Founding Farmers - Montgomery County

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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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OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was mediocre. I ordered an eggs Benedict and the egg was way over cooked. The Bearnaise sauce was tasteless. I was dissatisfied with the food especially for the price.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We were a large party and the waiter was obviously not concerned about earning more than his tip that would already be calculated into the bill.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful experience at this restaurant. It is a little noisy, however I went at a popular time, so it’s to be expected. The food is outstanding - all of it. Breakfast,lunch, and dinner, they know how to do it all.

CM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service by all, but especially our waitress Audra was exceptional! Thank you!!!

b
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Our service was extremely slow and our order had multiple errors.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Over Medium eggs were delivered over easy (yuck) and the waitress didn’t come back to check if our meal was ok until the other two people at the table were done, so I wasn’t going to send them back at that point. Aside from that, it was alright. Great grits!

EP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The winter stew offerings looked great! I ordered the beef burgoo ... it was delicious and came with a small side salad.

f
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We will keep coming back here! I have some dietary restrictions and the wait staff was more than happy to ask and to accommodate. I have been to other restaurants who were annoyed that I have asked for ingredients due to a gluten intolerance. Not only is the food delicious, but I feel safe and comfortable asking questions.

BN
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was entertaining a group of 5 mostly picky eaters. I thought brunch/lunch would be a challenge, but their menu had a variety of options to please my picky crowd. 😊 And, everything was great. I strongly recommend the corn bread, especially if you like corn kernels in your corn bread.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

start supplying wet naps and then it will be perfect!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The Reservation was for Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. “Restaurant Week ended at 12:00 A.M.”, according to our waitress. She further added that she had checked earlier for another party. I was the host and my invitees wanted to stay (why). I honored their request to stay. I paid the bill in cash, and tipped the undeserved 20 percent. This was my third dining experience during the January 2020, Bethesda Magazine Restaurant Week. Earlier dining experiences were better.

Recommendations: In the future, please ensure that a participating restaurant understands the rules to participate in Bethesda Magazine Restaurant Week, including start and end dates.

TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

MoCo Too noisy — Tyson’s conversation better heard. disappointment that restaurant week last day 1/19/2020 was unavailable.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Theresa: Thank you for your review and I'm so sorry for the loudness of the dining room during your visits. Please know we're always happy to turn down (or even off!) our music any time. As for the unavailable reservations during the last day of RW, I am also real sorry for the disappointment this caused. Of course, we always welcome walk ins at our bar or the option to be added to a walk in wait list when we are on a wait. This said, we appreciate it & hope to have you back soon! -Amy

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JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Weekends are too noisy. Requested a booth and there was none unless I waited additional time. Why make a reservation if you have to still wait?!

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 2 days ago

Hi JenB: I'm so sorry for the disappointments from this visit, and would love to help turn around the lack of accommodation with your request- of course, we do our best to honor our guests' requests for a booth, however sometimes (esp on the wknds!) we're not able to always have a booth open, and do extend the option to wait or be seated at a table at the time of your reservation. This said, we hope to have you back soon & please call us: 301-340-8783 for anything needed in the future. -Amy

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BM
Washington DC
159 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Breakfast with two grandchildren. Meals were well prepared. Beignets were awesome. Service was good. Regular coffee was great. Decaf coffee was instant. Grits were lumpy and grainy, probably undercooked. They have been great on previous visits.

K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious. We came for restaurant week and our server was soo helpful while we were deciding on our orders. Food came out super quick and was cooked perfectly. I had the ribeye and my partner had the her crusted prime rib. Would definitely recommend and we will be going back again very soon.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Katykda: We appreciate your kind words and praise for your RW experience with us. We hope to have you & partner back soon and please call us: 301-340-8783 for any reservation help needed in the future. -Amy

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The ambiance was impacted by the noise level. It was beyond energetic; it was a bit too loud making it difficult to hear ourselves.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Mobender: Many thanks for your overall 5-Star rating, and of course we are real sorry to read the noise did however have a negative impact on your experience. :( Please know, our Management Team is always happy to turn down the music (even off if needed!), or help find a quieter table in the future. That said, please call us anytime for a reservation: 301-340-8783, and our team will also be more than happy to note your request for a quieter area as well. -Amy

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s
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even tho it was very busy their high service and food quality standards were met ... as usual . Impressive operation , really good food and great value for money esp during restaurant week

RW
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Best pancakes ever.

RT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went as a party of 4 before a play at a local theatre. We were seated quickly and the service was very good. The food was good, but not great.

We were seated close to the bar and I will ask for a table farther away next time to get away from the noise generated there by the staff.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best server, Juan. He made the evening fun and provided excellent service! The food was delicious. We will be back!

