Founding Farmers - DC

4.4
25391 reviews
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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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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and were so delighted with FF! The fresh bread appetizer was delicious and our meals were amazing! Absolutely delightful staff. It wasn’t a quiet, romantic spot-but it was perfect for us!

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TO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely great, and the staff is very pleasant and accommodating.

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MJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

The experience @ FF was Very favorable until I was signing the bill and a mouse appeared under my table!! At first I thought I was seeing things, then it returned a few moments later. Needless to say, that greatly dampened my experience.
I told the Server immediately. He was quite concerned, however management did not respond.

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H
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great place! Service by Nathan was outstanding. Food was excellent although my pork chop was over seasoned. Will recommend and return!

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

Very good good and excellent service. A little too loud with the open seating.

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

Service was great, and breakfast was wonderful. The tables are a little too close together, but how else would I have seen a colleague I had not seen in over two years. It is a great restaurant

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

One of my top 10 places to eat in DC. Love to take visitors ere - they always enjoy it.

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H
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shrimp and grits dish was outstanding! The service was awesome and I'll certainly be back to try other dishes.

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DC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, but the service this time was only OK (e.g., there was some confusion between waiters as to what we had ordered).
Keep in mind that you need to make a reservation well in advance - it's almost always fully booked.

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NH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good quality food & service. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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MW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

superbien i dont want to write this whole review but we had an awesome time

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D
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and came fast. The only thing that surprised me was that they didn’t seem at have beer.

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k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast is wonderful. It is like being at home. They even have grits.

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TB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

tables were a little close not a lot of privacy

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JC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

The food was not good. It is way overpriced for what you get, quality and quantity. The only decent part of our experience was the server. It was actually my Birthday, so it was extra disappointing when I had to send my burger back because it was overcooked. My husband was done with his meal by the time I received my dish. I will never go back to Founding Farmers. I hope our server ends up a better restaurant, I believe he is too good for that place!

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AC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

This was a very disappointing founding farmers location. The servers were just sitting around chatting and not working with customers. Drinks and food were constantly forgotten and we were never checked up on. Food was very bland for a venue like this

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OS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time trying the Impossible Burger and it was wonderful. Also our server was absolutely excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had Sunday Brunch reservations for 1:45 and were not seated until 2:15. There is no comfortable place to wait. Food was very good and all staff were very courteous, affable, and professional. Too bad they cannot be more accurate booking reservations.

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H
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We had a 1:15 brunch reservation. We were not seated until 2:10. When we were finally seated the hostess accused us of trying to take someone else’s reservation. The hostess was incredibly rude and confrontational. The manager was apologetic, but the dining experience was just ok. The food was not great, but the overall experience is what ruined this restaurant for me.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was amazing, however, we waited over 30 mins to be seated even though we had a reservation.

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AP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

My waitress kept forgetting items. I asked for a mimosa and coffee when first seated, I didn’t get my coffee til the end of my meal. On top of that she served a table that arrived after us first. Horrible service and I come here all the time and know that is not the standard. Definitely think she needed rest, or coaching on how to manage multiple tables. This was not the best birthday brunch for me.

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K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be sure to rsvp table Saturday night at least if you plan to enjoy Sunday brunch. This place gets packed.

Servers have great hospitality. I recommend the bougettes and chili hash!

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DH
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend a reservation if you're planning on weekend brunch. The atmosphere and food are delicious, service is impeccable. Would definitely go again

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was very helpful with my food sensitivities.

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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was great. We were there for breakfast.

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SC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed with our Sunday breakfast. The restaurant is very highly rated but we found it disappointing. We had reservations for opening at 8:30 am. I understand not seating guests until they're ready, but they didn't unlock the doors until 8:30. It is February and it was 32 degrees. There were 12-15 people waiting outside. Allowing people in to the waiting area would have been a nice gesture.

