Founding Farmers - DC
Founding Farmers - DC

Founding Farmers - DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/
  • Phone: 2028228783x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday – Friday, 7am – 11am

    Lunch & Dinner: Monday 11am – 10pm; Tuesday - Thursday, 11am – 11pm; Friday

    11am – 12am; Saturday, 2pm – 12am; Sunday, 2pm – 10pm

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 9am - 2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joe Goetze
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Founding Farmers includes is a second floor mezzanine level that is ideal for special events/parties or corporate events and can accommodate 100 comfortably seated for dinner or 120 for a standing reception. There are no fully private rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Rebecca Stugart 2028228783x
  • Entertainment: The bar at Founding Farmers is a truly unique and innovative experience, with true mixologists specially trained in 'bar-chefing'. The bar menu harkens back to the pre-Prohibition era with handcrafted cocktails that use juices and mixers prepared by hand. Founding Farmers has been recognized by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington for two consecutive years, 2010 and 2011, as having one of the area's best beverage/mixology programs and received the top prize in the group's 2011 RAMMY Awards.



    Come on in and judge for yourself!



    Try the organic vodkas, family-distilled Bourbons, small batch brewery beers, and organic, biodynamic or sustainable viticulture varietal wines by the glass.






    Bar & Beverage Director Jon Arroyo
  • Special Events: For large parties and special events, please note that our D.C. location can accommodate up to 14 guests in one reservation. Sorry, there are no private rooms available.



    Founding Farmers is available for full buyouts for corporate or private events for up to 300 people, or the second floor mezzanine is available for full buyout.



    Please contact our Hospitality Coordinator for more information - (202) 822.8783; reservations@wearefoundingfarmers.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th St. / Pennsylvania Ave. (Foggy Bottom)
  • Public Transit: There are two Metro stops within 3 blocks of the restaurant, Orange/Blue lines at Farragut West or Foggy Bottom/GWU. The red DC Circulator bus Georgetown/Union Station line stops on Pennsylvania Ave. at 21st street, as well as on K Street and on 19th, all just one block away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is metered parking on Pennsylvania Ave., 20th St., H St., and elsewhere within 2 blocks of the restaurant. There are 3 parking garages within 3 blocks of the restaurant; the closest is at the Shops at 2000 Pennsylvania (enter on 20th St.).
A word from Founding Farmers - DC
Founding Farmers, the Greenest Restaurant in DC, offers fresh Farm-to-Table, sustainable, American inspired true food and drink.  Our menus include classic dishes made from scratch, inspired by the heartland with sustainably farmed products, with locally sourced items and in-season vegetables and fruits whenever possible.

Guests can gather around one of many community tables and enjoy great family dinner dishes like pot pie, pot roast, roasted chicken, big green salads, rustic farm sandwiches, soups, and rich, delectable pies and other desserts from our seasonal menus, in a comfortable modern farmhouse setting.

