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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We were not made to feel welcome upon entering the restaurant. We didn't feel they cared one way or the other if we were there or not. Defines were very good the food was hit and miss. I ordered a starter salad and it came the same time as on entree. I had the pot roast which was just ok. Good size portion just not to my taste. Service was good bit definitely not over the top. The restaurant is a solid 3."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The menu here is good. However, the execution is terrible. For instance, our goat cheese ravioli came out luke warm while the squash and chicken that were in the center of the plate was hot. My apple pie came out luke warm as well. When asked for it to be reheated, it was stuck back in the oven and came back out chewy and burnt tasting. The hostess staff do not know what they are doing. Everything seems very unorganized, like the restaurant opened 2 weeks ago or something."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Some of our food was very good...like fried green tomatoes and shrimp. Goat cheese ravioli and fried chicken were not so good."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We were referred to Founding Farmers by friends who recently moved from the city. They recommended "if there is only one restaurant you seek out during your visit to DC, Founding Farmers is where to go." We were not disappointed. The soup and bread with brie for starters were excellent. We had the crab cakes and rotisserie chicken - both very good. Waiter was attentive and made excellent recommendations - including what to avoid with food allergies. The only disappointment was no chocolate dessert option for someone with egg allergy. We were a little early for our reservation, but wait was hardly long enough to get a drink at the bar!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "After many failed attempts, I finally got a chance to eat here. Food and service were both awesome! We had the goat cheese burger with salted watermelon, chicken & waffles with brocolini and fried green tomatoes. Prices were about $15/entrée. Server was attentive and enthusiastic. Will definitely return as they have a lot of other items on the menu I would like to try."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I had heard good things about this restaurant. It was ok, food was good not great and the service wasn't that good. Slow waitress and she never came back to ask if we needed refills on our drinks, took forever to check on our food. Food wasn't anything special. You make a reservation and they tell you it might be "around" that time. I think this place is way over-rated. Best thing about it was the bar and the bartender."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Always worry when going to a place this is close to closing time, but FF didn't make me feel that way at all. Seated, order taken, food prepared and delivered as if closing was still hours away. No rushing! And the food tasted as great as if it wasn't time for the kitchen to close as well. Fried green tomatoes, bacon lollipops (what a concept!), and chicken and waffles, great way to close out the day!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was ok, had a great locale and was a very energetic. Staff was very friendly."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Usually when I drop $150 on dinner and wine I'd like to be able to hear my table mates without them having to yell over the ambient noise levels. That being said, it was delicious food and good service. So good that sometimes I felt that wait staff were too anxious to take plates away. All in all a good trip."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Some of the best food I've ever had - really creative menu."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "great variety on the menu. Nora was energetic and hustled, she knew the menu and interacted well. SO many great things. I had the land and sea with the 8 oz filet, a little more medium well than medium (requested), but so good, crab cake was more crab than filler, vegetables, potatoes all good, dessert delicious, drinks were tasty and appys were fun. Most go again!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Have been back multiple times and never dissapoints!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Breakfast and brunch food is consistently delicious. Make sure to ask to sit upstairs if you can, where it's quieter and more relaxed."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This is my favorite DC restaurant I have tried so far. Everything was incredible. The waitress was extremely knowledgeable and helped us with our order. I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to everyone."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I had a great time at Founding Farmers. I hate that there is not much room for flexibility with size and time. However, I guess that can be a good thing too. I had the FF Cheeseburger and it was pretty good. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The scene is always frenetic. Love the beer selection and menu options for all. My crab cakes were outstanding. My guests were not as pleased with their main course choices. The vegetarian options are interesting and creative."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Fabulous restaurant in a beautiful neighborhood. Farm to table and LEED gold certified."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Unique, delicious entrees! Excellent food and recipe combinations featuring the bread basket of our nation!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food and wait staff were good but the host staff were on a power trip. Hot restaurants in DC are fleeting phenomena. So you need to treat the customer right."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Family of four had 4 quasi-designer burgers (Avocado? Bleu cheese?), fries, and soft drinks for dinner -- bill was $90. $90! I can have a lot better meals, in nicer places, for $22.50/person."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I love this restaurant but it is very load there. The food is very good, I have loved everything I have ever had there. I have been there several times since its close to my office. The waitress forgot my side dish in my to-go order, which I didn't notice until I had already left. and she gave one person chips instead of the French fries he asked for. Our reservation was for 2pm, so it wasn't like we were there at the lunch rush."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I have been to lunch here three times now. I really like the place and the food is reasonably priced and very good to excellent. However the service is slow. There is a long lag time between ordering beverages and cocktails and receiving them. Every beverage, every time. And the food takes a little too long. If you are not in a hurry it is fine but for most people, lunch is a work break and you need to pick up the pace. Servers are friendly but need a little more sense of urgency and a little better reading of the guests. No manager presence to speak of. No manager has ever stopped by my table to check on me. That said, I would return and recommend Founding a Farmers for a fun and delicious meal."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This is the second time I have been to Founding Farmers on a special occasion, with a reservation (husband's birthday and friend getting married). Both times, I was asked if this is a special occasion, and if so, did I have any requests. Both times I requested a nice table upstairs (away from the bar) that was quiet, and both times I was seated in the loud and busy bar area. I don’t understand what the point of asking is, if they are just going to seat us where the first open table is, and treat us like walk-in customers off the street. I won’t be coming here for a special occasion again."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Even though the service is never great, the food keeps me coming back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Loved our food, waitress and overall experience here!! Would definitely return. Menu had excellent variety and was delicious. Try the cornbread for sure!!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I frequent founding farmers and love it. However this past time, I was extremely disappointed. Our service was awful. I worked in the restaurant industry for 10 years so I never complain but the service was terrible. It took 20 mins for the server to get to our table and refills ( of plain tea ) took 20 mins as well. Our food was okay- it's usually amazing and to get our checks took 30 mins. I took friends here from out of town and raved about it and they were also disappointed. Not only was the service terrible but a manager knew it wasn't great and did not apologize, come by and check on the food or discount something. I hope this was just a one time thing because id probably never come back again if that's the service we'd get."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We needed a place not too far from the Kennedy Center that would take early reservations. Our waitress was training a new waiter, so it was twice the fun. They were knowledgeable and personable (a great quality). The food was excellent. We'd definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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
  • "I've had MANY meals here and yet again the whole package was fabulous! Pot Roast is one of the best I've ever had - you could practically eat it with a spoon. :)"
    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