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: Amy Robinson 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 12 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; reserveffdc@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Founding Farmers - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
2396 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (1455)hot spot (1018)great for brunch (957)good for groups (885)great for lunch (867)neighborhood gem (705)special occasion (686)vibrant bar scene (499)kid-friendly (345)late-night find (139)romantic (135)notable wine list (115)scenic view (51)great for outdoor dining (14)Show More
  • Great for foodies
    80FStFoodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The selection at this restaurant is amazing and every time I have eaten here, including tonight, I have found the quality of the food outstanding. The table service is great also. My only complaint is the long wait time to be seated, even when you have a reservation. There just always seems to be a bottleneck in the foyer area and it's uncomfortable. That said, I would gladly return because overall, I think it's a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had many meal here their food is out of this world ... Tried a burger this time and sadly wasn't impressed. I think everything else they have is great burgers aren't their thing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • artista
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I made my reservation for two, a couple of weeks in advance. When my reservation was confirmed, there was a message, "size of your party cannot be increased without contacting us by internet." That was a new one to me. Walking over to the restaurant, we ran into a friend who was on his way to Founding Farmers - without a reservation. We were told that it would increase our wait time if he joined us. Our friend ate at the bar. So much for that. We were seated upstairs. The friendly server told us about the restaurant and we made our choices. I had the butternut squash pasta - which I liked very much. My friend had roast chicken which she said was not special. Bottom line - make dinner choices carefully and have a reservation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food is the star; all the food, not just the main entree. Very fresh and perfectly seasoned. The portions were generous so, given how good the food is, you may have a hard time not over eating. Very friendly staff who know the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice.
    Foodie2312
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Enjoyed my visit, as always. Food & service were great. Wish can soda refills were free, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Ambiance, Food is Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    It's a good place for sharing dishes, but the presentation of good is a bit messy. More of a family restaurant than a hip place to take a date.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I'm new to DC and have explored all the top restaurants in the area, but this is def one of my favorite's. The food is excellent! They pride themselves on the fact that they make everything fresh, and I totally agree; from the freshly made drinks to the taste of the food. I would recommend this place to anyone, whether it be during a happy hour, family outing, or a place to take visitors from out of town; you won't be disappointed!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Everytime I go to Founding Farmers I have an amazing meal and I have yet to take friends or family there and not have them rave about their meals. A great restaurant and I love that they are farm to table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Walk in only waited three min. The salmon dinner the best!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved IT!!!
    MyLoves
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was my first time dining at Founding Farmers and I have to say that I loved it!!! The food was delicious!! The chicken and waffles were so good and the portion size and price was very captivating. Try the devilish eggs...they were awesome! Great food and Great Service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food saved the day...
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Arrived on time for a reservation and was warmly greeted and proceeded to wait for a half hour for a table. Multiple tables were empty and several groups that arrived after we did were seated before us. Fortunately the food was outstanding and made up for the poor management. The server was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty brunch
    Pleased
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went to brunch with some friends and it was great. The waiter was fun and gave us many options for drinks. The food was good, I just wish the brunch portion for the chicken and waffles had more chicken. Will go back again for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    Luvitorhateit
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I was really excited about this restaurant and had heard great things; however, my experience was just ok. The service was fair and the atmosphere was nice, but the food was not as good as I expected (Brunch). Our waitress was nice, but when one of my party members mentioned that her toast was a little burnt, she just smirked and said oh that's the grill for you. I think it would have been a little nice had she offered her another piece of toast. She also didn't tell us about the up charge for cheese. I think the prices are very reasonable, but a patron should be told if there is an up charge for something. My eggs had the distinct taste of onions and I hate onions. It was not the experience I had hoped for, but I plan to try dinner. SM
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunchity Brunch
    balaclava
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great Iced Tea, sweetened with agave. Waited a long time in between refills, but sooooo good. The beignets are so light and fluffy I'm gonna die. The tomato soup is also great, with a slice of amazing bread drenched in butter. The shrimp and grits were the only disappointing dish. Sauce was bland and filmy, ladled over the whole dish. The shrimp, though plentiful, were bland as well. Stick with the breakfast stuff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A success in all ways
    DCdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    While the restaurant was mobbed when we arrived for Sunday brunch, we were seated promptly at the time of our reservation. In addition, our request for a "quiet as possible" table was met as we were seated in a cozy alcove. The service was friendly and responsive and the food was quite tasty and nicely presented. I look forward to returning again for brunch and sampling offers at lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Amazing breakfast- I've been several times now, and each time I've had a wonderful meal. Whether it's a more indulgent item (try the stuffed French toast or red velvet pancakes) or one of their healthier options (veggie scramble...so fresh and tasty!), they execute well. On top of that, it's incredibly afforadable, especially for DC brunch. Service was also top notch, and even though the place was packed, food came out quickly and server checked in regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch was amazing!
    PjtrivitaVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was our first time at brunch and we will definitely go again! Chicken and waffles, and stuffed french toast were out of this world!!! And brunch is a bargain! Make a reservation early (on Open Table of course!) because day of or even week of may not be available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday-Fun-Day-Brunch-Day!
    Fay0o1
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    FF is great for Brunch! I love the atmosphere, energetic with oodles of people representing all stages of life, but quiet enough that you can still comfortably hear whoever you are dining with. Waitress was wonderfully friendly and pointed out items in the menu that I hadn't noticed on prior visits. Love the Crab Benedict and you just can't go wrong with a Pimms Cup. My only complaint is that I had made a reservation for 1000 and was not seated until 1015, which, when you arrive 5 minutes early, means I had to stand and wait for 20 minutes before being seated. On this occasion I was not in a rush and was happily enjoying catching up with an old friend, but I would not recommend FF if you have a tight time restraint on your meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Book Early for Breakfast
    OriginalDining
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My family and I made a Sunday 9:30 AM reservation for breakfast and were seated quickly, served efficiently, and the food was excellent and reasonably priced. As we were leaving, the entry area was packed, so book early!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Ljsn
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Bourbon French toast, hash browns, thick sliced bacon all done perfectly. Maybe the best breakfast of all time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome food, but slow reservation
    Deejayfb
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    ‎I had a reservation and still had to wait 30 mins for a table. Can't say that I've ever had to wait so long in my life for a table. Seems to happen whenever I make one at this restaurant. OtherwisenThe food is awesome as always. ‎
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night pick
    liv2roam
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We got lucky on Saturday morning with a last minute 7pm opening for 4 people, someone must have cancelled as this wasn't there 2 days earlier. Have previously also been lucky walking in around 7:30 pm on a weeknight with 4 people, waiting less than half an hour. We were seated in a booth at the bar which was fine as the noise level seems pretty consistent with other areas. Enjoyable lively atmosphere. Our server was very prompt, friendly, informed and never gone for long. Every dish was delicious - particularly the Prosciutto, Fig & Mascapone Ciabatta, Low Country Shrimp & Grits and the beignets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Golfnfin
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I ate the special of the day fish and was not disappointed. The waiter was attentive but not intrusive. Best meal I had in Washington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Wholesome Food
    goodeats
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great good quality food. Freshness everyday..you have try the chicken and waffles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    foodierosi
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My favorite place in DC. The concept is amazing, the drinks are from the prohibition days. They put together combinations you would never dream of! The food is delicious, I only wish I could eat more. Deviled eggs are divine. Who knew a simple grilled cheese and tomato soup could be THIS good. The steaks and burgers and are so tender and flavorful. If you are thinking of going, GO!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too loud
    opentableuser
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were very much looking forward to coming here, and even at 3 in the afternoon, it was jam-packed. Unfortunately, that also meant that the sound levels were off the charts. We couldn't hear the wait staff (who seemed unaware that this could be a problem), much less converse with each other. Maybe we ordered badly, but the food was nothing to write home about.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch
    DCtraveler
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Simply put, one of the best tasting brunches I've had in a while. I got the blueberry pancakes and my girlfriend got the eggs Benedict, and both tasted wonderful. Speedy and kind service, and I'll definitely be returning soon. Also it doesn't cost an arm and a leg! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food...Not great service
    sari
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love Founding Farmers, especially for brunch. The food is ALWAYS on point. This particular time, we had a 12:45 reservation and called to let them know we were running about 10 minutes late. They told us there was a 15 minute grace period so that would be no problem. When we arrived, it was busy like usual. We waited about 10 extra minutes to be sat. They sat us at a community looking table by the bar. Food was good, service was slow/confused. First they forgot my mocha. Then they brought my boyfriend a strawberry waffle instead of a banana fosters waffle. Our server gave us both mochas on the house and offered us a dessert to go. Sure, I wished the service had been better but I am pleased at how they made it up to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended!
