Founding Farmers - DC

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Founding Farmers, the Greenest Restaurant in DC, is owned by the more than 47,000 family farmers of the NDFU, serving American inspired real food and drink with an emphasis and focus on cooking from scratch. While our restaurant is supplied by hundreds of family farms everywhere, that doesn’t mean we know every farm, and that doesn’t mean we never have to buy product from the traditional (corporate) supply chain, but it does mean we’re working hard to direct our purchasing dollars where it aligns with our values. We’re serving the best food we can, made from scratch in our kitchens every day. Our innovative, American dishes are made primarily with pure ingredients honoring the farmers and their hard-earned bounty. 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.
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so good I bought the cook book. The Mac and Cheese is a must. The sweet potato side is more like a dessert. Would definitely go back and get both of those again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Took 25min to get the bill when the place was empty; probably because ALL the waiters were in the back tables eating instead of taking care of customers.

U
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great place to eat.

OT
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun ambience, great wait staff who give thoughtful recommendations based on what you like. We had the crab benedict and the beer can chicken, both very good.

CC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As predicted from its high reviews, the restaurant was packed for lunch time. My party has a reservation and still has to wait for another 30 minutes passed reservation time to be seated. One person in our group needed to charge his phone but there was no plug available and staff did not allowed him to plug in their nearby counter. Other restaurants will do that without problem. In terms of food, food was good. We enjoyed chicken and waffles and vainilla filled french toast. Barley soup of the day did not dissapoint but the lentils stew was even greater. Catfish was good though we were offered first a Bronzino in meuniere style, the catch of the day, but it was sold out. Service should had been updated before offering it. Overall, we like the concept that all ingredients come from 47+ farms and everything is fresh.

LS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I shared the beignets, and they were wonderfully warm and the sauces that came with them were lovely. I had the vegetable scramble with the hashbrowns. The scramble was pretty good, but the hashbrowns were a standout. The service was great and our food came out quickly, especially with how busy they were. The only negative we encountered was a 20-25 minute wait even with a reservation, and an incredibly crowded waiting area.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Phenomenal food and drinks! The bread with the Brie was the best thing I ate my whole time in DC

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Service is what you would expect from a place that makes everything from scratch. Had two picky eaters and they cleaned their plates. Decent gluten free options - had a burger with no bun and it was amazing. The sweet potato is unreal and is like a dessert by itself!

F
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food was excellent. The corn bread is delicious. The restaurant was really busy and doesn’t have the waiting capacity for the volume. The tables are also really close together. We were seated at a two top and may as well have been sitting with the four top next to us.
I’m not sure “over-capacity” is a good problem to have.
Also, would suggest the servers write down the orders, part of my order was left off due to the server forgetting to order from memory...

W
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Nice atmosphere, however, everyone’s food was cold, it took 35 minutes to receive our meals, one would have expectations of HOT FOOD!

WR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience3

I plan on returning to Founding Farmers. They provided a pleasant dining experience, food was very good, and service was satisfactory. It is a very popular and busy restaurant so it is best to go in expecting to take it easy and not be in a rush.

B
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was DELICIOUS. Definitely make a reservation days in advance. We arrived about 15 before the reservation time and they sat us early. The ambiance was great and the service was friendly. My only vice was that they would not substitute the vanilla creme French in the breakfast combo. Otherwise, brunch was great. I will continue to take my friends here when the visit DC

AL
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service are outstanding! Very tasty dishes, very nice servers. The prices are little on the upscale but it is DC. I ordered a FF Mule but it is a tall glass full of crushed ice which means just a few sips and then you have a glass full of ice. That is disappointing. Also, sundays for brunch are very VERY busy so it's pretty loud. With all that said, I would go again and recommend because the food is good and the service is welcoming.

CG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was delicious and our server was a delight. I highly recommend Sunday Brunch. Make sure to have Uncle Buck’s Beignets. They are slice of heaven!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi CassandraG: Many thanks for your all around, 5-STAR review! We appreciate it so much, and hope to have you back sometime soon. :) -Amy

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place OUTSTANDING VALUE and DELICIOUS food!

m
New England
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Hostess not so welcoming, she was a bit rude. Food was okay, not worth the price.

JV
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My mom and I were very excited about Founding Farmers based upon the menu, but found the experience pretty lackluster. The food was edible, but certainly not worth the price. It fell short of well-executed- the food was warm, but had clearly been sitting out for awhile. The gravy on my chicken fried steak had congealed. My mom’s catfish was overly salted but otherwise not well-seasoned. Our waiter seemed aloof, and at one point forgot to bring our cocktails to the table. I would like to try them on a night when they’re not incredibly busy, because I feel like there is some potential there, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit again

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi JourdenV: I am very sorry for the disappointments with the food and service during your recent visit with your Mom. :( This is such a bummer, and I would love the chance to turn this around! That said, I will send you a DM with my email address to connect further. -Amy

