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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AG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was unusually slow.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We arrived for our 08:15 PM reservation at approximately 08:00 and was not seated until nearly 08:40 PM. Was disappointed in making reservations as the wait time was approximately 35-45 minutes for walk ins so was disappointed we weren’t seated in a more timely manner. However, once we were seated our server was outstanding with drinks and our meals. Finally, when dinner arrived it was well worth the wait as the food was delicious!

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible experience. Need employee and manager training.

D
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second location to visit and it was excellent. A little loud, however, the service and food were excellent.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait was a bit long, but our waiter, Eric, made the experience great!

F
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service was great, it was quite loud and hard to hear the person across the table from me.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Founding Farmers. We are so happy they have more vegetarian options. Would love to see some vegan, plant based options added to the menu, as well!

l
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious per usual. Waitress was super friendly and helpful. My favorite place to take people visiting from out of town.

K
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Get the bacon lollipops! Enough said! Atmosphere was great. The Purple ans Black Kale salad was tasty but nothing overwhelming. I added the shredded chicken which was sparse for the $8 up charge. Otherwise, the staff was friendly and did good job.

NR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good -- this was a repeat visit and it was quite enjoyable. Our server was friendly, but suddenly we had a new server, who was also friendly. There was, however, some confusion with drinks orders and information conveyed--all sorted in the end, but not an ideal start. Once we had our assigned server on board, her was great.
We were also frustrated by a lengthy delay to be seated, about twenty-five minutes after our reservation time. I understand that table availability is based on when other people leave, but it seems like the wait os often for a significant chunk of time beyond the reserved time.

PB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Founding Farmers - DC is a great spot! (Reservations Recommended!) Food is amazing, with a menu offering numerous diverse options! Drinks are amazing also! Service is great. Can become loud when really busy, but a great spot for dinner and drinks.

R
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was very good except she was hard to understand, especially in a noisy restaurant.

DG
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a DC favorite!

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Really busy restaurant, even on a Sunday night, so I’m glad we made a reservation through Open Table. Didn’t have to wait long at all. Food was worth the price. Lots of creative healthy options. I’d definitely return for another meal. One word to the wise, though, if you are looking for a quiet place to chat, this isn’t it.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I love the tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. I do wish it was
Possible to sit in a somewhat quieter place and not be crushed sitting in a row of tables for two.

PC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant. It was busy but we were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation time. Service was excellent and the food was awesome.

i
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service! The handmade pastas are delicious and a must.

TO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I absolutely love it here. The food is great, and the staff is great as well!

MA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food made with such fresh ingredients. Great service as well.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 2 days ago

Hi MaryAA: Hooray! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful review with us! :) We hope to have you back soon and please call our team: 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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MB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lived in DC for a decade and left five years ago. This place was a staple for brunch, but sadly food quality has gone down and it now is a status quo brunch spot. Our server seemed like a wonderful person, but quickly sat four more tables after us. Bacon lollies are still great. Chicken and waffles used to have a delicious fried bone in breast - they now have fried chicken fingers like a kids meal. At least we know the new status of the restaurant and will remove it from our list of recommendations for friends visiting DC.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 2 days ago

Hi MrBojangles: I am very sorry the food during your most recent visit was not up to par, and sadly the chicken in our C&W fell short. :( We appreciate you sharing this feedback with us, and both our Management & Culinary Team will take this into account for improvements needed to get us back on the right track. We really hope to have you back sometime soon, and please call us anytime for a reservation: 202-822-8783. -Amy

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was great in general, but the pancake was just like that

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate there the first day while visiting DC, we had to go back on the last day to get chicken and waffles again. Definitely get the beignets.

NA
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are frequent visitors to DC and FF-DC has been a favorite place of ours for a few years, but we had a not-so-great visit there a couple of months ago. HOWEVER, this most recent visit was the FF that we know and love! Great service; food was very good (and larger portions than we could eat); and very helpful front desk staff and attentive wait staff. Goes to show that an "off-night" happens to the best of us.

NR
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server was wonderful and the food was tasty. Even though the restaurant was crowded, we were not rushed. I enjoyed the menu that is slightly different from the King of Prussia location.

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

There were people crowded at the bar to an extent that others could not walk by the bar and down the aisle adjacent to our table without brushing against our table. This happened constantly throughout our dinner. Also, several members of our party noted that the restrooms were unkempt and needed service. Our server did a nice job despite the crowd and the constant table jostling, and the food was good. But the overall crowded and frenetic ambiance was disconcerting and made the evening unenjoyable. If I go back or recommend this for others it would be conditional on finding an evening that was much less busy.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Mark: Thank you for your review and I am real sorry for the overly boisterous ambiance & unkempt restrooms. :( We do appreciate you bringing this to light, and our Management Team will surely follow up with our staff that worked on 2/22 about the restroom maintenance. We also hope to have you back for another try and please call us: 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed- we will be more than happy to note a quieter table for your next visit. -Amy

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DB
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar. Great advice from the tender. Enjoyed the fish & chips with barley risotto. Great drink menu & deserts. Try the beignets.
Pricey, but worth it!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 2 days ago

Hi DrBob: Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful review with us! We appreciate it and hope to have you back soon. :) -Amy

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Eat here every trip to DC. This time service was slow. Food was not as good in prior years. It was not hot when served. Disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner

K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Awesome services at this location. However, the food came out a little lukewarm. The taste are still great. This location is a lot busier than the Tyson location.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place!

S
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food & good service! Always enjoy dining here!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Swolf: Many thanks for your 5-STAR review! :) We appreciate it and hope to have you back soon! -Amy

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BD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting from out of town for my birthday and looking for the delicious carrot cake pancakes. I was disappointed to learn they were no longer on the menu. The manager was extremely nice in explaining why and offered me a slice of the carrot cake on the house as a treat! Delighted!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi BDAY: Many thanks for celebrating with us! While I am so sorry we left you disappointed with the removal of our Carrot Cake pancakes, however really happy your visit ended on a SWEET note with a slice of our Carrot Cake! :) We hope to have you back soon and please call us: 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed in the future. -Amy

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy this restaurant! Service was great yuck, efficient and polite. We will be back!

M
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Founding Farmers was the perfect brunch spot during our trip to DC. I read the reviews and booked a reservation, based on comments. I highly recommend reservations because this place is hopping!!
The food was good, reasonably priced and the atmosphere was relaxed. A perfect spot for breakfast/brunch!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Momoftwins: Thank you so much! We appreciate it and hope to have you back soon. Please call us: 202-822-8783 for any reservations :) -Amy

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was very nice, We’ll keep a good memory to our country ;) Thanks a lots

W
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

It is crowded and noisy, even on regular weekdays. The food is OK but not great. We had to wait very long even though we had a reservation.

DO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet friends, have drinks and a dinner. Wonderful service , food was fantastic.

CK
Greensboro
34 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great lunch with friendly service - convenient location in Foggy Bottom!

OT
New York Area
1 review