Founding Farmers - Tysons

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Founding Farmers Tysons is a farmer owned restaurant that offers fresh food and drink with an emphasis and focus on cooking from scratch with ingredients sourced from near and far, from sources we trust, in a modern farmhouse setting. The bar is not to be missed, offering delicious scratch sodas, craft cocktails, and an all Virginia draught beer list; we'll have just the thing to quench your thirst.

Approximately 30% of the menu includes items inspired by the culinary traditions of Virginia in a modern way. Weekend brunch at Founding Farmers Tysons is BUFFET style, with a wide array of breakfast, lunch, salad, entree, and dessert options.

The restaurant is upscale casual, which welcomes business casual dress, and dress that would be appropriate in a nice restaurant; this includes jeans and athletic wear, and warm-weather clothing, including shorts.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Took 1 hour to get our food which was cold. Manager did a great job in compensation for this experience

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

We went to Founding Farmers in Tysons for dinner (4 people), making reservations for 7pm; after making the reservation, I noted a number of reviews on several sites that were, quite frankly, disturbing, as they commented on either 'poor service' or 'poor food'; other reviews were highly positive; not knowing what to expect, we waited maybe 5 minutes, were shown to our table, and the servers were highly attentive, obviously busy (the place was packed on a Tuesday night), and the food was good! also in large quantities. Compared with other places in the DC area, Founding Farmers, in this instance, was one of the best for energetic atmosphere, good food at a reasonable price, and worth returning

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London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice location. Bustling and friendly but slow service, the poor guy was running around like mad. Wouldn’t recommend the raw oysters or filet steak, fried chicken and donut was good tho. Didn’t stay for dessert.

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PE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Once we were seated and our waiter took our drink order...after approx 15 minutes we inquired about our drinks and were informed "they would be right out".
The drinks did not arrive for another 10 minutes and until after appetizers and right before dinner.
Apparently they had lost our order but our waiter was not attentive or conscientious enough to take the time to notice, care, or proactively do something about the failure.

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

Dependable, reasonably priced, filling, fresh tasting food.
Live in Raleigh, NC and always go out of the way when in DC to go to Tyson’s Corner restaurant. It’s next to Galleria with boutique shops which adds to attraction. Founding Farmers’ Apple Pie defines the meaning of being an American!

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AD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Solid meal... Service was a little slow out of the gate, but it got better over time.

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

We enjoyed Founding Farmers very much. Service was great, and for the most part, the food was very good (although my fried chicken was a dry and almost burnt, that’s why I didn’t give five stars for the food)....But we also ordered other dishes, and overall the quality of the food was excellent😊

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

I loved the Impossible Burger! It really tasted like a real hamburger.

Love Founding Farmers, but as usual, it was very, very loud. My ears hurt by the end of the evening.

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NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food is always good at Founding Farmers, but they seated us in the bar area (I made the reservation more than a week before) so it was loud and very busy. Our waitress was VERY slow and out meal took forever to complete. With a 10-year old as part of our party -- THAT was challenging.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you, NancyM for sharing your review with us. I am very sorry that service was slow in delivery and that the booth in our bar area was not what you had expected. :/ Please know, our Management Team will look into what happened with our service during your visit on Sunday, and of course, if we ever do make the misjudgment of seating you in an area not to your liking, please let us know! Our team will always work with you to find a spot that is more desirable. :) -Amy

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HJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal brunch! Food and service were on point! 1st for FF brunch, fourth time as a guest.

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WO
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

This is truly a shame. The food was really good. Our food server was good. The hostess station once again was disappointing. My family and I had this same experience at the founding farmers in Dc. Enough that the restaurant sent a gift card to get us to give them another chance.

Today was that second chance. We had a reservation for 2:15, showed up at 2:10, checked in. For 15 minutes parties who came in after us were seated. At 2:30 i went to the hostess station and asked about our table, the host asked who checked you in. She was the one who did so I replied you did, her response was no, no I didn’t. She was the only person with long brown hair and a pale pink sweater.

We were seated about 10 minutes later. Don’t come here even with a reservation if you are hungry or you have plans after.

I would have been fine with a brief apology but she denied even checking us in.

