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Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Founding Farmers - Montgomery County

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/park-potomac/
  • Phone: (301) 340-8783
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Saturday: 2:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm

    Every Holiday Monday- Brunch Served 7:00am - 1:00pm

    Afternoon Social: Monday - Friday, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 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, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • 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 as well as Fountain Sodas and Phosphates, prepared to order. 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 for Best Bar/Beverage Program in the group's 2011 RAMMY Awards.
  • Special Events & Promotions: MoCo's Founding Farmers includes is a second floor mezzanine level that is ideal for special gatherings, business meeting, parties or corporate events any time of day, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The mezzanine can accommodate up to 75 guests comfortably seated for dinner, or up to 100 guests for a standing reception. The full restaurant is also available for buyouts.

    To make a special event reservation, contact Rebecca Taranto at (301) 340-8783; PFFreservations@wearefoundingfarmers.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Montrose Road West
  • Public Transit: Take the Metro Red Line to the Rockville or Bethesda station • Take the Montgomery County Ride On 47 bus to the corner of Seven Locks Rd. and Montrose Rd. • Walk north along Seven Locks Road 0.1 mile to Cadbury Ave. • Turn right, walk 0.2 mile to 12505 Park Potomac Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Guests visiting MoCo's Founding Farmers enjoy 2 free hours of parking Monday-Friday, and 3 hours of free parking on Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot / deck located immediately adjacent to the restaurant.

    If you park in the lower level garage, please be sure to check at the front desk for a parking validation ticket.
A word from Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
MoCo's Founding Farmers is the newest iteration of Founding Farmers, one of the most popular restaurants in the U.S. With a fresh, seasonal menu of farmhouse favorites and new American traditional dishes, our menus of true food and drink offer something for everyone, in a modern and eco-friendly urban 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.

