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Founding Farmers - DC
Founding Farmers - DC

Founding Farmers - DC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.WeAreFoundingFarmers.com
  • Phone: (202) 822-8783
  • 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, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • 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 (202) 822-8783
  • 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 & Promotions: 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 offers fresh Farm-to-Table American inspired true food and drink in a modern and eco-friendly setting. 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.

As the Greenest Restaurant in DC, Founding Farmers is a Certified Green Restaurant, operates Carbon Neutral with offset credits via CarbonFund.org, and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold restaurant, a combined first for a Washington, DC, restaurant and for a full-service, upscale-casual restaurant in the entire U.S.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The earliest reservation I could get was 945pm on a Wednesday night which was acceptable if that's all they had. But people were walking in without reservations and being seated before we were. I didn't think anything at first until the staff came around trying to find out who was on the list. When we said we had reservations she said "you are already taken care of I just trying to find out who else is waiting" this struck as odd. Again we brushed it off, but then other couples started complaining that they were waiting longer than guests just walking up and they had reservations. The staff waited until after 945pm to seat us by then the rush was over and there were plenty of seating. If we go again we won't be using reservations."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "this was one of thoes meal that you think about it for a long time after you're done. The salmon, braised short ribs, and goat cheese ravioli were amazing. If you are a Bacon eater, which if you're human you should be, this place has the best bacon featurettes you can imagine. We had so much fun and the service was terrific. The drinks were innovative and delicious. Everything is done with intentionality, it's the kind of place"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The service was great! The food was decent, not sure if I ordered wrong or if that's a typical experience. I would come back again - but only with reservations. The wait time was super long for those who didn't have reservations."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our birthday celebrations went well. Generally the restaurant has recognized birthday guests but you did not. I must say that the carrot cake was fabulous and our steaks were cooked to perfection! The cornbread was delicious. The service was slow and I did not receive my drink until after the meal was over. All things considered it was a nice evening out for us,"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This place was hopping. The line to be seated was out the door on a Wednesday night. Once I tasted the food, I could understand....it was great. Very interesting menu...combo of comfort food and new dishes. No room for the killer desserts, but will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Gave the place a good rating. Met a friend from out of town because it was near his office and I wanted to try the place. Reservation was properly handled at a busy time (11:45). Place was quite full. Food was well prepared and decent quality. Location on Penn Ave NW was slice of DC street scape. Lots of windows. Place was loud. Wait staff delivered someone else's order to us, then brought out another thing my friend did not order, so we said that was a wrong delivery again. After several minutes, the waitress realized the kitchen had made a mistake in the order of my friend, but the other dish (mine) was correct. OF course, they made a new order for my friend. Mistakes happen, neither of us were pressed for time, so it was OK."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "As far as food and ambiance, FF never disappoints. It is my go-to restaurant for work lunches, interviews, and feeding out of town guests."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Finally got to try this DC hot-spot. Loved the food and will certainly be back. Skillet cornbread was a yummy treat and they even managed to jazz up a basic salad."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This resident had great food, make sure you get reservations. Eat the French toast, delicious."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I dined with my 12-year old son, we were visiting DC and FF was recommended to us. We had to wait about 15 minutes beyond our reservation, the restaurant waiting area was packed! Once we were seated, it took about 15 minutes to receive service, but after that, it was excellent. The food was wonderful and the menu was inventive and different. My son had the chicken and waffles and declared it the best ever. I had the shrimp louie salad and I was disappointed with only 3 shrimp on it for the price, but what was there was fresh and delicious. Just pricey for 3 shrimp! The mac and cheese was to die for, as was the brie farm bread we had."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Had reservation for 8:15p on Monday night. Got there at 8:00- was told table seating will be right at 8:15. 45 minutes late (at 9pm) the table is finally ready. Our party goes up the stairs to the table and it is not even bussed or cleaned. We stand for a bit more in heavy foot traffic. Finally seated the bread comes and the top plate is clean but the other four are all dirty... I am talking still with food on them! Summary- slow service, not apologetic and then marginal food."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We ate at Founding Farmers while visiting DC. Cocktails were fun and tasted great - kudos to the mixologist. Food tasted delicious - especially the vegetarian entrees. The entire menu was very reasonably priced, especially considering the quality of the food. We were seated late, about 40 minutes after our reservation time, but the staff was apologetic and provided a few appetizers for us due to the wait. Restaurant was very crowded so we could not even get close enogh to the bar to have a drink while we waited on our table. Servers were great and had good recommendations - even suggesting some off-menu cocktails based on the flavor profiles we said we liked. We will definately go back!