Farmers & Distillers
Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Buffet Brunch (no a la carte service):
Saturday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Monday - Wednesday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Thursday: 4:00PM - 11:00PM
Friday: 4:00PM - 12:00AM
Saturday: 2:00PM - 12:00AM
Sunday: 2:00PM - 10:00PM
Mt. Vernon Square
Overall, the dining experience was good. However, the reservation process and the crowded - chaos at the front door leaves a lot to be desired! There needs to be an assessment of the process. The host/hostess walk through the crowd, barely audible looking for guests.
I've dined at Frms&Distilrs previously & its sister Fndng Frmrs (since it opened) many times, so I've seen their decline. Last night's catastrophe was last for me. NOTHING we were served was worth the utter chaos of situation. Invited out of town guests - arrived early for res. Was told we'd be seated in 5. Ten min later - told "unknown how long it would be". 30min after res ask again, told "stay right there". 45 min after res ask again and look of panic on face of hostess. They had marked us seated (though I was right in front of her) & dropped us from list. There are empty tables at this point, do we are finally seted. Presumably a restaurant across the street from the convention cntr should expect crowds, but the staff was untrained, unempowered and lost control of the situation, and mngt did not step in to remedy it in time. Lots of other examples of chaos. Table service was fair - after angry server slammed glasses on table, filled glasses to overflowing w/water all over table & didn't clean it up. I had to ask 2 x for towel to wipe it up. Mgr did comp champagne and appetizers. Entrees came quickly and were fine, would have been nice to have been offered the option of ordering coffee or dessert (we would have paid for it.) But, I think everyone had just given up on the evening. It gets worse - we hung coats - like everyone else -for space - on the nearby racks, and my guests jacket was gone when we got up to leave. Asked for manager, who had left, and current manager said they would have to check tape in the morning. That was it. I had to insist that he at least write down our information. He then called the other manager who authorized him to offer my guest a cash payment on the spot. While I appreciate the gestures to "make it right", it was only because, I insisted (politely) with each issue that their service was not at an acceptable level. Stuff happens, but the overall attitude seems to be that they don't care.
We waited for 45 minutes for a table although we had a reservation. Service was very slow to take our order and to deliver the food. The waiter gave us the wrong bill. The dessert was so late they comp'd it. The waiter was good but busy. Everyone in our party liked their food.
Was very loud and not easy to hear ourselves. Tuna bites appetizer and doughnuts were excellent! My guests enjoyed their meals a lot. My quinoa salad with chicken was ehh (there were no berries that I tasted as per salad description that I thought I read).
We were seated an hour after our reservation time.
We were not told that brunch was ending and lunch was starting. The only thing we noticed is they were not replenishing food; at least 1/2 of the items were empty each time I visited the buffet. The wait staff tried to make things better which I absolutely respect but I won’t be trying this restaurant again anytime soon.
Food cold, long waits to get dishes refilled, from my previous experience more types of food available. For the price it is not worth it. Our waitress was excellent and very patiently
My guests stated the grits were not good. That should be better.
The food was tasty and the service was amazing. The restaurant was clean and very inviting.
Had a great time at Sunday brunch with friends. The place was super crowded, so we had to line up for food, which wasn't replenished as quickly as we would have liked, so there were items we missed out on. There was a good variety of food, as always, and I left feeling full and happy. I'll certainly be back.
Would NOT recommend brunch; ran out of food at breakfast prep area; place was SO crowded, a zoo environment. Ordered Eggs Ben to avoid going back up to buffet, but the Eggs Ben weak as well. The donuts and coffee only saving grace.
We were incredibly excited about having brunch at F&D. We'd done some research on the menu and determined it was a place where we all could find something we liked. To our surprise, when we arrived, we learned that the restaurant was only hosting a buffet brunch. My husband explained to the wait staff that he'd had gastric bypass and could not do buffet. He asked if it would be possible to be served a small meal because he could not take advantage of the $32 brunch. The waiter said he discussed it with management, and they said they could not do it. My husband sat and drank water while our friends and I ate brunch (it was blistering cold, we had a small child in tow, and we did not want to have to hunt out a new brunch spot).
As we wrapped the meal, the waiter approached and said that management now said he could prepare a small meal at an adjusted price. At this point we were ready to leave and totally disappointed, so he did not take advantage of the offer. The one saving grace was that a manager came over and profusely apologized. We were not charged for brunch, and she invited us back to use a $25 gift card. This is why I am rating F&D 2 stars instead of 1. We have no intentions of returning. If a restaurant cannot immediately accommodate a patron with medical and dietary needs, they cannot have our business.
I always enjoy myself here and regularly attend Saturday & Sunday Brunch! The ambiance is excellent and the servers are always knowledgeable and kind. And the homemade donuts and booth window seats cannot be beat!!
Great food and drinks - not the best service. Server kept forgetting things (order and bill wrong).
Hosted a company dinner here and everyone left satisfied and full of holiday cheer. The staff was attentive but not overly so--they did not hover but we also did not want for anything! Great experience.
When I arrived there was a parking garage right beside the restaurant which was a great thing. We had reservations that were honored in a timely manner. Door to seat was about 7 minutes. We went for the all you can eat brunch. The price point was a bit steep *$35 pp however the food options were great and made up for that. The server was not very attentive but to his credit the place was pretty full for a Saturday morning. I hated the fact that they only had tap water which was pre poured in multiple glass bottles and sat on a server station near our table that was easily accessible by any passerby. (Hence germs, bacteria growth etc.) Who knows how long that water was sitting there. They also dont let you take doggie bags which was a bust considering we didnt finish all of our food and would've loved to take home left overs. We also were suppose to get all you can eat pancakes however you are tasked with asking the waiter who then delivers them per order. Problem there is he would leave and come back quite some time later so we could only get one serving of 2 and ended up splitting them by 4 people. By the time he made his rounds he claimed there was no more batter. So for 35 dollars we got chicken, salmon ribs and salad. And 1/4 a pancake. All and all I would give it another try. I wish they had spring water or bottled water options. That sitting water creeped me out so I only got tea.
