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Founding Farmers - Reston

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$30 and under
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We have been working together to do everything we can to help #flattenthecurve, and along the way, ensure we do our part to support and feed our community and our team. We are now beginning to reopen our doors to guests following new government guidelines. For those of you who are ready to make your way back to dining out, we are here to serve. We have developed multi-layered systems to provide you with great food, drink, and hospitality and continue working to keep all of us as safe as possible. Check out our newly added patio space! Visit our website to learn everything we are doing.
For those of you still wanting to #StayHome, we still have to go and delivery every day, and our Market & Grocery.

Curbside Pick Up: ORDER ONLINE WeAreFoundingFarmers.com/Ourkitchensareopen

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Ate outside on patio. Ordered prime rib. Was delivered with baked potato which was cold. Server, who was very attentive, replaced with a somewhat warmer parotid. Meat not much warmer and tough. Replaced wife’s prime with a ribeye that was tasteless. Manager did comp wife’s meal. Not a very good impression for first visit.

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Skip
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another great time at FF. The waitress was attentive and friendly just not engaging enough for me to remember her name. Keep up the good work.

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vipMikeM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Sunday brunch buffet with COVID-19 restrictions is not good.

Farmers food is too good for this format. Should go to menu only for everything.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 3 days ago

Mike, I am very sorry for the disappointment with our buffet brunch service on Sunday when you visited. :( Our Management & Culinary Team have been made aware of your feedback and will surely look into this on our end. We appreciate you letting us know, and are hopeful you'll give us another try sometime soon- please call us anytime for a reservation: 703-988-7333. -Amy

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vipEvonovich
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Made a reservation for brunch with a friend from out of town. We arrived separately. My friend asked the Hostess about a la carte, was told they had it - then our server said they didn't - but when pressed, said yes we have a few items, "but it costs the same as the full brunch $30 to order one item." We were escorted to the brunch area. Neither of us wanted much food. I ended up with one piece of salmon, and one of bacon, that were less than 2"x2", 2 tablespoons of runny scrambled eggs, and a piece of fried french toast. That plus an iced tea = $30.00. I paid the check, with gratuity and the 4% pandemic surcharge, came to $85. Very disappointing. They even confirmed the reservation. If I had only been told what to expect.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review, and I am so sorry for the lack of confirmation surrounding our buffet brunch service on Sundays. I also apologize there was not to much to your liking, and sadly the overall quality was just not there. :( That said, I'd love to follow up and do what I can to turn this around! I will send you a DM with my email address. -Amy

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LeslieR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This restaurant was not what it used to be. Quality seems to be down. Our food arrived undercooked, one dish was sent back. Some flavor okay, some bland. As someone looking for no sugar/no flour options, this was NOT the place to come to. However, I opted for steak and veg. Steak was unseasoned and cool rare. (I ordered medium rare.) Veg side good, if sweet. The uncooked, not-white-inside scallops had to be sent back. Service was very accommodating.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Leslie: Thank you for your review, and I am so sorry the quality was just not there this time. :( I would love the chance to follow up about the undercooked & uninspired food, and will send you a personal msg with my email address to hopefully continue this conversation. -Amy

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Skip
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Every second time I eat out, I choose Founding Farmers Reston. The food is always what I expect the waitstaff is accommodating and friendly. Adding to my long list of compliments for this restaurant. Ryan provided notable service during my last visit.
Keep up the good work!

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vipskipl
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I've always loved the fried chicken options there but this time too forever to bring us dry and all coating chicken. had to go out elsewhere and get dessert to eat to get some satisfaction!

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on September 10, 2020

Oh no! I am super sorry, skipl to read the fried chicken served during your visit on 9/7 was not up to par, and service was also slow to deliver. :( I would really love to turn around the disappointment you left with, and will send you a DM with my contact info to continue this conversation. -Amy

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EtienneK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Place was not too busy but service was terrible. No excuse for this. ESP if they are taking a 4% COVID surcharge. Made the whole experience not that pleasing. DC location is on top of there service. This location isn’t. Food was generally good.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on September 10, 2020

I am really sorry and feel awful the lapse in our service compromised the overall enjoyment of your visit this time. :( This is an understandable disappointment, and I would love the chance to follow up about what you shared- I will send you a DM with my email address to hopefully have the opportunity to further this conversation. -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Took over an hour to get food once we were seated. Waiter was not attentive at all, took forever to get drinks, food and didn’t take down an accurate order. Saw restaurant manager waiting tables leading me to believe they were extremely short staffed. Took nearly 2 hours to complete what should have been a nice and pleasant breakfast. Not impressed this time around. Manager did comp meal because of the circumstance. Food actually was very presentable but took way too long.

