Founding Farmers - Tysons
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.
We had a big group and the service was excellent
Lovely birthday celebration for my daughter at a fantastic restaurant. Our server was great and highly recommended Founding Farmers for special events.
Founding farmers is best for brunch. The dinner menu is very limited and the food is rich and high in calories (also, no kids menu). Some entrees are great, others are not. The fries were soggy and looked burnt. The fried chicken sandwich itself was really good, but the side of braised greens I ordered left much to be desired - no flavor at all. We were disappointed there were no entree or dessert specials for Valentine's Day. We will be back for brunch.
It started off promising with great recommendations from our server for the sodas for the teens. But then went slowly downhill. We ordered the bacon lollies, as a favorite, but I think they changed the recipe as they weren’t as tasty. Our plates were taken away and then The Spicy carb dip came out with only 4 pieces of toasted bread for a table of 6 and a large serving of the dip, however no plates so waited for about 10 minutes trying to flag someone down so we could have plates and then another 10 to get more toasted bread for the dip. The overall meal was tasty, but the noise level made it really hard to have conversation across the table. It was our first time sitting in the dinning area near the bar. For Dessert they didn’t have the Cinnamon donut that was recommended for my son, it was his birthday, so that held up dessert, and all the while we sat there waiting for our coffee, which didn’t come until the kids were finished with their desserts. We too had ordered a donut to share for dessert, but they had run out. Mind you this was 7:15 pm, not ordering at 9 pm or the last dinner service. The banquettes’ upholstery was torn and ripped in places, along with the chairs we sat in. I’m not sure we’ll go here again.
Got a cherry lime rickey to drink and it was so sour it was almost undrinkable. The cornbread appetizer was barely warm with a tiny bit of butter to share. I had salmon which was good but the vegetable medley was cold. Not warm but cold. The mashed potatoes were like warm at best. The service was fine but I won’t come back any time soon.
Reservation for 6 was seated around 6:26. Waiter was very polite and kept our glasses full even though the water was on our table. Tables are on the smaller side, not much spare room besides your meal.
Great food and great atmosphere. Our seat was available when promised and we did not feel rushed to leave after we finished eating. Will definitely be back!
Always a great place to meet up with friends. Service and food great.
A bit on the pricey side but the food is usually pretty good and service is generally pretty good. Reservations are required.
Overall, we really like the restaurant, but this particular visit wasn't the best. My husband and I were there for dinner with our our teenage son. When we placed our food order, the waiter read it back to us and everything was correct. Unfortunately, when the food arrived, the person who brought the food (not our waiter) served our son a Spicy Fried Chicken platter instead of the Chicken Fried Steak (I know, teenage boy...) that he ordered. Seeming very confused, the server took the plate back to the kitchen without saying anything. My husband and I waited a bit to start on our dinners, but it became clear that our son's food wasn't coming out any time soon. Our waiter eventually came by to half-heartedly apologize about the "confusion," and said the order would be out soon. After my husband had already eaten all of his dinner, yet another person finally brought out our son's, and again apologized for the "confusion." There was no mention of any kind of discount or even the ubiquitous "free dessert" (we ordered two) to compensate for the error. Very disappointing. I would be reluctant to take business associates or out of town guests with time constraints to this restaurant.
Delicious food - enormous portions, attentive and friendly servers, and fun atmosphere
Went with my family for my birthday, and it was a great meal with excellent service.
Super; awesome food!
We are fans of founding farmers and their various restaurants, however; this visit was less than stellar. We were seated relatively on time and our server was very good. We were disappointed in food (buffet) selection, availability (had to wait frequently for things to be replenished) and some items that should have been hot (or warm) were cold. Totally understand that Sunday brunch can be chaotic, but paying better attention to the buffet and stations should be priority one.
Big mix up in the beginning, they claimed to not have my reservations. Eventually it was found, after 30 min. Food replacement was slow, and variety was limited.
Had to wait 30 minutes which makes making reservations essentially useless. Most of the items served on the buffet were usually out and not replaced as quickly as one would expect during brunch. Food was okay. Nothing spectacular. Could have gone to IHOP without the wait and better service.
My husband and I have tried doing walk-ins at this restaurant for the past 2 years for brunch. Obviously calling in advance for reservations is highly recommended, as wait times can be hours long. We finally made a reservation 2 weeks in advance and decided to bring our 2 foodie best friends with us. The 4 of us will travel for great food! We thought this restaurant would be AMAZING due to the difficulty in getting reservations. When we arrived, we were sat at almost exactly our reservation time. First I want to start by saying, our server was prompt and constantly made sure our glasses were full, plates were removed and checked on our needs amazingly! She was an excellent server. Now for the food. We were greatly disappointed with the majority of what we ate. My plate had a tiny bit of everything, the roast, fried chicken, pork belly bacon, Mac n cheese, salmon, literally a spoonful of everything they offered. Flavor was lackluster. The chicken was juicy, which can be difficult to accomplish in buffet style settings. The salmon flavor was great but mine was dry and chewy. There really wasn’t anything that screamed out “WOW! We have GOT to come back again!!” The pot pie offered by the server was a small saving grace, as were the bananas foster French toast. As a whole, out of the 4 of us, we were just a bit disappointed with flavor. The selections looked promising but overall it was just meh. We do love the dinner offerings and have been to Founding Farmers for dinner a few times. But brunch was a thumbs down for us, unfortunately. I do want to reiterate that we are foodies who will go to great lengths to seek out AMAZING meals and amazing service. And our server was superb! I hope this critique can possibly help in future flavorings of the food. We would love to give Founding Farmers Brunch another try in the future, as we don’t dismiss a restaurant without a second chance. Thanks for reading my review of our first Sunday Brunch experience at Founding Farmers.
