Founding Farmers - Montgomery County

4.5
8396 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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: 8:45AM - 2:00PM
Sunday: 8:30AM - 2:00PM

Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday: 4:00PM - 11:00PM
Saturday: 2:00PM - 11:00PM
Sunday: 2:00PM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(301) 340-8783
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Montrose Road West
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Parking details
Guests visiting MoCo's Founding Farmers enjoy 2 free hours of parking Monday-Friday, and 3 hours of free parking on Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot / deck located immediately adjacent to the restaurant.

If you park in the lower level garage, please be sure to check at the front desk for a parking validation ticket.
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Public transit
Take the Metro Red Line to the Rockville or Bethesda station • Take the Montgomery County Ride On 47 bus to the corner of Seven Locks Rd. and Montrose Rd. • Walk north along Seven Locks Road 0.1 mile to Cadbury Ave. • Turn right, walk 0.2 mile to 12505 Park Potomac Ave.
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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 as well as Fountain Sodas and Phosphates, prepared to order.
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Special events & promotions
MoCo's Founding Farmers includes a second floor mezzanine level that is ideal for special gatherings, business meeting, parties or corporate events any time of day, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The mezzanine can accommodate up to 75 guests comfortably seated for dinner, or up to 100 guests for a standing reception. The full restaurant is also available for buyouts.

To make a special event reservation, contact us at (301) 340-8783; MoCo@FarmRequest.com.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 8396 People Are Saying
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JJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Definitely not the same as the DC Founding Farmers! I've been to the DC location numerous times while traveling for business and the food has always been fresh, delicious and top-notch. The food at the Rockville location was mediocre at best. The chicken and waffles is my go-to. The chicken was dry and tough, as if it were under a heat lamp all day. The macaroni and cheese was not even close to being the same as the DC location (different noodles and also dry - again, seemed old). The mashed potatoes were the only thing that tasted the same. I asked our waiter about the steak and enchiladas, that were listed under the specialties portion of the menu. I asked what the avocado salad was specifically. He said, "it's avocado and stuff that compliments it...I really have no idea to be honest". I guess that should have been our sign that the quality was not the same as the fabulous DC location.

I'll be going back to FF...but not this location.

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

Food was awesome, service was a little on the slow side but I understand it was a busy brunch time. Overall, my friends and I had a good time!

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LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was okay. I think I had higher expectations for the brunch. It was very pricey for just okay food.
The service and atmosphere was very nice though.

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

Great food and service.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Founding Farmers - awesome as usual. Friendly staff - make a reservation. Excellent drinks too. Prepare to take home leftovers!

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ML
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Just not impressed. The highlight was the cocktails. The ambience was ok if you like dining at a restaurant where the tables are so closely spaced it is easier to hear your next door neighbors than your own dining companion, hence very noisy. The waitstaff was disorganized as to who was supposed to handle our table. They got my side dish wrong but promptly corrected it. Our entrees were fine, the beignets were like soggy donuts and a far cry from something you might expect in New Orleans. I was left feeling like I was eating at a glorified diner with a bill commensurate to a fine dining experience.

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

As always a good meal. I was disappointed in my choice (pulled pork) and my husband didn’t love the Mac n’cheese. But the farm bread was excellent!

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J
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

I don’t like when traditional dishes are completely changed without being told in a description

I ordered pot roast.... it had cinnamon on the beef. I don’t like cinnamon, but there was no warning ....... who would think it would have it. My other guests mentioned the same about their dishes, they just missed being good

It’s fine you want to be interesting, just tell people in advance.

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We were seated by a stand that contained dishes and glasses that the servers would often come to. This was disruptive to our party. The waiter was not the best. He did not ask if we wanted any refills on our drinks.

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RK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fresh and delicious. Our server Fatima was wonderful. We will definitely be back.

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DI
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration. Food was delicious! Staff attentive. Have no complaints.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Had a reservation at 11am on a Sunday morning. It was busy and I felt like our waitress was not fully able to focus. When the food came out, my food was missing! I waited and finally had to ask for my waitress. She came and I told her what I ordered, but said I thought you ordered something else. Which did not make since because nothing came. So after she put in my order it came out fairly quickly. Which should have been a sign because it luke warm and just mediocre. Also two people from my table who both ordered the crab cake Benedict got stomach aches and had to use the restroom right after we left!

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

family get-together with 7 people on a sunday at 9:30am. server was gracious & very accommodating, helping me get a favorite item that typically isn’t served in the breakfast menu.

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EB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Founding Farmers MoCo is great. The service is always excellent, the food is AMAZING and if you do enjoy a beer or cocktail, they have a lot of really fun options.

