh sushi, one of these restaurants is sure to be what you're looking for.
102 Tap House
The fun and funky 102 Tap House has a cool vibe with its gigantic windows, industrial-style space, and communal tables. Built in 1884, the building has been a hotel, saloon, opera house, post office, and bank. Brian Hurst and Josh O'Farrell are incredible chefs whose menu is as creative as it is delicious. There is a massive selection of beer on tap, so you may find your favorite brew or discover your new favorite.
The wood-fired brick pizza oven stays burning until close, so you can order a unique signature pizza or create your own. With pizzas like The Goon, which has Thai sweet chili sauce, crab, scallion, mozzarella, and wonton strips, you're sure to experience a culinary delight you've never tasted before. Other popular items include buffalo cauliflower, the Bill Murray and Leroy Jenkins sandwiches, IPA BBQ wings, and pesto and veggie Alfredo pasta.
The 102 Tap House is at 102 West Columbia Street in Farmington. You can call the restaurant at 573-218-9554. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. (although guests can stay until the last call).
At Shogun Farmington, you'll find a fresh sushi bar, eight different hibachi grills, and a general dining section. Whether you're looking for exceptional sushi or the best hibachi show in town, this authentic Japanese steak house is a fantastic dining experience. Let the wait staff know if you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion and they'll serenade you with a song and present you with a special picture.
With multiple menus for lunch, dinner, hibachi, dining, sushi, appetizers, and salads, your choices are almost endless. There's even a special menu with bundled deals for two or three guests. The sushi menu includes 30 different Chef Special rolls, 15 cooked sushi rolls for the less adventurous, 15 raw sushi rolls for the more adventurous, six vegetarian rolls, 10 deep-fried rolls, raw and cooked nigiri sushi, four types of roe, and six kinds of sashimi. That's close to 100 sushi options!
Shogun Farmington is at 729 Sunset Drive in Farmington. You can call the restaurant at 573-760-1080. It is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.
Krabby Daddy's, or KD's to the locals, is a casual and fast restaurant, rather than a full-service bar and grill. The menu is on the smaller side for fast and efficient service, but still fantastic. Cajun boils inspired the seafood, which focuses on crab, shrimp, and lobster. And there are other options besides seafood.
The two most popular meals at KD's are the Grand Daddy and the Date Plate for two. The Grand Daddy includes a delicious array of crab legs, shrimp, lobster, sausage, eggs, corn, and toast on a massive platter. In addition to all the seafood platters, you'll find pulled meats, buffalo chicken, smoked sausage, and briskets as smashes or sandwiches.
Krabby Daddy's is at 305 E. Karsch Boulevard in Farmington. You can call the restaurant at 573-664-1216. It is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
12 West Bar and Grill
For an elegant and romantic evening, 12 West Bar and Grill is an excellent choice. The upscale restaurant is part of historic downtown Farmington and has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The gourmet cuisine is exceptional, and the menu is accommodating and extensive. With two separate dining rooms, 12 West is ideal for large gatherings like rehearsal dinners, business meetings, and holiday events.
Start your evening with appetizers like stuffed mushrooms, fried green tomatoes, crispy brussels sprouts, or a Charcuterie board. There are a dozen soups and salads to choose from, such as roasted beet and goat cheese arugula salad or loaded baked potato soup. For the main dish, you have options like small plates, dinner plates, burgers, and sandwiches. Favorites include the tequila glazed salmon, Black Angus rib eye, bacon Havarti burger, and grilled chicken Monte Cristo sandwich. Other menus include brunch, lunch, bar fare, and wings.
12 West Bar and Grill is at 12 West Columbia Street in Farmington. You can call at 573-760-1135. It is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.
For fine Italian fare from seafood to pizza to meatless dishes, Mario's Italia has the authentic flavors you're craving. Eating at Mario's will leave you wondering if you've been magically transported to Italy. The restaurant has a delightful yet casual atmosphere, and the space is large and open. Renowned for huge portions, great service, and its house dressing, Mario's may become your new favorite Italian restaurant.
Besides traditional Italian appetizers, you'll find zucchini sticks, wings, and potato skins on the menu. Mario's salads include oriental and Greek. For your main course, you'll have a hard time deciding between calzones, strombolis, subs, pasta, seafood, and meatless dishes. The red sauce and Alfredo sauce are equally delightful, so that won't help you choose. Dessert includes authentic favorites like tiramisu and cannoli. There's also an excellent wine and beer selection to accompany your meal.
Mario's Italia is at 200 W. First St. in Farmington. You can call Mario's at 573-756-7999. It is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Well, there you have it. According to Car Smart, these five amazing restaurants in Farmington are perfect for the next time you eat out. Did we include your favorite Farmington restaurant, or did we miss a hidden gem that Farmington locals love? Drop us a line and let us know about the best restaurant in all of Farmington; we'll be sure to add it to our list.