Founding Farmers - Reston

4.2
1401 reviews
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Founding Farmers Reston Station, located at a transit-friendly development for living, eating, and shopping located on the Silver Line at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. Founding Farmers Reston Station is a full-service restaurant and bar open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch on weekends.
As a farmer-owned restaurant, almost all of our delicious food and drink – from our freshly baked bread and house-churned butter to our craft cocktails with our proprietary spirits – is made from scratch, using high-quality ingredients from American family farms.
Our First Bake is available weekday mornings for takeaway breakfast and our specialty blend of Compass Coffee. We hope our Reston guests will enjoy all that is Founding Farmers.
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Atlanta
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The food is a better quality at the Tyson’s location. There were no passed food selections as well.

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RG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an excellent dining experience. Although things got a bit behind, we sat down 20-25 minutes after the time of our reservation and the staff took care of us after that. Food was great, drinks were good and I got so distracted I left my hat behind, so I'll be back minimally for that!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was too salty and too many ingredients rolled into each dish. Need to simplify. One easy “special” order (just remove peppers) took 15 extra minutes. FF going downhill from where it started.

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SM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Had a great time. Wish they would have done something for my wife's birthday. Oh well

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KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our waitress Alba seemed “checked out” and wasn’t knowledgeable on the menu. She got two menu items wrong that we asked about before ordering which made the meal less enjoyable. Corn bread and donuts were excellent but main entree were so-so bc of her misleading information.

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l
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best brunch buffet to be had in the DMV! Three words: creme. brûlée. donuts. Everyting was top notch, although I never did see any of the advertised passed bites.... (and I was looking forward to a candied bacon lollipop!)
Best part? Kids under 6 are free, so a good option for our family. Highly recommend.

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DM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Whenever we went to get food, some things were empty. Do I thought I paid too much for what I got!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We normally go to the Founding Farmers in KOP, PA however while visiting friends in Alexandria,VA we made reservations for our family. The service was excellent, food is always excellent, and our server was very attentive and patient (we had my senior parents with us). The Reston location had vallet parking which is very convenient and the location was also nice for pictures.

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RM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our service was not great - very inattentive or understaffed, not sure. Food was good but pricey.

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

Probably the best meal I've had out in my lifetime.

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T
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was fairly slow. Our drinks took a long time to arrive and my food was very salty. The server was friendly though and the ambiance was pleasant.

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

Great food but service was slow! Waited at least 10 minutes for drinks. Ordered appetizers and asked for more butter for the bread but never got it. Saw 4 different people during the visit. The entrees were great so we would be willing to give it another shot but service could be better.

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

The parking was horrible, drinks were good, and service was great.

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JC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Cedar plank salmon dish was spectacular; even the sides!

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SB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food arrived after 40
Minutes and it was cold. Service was mediocre but enthusiastic. Coffee, no refill. All quite expensive and not delicious. Disappointing!

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EG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as usual — thanks a lot for accommodating so many of us in split tables without a fee. Please keep it up and we will keep coming!!

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BM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The rockfish and vegetables were excellent. David is a great waiter. Very enjoyable.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for an early lunch - the food was good and the service friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I am a frequent visitor to this location but sadly I’ve expletive the worst when it comes to my main course meal. The appetizers and drinks are always spot on. So far I’ve tried many items on the menu and each time just gets worse and worse in flavor and quality. Very disappointed.

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KT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We went to their Sunday brunch buffet. The fried chicken and Mac n cheese were the best but for $32 per adult, I was looking for more items. They only had one seafood dish which was salmon and kept running out. They did have pretty good brisket which was part of the carving station. Definitely kept running out of foods items including ice cream. Our server seemed overwhelmed and was hardly around. Overall it was ok and kids eat for free.

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

The host who you check in with wAs so rude!!! No eye contact at all. She was looking down on her seats assignment sheet the whole time she was talking to me.... If u don’t like working on Sundays, work elsewhere

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SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

$36 is a lot for a brunch buffet, and unfortunately most of the food was only warm. Nice variety tho. An omelette station or some kind of baked egg dish would be a nice addition. The to order Benedict Florentine was good, and the noise level was acceptable.

