Founding Farmers - DC

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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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Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 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 5 days ago
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 15 hours 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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Service was not.

SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

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

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 15 hours 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 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

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

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Get time visiting with friends. Delicious drinks and food!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Packed and you will still wait

ST
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 3 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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the food. Service was good.

T
Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was an issue with getting us checked in that caused us to wait about 15 minutes past the reservation time. However, the hostess was very friendly and got us seated promptly after I asked what was going on. Our server, Morgan, was fantastic! Checked on us without disturbing the meal. Another great meal at Founding Farmers.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Travis: Thank you for your wonderful review. I am real sorry your experience started off on the wrong foot, and we appreciate you noting that your visit turned around! We hope to have you back soon and please call us: 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an outstanding meal! Our server was so attentive and wonderful! She was helpful and made the best suggestions. She is a true asset to your team! We will be back! Thank you!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 18 hours ago

Hi AmeliaB: Thank you very much for your equally OUTSTANDING 5-STAR review! :) We appreciate it and hope to have you back again soon. -Amy

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NA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best salmon ever

KK
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was really good, however the service was terrible. It was not busy, however our waitress was frequently lost. We waited over 15 minutes for tea and she didn’t come to get the bill in the end at all. We had to ask another waiter to cash us out.

K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Had a great time. The only complain was that the tables were so close together and there was no privacy.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, excellent food

DD
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great portions, Great service, Great price, just GREAT!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 5 days ago

Hi DougD: Thank you for your GREAT review and GREAT 5-STAR rating! Much appreciated and we hope to have you back for another GREAT time soon! :D -Amy

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EC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This lovely restaurant serves hearty, wholesome fare at a good price. There are definitely smaller mom-and-pop restaurants that serve up an equally tasty breakfast (and perhaps with less grease). But the overall ambiance and social purpose of Founding Farmers makes the difference. Best for office meetings or an occasional $20+ meal and experience out.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Edmund: Thank you for your review. We appreciate it, and do hope to have you back for another try soon! Please call us: 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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M
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Good choice on menu. Fast and friendly service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! It’s my mom’s favorite. Always fresh and consistently delicious.

MD
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my mom's cooking. Chicken fried steak, fried shrimp, shrimp and grits. Service was excellent. Food was outstanding southern cooking, with a dash of American traditional, too.

PC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was tasty - I just expected that my lentil stew would have more lentils and not so much meat. The atmosphere was nice - I always enjoy finding a restaurant in DC where it's possible to have a conversation without shouting.

K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food was alright, got a steak salad and a shrimp pasta. The salad was underwhelming but the shrimp pasta was delicious my coworker ended up eating half of it . Our server was lovely and attentive. Cute decor.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Best restaurant in the city

CW
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always great service and good food

LC
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Waited 15mins for order to be taken. 30mins from the time we arrived at the restaurant until our first drinks order to arrive. 45mins for food to arrive. Too slow. Would have had more drinks if it wasn’t so slow.
We were also seated next to the noisy coffee machine and coffee grinder. Couldn’t hear ourselves talk. No person or table should be placed near a noisy coffee machine in a restaurant when you are spending $300+ on a meal!
Food was good but wouldn’t return because of the above.

ML
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grandfather and teenager both had a marvelous time here. The food and choices were perfect for both ages, the staff was welcoming and friendly. Now they want to take the rest of us there.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded on January 10, 2020

Hi MaryLow: Thank you so much! We are super happy everyone had a great time and there was something for everyone! :) -Amy

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P
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing time, it was very nice and welcoming.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded on January 10, 2020

Hi Prince: Thank you so much! We hope to welcome you back again soon and call us: 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted and seated promptly. Our server was very hospitable and friendly.

CN
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a self appointed foodie friend here for the first time. I love this place and always look to get there for whatever reason. She had bourbon French toast I had chicken n waffles. As always I was happy with my choice and she was excited to taste the savory flavors of her French toast. Add bacon (everything is better with bacon) and mimosas then you have a brunch to make the day. As usual I’m happier after leaving FF then before entering and look forward to my next episode there.

C
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I attended for brunch. The chocolate chip pancakes and bacon were good, but not for the price. I received two small pieces of bacon, which was underwhelming. The servers were great.

GB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food quality was good, service was good. We ordered the avocado toast and waffle. Loved it all. Would come back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service2ambience5

Good service. It was a busy Saturday night. We were late for our reservation due to traffic and poor weather. We called ahead to let then know. The restaurant was able to squeeze us in promptly on our arrival.
The food was great. Service was lacking, but I think our server was stretched thin. We have enjoyed this restaurant before and will continue to return.

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