Founding Farmers - DC

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$30 and under
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American
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
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours 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 19 hours 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...

CG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day 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!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place OUTSTANDING VALUE and DELICIOUS food!

NJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 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.

EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 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

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in DC hands down.

T
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 2 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.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 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 3 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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun place to gather and share

d
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 3 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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 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

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for a power lunch

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Expected a brunch menu but just before we arrived

X
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Popular DC restaurant and we went for breakfast, since it's one of the few non-hotel full-service breakfast places in Foggy Bottom. Food was good, although the smoked salmon was a bit too salty. Excellent service, and coffee was good. Would recommend for taking guests.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The amaro daiquiri was delicious and surprising in its daiquiri-ness.

CM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Reservation management (table turnover) was terrible. Had a reservation for 7:45, got a table at 8:30.

G
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found the restaurant searching on yelp. Our party of 6 included state agency personnel so budget was important. FF was reasonable priced with outstanding service and the food was absolutely amazing. From the ice tea to chicken and waffles and the specialty drinks. We need to return just to sample the other menu items. The breads we had for an appetizer to were to die for. Hope they do not get so busy you cannot get in!!!!!

AD
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service here! Food came out fast, hot, and delicious!

KL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable. Love their cocktail list.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Too much waiting time at the lobby; what’s the purpose of making a reservation ? Food ok but overpriced for the quality offered.

p
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long time favorite of ours. We try to get in every time we are in DC. Their menu is interesting, creative, tasty and farm fresh. Getting a reservation can be a challenge but it is worth it once you get in. They also have a fun drinks menu. Music is a bit on the loud side.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 4 days ago

Hi pickyeater: Thank you so much for your review! We appreciate it and hope to have you back for another visit soon. Please call our team anytime for a reservation: 202-822-8783. -Amy

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience4

We have been a few times over the years and were soooo disappointed . The server was amazing but the food lousy. We had to send the Mac and cheese back as it was cold and even once it came back it was bland and tasteless for $16! My sons meal was also cold and vegetable stodgy and gross looking . So disappointed.

CK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I don’t really care for their reservation policy where all parties have to be there before you are seated. I made a reservation for a reason and this policy is not customer focused. The food and service were good.

JF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant - not worth it to go without a reservation. Would definitely go back for dinner.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Service was not.

SG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A group of 7 of us went for brunch where a handful of us felt very underwhelmed. The service wasn’t great - our server wasn’t well versed with the menu, denying substitutions allowed on the menu. The food and coffee drinks were okay, nothing special. The beignets w/ the accompanying sauces were fantastic. They really squeezed us into a booth but we made it work.

CC
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Drinks are amazing, food was okay, ambiance is cool, but it’s very loud and hard to converse.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 6 days ago

Hi CharmCityEats: Thank you for your review and I am so sorry areas of this visit missed the mark. We appreciate it and will take into account the improvements needed to better the food & ambiance. We hope to have you back for another try and please call us: 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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BT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, just a little too loud for conversation

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience. Our server was very professional and accommodating, thoroughly explaining a menu item I had questions about(the homemade sodas). The food appetizers, main meal, house made sodas and dessert was all excellent. Clean tables and seats, floors and restaurant. We got there about 20 minutes early and we’re able to be seated in about two minutes. The server found out it was my birthday and brought out my cheesecake with a candle. Nice.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 4 days ago

Hi MayaS: We greatly appreciate your kind review! Thank you for also celebrating your special day with us, and we already look forward to welcoming you back again sometime soon. :) -Amy

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Made a reservation and wasn’t seated until 35 minutes later without useful updates.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Get time visiting with friends. Delicious drinks and food!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Packed and you will still wait

ST
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We had a reservation for 11 am. Although we checked in prior to 11am, we were not seated until closer to 11:25 am. Once we were seated, there was an additional waiting time before a server came by. Once the server greeted us, he took our drink order, and after a little while, our food order. The food arrived prior to the drinks even though the food itself took a long time before it came out. I understand that they get very busy, but our drinks included a black coffee, which should have been given within 10 minutes (max) of ordering. One of the dishes did not have the right ingredients ordered and another was not prepared well (for example, the poached eggs were over hard eggs). The server noted that we still did not have our drinks and he said he would replace the wrong ingredient on the food order. After another while we finally got the drinks. The server apologized and explained the delay was a result of another server taking one of the drinks (a bloody mary). That was an okay excuse even though it had taken over 45 minutes to get the drink, but again, one of the missing drinks was a black coffee and there was no excuse for the delay on that one. By the time we got the drinks we were almost done with the food, and the bloody mary did not taste great either so it wasn't consumed. We got our check and there were no comps, which maybe could have helped, but either way, the overall experience was so incredibly disappointing that I just cannot see myself recommending this place to anyone or returning in the future. It's baffling how the quality of this restaurant went down since the last time I visited (less than a year ago). The food and service were just not worth the obscene waiting time for someone with a reservation, the incorrect/missing items, and the wait on a simple black coffee.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Sarah: You are so right, and I am very sorry for the poor outcome of your experience. I really feel awful for the delayed service, the incorrect/missing items and the unacceptable wait for coffee. :( With this all acknowledged, I would love the chance to turn around the poor impression this experience sadly left you with and will send you a PM with my email address to continue this conversation. -Amy

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JF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was fresh however; it really had no distinct taste. Overall the place was a good place to eat breakfast.

BD
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the food. Service was good.

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