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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation and I’m so glad because there were tons of people waiting even at 8pm on a Tuesday. We were seated quickly and our waiter arrived promptly. Almost too promptly. And had to leave again because we hadn’t even had a moment to look at the menu. When he returned he was pleasant but didn’t really do any kind of menu orientation which would have been helpful since everything is homemade or local made including sodas and drinks. My daughter and I both felt a little rushed it the food was impeccable. I had the chicken and waffles and the chicken tasted great (it could have been a touch crunchier) and the syrup was so good and cinnamon infused. My daughter had the fish of the day simple style and she was delighted with it. The house made orange soda was also really good. We had dessert wrapped to go: vanilla ice cream (it was a good size serving) and the beignets. When we got back to our hotel we dig into dessert and it was so good. The beignets seemed a little pricey but you get six large biegnets and three sauces so it didn’t seem so bad when I saw the size and number. But our feelings of being rushed we’re validated when we checked the time on our walk back. Our reservation was 8:15 and we were already walking home at 9:05. They weren’t rude or anything and I’m sure we could have lingered without an issue but like I said everything was so prompt it seemed rushed. The food was just amazing and we would definitely eat there again. I’d even call it affordable given what they serve.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting up with long lost family.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Fish entree for lunch was $33.00. Much higher then average lunch entree price. Wish waiter would have given price when he told us about the day ‘s fish entree. And fish had mushy texture.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our visit to the restaurant from the last visit to DC 4 years ago. Foods and services are as good as we membered!

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 3

Don’t bother making a reservation cause u still gone wait...

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

You guys double and triple book people for the same time and then create a backlog of people who are just standing at the front door. We had a reservation for 1:30 and finally got a table at 2pm. This is after so many times of checking with your front staff. After getting the table, the server never bothered getting us silverware or checking with us from time to time on our food. I had to ask several times about our food. The server had a no-care attitude. When the food came it was cold and the burgers were dry as dry can be. On top of that, the server goes ahead and puts a 20% gratuity without telling us. I had a check for $240 and I paid without my approval $40 in gratuity for the bad service, waiting for half an hour to get a table despite reservations and for the bad food. This is one place I would highly recommend everyone of my friends, family, co-workers and anyone I know NOT to come to.

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JH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch out with friends. The hangover hash was amazing

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was poor including the hostess who was very rude.

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HW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 1

Crowded, noisy, waiter spoke to softly, they were out of waffles which I really wanted, ice tea was brewed too strong. For for the price was not a good value.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met up with some family friends here and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food was delicious, the service outstanding, and the ambience was happy and lively.

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AT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Every time we go, it’s a 15-20 minute wait past our reservation time. Today it was a 25 minute wait. I don’t understand why they are always so backed up.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived early for a breakfast reservation and were seated right away. Greeted promptly by our server who was very warm. Service was attentive and timely. Food was delish! Coffee was so good.

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k
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat here EVERYTIME I am in DC. Just cant beat it.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, AMAZING service, even at 10pm! We got the last reservation and we’re starving after my daughters volleyball tournament, they took great care of us and we never felt rushed! The chicken fried steak was delicious as well as the chicken and waffles! We took a piece of chocolate cake to go and OMG amazing!

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DC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were squeezed in between to tables and barely had room to fit or room for our server to interact. I guess they were having some kitchen issues because the corn bread was soggy in the middle and the fried chicken was burnt on the ends.

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P
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal!

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RG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Our experience was one marred by a lack of attention to detail, giving the founding Farmers in Northwest a "resting on its laurels" feel which contrasts with the Tysons location and farmers fishers and bakers which remain high on list of places I would recommend to friends.

Our waiter, to his credit, was very new to his job, only a week in. He was professional and courteous and get much wanted to help but was missing the mark on allergens. Based on our experience, it doesn't seem like he had enough training on food allergens in the menu nor how to ensure dishes are properly modified when it comes up. After some back and forth, it took us around 20 mins to order as several items were out of stock and he had to ask the chef a few rounds of questions on allergens. We had to ask for silverware and napkins which by itself is a non-issue but is a contributing factor to the overall attention to detail feeling. In many restaurants, we don't expect wait staff to understand food allergies but with the reputation of FF, we expected better.

The drinks took a long time and when they finally arrived tasted watered down and for the most part were filled to the top with ice which is never a good start and on tasting confirmed that however even the Manhattan was also watered down tasting, despite having no ice in it.

Eventually the manager came by though we did not ask to see her, not wanting to burn our inexperienced waiter to his boss. She was very helpful and knowledgeable, I have nothing but praise for how she handled the issues with our table's food coming with and without items that affected allergies some of us have. Her handling of the situation is worthy of high praise and gives me faith for the future of the business.

Another detail issue was state of the bathrooms. I used both over the course of the evening and found both were out of toilet paper and the water pressure was very inconsistent: waterfall in one, splashing to the floor, and trickle in the other.

