Farmers & Distillers

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The foundation of Farmers & Distillers is delicious, made-from-scratch food that is carefully sourced. Weekend brunch is BUFFET style, with a wide array of breakfast, lunch, salad, entree, and dessert options. Don’t miss our specialty drinks and spirits, many of which are also made in our fully functioning on-site distillery, Founding Spirits. If you need to make any changes to your reservation, please call us at 202-464-3001.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall, a good experience. Our drinks took quite some time to arrive, both rounds. Also, one of our dishes arrived with the wrong sides. The food was great itself but service was a bit spotty.

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Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I wanted to like this place so much but unfortunately the poor service just killed the experience. We ordered the fried green tomatoes for starters, unfortunately they were so over cooked that the tomatoes were literally mush and inedible and the meatballs were over cooked and crumbly as well. Our waiter did take the fried green tomatoes off of the check. Then comes our food, we both ordered burgers (well done) and my guest ordered a salad with hers. Once they brought out our food, the burgers were wayyy undercooked and they had brought her fries instead of the salad she requested. Once we were finally able to flag down a random waiter, he promptly took the burgers back to the kitchen. Unfortunately, it took them extremely way to long to bring back the new burgers. By the time we actually got our food we had been at our table for over an hour. While the food that was actually cooked properly was good, the lack of attention to details or even caring that it took over an hour for us to actually get anything to eat—our waiter literally avoided our table—was unacceptable. Just because of such a poor experience I would give this place 0 stars if possible.

*side note: during the time we were there, at least 4 other tables were also complaining about their food and poor service.

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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool place. The food was great and they were very accommodating to our food allergies. Our server was delightful!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was a bit slow. It’s also difficult to hear others at your own table given the acoustics of the room.

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JH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Service was excellent. Will visit again.

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JL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the chicken fried steak with the donut (awesome), with a vanilla soda (really awesome, so smooth, you have to get it). Service was great. Even took a half dozen donuts home.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We arrived before our reservation and unfortunately couldn’t be seated sooner any sooner but, that was fine; we chatted amongst ourselves until we were seated. Our server was great and our orders were promptly taken and we were served in a reasonable time!

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Server was terrible - have to chase her down to get water refills. Roast beef was more beef soup

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AB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was acceptable, but not great. Food was served luke warm at best.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was horrible, dry chicken, bland sauce, overdressed salad. We never even received 3 dishes we ordered & the server never brought salt & pepper when we asked. It was really loud & hard to have conversation.

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SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The servers seem overwhelmed and hectic . I went two nights in a row and the food was amazing. The twist on chicken and waffles with chicken and donuts is AMAZING!!!

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JM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benjamin was amazing , we enjoyed every minute of our late lunch . The food was delicious .

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CF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional. My scallops entree was delicious, as were the 2 vodka based signature cocktails I enjoyed. I’ll definitely be back.

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JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

There were parts of this meal that were excellent and parts that were not. We got the pork and beef dumplings for the starter. They had good flavor but came out flat with not much stuffing. It just looked odd and felt like we got the short end of the stick there because they could have been better. For the main, my friend got the steak frites. One piece came out correctly cooked, but the other did not. I got the fried chicken and donut with green beans and mac and cheese. The greenbeans were good but were inconsistently cooked. The mac and cheese was on the plate, yet the person at the table next to mine got theirs in a bowl. Mine was kind of dry and I think that I got the short end there too. The chicken, however, was fantastic. It was a great take on chicken and waffles to have it with a donut. I wish that they had some bottles of beer though other than the "local and craft" drafts only. Also, i was sitting at a booth next to the window that had a bad glare from the sun shining off the building across the street. The booth was also torn, and had a blanket over it, which was kind of strange. They should fix the booth. Overall though, I would recommend to a friend and will probably go back to try some other things on the menu.

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KS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is amazing! We were visiting DC and liked this restaurant enough to go back a second time. The food was delicious!!!

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JG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

loved the atmosphere and so much good stuff on the menu---I got the spicy chicken sandwich and though good it was more bun than chicken

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PF
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This establishment was phenomenal! Eclectic, if you will, with a theme of " what would George Washington eat?" Featuring Asian and southern comfort food. Fried chicken with a donut was the real hit of the evening!!!

Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu, favorites, seasonal specials and was just spectacular all-around!

Excellent

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M
New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Everyone was friendly, but despite having a reservation they were running 20 minutes behind. Our waiter too was friendly but it took awhile to place our order and for the food to arrive.

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CP
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Very understaffed. The wait staff has no runners and have to keep checking the bar etc. get them some help. Waited for one hour after our order was submitted

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great however the wait time is long for food.

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NM
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was a very busy Sunday night and service was a bit slow...but we loved the atmosphere and the food! We were with kids who were tired so the 2 hour visit was a bit long.

