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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
  • "I did (and recommend ) make a reservation. The staff was the best, and the food was fantastic!!! We will make it a point to visit every time we are in DC!!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I had heard great things about this restaurant for months and finally got my chance to give it a go. After the long wait, Founding Farmers ended up going above and beyond my expectations. We got an assortment of items from the menu, and I conclude that they fully delivered their promise of freshness and unique flavor."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Good for everyday food and fun. Had to wait about 20 minutes although we had a reservation. Be prepared to be packed in like sardines and sit at group tables very close to other diners. Food was pretty good for. Casual night out."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I have been many times to Founding Farmers and recommend it, but not without a reservation and not without a note about the noise level. The food is excellent and creative and always interesting and of great quality for the price, but do not hit the restaurant without a reservation as you will be in a crowd waiting. The bar dominates the downstairs and have very unique and creative drinks. I recommend requesting a table upstairs as it is a little less deafening and a little less busy. Founding Farmers in DC does not have many direct competitors as it offers a fairly unique dining experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had such an amazing time at Founding Farmers for lunch earlier this week. My aunt from New York City was in town last minute, and we were able to secure a lunch reservation at one of my all-time favorite restaurants. I helped to build the kitchen years ago as a Project Manager, and the restaurant never fails to shine in all that you do! Everyone in the party - including many of my family who had never been to the restaurant - were as impressed as I've always been with the restaurant. The food was spectacular, the server (Liz) was one of the best I've had, not just at your restaurant, but in DC - and the ambience was great as usual. Thank you for another amazing meal! I'll be back again soon."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food here was good, as were the cocktails but they were overly eager to get us in and out. Wouldn't recommend for a date or anything where you want to relax and chat."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food tastes delicious because it was made was fresh ingredients. The chef did an excellent job of pairing different flavors too. The drink selection is a little pricey, but well worth the money!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food was excellent and they were very accommodating. I added someone at the last minute and then one of our party was late. But the staff handled it really well and we had a great time. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Everyone in my FB friends are down for this place, whenever it is mentioned the "likes" and comments run long!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "It was our first time in the restaurant. I did not like the waiter's attitude. He never asked us if we like any drinks, just brought some water. I had my last bite in my mouth and he immediately took our plates away! He also brought the check right after our meal and didn't ask us if we like to have any deserts."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food is good and the menu interesting. Always a zoo at the door and it is way too loud."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Had dinner at Founding Farmers a few days ago and had an excellent experience. Great food at a great price. I have an allergy and the staff was great about making sure that my food was safe and allergen free. I will definitely be coming back. Thanks for the good time!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I am so glad I found this place! We had a reservation, but arrived 30 min early and they were very willing to accommodate. Our server was extrememly friendly and knowledgable providing background on the restaurant and also making several recommendations for drinks and food. She was was funny and kind - hard to find! Her recommendations were spot on, and unlike some servers, she did not recommend the most expensive bottle of wine or dinner choice. The wine was delectable and the steak & enchiladas I cannot even describe - PHENOMENAL! Mix of flavors is unbelievable. I was only in town for work, but recommended it to all of my collegues. I will definitely be returning to this restaurant when I return to DC!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Every-time I dine at Founding Farmers the experience is different. Always good. The food is trendy and tasty, the bar is inventive and the service is casual. This time was not my favorite. It is normally the server that makes the difference in the experience and this time it was missing. Though efficient he just did not have the passion for what makes this restaurant unique. The story they tell is good."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great to take a vegetarian date to a nice place that isn't Oriental or Indian. Food was great and the beers very nice."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Always a great experience! You can always count on the food to be good."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Also there day b4 (with another client): both first-time guests. This particular visit, honored reservation (requesting booth for privacy) so didn't have to expend extra time (in front of my client) asking that be honored -- took us straight to table -- Kudos!! Both our main course: planked Salmon, a favorite of mine, was excellent. Again, this being my guests 1st time, the only downer was the "bacon lollies" which note came out within seconds of placing -- which might explain why didn't pass as my favorite this time (almost cold not good). Told him this was unusual and shouldn't rule out, try again on next visit. Again, I am a regular for many reasons. Will come back but suggest better MGMT CK to better ensure QA/QC as see inconsistent."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I've had good experiences here in the past but seems that service is declining as the restaurant has become increasingly popular. We were seated at 1:15 for a 1pm. Despite having a reservation, we were seated at a long table with other diners rather than having a private Table. Completely ridiculous, why even bother making a reservation? 2 out of four entrees ordered left Much to be desired. Stay away from the shrimp Louie Cobb!!! There were a total of three Small shrimp on a huge pile of lettuce, potato, and unripened avocado. My friend's burger looked as if it had recently come out of a freezer. Our waiter was pretty Inattentive- didn't even refill out water. FF- I expected more from you!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great menu that is interesting enough for foodies but can accommodate kiddos. Very fresh food, bright atmosphere and fragrant smell from the bar (fresh squeezed juices)"
