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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KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants in DC. I go every time I’m in town

a
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot, busy on a weeknight, all meals were great. Noisy.

JR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Founding Farmers! Great atmosphere and even better DELICIOUS FOOD AND WONDERFUL SERVICE!!! So glad we ate there and will definitely book again next time we're in DC!!!

DN
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Invited out of town guests

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience4

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

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beignets were to die for! Everything was great!

LF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service never disappoint! Always a wonderful experience, besides the chaos and congestion when checking in with the hostess.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The tables are too close together. Kind of uncomfortable because it feels like you are in on the conversation at the table next to yours. Otherwise the food and service and very very good!

J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch! Bananas foster waffles were amazing!

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 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.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!! I have been coming to Founding Farmers every time I visit DC and I was lucky enough to bring my son along this time. He had chicken and waffles and enjoyed every bite. I had their spinach salad and garlic wings, both were great.

I can’t wait until my next trip to the city.

RR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Overall, my experience was fair. I have been to FF at least 5 times with colleagues and spouse. Each time, I felt that the main check in confused my check in. We always reserved via Open Table. This time, although we were 30 minutes early, we checked in and waited. Although very busy, I had no doubt that our name would be called. I was wrong. I had to approach the Registration table and ask about my reservation. At that time I was told that they had a problem with the receipts and that prevented them from calling on us. They seated us upstairs after another five minutes. I asked for a both and was told that booths were reserved for larger groups... it was my husband and myself. So we were seated at a corner window two seater table. Lo-and-behold... 5 minutes later a couple was seated at the table we were denied.

The food was very fried... Fried green tomatoes and fried shrimp and fries... it tasted like it was fried in the same oil batter... blah! It was our anniversary and FF missed the mark completely. I did speak with the Manager Courtney about this. Our waitress was great.

AR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything we ordered was delicious and it felt like a high end dining experience. My only complaints would be that we were too close to other people and that we waited 10 minutes passed our reservation time

OT
1 review
Dined 5 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.

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was good as always.

J
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Waited 41 minutes past our reservation time to be seated and got told we couldn’t be seated upstairs, as requested, for 1 of our table guests with hearing aids so they could enjoy conversation. It’s so crowded and loud downstairs that people were standing in between the bar, tables, and back area at bathrooms waiting while they loudly talked with their parties. In the front area people loudly talked, pushed- it was awful. I wrote the request on the original reservation but they didn’t have it, so verbally made the request and it was written on the printed ticket (I saw it) yet the request couldn’t be fulfilled unless we wanted to wait for an additional time that couldn’t be specified. Other guests were taken upstairs to be seated that complained they waited so I’m guessing because we didn’t whine we got the bad table.
After being seated we didn’t get menus for over 5 minutes and only 1 brunch menu for a table of 4. The brunch menu isn’t really brunch like it is at any other location because they don’t bring around food. Very disappointing. Basically patrons can order breakfast of limited lunch/dinner items at this location. We were brought 2 carafes of water but no glasses. We finally got to place our order and 2 of us order eggs Benedict classic ham but 1 egg medium poach whites all the way cooked and 1 egg hard poach. Food came out and 1 egg had runny whites and 1 had runny yokes. Flagged someone down and sent food back. 1 other guest had ordered eggs over easy with their meal and the egg whites were not at all cooked but they ate it anyway. I mentioned to the waitress they need to talk to the cook about cooking the whites because they should have been done and she said “no, only on medium eggs and hard eggs”. Not true. We had 2 people completely done eating before the other 2 ever got their food back. Of course this time everything was like rubber. We ate it and left. No offer to take a dime off the check. Res was at 11:45 and we left at 1:50-Crazy!

JV
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 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.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi JVeyes: I am so sorry to read your experience missed the mark by many counts. :( Delayed seating, inconsistent delivery of items and food not up to par, are all understandable reasons to be let down and I feel terrible this was your take away from your time with us. I am also super concerned about the mention of feeling sick after and will be sending you a personal msg to gather your contact info to connect you with our VP of Quality Assurance, Vicki Griffith. -Amy

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great! The wait was the only part I would say wasn’t 5 star. We had a reservation and still waited about an hour to sit down for it. We loved the food and had great waitstaff but the hour wait AFTER our reservation time was quite an inconvenience. We were on vacation and had a schedule to keep to. But all together I would say I would go back.

DU
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 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.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi DanaU: Thank you for your review and I am very sorry service, ambiance, value and your overall visit were only worthy of 1-STAR. :( I would love the chance to make this right and hopefully turn around your disappointing impression. That said, I will send you a PM with my contact info to touch base. -Amy

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 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.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi PeterM: Oh gosh. You are absolutely right, and I am very sorry to read we were 40mins behind on your reservation. This is unacceptable and I feel badly this happened! This said, I'd love the chance to touch base and will send you a DM with my email address to hopefully connect & turn around the disappointing start to your visit this time. -Amy

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 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 5 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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls weekend end in DC !

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 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
4 reviews
Dined 5 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 5 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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is always GREAT!!

ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 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.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi MLyuaz: Thank you for your feedback and I am super sorry for the poor service you encountered this time. Please know, our Management Team has read your review and will surely take into account what you shared. I would also appreciate the chance to connect further and hopefully turn around the mishaps of my teammates. I will send you a DM with my email address. -Amy

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OT
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

TG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 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.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Hi TalitaG: WOW! We are super flattered to read this and already look forward to having you & your colleagues back soon. :) -Amy

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

GM
1 review
Dined 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

All good.
Thank you

HD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
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 3 days 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 on November 13, 2019
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 3 days ago

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

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