    Tere
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It's a pleasant place to have brunch. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't Say Enough Great Things!
    SarahA
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Founding Farmers is our go-to spot in DC. Since we no longer live in the area we make a point to make reservations and take friends. Everything we have had at Founding Farmers has exceeded expectations. I enjoy the service, the prices are reasonable for DC, and the food is AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS PLACE!
    SssassyOne
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was amazing, the service was impeccable and the atmosphere was lively! Even bought the cookbook!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At least I can say I've dined here
    jjjtpp
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Steak was the choice for the evening - what a BIG disappointment! Ordered our steak medium - can out very WELL done. Except for the time our waiter took in taking our order, he was MIA until 10-15 minutes after our food arrived. By then his offer to have the steak re-cooked was too late. Side orders were OK but nothing to write home about. I can honestly now tell others I tried Founding Farmers and it is definitely off my bucket list - will recommend to others take it off their list - not worth the effort.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Fabulous Founding Farmers
    Bignass
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    One of the finest and most satisfying spots in Washington DC to enjoy lunch or dinner. I am never disappointed at Founding Farmers as the food, service and overall experience is always SUPERB as was the case with the most recent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Impressions
    wanderlust
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We somewhat had high expectations going in having read positive reviews prior but I have to say they were on point. The food was all-natural in the truest sense - everything tasted pure and homemade. We were visiting from CA and stopped for breakfast. We had the chicken and waffles, and blueberry pancakes. The food was excellent including the coffee and OJ. Would love to go back and try everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diningguys
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Excellent service. Friendly staff. Great atmosphere. Good food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Founding Farmers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I absolutely love the green fried tomatoes and my waiter provide excellent customer service and went out his way to make sure my daughter was comfortable! I will eating there again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely (but loud) experience
    Becca
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food, every time. The service is solid and the menu is varied but consistent in quality. Love the grilled cheese.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Wholesome Food
    DDnDCVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Enjoyed a superb dinner on 9/11/14. Bacon lollies, pepper soy wings, rib eye, trout, cornbread, and peach blackberry crisp were all amazing. Super fresh and simply prepared with wholesome ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highlight for our trip!
    mcpiddy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service and the food were all fantastic. We were lucky to get a reservation. If you plan on going, plan ahead especially during he hours of 5-7:30pm. Food is priced very well - drinks are a bit on the steep side, but delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good with Excellent Service
    Eatrightwoman
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have eaten here before, and it was a convenient and fun place to take friends from California. It was mobbed, and I was glad we had reservations on a Thursday lunch. I was also glad we were taken upstairs, because it was not as noisy with carpeted floors and booths. My mushroom risotto was a little salty for my tastes, but my friends loved the roasted tomato soup and crab cake which they shared. I love they have vegetarian options. My passionfruit phosphate was a lovely surprise--not too sweet and refreshing. Also, since we were coming at the end of the crowd, our server was just the right amount of attentive and let us stay and talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.