Farmers & Distillers
I was very disappointed that my reservation, the only one I could get for Easter brunch, even made weeks in advance, was just shy of the brunch buffet being replenished anymore, and so I sat nearly in tears that I wasn't able to do what I'd been looking forward to for so long. There wasn't even anything brunch-like on the menu. People sitting around us continued to go back for more from the buffet, which was just really sad for me. The waiter seemed not much interested in taking care of us. He didn't tell us for about 20 minutes that our cornbread wasn't available, and then when we said ok just bring us whatever appetizer is fastest because we are hungry, he suggested bread but that didn't come out until our entrees, which was about an hour after we were seated. The food was actually pretty good except that I didn't get my Bearnaise with my steak frites. I almost always tip 20% and sometimes more, but I went below 20 that time because I felt very under-served. I would still say I'd recommend it to a friend, but not based on that experience.
Food is wonderful!! Just felt they didn’t have enough staff for Easter...
Easter brunch with significant other’s parents
Having a friends’ Easter brunch at F&D was great overall. However, It was quite busy, which affected service and dish availability in the buffet line.
Easter brunch...... service was mediocre. Food was good, selection was limited for people who are GF. Zero desserts for “us”— not even a fresh fruit salad. No lean protein. They need more of a variety on the Buffett.
Food was ok. Nothing special.
Excellent food. No wonder the place is incredibly busy and booked!
Service was good but, slow. We would come back and give it a second chance.
The food was very sweet. I finished the cauliflower ravioli and felt like I had just eaten a lemon meringue pie. We were also seated about 20 minutes after our reservation, so we had to rush and were still late for our show.
The only positive was that our waiter was excellent.
Booked 6:30 pm reservation and showed up on time. Waited until 7 pm to be seated. Thanked for my patience, which I find offensive, as I was anything but patient. Informative friendly waiter. Kitchen slow. Wonderful food, although chicken wings under flavored. Extreeeeeemely slow in coming back to table after entrees were finished to clear. I had to flag down a runner and ask him to take our dishes away. He did it, after looking at me with surprise (?). Couldn’t look at dessert menu due to fear that this would require another long waiting period.
JonathanB, thank you for sharing your feedback with us. I am very sorry that our service- from your arrival and throughout, was considerably slow paced. We really do appreciate your kind patience this time and please know our team will definitely apply what you shared towards the improvements we need to better the overall timeliness of service we hope to provide. -Amy
Service was absolutely awful. Restaurant seems under staff we waited forever to get our food and then the check. Food got mixed up as well and there was no apology for getting a well done steak instead of medium well.
Amazing service!!!. Never waited on a drink. Food was incredible 👌. We definitely enjoyes this . We plan to fly into DC at least twice a year, just to have there brunch.
Food was delicious. Waiter was very kind and very good however it seemed he had too many tables and couldn’t get to us whenever we needed him. Also the drinks took WAY too long. Other than that I will always go back for the food.
Second time at Farmers & Distillers and it's still a 5 star venue in our books. While service was slow because of how crowded the restaurant was, the experience of eating delicious food and enjoying freshly made cocktails was phenomenal.
Be sure to order the lamp dumplings - so rich and full of different spices. The half pound combo Louie Salad was incredible as well - lots of shrimp and crab, fresh avocado, a creamy citrus dressing. The Ernesto drink was fabulous, I had to order two. All in all, perfect meal!
We LOVE Farmers & Distillers. We have gone there often. The food is amazing and the restaurant is GREAT! Our waitress was so friendly and nice but seemed to be over worked/or unorganized. It took almost 45 minutes to put in an order for desert and get our checks. We were there for 2.5 hours. When we went to the bar (when we couldn't find the waitress but wanted drinks) to order another drink, there were more people behind the bar than around it, but we weren't able to put in an order for 30 mins. That was a waste of time. Overall we still LOVE this restaurant but disappointed in the service this time around.
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.
I love Farmers and Distillers. Top notch food and impeccable service without any pretension. I always take my family here when they visit now!
AWESOME service (shoutout to Ryan!), great food, good setting/layout. I requested ADA/wheelchair access for someone in our party and staff were super accommodating.
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.
We went on a Thursday night. It was extremely busy. We had a reservation, and had to wait, but not too long. Then our server did not appear for quite a long time. When she finally arrived, she brought two jugs of water, but no glasses. Then she disappeared again. When she finally took our dinner orders, we still did not have glasses, despite having asked twice. They were out of the dish my husband ordered. My fish was warm, but the food underneath was cold. The grain bowl is cold, just so you know. My husband had a burger and said it was excellent. The highlight of the dinner was the dessert-fresh baked donuts. It was so loud, you could barely talk. If I returned, I would order a donut, to go.
Panda, thank you for sharing your feedback with us. I am super sorry to read that service was somewhat slow & forgetful, your dish was unexpectedly cold and the atmosphere too loud for your enjoyment. :/ We appreciate your review & our team will work on improving the noise level and attentiveness of service. We hope to have you & your husband back for another try sometime soon. -Amy
Very cool place. The food was great and they were very accommodating to our food allergies. Our server was delightful!
Service was very slow, but our waiter was very friendly, helpful and attentive. I ordered Southern fried chicken and my partner ordered can roasted chicken. His chicken was almost unbearably sweet and far too pink to the point of being almost raw. Mine was just disgusting. It was extremely greasy and worst of all it tasted horribly of old fried fish... I told our waiter that it tasted as if they had fried the chicken in the same oil as they used to fry fish - assuming that they had made a mistake. No mistake, the waiter cheerfully told us that they do usually fry the chicken and fish in the same oil. We were stunned. I sent my food back and didn't order anything else as it was so horrible and we were so disgusted by the awful standards in the kitchen. For such an expensive place, to have sloppy dirty standards in the kitchen is a disgrace.
Thank you, JosephineK for sharing your review with us. I am super sorry for the disappointments you encountered this visit and would love to look into what you shared. That said, I will send you a PM to hopefully continue this conversation. -Amy
The service was a bit slow. It’s also difficult to hear others at your own table given the acoustics of the room.
Everything was delicious. Service was excellent. Will visit again.
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.
YUM YUM YUM! Thank you so much for sharing! :) -Amy
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!
Server was terrible - have to chase her down to get water refills. Roast beef was more beef soup
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.
Service was acceptable, but not great. Food was served luke warm at best.
Thank you, AlanB for sharing your review with us. I am super sorry that both the service & food missed the mark this time, and your overall experience was only worthy of 3-Stars. :/ That said, we do hope to have you back for another try soon and I will send you a PM to possibly connect. -Amy
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!!!
Benjamin was amazing , we enjoyed every minute of our late lunch . The food was delicious .
Service was exceptional. My scallops entree was delicious, as were the 2 vodka based signature cocktails I enjoyed. I’ll definitely be back.
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.
This place is amazing! We were visiting DC and liked this restaurant enough to go back a second time. The food was delicious!!!
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
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!
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.
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
Food was great however the wait time is long for food.