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About Founding Farmers - DC
Founding Farmers, the Greenest Restaurant in DC, is owned by the more than 40,000 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.
Washington, DC 20006
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Monday 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Tuesday- Thursday: 4:00PM - 11:00PM
Friday: 4:00PM - 12:00AM
Saturday: 2:00PM - 12:00AM
Sunday: 2:00PM - 10:00PM
20th St. / Pennsylvania Ave. (Foggy Bottom)
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The bar at Founding Farmers is a truly unique and innovative experience, with true mixologists specially trained in 'bar-chefing'. The bar menu harkens back to the pre-Prohibition era with handcrafted cocktails that use juices and mixers prepared by hand.
There is metered parking on Pennsylvania Ave., 20th St., H St., and elsewhere within 2 blocks of the restaurant. There are 3 parking garages within 3 blocks of the restaurant; the closest is at the Shops at 2000 Pennsylvania (enter on 20th St.).
There are two Metro stops within 3 blocks of the restaurant, Orange/Blue lines at Farragut West or Foggy Bottom/GWU. The red DC Circulator bus Georgetown/Union Station line stops on Pennsylvania Ave. at 21st street, as well as on K Street and on 19th, all just one block away.
Private Party Facilities:
Founding Farmers includes is a second floor mezzanine level that is ideal for special events/parties or corporate events and can accommodate 100 comfortably seated for dinner or 120 for a standing reception. There are no fully private rooms.
Private Party Contact:
FFDC@FarmRequest.com: (202) 822-8783
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For large parties and special events, please note that our D.C. location can accommodate up to 12 guests in one reservation. Sorry, there are no private rooms available.
Founding Farmers is available for full buyouts for corporate or private events for up to 300 people, or the second floor mezzanine is available for full buyout.
Please contact our Hospitality Coordinator for more information - (202) 822.8783; FFDC@FarmRequest.com
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Founding Farmers - DC Ratings and Reviews
Food, drinks, service, and even bathroom soap was outstanding. Crab cake add-on was worth it; full of lump crab meat. Having lived in Seattle, I have to say that the glazed plank salmon I ordered was perfectly executed. Desserts are huge (2-3 person portions; not kidding). Very satisfying meal.
Travelers be weary. Our perception of this restaurant is that it is a Tilted Kilt for affluent college students and young professionals without the skimpy uniforms.
We had made a reservation for late in the evening and arrived ten minutes early. The hostess confirmed our reservation and snipped it would be a wait because she was still seating the 9:45 reservations. We were happy to see a couple open seats at the bar and told the hostess we would wait there.
My wife had a nice white and I opted for the house variation of a Rob Roy cocktail with bitters. Time passed so we ordered a second round but this time I opted for my favorite variation of the Rob Roy the Bobby Burns. The barman eagerly accommodated and we were appreciative. Halfway through the second round we noticed walk ins were being immediately seated and the original hostess was nowhere to be found.
Needless to say we paid our tab and left a tip intended for our barman and headed out the door. On the way out my wife who never complains mentioned to a man who appeared to be the manager or possibly an owner that we were passed over. He asked the name and then told my wife we didnt have a reservation. Clearly, in our mind what could have been a mistake or misunderstanding somehow now seems quite intentional.
We came for breakfast right at 9 AM on a Saturday (opened at 8:30 AM) and there was already a line out the door. We had a reservation and were shown straight to our table. If you don't make a reservation, forget it! The food was INCREDIBLE, the service SUPREME, and this is a not-to-be-missed breakfast place next time you are in DC. The Beignets are TO DIE FOR. The lattes, scrambles and eggs benedict were great (we were a party of 3 - I tried everything). You'll fall in love with this place!
On the recommendation of our hotel clerk, we visited here. He said the food was great but breakfast was outstanding. He wasn’t wrong! He also told us to make sure we made a reservation. Again, he was right. We made reservations for Saturday on Thursday and the times available to us were 9:30 or 1:45! Even with a reservation, we didn’t sit until 9:50 or so. We received our food quickly and it was possibly the best meal we had in dc. The beignets and waffles are a must do! They melted in your mouth! My husband was apprehensive about the hype- how can this be better than a typical breakfast. He was quick to change his mind! Definitely lived up to the hype! Do yourself a favor and visit... just make sure you have a reservation!
I love this restaurant. The food is outstanding, especially the corn bread. I would give this restaurant five stars except for one reason ( and this isn't the first time). We had a 9:30 reservation but had to wait ten minutes past that time. One time last year, we had reservations and waited a half hour past that time. Perhaps they are improving.
