Founding Farmers - Reston

4.4
2623 Reviews
$30 and under
American
We have been working together to do everything we can to ensure we do our part to support and feed our community and our team. We are currently serving our scratch-made food and drink in our dining room and on our winterized patio. We also have breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and weekday happy hour. If you would prefer to stay at home, we have To Go and delivery everyday. Our hot ready-to-eat Founding Farmers favorites are available To Go for breakfast, lunch & dinner, as well as our At Home special seasonal menus, which are started in our kitchens and ready to be finished in yours. We have developed multi-layered systems to provide you with great food, drink, and hospitality and are continuing to adapt our operations to keep all of us as safe as possible. Visit our website to learn more.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Drinks from bar very slow and not delivered to the table together. Tuna appetizer was delicious. Main course very average. Server was kind but over-sat. Underwhelming experience.

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CLM122012
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Celebrated our 21 year old's birthday here and everything was great! Drinks were delicious and food was good. Service was much better than the first time we tried this location.

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vipDrip
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We have had the privilege to have visited Founding Farmers' restaurants in DC and Tysons Corner, and have now been able to see the consistency of the brand. There was no issue getting reservation at the time I desired. The associates were very professional and accommodating. The unique thing, as with all Farmers is the menu. We like the brunch, all-you-can-eat style, arrangement. Although you may think that there will be a tremendous amount of food teeming from your plate, you would be wrong. Things are right sized portioned and you can eat as much as you like. The cost is $27.99 ➕ tax and your drink is a seperate cost also. A couple can dine at the Farmers brunch buffet for $77.00.

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NajebaA
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful, the good was wonderful, and we had a great experience.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you, Najeba for sharing this with our team! We greatly appreciate it and hope to have you back again soon! :) -Amy

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FoodIsMyFriend
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I had very high expectations as the reviews were really good and I’ve heard great things about FF. I, personally, wasn’t impressed. Now, parking was amazing. The square where the restaurant is located was great. The greeters were so very friendly. The managers walked by and ensured we were satisfied. So, for a first time FF visit, they get two thumbs up from me. Now, for the food...well, I’m a bananas foster (waffle or French toast) kind of girl. If it’s on the menu, I’m ordering it. I wasn’t impressed. It didn’t have many bananas, no whip cream, no powder sugar just really not a true bananas foster. It was disappointing. The bacon was hard and cold. The Parmesan grits threw me off. I love southern cheese grits and wasn’t expecting Polenta. I never thought I’d have to ask, what kind of grits are they? I was wrong and I’ll pass on those. Definitely not my cup of tea! Oh, but the tea presentation was EXCELLENT! Overall, I’d try them again for lunch or dinner but think I’ll pass on breakfast.

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ClarkG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my goodness perfect breakfast on a Saturday morning. Ingredients perfect. Loved the drinks too

Service excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience4

Food was not good

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KimC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner out! Server was patient while we were waiting for our last guest to arrive. We enjoyed appetizers while waiting. The pimento biscuits are the bomb, as are the deviled eggs. Entrees were great! We shared a piece of banana foster cheesecake. Everything was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent food and a great atmosphere for dining....wish they hadn’t run out of the prime rib before I ordered

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ChristopherL
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday brunch buffet was excellent and provided the opportunity to try a vast array of different items on the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The buffet was sparse and not restocked quickly. The French toast was over fried all the way through leaving no “bread” inside. And it was oddly spicy.
It was just a really weak buffet the price. And no made to order items from the menu were available which meant 2 members of our party really didn’t eat. As they were not comfortable with going to the buffet during this pandemic.
Sadly, we even ordered 2 dessert tray samplers and they weren’t worth eating. Pastries were dry and lacked flavor or anything exciting. You know it’s bad when for young people in our party (18-25 years) left dessert uneaten. We will not return.

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vipChristopherE
Richmond
46 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nina was fantastic. She handled our table with a style and grace to be admired. So comforting to see familiar faces return. The kindness and positivity they display, is one of the many reasons why I keep coming back

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EvelynP
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really appreciate the customer service of the restaurant manager: it took more than 1 hour for our foods to be served at the table but the manager quickly took care of it and even he waived the charge for the foods. We tried to find him when we were ready to leave to thank him but could not find him. He is awesome and I would recommend the owner of the restaurant to recognize the manager’s skill and to reward him.

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FoodieFamily
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! They handled the new world of covid restrictions well and made my family feel comfortable and at ease. We will be back very soon!

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you so much! We really appreciate you sharing this with our team and hope to have you & your family back again soon! :) -Amy

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LeslieL
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Best quality and value.