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NJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Waited a long time despite reservation, and hostess basically lied to us about the wait. "Give me a minute to get you a table." turned into 1.5 hour wait. Food was OK, but not worth that length.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi NJFoodLover: Oh no!! I am real sorry to read your feedback and feel badly this happened. :( I would love the chance to follow up and hopefully turn around the poor start to your visit this time. This said, I will send you a DM with my email address to continue this conversation. -Amy

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J
Baltimore
72 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Simple menu and nice drinks. We tried the fig bread first and the roasted tomato soup all good. The Steak frites was what we enjoyed. Green bean on the side were fresh and a nice side. My daughter tried the rice/risotto and she liked that very much. Interesting place to try with fresh and farm connections.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food no matter what you order. Just wish they had kids dishes or even regular dishes in smaller portions.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi Jennifer: Many thanks for your kind review for our food. We appreciate it! On the note of smaller portions, please know we do have a side of our Mac & Cheese on our menu and also offer Baby Cheeseburgers as well! I hope this might help in the future and we look forward to having you & your family back soon. -Amy

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KC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our third Founding Farmers dinner - we've already been to the Tyson's Corner and Reston locations. The DC location does not disappoint (except they don't offer the wonderful Jefferson Doughnuts you can get only at Tyson's apparently). I would definitely recommend ANY of the Founding Farmers locations!

SM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. The service was wonderful! Made us feel right at home, gave suggestions and actually let us take our time, we weren’t rushed out. The portions were fantastic, so I felt the value was there because they weren't small; they were large enough portions for leftovers. It was a bit loud, that’d be my only complaint, but I would definitely come again and have recommended it to many since my visit.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the food! So fresh and tasty! The chicken and waffles were great!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi Silverhallo: SO AWESOME! Thank you for sharing and we hope to have you back again soon. :) -Amy

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Very crowded at the entrance, arrived for reservation and we were told there was a bit of a wait. Told staff we would wait outside due to the congestion inside, she said that was fine and she’d make note of it. Came back in after about 10 min since it had cleared out some and heard name called. This different employee (tall lady with long straight hair) rudely said “I’ve called your name 4 times!”. I told her we told the lady at the front we’d be outside.
So obnoxious, the food is mediocre for the shitshow front staff service. She was rude, obviously not happy to be working. Never will go here again and will not recommend it for basic food

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi EricM: Oh no. I am so very sorry for the poor impression we left you with!! I am saddened to know we started your visit off on the wrong foot, and unfortunately this also compromised the enjoyment of your meal. :( With this said, I would love the chance to follow up to turn this around and will send you a personal note with my email address. -Amy

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food's great, but it's crazy in there

BA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please open a location in NYC. I am never disappointed with what is on the menu. The staff is very helpful and friendly.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi BlackAngel: Many thanks for your awesome review!! We will take your suggestion into account, and in the meantime, please know we do have a location in King of Prussia, Pa which I know is closer to NYC than DC. ;) -Amy

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrible service. Had to ask the server multiple times for things and they served one person at our table her food (but not her drink) and the rest of us waited for ours for easily another 20 minutes. They attempted to give the table a complimentary dessert to make amends for the horrible service but then added it to our bill. It was very crowded and loud but I guess that’s what I get for booking them for lunch on a Saturday.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious... great service as well. We will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in DC hands down.

JW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

All the glasses had lip stuck on them. Server was awful food was awful would never go back or recommend.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi JohnathanW: Oh wow...this is embarrassing! I am very sorry the glassware was not thoroughly cleaned, and both the food & service fell short. :( With this all acknowledged, I would love to touch base and will send you a personal note with my email address to hopefully make this right. -Amy

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T
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Went to breakfast with my boyfriend and was left disappointed. My eggs had no flavor, the hash browns were way too greasy and my English muffin was stale. I’m not sure what they hype is regarding this place because the food was mediocre.

C
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Can’t wait for the next time we eat here. Also, I accidentally made our morning reservation for 930pm...the staff still worked to immediately seat us. They were tremendous! Can’t recommend this place enough.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi Cary: Hooray! We really appreciate your review and kind praise for our team's service. :) We hope to have you back soon and call us: 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent , We didn't have to wait no more than 3 mins to sit and our server was a gem.. He has excellent customer service skills.. we will definitely be back again 😊

FF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We dined at the Farmers and Spirits and it was very good. We expected the same at the Founding Farmers but were disappointed.

DM
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun place to gather and share

d
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fresh food- always something new to Try- definitely the place to “experiment” with a new meal- you’ll never go wrong!!!

A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elizabeth was awesome at the bar! Always a great time at FF

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very friendly and efficient service. The food was good but not fabulous. A fun concept and pretty affordable.

MT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome again. DJuan, our server was right on all his suggestions both food and drink. The food was awesome, as always. I highly recommend this place for anytime any day. Mmmmmm

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi MarkT: Thank you for your wonderful review! We really appreciate it and hope to have you back soon. :) -Amy

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for a power lunch

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