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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Our reservation was at 12.45 but we waited about for 30 minutes.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beignets were to die for! Everything was great!

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience4

Reservation was for 8:15. Finally seated at 8:50. Drinks were another 20 minutes. Not the server’s fault, just really stinks to be waiting in a herd at the front of the restaurant.
The restaurant is clearly overbooking, and it’s really effecting the experience overall.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch/brunch. For those trying to book brunch, the last time slot is 1:45 for brunch! 2:00 pm is what we booked & that was too late for the brunch menu. Delicious food, great service.

JV
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience2

We had a reservation for 11:45 but arrived at 11:20. We were told they likely couldn't seat us early, which was fine. What wasn't fine was we weren't seated until 12:20 and they at a communal table with a family. We had to share the syrup and salt and pepper. Then our appetizer came out before we got drinks and our food quickly followed without time to eat the appetizer. The food was not as good as usual and we all felt sick after. Terrible experience.

DU
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Complete disregard for reservations. We were sat an hour after reservation time. Very poor service from waitstaff and food was not very good considering the wait time.

PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food is good, but it's hard to mess up eggs and ham. The cappuccino tasted like it came from the machine in the United Lounge, but I'd be willing to overlook that. What makes Founding Farmers hard to recommend is the failure to honor OpenTable reservations by the busload. We stood with 30+ other people with reservations, waiting over 40 minutes for the table we had RESERVED via OpenTable.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Waited 30 minutes past our reservation time. Management has to figure out a system for the waiting area. Over crowded, no one could get in or out the revolving door or to the hostesses when names were called. Either take less reservations and/or figure out how to manage the people waiting. No body wants to be in a chaotic environment before they eat. Food was okay, the gravy was lacking flavor.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Had to wait 45 minutes even with a reservation. Shame on you Founding Farmers, I won’t ever be back. It is clear you overbook your restaurant on purpose!

G
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls weekend end in DC !

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Founding Farmers was highly recommended by a close friend of mine. The food was delicious! It was a wonderful experience and I hope to come back again one day!

SF
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This place had some great food. I felt like I was trying to be rushed out of the restaurant though in order to make room for the next group. It was also very noisy.

PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were promptly seated at our reservation time. Our server was helpful with recommendations. The food was delicious. We returned the next day for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed it, too!

SM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is always GREAT!!

ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Poor service. Wait 15 minutes for coffee. Waiter did not ask for drinks. appetizers and main dishes served at the same moment; no place enough on table.

OT
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lots of options. Very tasty. Good for a small group

TG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I'm given the task, I always book Founding Farmers when we have business meetings. The service is great and the food is delicious.

l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Definitely make a reservation. The cornbread is famously delicious, but the butternut squash ravioli deserves attention. It’s wonderful. The staff is patient and professional and knowledgable about the menu. I almost forgot, the drink menu is also nice.

R
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience3

After having reservations and arriving a few minutes early we had to wait nearly 50 minutes to be seated. I understand they were busy but that is just poor planning. The manager made us feel better by bringing over some cake, but boy oh boy I don’t have an hour to just stand around waiting for a table especially when I had a reservation.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff are amazing and the food is so delicious. Well worth reserving ahead of time. Will be returning in the future.

m
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food excellent service but too crowded among tables and noise level very difficult

GM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really fun place with great service. It's so loud, though. Hard to even find a place to stand and wait for your table. Fantastic food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Poor service. Slow, orders messed up and runners were irritated to be asked for things like silverware. Needs hospitality training.

DC
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Founding Farmers always had great food and wonderful service.... I had the Yankee Pot Roast and it was perfect.....they also have a wonderful bar with a terrific set of drink choices.... Founding Farmers is a great place to meet friends for social or business reasons....one of my favorite places in DC!!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

All good.
Thank you

HD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Our most recent meal was a real disappointment. The food was thoroughly mediocre. I had the Good All Greens salad with shrimp. The salad was bland and the shrimp were anemic. They looked and tasted like they had been microwaved. A friend had the spicy chicken sandwich - it too looked and tasted sad - like it had been withering under a heat lamp for hours. Not sure if they were having an off night, or if things have gone down hill in general. I'll be hesitant to go back.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 16 hours ago

Hi HumbleDCDiner: I am very sorry for the poor mains during this visit. :( Please know, our Culinary Team has been made aware of your review and will take what you shared into account to improve the preparation of both our Shrimp & Fried Chicken sandwich. With this said, I would love to do my best to turn around the disappointment you left with, and will send you a PM with my contact info. -Amy

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C
New England
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. A must do stop when in DC! Love this place! Great food, helpful staff, and yummy interesting cocktails!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 16 hours ago

Hi Cupcake: Hooray! We really appreciate your wonderful feedback and hope to have you back soon. :) -Amy

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PP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time, took one of our coworkers their to celebrate their upcoming retirement. Couldn’t have picked a better place to go. Reservation for 4 was honored upon our arrival, at we were promptly seated. Waitress was patient and attentive, not overly. Food and drink options were good, no Mindori liquor thought and someone in our party wanted a drink prepared that included the liquor. Food was hot and delicious. Our party had shrimp dinners, beer chicken and a modified crispy chicken salad was served with roasted chicken... Most certain everyone will return.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 16 hours ago

Hi ProudParent9296: THANK YOU! We greatly appreciate you wonderful review and awesome 5-STAR rating! :D We hope to have you back soon and please call us at 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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AL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Must go.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi AaronL: Thank you so much! :D Much appreciated and please call us: 202-822-8783 for any upcoming reservation help needed. -Amy

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DC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely go again! Want to have the mousse again.

SC
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had a very nice lunch with a coworker. Both of us loved the chicken pot pie on a cold rainy day.

C
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

overall good experience but the hostess was incredibly rude

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi MD123: Thank you for your feedback. While we are thrilled your overall experience was good, we are bummed and so sorry the hostess working was considered rude! This is very unfortunate, and I would love the chance to follow up & hopefully turn around the poor impression you left with. That said, I will send you a PM with my contact info. -Amy

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g
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great waiter and the chicken wings are possibly the best wings I have ever had. Really enjoyed the drink menu as well. Fun place to dine with friends or for business

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi ggooblue: Thank you for your wonderful review and GREAT compliment for our Black Pepper Wings- YUM! We appreciate it and hope to have you back soon. -Amy

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RL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We loved founding farmers. Our dinners were amazing. However, the tables are so close together that we felt we were dining with strangers. It was uncomfortable.

S
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a highly enjoyable experience. A must for both locals and tourists.

JC
South Dakota
26 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is outstanding. Service was top notch. The Apple Pie ala mode was the perfect way to end our stay in the Nation’s Capitol!

LN
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The food at Founding Farmers is delicious. However, I had made a reservation for a business dinner 8 weeks prior. We had to wait for 45 minutes past our reservation time before we were seated. When I inquired about timing I was told the table before us was just sitting talking even though they'd paid the bill. A 5-10 minute wait on a reservation is fine, but 45 minutes is just plain ridiculous. They didn't even send over a manager to explain the situation. I had to request to speak to one.

I've eaten here many times and it is always a pleasure. But don't count on your table being ready on time.

TT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to spot for celebratig milestones, reconnecting and ofncourse, getting our grub on! The host made rnsured our growing party was well-accomdated and our server took care in accommodating the meat eatera, vegan and glutten free folks in our party.
Really appreciate all the extraordinary care!

SE
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for the weekend and decided at the last minute to try Founding Farmers. So glad we were able to get reservations. Service and food were amazing! Would absolutely recommend!

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