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CG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Way too loud; food was just fair, especially for 2 vegetarians; they were already out of one of the main items - at only 6:30pm!; our server was not personable and inattentive; no salt and pepper on the table; our neighbors to the left kept borrowing our syrup. Totally disappointing.

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MM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was absolutely amazing, it tasted fresh and fairly priced. The only compliant was the noise level, with the loud music and other patrons conversations I could not enjoy my meal as much as I would have liked. Overall, I would consider visiting again.

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Poconos
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was egg-cellent

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MG
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ron did a great job taking care of us on a very busy evening. Unique food- dine well.

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NM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Upscale comfort food with some unique twists. Very crowded, so obviously quite popular. We were unable to get a typical reservation time (say 6:30-7:45 start) and settled for 5:45 on a Sunday evening (Monday was Presidents Day, though). Still had to wait 20 minutes for a table to open up. They told us to wait at the bar. It took some time to find a couple of open seats. When we finally did, it took 10 minutes for the bartender to get to us. Our table was ready long before he got around to getting us our drinks. They told us to settle up and then gave us a hard time 10 minutes later when the bartender still hadn't given us the drinks or the check. My wife and adult son went to the table while I waited around to collect the drinks and settle up. Frustrating start. For the meal, the service was okay, the meal was pretty good. The tables were kind of jammed together so that I had to move when the folks in the corner wanted to get out. Then had to move again when the next guests were being seated - almost whacked in the head with an extra chair the staff tried to move in without warning. All in all it was an okay place, decent food, and reasonable prices for DC.

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K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Kind of seemed like they didn't really care about how good the food was. Steak was a bit overcooked, burgers were little overdone. Love the ambiance of the place, cocktails were great - just didn't feel like they cared much about the quality of the food.

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We to wait 30 min for table even though we had a reservation. We had to ask for water, and an item from our order was completely forgotten, and the food and cocktails were subpar. I don’t think the waitstaff or kitchen can handle how busy the place has gotten.

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NR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very busy on a Sunday afternoon, but that was somewhat to be expected. Although at 4:30 PM it seemed like the place was mobbed! Very friendly and professional waitstaff. The only knock I have is that both me and my friend ordered steak and it came to our table almost at room temperature. All the food was at best luke warm and seems like it was probably sitting for a while before it came to our table.

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G
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

It took over 40 minutes for our table to get water, silverware, napkins, etc...

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Waiter literally did not ask for our order or acknowledge our order once given.

Saw a chef bringing in eggs from CVS. Hardly farm to table.

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AA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Super disappointing.

Many in DC rave about this place.

Maybe it was a bad day. A really bad day.

We came ready to spend money for great food and great drink.

In 45 minutes there, we only received one round of drinks that we good.

Now to the food... i.e. cafeteria food.

Overdone fried chicken with mac 'n cheese slopped on the plate with overcooked green beans.

Yikes.

The food at the tables next to us looked equally disappointing.

Three bites later we got our bill.

Avoid.

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our delicious brunch at Founding Farmers.
It was wonderful!!!

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NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Honestly was very disappointed. The food was nasty and cold , i received dirty silver ware and i didn’t get waited til almost 20 mins after i sat down. Won’t be coming back.

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AK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Definitely need a reservation. We breezed in with an OT reservation but those without were waiting over an hour for a table for two. Service was a bit hit or miss but food excellent. Get the beignets!

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Went for a post Valentine’s Day breakfast after a night in a swanky hotel. Ambiance was great. Absolutely no room in the waiting area and it was crowded! Make a reservation because the wait time was an hour without it. Was seated within 5 min of arrival. Food was good and the beignets are to die for! Waitress seemed like something was bothering her and was ok but could’ve been a bit more attentive. Overall, I will be back because we’ve had good experiences the times we stopped in. Two thumbs up!

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b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints. Gluten Free Friendly. Always make a reservation!

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EB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We keep coming back for this one. Sitting upstairs much preferred to downstairs as the downstairs is crowded and often confusing with the number of patrons. Food and coffee are always good. We had manhattan soda, pancakes and hash.

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ZW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Literally my all time favorite restaurant in DC. I have never had a bad meal there. Can be a little pricey and crowded, but that’s to be expected when the food is that perfect.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. The whole family loved it.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for breakfast! Had a booth near a window which made the experience that much better!

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DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing! My boyfeiend and I got the founding farmer breakfast and split the vanilla cream filled french toast. Highly recommend to have a reservation. We had one for 8:45am on Sunday and when we walked up, there were already 10 people waiting for the restaurant to open. This was our first time in D.C and so glad we ate there!

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NP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The portion for the sides were kind of small, but very tasty. The waiter was tremendous and very accommodating. The atmosphere is great, but it’s a little noisy. I would definitely recommend for a casual dinner or fun get together with friends.

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great. I recommend booth seating only if your on a date.

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