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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (133)
Casual (121)
Local Ingredients (108)
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Great for Brunch (89)
Great for Lunch (88)
Good for Groups (88)
Good for Birthdays (86)
Sunday Lunch (81)
Special Occasion (78)
Good for a Date (73)
Fit for Foodies (72)
Fun (66)
Neighborhood Gem (62)
Healthy (62)
Creative Cuisine (60)
Kid-friendly (60)
Handcrafted Cocktails (57)
Worth the Drive (54)
Authentic (48)
Business Meals (47)
Seasonal (44)
Good Vegetarian Options (44)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Organic (42)
Bar Seating (36)
Cozy (36)
Hot Spot (34)
Happy Hour (24)
Tasting Menu (19)
Great Beer (18)
Gluten Free Options (17)
People Watching (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Romantic (14)
Disabled Access (12)
Quick Bite (12)
Vegan (12)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Late-night Find (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Scenic View (6)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Sports (2)
Waterfront (2)
Live Music (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

It’s always great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Birthday.. I entered a comment and told the server we were celebrating a birthday but the did NOTHING... didn’t even put a candle in the dessert we ordered. Disappointing!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Runny eggs, sending time it happened... Waiter was kind about it and took it off bill. Great for lunch and dinner... I don't recommend breakfast.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

reservation was for 830, was so busy we were sat at 9:15.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Normally we love Founding Farmers. On this particular evening we had a bad experience so we left before eating. The bar was crowded because there was a birthday party that literally took over half the bar. Our reservation time was not honored (they were running behind) and there was no place to wait except outside. It was clear that they weren't able to handle the crowd that night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a 7:30pm reservation. We were one of two 7:30pm reservations that were not seated until after 8:00pm.

My wife informed the server that she has a nut intolerance (triggers migraines) and requested her dish without nuts. When the dish arrived, there were nuts in a side dish. She removed the side dish from her plate. However, she found a nut in her dish and it led to a migraine.

In our last three visits to FF and/or its sister restaurants, we have had extremely disappointing experiences.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food and table staff terrific. But why make a reservation party wait 25 minutes after reservation time to be seated?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Made reservations days ahead, arrived on a Saturday night, had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated when I arrived. Overall, the food and experience was just so so. Ordered the rib-eye steak for both myself and my wife. Both of ours came out overcooked, my steak came out to be close to well-done, and her's came out to be medium-well. I have a high tolerance for incompetence due to the area I live in, however, my wife had to sent her's back for a medium. Then we ordered desert, which took over 20 minutes to arrive, one apple pie and one order of beignets to go. The manager (Jorge) came to apologize for the steak issue and long wait for desert, and offered to take care of desert. We then asked him if the beignets were supposed to look like really dark, overcooked, and he said no, and took it back and offered to make us another one. When we received the check, of course, the desert was not taken care of. At this point, we've been in the restaurant for 2 hours now so we wanted to leave, and decided it is not even worth the time to follow up with the manager on his promise. We give credit for the manager coming over to apologize to us, but overall, the service was really slow and pedistrian, and obviously had issues with the food as well. I will think hard about coming back again....

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The staff was very accommodating and food was excellent per usual!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Delicious farm-to-table eats. Brunch was so good - got the beignets for the table and the smoked salmon eggs benedict was perfect. The buttermilk biscuit was a win too.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Healthy, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food, but too crowded and very loud.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food. Awesome. As always. Went here to celebrate my cousins birthday strictly for the delicious food.

Tags: Organic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Our server seemed New so he wasn't on the ball the whole time but the food was excellent and we love this place, will be back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was great, service was great. I think due to the noise level our server got our order wrong but it was corrected within 10 mins.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Love this place but this visit was not the best experience. Early dinner and restaurant was empty. Hostess sat us on top of another couple when there were at least another dozen options. Ordered 2 apps, before we even started to eat them our entrees arrived. When we said something the waiter responded that it happens when the restaurant is slow. No excuse... part of the waiters job is to time the meal properly

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Our server, Felix, showed charm and personality. Very focused on the service being provided amidst all the surrounding distractions. Founding Farmers MoCo does not disappoint.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Always a great place to visit when I travel to the area. Great food, great drinks - a GREAT TIME!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

we sat in a booth on the other side of the bar. It must have been 90 degrees at our table. We were dressed in winter clothing and it was downright uncomfortable

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We have dined here a few times. The menu is varied and the food is very tasty. We took our daughter her to celebrate her promotion and it provided a great evening. I was disappointed that they did not have a Merlot on the wine list and were out of Cabernet. Wait staff were friendly but average.

