Founding Farmers - DC

4.6
30093 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 30093 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food.

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Maddiebbbbb
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

My fiancé and I visited this restaurant 6/23 for breakfast. The service was awful. We asked to sit outside but when we got out to the patio it was very loud due to construction near by. We kindly asked our server if we could move inside instead. He said “I guess but you can go around the building and enter at the main entrance to get reseated.” This is poor service. He could have nicely reseated us and not made us walk around the building. He wasn’t friendly at all. They also charge a 5% recovery fee for covid which doesn’t make any sense. Also, the food wasn’t great or worth the money. I would highly recommend eating elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES WERE IMMACULATE. RICHARD IS THE BEST SERVER ALIVE. CRAB CAKES WERE DELICIOUS. LOVED THIS PLACE!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, delicious food and wide range of cocktail.

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KristinaY
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, would definitely visit again. We had the bacon, avocado, cheeseburger w/ fries, chicken pot pie and chocolate mouse pie. Delicious!

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CarolineG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried chicken salad was the best salad I have ever had in my entire life

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SGents
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed ourselves at Founding Farmers. The food and service was very good. What we didn't appreciate was the extra 5% added on the bill due to the pandemic. None of the smaller restaurants we visited did not add a charge like this to our bill. FF was very busy and we could see that it was thriving. I have been out of work for a year due to the pandemic and my husband lost 30% of his work. Do you think we could go to our employers and ask for a 5% raise to help us get back on our feet due to the pandemic? It is part of running a business to have a "cushion" of finances to get you through the rough times. If it was just my husband and myself we would have walked out once we saw that on the menu, but we had our kids with us and it was late. Let alone that we waited an additional 30 minutes on top of our reservation we had.

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Morgen
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, would 100% come back again!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Awesome and we would LOVE to have you back again! Please call us anytime for a reservation: 202-822-8783 :) -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our food was delicious and we enjoyed each dish! We had the fried green tomatoes, crazy corn salad, prime rib, and the beignets. Our waitress was very nice and helpful. My only complaint is the hostess, kinda rude and made us wait even though we had reservations. I had to remind her, that we were there…. Other than that, great experience and would definitely recommend!

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vipRachou
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was perfect, but I only have one complaint. I had a reservation and as I waited at the bar for my party to arrive, I ordered a glass of the Kaiken Reserva Malbec. I love a good malbec but this one was really warm. I mean, like it was near an open flame warm. I couldn't enjoy it and still paid the 17 bucks. Complaints aside, our meals were excellent and our server on the top floor made great and honest recommendations. I enjoyed the catfish very much and had it with the mac and cheese and green beans. Everything tasted fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the many choices on the menu. Food delicious as always. Visiting from out of town and made sure to stop here for our third time. Always make sure we eat here when in town.

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MadeJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely dining experience on a date, attended during happy hour.

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KristinB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food, service a little slow but friendly. Lots of great choices on the menu and a fun place to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good.

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LaurieP
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Catfish is delicious. Wine list mediocre. Food is served on pretty blue & white plates.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review and I am very sorry the wine list fell short of expectation this time. :( I'd appreciate the chance to follow up and turn around your dissatisfaction here- please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined + location. -Amy

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PJazzy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The service was friendly but unfortunately very slow. The food made up for the long wait.

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JennaC
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

When our friends from Orlando were coming up to visit they asked for recommendations on places to eat, so we suggested, of course, founding farmers. As always the food was incredible… everything we ordered was phenomenal. Only issue we noticed was that opening up to full capacity post – Covid has given them a little bit of a hiccup in the service department.

The few pieces of feedback we shared with the managers working that evening were received well and they were quick to take action. For example: After letting them know the water temp/pressure in one of the restrooms was not up to code for the employees to be able to wash their hands thoroughly before returning to work, they immediately put a sign on the door. They were also super receptive about our feedback to add a changing table in the other unisex bathroom. And when our dessert took over an hour to get to the table because of a miscommunication/oversight by a new employee (btw the bread pudding is absolutely incredible and totally worth the wait!), The managers made everything right by giving us other desserts to enjoy in the meantime, treats to go, after dinner drinks, and coffee. I mean above and beyond service to make amends - the service level We’re used to with FF.

They totally saved what would have been a sad way to end the evening by going above and beyond and confirming to our friends why we suggested the restaurant in the first place. Josue totally saved the night! (also I thought it is a great that the partner/owners are working in each of the restaurants to help oversee the come back post-covid)

TLDR: I know coming back from COVID times is a whole journey (hiring, training, retraining, maintenance updates, policy, process changes, etc) but they are honest about where they are and working to get back to where they used to be… and the food is still EXCEPTIONAL. Well done We will be back!

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BrittB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great! Our waiter was fantastic (shout out to Danny!!). We didnt like the fact that there were flies in the restaurant but we werent far from the door so, its understandable. A/C could have been turned up a little. However, we got our food quickly and it was nice being there for Fathers Day. We were also seated quickly.

