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Founding Farmers - DC

4.5
22917 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Comfort Food
  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
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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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 22917 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 21 hours ago

Food was very good, comfort food. Service was excellent. Portions were quite large. Noise level was louder than I would have liked but will definitely go back! Can see why it’s quite popular!

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5.0Dined 21 hours ago

Great food. Great service and ambiance. All of us reallu enjoyed the diner

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5.0Dined a day ago

So glad I came here. The craft cocktails are on point and well-balanced and the food is high quality. The cornbread was cakey and delicious and my chicken fried steak and sides were so flavorful. I will be back!

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4.0Dined a day ago

I have been to this restaurant multiple times and enjoyed the food. Yesterday I had the fried shrimp lunch meal and it was fantastic!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Love this restaurant

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

I have been to Founding Fathers many times and it has generally been a good experience. This time was different. I could not believe at how crowded it was just to get in the door. In addition, it took a while to get seated, even with noon reservations (they overbooked). Service was slow and they brought the cornbread with the meals - so we went from no food to all the food barely fit on the small table. The waiter seemed competent, but he was handling quite a few tables. It will be a while before I return.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Delicious food! Beignets were to die for!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We had reservation at 8 15pm but didn’t get seated until 8 45pm. The manager was great though. Gave us a free starter. Food was great. Service very good.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was delicious - very fresh and wonderful selection to pick from. My only complaint (barely though) was I had a 7:45 reservation I had made about a week in advance and still had to wait at least 30 minutes to be seated. No fault of our server (he did a wonderful job checking in) but due to the extreme volume of people the service was a bit slow. Overall though I would return, just anticipate a wait.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was very good but the service was very slow.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The server gave outstanding service and the restaurant accommodated for us by putting a table of two and a table of four in our group together. It made our friends birthday celebration extra Special!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

It was delicious. We have only been to DC twice in our lives and we have been to founding farmers everytime including twice on this trip alone. Great vegetarian options, delicious drinks, best cornbread I have ever had and beignets oh my!!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This place was highly recommended and we immediately knew why! Food and service were outstanding!! Be sure to try their skillet cornbread - no comparison to anything else called cornbread! A little busy and noisy but overlooked because of all the pluses! Reservations easily made on open table

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Ordered the Shrimp and Sun-Dried Tomato Bucatini

Too much sauce and not enough pasta...

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Have been to founding farmers a few times and have never been disappointed. Went with some friends for breakfast and everyone enjoyed the meal. As always it was busy, we were seated right away upstairs. Tried the peanut butter banana toast for a start to the meal and everyone enjoyed (a bit of comfort food). Everything else, waffles, Benedict’s and a farmers breakfast were all fresh and tasty.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

This place just keeps getting worst. They used to have the worst service in DC now they have the worst hostesses too. I guess food is next.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was good, not great.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Visiting the DC area and founding farmers was recommended. We loved it! Big portions of “comfort” food

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This place has great food!!! Must go in DC!! We had a wonderful time there, food was good and the servers were excellent!!

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food choices on their menu. A good spot for groups. Portions are large enough for a hungry kid or adult. Highly recommend getting your party to arrive on time for your reservation. Please make reservations at least a week in advance. The wait time is incredulously ridiculous. It is a good place for American fare, a bit over-hyped due to the organic, farm to table. Good place to go if you want American food and want to support the local farmers and ingredients.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was very tasty. Service was slow, with one drink not coming out until the end of the meal (to be fair, it was comped), and orange juice not out too much before that. Was a little disappointed in that aspect of our experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This place is bomb. Great food with a strong focus on sustainable practices.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The best food! Great place to go! I went here for a work trip but brought my husband back because it was so great! All fresh ingredients. But make a reservation or if there is only 2-3 of you sit at the bar, you can order the full menu and all the bar tenders are great!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food here, as well as the service, was wonderful. The restaurant was packed and tables were very close together, but our server was great, drinks were delicious, and water glasses were always filled. The cornbread is to die for. I had the best pork chop I’ve ever had here! And the deserts were massive! A great recommendation from a friend that I can’t wait to recommend to more people! So delicious and I hope to visit their other locations. It’s so clear how much this restaurant values fresh local ingredients and delicious flavors

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This place is absolutely amazing. Food was to die for and the drinks were delicious too. One of the best restaurants I've ever been to and best in DC

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was amazing. The atmosphere was great

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Loved the food. I highly recommend chicken and waffles. And, get one of their delicious cocktails. So amazing! Loved it and am glad Washington, DC, locals recommended it so highly!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants and I don’t even live in DC. Loveeee it here.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food at Founding Farmers was amazing as usual. When I sipped my daughter ‘s lemonade, I could have been Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids when she said “oh that’s fresh”. Kettle corn was a hit, chicken and waffles do not disappoint and Julian took good care of us. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I visited to Washington DC for vacation and I found this awesome restaurant! It was the best restaurant ever. Food is fresh and delicious, service is outstanding, and price is wonderful compared to NYC. Thanks Founding Farmers. I'll definitely visit again.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We have been going to Founding Farmers for years and normally have a great experience, great food, good service! Unfortunately, this last visit did not meet expectations. Upon checking in for our reservation we were seated within 5 minutes, great, then upon being seated at a table we did not see our waitress/waiter for over 15 minutes! No one came by with water, coffee, anything for 15 minutes! Finally the waitress came over, was slow getting us our water and coffee. The coffee and water came about 2 minutes before our food came. Then the service was slow for getting us our check too. Food was great, but the service was way slower than usual and it was not as busy as normal for a Sunday morning either.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

You absolutely MUST have a reservation most time of the day here. It's always really busy. I've only been here for breakfast and it's very good. Its farm to table and everything is fresh and/or homemade right there. We love the beignets but this time they were a little bit greasy tasting and looking for us. The benedicts are terrific and the scrambles are really good as well. We've always had really good, attentive service especially considering how busy they are during breakfast.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Place was great, server wasn’t so friendly which did have a big impact on the experience. However, we were surrounded by loved ones, so it was fun for us.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We never make a trip to D.C. without eating breakfast at Founding Farmers! Best beignets ever!!!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

They seated us 20 mins after our resevervation, the waiting area is like a cattle hold! They need a better system for walk ins. Once seated we had a wonderful host who was very attentive, the food was great and met expectations based on recommendations! However at the end of the night we asked some items to be moved off one bill to another ( we split it between three) and the waiter charged the wrong cards to the wrong bill! Very annoying to sort out after!!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Ordered a medium rare steak, which came out with no pink in the middle. Server said "oh yea, they always over cook it."

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Ordered steak frites medium rare, came well done. The manager said he would take care of it. Ten to fifteen minutes later he returned with brown gravy on the steak. I had an xtra glass of wine and cookies for dessert. Not going back

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Very consistent and excellent service.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food, drinks, and service were excellent! We will certainly come back and tell our friends.

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