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vipfoodiemom
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food at this location isn't as good IMHO as the Tysons location, but we love the location and design/ambience. Breading for fried green tomatoes is too heavy and you can't taste the tomatoes. Enchiladas didn't have much flavor. They are doing a good job though with cleaning and spacing and we felt very safe. Server was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The turkey fettuccine was very spicy, but the cheesecake was good. The service was a bit slow, we had a hard time getting our servers attention.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New year’s eve

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We made reservations for NYE dinner. Our server was beyond swamped. It took 20 minutes for our server to come to our table for a drink order. Food took forever but the restaurant was inundated with delivery orders. Our food finally came and it wasn’t even edible. 4/5 of us had to return back our plates. They were so busy that reordering wasn’t an option. The manager said dessert on them so we took the offer. Another disappointment. Their cheesecake tasted like it had been sitting out for a few hours. Again, not edible. This is the second time in a row in the past couple visits where it’s been unsuccessful. I don’t think the establishment has a strong grasp on their operations with this pandemic. Some places have figured it out but this location has not. Big shame because I’ll never return.

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KimberlyM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Took a while to be greeted once we were seated. Our server was pleasant enough but not particularly personable or accommodating. Was also a bit surprised that there wasn't more of a festive vibe in the air with it being NYE. On the contrary, there was no special feeling in the air whatsoever. We were prepared for the restaurant to be busy, but it didn't appear particularly so. We had to wait quite a while in between his return visits to our table. At one point we were left idle for so long that another server came to check on us because she sensed we needed attention. She ended up fetching our drinks from the bar and taking our food order. She was a lot friendlier than our first server, but was not very knowledgeable and actually suggested that I would want my salmon well done, which I thought was odd. Once our order went in the food came out quickly...and was delicious and 100% correct, so the kitchen was on point. Will return again because I have had much more enjoyable experiences dining here in the past, but was not overly impressed on this visit.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on January 3, 2021

Thanks Kimberly for sharing your review with our team, and I am real sorry our service during your experience failed to deliver. :( I would love the chance to follow up with you and hopefully turn around the disappointment you took home with you. I will send you a DM with my email address. -Amy

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MollyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were really impressed upon arrival by just how beautiful the space was. The wings were amazing--great sauce and no ranch needed. The fried green tomatoes were okay--the goat cheese (?) that accompanied help with what was missing regarding the seasoning of the tomatoes. The VA rose was delicious and paired well with the tuna poke. The beer can chicken jumbayla was interesting--unexpected, for sure!

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vipDJfromVA
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Off Day!
We made a reservation for breakfast and arrived to an almost empty restaurant. The hostess seated us promptly and it was downhill from there.
The coffee was weak and cold. The server was nowhere to be found. The hostess came back and brought fresh hot coffee.
I ordered chicken and waffles which comes with scrambled eggs. My waffle was cold and didn’t come with butter. It took forever to get someone’s attention to let them know. They put in an order for a new waffle but it took so long to arrive that my chicken and eggs were cold. My husband ordered the Founding Farmers Breakfast with English muffins and cheesy grits. The English muffin was cold and the butter was frozen. The grits were terrible - hard and lumpy.
We had a similar breakfast at the Tysons location and it was great. So, maybe Reston was having a bad day.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on January 3, 2021

Oh no! I am very sorry to read this and feel terrible for the "off" experience you & your husband had with us. :( I would love the chance to touch base about your feedback and hopefully turn this around! I will send you a DM with my email address to hopefully continue this conversation. -Amy

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LynnJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Very slow service. Server disappeared and another finally came to help to place order. Unusually long time for meal to arrive. Must have been short staffed this day. Fried chicken entree disappointing. Turkey dinner very good. Still one of our go to restaurants despite this sub-par experience.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on December 30, 2020

Hi Lynn: I am super sorry the service was MIA, slow-paced and felt short-handed. :( I am also sorry the Fried Chicken entree missed the mark, and would love to touch base & do my best to make this right! That said, I will send you a DM with my contact info. Thank you and I look forward to being in touch. -Amy

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AmberH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing food.

Server could have been a little more friendly, but maybe he was upset he had to work on Christmas.

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TeeKay
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Founding Farms made my date night dinner one to remember. We received friendly and fast service from our lovely waitress, the food arrived quickly and was absolutely incredible. Cocktails were on point! Absolutely will continue my xmas tradition of dining at FF after I get off work.

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BallstonChica
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This was a throughly disappointing holiday meal from a limited menu (salads, side vegetables), low quality food (cold skillet cornbread, tough and fatty steak, flavorless green beans, diet coke in a can) slow and inattentive service, and a COVID surcharge which we have paid absolutely no other place.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on December 28, 2020

Thank you for your review, and I am so sorry to read this! I feel badly our selection was limited, the food was subpar in quality, the service was slow to deliver and our temporary Pandemic Surcharge did not sit right with you. :( That said, I would love to follow up and hopefully turn around the disappointment you left with. I will send you a DM with my email address. -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I hate that glaring new tv they have outside the restaurant! Really jarring when trying to eat. It’s not owned by the restaurant but perhaps they can put up blinds on the windows

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gentlesoul
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

comfortable. The salmon was excellent. the server was very helpful but missed part of the order. The coffee ordered at the end of the meal was cold. I've had better there, but given the virus conditions, perhaps everyone is a bit off.

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LoriW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere & fun location. Highly recommend for date night or celebration meal. Don't skip dessert!