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and experience was wonderful! I definitely plan to return soon.

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BG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I gave the over all value a 2 was, the cost of 2 Makes Mark was $37.50 I could have bought a WHOLE Fifth (bottle) for less then the drinks. I understand making money but good god I paid for half the bottle with 1 drink.

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K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We wanted to enjoy it, it was our 12th anniversary, and we had heard some good things; but we did not really have a good time here.
The welcome was good, the host very accommodating.
The food was just above ok, my steak was very good, my wife's was barely mediocre - little to no salt and bland, plus a touch over cooked for rib eye.
The service, however, was just bad. Our server was very slow, so much so that we had to ask another server for things as ours was never around. Just getting a box for our left overs took 15 minutes - when the boxes were kept no more than 20 feet from our table - it would have been quicker if I'd just got it myself! This really ruined the experience for us overall; we will very likely not be coming back again.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

I found the entrees very fresh and prepared well. Service was good. The problem that interfered with my experience was that i was sitting in booth upstairs with the speaker directly above my head, only a few feet away. Poor placement. Also being against a wall meant that the voices from The booth behind us hit the wall behind my seat bounced back and echoed loudly which was painful and annoying as that customer spoke continuously. If i was to visit again i would make sure that i was not seated in that particular table.

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e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Food took forever. We had 3 children under the age of 6, as well as a person with diabetes. Server was informed and aware of all of this, though food took over an hour to arrive following order (with server not taking dinner orders until after appetizers were consumed). Food was fine, but nothing I could not make at home equally well. I will not be returning.

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VP
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very welcoming place , perfect lighting and ambience was pleasant too. Food is good with lot of choices for Vegetarians. Ample parking space and valet also available. Food was very fresh..

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had to wait a while for our waiter to get to our table. It was Valentine’s Day, so they were busy but also 20 minutes after we first got seated is an abnormally long time to wait for you waiter to greet you.

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G
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice dinner. We were late for our reservation due to the fact that we got list in the parking garage! Lots of signs for FF parking spots but need some signs directing people to the elevators. However staff was super accommodating and understanding. Food was yummy.

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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the ambiance, and the service was very good--the floor manager came to see my wife about her allergy restrictions, taking as much time as needed, and they brought a second side dish following a complaint (see below), but accidentally charged us for it. The special was fresh rockfish, which was tender and perfectly cooked--BUT, the chef over-seasoned it, adding way too much salt, which masked the delicate flavor of the fresh fish (a shame, really). The green beans were underdone, and they brought me collard greens, which were nearly as salty as the fish. I wish the chef would take less pride in his/her seasonings and more pride in the original flavor of the food, as the overall theme of the restaurant might suggest.

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l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, the waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful with food allergies and sensitivities, made great suggestions.

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B
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The waiter was nice but very aloof. He didn’t pay attention to small requests and when we paid, he brought back a different table’s check to us, and acted as if we didn’t pay, at first. It was very odd.

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FG
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not sure it is up to all the hype. Food was ok. Service was ok. I expected the food to be a little better than just ok.

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

Food was great and the server Kevin was amazing...must try the donuts!!

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E
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Parking was a major issue. I have elderly parents and, for them, walking from the underground parking to the restaurant in the rain was very difficult. There is no disabled parking in front of the restaurant. The food was ok. Nothing memorable.

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BW
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away and service was impeccable. The food is always top notch at this Restaurant. It’s one of our most favorite spots.

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GC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food but too many empty food stations at 2:30.

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AH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

They were accommodating to having teens and tots, it was very helpful to have a place where parents could relax a bit and enjoy brunch. We had to serve ourselves coffee because our waiter disappeared often and never came back - with specific requests in-hand. I honestly overtipped him for what he did for us.

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

Third time in for brunch on a Sunday. I really liked this place when it first opened. Experience continues to decline with each visit. The buffet brunch food is not restocked in a timely manner. Some items not available or had been sitting out for too long. At $130 for a family of four I have higher expectations. We’re moving on.

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