Founding Farmers - DC

4.5
30231 Reviews
$30 and under
American
NOTE: 4/11 - 4/15 we are under going a kitchen spring refresh and will not be offering our regular service. Stay tuned! We have been working together to do everything we can to ensure we do our part to support and feed our community and our team. We are currently serving our scratch-made food and drink in our dining room and on our patio. We also have breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and weekday happy hour. If you would prefer to stay at home, we have To Go and delivery everyday. Our hot ready-to-eat Founding Farmers favorites are available To Go for breakfast, lunch & dinner, as well as our At Home special seasonal menus, which are started in our kitchens and ready to be finished in yours. We have developed multi-layered systems to provide you with great food, drink, and hospitality and are continuing to adapt our operations to keep all of us as safe as possible. Visit our website to learn more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 30231 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, food, professional staff and prices. Overall great experience and excellent food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Never had a califower steak before. I’m a changed woman. So delicious and just loved the taste. I’m going to order this again for sure!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in DC

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ElizabethB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great staff, great experience would recommend for sure!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was very good -not really a family/kid-friendly atmosphere. Seemed more like a hangout for college/post-college transplants. Prices were extremely high ($3 for a can of soda) and there was an odd “5% surcharge” to shore-up business losses from the past year. -not exactly sure how that offsets expenses since their prices are already very high, but I am guessing they dupe a lot of unsuspecting tourists that way. Food was good -but not enough to surpass the bar-like atmosphere and high prices.

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AngelaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Maybe I expected a lot because of the reviews but I thought it was just ok. The restaurant music was unbearably loud and perhaps they are short staffed right now because it took a while to get drink orders.

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ValerieN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

First let me say the servers were good but the food not so much. Two in our party ordered catfish to find out they ran out and our reservation was at 5pm. None of the entrees were good at all. Some were down right tasteless. So different from our 1st visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I ordered the grilled veggies sandwich which was good. However, I ordered the side salad. Instead of a salad with mixed greens, I ordered the salad with romain lettuce which I was told they could do. Instead I received the salad with iceberg lettuce. It's all good! That was not my first visit and it will not be my last. 7/24/2021

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Food was mediocre. Flavor was lacking. Waste of time.

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vipSukki10
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My food has always been pretty good at Founding Farmers. I enjoyed my brunch yesterday.

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MIKE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was wonderful except my food wasn’t hot/warm and had to o be sent back to the kitchen; which meant everyone had finished their meal by the time I received mines. Plus I sampled their food so I was kind of full!

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ElisabetG
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible!
The BEST French toast I’ve ever had!
Definitely a must try.

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LouCDMX
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time!!!!! Everything was just delicious and top quality ingredients are used. Our waiter was kind and super efficient. We highly recommend this fun restaurant for breakfast and brunch!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal in DC on vacation. Menu had nice variety, food was outstanding, service was great.

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DoraL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food in a fun and lively environment. Chicken and waffles was an excellent choice….never had it before. The pasta that came with it was gone made and delicious! Big portions! Go for anything on the “specialty” list.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This dinner was more than a date night. It was a celebration of my dad’s life. The last time I dined here was Dec. 23, 2018, my birthday. One of the last few birthday dinners I had with my dad. I wanted to honor his memory and revisit the restaurant.

The outside check-in was simple, especially since I made reservations. Because of COVID, I knew I preferred to eat outside. My experience was wonderful. I felt comfortable with the seating arrangements because we were separated from other diners. Our waiter, Connor, was perfect. Please acknowledge him because he went above and beyond my expectations. I explained to him that this dinner was to celebrate my dad. Connor was attentive, warm, jovial and engaging. He anticipated our needs and made this night memorable.

The ambiance was attractive, especially for outdoors. Although it was lively, it wasn’t intimidating. The seats were comfortable and the dining space was inviting. Connor really impressed us. The drinks, food and service were outstanding.

We started with Classic Whiskey Sours. They were delicious and not too strong. I ordered the Fried Green Tomatoes and my date ordered the Garlic Chicken Wings. The sauce for that chicken… I have to recreate it. It was complimentary and rather tasty, not overwhelmingly garlicky. For entrées, I ordered my favorite, the Steak and Enchiladas. My date ordered the Chicken and Waffles. The steak was juicy, tender and cooked to perfection and my enchilada was the perfect pairing to the meal. It was my “cheat” day so I indulged. My date’s chicken was juicy as well, which was surprising since chicken can be dry when overcooked. We decided to pair the meals with a gin based drink. Connor suggested the Constitution and because my dad liked gin, we agreed to try it. Incredible! Lastly, the beignets. Oh my goodness! That caramel sauce, spectacular. The experience was magical, all thanks to dad and Connor!