The restaurant is upscale casual, which welcomes business casual dress, and dress that would be appropriate in a nice restaurant; this includes jeans and athletic wear, and warm-weather clothing, including shorts.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Founding Farmers - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
2359 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (1402)hot spot (969)great for brunch (952)great for lunch (855)good for groups (846)special occasion (724)neighborhood gem (702)vibrant bar scene (490)kid-friendly (350)romantic (145)late-night find (136)notable wine list (123)scenic view (54)great for outdoor dining (12)Show More
  • Crowded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    It's very crowded, all the time. You need to push your way in the door, there are perpetual lines of people waiting for tables. The bar is jam packed, largely by people waiting for tables or eating there because they couldn't get a table. It's 100% full, at all times and has the resulting noise level you would expect. That said, if are able to get a reservation, you don't have to wait too long, and service and food are very good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food, wine, service, atmosphere, and value were all outstanding. My favorite dishes were the Brie and the Carrot Cake. I will absolutely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dontmakefoodmakerezVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The meatloaf and mashed potatoes my hubby had was delicious, luckily my arctic char was also so tasty or I would've devoured his meal. The watermelon and green bean side was no up to par with the rest.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    One of the best meals I have had in years. Fried green tomatoes and fried chicken and waffles are home runs. Don't miss out on this place
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    RedCookie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Decided on Founding Fathers to have brunch and catch up with a girlfriend. It was extremely crowded but apparently that is always the case, especially for brunch so just be prepared. Other than that everything was smooth sailing. We'd made a reservation, which I strongly encourage, so we were seated right away and received nothing but the friendliest service, attentive without being intrusive. I had the carrot cake pancakes and the pims cup cocktail, both very good. I initially was wavering between the pancakes or french toast, but my server thankfully explained that the french toast can skew towards the sweet side, and the pancakes were perfect, light, flavorful, just a hint of sweetness and a real carrot cake flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    terry
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Brunch was excellent! Peach Bellini was so good. Everyone was very friendly. We were seated at our reservation time. It was very busy on a Sunday morning but we did not feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My family of four (two kids ages 10,12) enjoyed brunch here twice over the weekend. The service was outstanding both times and all of us enjoyed our meals from the beignets to the fresh squeezed orange juice to the absolutely amazing bacon and eggs .. there is something for everyone. Sweet (stuffed french toast!) savory (sausage gravy benedict) and classic (bacon, eggs and hash brown) all fresh and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Balanced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Founding Farmers drew me in with its dedication to fresh and local foods, and the server gave a brief overview of what that meant. The food was delicious and balanced. I would have liked a little bit more heat to the "spicy" bacon. Great job.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food, Drinks and Service were outstanding. Great recommendations by our server. This is our Must Visit restaurant in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great all around!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We are VERY PICKY! We want it all; great food and ambience with interesting options. To begin with the hostess and waitress were highly energetic and positive about the place. They provided a mouth watering description to every item I inquired about right down to the lemonade, vanilla soda and wineries represented. The food did not disappoint. We were so intrigued we ordered an extra dish just to take out so we could sample this too. I've never done that before. It was the meatless turkey, cranberry and tofu burger (Thanksgiving burger?) and it was the highlight of our 7 hour drive home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great drinks
    housedivided
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved the drink menu, particularly the "Nice Coat!" drink. The food was good, but the service was not. We had a hard time finding good service anywhere in DC, so this must be the norm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun time!
    TMAC
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went to Founding Farmers on 8/23. Had made 5:00 pm res and we arrived at 4:55 PM &were seated within 10 minutes. We ordered beer and signature cocktail(both yummy)some deviled eggs and bacon wrapped figs and cornbread..Delicious!!..For our entree's my husband got the pork chop ( which he loved) and I got the Rotisserie chicken. The flavor of the chicken was very good but the chicken was dry..overcooked. Did not finished even 1/2 of the chicken but gobbled up the watermelon and side potatoes . For dessert we got the chocolate mousse for 2 ..huge portion and very tasty.. I will go back but maybe not order the chicken.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our son was recruited by GW and we were told about FF by his coach. Have been back two times since and love it. The food is excellent. This past time sat at the bar for an hour and the bartenders and drinks are excellent. Can't wait to get back to DC to go again. LOVE LOVE LOVE
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cost me more than price on menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service was horrible. I put two hours in my meter for my car, and I got a parking ticket because things took so long.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dairy free and vegetarian options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our table was challenging to accomodate with one dairy free and one vegetarian. The team was very helpful to help us find the best option. The banana foster french toast was delicious as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed my meal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent server. My meal was very good, especially the bacon-wrapped dates and the peach cobbler.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • large parties beware
    DecoDCS72
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    They will absolutely not seat you unless all your party members are there. And were extremely rude when one of our people was running late by 10 minutes from work. We have eaten here before and the service was fine but this time it left a lot to be desired. Food was still good with an eclectic menu and fun cocktails.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Understanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were running late and the were very kind to ensure that they held our reservation for an additional 15 even though there was standing room only waiting for a table. Once seated, our server was right there and very friendly and knowledgable. She made some great recommendations and we enjoyed a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go for the food
    Moviegoer