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Most of the time, the experience is excellent. It's our go-to dining experience for guests, family, and special occasions. On this visit, after touting FF to guests, it was honestly mediocre at BEST... VERY disappointing when the Mac-N-Cheese is the best part of several meals on a $200 check! Also, I lost count of how many times bus staff reached over party members to grab plates without confirming whether we were done with it (took a child's plate with food on it, still), and twice they tried to take a beer that was half full or more, AGAIN, WITHOUT ASKING! Seems to have changed significantly for the worst in the past 6 months. Not worth the money right now."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I have never been able to catezgorize a restaurant as a must eat until now, do not walk, do not run, but find a cab and speed to this restaurant! The service exceeds a 5 star level, the food is perfection, you will need a reservation ( open table saved us a 2 hour wait list ) and you must save room for dessert. I travel weekly, I find desserts too complex or expensive, but here a 20 minute forewarned wait for what I would call the perfect dessert was the best decision I've ever made in my life. I chose to top it off with a vanilla milk shake, again a wise decision. After finding myself over stuffed I was happy to learn they will package both to go to your hotel. Don't hesitate, I am picky, and you need to jump at a chance to eat here!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I accidentally arrived 30 minutes late for my reservation (I thought it was at 8:00 but it was actually 7:30). The hostesses said they would have to honor those with reservations first but my party would be placed above the normal walk-ins. We were seated within 15 minutes, had EXCELLENT service and delicious food. Our waitress even told us about a special cocktail that wasn't on the menu. This is my 4th or 5th time here in the last year and it certainly won't be the last!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Founding Farmers lives up to the hype! Amazing food, great ambiance! Would reccommend to everyone!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food is amazing. It was hard choosing because everything read well on the menu and then you would see the servers walk by with different dishes."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My friend and I came in for lunch on my last day in Washington D.C. We loved the place -exposed wood, beautiful tables, pickled vegetables in jars, the restaurant cookbook on a wooden stand - it was exactly what we were looking for! We sat at a communal table, and got down to ordering. We had the bacon lollipops (to DIE for) Old Bay buttered popcorn (When I got home, I planned to buy Old Bay just for this purpose,) chicken pot pie and homemade mac and cheese that were big enough to share (AND take home for dinner,) and a blueberry-cherry crumble and a chocolate milkshake. Everything was delicious and beautiful . She's already planning on going back, and I'm thinking about booking a plane ticket just to try their lime Rickey. Well worth it!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My experience with Founding Farmer's for sunday brunch was average at best. It was extremely crowded and I'm sure because of this, it made the environment very clammy and congested. I decided to have sunday brunch with my two year daughter in tow. Let me tell you, this restaurant is not kid-friendly what so ever. The most they have for children is a booster seat, but that is about it. The food servings were very large, which I'm sure most people will be happy about. However, given that I had a toddler with me and seated at a small table, it was not very convenient. Server didn't make it any easier as well. My order was wrong and food was cold and taste and presentation were nothing to scream about. Pretty sub-par all around."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I'm a fan of the the "Red Flannel" Hash. I like to get some pancakes if I can, too. Brunch is a great meal--great food and great drinks!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We were excited to dine here as I love farm to table food - and though not a new concept, they had a compelling menu! Went for brunch and though there were a lot of people waiting, we were whisked right in at the time of our reservation. That's where the good service ended. Our waitress clearly did not like children (which were with us - and there were others there, but not in our section)...lost part of our order...didn't notice until we brought it up and then blew it off...didn't bring any of the accoutrements all of the other tables around us had until we asked at the end of the meal...made a lame and way obvious attempt to be sweet at tip time = insult to injury. Plus side - great brunch & spicy bloodymary's! Worth trying again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The beignets are wonderful but otherwise my breakfast was a huge disappointment. The waffle was cold and the waitress offered to bring another. The second one, too, was cold. How can you get butter to melt on a cold waffle? Chicken was dry and the gravy was bland. I really wanted to enjoy this place and was profoundly let down."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • " Seems like there is always a wait even when you have a reservation, but it was totally worth it! We had the sliders, chicken wings, and deviled eggs for appetizers. I had the pot roast for my main course. It was astounding! The prices were very reasonable for a high end restaurant and the portions are huge. It is definitely loud and crowded but the servers were attentive and very nice. I don't drink but it looked like the bar was very busy and had a nice vibe. but I cannot say anything about their drinks since I didn't try them. If you love good food but want a quieter experience, I would think week nights are more appropriate. I cannot recommend this place enough."