Founding Farmers - Montgomery County

4.5
8739 reviews
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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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New England
26 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

I’ve enjoyed every Founding Farmers experience and always recommended it to friends. That changed tonight.

While the food remained good, the service was terrible. The waiter was insincere, neglectful, and disengaged.

Takeout would have been a better option.

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RP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful place for dates. Modern looks, and modern styled food such as the superb Chicken and Waffles make this a top pick for me. While the menu lightens the heavier side of the wallet, its pretty substantial the quality that the food contains. The syrup for some reasons seems to be the biggest of all things that I adore about this restaurant. It goes to show that attention to the more minute, and less emphasized of items, can be the ones that really make a difference and really make you come back for more.
Absolutely perfect.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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C
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

After 8 minutes of being seated and zero staff greeting us or waiting on our table, we stood up and left.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 20 hours ago

Oh no!!! Cakewalk, I am super sorry that you left without being served and would love to touch base about this. I will send you a PM with my contact information. -Amy

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TP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food and good service, I'll be back again and again!!

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always freezing in your restaurant but the warmth of server Michael compensated!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Founding Farmers! The food is delicious and the coffees and teas are great as well. We love the environmentally conscious atmosphere, including the revolving door and the bamboo straws. The Founding Farmers breakfast meal is great!!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My second visit to this Founding Famers location. On the first everything was great. The appetizers and drinks were good. I had the shore style crab feast. The fried chicken was very dry and a huge disappointment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with a nice variety. Great for a family night out or a date night. Delicious cocktails! Food is wonderful! Great service! Nice selection for kids! (Would be nice if they would do a kids coloring menu or something to keep little kids occupied though).

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The French Toast and Bacon are out of this world!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

My chicken & spinach enchiladas came out cold - not warm but actually cold. They reheated the dish but by the time it slowly came back out, my husband was done his dinner! All was said was an apology by the waitress and the manager said “he was sorry I had to eat by myself”.

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a great Meal. Wonderful drinks. Dessert was so good! Was way loud in restaurant?

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AM
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

GREAT appetizers and cocktails and our server was very knowledgeable and accommodating

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome knowledgeable waiter and great food! Love this place!

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JD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unusual food. Interesting flavors. Fine place for dinner with friends. Noisier than I prefer but food and service are excellent.

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MG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants and we treated a couple this last time and have recommended it to many folks who've also enjoyed the dinning experience. The quality and caliber of food is outstanding and makes up for the noise level...but everyone comes and enjoys. It's hard to squelch enthusiasm. The mussels, friend chicken, biscuits all superb but that chocolate ice cream? To die for.. Carmen, our server, was on the ball...attentive w/o being intrusive. See you next time!!

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a big fan of FF, so I brought my family here for a Sunday brunch, and they were extremely pleased with the experience. The crab and artichoke dip was a big hit, and our sever Amber was extremely attentive to us. 10/10, will most certainly be back!

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BD
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Went there for Brunch with my girlfriends and it did not live up to the hype. French toast was good (but came with no sides); brisket and poached egg hash was good too; but we were disappointed that they wouldn't sub in vegetarian options for my friend who ordered the egg plate (comes with breakfast meat, 2 eggs, a side and a bread) without charging her extra - even though she didn't eat meat. Bloody marys were late and WAY overspiced (and who puts cumin in their Bloody Mary Mix anyway???). Have otherwise heard great things about this place and a previous experience downtown for drinks and apps was great. Plan to give it a second chance - just not for Brunch.

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SM
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and even more amazing drinks. Always a great time going there for brunch.

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s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pastrami hash was unbelievable. You can really tell everything is scratch made. There was a great energy inside. And the fresh baked biscuits are by far the best in the Area. I would give them six stars if I could.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on April 11, 2019

Awww! Thank you, Steve! We appreciate it and look forward to having you back soon! -Amy

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HM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Dem biscuits!!!

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Responded on April 11, 2019

We couldn't agree more about our scrumptious biscuits! :) Thank you! -Amy

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QB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We frequent Founding Farmers - Montgomery County and are usually very pleased with the food and the service. We came for our anniversary and although we weren't blown away by our experience on this special occasion, we will return.

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AM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

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DH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Child size options would be a nice addition to the menus.

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L
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the brunch menu and it never disappoints! Dan was an excellent server! This is one of our favorite places and we will certainly be back!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Food was served cold
Restaurant and restrooms were both dirty

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GH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service! Can't wait to go again.

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Responded on April 9, 2019

Thank you GwenH for sharing your 5-STAR review with us! We really appreciate it and hope to have you back soon. :) -Amy

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Completely different experience than the DC location in a negative way

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AZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Founding Farmers fairly frequently. The food is always good, menu is extensive and includes pretty much any food preference. Service is good, acoustics fine for having a conversation. Always pleased.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on April 7, 2019

AnneZ, thank you so much for your kind words! We love reading that you visit frequently and have left always pleased. :) -Amy

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was not good

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JA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, just the same as we have found other locations. We expect to return.

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love the food, the chicken is amazingly good. Also the service is very good, never have I had an issue.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you, JohnD! We appreciate your 5-STAR rating and kind review! :) -Amy

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KK
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food and server were wonderful. Person in the reception (wore all black/heavy weight lady) should not be in the front to welcome clients. She could not find my booking from Open Table even though I had my appt via email. She was abrupt and not friendly. Founding Farmers has always been a favorite and everybody was nice and friendly from previous visits. Thank you.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you, Kristin for sharing your review! I am sorry we were unable to locate your reservation this time, and appreciate you letting us know. That said, please call our team anytime we can assist with a future reservation: 301-340-8783. -Amy

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fried chicken was delicious! I especially loved the chow chow served with the collard greens.

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JL
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waitress missed two things requested even after she had stated them (lunch waffles and eggs, not brunch portion) and coffee refills. Ordered a salad and wasn’t thrilled by in, mostly bland, not even enough dressing. Have had better experiences in the past, but likely will find another place to go to now

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on April 11, 2019

JessicaL, I am very sorry to read that the service was forgetful, and also that your salad was too bland for your enjoyment. This understandably can lead to a less than desirable experience, and I feel badly this was your take away from your time with us. :/ This said, I would love to connect and will send you a personal msg. -Amy

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Reliably very good food but we were seated upstairs and the air conditioning was pummeling us with freezing air the entire time. We asked the servers to do something multiple times, but nothing ever changed. It made what would have been an otherwise pleasant experience very unpleasant, especially with young children who were freezing for the entire meal.

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BB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience as always. Great, friendly staff!

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l
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, fabulous atmosphere; an overall wonderful dining experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I would recommend this restaurant based upon previous experiences and the desserts (best strawberry milk shakes/ice cream on the planet), but not the last one.

The food was... different this time. The first time I went everyone enjoyed their meal and some people even ordered more to take home.

Last Saturday was different. The burgers were dry, my daughter’s mac ‘N cheese appeared to be dry, and the hotdog that came with the Farmer’s Platter seemed to be over cooked as well.

The employees were great, but the food missed the mark.

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. We definitely want to come back here when we are in the area again.

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