Founding Farmers - DC
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.
We had Easter brunch there. It was of course very busy so service was a little slow, but our waitress was very pleasant. The food was very good. I look forward to trying other items.
We had a horrible server. It took 35 minutes to receive our breakfast which was basic ( eggs, sausage, hash browns and toast). Eggs were cold and unable to eat. Our server ghost us.
We had a 9:30 AM reservation and were sat at 9:50. We were told they sat parties with in 10 minutes of the reservation. That would have been helpful information prior to arrival. We have a child and did know their reservations were a close approximation. Hostess was a little rude and I guess she did know why we expected to be sat in accordance with our reservation. We were sat and waited 10 minutes before someone acknowledged us. Food was really good. Great hash browns and sausage. Coffee was really good but we had to ask for refills.
Great food and drinks! We were seated quickly and our waiter was great. Definitely recommend the mussels!
Even with reservations we had to wait. We were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time.
Service was very poor
We had high expectations because so many people say such great things about this place
But our experience was so disappointing
We were so excited to return to FF. When we dined here last spring, everything was perfect. Today, not even close. We arrived early for our reservation, checked in, and ventured outside to wait. Close to our reservation time, we entered the restaurant and took a seat at the bar. We ordered two glasses of wine and a coke. The $49 cost would have been fine for good wine, but the Rose was mediocre. While at the bar, we noticed three tables near the windows without patrons clean and ready to go. We checked on our reservation a few times, but they were not ready for us. Those tables remained empty. Finally, 45 minutes after our reservation time we were brought upstairs. We passed three more tables- uncleaned, but vacant. We were brought to a tiny table and were virtually on top of another couple. At least fifteen minutes went by before our server showed and drink order was taken. We ordered our food at the same time, as we’d had more than enough time to look over the menu. We ordered the hot chicken sandwich, Mac and cheese with chicken fingers, and the meatloaf. My non picky, adult daughter did not eat her chicken sandwich. It was more of a Buffalo Chicken taste- which she does not care for. My meatloaf and potatoes were cold. The gravy was already congealed when it arrived. The beans were tasty and crisp; definitely the best part of the meal. The Mac and cheese was tasty, as was the small amount of chicken fingers. The side of green vegetables was tasty as well. While our server was friendly, she was nonexistent. For the price, Founding Farmers is not worth it.
The food was good as per usual. Highly recommend beignets, chicken and waffles, and pastrami hash. The service today was extremely poor though. We ordered drinks but did not receive our drinks until we finished beignets and entree were served. The server seems more occupied with something else other than servicing his tables.
All around - Excellent!
I wanted to give them 5 stars, but they have a real management problem. We had a 6pm reservation and were seated after 6:20 - almost at 6:30. Nobody offered us a cocktail while waiting, nor a comp when we sat. The waiter was terrific, but the bar was clearly understaffed - we could see it from our table. There was a full 15 minute lag between him putting in our second drink order & us getting it.
The food was - good. Not spectacular. Boring deviled eggs - felt like not enough mayo/mustard and no paprika, much less a more exciting seasoning.)
The side dishes were delicious - green beans so fresh, potatoes delighful. Entrees were pretty good - chicken & waffles - waffles great, chicken a bit tough. Lobster risotto was solid. Chicken-fried steak was also a bit tough.
Coctails were delicious - especially the Southside.
Desserts were totally 5-star.
So - go in expecting your reservation to be an approximation, and slow bar service. Order side dishes and booze, and save your appetite for dessert?
This is the fourth time we have come and will continue to come every time we are in DC the food and service and impeccable.
Server was never around, took forever to take our order. Then Drinks took about 35 minutes to arrive.
Made a reservation via opentable. Still had to wait an additional 10-15 minutes past my reservation time to get seated. Further, several groups of people whom arrived after us were getting seated before us. We overheard one group being seated before us they had a reservation 15 minutes after hours. This kinda irked our party. Food was good. Our waiter was nice and very informative. However, I think his area may have been over-seated as we rarely saw him. Overall I would recommend this restaurant with a warning that the service could and probably will be slow/lacking.
Very nice place, good food, good ambiance, great service, friendly staff, and acceptable noise level.
The Hangovwr Hash was excellent. Great Mimosas also!
All feels very rushed. The food was great but we had no time to enjoy.
The impossible burger is impossibly perfect! My meat eating pal could not tell the difference! My friend had the chicken pot pie which also had a crispy crust that was fantastic - the best chicken pot she had ever had. I would say skip the Mac and cheese
The food was excellent and fresh. It, by far, was the best food that we had in DC..maybe even in the whole East Coast. They actually season their food! Our waiter did an excellent job. We ordered the chicken and waffles, short ribs, and sea bass. Everything was delicious. If we come back to DC, we will definitely plan to eat at this restaurant again.
We had lunch here while I was showing friends around DC. Everyone agreed their food was delicious. My friend who had the salad with scallops commented it was the best scallops she had ever eaten. I loved the veggie sandwich. We were pleased with our choices! Great service. Definitely will be back.