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Normally have had very nice meals at the Reston Founding Farmers, but this past visit we had very poor service even though the restaurant was not very crowded and they had plenty of wait staff. The food arrived quickly once we placed our order, but it took quite a while to get someone to even come to our table to take our order (20 minutes or more) even though our same waiter was regularly visiting the only other occupied table anywhere near us. After our meals were delivered we had a similar issue in trying to get the bill. We understand restaurants are really suffering with the pandemic and try to support them as much as we can (only eating outside or carrying out, but always tip quite a bit), but the very poor service for the price we paid for the meal was very disappointing.

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Lynne
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Reston Whiel has very nice outdoor dining but our server was very slow. Good came in good time and was perfect.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on September 10, 2020

Lynne, thank you for your review and we appreciate you sharing the positives & negatives (sad to say!) with us. Of course, we are real sorry the service was slow-paced during your visit, and our Management Team will address this with our staff that worked on 9/06. Of course, we are hopeful for your return and please call us anytime for a reservation: (703) 988-7333. -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

I loved the ambiance. Very spacious and eclectic decor. It wasn't overly crowded. Our server was a little slow and forgetful. We ordered off the kitchen menu and had to ask 3 times before he actually brought it out. Given that it wasn't horribly busy, I think the service could've been better. Overall very nice location. I'd try it again.

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harryg
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The buffet was a bit overcrowded and service was slow from the bar and the kitchen.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you, harryg for sharing this with us and I am really sorry the service was shorthanded. We appreciate you letting us know, and will look into the scheduling of our team on Sundays. We hope to have you back for another try sometime and please call us: (703) 988-7333 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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KGongar
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food in the buffet was amazing. The problem where the Egg Benedicts! The egg was hard like hard boiled. The worst was the customer service(waiter) took 20min to bring a simple lemonade, everyone in the table finished the 3 jar of water and he never refilled them, we wanted to order some drinks but he never appeared for more than 1hr. Ordered dessert and needed to wait 1 whole hour for a scoop of ice cream. We wasted a lot of time waiting than eating there.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on September 8, 2020

Oh no! I am super sorry, KGongar for these disappointments with our service & the preparation of the Eggs Benedict. :( I'd love to follow up about what you shared, and will send you a private note to continue this conversation. -Amy

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Sean
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I love Founding Farmers and have never had something on the menu that I did not like until this visit. The Grain Bowls are evidently cold and the waiter never told me that. Also, they forgot to bring our appetizer out. Still good food, but not the service I have received on other visits.

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Amindyt
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The service was incredibly slow and frustrating; at one point we didn’t see our waiter for 20 minutes and that was after asking another server to take our order. Also, despite the 4% covid surcharge, our waiter and several other servers were wearing bandanas. If you’re going to charge for PPE, please provide it to the staff, and bandanas are shown to be no better than wearing nothing. Lastly, the food was lacking - the beer can chicken was all fat- I had to put my glasses on to find any part that was edible- the “hot fudge” sundae came with a little tin of cold chocolate sauce and no whipped cream - when we asked for whipped cream, they brought a tablespoon; and the medium steak was raw inside, but after waiting an hour for it, my husband ate it anyway rather than wait longer for them to cook it correctly. This was my third time coming here because my family likes it and it has outdoor seating, but I will not be going back.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on September 8, 2020

Oh gosh. I am so sorry to read our service and the preparation of the Beer Can Chicken, steak ordered & Hot Fudge Sundae all missed the mark for you & your family this time. :( I would love to make right of our shortcomings during your visit, and will send you a personal note with my email address to connect further. -Amy

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MGarcia
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

A flickering light above our booth, and vacuuming the dining room at 9:45pm left a lot to be desired on a $200 tab. Disappointed in what once was our favorite restaurant in Reston.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you for sharing your review with us, and I am real sorry the ambiance was the pitfall to your evening with us. :/ We appreciate you pinpointing the two areas we overlooked- the light bulb replacement & vacuuming before closing, and will be following up with our team that worked on 9/04. Again, thank you and we hope to have you back for another try soon! -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience1