Tags: Healthy, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great location for Montgomery County residents. I previously frequented the Georgetown location. Free parking. Food was great. I’m sure it will be great in the summer time for outdoor dining as well

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Brunch, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Parking was easy and free. We were seated within 5 minutes of our reserved time. Table service was efficient, knowledgable and polite. Tea was served promptly and the meals--spatchcocked half chicken--were excellent, with tasty potatoes and gently cooked green beans. Vegetable substitutions were accepted. The place is noisy, though. Conversing was uncomfortable. Only that would prevent me from returning, and it may.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Was very disappointed in the brunch experience this time around. Was told by the waiter that Beignets were not available Because of “a problem with the batter”. We did not object but that’s a pretty strange excuse for not having one of the menu’s most popular items available for brunch.

Second, we ordered pancakes for our six-year-old because there is no children’s portion apparently available. Our waiter should have counseled us to reconsider the order, given the portion size. In fact, we had two people in our party order the same pancakes, including our six-year-old, and there was a lot of food left over. He did not say anything, however, and we ended up leaving with 2/3 of the pancake order. Your staff needs to do a better job, given your relative portion sizes, of proactively counseling patrons about their order size, rather than remaining silent. It was very annoying (and costly) and resulted in a disappointing experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Founding Farmers has the best breakfast, hands down. I go as often as I can. Better beignets than Cafe DuMonde (and I was just there). Everything is fresh and delicious. Excellent value.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

As usual good food and friendly service but very disorganized and poorly coordinated delivery of food to table. It happens every time I have been at this or other founding farmers establishments. They need to fix this — very puzzled no they can never get it right.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Wonderful food and cocktails served by friendly staff. We went during restaurant week and their three course meal selection was perfect for a couples night out with friends. My only complaint was that they ran out of their desserts. Overall great experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Overall we very much enjoyed ourselves. The menu selection is quite creative and utilizes fresh ingredients, many of which are local. We had a tough time deciding what to order. Everyone should have that problem! My husband had the steak (which he said was tender and cooked to perfection) and enchiladas which came with an avocado salad on top and an ear of corn with mayo and paprika on top of it. I ordered the Farmer Salad with fresh, sliced dates and avocados, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, grapes, Romano cheese slivered almonds, and olives. I also had the special soup of the day which was clam chowder. The soup was tasty, but was too thick and, quite frankly, I wasn’t offered a splash of sherry. For dessert we split the warm fruit crisp which was a combination of fresh cranberries and cut-up pears with a cinnamon flavored crisp and homemade vanilla bean ice cream on top! Yummy!
The service was incredible except for an unexplained, prolonged delay prior to our dessert delivery to the table.
With the exceptions of the noise level, which I couldn’t help but notice on a prior visit, and my requesting seating away from the kitchen on our Open Table reservation and, yes we were seated near the kitchen initially but we requested a table change, we were very pleased.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Friendly staff, great menu

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Founding Farmers never fails to impress. The food is of course consistently fresh and delicious. The wait staff are attentive but not invasive. The ambiance inviting and not at all pretentious. We are always left with a feeling of contentment and satisfaction having eaten at Founding Farmers.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

My wife and I came here because of our desire to support locally sourced restaurants, but we were exceptionally delighted with the food, the service and the price we paid. The menu is extensive and so we will be returning to try more dishes. I strongly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Other locations are so much better. Service and food at the Potomac location are tired, needs some work.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our second visit to this restaurant for a family celebration. We were seated ten minutes before our reservation time and the wait staff was very attentive while we waited for all of our party to arrive. The service and food was excellent. Can’t wait for our next family celebration to return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Too cute; way over-priced for so-so food. Loud. Some folks obviously like the place; we will not be returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This restaurant really produced and was even better than expected. Service was excellent and the food was really done well. Every dish from fish, beef, to pasta was wonderful. We had a large group and everyone enjoyed the meal. Portions are large especially on dessert and appetizers so it's easy to share.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I had a reservation for 6 to celebrate my birthday, we were seated promptly upstairs with very minimal wait. The server acknowledged me as the birthday girl from the beginning and was great, very attentive. The food was enjoyed by all; I did have to send my order back as it was incorrect, however it was fixed pretty quickly. The odd part came during the time when they bought me out an empty small plate with a single birthday candle on it; no desert or anything on the plate, just an empty plate with a candle. It definitely put an odd damper on a nice event; it was very odd.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We had the ahi tuna appetizer and it was amazing! I would highly recommend. I had the crabcakes which were excellent as there was very little filler. The mixed veggies side was delish!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Have been there many times before and love their food. We were seated somewhat close to the door so it was cold at the table when the door opened. It became a bit annoying after a time.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

First customer and the service was a bit slow. Overall, great experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We went for my husband's birthday to try their new vegan burger. The service was great. We asked our waiter about wine options and he was very knowledgeable, and brought us samples of the two wines we were interested in. My son, who is ten, was with us, and he also enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Reservation for 2 people at 2pm. Showed up at 140 145 reservation holders showing at 210 got to be seated before us

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was only just good. Was expecting superior. Slightly disappointed but still a solid experience. Cocktails are top notch, however. Great biscuits too.

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