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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OT
1 review
Dined 5 hours 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.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 8 hours 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!

OT
1 review
Dined a day 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!

SM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is always GREAT!!

l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

DC
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined 2 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 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

All good.
Thank you

HD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 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.

C
New England
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 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.

AL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Must go.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 20 hours 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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SC
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 4 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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

overall good experience but the hostess was incredibly rude

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 21 hours 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
29 reviews
Dined 5 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 21 hours 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 5 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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JC
South Dakota
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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!

LP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

This food was over rated. The crab dip was nasty- it was liquidity and had onions. Who puts long strings of onions in a crab dip??? The ribs tasted like they lathered it with hot sauce. The mac n cheese was flavorless and missing the cheese. The shrimp and grits were horrid. The flavor and taste was blahhhh. I don't know what they were aiming for. The lemaonade was tarr. We left hungry. Never again.

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food & cocktails! Not your cheapest option, but everything is very high quality. This place gets very crowded so I recommend making a reservation!

MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

My low score for service is directly attributed to the way they assign tables for reservations. I showed up 15 minutes before my time and was "assigned" at specific table, not realizing my ability to be seated was dependent on the previous guests at my assigned table finishing. I watched as at least 6 other parties of 3 were seated and did not sit down until over 30 minutes past my reservation time. Food - great. Server - great. Front hostess - not great. Management of reservations - not great.

A
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Even with the reservation we had to wait another 30-45 minutes to be seated. Food was good but be prepared to wait.

TB
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Louie! Beignets were the best I’ve ever had!!

JC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Average food, great location, but way crowded. Didn’t help that they didn’t care that someone was literally changing a baby’s diaper on the table next to us

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi JohnC: I am super sorry for the overcrowded environment, and baby changing that took place at the neighboring table. :( Our Management Team will surely take into account what you shared and we do hope you'll give us another try in the future! Please call us at 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed- our team is always happy to help find a time that might not be as crowded & add a note for a quieter table to your reservation. -Amy

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AK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

So great! Love the ambiance and the menu selection. Our server was excellent and we never felt like we were waiting for anything. The mac and cheese wasn’t that great and definitely didn’t look like it had 7 cheeses, but the shrimp and sun dried tomato bucatini was SO delicious.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Be prepared to wait. Even with a reservation there is a wait time. The service is awful as well due to amount of people who come to this restaurant. The food suffers as well. Its a shame because it’s a really cool place!

MP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

There is better food elsewhere. The price point is as high as other restaurants in the area, so it's not bad. The food doesn't live up to the expectations I had.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi MelissaP: I am very sorry the food did not measure up this time. :( Our Culinary Team is interested in learning more about your review and I would love the chance to connect- and perhaps turn around your disappointment! That said, I will send you a personal note with my contact info to follow up. -Amy

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CJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

My husband had the beef shorts rib and when he received his food the sides were cold. We were comped $10.00 on our meal. Besides that the food was delicious.

MV
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for dinner with friends this past weekend and everything was so good that I want to eat it again! From the soup/salad, the incredible cornbread, to the meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and pot roast, we had a great time. Thanks!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi MonaV: Awesome! Thank you so much for your kind words and we hope to have you & your friends back soon. :) -Amy

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l
Portland
106 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We loved the Farmers Salad, the Long-Roasted Pork Chop, and the Yankee Pot Roast, and the portions were so generous. Most outstanding of all was our excellent server. I don't know how such a busy restaurant manages to be so well-run. We look forward to returning.

LM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, terrific service but very loud and terribly annoying music which was playing too loudly - not as background music.

BC
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is very good, but service could definitely use some improvement.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Very strange interactions with wait staff. Super packed (to be expected though)

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