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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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My reservation was for 1pm. Our table wasn’t ready until 1:30. We had to leave as that didn’t allow for time to order and eat and make it back to work in time. Not a good option for those who only get an hour for lunch.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

John was a great server. Food was fun, fresh and yummy. Servings were good sized. Burger was overcooked but still tasted good.

BR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was very good. There was quite a bit of a wait despite a reservation

MJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We waited an extra 45 minutes past our reservation time. Even after that, the service was terrible and slow. Our food was cold, coffee and water forgotten. Would not go back.

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

had a great time, the good was great and the noise level was pretty low considering how busy it was. the only downside was that I made an 11:30 reservation and my party wasn’t seated until almost an hour after (which might have been longer if my friend hadn’t spoken to the hostess about the wait time). aside from that, I had a lovely experience and it was very well-priced for brunch in DC!

JP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We made a reservation and still had to wait over an hour for our table. Our waiter acted as if we were a bother to him. The food came out cold. Would not recommend to a friend and would not go back.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great...But I did not like how the wait was I had a reservation at 11:15a my group of 3 did not get seated til almost 1p. That was very disappointing.

AR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Meal.. Thanks

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

We made our reservation at 11am and got seated at 11:45am! What’s the point of making a reservation then?!

TL
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Seating 45 minutes after our reservation time. Restroom was a mess. Took forever to get drinks. Food came out - not hot and eggshells in the eggs not prepared as requested. I love FF usually but this particular day was a hot mess from start to finish.

g
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is my go too spot whenever I’m in DC. The food is fantastic. I would recommend a reservation to lesson the wait time. But the food is worth the wait.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 1

Crowds of people outside queueing to get in. Yet inside - many empty tables. Service - good luck trying to get the attention of the waiter/waitress.
The coffee was absolutely horrible (cappuccino) - watery with a bit of burnt foam on top. Replaced it hoping for better and still got the same for the second time.
I think the place has a lot of fame, due to the location and catchy name. It doesn’t live up to the expectations and I won’t recommend it.

I
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good! Service and food were excellent. We went for breakfast.

AS
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, friendly service. Super crowded. People who were waiting for tables were hovering over us.

LM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I can’t believe I paid $15 for eggs, bacon, sausage and a slice of tomato. Wow! Overpriced and not worth it. Brought my kids there for the first time. Have enjoyed many meals here. But the quality has definitely changed.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

This was one of my favorite places so I’m hoping it was a off night. We ordered the skillet corn bread and crab dip to start. The corn bread was good as always but I haven’t been a fan of the crab dip since then changed the recipe. My wife however still gives it a chance. She didn’t like that this has barley any crab but full of artichokes and onion. Our entree consisted of my wife’s chicken and waffles and the Farmers Platter for me. My wife orders the chicken waffles ever since I introduced this place to her 4 years ago. The chicken was dry and lacked seasoning and her Mac and cheese was also dry. The only thing I enjoyed from my Farmers Platter was the hot dog. The mini burgers were ok but the ribs lacked flavor and were over cooked. I’m not a fan of the coleslaw and the street corn was dry and undercooked. The drinks were awesome. I’m not usually a fan of their mixed drinks but this night was Bizzaro world where the food sucked and the drinks were top notch. We didn’t have a problem getting seated even though we were early for our reservation. We found seats together at the bar and our table was ready before the bartender could take our drink order. Now you may think this is cool but having visited the restaurant over the years it showed that it wasn’t as busy as years past. Maybe the place feel off for others as well.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

It was very cold

AK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious! We arrived about half an hour before our reservations and were seated within 15-20 minutes. Have already recommended to others. We will be back!

TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

We ordered drinks when we first sat down they took fifteen minutes to come and they forgot my sons iced tea.

We ordered corn bread as an appetizer and I’m came just as the food came. Some of the food was cold and they gave one of my sons the wrong meal.

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

La serveuse incompétente parlant à peine anglais . Nous sommes des habitués du restaurant et étions extrêmement étonnés de la baisse de qualité des plats .

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

Food and service were fantastic!

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant, food, and service were excellent but the noise level was almost unacceptable. If was hard to hear the individuals across the table without elevating your voice.

AD
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Good service, didn't wait too long for our orders to be taken. Definitely make reservations ahead of time as this is a hot spot for brunch and weekends.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Took a break from MGM National Harbor to grab a bite to eat. Had a friend w/ me who’s frugal and doesn’t venture out of NOVA into the district very often. Food was delicious and the portion sizes were very generous. He was very pleased with the experience.

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

Hostess -1/10
Food- 10/10
Price- 7/10
Waiters- 6.7/10

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

I had eggs Benedict with salmon and was violently ill 2 hours later for 8 hours. It was awful. I’m the only whom had this fish and got ill.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Reservations run consistently 15-25 minutes behind. Food is good but pricey and service was slow and inattentive

H
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went with our 2 kids- delicious food! It’s gets very busy around 9:30am for breakfast so try to go earlier. A lot of healthy options and everything is fresh. Great choice

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

Great Overall My Fiancé and I love this restaurant 😩😊

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience. Our waitress was very nice and attentive.

w
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We overall really liked this place. Food was good. A little over priced but that’s expected. I gave 4 stars because some of our food was cold and my sandwich had to be remade which took a long time. They also messed up my sons order which was quickly replaced. We would go back.

M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food and place is amazing!! I love this place! However, they didn't respect my reservation.
I had a reservation at 1:15PM, and I had a guest with me. We checked in at 1:08, and we sat at a table at 1:50PM; 35 minutes after my reservation!

FG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food but be prepared for the wait. Its awesome to see Impossible Burger/Meatloaf on the menu but could use more vegetarian options.

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

Everything was very yummy, except that despite making our reservation over a week ahead, we had to wait a half hour to be seated.

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

It was a tough night for us. We loved the food, but once we arrived we had to wait another 40 minutes to be seated. The service was awesome. We loved Michael, but the food took quite some time to come out. If you come at 7 PM it is packed and quite loud so I may try to choose one of the quieter times if you want something quiet and intimate. We think that we just caught them at the wrong time, but I wouldn’t let this review turn you away. This place is awesome and clearly the talk of the town. PS there seasonal cocktail with whisky and apple was awesome.

C
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding and the food was awesome. I had the Steak Frites and it was cooked to perfection. Tender and juicy. The only thing that would improve it if there were more gluten free options. A little too loud and cramped downstairs but we moved upstairs and it was much better. The tables are a bit too tight.

R
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my daughter and her roommates here for a dinner while in town. They loved it. Service was excellent, burgers and the shrimp risotto were top notch. Save room for dessert.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 9 hours ago

Hi Ricman466: Thank you for sharing your kind words and 5-STAR rated review with us. We appreciate and hope to have you, your daughter & her roommates back for another great time soon! -Amy

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

My best friend and I went to lunch at Founding Farmers and O Man, what a treat! Please try the Apple pie! It’s is AMAZING!!

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

The cuisine used to be excellent—now it’s ok; some tasty bites, but I don’t rave the way I used to. Not sure what happened!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 9 hours ago

Hi RebeccaS: Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Our Culinary Team is equally let down that our food is not as enjoyable as it once was. :/ We appreciate you letting us know and hope to have you back again- please call us at 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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