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sherraj
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I made reservations for Father's Day. He had taken me here once before and we both enjoyed the food. I took my daughter there for her 21st birthday, ordered the same meal I had before and was not pleased. My daughter said hers was just alright. Yesterday I was undecided on what to order but after seeing plates with the chicken and waffles come out, I decided on that and he ordered the chicken fried steak meal with a salad; we both got cokes for drinks since the waitress said they made their sodas in house. First the sodas came out in regular coke cans and when we poured them in our glasses, they had lots of fizz but when we took a sip, both sodas were FLAT and didn't even taste like coke. Next the green beans were near the point of still being raw; I could taste the rawness in them. The syrup was already on the table so I began to pour it on my waffles and it poured out like water; no thickness or anything. So now I have a plate full of liquid syrup that tastes nothing like syrup. I shook the dispenser and it was straight liquidy like water. After observing the container I noticed there were cinnamon sticks in the jar hence the strong off taste I was tasting; guess that was homemade too but it tasted terrible. The macaroni and cheese was so so but the noodles were these big old square flat noodles. I was expecting regular mac and cheese but thought it was weird to have green beans and mac and cheese with chicken and waffles; didn't pair well at all not to mention the tiny side of gravy that was on my plate. As for his chicken fried steak and gravy, he said it was just alright. He received one lil 2 ounce ramekin of THICK supposedly creamed gravy and none for his chicken fried steak. So I gave him mine which didn't even cover his meat. When he took one bite of the salad, he frowned and said the dressing tasted horrible. I tasted it and it was pure EVOO and I think apple cider vinegar with spices. We won't be going back because 2 bad meals out of 3 is ridiculous.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Thank you, Sherra for your review and private note. We are so sorry for the disappointing outcome to your visit. :( Of course, we appreciate your private note acknowledging the steps our Manager took to resolve this, but are genuinely bummed to learn we still failed to turn around your experience. Of course, I'd love to connect and try to find another way to make this right! Please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined & location. -Amy

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JacquelineR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Father’s Day brunch for my husband food was good waitress was great however our food server dropped butter on my husband’s linen shirt and pants. The manager took care of the bill and dry cleaning charges. Overall I would return.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review and sharing your feedback with us. :( We are so sorry this unfortunate accident happened and appreciate you acknowledging the steps our team took to make this right! We already look forward to your return and if you need anything in the future, please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm. -Amy

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SmithKidz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First my chair was broken at table then was food arrived our eggs was ice cold i asked for them to be replaced for my kids then waitress billed me for replacement.
Food was just ok nothing near great!
Beignets were not hot just not good experience for my family.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Oh no! I am very sorry for the disappointing outcome to your family's visit this time. :( I would love the chance to touch base and hopefully turn this around! Please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined & location. Thank you and we appreciate you alerting us to this. -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must eat place in Foggy Bottom. Made Father’s Day very special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

marbles great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was very excited to come to the DC Founding Farmers because I had experienced the Tyson’s one a few weeks ago and it was nothing shy of amazing. I would absolutely recommend Tyson’s Founding Farmers over the DC location.

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AlexanderF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Great service! Will definitely recommend to people that are looking for a place to dine in!

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BigEater
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a great restaurant! Phenomenal food! It was very crowded here so be prepared to wait a little while, but it's worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. Food was amazing. My friend had the crab and shrimp risotto, which I tasted and was the bomb. I have the lunch order of chicken n waffles, side of Mac and cheese and sautéed spinach, which also tasted great. I can’t wait to go back. Definitely will suggest to other friends.

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MC13
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Syrup was watery which messed up the waffle. They give chick tenders just larger than nuggets for the chicken and waffles which was odd.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch and it was DELIGHTFUL. 10/10 recommend the beignets and any one of the hashes.

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OpenTable Diner
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My waitress was excellent!

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WendyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in as a solo dinner and was given excellent treatment! Food was great, and service was great!

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JennU
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and cocktails were delicious. Place was super busy for an early Saturday brunch (9:15) and server was a little less attentive. Overall, really loved our meal a would definitely eat there again.
Inexplicably, there were two small birds living on a fake tree on the second floor - which was kinda sad to watch as they tried to escape through the glass throughout our meal.

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vipJkerrdog
Jacksonville
68 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The early bird gets the worm. We missed the Sat A.M. rush for breakfast by booking an 8:45 table. Upon leaving there was an extensively long wait line outside. The food lived up to its rep. The service was prompt and friendly. The experience would have been perfect had there not been a breakdown in communications between server and the kitchen (??:my guess), resulting in the delayed delivery of one of our four orders. Our server did her best to rectiify/reslove the issue to our satisfaction.

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ETrel
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid breakfast food and not too crowded for a Saturday morning. Staff were attentive and kind. A bit expensive for simple food but worthwhile overall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Service was terrible. They mixed up our order TWICE and there was a hair in our food.

JP
vipJeffP
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Dinner for 4.
A bit noisy for me, but the wait staff was great and the food very good.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded a day ago

Bummer. :( We're so sorry the ambience missed the mark this time, and I would love to have a hand in turning around the disappointment this left you with! This said, please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined & location to connect further. -Amy

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vipcxxx
Atlanta
48 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great selection and food. Service was a little slow. We ordered salmon, shrimp, and salad. Everyone enjoyed their meals.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour specials are great! Nice servers. Very loud! Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Founding farmers was great! The food was great. Our waiter was a little dry but he executed everything to perfection. I recommend the avocado bacon burger.

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NickB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Founding farmers was great vibrant restaurant, when we went it was very busy so service was a bit slower I guess due to capacity but apart from that was all good

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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 4.6 stars by 30093 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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