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
Definitely some hits and misses. The cornbread with the salted honey butter is worth going for alone. My prime rib was not the temp I asked for and it was tough to cut through. The 7-cheese mac-n-cheese was just okay and the Brussels sprouts were amazing. My husband got the shrimp and grits and they were meh. Nothing special but not inedible. The Apple pie was delicious but skip the triple chocolate mousse cake. The place is beautiful and the menu has something for everyone but I’d pick your choices wisely - as we were pretty much 50/50.
We were in DC for three days as tourists. Had dinner one night, dessert after a play at the Kennedy Center, and breakfast on a Saturday morning. Everything was outstanding.......food, service, ambiance, and energy of this fine establishment. People having fun doing a great job for their customers. Management must be outstanding!!
Waiter was very good and knowledageable. The food was WAY over salted for all 4 entrees, my partner actually sent his back. I had the rotisserie chicken and the skin, as mentioned, was over salted and the chicken itself was dry. I’ve been before with much better luck so I’d try again just to see if they maybe had a bad night.
Excellent!! My sister and I came in from Denver and were so excited to eat at Founding Farmers. What a wonderful restaurant! Amazing service, great location, inviting atmosphere and memorable food. I HIGHLY recommend...would advise reservations. Thank you for a wonderful meal 😊
Great experience, delicious food, fun vibe! Had reservations -was in DC overnight to see a show. The wine was yummy! Multi chip and dips app was delish! I had the butternut squash ravioli, daughter had a burger - both were sooooo good! Had the chocolate mousse dessert for 2, could actually serve 4+! The waiter and staff were great! Excited to get the new one closer to us in King of Prussia.
We've been trying to get into this place for quite some time and finally just made a reservation. We ordered a bacon, bleu cheese burger with a side of brussels sprouts, a salad, fried green tomatoes and a specialty drink. Overall the food was good- my burger was tasty and quite large. My friend seemed happy with her salad and the FGTs were great. I'd come back to this place. It's not cheap- $40 for the two of us for a work-day lunch. Also, the place is noisy. If you need quiet, for a meeting or romance, this is not the place to go. But overall, a nice place with good food and ambience and great service.
We were in Washington DC for 2 nights 3 days and we hereon the 1st night it was so good weate here on the second night as well (which says it all really) a bit of advice book online (even if only 30 mins prior as it was a long ait if no booking , but most people were prepared to wait as the food is so good. The Chicken pot was fantasic.
On this night my friends and I met here for a get together. We arrived fifteen minutes late , but we were still seated in a timely fashion. The night was enjoyable, however our waitress didn't check on us, we had wait long periods of time before she checked on us as she walked pass our table and waited on the tables beside us ☹️.
"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."
Founding Farmers is a must-stop for those looking for the best dining experiences in DC. This time I had an egg salad sandwich served on a warm bun with home-made chips. It was simply one of the best egg salad sandwiches I have ever had. My dining companion had the blue cheese burger and loved it as well.
Normally, I return to Founding Farmers whenever I have visitors in town. The food is consistently delicious, daily phosphates are refreshing and the service is exceptional. I was quite confused by this last visit. First, we had to ask for cutlery and when they arrived, I was handed cutlery without a napkin as my friends received cutlery wrapped in napkins. The service was extremely awkward and drinks took abnormally long because they came out with the meals.
The food was great, but the only issue was when they didn’t have the food we ordered the waiter suggested a steak that was much more expensive than what we originally wanted and we did not have the menu in front of us. We just thought that was a poor call on his part.
We asked to be seated upstairs for some quietness since someone in the group has a hearing issue. They placed us at a booth right next to the loud speaker and loud bar. The food was mediocre and the service was average. I am still perplexed at what the hostesses do because I only had one request and they couldn't honor it. Sad.
Phenomenal menu, delicious food — service was on point and our waiter was extremely knowledgeable of all the ingredients in each dish. My husband has a wheat allergy and our waiter helped him find the perfect app & entree. Standouts: devil-ish eggs; cornbread; pea, apple & ham Mac & cheese; ribs. Good selection of wines and well-made cocktails. Recommend!
I was running late for my reservation thanks to traffic circles and google maps, so I made my way through the crowd to the hostess stand and stood waiting until the 2 ladies were finished with the customers they were helping. A seater named Rachel, was waiting for her next seat assignment by the hostess stand. I kept moving out of her way as I waited for the hostess/reservation person to finish. Apparently Rachel decided I was in her way and quite rudely ordered me to move and go to the rear of the line. I explained to her that I was late for a reservation and that I just wanted to tell them I had made it. I had tried to call the restaurant on my way, but I couldn’t talk to anyone.
Rachel didn’t care. Rudely, she told me everyone else was on line to check in too. I said that I understood, but that I was already late and, to me it is courtesy to tell the reservations people so that they know you didn’t just skip you reservation. Rachel continued to berate me until the reservation person said they would help me now. By the way, there WAS NO LINE TO SPEAK TO THE RESERVATION PERSON. ALL THE PEOPLE WAITING HAD ALREADY CHECKED IN.
The reservation person told me she couldn’t seat me for another 20 minutes, which was fine since I was late.
While I was waiting to be seated, I asked for the seating person’s, (who had berated me) name and was told it was Rachel. When Rachel walked up to the reservation desk again, the reservation person told her I asked for her name. She looked at me, snickered and laughed as if I didn’t matter to her or the restaurant.
I had the chicken fried steak. The breading was crisp and not oily with pretty good herb flavor.....unfortunately it was too salty to eat. The steak and Mac and cheese had a lot of pepper as well.
My son’s steak, ordered medium rare, came to him black and blue and had to be sent back.
The cornbread was on point. Too bad the experience means I’ll never taste that fabulous cornbread again.
The bar at FF is one of the best - a great gin, bourbon and scotch selection, and they make great martinis and old fashioneds. On a Saturday evening there are a lot of tourists, and the place is quite noisy, but is a great place to get a drink and a nice dinner. The food is excellent (especially the bacon lollies!). But this time they had some confusion with timing of our mains. We had only just recieved our appetizers when our mains showed up. They took the mains back and then brought new ones only 5 minutes later. But other than that the evening was perfect.
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