IC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing as always!!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Chicken and waffles were really good. Grits were inedible. Beer was delicious

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here for restaurant week. The appetizer Bacon w/Maple was tasty, but a little too fatty for my taste. The brisket was a kind of rubbery and tough, I was expecting it to be tender and easy to eat. I had chocolate cake w/strawberry ice for dessert. It was mediocre, it was just a sliver, i wonder if that is a full size or just a restaurant week size.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Portions were huge and the food was amazingly good. It's a bit crowded and noisy but great value for the price. Will gladly go back.

KL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter is wonderful, professional and very nice.
My kale salad is delicious as always, and cat fish is cooked nicely today, thank you!

My husband’s brisket dish is very tough & chewy so we won’t order that again.

We requested a booth away from the front door in our reservation note, but were seated in the booth which right behind the hostess desk (happen to be the closest booth to the door 🥺🥶😩) while a lot of available booths around.

E
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always get the best service and is always phenomenal!

KT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality of the food was wonderful! Fantastic service that was attentive without being intrusive. I would recommend this restaurant for everyone - carnivores and vegetarians will always find something to love on the menu!!

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 4 days ago

Hi KarenT: We really appreciate your awesome review! Thank you so much and we hope to have you back sometime soon. Please call us anytime for a reservation: 301-340-8783. -Amy

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Y
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only issue is that it is a very noisy restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food all around

NA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was good and the service great. Unfortunately we were seated in an area where the tables were close together. As we were the first in the cluster we did not think it was an issue. Shortly after getting our food people were seated an either side of us, limiting our conversation. The acoustics are already bad in the restaurant, so speaking quietly was not really an option. Next time we will ask for a more private seating location.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 6 days ago

Hi NotAFoodie: Thank you for your review, and I am real sorry our communal, "farm-house" vibe was not enjoyed this time. We do appreciate your feedback and hope to have you back for another try sometime soon! Please call our team: 301-340-8783 for any future reservation needs and we will be sure to notate your request to be seated in a more quieter area. -Amy

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KL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service is good, we have very efficient & friendly waitress 👍🏻

However, all meat items (except the fried chicken) came out too ‘charred’ while we did not ordered any food that supposed to be ‘blackened’.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Juan was outstanding and the food, especially the fish and chips and fried chicken was excellent.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

They unfortunately forgot my birthday even though I had it down in the comment section in open table. I was excited for my daughter to see the servers sing. She’s 4 and never had that kind of excitement at a restaurant

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on January 16, 2020

Hi Ajax14: Thank you for your review & joining us on your special day! I am very sorry for the confusion- we actually don't sing for birthdays, however place a candle in any dessert ordered for the birthday guest. I do apologize if the server overlooked the candle in your dessert & I would love to make this right if this was the case. I will send you a DM with my email address to provide the opportunity for us to connect further. We appreciate it and also, Happy belated Birthday! -Amy

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The rib eye was cooked too rare, good crust - but only on the very edges. Crust should have been on the top and bottom of the steak. Disappointing flavor of the steak otherwise - unseasoned and under cooked. Fatty bites weren't salty. disappointing. The mashed potatoes are delicious, and the appetizers are all delicious and well made. The rib eye is disappointing, but I believe the steak frites would be better. Will have to come again and try one of their signature dishes, perhaps those are more their specialty. Overall, the restaurant is nice and has great choices, just have to find what's really good there.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on January 16, 2020

Hi SophieM: I am real sorry the Rib Eye was under-cooked this time, and the flavor also missed the mark. :( Our Culinary Team will take this into account for the improvements needed to this dish and we appreciate your feedback- letting us know these details. That said, we are hopeful you will give us another try in the future and please call our team: 301-340-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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SD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was felt ok but felt rushed through the entire meal.

CB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time for breakfast, it was very good and had a ton of choices, suggest you get a reservation on a weekend because of the crowds

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my second experience at Founding Farmers and it was a very good one !

OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner and waitstaff, but did not like waiting until 635 for our table when our reservation was at 615 and we arrived at 605 and was told ten minutes without updates until we inquired ourselves half an hour later when we were a couple feet from the hostess stand.

DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great, staff great, Food great. Price on a meatless salad high $17.00? Noise level at 1:00 pm off the charts loud, but later quieted down so overall good experience -

JE
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The lunch was mediocre at best. Our server, Paris, was excellent but the other people who brought things to the table or assisted with delivering food seemed upset, angry or unhappy. Several times people brought out drinks or appetizers and just drop it on the table, without asking who it was for or even acknowledging it was the correct table. It felt like they really could care less. Then my friend left her phone at the restaurant and had to get the police involved before anyone fessed up to finding her phone. I will not be visiting this location again.

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