In addition to serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, MoCo's Founding Farmers hosts a unique “Afternoon Social,” providing a modern afternoon break for area entrepreneurs looking for a respite from coffee houses, local mom groups with toddlers in tow and retirees craving a place to socialize and a bite to eat. The Afternoon Social menu features tea sandwiches, scones, tea, cocktails, cookies and other desserts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I had a "date night" that our three year old ended up crashing - and it was just as fun as we had hoped. The food was wonderful, the service was good and the mood was just right. Try the chicken wings on the app menu! So much good stuff kept coming out that looked like we needed to try it - we came back five days later for my MIL's 60th bday. A great experience that I hope to three-peat soon."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I really enjoy the food and service at Founding Farmers however, if you have a 7:15 reservation (and your party arrives between 6:55 & 7:10), it's ridiculous to be seated at 7:40. The DC location is even worse. The food, beverages and service is pretty good but, they need to do a better job at managing their reservations. I never have this problem with other restaurants."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Had dinner on a Saturday night - was very good food, but so noisy we had to keep repeating what was said over the table."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We made reservations for Saturday dinner at Founding Farmers. The greeter was friendly, handed us off to a host who showed us to a very undesirable table next to the noisy bar even though we requested a table upstairs. Saying this we were shown to a table upstairs. The menu seems to offer some of everything, so it was hard to pinpoint the restaurant's strong suit. There's also a plethora of speciality drinks with cute names -- I order one which seemed very watered down. The shrimp and grits, one of the specialities, was bland but helped by salt and pepper. The trout ordered by my husband was over cooked but edible; biscuits dry and tasteless. This restaurant feels like it was run by amateurs with no adults present."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "and almost always (very) noisy. too bad....hard to have conversations sometimes. first time the service hasn't been terrific, but it was ok and the food almost always very good"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I met a few friends for brunch here and although we didn't actually order from the brunch menu, the food was very good and we really enjoyed ourselves! I'm glad we made a reservation for 10am because shortly after we got there, a line started forming. The menu has a lot of interesting options and. I'd like to go back and try some other items. Definitely recommended!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "My previous experience at Founding Farmer's was excellent, but this trip soured that great memory. Our reservation was for 7 and we were not seated until 7:30. There were others dealing with the same issue. If everything else went well, I would typically get over a late seating. However, had to send my filet back because it was overcooked. They did comp my glass of cabernet for the trouble, which of course I appreciated. Overall....I felt let down.....because I really loved this place on my first visit. I guess we all have our bad days."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We were repeat diners at Founding Farmers due to good food and atmosphere. Dining here last Saturday evening, however, was disappointing. The food and drinks were okay but they were overbooked and unable to manage the number of people. We had a 6:30 reservation for which we arrived at 6:20. After entering through their revolving door, we were dangerously met with a wall of ~ 25 people standing in front of the reservations counter with no room to enter the foyer and a spinning door from people entering behind us. My husband was hit hard in the back with the revolving door and was still sore the next day. This is a very dangerous configuration. All staff overwhelmed, rushed, and they were out of dishes already- not returning soon."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "I couldn't tell whether there are insufficient wait-staff for the number of diners or the waitstaff are just slow. The food, when it arrived, was good. But what would otherwise have been a good dinner was overwhelmed by the noise level. The tables are crowded together, the surfaces are highly reflective and in addition to the noise from diners shouting to their table-mates to be heard, there is music (or what passes for music) thumping its bass in the background. We won't return."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We go to Founding Farmers at least once every couple of months. The food is delicious, real, and approachable. They take their ingredients seriously and embrace the farm to table philosophy without being too snooty. Great house-made drinks too! I describe it as "Cracker Barrel Chic""
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "One of my favorite places to eat, enjoy a relaxed environment, typically very good service, and a tremendous menu. Its a cool place, water in milk bottle, check in small mail box-Farmers Market goes out of their way to make you know the ingredients are fresh off the farm, great chefs, and an enjoyable experience to sit for interactive conversation with friends and family."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Took a business group here and it was fantastic. Food was excellent. Ambience was perfect."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Our reservation was not timely honored. Took 30 minutes to find out they had no diet coke. Not typical good service we have had here."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "The atmosphere is inviting (stylish "homey-ness"/farm-to-table), it's best reserved for anyone looking for fattening food masked as gourmet--fancy comfort food with a big price tag. The menu is intriguing but no descriptions, which made ordering labored; we had many questions needing answering (ingredients, what's served with the main dish, etc). Presentation of the food was lovely, but I wasn't wowed by anything in particular, and most was too fried or over-designed. The veggie meatloaf was not good, and had a uniform uninspired flavor. The biscuits were good, but its accompanying savory chutney (?) was just odd. The beignets were trumped up, but were actually mediocre. Overall, the place was fine, but not as amazing as it's trying to be."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "request for medium rare burger hadn't been cooked to well done. Didn't bother telling our terrific server since we were very pressed for time and had to get back to work. However, went today with a bunch of coworkers and everything was great!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We were there on a Tuesday night, the place was packed. It was noisy. At the bar while I waited for my date, the bartender was quick and got me one of the best drinks I've ever had. But when my date showed up he was nowhere to be found. As my reservation time approached the hostess said they'd come find me when the table was ready. Twenty minutes later I went to find them. We were seated right away with apologies for the misunderstanding. At the table as at the bar, initial service was quick and then after that it got much slower, but was always professional. Food was good, it wasn't as great as the drinks."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "My fifth meal at Founding Farmer's over a nine-day period proved to be by far the best. Although I'd met friends there for dinner the night before, the following night I was there with my family. Our food choices included the delicious chicken wing appetizers, which featured a tantalizing sauce...they were literally finger-licking good. I restrained myself after eating two despite the temptation of the plate before me. My vanilla soda was delicious as always. My plank salmon was delicious, and the green beans were perfectly done. Two of my dining companions enjoyed the cranberry and brie turkeyless burger. One loved her meal, the other compared it to a veggie burger on a previous menu and was dissatisfied. Good food well prepared."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "A nice local restaurant. I ordered the fish and chips. It arrived warm and the chips were a little soggy. Old Bay spice was added to the fish which impaired rather than enhanced the flavor. I was going to send it back but decided I didn't want my friend to eat while I just sat there waiting for my food. Our server was good and very helpful when my friend asked about Gluten-free items on the menu. I may return but I would definitely order something different."