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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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90% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (379)
Local Ingredients (333)
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Fit for Foodies (273)
Great for Brunch (244)
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Fun (214)
Special Occasion (206)
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Creative Cuisine (192)
Neighborhood Gem (187)
Handcrafted Cocktails (174)
Good for Birthdays (174)
Hot Spot (161)
Sunday Lunch (149)
Healthy (147)
Business Meals (144)
Authentic (135)
Organic (134)
Worth the Drive (126)
Good Vegetarian Options (121)
Good for Anniversaries (108)
Cozy (106)
Bar Seating (97)
Pre/post Theatre (89)
Vibrant Bar Scene (87)
People Watching (85)
Seasonal (84)
Kid-friendly (76)
Happy Hour (75)
Late-night Find (60)
Romantic (50)
Vegan (50)
Gluten Free Options (49)
Quick Bite (40)
Afternoon Coffee (39)
Tasting Menu (39)
Great Beer (38)
Notable Wine List (25)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Scenic View (20)
Paleo Friendly (17)
Afternoon Tea (13)
Disabled Access (10)
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·Dined 11 hours ago

In DC on vacation and celebrated a birthday at Founding Farmers! It did NOT disappoint! I made a reservation for 7 and was seated within 2 minutes even during the dinner rush. Service was exceptional! Food was delicious and served in a timely manner! I recommend to all and will return when I am back in the DC area!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 18 hours ago

Birthday celebration

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·Dined a day ago

Terrific service (with very good recommendations from our server - the only subpar element of one entree was immediately redone at the server's initiative). Cocktail (Winter Pie) was definitely over-iced, but very good. The food was exceptional, especially the goat cheese ravioli. A perfect place to go after visiting the Renwick.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Founding Farmers D.C is one of my favorite places in Washington, D.C. I always try to get my friends and family members to go here when they visit. I love going for brunch (Beer Battered French Toast is amazing!). The service has always been great. The staff handling the reservations are awesome and very friendly.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 2 days ago

We came with a toddler, and the restaurant was great with accommodating us, and her walking around. I love Founding Farmers! Food is great, ambience great, service great.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and customer service! It was our first time there and everything was great!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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·Dined 3 days ago

I loved the experience. There doesn't seem to be any flexibility on combinations of foods; but the food was so good, that didn't matter.

Atmosphere - busy but warm and friendly.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was yummy. The service was quick. Even sitting in the bar area, the noise level was okay for conversation. Wasn't disappointed will be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Sat at the bar. The bartender was awesome. Loved the cocktails he recommended. The prosciutto bread and the bacon wrapped dates were amazing, and the sausage and mushroom gnocchi was fabulous.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Very expensive for what you get. Food was fine but more on the blande side. Very expensive ($7 for 3 stripes on small bacon). Drinks were tiny ($13 for a tiny mimosa) The service was very slow and they charged to refill coffee.

Busboys and Poets has way better food and is reasonably priced

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·Dined 3 days ago

Even if I had reserved a table we had to wait for 20minutes to get one. A crowd was waiting at the door. It was a Sunday at 1pm.
The food is good but not extraordinary...

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a great meal at Founding Farmers, but the service unfortunately left a bit to be desired. The restaurant was busy, but we had to wait to be served water after sitting down, were brought a wrong drink, didn't receive requested condiments with our meal, and had to wait 15 minutes after finishing our food to receive our check. Great food, but don't expect quick or responsive service.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 3 days ago

Great experience. Food was excellent and ambiance was energetic for brunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

had a wonderful time, great service and food

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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic spot for brunch. Highly recommend. Everything on the menu is wonderful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Not sure what the hype is all about. The scene is jumping even at 9:30am but I found the food very average. The French press coffee came out tasting like mud, the egg dish I ordered came out with egg whites which I didn't ask for -and apparently this is how it's made-up only its not specified on the menu. The stuffed French toast looks like it would be over the top but really it was over fried and not as good as it could be.
The service was good despite the crowd and it's a beautiful restaurant but I would not return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 3 days ago

A nice breakfast which fueled my partner and myself for a full day of exploring DC's museums and city sites. Staff were very pleasant and offered great service. We reserved a table (highly recommended, the place is popular) and were seated with a couple of minutes. The menu offered good variety for breakfast and the FF breakfasts we ordered were very filling. My only gripe would be that I would have preferred 2 small sides compared to the 1 large one from the menu, but the quality was good. If your party is 2 or fewer, small tables can feel crowded but large tables (3 or more) seemed more spacious. I'd eat here again and recommend others try it out.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

There were no healthy brunch options. Only thing was a cup of fruit. Even the veggie omelet has pork in it and was full of butter. Needs healthier options for me to return. Also it was not told to me that regular coffee came with refills.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Bacon lollies were alright, but the pot roast was outstanding. That blend of crunchy onions with the tender beef and green beans worked well, without falling into the trap of being too salty.

