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About Founding Farmers - Montgomery County

MoCo's Founding Farmers 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.

12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD 20854
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

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

Cross Street:
Montrose Road West

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 340-8783

Website:
http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/

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.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Joe Goetze

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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Founding Farmers - Montgomery County Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (106)
Local Ingredients (101)
Casual (99)
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Great for Brunch (87)
Good for Groups (71)
Great for Lunch (71)
Good for Birthdays (67)
Fun (62)
Good for a Date (60)
Neighborhood Gem (56)
Special Occasion (54)
Sunday Lunch (53)
Handcrafted Cocktails (50)
Healthy (49)
Worth the Drive (48)
Creative Cuisine (46)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Bar Seating (38)
Authentic (38)
Business Meals (36)
Organic (36)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Good Vegetarian Options (35)
Kid-friendly (34)
Seasonal (32)
Great for Outdoor Dining (26)
Happy Hour (24)
Cozy (21)
Hot Spot (21)
Quick Bite (17)
People Watching (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Great Beer (12)
Romantic (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Afternoon Coffee (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Vegan (9)
Disabled Access (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Notable Wine List (3)
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Live Sports (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent all around..fabulous food, drink & service ! Never been disappointed whenever we go to the Founding Farmers in Potomac with friends & family. Great variety to accommodate all tastes and served up ins timely manner...always fresh and hot. A bit noisy for our preference but everything else outweighs that.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was good but slow to come out

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 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

Really enjoyed the dining experience. They do chicken right here. Waitstaff was very attentive. Look forward to returning soon!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The food taste was not good enough to say we’ll come back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Business lunch. Had crab dip (awesome) and fried green tomatoes for appetizer. Ruben & Roast Turkey sandwiches. Very hearty.

Tags: Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

Busy location, but parking is available and free. Have enjoyed the other restaurants that make up the Farmers group so decided to give this one a try on a day that we happened to be in the area. Our meals were tasty enough and the atmosphere lively, so we'd likely go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great waiter who knew all the answers to our questions plus he got a substitute meat for me for one of the dishes. Wait wasn't but about 15 minutes past our reservation time. The food was very good (breakfast items). Can't wait to try some of the other menu items and planning to spend Thanksgiving there also.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

While I have dined at Founding Farmers several times, I have always enjoyed my food. During this recent experience I ordered the "cauliflower steak" and unfortunately I was not impressed. To be honest, the cauliflower "steak" was simply cauliflower...pure and simple! I will definitely return to this restaurant in the future and perhaps will order the "cauliflower steak" but I now know it is nothing more than a side vegetable.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was appetizing, nice presentation a and delicious.

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·Dined 7 days ago

We made a reservation for seven people, but only five were able to make it. The staff at FF were very understanding and provided great service. Food was excellent and good value. Overall great experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was our second visit. The service was better (smaller party), but the food was not as good. Our order arrived timely, yet the food was a bit cold and the chicken from the chicken and waffles was over cooked and dry. I would still give them another try.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and service were good but I don't like the fact that FF changed their syrup some time ago. It now has a very strong cinnamon flavor and the syrup sits on the table with cinnamon sticks in it. I've asked about getting syrup without the cinnamon the last few times I've eaten at FF and I've received the same response each time... "We make our syrup in-house so we can't change it".

In my opinion, if you make your syrup "in-house", you should be able to make it however you choose to. It would be nice if FF would consider making both their signature cinnamon syrup as well as a plain syrup for those who don't like such a strong cinnamon flavor on their blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Dinner with friends great food great service. Friday night and full so a little loud with tables so close together.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The staff was incredibly accommodating. They were flexible when we requested a change in reservation time. The waiter was very insightful. He was always willing to give his opinion on dishes and drinks and his suggestions did not disappoint. This place can be pricey. Recommended for date night or special occasion. It is worth traveling and waiting to eat here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Founding Farmer's never disappoints. I always get the Southern Fried chicken which is consistently good. So flavorful.
You also can't do wrong with any of the side- mac n cheese, green breens, collard greens, brussel sprouts- all good!
We also had the cornbread which is delicious and equally tasty the next day.
Get dessert, but beware that the portions for all of the desserts are large and made for sharing.
Our server was excellent. Very attentive and accommodating.
I also appreciate that they did a thorough cleaning of tables between patrons. I've been disgusted at too many restaurants that do not take the additional 2 minutes to clean underneath tables before flipping them.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Everything about this place is great! Food, decor and service superb! Love it!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I was at Founding Farmers for dinner with my son and my nephew recently. We were seated promptly, had a very attentive and personable waiter, and enjoyed excellent food. My only complaint about Founding Farmers is that the place is very noisy. We were seated in a booth next to the bar, and that was ok, but the overall noise level is quite high.