There brunch is amazing and well worth the price!!! We loved going and will definitely go again soon!!
Birthday and it was amazing
The food, atmosphere, and service at Founding Farmers was great! I didn't realize, however, that when we went the only option was a brunch buffet at ~$30 per person. It would have been nice to know that ahead of time. There was an immense amount of food and multitude of choices, however, so not that it wasn't worth it! Also, it's kind of hard to find as it's tucked away behind a bank/office building and not near the other restaurants at Tysons II. I didn't deduct points for that, but good to know.
Steak and meatloaf came out cold - so one person was left eating a meal alone while others watched, which made for a bad dining experience, however they were gracious enough to comp the entire meal for us. Great customer service without having to ask for that consideration.
Second visit recently where they clearly overbooked reservations. If you make reservations you shouldn’t have to wait for a table for nearly an hour. It’s unacceptable regardless of how good the food is. We were under a time constraint and really couldn’t enjoy the dinner as a result.
Had reservations and still waited 40 min. They realized they were behind schedule because of a big party and brought out free appetizers. I never got any. They ran out quickly and never restocked. I felt ignored while waiting. They sat people ahead of me who were there after but simply complained more. Food and service were good but not worth that wait. Plenty of other good options in the area.
I made reservations for my husband's 60th birthday. Although I enjoyed the food and ambiance, our reservations were for 7:15pm. However, we did not get seated until close to 7:45pm. I asked the hostess what was the hold up and was told they were waiting for our table to clear. I got there at 6:30pm and announced we had arrived and was told we could be seating as soon as our table was ready. They said it was being prepared. However, we still wait for about 30 extra minutes. I am not sure which stories was true but having to wait that much time beyond our reservations is not very polite.
I will definitely return because the food is wonderful but I would suggest a better way to communicate with guest when things are not going as planned.
We had reservations for 7p. We had to wait 30 extra minutes even under a reservation. We were a bit disgruntled. Once we were seated we ordered appetizers and entrees. The floor manager came over and let us know that she would comp our appetizers for the wait. She apologized and commenced to tell us that was not right to have a reservation and have to wait that long. We thanked her and told her that we appreciated Founding farmers for their great customer service. What a great night afterall.
Cocktails are routinely amazing - fantastic complement to the food. Thank you to FF for a lovely experience - seared on time, attended to, etc.
Very busy so hard to get waiter’s attention but luckily another waiter helped us. Food always amazing
Great food and great service! Totally recommended!
Our dinner was delicious and enjoyable!
Service was very slow. We waited extended periods of time for our food! We expressed our concern with the waitress but she didn’t seem to be able to do anything about it. Our reservation was after the Saturday brunch so restaurant wasn’t overly busy.
we were not happy that we were not told it was a brunch only until 3:00 and that you could not order from the regular menu. We had 2 handicap people with us so to have to turn around and go somewhere else would have been a real pain, so we stayed as we had no choice.
Really great Brunch experience.
I met my sister at Founding Farmers for brunch on Saturday. I've eaten at the Pennsylvania restaurant and ordered off the menu. It never occurred to me that I couldn't order off the menu and had to take the $32.50 buffet. Neither of us are eat big eaters and an all you can eat buffet was a waste for us. Food was okay, not great. Beef stew was fatty, the brisket terribly overdone - most things ok - nothing great. I would never go back there unless they also offered ordering of a menu.
Always a good experience at founding farmers!
Great food, cool bar scene, Ariel our waitress was very attentive. All in all, a wonderful evening.
Food was to die for. Our server was outstanding. She really knew the menu and her recommendations were spot on!
Great, friendly staff. Amazing food. Close proximity to other parties if you are a small party of 2. I felt like the table on either side of us were on our date. Highly recommend the Farmer John drink
Food was good. Service felt rushed.
Great food and good drinks. The menu has so many options to choose from - and it's tough to go wrong. Leave room for the desserts. Getting in the restaurant is a bit of a challenge with the parking garage and valet - leave extra time to arrive.
I took my team for dinner at Founding Farmers on Thursday evening. I love the decor at the restaurant. It was not too loud at all, so we had good conversation across the table. The food was good.
I was very unhappy with our waiter and the staff at the restaurant. I understand the restaurant was busy that evening. They were clearly trying to rush us through the meal so they could seat another table. They delivered the check while we were still eating and kept coming to the table to try to see if we were ready to leave.