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·Dined 4 days ago

I love this restaurant and i always get the same thing when i come and thats the pot roast...well my hubby and I came here before a show we was attending and it was his first time and he ordered the beef ribs...if you are a rib lover I want you to know he said it was delicious...however...he only got ONE(I capitalized for emphasis) ONE rib...he is use to ordering ribs and getting half slab...i had to remind him that this was fine cuisine dining but he didn't want to hear that...as stated he said it was delish but he asked me not to include this place in the rotation for our date nights... So if ribs is a deal breaker...this is not the place...but i have to stress that the food is great though

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 4 days ago

Overall food was good. Went back the next day to get the garlic black pepper wings and they weren’t as good. The service was also awful. Since we ordered takeout we were that we could order from the bar. Not one person helped us until we said
Something to what looked like a manager. That was extremely poor and then when we got the wings they didn’t have the same amount of sauce and were rather dry. Very dissappointed with the second visit. The dinner however was good the first night we went.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

If you don't have a reservation forget it. Books weeks in advance. Great food. Great drinks. A must in DC.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely amazing time with my wife... I went there with my wife for an wedding anniversary breakfast and just happened to call and let them know I was gonna be late for the reservation.. the Very kind woman on the phone saved my spot we were seated immediately and the food was GREAT AND SERVICE! I think the manager answered the phone or whoever it was shoutout to them too

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Brunch menu was very disappointing/plain just serving the breakfast basics. Similar menu to Denny’s/IHOP. Food tasted good and good service.

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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Great restaurant!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

This was my first time dining here and it was AWESOME! The service was fast, warm and inviting the food was outstanding and fresh with great options and our server was great. I will surely be returning!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Disabled Access, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Very disappointed in the food. I used to go here all of the time and I took a date after telling him how good it was. The seafood devilish eggs were tasteless and old. We each couldnt finish our entrees and I’m now hesitant to return and suggest it to others.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Reasonably priced AND good food is rare in DC nowadays, but Founding Farmers has both. Our server was fantastic - attentive but not conspicuous. Went on Friday before a 7:30 Kennedy Ctr performance - there was a nice energy there with the after work crowd but not overly loud music or acoustics. Would definitely return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service and food (with wayyyy too good carbs!), but wayyyy too loud.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 5 days ago

We come here every time we are in DC
The food is changing a little
The French dip sandwich use to be amazing with plenty of roast beef but now they barely add any meat

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Montreal)·Dined 5 days ago

It’s a very good place to have American food, every time that I come to DC I go there. Just be prepare, they serve a lot of food in the plates... at least the ones with chicken that I have tried.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The fried chicken was a bit salty. Otherwise it’s good food and good service as always.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

A few years ago I felt like the restaurant really cared. Not anymore. The chair was wobbly and the restroom was really dinged up with burnt out lights.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food! Fresh ingredients and professional preparation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

On a cold Wednesday night, the restaurant was very crowded and very loud; quite difficult to hear the waiter or carry on a conversation at a 4 top. Even if the food had been divine, which it wasn't, the noise would have ruined it. I guess you have to like that sort of thing.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined 7 days ago

The venue and service were lovely. The food, on the other hand, was definitely overhyped. Although the chicken pot pie isn't the most popular dish on the menu, I had hopes that it would be delicious to some extent. Alas, the puff pastry on top was a little too flaky, even slightly mushy around the edges of the pie pan. Typically when I make my chicken pot pie there's more of a golden brown crust, but I figured there are other ways to prepare the dish and I tried to eat most of it anyway.

I was sick for hours.

Hence, I'm sure there might be other dishes that live up to the Founding Farmers puffery, but you shouldn't feel it's one of those places you *have* to go to when you're in the area. It's nice, but you aren't missing out on too much if you went elsewhere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great from start to finish. Very busy resturant, and I see why. Flavor on every item was as server described! Surf and Turf option made was a hit! Apps were all amazing. Definitely a place to go with friends who are willing to share apps and maybe even a bite of what’s on their entree plates. Wine and dessert selections will have me and my crew back to try more of the options we didn’t get to this time around. Bravo!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Mark, my server was excellent. He was very knowledgeable of items on the menu and could make suggestions. Got our food to us very fast

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Fun, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Very frustrating. We were kept waiting for our reserved table for 15 minutes, despite being on time for our reservation. This was for a working lunch. So this cut into our time significantly. Moreover, we were only seated after I inquired about our table for the second time. When we got to our table, it looked like it may have been available for some time. Not acceptable!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great food!

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