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JF
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place. Can't ever go wrong with brunch here. Come hungry.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Poor service. Had to ask for our server a few times. Overpriced buffet. Could have had a better experience on a different day of the week when you can order off the menu. Had a birthday request and that was not honored.

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TS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch! I hope they can improve the flow of traffic at the various food stations. Jade was great — friendly, attentive.

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Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Our groups was hard pressed to find anything we liked on the buffet. My husband liked the eggs bene and my son liked the devils food cupcake. Expensive brunch for two small items to be enjoyed:(

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D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Farmers Distillers was amazing. Great food and service. Nice ambiance as well.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

As always food was great. Our server was pretty inattentive. We asked to remove item we had not received, she got a little snappy. And she seemed a little put out when we asked questions.

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TB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Waitress was meh...no engaging. Food was okay restaurant was too loud.

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EW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was top shelf.
Food was good but not exceptional...perhaps we'll order something else next time. Drinks were very good but a little pricey I thought. Overall we had a good experience and we will be returning.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing service. Amazing drinks. AMAZING!

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RJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious, hot, and prepared with excellence. This coupled with quality service makes this a great dining choice!

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DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Server was very polite, but forgetful. My date had to ask multiple times for a paper napkin to get rid of his gum. Appetizer (Chips and Dips) took about 15 minutes to come out. The Pimento cheese was amusingly the best part of the meal. My entree (Steak Frites) was not hot at all. Steak was overcooked and dry and had a very strange texture. I almost felt like I was eating a burger. I only ate one of the three steak medallions. I also had to ask for a steak knife as opposed to it being provided beforehand. Vegetables were greasy. The fries were tolerable. My date had the Drunken Beef and Chicken and also said that his was mediocre. We both ate very little of our entrees. Halfway through our entrees a different server approached me and asked me if I had ordered a side salad. Clearly , he was covering his bases and trying to do his job, but there were obviously some pretty severe communication issues going on. We both balked at the offer of dessert because the couple seated next to us received a sort of berry pie tart that was served to them in a sort of collapsed state. It was quite literally falling apart on the plate. I wouldn't have served a dessert that looked like that to someone in my own home, let alone serve something that looked like that in a restaurant. I had been to F&D once before for breakfast several months back and was also served food that wasn't hot. After giving them another chance for dinner, I will not be dining here again and I will advise friends who mention they're planning to dine here regardless if it's breakfast, lunch or dinner to pick a different restaurant.

Farmers & Distillers
Responded 4 days ago

DaniP, thank you for sharing your review with us. I am very sorry to read that your dinner visit was met with forgetful service, slow delivery on items and poor preparation of your meal. That said, I would love the opportunity to touch base further and will send you a PM. -Amy

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JC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Rudest server. Slamming glasses & plates. Impatient & rude each time he walked over like we were wasting his time. Food runner handed insanely hot plate without warning. No apology when my friend exclaimed. Food was good but it’s not the only spot in town so I’ll go elsewhere & not get a side of anger with my dinner next time

Farmers & Distillers
Responded 6 days ago

Oh gosh! JenC, a side of anger is definitely not on our menu and I am VERY sorry that this was what our team served. :( That said, I would love to touch base about your feedback and will send you a PM. -Amy

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H
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great lunch, great staff.

My caution about this restaurant is to always ask to be seated in the main restaurant area, not the bar. The experiences are night and day.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The server was efficient but unfriendly.. Food quality was fine, but the meatball Parm was awful Even with the contemporary format.

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BB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Experience was really just ok. This is an organization that should understand the fine points and they seem to miss them. The hostesses (there must have been 4) were all disheveled and the seating process was cumbersome. The server took awhile to get our drinks and there was no check in after the food was served. The server seemed very new and not very well trained. The price point is way too high to go back at the quality level.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The name made me feel it would be a local restaurant with a more farm to table theme, but felt chain formulaic.
The Service and food were better than the ambiance portrayed.
We were there on business trip and it was fine for that purpose.

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SI
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I had the foresight to make a reservation yet I had to check in 4 times at the hostess stand as I was watching walk-ins get seated before us. The service was slow, the bar was backed up and the server told us it was because they were handling the bar customers first. My Aunt and Uncle were visiting from California and I had been here for lunch previously and had a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, I will have to rethink this restaurant for out of town guests in the future.

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EW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend this restaurant to a friend as well as any of the others belonging to the ND Farmers' Union. I am a bit biased being from ND myself, but nonetheless, this was phenomenal. I was a bit disappointed when the server had no clue what the "ND" in the the "ND honey butter" meant as the NDFU is his employer, but he was knowledgeable about everything else.

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m
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The shrimp and grits, and lamb gyoza were outstanding! The fried green tomatoes were very good and the entree salad I had was unremarkable and overdressed. Our waitress was quite good, but spread too thin. Bottom line: a mixed bag.

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