I will not go to founding farmers again. There are just too many other choices with better front of house service

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

First time with Sunday brunch. Food was excellent

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

This was the best brunch buffet I have ever experienced! The food was amazing...much of which you could take right off of a sizzling skillet. The servers were very attentive as well. I highly recommend it, especially on holidays!

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G
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We dined here for Easter brunch. The food was terrible- you could tell the food had been sitting out under warmers etc. for a while. The service was really slow- from coffee refills to clearing of plates. The server also didn't explain how everything worked (some items buffet, some items you had to order etc.).

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded 12 hours ago

I am very sorry, Greatcustomer to read that your Easter Brunch visit was only worthy of 2-Stars and left you disappointed. :( I would love the chance to connect further and will send you a PM. -Amy

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

We celebrated Easter Sunday at Founding Farmers and enjoyed it so much. The brunch buffet was amazing and fresh as always. We didn’t want to go to another or try another restaurant and preferred Tyson’s Founding Farmers. It was fully booked on Easter but did not feel overcrowded. We left the restaurant feeling happy and content.

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p
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I had eaten lunch at Founding Farmers quite a few times as it is near where I work, but had never driven the 30 miles from home for the Sunday brunch. We decided to try it for Easter and loved it. We knew it would be crowded, so we made reservations months ahead. When we arrived at 12:20 for our 12:30 reservation, parking was easy and we were seated promptly in spite of the crowd. The food was awesome - favorites from the buffet were meatloaf, mac and cheese, bananas foster fried French toast, crab dip, pimento cheese spread and shrimp and grits and favorites brought to the table were the deviled eggs and bacon lollipops. Servers were friendly, but drinks were REALLY slow coming out and getting refills was a challenge. They were also out of some of the more popular items more than most buffets (possibly not a normal situation due to an Easter crowd, but nothing to compare to). Plates were removed reasonably promptly.

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

The service was excellent as this was the first time for us to this restaurant the server took time to explain everything. Even the hostess made sure we were given a full overview.

The food was awesome and it was all fresh and cooked perfect. I would recommend the weekend buffet or any lunch or dinner as Founding Farmers is worth it.

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

Great food and service 2nd time at this location.
Great food!!

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Responded 12 hours ago

Wonderful! We are thrilled you enjoyed your 2nd visit with us and we look forward to your third! ;) -Amy

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KC
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A great place to go with family and friends! Only thing that was a draw back wat the eggs benedict. Yolks were hard cooked and the english muffin wasn't toasted.

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

Brunch is always delicious and, even the the restaurant was packed the service was very attentive and ensured we had everything we needed. Highly recommended.

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L
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The brunch food was great and various! Thanks to the chef!

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JW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Here is my take after brunch at Founding Farmers (Tyson’s):
The food was delicious, which is foundational for a good brunch, in my opinion. There was a good variety and the foods I tried were flavorful and not run of the mill. I would suggest a different flow pattern for the buffet as it got a little clogged and confusing when more than a few were getting food. The first room, with the gold tree, as well as the bar area had a really nice ambiance; the back room felt less nice. Our server did not seem to be that interested in taking care of us but every restaurant has severs of varying quality and every person can have a bad day, even if a good server.
As for returning , we definitely will and can recommend it!

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HS
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We came evening of 4/20/19 and Easter afternoon 4/21/19. Both times were great. Spicy fried chicken is delicious. One note on service below:

Having someone come by to do drinks before we meet our server is fine, but don’t have them start off with “Hi my name is ______ and I WON’T be taking care of you but I am here to take your drink order.”

I understand not wanting the diner to think that person is their server, but instead maybe have them say “Hi my name is ______, I’m going to get your drink order and then ______ will be right over to take care of you tonight.”

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K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved my dinner and my time here at Founding Farmers 😊 I always come here for special occasions because they actually have good options for my diet preferences (vegetarian/vegan). I’m so happy I came here again, and will definitely be back soon! 🙌🏽

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BW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, had a great meal and wine. Service was great too.

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

This place is amazing!! The dining experience is spectacular. Special thank you to the manager for making my dad 79th birthday awesome

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

We were there to help a friend celebrate her 50th birthday.