Super busy for a Thursday lunch. The food was delicious! So many great options. And a variety. Farm to table comfort food and great for kids! Clementine cooler was a refreshing drink. The bacon follis app, mac n cheese and chicken dishes were perfection. Wish I could make that Mac n cheese at home! Great service too. Hope they open a restaurant in TN!
Founding Farmers was by far the worst dining experience we had while in DC. We arrived 15 minutes earlier than our reservation was for and we're met with a snotty attitude from the greeter. We started noticing that people arriving long after us were being seated ahead of us. After 20 minutes, we inquired how much longer we it would be, and became clear, we were never "checked in".
We were seated upstairs next to a table of screaming children and asked I'd we could have a booth. We were told no, "we're hold them for reservations with 4 or more people". Less than 2 minutes later, a couple was sat at one booth and then another couple at the other booth. So much for that.
The hamburger my wife asked for "medium" was cooked so well done, it just fell apart on her plate, she didn't eat it. My Beef dip was so over cooked and dry, I left most of it. We would have complained, but our server didn't come back until it was time for the check. He never inquired about our meal or refilled our drinks.
I strongly suggest anyone thinking of going to Founding Farmers, rethink that decision.
Very nice restaurant with great food. The light was a little low so it was hard to read the menu. It was a busy evening so the noise level was high.
We only waited 10 minutes for our table because we arrive 30 minutes early. I will come back!
Great restaurant. Our server was helpful, attentive, and knowledgeable about everything on the menu. We had a table of diverse taste and she was able to assist and recommend something to everyone. Food was delicious. You must get dessert here. Only negative is the hostess stand. They did not do a good job making you feel welcome. We had a reservation, one person was running late. I did not mind so much that we had to wait for the whole party to be there, but the tone and way they communicated that information to us was condescending and not kind. In addition there is not much waiting room, so I highly recommend making a reservation and having your entire party there before entering the restaurant. Aside from the hostess stand, the experience was great. A wonderful DC location. Will definitely go back.
Good avocado toast. Cornbread had too many whole corn kernels that messed with the texture, but flavor was good and honey butter was very good. Fried green tomatoes were traditional, but for our palette very heavy handed on the thickness of fry batter. Fresh fish selection was great and well prepared. If you are interested in chicken, I would recommend the fried chicken and waffles vs beer can chicken (roasted). Dessert— chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream was great to split at the end of a decadent meal.
The menu and restaurant concept is always interesting and unique. Check out the beer can chicken!
Great food! Great service. Innovative dishes.
Fun place with kids. They loved the devil-ish eggs and cornbread. Manhattan Special (coffee soda) made from scratch was tasty. Kids loved the pasta, especially the goat cheese ravioli. Chicken and waffles always a hit and gnocchi was perfect. Very attentive waiters and fast service, definitely recommend. Make a reservation.
AWESOME! Thank you, KeithA! -Amy
Service very slow.
First time here, really enjoyed what the company stands for and the food was perfect! I was only in DC for a night but really glad we chose this place for dinner.
The food was very good but the waiter seemed uninterested when we told him one of our orders didn’t come out
They don’t need me extolling their virtues - all the great things you hear are true. The Mac n cheese, chicken n waffles, shrimp bucatini, and catfish were great. “Grits aren’t as good as yours” said the wife. Large portions — the “chocolate mousse for 2” was almost a quart of mousse that filled 4 bellies
Had family visiting from Spain, wanted them to experience American dining and this choice did not disappoint. Only waited a few minutes past our reservation, seating upstairs in a round booth was perfect for our group needing some help with menu translations. Great choices for apps, loved the crab and artichoke dip, many delicious dinner selections made it hard to choose! Everyone enjoyed the concept and perfectly prepared entrees. Thank you!!!
It had been several years since I had been to FF, wasn't the same as I remembered. I was sad to see that the Popcorn of the Day was gone, and a kettle of popcorn is now one flavor and cost $7. Also, the size of the cocktail I always loved (and the presentation) were far from what they once were. I'd still go back, but I sure miss the way it used to be vs. how it is now.
Service was fair, waiters keep rushing us bring us the check when we still were going to have more drinks and food.
Wonderful concept extremely well executed. We want a branch in Boston!
My eggs were cooked but somehow wet. Everything on my plate was wet.
Thank you, Heather for your feedback about your eggs! I am so sorry that happened and passed along your review to our Culinary Team for their consideration. -Amy
Amazing food, all served hot and fresh. Service and decor were awesome as well. If I ever find myself in the area again, I will definitely be making a stop. It's a farmer owned restaurant so they put their heart and soul into making their customers happy and full.
Service was not great. They messed up my order (ordered grits instead of toast, but got toast and no grits), which happens. However, I told the runner I ordered grits and he said he would get them. He never returned. I told our waiter at the end of our meal, since he never came by to see how things were after the food was delivered. He took the check and said he would fix it. He returned with the check and had changed nothing. We paid and left exactly 15% tip. The tables next to us got the food meant for another table, and it took 15 minutes for that to be fixed. We were really disappointed. We had made a reservation a month earlier since we had heard this was a DC experience not to be missed. Instead, it was just like any typical breakfast restaurant, only not as efficient. Wouldn’t recommend it.
Very crowded in lobby area! Food was blah and service was horrible! On the plus side, drinks were good. Would not return!