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Founding Farmers - Reston
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- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Loved the brunch and enjoyed being outside. Did not mind the Pandemic Surcharge. The service was poor and we were left to wait too many times from beginning to end, which was reflected in the tip.
We went for brunch to celebrate a birthday. We requested a table near the window when making the reservation online but they could not accommodate, alternate seating was fine. It took about ten minutes before a server came to our table to take our drink orders and let us know how the buffet worked; server was fair but slow. Food at the buffet was uneven, some very good, and some not good at all, cold and overcooked, especially the meats. Chili and mashed potato’s were outstanding. Took us forever to get the desserts delivered and same thing when trying to pay; server just disappeared. For a $200+ dollar brunch we were disappointed with the value.
Great food, great atmosphere and great service. We had a wonderful time. Since it is slightly on the higher end price wise, would reserve for occasional get together or celebrations.
Our server wasn’t great and overpriced for the level of service
I love Founding Farmers Reston Station, it’s my go to spot for brunch with my son. They are trying their best with the new covid considerations but I think their brunch is really struggling. From this visit, some of the items we ordered a la carte (bacon lollies, eggs Benedict) were cold by the time they got to our table. The stations they set up for brunch are a good idea but often get very congested with lines so people are way too close when trying to navigate multiple lines. Adding a few more people to serve would help. Finally, I made a reservation for a post hockey brunch with 2 moms and 6&7 year old boys. We were in the lobby for almost 10 minutes while the female manager “gave her server some time as he just got assigned 2 tables”. We would have been happy to sit at our table and not try to corral these 2 kids in the lobby, even if we had to wait to be served.
We love founding farmers and hope they can sort some of these issues out. Until then we will wait a while before returning.
Always enjoy dining here. And now that Sunday brunch is back, we’ll be back soon!
Outstanding service! Outstanding food! Excellent care taken during this crazy time. Love this restaurant.
Highly recommend for breakfast/brunch. Well priced for the quality of food you get. (Definitely try the donuts)
Really great place for meeting up with friends on the weekend!
Thanks Brooke!! This is very much appreciated, and we look forward to having you & your friends back for brunch again soon. :) -Amy
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Reston Whiel has very nice outdoor dining but our server was very slow. Good came in good time and was perfect.
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
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.
The buffet was a bit overcrowded and service was slow from the bar and the kitchen.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
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
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.
Amazing food, great services, awesome overall experience!
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.
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
We ordered simple "Restaurant Week" items but took longer time to serve foods.
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.
Great foods, good service, definitely will come back again
Food was good. Great service. They accommodated special requests.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Awesome! Thank you, Shawn for sharing this with us! :) We appreciate it and hope to have you back sometime soon. -Amy
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 2473 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.