Founding Farmers - DC

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Founding Farmers, the Greenest Restaurant in DC, is owned by the more than 47,000 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.
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NR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good -- this was a repeat visit and it was quite enjoyable. Our server was friendly, but suddenly we had a new server, who was also friendly. There was, however, some confusion with drinks orders and information conveyed--all sorted in the end, but not an ideal start. Once we had our assigned server on board, her was great.
We were also frustrated by a lengthy delay to be seated, about twenty-five minutes after our reservation time. I understand that table availability is based on when other people leave, but it seems like the wait os often for a significant chunk of time beyond the reserved time.

PB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Founding Farmers - DC is a great spot! (Reservations Recommended!) Food is amazing, with a menu offering numerous diverse options! Drinks are amazing also! Service is great. Can become loud when really busy, but a great spot for dinner and drinks.

R
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was very good except she was hard to understand, especially in a noisy restaurant.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I love the tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. I do wish it was
Possible to sit in a somewhat quieter place and not be crushed sitting in a row of tables for two.

i
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service! The handmade pastas are delicious and a must.

MA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food made with such fresh ingredients. Great service as well.

MB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lived in DC for a decade and left five years ago. This place was a staple for brunch, but sadly food quality has gone down and it now is a status quo brunch spot. Our server seemed like a wonderful person, but quickly sat four more tables after us. Bacon lollies are still great. Chicken and waffles used to have a delicious fried bone in breast - they now have fried chicken fingers like a kids meal. At least we know the new status of the restaurant and will remove it from our list of recommendations for friends visiting DC.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was great in general, but the pancake was just like that

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate there the first day while visiting DC, we had to go back on the last day to get chicken and waffles again. Definitely get the beignets.

NA
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are frequent visitors to DC and FF-DC has been a favorite place of ours for a few years, but we had a not-so-great visit there a couple of months ago. HOWEVER, this most recent visit was the FF that we know and love! Great service; food was very good (and larger portions than we could eat); and very helpful front desk staff and attentive wait staff. Goes to show that an "off-night" happens to the best of us.

NR
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server was wonderful and the food was tasty. Even though the restaurant was crowded, we were not rushed. I enjoyed the menu that is slightly different from the King of Prussia location.

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

There were people crowded at the bar to an extent that others could not walk by the bar and down the aisle adjacent to our table without brushing against our table. This happened constantly throughout our dinner. Also, several members of our party noted that the restrooms were unkempt and needed service. Our server did a nice job despite the crowd and the constant table jostling, and the food was good. But the overall crowded and frenetic ambiance was disconcerting and made the evening unenjoyable. If I go back or recommend this for others it would be conditional on finding an evening that was much less busy.

DB
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar. Great advice from the tender. Enjoyed the fish & chips with barley risotto. Great drink menu & deserts. Try the beignets.
Pricey, but worth it!

G
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Eat here every trip to DC. This time service was slow. Food was not as good in prior years. It was not hot when served. Disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place!

S
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food & good service! Always enjoy dining here!

BD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting from out of town for my birthday and looking for the delicious carrot cake pancakes. I was disappointed to learn they were no longer on the menu. The manager was extremely nice in explaining why and offered me a slice of the carrot cake on the house as a treat! Delighted!

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy this restaurant! Service was great yuck, efficient and polite. We will be back!

M
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Founding Farmers was the perfect brunch spot during our trip to DC. I read the reviews and booked a reservation, based on comments. I highly recommend reservations because this place is hopping!!
The food was good, reasonably priced and the atmosphere was relaxed. A perfect spot for breakfast/brunch!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was very nice, We’ll keep a good memory to our country ;) Thanks a lots

W
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience1

It is crowded and noisy, even on regular weekdays. The food is OK but not great. We had to wait very long even though we had a reservation.

DO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet friends, have drinks and a dinner. Wonderful service , food was fantastic.

CK
Greensboro
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great lunch with friendly service - convenient location in Foggy Bottom!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

I asked the hostess to seat me in a more comfortable space & she refused even though there was an overwhelming amount of open seats. This is a quality restaurant, but this morning the hostess was unpleasant & unaccommodating.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food!

SM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!!!! We came for breakfast to welcome and connect with a new team member. It was her first time and she was overwhelmed by the serving portion and like the rest of us, Loved the food!!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 4 days ago

Hi SMac: Thank you so much! We appreciate it and look forward to having you back soon. :) Please call us: 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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SN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at breakfast with FF! Love the FF breakfast special. It is such a great deal and a hearty delicious breakfast. Waiters are great and accommodate needs! Thank you for a great experience!

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 4 days ago

Hi SaraN: Hooray! We appreciate it and hope to have you back for another great breakfast soon! :) -Amy

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Great ambience. Service was very good. Fun atmosphere.

CJ
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and overall a great experience. My group and I could really taste the farm-to-table difference. Unique options on menu. Only improvement would be on service which my server forgot the blue cheese for my steak (but he brought it after I reminded him) and also to introduce Tap for paying by card.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 4 days ago

Hi CaitlinJML: Thank you for your review, and also kind suggestions for the service areas needing some fine tuning. Our Management Team will surely take this into account. We appreciate it and hope to have you back soon! Please call our team anytime for a reservation: 202-822-8783. -Amy

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OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Everything was really heavy and extra buttery. Was really hoping for a special dinner but we left early and just asked for meals to go. Felt really unbalanced on seasoning.

n
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Nice ambiance. Seated 15 minutes late for our reservation. Cool concept with the farm to table, but unfortunately the brunch food was just ok.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 6 days ago

Hi noms: Thank you for your review, and I am real sorry for the delay with your reservation & the "ok" food served during your visit on Monday. :/ We appreciate you letting us know, and both our Management & Culinary Team will look into this. This said, we hope to have you back for another try soon and please call us for anything needed in future- 202-822-8783. -Amy

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food!!! Good place for brunch

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

French toast was fire. Get the vanilla stuffed.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome breakfast! We had eggs, bacon, hash browns, bourbon battered French toast, and chocolate chip pancakes. The quality was fantastic and it was extremely reasonably priced. Thank goodness we made an open table reservation. It was PACKED.

MB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Heard a lot about Founding Farmers. Was not impressed. Food was rather plain, service was disinterested, and prices were a bit higher than you would think for food of that quality.

LE
London
15 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Waited 20 min for table past reservation. Get it was busy but no excuse. Fill reservations first, always!
Food excellent. Recommend beignets

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 6 days ago

Hi LEM1: Thank you for your review and I am real sorry to read about the delay with your reservation that took place this time. You are totally right that there is no excuse for this to happen, and I feel badly this was the start to your visit this time. :( I would love the chance to turn this around, and will send you a PM with my email address to touch base further. -Amy

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best breakfast in DC!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum! We had a great breakfast and a wonderful server. I’d come back!

KF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was great!!

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