Hostess sat us outside in the direct sun no umbrella so we asked to get moved the only option was inside. We requested water while sitting outside and didn’t get it until we were seated inside about 15 minutes later. When we ordered our cappuccino they came out with no saucer, spoon or were asked if we needed sugar. It took asking 4 servers for spoons before we got them. When we finally got our food ordered our new server was amazing!! He was attentive and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Absolutely horrible!! Our server acted annoyed after we waited 30 min for him to bring us plates for the brunch and take our drink order when we are the ones who patiently waited. Food was horrible. Service was crappy. Not enough servers at the brunch line so you have to wait 10 minutes to get a piece of bread. Is this a carnival? Just shut down!!

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Azucena
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

My friend and I decided to try this restaurant for the first time— it had really good reviews, so we thought it was a good choice. Unfortunately, our experience was far from pleasant. From the moment we walked into the restaurant, we received horrible service— the worst, I’ve ever experienced.

The hostess took us to our table and when we asked about using the umbrella, ( we were seated in the patio) the hostess replied that they had the umbrellas down because of the wind, using an unpleasant tone of voice. Meanwhile, the table need it to be moved two or three feet closer to the umbrella. The hostess did not offer to have someone move the table for us and just walked away— my friend and I had to lift and move the table ourselves.

But this was just the beginning. After the distasteful encounter, my experience here kept going down hill. The server whom seemed pleasant, was either to busy, forgetful or simply thought that my friend and I did not deserve good service. Throughout our entire dinning experience, she kept forgetting to bring our items. Not once, not twice, not three time; at least four times- it took at least 15 for her to bring my cup of coffee.

Giving my overall experience, I will not return to this restaurant.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on September 6, 2020

Oh no! I am so so sorry our service was a bust from start to finish, and feel terrible we dropped the ball. :( I understand your disappointment with what happened, and again apologize for the many mishaps with our team's consideration of your experience with us. This said, I would love the chance to make this right and will send you a DM with my email address to connect further. -Amy

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NOVATransplant
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience at a Founding Farmer's restaurant, as usual. The only issue was that the service was a touch slow, but the great food and atmosphere more than made up for that. plenty of space between tables and all staff were wearing PPE.

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ChrisH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great services, awesome overall experience!

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vipJoseph
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Out of several popular menu items on a early Saturday nite. Seems unreal.
Was seated at a table in Bar area . Never saw a server until we got up and requested another table. Not the most enjoyable first time visit.

Maybe it will be better yhe next visit.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on September 6, 2020

I am real sorry to read of the multiple shortcomings encountered this time. Please know, our Management Team has been made aware of your review, and will be addressing what took place with our staff that worked on 8/29. Of course, we are hopeful to have you back again soon and please call us anytime for a reservation: (703) 988-7333. -Amy

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Smith
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We ordered simple "Restaurant Week" items but took longer time to serve foods.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited this place for brunch with my love. The ambiance was lovely. I ordered French toast, grits and eggs. My love ordered pancakes, sausage and eggs. Our meal was hands down AMAZING! I would definitely recommend this place to my friends.

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Linh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great foods, good service, definitely will come back again

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KimM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Great service. They accommodated special requests.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My friend and I visited for restaurant week.
We ordered deviled eggs-nobody informed us that it was actually egg salad in eggs...😏

I had the fried chicken which was to be fair ok but the sides were not that great. The mashed potatoes were probably the worst.

My friend had the salmon which she enjoyed again same story with the mashed potatoes

We had a few different servers as well which made it also difficult however I provided fair feedback and they compt my meal which I greatly appreciate. Not sure if they were understaffed or had a tremendous amount of walk ins, and was disappointed the experience wasn’t better

We typically visit for brunch. I may stick with that.

