Founding Farmers - Reston

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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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great ambiance, good drinks, good food with a few standouts. It’s in my neighborhood and I really want to love this place. But there are always details wrong, particularly with service. Food showing up without silverware and nobody notices. Wildly variable timing- appetizers out within 3 minutes of ordering but drinks showing up well after. Things that would be easily excused in a restaurant with lower price points and less ambition in other respects. They should poach whoever looks after service at Great American restaurants.

RH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food nice place. Brunch is outstanding.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Founding Farmers Reston was a decent choice for dinner. The best things were the food and valet parking right in front for $3. The service was slow but courteous, the ambience was suburban chain chic, but way too loud. The restaurant employees have been trained to present the restaurant as upscale, which yields some attitude. The biggest weakness is the price, which is way to high for what you get. I walked out feeing a little used.

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

Overall the experience was pretty good. Food was tasty but our waitress was no where to be found most of the night which slowed the ordering process drastically. To be fair, when she was available she was courteous and professional. Could have just been a hectic evening.

OT
Denver
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A little scene-y for me. And the wait person kept coming over every 2 mins?!? RELAX really.....

WH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was a pleasure from the time we walked in till we left. Good food , good service. Great atmosphere. The only negative was that the bar does not have all the mixers it should have. I realize that the theme is fresh natural foods but the bar should have ginger ale for drinks.

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and definitely not our last. Service was excellent and so was the food. I had a bad experience at DC location so this was a very pleasant surprise. It is also nice to be able to have a conversation without yelling. They also validate parking and have valet parking.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 6 hours ago

Hi Maggie: Thank you for sharing your review with us. We are really happy to have redeemed ourselves with this visit! :) Your 5-STAR rating is much appreciated and we already hope to have you back for visit #2. -Amy

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K
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away. Our server was very knowledgeable and funny. The food was delicious although we were overwhelmed by all the wonderful choices! But you can’t go wrong; it’s all delicious.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Katherine: Thank you for sharing your wonderful review with us! We appreciate it and hope to have you back soon. :) -Amy

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E
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service and really good location close to the Washington Metro.

DG
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall the food was good, service a little slow. Ambience had always been good, definitely worth going back.

K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

In general, Founding Farmers is normally a great experience. This was not the case at the Reston location. Service was extremely poor (no drink refills, waiting for long periods of time, no dessert menu offered, etc.), the vegetables on the plate were cold, the steak over-salted, and an overall poor experience. Based on this most recent experience, I will not be returning and I do not recommend eating here.

OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate at several of the Reston Area restaurants. This was by far the best food/service/ambiance experience.

JR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service as always! WE will continue to come to this location. The staff are super friendly. If anything is wrong, they make sure to rectify things immediately. Keep up the awesome work!

DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was incredible! I went on a first date & it was perfect! The ambiance was sexy, the menu was diverse, and the food was amazing! The service was fast & friendly! I will definitely be back!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

We have been to many Founding Farmers and to the Reston location several times and this time was the worst. The bread was cold and old. Apparently, they make it at the Tyson’s location and bring it over to Reston. No wonder it was cold and unappetizing. My wife have some chips with her meal that were stale. I had the brisket plate which had some reheated pieces of meat that were supposedly brisket and the cole slaw tasted like it had soap in it.

Needless to say we probably won’t be back to the Reston location. It’s too bad because we like the ambiance.

m
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here for dinner. Never disappointed. The food was delicious from fried chicken to pasta.

F
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Steak was tough. Frites were soggy. Green vegetables were the dregs. Salad was ok. While the food was not bad enough to send back, neither was it what a $30+ lunch should be.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Faustoro: Oh gosh! I am very sorry to read that your meal was truly far from enjoyable, and we dropped the ball with the preparation of your order. :( With this acknowledged, I would love to touch base and will send you a PM with my email address. -Amy

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b
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I would recommend Founding farmers as I have had several good meals there. Service is always good. However, the last two visits, the food was overcooked and dry for all the guest attending. Management did quickly step up to address the issue and comped the last meal but you really don't want to eat a lousy meal just to get it free.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 6 days ago

Hi bizdiner: Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. I am so sorry that the last 2 visits were not up to par food wise. :( We appreciate you letting us know, and our Culinary Team has been made aware of your review. We will take into account what you shared and hope to have you back for another try soon! I will send you a PM with my email address to keep in touch. -Amy

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CH
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Ordered cornbread as an appetizer. They feature the type of salt in the description for good reason- it's LOADED with salt. I had the chicken pot pie as the entrée. Very few pieces of chicken with undercooked peas, all for $18. I sent an email to the restaurant, no response. I will not return.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 6 days ago

Hi CHRISTINAW: Thank you for your review. Again, I am so sorry the Chicken Pot Pie was lacking in preparation, and the Cornbread too salty to be enjoyed. I am also saddened to read you added there was no response on our side in your review. :( Your email sent on 9.05 was replied to the next day, and I offered a refund for your Chicken Pot Pie. That said, I appreciate your response with the needed information to have you refund processed and hope you'll give us another try in the future! -Amy

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server, Sean, was excellent and made some great recommendations. Our meal was relaxed and delicious.

K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the Fisherman's Stew, amazing! I'll be craving a return trip very soon I'm sure.

p
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food quality was excellent- menu enticing and exceptional

DF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, my wife and I enjoyed it immensely. Keep up the good work!