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sneakers
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Went for Christmas eve dinner. Ryan, our server, was great. Food came out late. 2 of our dinners had over-cooked chicken and another had cold sides. Should have been better!

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on December 28, 2020

Hi sneakers: Oh gosh! You are SO right- your meals should have been MUCH MUCH better than what you described and I am super sorry we dropped the ball with both the timeliness of your order & the quality. This said, I would love to follow up to hopefully turn this around and will send you a DM with my email address. -Amy

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vipReggieG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was good but the staff was really stretched. Thankful that we could get out for a Christmas Eve dinner with the family!

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vipChristopherB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Understanding that there are restrictions and complexities with COVID, Founding Farmers Reston is doing a terrible job. They told us that with the rain, holiday and restrictions in place, they made the mistake of booking too many people and taking too many to go orders. This led to very long ticket times to get our food. But don’t let me get ahead of myself.

The hostess decided that the best place to seat a family with a small baby was right next to the door where all the cold air is coming in and a big sign outside was shining in our faces all dinner. Ok, not so bad, I can turn a bit and we brought a blanket for the baby. Wait, where’s the high chair you said you being right over, didn’t we ask for that 20 minutes ago?! Oh, cool, the only one you have is falling apart and I have to screw it together, nice. But, it’s the holiday and I won’t let it bother me.

Chicken noodle soup you say, sweet, we’ll take two! Oh, wait, you mean butternut squash? Ok, we’ll take one then. Does that come with any sour cream on top, if so, please exclude that, thanks! “No cream sir” But wait, you guessed it, there IS sour cream on top; we’ll I can use the spoon and remove it, my kids look happy at least.

This was not the first time ordering the spicy fried chicken with donut, so we knew something was wrong right away. “Excuse me, is this the spicy fried chicken? Oh, ok, thanks!” Well, it was one piece of spicy and one piece regular. Also, the second piece of chicken was smaller than most of the hot wings you get from other restaurants, definitely not normal. Thanks for making it right by bringing another piece.

A dirty diaper?! Gah! Run to the bathroom to change it only to find the stall with the changing table in the woman’s bathroom is “out of order” meaning my wife has to then run the baby back out so I can try the men’s room. Fortunately, the stall isn’t out of order there too! But the smell. Top it off with losing our parking ticket and messed up directions for the cookies.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on December 26, 2020

I am so sorry for the many disappointments with your family's Christmas Eve visit. :( I feel awful for the uncomfortable table (for multiple & understandable reasons), slow service, the broken HC, the improperly prepared meals, the inaccessible changing table, the smelly men's room, and on top of all of this, understand your frustration to have to pay $25 to exit the parking garage without your ticket. I would love to make this right and will send you a DM with my email address to connect. -Amy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The service was a bit slow but to the waiter’s credit I think he had too many tables. The food was good though! I was surprised on how many tables were in use considering Covid-19 restrictions but I assume it was compliant. Overall a nice dinner with my family to celebrate Christmas Eve in a little different way without extended family.

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ShontelS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

It was 11:30AM on Christmas Eve and the restaurant was not crowded. We were a party of 3 and were seated on the landing area by a party of 8 young ladies. It was very loud and we could not hear each other talk. It was not a Christmas Eve ambiance I was going for in our celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Christmas Eve brunch. Expecting the weekend brunch menu for Christmas but it was a little disappointing to just have an ordinary weekday menu. Will come back for an evening this week to try to have the full experience of the restaurant. We were so looking forward to eating there and our out of town guests had read up about the history and philosophy of the restaurant.

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vipdelisciousness
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service - our server was fabulous (wish I remembered his name!). Even with COVID and the buffet we felt safe and that the team was taking precautions for the health of their patrons. Highly recommend.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on December 23, 2020

Many thanks for sharing this with our team! :) We appreciate it and hope to have you back again soon! -Amy

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vipChristopherE
Richmond
46 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kayla was fantastic. The eggs seemed over done and picked through. The farmers tea was very good. I've had better experiences there but still had a great time

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LisaP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Very disappointing birthday brunch for my son at Founding Farmers - Reston today. I carefully researched a safe COVID-19 option for outdoor brunch and settled on Founding Farmers - Reston, with the heated patio. We arrived at the restaurant to discover that there was no menu service; we were forced to go INSIDE to fill our plates at a brunch buffet. First, buffet during COVID? But worse, an INDOOR buffet during COVID? Without another brunch option, I went in and filled my plate in under 60 seconds, and didn't bother to do it again. Just not worth it. Extremely disappointing experience overall.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on December 14, 2020

Hi Lisa: I am super sorry our buffet brunch yesterday was not expected and sadly, not enjoyed. :( We understand being let down with what you shared and appreciate you letting us know your take away from your experience. Our Team will surely take this into account and we really hope you'll give us another try in the future. Thank you and we wish you & your family a wonderful Holiday Season! -Amy

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JosephH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Brunch buffet moves a bit more slowly than in normal times, but glad to see that it can still be offered safely during coronavirus.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With fiancé

FAQs

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 2623 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.