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.

1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

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

Cross Street:
20th St. / Pennsylvania Ave. (Foggy Bottom)

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 822-8783

Website:
http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/

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.

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.).

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.

Executive Chef:
Joe Goetze

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

Additional:
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

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (419)
Local Ingredients (349)
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Great for Brunch (270)
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Good for a Date (265)
Great for Lunch (252)
Special Occasion (247)
Creative Cuisine (237)
Good for Groups (230)
Neighborhood Gem (205)
Hot Spot (201)
Good for Birthdays (185)
Sunday Lunch (183)
Handcrafted Cocktails (177)
Authentic (167)
Healthy (165)
Business Meals (154)
Organic (154)
Worth the Drive (151)
Good Vegetarian Options (123)
Good for Anniversaries (116)
People Watching (116)
Cozy (113)
Bar Seating (109)
Vibrant Bar Scene (109)
Happy Hour (92)
Pre/post Theatre (87)
Kid-friendly (86)
Seasonal (80)
Late-night Find (68)
Romantic (53)
Gluten Free Options (46)
Great Beer (45)
Vegan (45)
Tasting Menu (41)
Afternoon Coffee (39)
Quick Bite (32)
Notable Wine List (30)
Paleo Friendly (22)
Disabled Access (18)
Scenic View (18)
Afternoon Tea (17)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Tapas (8)
Live Sports (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Spicy (5)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

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!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, People Watching, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Organic, Late-night Find, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food! Everything tasted wonderful! Highly recommend it. Can’t wait to try some of their other amazing meals.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, People Watching, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

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 😊

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Dinner was great. Service was very fast and the food was well prepared and tasty. Staff was all very helpful and nice.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

The,seafood was great. The prime rib was tough. Service is extraordinary!

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Simply grilled fish is phenomenal, expertly prepared and perfectly cooked. The chicken pot pie, however, was Too watery. The brussels sprouts were also amazing

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was good but looks like they may be spread too thin with all the new locations. Definitely lacking attention to details.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food as usual

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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent. Food, service, ambiance. Ate here three times on a three day visit!

Tags: Organic, Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was good but a little greasy. Drink was overpriced even for DC

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 (Savannah)·Dined 4 days ago

Favorite restaurant in DC! Great vibe, creative and diverse menu, great for lunch or dinner, bustling, trendy, fun!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Great Beer
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·Dined 5 days ago

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 ☹️.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Vegan, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Scenic View, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 5 days ago

"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."

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

My burger was ok, not greatly cooked and my friend had to return his sandwich because it was very dry and had no cheese or dijon mustard.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

great foods!! shrimp and grit was awesome. server was very friendly.

Tags: Healthy, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food, love that I'm supporting local farms, really in love with Founding Farmers- always does a great job.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Have heard wonderful things about this restaurant and we were not disappointed! The signature dishes were fantastic including the chicken and waffles and chicken pot pie

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·Dined 7 days ago

I used it for business meeting on Monday. So busy and noise level is not match for business meeting.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Founding Farmers NEVER disappoints! I try to get something different evertime I go. The food is always incredible. And the service is awesome.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Really interesting food options. Unique but delicious! Highly recommended!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The service and the food was poor and not as advertised

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Vegan
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Dinner with out of town house guests.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The pot roast, chicken and waffles, and chicken fried steak were all delicious. The devilish eggs were good, but not as spectacular as they are rumored to be. Drink prices were really high.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Reservation but still had to wait, it's part of great food and company. Many take their time to enjoy the time. Monthly visit and always good.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Birthday Brunch

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I love creative menus with items that are basic and simple but a twist. Leeks in hash-browns? Divine. Banana Foster pancakes? To die for. Great food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Go here for brunch!! It was fantastic food in a nice environment.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.
The food.
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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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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 (London)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My birthday!

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