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

I loved the food, but not the service or the wait. I made a reservation and still had to wait 20 minutes before being seated. The server was inattentive and took at least 15 more minutes to take the tables order. The guest of honor(pregnant lady’s) food seemed to be forgotten as it got there 10 minutes after everyone else in the party. I have been here before and received good service but this time was a fail for me and my group.

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n
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been here a few times. Food is consistently good. The chocolate chips pancakes were good, huge serving size.

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GM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lisa our waitress was fantastic , timing of everything for a busy Saturday morning was also great.

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e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Small portion, unclean tables poor service

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always - amazing

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service and great food!

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EH
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Husband’s sausage and mushroom gnocchi meal was bland (but salty), and heavy on gnocchi and light on sausage and mushrooms. My meal was better - a chicken piccata dish w goat cheese (I think). The couple we were with ordered appetizers as their meal. Those looked heavy, but they seem to have enjoyed them. This elderly couple we were with were soft talkers and both were hard of hearing. The background noise was a big challenge for them and us. Service was excellent!

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m
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

From the start...wrong drink brought to table. Deviled eggs were awful. Hamburger was cooked as ordered but no big deal for taste. Chicken Milanese was a breadt pounded with wing attached and had no flavor. The arugula salad was placed directly on top of the Milanese!

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

Great restaurant with amazing food. Our waitress, Paris, was nothing but kind and amenable to our requests. If you're looking for somewhere quiet to talk, this probably isn't the place to go. Definitely a fun, lively atmosphere.

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DC
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The noise level is awful. The restaurant was half full and the noise was very loud. Our waiter lowered the music but it made no difference.

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RH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time dinning there. Wonderful experience, with great food and good vibes.

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Our dishes at brunch were all served cold. Services lacked as well. Had to keep asking for butter, coffee refills, etc.

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MT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This is not a quiet restaurant. The coffee is excellent and food is served at the appropriate temp. I only wish I could hear my table companions. Sit at the bar if you want to hear a conversation.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waitress, Amber, was outstanding. She had good recommendations and seemed knowledgeable about the dishes. The food was delicious. However, the restaurant was too noisy, and the floor was dirty. The restaurant was crowded, and I imagine that there was high
traffic.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was awful. Greasy, soggy salad, unseasoned pasta.... awful. You know the food is bad when the manager was making rounds apologizing for how the food tasted. Our neighbors, ourselves and the people behind us all got the apologizing speech.
We will never go back.

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

Great portion size and food taste amazing.

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

Great as always

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G
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, but expensive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food quality is good ; Service is adequate. It may be more expensive than other competitors with the same quality of food.

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T
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Really liked the restaurant because I can tell dishes were scratch made. The server was excellent. I disappointed in the greens and mac and cheese when I was there Friday Nov 30. The $3 upcharge for the mac and cheese was ridiculous considering the portion size was one spoonful and the taste was nothing special. Too much crunch in the mac and cheese. Crunch topping is not necessary. Felt like I had sand in my mac and cheese!!! I was told the greens were collards and they were not. They appeared to be mustard greens and were not seasoned at all! I know my greens and those were not collards. Please cook your greens in seasoned broth (using some type of smoked meat that is boiled in water that is seasoned with onions or onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, red pepper flakes). The short rib was tender but also lacked seasoning. The only seasoning was in the overly sweet sauce that was poured on it. Check out Ann Burrell’s recipe on the Food Network website. That is one of the best ways to do short ribs. You will see and taste the difference.

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TX
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The ribs could have been a little fresher. Tasted a little old. But rest of the meal was outstanding.

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R
Baltimore
41 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great dining experience with a server who demonstrated exceptional customer service!!! I live in Baltimore and was catching up with an old friend from Manassas,VA. Founding Farmers was a perfect in between spot to meet and he had never been to one. She never rushed us, gave us time to catch up, recommended dishes, kept us informed regarding food delivery and engaged in light conversation regarding pets and stocks. We started with the hot crab & artichoke dip - superb! It was followed by salads - his was the Good All Greens and I had the Fried Chicken substituted with grilled chicken- fresh, delicious and filling!

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Enjoyed our visit - the food was delicious! We tried two different vegetarian entrees, and two fabulous desserts. Two downsides of our experience were the distracted waiter, who completely missed two of the smaller items that we ordered, and the noise level of the space, which made it hard to have a normal conversation.

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DS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleased

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BE
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall - Drove 30 minutes just to come here and had a wonderful Sunday brunch with my mom. Dishes could definitely be described as comfort food, can't wait to come back for really any occasion!

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CL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our large family loves this restaurant. Lots for every member - vegetarian, carnivore, omnivore who love good food! Any time of day!

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