My son and I had the shrimp and lobster risotto. The lobster was a bit overdone, but the seasoning was wonderful. I'd definitely order that again. My nephew had the scallops meuniere, and generously shared some with us. The scallops are incredible! My son will order those when we go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Founding Farmers was again a pleasant experience. the food was good with a lot of variety which was good for our group. The only downside was the service. Several times we waited for someone to come to the table. And the orders took a while to appear. Of 4 drinks, two came immediately, one a little later and the 4th was delayed more. When one of us ordered a second drink it took forever to come. We were considering coffee after dinner but the waiter never reappeared and we decided to opt for the check at the end given the long waits.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food and service was outstanding. Will definitely be back.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Reservation needed, otherwise waiting may take longer than expected

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always great comfort food; the branch toast was amazing

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was great, but at the price point you are not just paying for food. If that were the case they could knock off 50% of the current price. The service was really bad. I was served tea without any milk, a biscuit without any butter or jam, I asked for these things and it took a while to arrive. I’ll think twice about coming for breakfast.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was just too crowded for me. I felt cramped. I had to literally squeeze into my seat and try not to bump the guest that were sitting next to my family and I.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food is great but their coffee is extremely light.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good food and service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food is outstanding! Need to order double appetizers for parties of 6 at least because we ordered the fried green tomatoes and the bacon Lollies and everyone could really only have 1 or less per person.
We had a reservation, and while we were taken in on time, we were seated in a bright corner, by the dessert kitchen, which was distracting. So between watching the constant dessert display and waiter/waitress movement and the bright lighting in that area, the ambiance was non-existant was very disappointing for a Saturday night dinner. Good thing the food was good.
Also, after I had finished my go to, favorite, grey goose, club soda and limes, per our waitresses recommendation, I ordered the house vodka and was assured by our waitress that I would love it. However, I could not drink it at all! It was a totally different and weird tasting vodka than Ive ever had, even after mixing it with the tall glass of club soda that I ordered in hopes it would help. The waitress knew that I did not like the drink and saw that I had not been drinking it at all, and still charged us for it. I did not want to make a big deal about it once the check came because I was with a group of people.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My beef was too cold and the vegetables were fashionably undercooked. Too much for me. I also think $7 for bread is too much.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This location is not as good or consistent with the location in DC. Service was slow, and the food was not as good. Would highly recommend the location in DC.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have a 4 year old and my friends had a 2 year old and I felt comfortable. I was loud enough that if my kid got loud no one would be bothered. Laid back atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful experience, fantastic service, excellent food. Food came out within 5-10 minutes after ordering.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food, plenty of parking available, highly recommended.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

There were three old friends. All of us have been there before. We were not disappointed.
We had a lovely time!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, People Watching, Disabled Access, Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excellent choice for lunch. Large selection of healthy choices. Our late lunch for quiet, so we were able to spread out and plan. Recommend reservations.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

V nice food, ex service from Tyler, the mimosa drinks were too expensive at 13 $ each! .. The food menu was better priced .

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food is always good. This time, the service was disappointing. We received our appetizers before we received our drinks, one side item didn't come out until after the dessert menus were passed out, the time between ordering a glass of wine and the time when the glass actually showed up was well beyond an acceptable wait (i.e. >10 minutes).

This is not a normal experience for us and we will go back to the restaurant again. We were simply disappointed this time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent atmosphere, service and food. Staff very friendly and professional.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I have loved Founding Farmers in the past - I have eaten there about 10 times and almost always order the same things (Shrimp with Grits, Pasta with Chicken Cutlet, Goat Cheese Pasta, Chicken and Waffles). I have recommended this restaurant to many people but will not do so again after this visit.

My husband and I ordered the bread with fig, mascarpone and prosciutto at the bar. I have had this same appetizer about 8 times at Founding Farmers. The appetizer came out with no mascarpone. Granted, I know that cheese can melt into bread, but the mascarpone was nowhere to be seen or tasted. First disappointment.

I ordered something I had never had at this particular restaurant and got the braised short ribs with whipped mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts with bacon. The short ribs and the brussel sprouts were beyond being too sweet. It was as if the chef was trying to mask something by adding too much sauce and maple syrup. I could not even finish my meal. My husband and I usually order dessert and didn't because dinner had already been too sweet.

I was very disappointed in our experience at Founding Farmers. We will try someplace else next time.

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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Amazing! Great waiter. Consistently great food and service we love it here

Tags: Organic, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Waitress had to go back to the kitchen to get answers about main dishes. 2 drinks came with club soda instead of tonic water. 1 glass of wine was $19 for a standard pour house wine?
Food was good, but pricey for what we got. Waitress seemed very inexperienced. Will not
be a place we frequent!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have been to FF Potomac since it opened and wish it would increase its breakfast/brunch menu items. It seems to me it hasn't changed since the restaurant opened.

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