Founding Farmers - Montgomery County

4.4
8676 reviews
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American
MoCo's Founding Farmers 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time! The server was very attentive. I always recommend any of their locations

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FL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious!!

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MR
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious (Coffee as well). All the staff was very friendly especially Maria that was waiting on us.
Thanks for a great experience - We will be back!

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

Awesome! Great food!

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v
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For a Sunday brunch it was quiet and peaceful upstairs. We enjoyed our drinks, food and service.

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

Founding Farmers was an excellent dining experience, and I enjoyed the food there.

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

We had a large group. They did an amazing job of serving us. Everyone loved the food. Founding Farmers was a huge hit.

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TD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

food and staff was great, will recommend to family and friends

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

Great place to spend time with friends and family i recommend making a reservation for party over 3 :))

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DH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Like his place, it’s food, and the concept for it. Unfortunately, it’s very loud on Friday nights. Waitress was quite detached, probably exhausted.

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

Sorry to say but we were very disappointed in our food, the very noisy atmosphere and especially the drinks. One guest asked for a glass of pino and was shocked where the charge for 21.00 came...for a single glass of wine!!! We thought all the portions were small and presented in an unappealing manner.

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FJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

it’s a fine place for a birthday lunch. Good menu, tasty food!

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E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as always!

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D
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The rating definitely fell on this occasion. We were seated promptly which was nice. The server was not attentive to us at all - more interested in the other tables while we waited in every single instance. We had to get his attention as he passed by and he never really stood to explain the menu or ask us what we wanted or to recommend anything. It was evident that he didn’t have the time. We
waited so long for him to come to the table that once he cane and said that he would return with waiter, I ordered the appetizer. Then when I saw him again, passing by, I ordered out food. The chicken which is always good was underwhelming- the soup which was supposed tomato didn’t taste roasted in anyway. This was a miss for us. My mom was visiting and her first time here, but the places that I rave about was subpar.
Thanks for receiving this feedback

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Poor management. Could not resolve table complaints and then lied trying to cover their policy

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SH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy myself at Founding Farmers specially when Taylor checks me in and Maria serves me

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R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great. The scallops were exquisite. My server was a doll!

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TR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family is always so satisfied when we leave Founding Farmers. The food is delicious. One of our favorite restaurants!

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AK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! Only helpful addition would be more tables to accommodate larger parties. Thanks for a great experience for our Daughter’s Birthday!

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PB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not a great dining experience - very noisy, food was dry and not served hot, service was slow. There was cold air was blowing from the air vents (it was a cold, damp day outside) and we asked the manager if it could be adjusted. He said he would check it but I ended up wearing my coat the entire meal. I've eaten at this location in the past and enjoyed it but I'm not sure I will go back.

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OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Went for Sunday Brunch about 1230. Good crowd. Overwhelming noise. Very good and pricey food. Service good.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall was good experience as far as food and service. Although the booth we had was right next to a very loud table. It was very difficult to have a conversation with the yelling next to us. A little too many beverages was my guess.

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I love the food, I always get the chicken and waffles. But I hate the homemade drinks. I always get water, however two pitchers of water brought to my table, had things floating in it and the glasses were dirty. So we ended up all using plastic cups, which somewhat took away from the meal.

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

So crowded on a Saturday for lunch. I probably would avoid this location bc of the noise and the crowd. Even with a reservation I had to wait approximately 15 minutes. Parking was difficult. I'd prefer organically grown local produce but that's just a dream of mine,

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R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Love the oatmeal for breakfast, but the pork breakfast sausage was terrible and served only lukewarm. I should have asked them to take it off the bill. That’s par for the Course with FF, their food is uneven, some of it terrific, some of it ok, and occasionally bad. (Last time I had a maple mustard chicken that had a sauce that tasted like they poured watery syrup all over the chicken, not a hint of mustard flavor). I may be done with FF for a while.

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JP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Has amazing chicken and waffles! Delicious as always!

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The service would very good, however the food quality was poor

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E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

Bad service. Took 15 min for our drinks to come. They were out of 3 things on the menu

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Waited 15 minutes for server, who was in a meeting with the team leader wtf but three people came to my table and said he’d be with me shortly. Like waiting for the Queen. Sorry I came too early? Ordered the Prime Rib, no Prime Rib Tonight. Disappointing. Your choice of glassware untraditional. On the upside, staff very pleasant, albeit needing further training. Never give bad reviews but you guys need some work.

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SF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and very professional and attentive service!

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BK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Only drawback is IF you don’t see or are not informed of the price of the special: ASK

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RL
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The menu is lovely- lots of options. Food was good. Most dishes were large. The Spatchcock was a smaller dish- which was surprising. They were amazing about making substitutions. The dessert was good and large portions. It was disappointing that we asked for candles for a birthday and that was forgotten.

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N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Had a birthday celebration and it was a nice place to go.

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B
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time
Came early for dinner. We had the cornbread, delicious!
We ordered fried chicken salad, the fish, chicken and waffles and the prime rib.
The prime rib was dry but they replaced it with another entree of our choice. It was a very nice gesture.
Had the mousse, carrot cake, Biegnets and chocolate cake for dessert. Couldn’t have asked for a better meal! Thanks guys!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Noise level is the only challenge. Great food and amazing service.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family party

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b
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was extremely slow (15 minutes to even get some initial water - and other drinks were VERY slow to arrive). The waiter didn't visit the table often enough, so we were out of water several times. This service issue has been an issue at the Tysons Corner FF as well. Was hoping for a better experience at this FF. The food was delicious, so it was unfortunate that the service put a negative on the experience. The restaurant has a great feel, and generally always has good foot. They need to take the service critique serious. I hadn't been back to a FF for a long time because of the service - and this was an attempt at giving it another try. I won't be going back anytime soon - there are other places that have good food and better service. Also, because we had 8 people, they added an automatic 20% tip, which was more than I would have tipped given the service.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday breakfast for my wife. Always a great treat for my family.

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TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Even with a reservation and plenty of seats in the spacious main room, they sat two of us for brunch in a cramped, charmless upstairs area and then sat a large party with many children right on top of us, even though the rest of that area was empty. Service was fine, but breakfast was really unremarkable to bad. The Protein Plate arrived with over- cooked scrambled eggs and a modest amount of breakfast meats and a truly white, unripe sliced tomato. The two poached eggs were somewhat firm on outside but completely uncooked liquid on inside - inedible. The biscuit was fine but unremarkable, and the fruit was unripe melon and over-ripe grapes. Coffee was fine. For a FIFTY DOLLAR breakfast - it was absolutely worse than what I could have had at IHOP. Disappointing.

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