Founding Farmers - DC

4.5
23469 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Local Ingredients
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 11:00 am

Brunch:
Saturday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Dinner:
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
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Phone number
(202) 822-8783
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joe Goetze
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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.
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Private party contact
FFDC@FarmRequest.com: (202) 822-8783
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th St. / Pennsylvania Ave. (Foggy Bottom)
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Parking details
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.).
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Public transit
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.
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Entertainment
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.
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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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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 23469 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 16 hours ago

It seems their interest is in turning tables. We felt rushed. Also, the flavor of the food was imparted mainly by heavy doses of salt.

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5.0Dined a day ago

One word, amazing!

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

I like founding farmers. Creative menu, good staff and neat environment. I had the gazpacho and the egg salad sandwich. The gazpacho was very good. The egg salad sandwich was mostly bread and not much egg salad. My friend had the shrimp and grits which he thought was OK. Service was good and professional

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Table was sticky and smelled of stale beer. Two things were missing on order

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed this meal. One of the best restaurants in DC. So delicious.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was fantastic and our server was lovely. It is loud in the restaurant so probably not good if you're looking for an intimate setting.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The Founding Farmers restaurant and staff were wonderful. We were hoping it would be a great start to a night at the Kennedy Center and it was! Turns out that traffic was horrible that day, so despite leaving 45 minutes early, we were 15 minutes late. Founding Farmers accepted our reservation with a smile. The food was amazing, flavorful and filling and even though they were crowded, we didn’t feel rushed. The crab dip was the best I’ve ever had and my burger was perfectly prepared! It as a very enjoyable dining experience for our group. All smiles means we will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

I had a salmon salad, it was $25....seriously. Value? Not really.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Birthday for my son

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Most delicious burgers!! Food was amazing and fresh.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was great we ordered three meals for two of us. The server was a bit pushy. this was a business meeting and evidently, we talked to long for her liking.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Our 17 year old son said it was the best burger he’s ever had. High praise!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Loud but the food was great!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food and service were great! Can’t wait to come back!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food and personal service. Manager stopped by to chat. Very nice.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

It was ok but hyped way too much. The wait staff was unfriendly but efficient.
The servings were large and very tasty but it was very unimaginative.
Nothing special.
I really thought it was going to be more of a homage to the farming community with inventive dishes. Basically just same old same old.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food, very packed so service was not slow but not completely on it either. You can tell these are fine ingredients.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

What can I say. Just awesome. Thank you for helping me provide my husband with a Great Fathers Day

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We made a reservation on OpenTable and unfortunately they gave our table away but managed to seat us within a reasonable amount of time and the food was absolutely delicious!!!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

This was our 1st time and we enjoyed this restaurant. The Yankee Pot Roast and Chicken Pot Pie were awesome. We also ordered deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes. Both appetizers were so so and we would probably not order again. Our server was pleasant and very knowledgeable about the menu and beers. He made helpful suggestions. The restaurant is fast paced, a bit noisy, but feels energetic and welcoming.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Father’s day at Founding Farmers didn’t disappoint. Cornbread and crab dip for appetizers + cedar plank salmon, chicken and waffles, fried shrimp, crab cakes and prime rib dip for entrees. House made sorbet and the assortment of cookies for dessert topped it off for us! Highly recommend reservations.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Father’s day occasion. My husbands fish was the wrong fish so they had to take it back, then it was hugely delayed to come out. Otherwise it was fine.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The server was great, the leek hash browns amazing and the grits heavenly and memorable. The French Toast was middling (overcooked and thin) but the toppings, sans heavy syrups and added sugar, were very much appreciated. Only loses a star because we had reservations and still had to wait -- they took walk-ins before those with reservations on a very busy Sunday. I was happy they seated our group upstairs as it was somewhat quieter. Downstairs din was so loud that you could not have conversations.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My husband enjoyed his Father's Day lunch. Great selection of food and everyone left happy!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The beignets were delicious! We enjoyed our breakfast. Suggest a reservation. Perfect spot for a delicious meal

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Great Service. Food was good. My only complaint would be that if you are serving breakfast and order eggs cooked a certain way and they come out well done that’s a big Fail! I see this at most places these days. I don’t like to send things back especially to a busy resturant, they way eggs are cooked says a lot about a kitchen and it’s quality co trol in my book. If you can’t get it right you have the wrong person on the griddle. Overall we enjoyed the rest and we had a fantastic server.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Their veggie burger is the best I have ever eaten! Everyone in my party loved their food. It was fresh and flavorful. We will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful place. Was just surprised that even with a reservation we had a 20 minute wait

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

This visit was ch differy first visit, two months ago. We had to wait to be seated, even though we made reservations. The maitre'd was busy chatting with prospective diners who had not made reservations. When we were finally seated and had ordered, the server kept getting our dishes confused, giving each party the other's dish. There were only two of us. The food was not as delicious as the first visit. there was constant clanging as the waiters kept dropping dishes on the floor t our table. At least three times to my count. I couldn't believe you guys had gone from a busy but comfortable, pleasant dining experience to such a noisy indifferent restaurant. Fortunately, Washington has lots of other offerings. Very disappointing!!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

This is our 2nd time here, it was that good on our last visit 2yrs ago we booked to return.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Founding Farmers was an excellent choice for my husband and me on our first trip to DC. Their menu choices are amazing and the food is delicious. Our server was happy and accommodating. I highly recommend Founding Farmers.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

We had to wait 25 min for our table although we had a reservation. Very frustrating but the food was good.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Food and service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Founding Farmers is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. The food is excellent and the customer service is wonderful!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food is excellent!!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Father’s Day brunch food was excellent, when in DC it’s a must.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great food and customer service!

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Typically love founding farmers. This time the food was not good. The cedar plank salmon was NOT anywhere near as good as it usually is and the brcollini that it came with was cold

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Fun place, good, solid American food. Service not that great. Party of six, 5 in our group were served their main entree, the sixth persons entree didn’t come out for 10 minutes. Very awkward, the entire group sat around waiting for the last entree to come out.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Made reservations and still waited 20 minutes but completely worth it. Menu was great, hard to choose and everyone in our party raved over their food. Waitress was a doll! Outstanding, hope they open one in NY.

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