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Anniversary dinner at Founding Farmers. As always, the food was delicious and well prepared. Seated downstairs, crammed into a table for two between two parties of four, the atmosphere was overcrowded and noisy. The waitstaff was overtasked and barely attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Menu confusion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was good, but not exceptional. Menu in the restaurant tells you nothing, but online menu is way more descriptive!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must-Go
    KarM
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. Definitely make reservations though. Drinks, desserts, appetizers, entrees are all to DIE for. Not a single problem. Well, they forgot about my drink but after I asked it was quickly produced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The only thing I didn't particularly care for was having to yell at my lunch companion in order for him to hear me.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still got it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I love everything about this place and clearly I'm not the only one. It's always crowded, usually a wait (make a reservation!), but worth it. Love the atmosphere, the service and the food. Not crazy expensive, not crazy fancy - just right!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Found My Farmer!
    Seafoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food is fresh and well priced. The menu offers a good selection without being overwhelming. And you must try the cornbread!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Chicken and waffles were divine. Our waitress was the best. It's really a cool place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I loved the food and looking forward to going back again! Really know how to prepare vegetables
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food is still wonderful but the service I feel has gone since I first went back in 2012.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, week service
    Uvajillybean
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I was disappointed. First, the second member of my party was running a few minutes late, so even though I had reservations, I had to wait in the cramped lobby. Then, even though my dining partner had lots of bags, they tried to stick us in one of the more cramped 2 person tables. When we asked to move since the restaurant was not full, we were told that it would be very crowded in 5 minutes and they couldn't afford to put 2 people in a booth, though they moved us to a larger table. Over the next hour as the restaurant started to fill, several parties of 2 were sat in booths. Our server acted insulted when we decided not to get sodas (no refills, $3 per can), and service was very slow for a lunch hour (we were there 1.25 hours).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I've been here a couple of times taking friends who are visiting. Great spot with consistently delicious food. Would strongly suggest making reservations. One friend has gluten intolerance and the waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful. I've had drinks specials, appetizers, entrees and dessert and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uber-Good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I work in hospitality and this restaurant has always been on the top of my list for recommendations for great places to eat. I never hear a bad review and one day my boyfriend and I decided to finally check it out! The wait was very long but we went on opentable and snagged a spot right away. We ordered the devilish eggs as an appetizer which did not disappoint. For entree we both ordered the chicken and waffles which were PERFECT and came with A LOT of food! My boyfriend had 2 El Presidente's and I went with the lemonade. In all the food was so fresh and so good we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    i love the food. Fresh and innovative. The breads alone are a meal, which i keep forgetting til after I get the food. But the service at lunch was quite a problem, with late delivery of food. It took a half hour to get our meal from ordering. I love this place but found myself distracted because i was getting pressed for time. Could not enjoy the meal or conversation as a result. Please add more wait staff
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rubber Band in My Broccolini
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Founding Farmers was highly recommended to me by several friends as a great place to eat. Unfortunately, on my first dining experience, I ordered the chicken and waffles and I cut into the chicken and it wasn't done. Also, the appetizer didn't come until after my dining partner and I had finished our meals. The manager was most apologetic and gave us both gift cards begging us to return. My friend and I decided to use our gift cards last week and I ordered the meat loaf, which was quite good. However, much to my horror, there was a black rubber band cooked with the broccolini and served on my plate. Of course, we requested the manager and "she laughed"!!! I couldn't believe it. We immediately got up and left the restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    No Bloody Mary ... Only reason I went there. Tea cups were dirty
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was my third visit for breakfast, and I was very disappointed. My bacon was burnt, scrambled eggs were bland. I also had the beignets, they were over cooked, not good at all.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad farewell lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I came here w/ 3 other coworker's for a "farewell breakfast" since I was leaving to go to a new job. We got there about 9:30am & were one of the first groups in our section. Man oh man, the service was terrible! The waitress looked like she was a freshman in college & didn't know what the hell was going on. She never stopped to check on our table, refill our waters, or ask us if we needed anything. We waited well over an hour for our food - ridiculous! They couldn't make an omelet or scramble eggs which was beyond weird to us; we were told they really can't modify foods off the menu. ABSURD! The grits looked like cottage cheese..gross! The manager ended up comping the whole meal. The only thing I would recommend was the beignets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Gluten-Free Friendly!
    PegA
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I made reservations, and I'm glad I did! For those without a reservation, the wait was 1 1/2 hours. I only waited a few minutes while they prepared our table. My cousin is wheat intolerant, and they had a gluten-free cheat sheet which helped immensely! The service was impeccable, and the wait staff friendly and so fun! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was my second time at Founding Farmers and everything was great! The food was delicious, I recommend the chicken & waffles! The service was good, too. I'll definitely keep coming back. :-)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Anyone looking for an innovative and delicious appetizer need look no further than this foodie hot spot. The bacon lollis are delicious! There are also vegetarian options for those looking for alternative choices. Great menu to choose from and service is typically prompt and courteous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still Good
    AllAboutTown
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I had t been to Founding Farmers for a while and had forgotten how good it is. We had stopped going because it was just so hard to get a reservation and the wait was ridiculous. However, I have to admit, making a reservation in advance is worth it. Lunch was wonderful. Everything was fresh and the food was definitely not the ordinary lunch menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious and enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Very satisfying dinner and evening. Excellent restaurant. We will return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.