D
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Our experience was terrible! Food was dried out and unappealing. This location is very poorly managed and does not come close to the other locations. Sunday Brunch was pitiful with crowded aisles and long lines only to see empty food trays. This place is the WORST in the Nova area! It needs complete new management and a staff that is energized. I will not recommend to anyone.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on September 4, 2019

Hi Doug: Oh no. I am SO SO Sorry to read that your brunch experience was considered terrible. :( We appreciate you letting us know, and I would love the chance to touch base. I will send you a PM with my email address in hopes to continue this conversation. -Amy

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CE
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brittney delivered a great experience. The food was fantastic. It was good seeing Christine, Noelia, and meeting Jacob

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have eaten at several Founding Farmer restaurants in the DC
area and today we went again for brunch. Sad to say, the quality has cratered. The food, even special orders, was not hot. Standard fare for a brunch, like bacon, not available. Finally, the pass-arounds, which are special treats like “bacon-On a stick” was only seem 1 time in 1.5 hours (in the past many more things would be circulating over the same timing). Very disappointing.

LI
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! The bacon lollis are the bomb

PJ
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a 7:30 reservation and we were seated relatively quickly. Our server was attentive and was training a new server who was very friendly as well. My wife ordered the prime rib meal and that is where things got strained. The cut of meat was barely warm when it arrived. My wife asked me to double check it and I confirmed that it was in fact cool almost cold to the touch. We asked the server to take it back and warm it up and she said she would. What happened next was unexpected, the floor manager told the server that the prime rib was already prepared and that was as warm as a medium rare cut was going to get. My wife does food service prep and she knows that meat has to be kept at a certain temperature while it is waiting to be served. Instead of bringing her the warmed up piece they offered her the ribeye. Not wanting to argue she accepted. It was not the same as the Prime Rib. In the long run the manager comped both pieces of meat but they could have avoided the whole issue by just heating up the original Prime Rib. The food prices are reasonable but the bar menu is overpriced for both the beer selection and the individual drink selection. I am willing to give them another try but this experience left me with some concerns.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Severely undercooked chicken fried steak. Pink.

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and overall ambience. Loved the vibe, service and menu. Drinks were great also and will come back again when back in town.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The waiter was very slow. Our appetizer arrived with our main meal. My food was cold and so was the chai latte that was served. Also our drinks arrived when we were almost finished with our meal.

The location in Tyson’s Corner was much better. Stay away from this Reston location.

BM
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three diners. All extremely pleased. The steamed cod soup was unbelievable. I could eat it every day. My fellow diners enjoyed their ferro bowl and ahi tuna meals. The Moroccan tea on the dessert menu is a treat too—-silver tea setting! The decor of the restaurant is worth a trip Even if the food weren’t so spectacular!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience! Great food, great service, great ambience to help make the second date as good as the first.

PB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with great quality sourced ingredients and recipes.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on August 31, 2019

Hi PervaizB: Thank you for sharing your awesome review with us! We really appreciate it so much and hope to have you back for another great meal soon. :) -Amy

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner while meeting to discuss business.

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, wonderful food and drinks. Very reasonably priced. Thank you.

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time here, and it was even better than I remembered! The food was fresh and constantly being replenished. Great place for a date!

ND
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Slightly different menu than the DC location (at least that's what our server told us). Still, lots of options with a good mix of traditional and innovative. My husband (a 4th generation Texan) thought the Brisket Plate was terrific. The Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke (with a "secret" ingredient) was good but could have used a bit more heat. The Farmers Platter is enough for two smaller meals. Love the 3-hour validated free parking in the adjacent garage.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

This was our first, and likely our last, visit to Founding Farmers. While the space is big and beautifully decorated, neither the service nor the quality of food merits a second trip. We sat at our table for 20 minutes before a server even acknowledged us and then it took another 15 minutes to even get our drinks. Our appetizers and main courses were fine—nothing spectacular, but nothing glaringly wrong. The crab dip appetizer was the best thing we ordered. Paying $5 for bread and butter just looks like a money grab from a place charging $13 for drinks and $22+ for entrees. But the biggest problem was the service. Our table was in a corner and it was virtually impossible to catch the eye of our server—or any server, all whom seemed to rush around looking at the floor, seeming to actively avoid making eye contact with diners. Our meals were finished before our server ever checked in to see if we needed anything—like more drinks or even silverware. So instead of another round of drinks or dessert, we asked for the check.

With all the consistently good restaurants in the Reston/Tyson’s area, there’s almost no chance we would return to Founding Farmers. There are better options.

OT
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I regret sharing that this is one of the most disappointing meals I, and my group of 6 - all of us travelers and good food aficionados- have experienced in some time. Based on word of mouth and positive reviews, we were excited to join for dinner and looked forward to the evening. Atmosphere was very inviting, and our server was attentive - but a little overwhelmed. Regretfully the food was seriously lacking. The fried chicken was extremely dry, with a dark, very hard crust - almost as if it had been refried more than once. The collard greens had zero flavor. Zero. The chicken pot pie was a small bowl of “chicken soup” topped with puff pastry. Biscuits were nibbled-at, left unfinished. I could go on, but will not. We were so looking forward to supporting this great restaurant concept, and I hope this was an anomaly. It will be a long time before we will return, however.

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