Founding Farmers - DC

4.5
24830 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 24830 People Are Saying
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Anchorage
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Had a reservation but still waited to be seated. Waited over an hour to get 2 diet cokes and green tomatoes. Waited another 45min to get entrees that had been sitting for awhile, so the shrimp was over cooked and food a little cold. Overall, poor experience.

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

12:30 reservation. Checked in 12:30. Told to wait in alcove upstairs. Had I not checked back in 20 minutes to find them looking for me downstairs, they probably would have given my table away. Seated 25 minutes after my reservation. We had a tight schedule and had shorten meal duration and adjust other plans.

Requested more bread to enjoy superb sauce. Bread charge $3. (Ultimately waived) Really? What a pretentious way to put a damper on an otherwise good meal. This is not a discount restaurant, and this policy was out of line with our expectations and meal bill.

Server was top notch.
Would not return.

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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waited about 5-10 mins for our reservation. Rachel was a great server! Will definitely be back!!

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and fun. You must have a reservation or it's a long wait.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It wasn’t bad it just wasn’t what it was that got my wife and I excited to visit. One of our favorite dishes that we order, the crab dip, was recently changed and doesn’t taste the same as the original. The drinks were ok, just not wow. The fried chicken which we get every time lacked the seasoning as before. Maybe we just have to take a step back from them for a while and visit them in a couple months

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MG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I still believe that using pagers will eliminate concerns of the patrons having someone else placed ahead of them.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST.FOOD.EVER!!!

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J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cocktails terrific, food delicious, a bit noisy but a fun place to dine- definitely recommend

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SS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Founding Farmers was recommended by multiple friends and it did not disappoint. The food was excellent. A must for DC trips!

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AB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was the absolute worst and the food was marginal, except for the carrot cake which was delicious.

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SN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

For me the biggest issue is the lack of flexibility of the restaurant, for example to split a salad that is being shared, the expensive salads at a high cost. But I like coming here because it is convenient.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Our reservation was at 8:45 our table was not ready till after 9:15. No one seemed apologetic about the wait. Food was great! Service needs work.

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D
Sacramento
212 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. Always great food, drinks, and service.

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OA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. Prices reasonable enough for DC. Our major complaint was the ambient noise level, which was HORRIBLE. We were at a two person table and literally had to shout at each other the entire time in order to be heard in a normal conversation. They definitely need an acoustic engineer to work on this issue.

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T
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good, but we waited for a long time to get our foods

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WP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

La Paloma was a great drink! Chicken and waffles were good!

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ME
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time eating at this establishment. I loved the food and the ambiance was quite energetic!!!!!
The servers were friendly and intuitive, anticipating your needs in advance. Loved the cornbread and the chicken and waffles dish. Tried stuffed dates wrapped in bacon -AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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EH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I came here for a special occasion and was happy with the whole experience. The food was excellent, service was attentive and friendly, and the ambiance was warm and inviting.

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JL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Founding Farmers has been a family favorite for a while now! It's always great, but the hostess stand can be a little disorganized-seeming.

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B
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the service and the food were great!

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MC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Typically FF is great but this time the service and food was poor. From the initially greeting to the waiter who seemed like they didn’t want to wait on us... it was very disappointing.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The bacon lollipops were not on the breakfast menu, but they were able to bring us two orders.

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S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food is okay, but this place has a very unfriendly and unhelpful staff, from the hostesses, to the waiter, and to a lesser extent the manager. I can see why the WP gave it 0 stars. Their attitude is infuriating and it’s just not worth it.

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JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place always has something for everybody! Great ambiance, good energy. Its a great restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This place is always so very loud it’s uncomfortable to dine here. Sad, because the food is very good!

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G
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love it. Food is great and drinks are fabulous! Tables are too close together and the bartender was a bit slow but otherwise, it’s great.

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L
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a client for Breakfast and it was GREAT but very loud as she was very soft spoken so I could barely hear her :-(. Other than that it was wonderful!!

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm changing from initial review where they couldn't even seat me. This time around there were no rowdy people at the front spilling drinks on the floor, and if anyone brought their drinks to the door and block the door they were told to stand to the side politely.

The food is always amazing. We were served really fast and stopped by for a quick bite on Sunday night! We ordered the Chicken Pasta and Pot Roast. Both were phenomenal!

Thank you so much for fixing my concerns and giving us an amazing meal!

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LL
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a great spot to meet up with friends who are visiting! I will say the wait can be long - I reserved a spot for 11am and didn't get seated until 11:15 or 11:20.

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A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The wait time for drinks was long suggest better trained bartenders

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KH
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, food was great! Steak cooked perfectly! My only complaint would be that the tables are kinda close together so you end up involved in everyone else’s conversations.... overall amazing though!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Out of friends visist

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Had a reservation for 6 people at 630 was seated by 645....atmosphere is vibrant, not to noisy, but active.....the food was delicious, everyone in my party was satisfied with their dish, my only gripe was our server, he took our order, but never asked if we wanted drinks, we had to tell him, he seemed in a rush everytime he came to the table, which was far in between, we had to ask for extra table settings 3 times....he seemed un interested in serving us ....and took forever to bring the check, and then brought the wrong check and took forever to come back.....maybe Mark had an off night...otherwise I would go back....recommend making reservations, I heard wait times for 90 mins

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MH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always... great food and great service! The Prime Rib was awesome!

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They finally seated us 40 minutes after our reservation, one of our party was brought the wrong beer, and the steak-frites was overdone and dry for being so expensive. The ambiance is nice, but the service was poor and the food is over-hyped.

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LH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating a birthday & then to the Warner Theatre with friends.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good. Wait wasn't bad. Good service as well. Reviews were right

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Make reservation s to avoid lengthy wait.

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LT
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place really is amazing. The service was a little spotty and I think it’s too noisy for my taste. However, the food was incredible. It’s very well balanced and delicious and the workers clearly care about delivering a wonderful culinary experience, which is what I had.

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