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LC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will drive 1 hour and 45 minutes just for a taste of founding farmers.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Buffet was awesome! My kids will never get their money’s worth for the buffet wish they had an all la cart option for the kids. The selection was great, the food was outstanding and they kept the buffet stocked all morning. Also there are menu items they waiter can bring for no extra charge: Pancakes, pot-pies, eggs Benedict and some others

Valet parking was only $3! Make a reservation the wait without looked Terrible!!!! Love it and will be back!

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RH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We come to Founding Farmers quite occasionally and love the atmosphere. Our server was sweet and answered all of our questions. She placed the order. She forgot the Ginger Drink until the end when it was mentioned. The cornbread took about 20-25 minutes to receive and the dinner even longer (probably more like an additional 20 minutes). The service (compared to the one in DC) is very very slow. D.C. location is always consistently fast and your two other locations (Tysons and Reston) are very inconsistent. Go Figure. I hesitate recommending the Tysons location for this reason. The salmon was great, perfectly prepared as requested, the Prime Rib was requested to be Medium Rare and it was raw in the middle. That's unfortunate. My husband will not order prime rib again. The vegetables were absolutely outstanding. Our friend had the fried chicken which he said was outstanding. If you could just be more consistent.

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E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Extremely overpriced, but I’m quite sure the overhead is mind blowing in that area of Tyson’s. If you evaluate your food with your mouth vs. your eyes (decor) it’s a a ripoff. Wasn’t noticeably better than a Longhorns or even (god forbid) Ruby friggin’ Tuesday’s. Great ambience and good service, but only one of four of us took our leftovers home. I’d take Sweetwater over FF every day of the week AND save money.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded 3 days ago

I am so sorry, Elliottd that this experience was met with food that failed to really give you bang for your buck. We appreciate that you let us know and of course, hope to have you back for another try! I will send you a PM to hopefully stay in touch. -Amy

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Made a reservation and had a surprise guest join us. Host staff and manager were very accommodating. Nice menu, lots of options without so many its overwhelming. Staff was busy but handled it well with a great attitude. The Brie appetizer is awesome. Spicy chicken is a must. Apple pie is huge and super fresh. Staff will validate parking too.

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KJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The Crab Louie salad was simply the most delicious dish I have had in a long time. The crab was fresh and sweet. The dressing was tasty. The noise level was a little loud for a worktime conversation at lunch but overall a good experience.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Paid a visit based on very high expectations and recommendations. Ordered the Chicken pie which ended up being cream of chicken soup, runny consistency and literally one piece of chicken. I should have said something, but my parents came to visit from far for my birthday and did not want to make a scene. Maybe my expectations were too high? Service and ambience -cannot fault.

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2
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time eating at Founding Farmers. We enjoyed the dinner very much.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants so when my boss came to town it was a no brainer to bring him here. Service and food are always great and I’ve never had a single thing from the menu that I regretted ordering. You can’t go wrong with any of it. Do yourself a favor and ask to sit in Austin’s section when you go. He’s incredibly friendly, he made sure to check on us in a timely manner to see if we needed anything, and his recommendations were spot on.

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good. Initially experienced a service issue but was immediately resolved once it was brought to staff attention.

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NT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not sure why reservations are required when you have to wait every time you make them. Also, I know the front reception is busy, but they can make an effort to smile and be a bit more friendly. Two for two on not being welcoming.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded on April 18, 2019

Thank you, NickTheBroker for sharing your review with us. I am very sorry that we were delayed with your reservation and that our host staff also failed to provide a warm & welcoming environment. :( We appreciate you taking the time to alert us to our shortcomings this time and our Management Team will surely look into this with our team that worked Sunday. -Amy

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We've visited the Tyson's location a few times with subpar service, but this last visit took the cake. Before our order was taken, we had 3 servers visit us, either bringing water (first time was dirty) or coming to tell us our server would be with us shortly. While the appetizers came out relatively quickly, we waited for 30+ minutes (WITH an impatient baby & toddler who both eat table food). Everything after that just dragged, whether it was requesting more ketchup, or the check. We normally order drinks other than water & dessert for the table, but felt like we couldn't. A relatively "quick" meal (we have visited the Reston location with much better service) turned into almost 2.5 hrs & effectively ruined the rest of the nights' plans. This was the straw that broke the camel's back, & we most likely will not return to this location.

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N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Even with reservation, long wait to be seated for Sunday brunch.

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