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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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food

4.4

service

4.3

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4.2

value

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Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (128)
Casual (106)
Local Ingredients (98)
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Great for Brunch (85)
Good for Birthdays (83)
Good for Groups (82)
Great for Lunch (80)
Sunday Lunch (78)
Special Occasion (73)
Good for a Date (67)
Fit for Foodies (65)
Fun (60)
Neighborhood Gem (60)
Handcrafted Cocktails (58)
Healthy (58)
Creative Cuisine (57)
Worth the Drive (51)
Kid-friendly (51)
Business Meals (46)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Good Vegetarian Options (43)
Authentic (41)
Seasonal (41)
Organic (40)
Bar Seating (36)
Cozy (29)
Hot Spot (28)
Tasting Menu (21)
Happy Hour (18)
Gluten Free Options (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
People Watching (12)
Quick Bite (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Great Beer (12)
Disabled Access (11)
Romantic (11)
Vegan (11)
Afternoon Coffee (10)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Notable Wine List (5)
Scenic View (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Tapas (3)
Live Music (2)
Live Sports (2)
Waterfront (2)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

Friendly staff, great menu

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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 10, 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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·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Lots of interesting and unique items on the dinner and drink menus. Service was very friendly and helpful without being overbearing, exactly as it should be. The good food and service ensured a most pleasurable evening out for dinner. Would definitely recommend to friends and visit again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fun, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Founding Farmers found my heart. Great food. Love the Location. Not as crowded as the one in DC. Excited about the one coming to College Park. Order the Black Pepper Wings...you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

It was a good meal service was okay I didn't get my soup until after I got my meal although I ordered first.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a great time for my sisters birthday. She wanted to go somewhere that wasn’t available in her hometown, so I chose Founding Farmers. She loved it! Service was great, we were seated right away and the food was superb! Definitely enjoyed, as always.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Founding Farmers on New Year's Day was jam packed, every table full! We were seated on time for our reservation and given unbelievable attention. Our food was stellar and came out quickly. The wait staff made us comfortable and feel important the entire visit. When we left it was even busier! No stress it was a wonderful visit even with the crowds. We will be going back very soon. Thanks for taking care of us

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I love coming for breakfast.. all options and diet friendly. Recommend the side salad instead of hash (but that looks good) lots of great bites. Good coffee. Bloody Mary spicy!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I chose my family go to spot for the first day of the year!! Always a great time of food and customer service! Love it!!

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I think the kitchen staff must have taken New Years Eve off early! We had 2 dirty place settings and 2 sets of dirty utensils at our New Year’s Day breakfast. We were given a leaking tea pot. It took 50 minutes to be served our breakfast after ordering. Also, what are they thinking charging $4.50 for a cup of regular coffee?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year's Eve and loved it - it was just really cold outside and we were sat near the door and we were freezing the entire time.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Founding Farmers never disappoints, but this time they went above and beyond. My husband left his wallet on the table and the manager drive to our house to return it after closing. Talk about customer service! They’re awesome!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We enjoyed our meal very much. Cocktails were good but a bit overpriced. Cornbread skillet was delicious!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

As usual, impeccable service and delicious food. A great way to ring in the new year!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Not sure why this restaurant gets a bad wrap with some people. We went on New Year's Eve and although it was busy, we had a great meal and great service!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and service was excellent, but they didn't have a changing table in either the men's or women's restrooms. When I asked the hostess if they had a changing table for my 5 month old son, I was told there was a dresser in the handicapped restroom I could use. The dresser was very tall (if I wasn't wearing heels, I wouldn't have been able to reach my son safely (I'm 5'3)) and, it's a dresser, so it's super narrow and completely unsafe. Plus I'm taking away a restroom from an ADA-needing guest. I won't give my money to places/facilities that don't have these facilities, so we won't be back, unfortunately.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service and wonderful food
Had brunch with the family everyone enjoyed and was stuffed afterwards

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great atmosphere
Knowledgeable staff on menu
Did feel we were being rushed throughout
Mains arrived in the middle of the starters
Some of order was forgotten
Disappointing vegetarian options variety

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We enjoyed the founding farmers greatly and the sods were amazing but i did not in any way enjoy my fish and chips --bad. the fish was too soft and it fell apart with a fork full. you need a better and firmer fish for that dish----i hate it.
donald

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Overwhelmed server.
Forgot to add appetizer. Other server added it, after our entres cane so we ate appetizer midways.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Really great time and great service. The rosé was amazing and food was even better. Love the winter cocktail menu so cute.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My daughter meal came out when the rest of us were half way done with our meal, but it was good when it came out.

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