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NicoleI
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We have always love Founding Farmers each time we visit DC. This time, we were a bit disappointed with some unavailability of items that were listed on the menu. Then we ordered an appetizer that never came out before the entrees, so we asked for it to be cancelled and removed from the bill. I also accidentally dropped my sunglasses under the table and realized it when I returned to my hotel. There was no way to actually speak to the restaurant. The number kept redirecting me to a call center and the first person I spoke to was completely unhelpful and basically told me I’d have to wait until the next day to seek lost and found. When I informed her that we would be leaving DC the next morning, she didn’t seem to care. I called back and spoke to another agent who was super helpful and asked the restaurant to hold them for me as I returned that evening to retrieve them. I was grateful I was able to get them but the experience and process was very stressful. We will return in the future with the hopes that the blips last night were a one time experience.

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Susan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Perfect locale for a casual outside dinner. Excellent service; lots of options—nice cocktails, salads, sandwiches. We weren’t pressured to depart quickly though there was a line of people.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our kids here for lunch and it was easily our best meal in DC! Highly recommend!

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vipMaggie
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent out on patio and they treated our little dog well. We had avocado toast steak frites, and a couple other things, all great. We sat outside in the patio booths on a hot sunny day. Even though they have ceiling fans on, the sun comes in the see through plastic and it was very very hot.

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vipCarrieP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorites and always consistent!❤️

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waffles!! Amazing.

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viprebeckah
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The cocktails were great.. our server was great as well… food was a big miss… we had the trout and it was way over cooked! Lively place… fun night out

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you, rebeckah for your review and I am very sorry the food was deemed a BIG miss. :( I'd appreciate the chance to follow up and find a way to turn around your dissatisfaction- please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined + location. -Amy

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vipkcrc
Denver
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were in Washington DC and had been there before with great experiences

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Overcooked filet

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MollyShh
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great - Conner was the perfect server! His recommendations were on point: from the Atlas IPA to the farmhouse bread with Brie & onion jam, we had an outstanding evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Camilla was a great server! Kind and efficient

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LocalEater
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service, plus staff accommodated requests for quieter seating and to turn down the background music (given the cacophony of ambient noise). Still, the indoors smelled of having been mopped by already dirty water or an already dirty mop.

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AndrewH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and location! A definite must if you’re in and around DC!

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vipKathleenB
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server Camilla! She made excellent meal recommendations and provided exceptional service.

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JoyceF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nicolas was absolutely outstanding. Great personality.

Appetizers and cocktails were great. My ribeye was slightly tough, not a lot of flavor. Dessert was okay

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HarveyW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Good food, disinterested waiter. Hard to talk over music in bar area.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Harvey: Thank you for your review and I am very sorry the service fell short and the music was overly loud in the bar area. :( I'd appreciate the chance to follow up and turn around the disappointment our team left you with. Please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined & location. -Amy

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donnac
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Drive all the way from NJ and had to stop here for breakfast. It was just as good as we remembered!! The stuffed French toast is amazing!!

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AmberU
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If you are looking for something just outside the touristy area this a definite must go!

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RonW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Hostess was very rude. Service was slow. Food was just ok and not consistent with the price point. Wouldn’t returned - should have followed my gut when and left after he rude encounter with the hostess.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review and I am so sorry the host was rude, service was slow and food was under-par. I'd love to connect and make this right! Please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. -Amy

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AnthonyA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat! Everything we had was top notch. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Definitely a place to go when you are looking for a restaurant near the National Mall.

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Tera
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was incredible and made our dining experience even more delightful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! It was a fun night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There were definitely some glitches with both the food and service (no clean wine glasses so had to wait!!??) but the kindness and friendliness of the servers made up for it.

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You can order delivery directly from Founding Farmers - DC using the Order Online button. Founding Farmers - DC also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Founding Farmers - DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 822-8783.

Founding Farmers - DC is rated 4.5 stars by 30231 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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