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vipSimoneC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Food was very good. Service was not great, kept having to flag down our waitress. It was very warm and stuffy. When I told the server, her response was "that's just how it is." Saving money at the expense of the dining experience is not a great way to run a business.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on August 31, 2020

Oh no! I am so sorry, Simone for the disappointing ambiance and service encountered this time. :( Our Management Team has been made aware of your feedback and will be circling back with our staff that worked on 8/27, as well as making adjustments to the overall temperature of the main dining room. With this said, we do hope to have you back for another try soon and please call us anytime for a reservation: (703) 988-7333. -Amy

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ScottB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Had pleasant outdoor environment to dine in.
Service was initially quite slow, as was if they forgot about us. Got better as meal went along.
NY Strip was very nice, accompanying fries were fair at best.
Plank salmon was also very nice, a healthy portion.
Wine was very good, and all of them were at a quite reasonable price for a bottle.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on September 6, 2020

Thank you, Scott for your review and I am sorry the service was slow to start. :( I am relived our team "picked up the pace" as your experience went along, and everything ended in a good place. We appreciate it and hope to have you back sometime soon! -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

While the restaurant was not busy at all the service was adequate and the food warm, but not hot. Our order was wrong and no one even apologized for the mistake. The runner also brought someone else’s food to our table. I’ve tried to enjoy this reaction several occasions, but always leave disappointed that I paid too much for mediocre food and service.

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vipShawnB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, FF was excellent. We ate outdoors at the extended patio seating. They did a good job with distancing and safety precautions. Our food was delicious and the service was efficient and professional. Very enjoyable meal.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on August 29, 2020

Awesome! Thank you, Shawn for sharing this with us! :) We appreciate it and hope to have you back sometime soon. -Amy

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vipTennisFoodie
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good and the food was good as well though my mac n'cheese could have been a little hotter.

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Taytay
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food but very scattered/unhelpful waitstaff. Not sure if they don’t use a computer system but every time I come I have this problem.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday. Our servers were great, the woman was on her last day of training and she did a wonderful job as well as the gentlemen. And we were not the easiest bunch. But everything was wonderful!

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vipMichaelA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love Founding Farmers. My one criticism is the wait in between visits to your table from the waiter/waitress can be longer than what you'd want from a restaurant. If you forget something like ketchup or need a drink refill it could be a while before you see someone to be able to ask for these things. It's been that way since they opened and hasn't really changed. if you know everything you want to order by the time they come to your table the first or second time you should be fine.

The new outdoor seating is fantastic.

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StephanieD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The rating would have been better but the service was terrible.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!

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ErinQG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Did not let us know what was an extra cost to the buffet. Getting called to our table took forever. Food is okay.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on August 27, 2020

Hi Erin: Thank you for your review, and I am so sorry for any confusion, however we only have one overall charge for the buffet brunch (there are no added charges!). We appreciate your feedback and also apologize for the delays in seating & are equally let down the food failed to WOW you. We hope to have you back for another visit soon and please call us anytime for a reservation: (703) 988-7333. -Amy

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vipdcfoodie
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

My friend and I came here to take advantage of metropolitan restaurant week and I neglected to call the restaurant beforehand to make sure that they would be serving the restaurant week menu during their weekend brunch hours - unfortunately that menu was not an option and we were stuck with their weekend brunch, neither one of us being a big fan of all you can eat buffets.

We were willing to make the most of this situation and try to pick and choose items we wanted to eat from the brunch offering. We were paired with a server who lacked empathy and emotional intelligence, and took it very personally when I asked her why the restaurant week menu was unavailable when we were also not notified by opentable beforehand. Instead of passing my question unto a manager, she replied by emphasizing that she is not the person to speak with and pretty much threw our serving plates down on the table - it made a loud noise and that's when everything went downhill. The experience was so negative that it made an impact to both my and my friend's entire week following the brunch. One of their GM's, Skyler, offered to comp one of our brunches and apologize on the server's behalf, which I thought was rather courteous of him. For other diners, I want to emphasize that this is *not* the norm at reston founding farmers as I have had nothing but positive, prior dining experience leading up to this incident. I will simply make sure that I am not paired with this server again.

An opentable agent I spoke with encouraged me to write this review so that their Technical support team were aware of the glitch that took place in spite of challenges brought by the covid-pandemic. Hoping for smoother weekend dining experiences at FF reston.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on September 6, 2020

Hi dcfoodie: Thank you for your feedback, and our apologies for the disappointing service & miscommunication surrounding the restaurant week promotion. :( We are happy that our GM, Skyler was involved in your experience and addressed your concerns in the moment. Of course, we are hopeful you'll be back for another try soon and please call us 703-988-7333 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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Founding Farmers - Reston does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Founding Farmers - Reston also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 988-7333.

Founding Farmers - Reston is rated 4.4 stars by 2465 OpenTable diners.

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