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "I dined with my husband and children (7 & 10). Each of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We started with fried green tomatoes and ranch pop corn. The goat cheese dip was fantastic with the tomatoes, my husband loved the green goddess. We shared the wedge with blue cheese, whole family enjoyed. I had butternut squash ravioli, husband-meatloaf, son- Yankee pot roast. We passed all of the dishes and all were Delish. They accommodated my daughter with homemade pasta with Parmesan- she was thrilled. We ended the meal with Red Velvet Cake, the best I have ever had. Huge slice, not too sweet. We were also happy with their Extensive & interesting cocktail menu & very nice wine selection. Will go back next time we are in town!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Disappointed with food this time around; pastas were over cooked and a bit slimy. Burgers fell apart."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Our server was friendly and helpful, the food was delicious and paced appropriately, and our fellow diners all seemed to be having as great an evening as we were. The appetizer of Breads, Dips and Crisps was one diner's favorite, the Lobster Mac & Cheese was another's, but our dessert selection of Chocolate Mousse for Two (which was enough for four people to share) sealed the deal for me."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had reservations for the Fourth of July, arrived 5 minutes early and were seated right on time. Very busy restaurant, but still did not have to wait too long to be served. Food was great!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Been here twice before, this time we were sharing it with my mother from out of town. She loved it too and we were as extremely happy with everything we had as we have been in the past. The chicken pot pie, meatloaf, straw and hay pasta, and the farm bread starters are to die for! We look forward to going back and trying the rest of the menu. :)"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We visited DC for a long July 4 weekend, and I made a reservation here a month before our visit. It is an incredibly busy place, and even though we still had reservations, we had to wait 10 minutes or so for our table. I suspect that this was due to the July 4 weekends crowds in DC. The food was delicious and the service was excellent, considering how busy the place was on our visit. I had the Wood-Planked Salmon Entree, which was very good and came with a generous amount of fresh green beans and broccolini. My husband's July 4 weekend special (small portion of bbq ribs, small chili dog, and two small slider burgers with a delicious onion relish, fries) was very good as well. We enjoy the farm to table efforts and they do a great job!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "First of all, make sure you book through Open Table because this is one of the most popular breakfast places in DC. No reservation and the breakfast wait can be up to 90 minutes. However the food is worth it. The eggs are fresh and organic and served in oversized portions accompanied by shredded leek hash browns, choice of toasted bread and choice of meat. The stuffed french toast is decadent: stuffed with vanilla pastry cream and served with maple cinnamon syrup. Of course it is all enhanced with a spicy Bloody Mary starter! Coffee is strong and delicious and there is no pressure from the wait staff to hurry you along. Highly recommendable --great service and great atmosphere"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I tried a new menu item the Chicken Pot Pie, it was excellent, their drinks are great, the appetizers are awesome. Everything my family had to eat was awesome"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had a party of 10 for brunch. We had a reservation but still had to wait about 15 minutes for our table, hence the 4 stars on service instead of 5. Everything else was a great experience. Our waiter was helpful and efficient, the food was delicious and even though the restaurant was very crowded we had no problem hearing the conversations at our table. Loved it and will plan to go back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit to Founding Farmers. We would have gone more, but have had trouble getting reservations. The food is wonderful and creative. The adults in our party are vegetarians, but we had our 2 young grandchildren who eat meat if it is local, no antibiotics, and humanely raised. They were elated to be able to get hot-dogs with a side salad. All of the food items and beer were excellent. It is noisy, but that wouldn't keep us from going back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The french toast is my favorite dish in the whole world. I love every visit to Founding Farmers!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Friends and I went for a retirement celebration on a Sunday - so glad to have a reservation as it was over an hour wait for a seat - waitress was attentive and comped fried green tomatoes since they were not timely delivered. Bar drinks were very good, food variety excellent and very good - entrees delicious and appealing - will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Ordered a variety of lunch items-mussels, chop, burger, bread, salad and drinks. Nothing noteworthy."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was great, mostly simple comfort food but very, very good and high quality. It had a very hipster-eske vibe. The waitress was great as well. The only downside was that one of our friends got there 15 minutes after our reservation and we then had to wait an additional 30 minutes to be seated. Not entirely the resturaunts' fault, it was just frustrating since we did make a reservation to avoid that type of problem."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "After a decent brunch several months ago, my boyfriend and I decided to return to Founding Farmers on July 4. Although our food took forever to appear, we patiently waited. During that period of waiting for our waffles (waffles and strawberries for me & waffles and chicken for my bf), we overheard several customers asking servers to exchange their waffle for a less burnt waffle. I assumed these people were being extra picky and rude until we received our waffles. They were extremely hard and brown. We ate our waffles with the conclusion that we wouldn't be back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were visiting our daughter who lives in DC and had eaten here once before. She did not oversell it in the least! Great vibe and open airy dining room (we ate upstairs). The steak sandwich with fried onions was amazing and didn't even need the au jus sauce that came with it. Very tasty and quickly shared at our table. The real closer is the chocolate mousse bucket for two...our family of FOUR could barely finish this best in class dessert, with fresh whipped cream and drizzled caramel on top. Great service as well. I will definitely re-visit on future business and family trips!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I thought of waiting out the crowds after the fireworks at this place. She really wanted to have the "dogs" on the menu only to be disappointed when told that they ran out of the dogs. Really? On the 4th? I think I was more let down that she was, despite me being a vegetarian. So she asked for the Chicken and Waffles, of which they said they ran out of Waffles. Seriously? For a restaurant that touts making everything to order, is it that difficult to make waffle-batter? Well my wife ordered the Shrimp Buccatini, which she loved. I ordered the TurkeyLESS burger, but first got a regular turkey burger. I still don't remember how I managed to control my temper at that point. Yes, and the ever-missing server who was hardly available."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food is always good, but every time I go, I feel like the front desk and the wait staff feel like they are doing me a favor. At night, they seem to play favorites on who gets tables and where, and then the waitstaff is so smug. Oh well, I guess I'm old school and expect cheerful helpful staff"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The quality of the food is amazing, the service outstanding! The only bad thing is that it's quite noisy but you can get over that. Red velvet cake is the best in DC! The bacon cheese dates are also a must!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "When in DC you must visit Founding Farmers. The restaurants ambiance is wonderful. The staff were all friendly. The food was delicious! I wish we had a Founding Farmers in Florida!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food was excellent as always, and the service was as slow as always. Please offer more whole grain options as well!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014