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "First time here and it was great! I am from the south but must admit that the cornbread was the best I have ever had! The crab cakes were excellent and the portion was generous. My daughter had the chicken pot pie ( her second time eating this here ) and could not finish her large serving. We were seated a little late for our reservation due to such a busy evening. We had no problem with the wait and enjoyed a cocktail at the bar. The manager, Randy i think, came to our table to apologize. I will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had visited the Founding Farmers in MoCo, but this was our first trip to the District restaurant. My daughter and I loved it. We had the brie and apple farm bread, then she had the chicken pot pie and I enjoyed the shrimp and grits. We were both so glad that we saved room for the beignets! Our server, Nora, was pleasant and attentive, and the servers who brought the food from the kitchen were great as well. I will definitely plan on another visit."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great and awesome clean food. Organic and freshly made right there in the restaurant every morning. The food tastes spectacular."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I had been here quite a few times & tell our out of town visitors to make it a priority! My husband had never been so I chose it as a "date night" must. Since he travels all over the world & can be a bit of a food snob I wZ very curious to see his response....he was very impressed! Our server was very knowledgeable & had a wonderful personality. Any suggestions I asked her for were right on the money! I will definitely keep suggesting our out of towers go & we will be dinning there a lot more frequently now that I have my husband hooked as well."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This restaurant has amazing food that is all locally grown ans made fresh everyday! Delicous-a must try."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The first time we went to Founding Farmers, we had a good, but not great experience. Good food, good drinks, but the service was a little off. After I wrote my review, I was contacted by Founding Farmers who wanted another shot at making it right. I was VERY impressed with their desire to get better and their responsiveness to their customers. We gave them a second shot and it was totally worth it. The service was spot on, the food was really good and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We actually needed to eat early (4:30 reservation) so we expected a quiet restaurant....but we were totally wrong. The place was hoppin! It is great to have an option like Founding Farmers where you can have a vibrant atmosphere at any time"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I found Founding Farmers on a trip to DC a few years ago. Since then, anytime I'm in town, I try to stop by. The food quality seems to have declined... The whole experience reminded me of a glorified cheesecake factory."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was the third time that I have visited this restaurant . As usual, seating was timely, service was great. Our dishes were amazing! I personally had Goat cheese Raviollis, oMG, they were delicious. The only bad part, was we had no room for dessert !"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We felt that some of the food we selected wasn't as good as we had experienced in the past. (multiple visits for breakfast) The eggs benedict florentine wasn't up to par and the grits were not warm enough. The eggs benedict with crab was superb and the beignets were terrific. Cappuccino was excellent."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Had a fantastic brunch with out of town family, they were very impressed with Founding Farmers' food, ambiance and service. One of our party left their credit card and one of the managers found my phone number to call me and make sure we got it back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Friendly, great service and the food is excellent."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Delicious food, wonderful service, we would definitely go back! The only thing we would improve is the tables are a bit too close together and conversations of the table next to us were a bit intrusive."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I had been to Founding Farmers for lunch but took my husband and niece this time. The evening got off to a bad start as we were seated next to the bar and we were jostled and it was very loud. My husband's meal came cold (prime rib) and with the wrong elements of the meal. It was sent back and took almost 24 minutes to return. When it returned it had been microwaved and was still cold. They took the price of that entree off of the check but we determined that we will not return to the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "So yummy, make a reservation in advance to avoid the lines! Cornbread is a must"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "If you are dining for brunch you must try the Cream filled French Toast. To Die For. Menu is amazing and service very attentive and knowledgable. Will return again when next in DC. Make a reservation as it seemed full all the time."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Air condition was not working. Upper level was HOT. Sitting at a group table on the end was not enjoyable. The salad was made with iceberg lettuce. I missed that detail on the menue and truely regretted my selection. Redvelvet cake was really yummy."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is my second time here and I think that Founding Farmers is really hit or miss. The appetizers were very good, the drinks were good but the main meal was too salty for me, the meat loaf. I am sure other people might not think that it was salty but at there really is no need to salt the food if there are salt shakers on the table. I think they can do better."
    Dined on 7/18/2014