The food was amazing. The waiters were very attentive, friendly, and were willing to provide suggestions.
We had the chicken fried steak and Asian sea bass (barramundi) for dinner. The entrees were good (not great). Go for the value and the attentive service (ask for server named Manny).
Very slow service. Our lunch was over two hours
Our server was warm and friendly. She offered great suggestions and made us feel at home.
Great food, great service! We had a blast and will for sure be back!
Amazing and innovative food for reasonable prices. I went back the next night.
Our waitress was very nice.
$4.25 coffee is wildly overpriced, as is $10 salad, but food was delicious.
I typically enjoy Farmers and Distillers but i did not enjoy this last visit. First, I was meeting a friend for lunch and was told by him that he was completely ignored while waiting in the waiting area. I asked if maybe he was ignored because they thought he was waiting for someone, he said no, that others who were also waiting had been addressed and greeted. Strike one. Then we were seated in between two other parties (it was pretty tight) when there were clearly other booths and open tables. I didn’t complain as this was not a huge deal to me, but my friend wasn’t thrilled about being smushed between other diners with so much space elsewhere. Second, our waitress was extremely unresponsive, i think we waited about 10-12 minutes before even being offered water or anything else to drink. Second strike. We ordered our food and waited. When we received our order, my friends order was wrong (he ordered fried rice with egg, and got fried rice with peas, onions, etc.). Fine, it happens. We send the food back (now my food is getting cold waiting for his) and it took a full 12-15 minutes. Third strike. My fries were cold by the time his food got there. I understand recooking food takes time, but if it’s due to a mistake by a waitress it should be expedited. My fried chicken sandwich was meh. This is the second time I’ve ordered fried chicken here (once in the salad and this time in a sandwich). The chicken was so small that parts of my bun were just bun and lettuce (which is ridiculous, you don’t make a sandwich with some small piece of meat that is half the size of the bread. The chicken wasn’t fresh out the fryer (which honestly may be the consequence of waiting for my friends rice), but last time in my salad the chicken was also dry like it had been under a light for a period of time. So maybe the fried chicken here just sucks, or they’re cooking it in bulk and serving it cold, either way it was strike four for me. Will I try this place again? Eh, I’m not sure.
We had a great waitress, good was good too
Farmers and Distillers has to be my favorite restauramt ever!! From the amazing drinks, the delicious appetizers, the creative meals and killer desserts. We were in love! Although we don’t live in the area, we will be sure to put on our list of favorites when we are in the DC area. ❤️
Fantastic meal. Seafood incredibly fresh. Doughnuts were delicious. Going back tomorrow night.
We had a family reunion and ate out together - people from Calif & Texas. We were there over 2 hrs and never felt rushed. Great food - amazing variety on menu.
Great food and also great drinks
Brian our waiter was amazing. He was personable and very knowledgeable about the food. He genuinely seemed to enjoy his job and gave great recommendations.
The food was delicious! I would go back again... the wings were a huge hit at our table.
Decor, great. Service, very good. Soup was delish but expensive main dishes not up to par.
Lovely restaurant. Great service. I had chicken fried steak topped off with a maple glazed donut.
We were very pleased. Our server, Acadia, was very good. She recommended the Beef Tenderloin with broccolini and fried rice and it was delicious. We also had the Seafood with bucatini pasta in a creamy pesto sauce. It wasn't quite the standout that the beef tenderloin was, but it was good. The space is attractive and, on a early Sunday evening, was not overly crowded or noisy. As a long time Penn Quarter diner, I thought the prices were quite reasonable for the area. We will be back
Beautiful restaurant. Big enough for groups but intimate enough for a date or a one on one meeting/meal. Food was delicious - we had the bottomless brunch which was not “bottomless” quality but rather menu quality. We loved everything!
I work nearby so this is by no means my first time @ Farmers & Distillers, but it was our first Sunday brunch here and it was disappointing. We made a reservation and still had to wait b/c it was hoppin. Our server was friendly but absent for most of brunch (took him 15 mins to get a wine list and another 15 after that to take the wine order so our champs arrived approximately as we were finishing). The buffet was neither as plentiful as other Founding Farmers locations, nor as tasty.
I’ve been waiting to write a review. We had, by far, the worst dining experience during our time in Washington, DC. Our server, Jorge, was the epitome of a “terrible server”. Refills went unanswered, hospitality not even remotely close to the mark & the food was fair. We invited friends to join us for dinner & I was honestly embarrassed I choose such an awful restaurant. Luckily, the company made up for the food & service.
As someone who worked in restaurants, I hope that Jorge was having an off night & the level of service was just “off”.
First time visiting this restaurant. My wife had been the prior weekend with friends and wanted us to experience the atmosphere which was very pleasant and welcoming. We arrived before our reservation time and were seated immediately. Street paring is pretty much nonexistent in the evening but a PMI is next door. I imbibed on a G & T made with their house gin and was treated to an entirely different taste than I am accustomed to. Dinner was very good, the grilled salmon was well cooked and quite tasty, ate the whole thing. Tried the rum donut for dessert hoping for an experience likened to the old Junkanoo rum bun and was disappointed, it lacked rum aroma and taste. We will return to try other entrees and donuts.