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Fried Green Tomatoes are not vegetarian -- fried in animal fat. Curious! We were upstairs which was clearly being used as an office/meeting for management but at least it was quieter. Our server seems significantly clueless, forgetting an appetizer order, a promised refill of an iced tea. Three apologies later from various team members but too late in the meal to follow up on the appetizer. No other offer was presented to us. Prices should come down about $2-3 per dish to make up for the consistently inconsistent service and noise."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "There are some very special choices on this menu for those who enjoy a sweet and plentiful breakfast! Portion control is definitely not found in Founding Farmer's vocabulary. Go for a special occasion and enjoy this unique breakfast with friends, family, or those visiting this area for the first time. What a treat!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Everything is delicious and unique. Large menu, lots of selection. Would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Simple breakfast took an extremely long time to arrive. The two scrambled eggs were undercooked and re cooking them took more than twenty minutes. When delivered, they were tasteless."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "There were a lot of problems during our dinner here. They seemed to be out of a lot of dishes; everyone at my table tried ordering something that they were out of, and it was frustrating to hear "we are out of that" over and over. When my friend tried to order the flank steak (which was listed on the menu), they told us that they don't even have that item anymore. At some point after we'd finished our appetizers someone came out to let my husband know that they were out of the dish he'd ordered, and that he had to choose something else. At the end of the meal, he was charged for both entrees -- the one he actually ate, and the one that they were out of. When our entrees finally came out, my friend's steak and vegetables were very cold."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Once again, Farming Farmer's did not fail to impress. This place is always crowded, I'd suggest reservations."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The home cooked feel of some of their items ,causes me to suspect that my Grand mother is somewhere back in the kitchen:-)"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I've ususally been very happy with brunch at Founding Fathers. This past Saturday was an exception. I'd hoped to have blueberry pancakes which have been very good in the past. The griddle was broken so pancakes were not available to me. I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich instead. The mix of cheeses was very tastey, but the bread was *way too thick*! Way too thick. Please consider slicing your bread so it's not so thick. The thick bread was both too filling and also distracting from the cheese."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The physical properties of the room seem to amplify noise. When busy (as it was during our visit) it is VERY LOUD. Our server was high energy. Too much so. I think he had the best intentions, but was much too long-winded / talkative, especially when delivering the "canned" speech given to first-time patrons. Some of the food (like the basic french toast) was amazing/delicious. The eggs on two of the plates we ordered had a very strong metallic taste and were virtually inedible. A member of our party has a nut allergy. She had an allergic reaction to the pink peppercorns (turns out they're a part of the cashew family) in the dish she ordered. I would expect the restaurant to know this. The sweet tea wasn't to my liking. The OJ was tasty."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This farm to table restaurant is incredible!!! They offer an extensive menu of delicious dishes and also have a variety of wines and cocktails. The food is both fresh and full of flavor. The bacon wrapped dates were amazing!!! Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food was OK tonight. Service was lousy; she was slammed though. I had asked to be away from the bar because I had people who are hearing-inpaired. The hostess sat us NEXT TO THE BAR! Maybe they couldn't read? Used to be one of my favorite; not so much now."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The highlight of my experience at Founding Farmers was breakfast, which was outstanding! I enjoyed my hot buttermilk biscuit and my dining companion said the English muffin was outstanding. I enjoyed my bacon and my friend liked the chicken sausage very much. We both had eggs, and leek hash browns, and the food was very good. Although the construction is still ongoing outside, the noise was not nearly as bad as it was earlier in the week. Service was a bit slow, we had to ask the hostess to find our waitress, but she was very pleasant when she was there. Overall, the standout of the morning was the food which was delicious."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I decided to go to Founding Fathers for dinner last minute on Thursday afternoon. As always, I checked Open Table and found an available 7:15 pm slot which was perfect. We arrived to find the new parking garage open so parking is now super convenient. We were seating immediately and started with the table biscuits and each ordered an El Presidente, my favorite cocktail. The bread was delivered promptly and was served with great dipping options. It was amazing and incredibly fresh; would definitely order again. For dinner my SO had the prime rib with potatoes and asparagus and I had the lobster mac and cheese. The food was absolutely amazing! Both entrees were cooked to perfection and made dinner a memorable occasion!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We ate outdoors and it was so nice, great food and service"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Brought a tech client for lunch. Enjoyed the eclectic menu of reimagined favorites. Not to loud that we couldn't discuss details and still feel we had a private conversation. Even better next when he said he would pick up the tab."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food at Founding Farmers is quite good, but the slow service and high noise level detracts from the experience. It is nearly impossible to have a conversation with others at your table, and both times I have dined here we have waited over 30 minutes after we were seated before our waiter/waitress stopped by the table to take our order. I very much like the concept of this restaurant, but would be very hesitant to return for another meal. Also, carefully review your check - we were offered an order of biscuits "on the house" because of the slow service, and then were charged for them, as well as an appetizer we had ordered which came out with our check. There is potential here, but lots of quirks that still need to be worked out."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The place was noisy - very noisy. We did not get our appetizer and it took forever to get our food and drinks. People who came in after we did were served timely, but we seemed to have been overlooked. We could not even spot our waiter to ask. Someone else served our meal. My date's pot roast was not hot, but alright. My hamburger was ok, but the bottom bun was so wet from the potato salad, it was useless. Finally the waiter came to see if our food was ok and realized we did not get our first course. It was as if it was not big deal - haha it happens. Not a local favorite."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Foods are awesome and I love this place. Service is also good."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This is a wonderful place to meet old friends and have a relaxing delicious lunch with courteous attentive waitstaff! We will be back."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I have generally enjoyed dining at Founding Farmers. A recent breakfast proved the exception to the rule. I wish I had known that construction workers were digging outside the restaurant as the noise permeated the entire space. Diners were greeted with the perfume of gasoline, from the construction. Service was slower than usual, and it was hard to have a conversation. The food was, as always, very good. I am certain that this is a temporary inconvenience but could wish I had known about it ahead of time."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Heard great reviews. Went there for our 39 wedding anniversary. A total let down. No ambiance at all. Ordered drinks, my husband ordered a speciality drink. I ordered a martini dirty on the side. It came in a wine glass already mixed with olive juice. I sent it back and they brought another martini in an old fashion type champagne glass. Don't they have martini glasses? Drinks are way too expensive $26.00 for 2. Food was average at best plus at 5:15 on a Sunday afternoon, they were already out of 2 sides which we ordered. At the end of the dinner, we thought we would get a complimentary dessert being that it was our anniversary, all we got was "happy anniversary". Thumbs down on this one. Sorry Founding Farmers."
    Dined on 8/10/2014