Everyone in our dining party ordered eggs benedict and everyone's eggs were so overcooked it was like hard boiled yokes. The crab was just stuffing and dry. The waiter seemed unhappy and did not come back to refill coffee or ask how our food was. For downtown DC prices, it was not great food. Next time we'll look for other options.

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KS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had an 8:15 reservation and checked in at 7:58. Party of 4. Others came in at 8:05, 8:10, etc., with parties of 4 and 5, and I heard them say they had an 8:15 reservation. They were seated. I had to ask at 8:30 when we would be seated and the response was, "We are just waiting on tables to pay." I asked again at 8:45 and got the same response. We were finally seated right at 9. The food was good and it's a cool place, but overpriced. Our bill was over $100 and that included one beer my husband had, a bowl of kid's pasta with marinara with a side of fries, a french dip with fries, and two cheeseburgers. They swiped the card instead of inserting the chip, three times, which prompted a decline and fraud alert messages from BBT . It took another 20 minutes for the manager to straighten out the server's error. Another 20 minutes on the phone with BBT's fraud division to release one transaction, cancel two, and reverse the block on the card. Happy Birthday to my husband.

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EL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Saturday night visit which was so had to wait for our reservation. When seated it took 20 minutes for drinks to arrive and another ten for the food. I can understand that the kitchen was busy but the plate and the food were stone cold. Waitress could only make excuses as to why the kitchen and bar staff let down the service. This is the worst meal we have had in a while, and could be avoided if there was some quality control!

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TT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large party of 20, celebrating two birthdays. They managed to put us in an area by ourselves at two large tables. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. Highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great ribs. Wife had the sausage and mushrooms. Both were awesome

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LH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding as always. I never come to DC without making a stop here. Our party of six started with deviled eggs, bacon, and kettle corn. Entrees included shrimp & grits, chicken & waffle, chicken fried steak, and chicken pot pie. All outstanding. And the carrot cake was off the chain good! All made even better by our server Nicholas. Just be sure you have a reservation, and be sure your entire party arrives on time - we had one straggler who caused us to have to wait a long time to be seated.

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CC
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Drinks and ambiance were great here. Food was decent but nothing to write home about, and certainly under value for the price but that’s life.

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D
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great chain in convenient location close to White House. Nice food variety including remarkable choices for picky vegetarians. Nice atmosphere and friendly service.

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EG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Noisy and crowded at entrance. Service was slow. Sun was in my eyes at table and I had to ask the table next to us if they could lower the shade. The restaurant should have known this needed to be done. The waiter halfway through the meal asked if I would like it lowered. I think because I was wearing sunglasses! Food was good although pricey, which is typical for DC.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Inattentive service. Food was good but a few of the sides were cold.

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LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

I was very disappointed by the restaurant. The food was mediocre, the place was packed and was very noisy, and the service was not the best neither.

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I do not recommend for a single diner who does not want to sit at the bar. I have come here with a group of friends and family a number of times and I had no complaints on those occasions about the staff. I have also sat at the bar before and had no complaints about the staff. But this Saturday I was attending an all day seminar and only had an hour for lunch so I made a reservation for a table for one knowing the bar would be full. It was very clear the staff at the host stand were not happy about my reservation for one. I will not be bringing friends and family here again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as usual.

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s
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were in town for the weekend just for fun and stopped in here for lunch. It was extremely busy, and after having the food, the craziness made sense. The food was fantastic! The service wasn’t exactly the best. We waited for a little under 10 minutes before our server came over. He only came over a couple of times, disappearing for long intervals in between which was fine except we had to ration our water because of it. It was busy and he may have been weeded. Still I would definitely recommend the place! Will come back for sure.

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TF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Waited more than an hour for our food to be served. Three different tables were seated and served before my server asked us to confirm what we had ordered. I had to ask for him to at least bring us our drinks while we waited patiently. We had to request table linen and utensils from another server. In addition, once the food did arrive, cold I might add, we couldn't find our server to request condiments. All in all it took close to 3 hrs for my party to experience 2 breakfast orders with waffles and a rotisserie quarter chicken dish! Thoroughly disappointed!

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