I LOVE FOUNDING FARMERS! The food was fresh and so good! The goat cheese burger was fantastic, the sweet potato was delicious...
My friend had the rotisserie chicken and sweet potato with a salad and she said it was the best meal she's had on the trip. I will be back!
A mess with slow seating, missed delivery of salad and soup then only after pointed out after entrees arrived, burger requested medium came well, no spoon for soup had to bring a hot soup again. All acknowledged by manager Nelson and barely by indifferent waiter. Free desserts and burger not nearly enough in this first time visit to popular place to make up for the ruined dining experience.
WOW! We came to DC for a show, and made reservations here based on Yelp reviews. So glad we did. Carmen, our server, was informative, enthusiastic and had that just right touch about checking on us. Everything from the wine to the cornbread to the meals were excellent! Highly recommend. Also highly recommend making reservations a week in advance as this is one popular place.
We booked for breakfast but we were too late for the breakfast menu. We ordered quite a few different items and the seafood risotto, glazed bacon Lillian and the skillet cornbread were all extremely delectable! We would definitely return and order them all again! It was pretty crowded on our way out so going early (before noon) worked great for us. Service was good as well.
I absolutely LOVE DC Founding Farmers. I have become a regular at this restaurant for the tasty food, ambiance and convenient location. I especially love the Chicken & Waffles, Yankee Pot Roast, skillet cornbread, and the tasty, refreshing ginger ale. I took my friend, Ava, to DC Founding Farmers and she was instantly hooked on the Chicken & Waffles and the ginger ale! The service from Terrell was outstanding! I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!
Ordered the steak frites. The menu description didn’t indicate the steak was served with a sauce on top of it. Had it done so, I would’ve gotten sauce on the side. The sauce, however, was good. Steak portion was too small and had fat around the edges, but otherwise was cooked a perfect medium rare. Kinda’ skimpy on the fries.
The staff were very accommodating and friendly. The menu had lots to choose from and the lemonade is fresh squeezed. The Arnold Palmer is a little weak so I'd skip it and just get a lemonade. I had the ribeye which was cooked to perfection medium rare. Whipped mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. The food was delightful! I wish I saved room for dessert because I'm sure it would've been tasty! The server was kind enough to split our check (which I hate doing so for my $35 dollar tab I left him $15) which I was grateful for. Overall just a great experience.
I came here on Valentine’s Day with my two best friends. We had a great meal - we all ordered the yankee pot roast and then we all ordered drinks as well. We got the beignets for dessert as well as some spiked coffee. Service was great and so was the food. Our only complaint was that we felt as though we were being pushed out. We did stay for a few hours, as we were having a great time chatting and catching up. We would have stayed longer and ordered more drinks, but we felt as though we were being pushed out. I would come back, but this left a salty taste in my mouth. Not happy.
We got the entree before the starter. But that is okay compared to the service we received. The waitress was rude and rushing us through the lunch. She wanted to clean up plates when the plates were half empty. She then came back multiple times try to clean up our plates when we were still eating. Our lunch was about 55 mins of which 15 mints was spent to wait for the order. We consider 40 mins was fair to finish a good lunch on Valentine’s day. Not sure why we were rushed.
After reading other reviews, I expected more. The food, ambience, etc. was okay, but nothing special. Our server was attentive without being intrusive, but why were at least two other tables served before ours, when we were the first two in the door for breakfast? I wouldn't go out of my way to dine here again, and would only recommend it to others if they were going to be in that neighborhood and weren't looking for something outstanding.
My wife and I have gone to Founding Farmers several times as it is one of our favorite restaurants in D.C. We love the meatloaf and the chocolate shake. Unfortunately, the last two times when we hav ordered the meatloaf, we have been served a much smaller slice of the meatloaf than before. This last time, we both ordered the meatloaf and my wife was given a slice of meatloaf that was nearly twice as large as mine. Worse, my slice was an end piece of the loaf and several parts of it were burnt. I understand that Founding Farmers occasionally has to cut a slice of meatloaf in half to cover if that dish is in high demand, but people do notice and it is very frustrating to pay full price for something when you are clearly not getting your money's worth. I hope Founding Farmers institutes a policy to avoid this in the future.
Meh. Nothing particularly memorable here. The place was less of a madhouse than it has been the couple other times I visited, which made the slowness of the service a bit of a surprise. The chicken pot pie was decent but nothing that would bring me back. My companions had salads which they said were fine. I don’t understand the popularity of this place other than perhaps as a sign that there isn’t much competition in this part of the city.
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