Founding Farmers - Tysons

4.5
6636 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday – 7am - 10pm
Tuesday-Thursday, 7am – 11pm
Friday, 7am – 12am
Saturday 9am* – 12am
Sunday 9am* – 10pm
*BUFFET BRUNCH- $32/person (no a la carte service_ is served Saturday & Sunday, 9am-2pm)
Every holiday Monday: Buffet Brunch is served 7am-2pm
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Phone number
(703) 442-8783
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Joe Goetze
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Cross street
Galleria Drive
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Parking details
Hourly self-park garages with free evening and weekend validated parking; Silver Line Metro to Tysons Corner station is just ONE block away. Paid Valet Parking ($3 per vehicle) s available daily: for lunch and dinner service, Monday-Friday, and for weekend brunch and weekend dinner hours.
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Public transit
Metro - Silver Line stop at Tysons Corner. The restaurant is just one block away.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 6636 People Are Saying
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JP
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came for a holiday luncheon and it was a good venue for this. Seating was timely, but the choice of times was a bit limited. Large selection of food and drink, and everything we had was good. Generous portions, fresh and tasty. Everyone could find something they enjoyed, the service was excellent, and I would recommend it for this type of activity. Not sure I would visit for a casual or quiet celebration.

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

My kids and I have enjoyed Founding Farmers as our special occasion restaurant at the holidays for a few years now. I mentioned this in my reservation special requests. Only the hostess took any mind of it; that was thoughtful.

Our service was somewhat rushed and brusque. Our plates from the app weren’t cleared until we piled them ourselves in the middle of the table. The food was room temp. Nothing about the meal or service reflected that I’d indicated this was a special night for my family. For this price, so not worth it. This special ed teacher/single mom will find a restaurant for next year that honors what a treat this was supposed to be.

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ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My family loves the food. The service is excellent . When you reserved they honor the time.

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JV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The brunch used to be so much better! Seems like the food quality has decreased. Plus, the passed items never came to our table. Definitely a different experience than when I went to the brunch at this restaurant a couple of years ago.

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

Though we had a reservation, we had to wait about 10 minutes. It was very crowded in the entryway! The booth was nice.

This is probably my fault, but I didn't realize this location only has a $34/person brunch buffet. I've been to other locations where you can order off the menu. The food was pretty good for a buffet. They were out of the juice I wanted, but maybe it's for the better since I saved $11 by drinking water. At least they validate parking. I don't think this is a great value unless you are *very* hungry.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Mike Hanson was outstanding.

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

FYI a reservation doesn't mean that's when you sit down. We waited 20-25 minutes to be seated. But it was restaurant rush-hour at a very popular place so maybe just come expecting to wait? Service was a touch slow but our waiter was very good otherwise, knowledgeable and attentive.

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CL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! So many items we want to try so will definitely be back. Well sized portions in fact you will probably take a doggie bag home. Love the eclectic mixed drink menu..not your usual offerings which was fun. A little noisy but vibrant scene.

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

Background music was unnecessary, but was not intrusively loud.

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Menu looks very enticing but the food itself comes out too greasy and sweet -- even items that shouldn't be sweet are sweet (like sweet pasta, sweet burgers, etc.). If you like that though then you'll like it!

I do recommend the appetizers - they are good! But I haven't liked any of the entrees (and i've tried at least 4-5 of them by now).

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JV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The brunch is fantastic in so many ways, excellent food, good service, and great atmosphere, but the noise level is so bad that it is almost impossible to hear. My friend and I were practically screaming at each other and it was still extremely hard to understand. The brunch would be perfect if the restaurant could do something about the noise level.

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RE
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Really great atmosphere and the food was well prepared from a normal person’s perspective. But if you’re looking for a healthy option, do not go to the Tyson’s Corner location . The DC location does make menu options. But this store is Buffett only for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. So basically, because there was nothing available that wasn’t swimming in butter, I had a spoon full of melons and a scoop of green beans. That cost me the buffet price of $32 . But I can say this. The people who accompanied me were more than satisfied.

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

Amazing food. Amazing atmosphere.

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L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic brunch. Great selections and all fabulous

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ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The weekend brunch was excellent & our service for a large party was wonderful. Always around when we needed something & friendly great attitude!

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

Had a dinner date in the evening. I arrived first and spoke with the host stand. They were very polite and friendly. As soon as my date arrived and we hugged and said hi, there was already a gentleman ready to take us to our seats without us having to check back in with them. That was great! We were seated at a two-person table and it was surprisingly spacious. Our server was phenomenon and offered her recommendations on items to get. The beer was delicious and the food was omg amazing. Two thumbs up for the experience.

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

Good food and good service. However, despite having a reservation, we had to wait 35 min for a table. We were not pleased. The manager made a nice gesture by sending a complementary appetizer, which we appreciated. Lesson learned is to be prepared to wait, even with a reservation, so plan accordingly.

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d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

This is a restaurant I want to like. It was chaotic when the four of us arrived. We were seated 20 minutes late for a 6:30 pm reservation on a Friday night. The area by the hostess stand was packed with people. Obviously poor planning with the choice of the number of reservations they could handle at the busiest hours. When we were finally seated, we ordered standard cocktails but were told that the drinks would take awhile because, "we make everything from scratch here." She was absolutely right and our drinks arrived after our appetizers. I'm not sure what they were making from scratch for a bourbon Manhattan or a vodka martini. The vermouth? the bitters? Not clear. We ordered pretty standard fare. The "classic" raw oysters were oddly served with red cocktail sauce and a heaping portion of horseradish. I expected the traditional mignonette sauce. There were no cocktail forks for the oysters. The homemade biscuits were wonderful, though the butter and jam portions were very small and didn't cover 4 biscuits. For our entrees, the lamb chops had an odd spice that some people might like, but my companion didn't. The 7 cheese macaroni was mostly macaroni - it's really hard to mess this dish up. A huge portion of meatloaf went largely untouched - bland and flavorless. The NY strip was cooked perfectly and its accompaniments were good. A second drink order for glasses of wine to enjoy with dinner arrived just as we finished our main courses. We tried the Tuxedo cake for dessert with four forks. The cake was dry the the marshmallow icing didn't add to the flavor profile. Throughout the meal, service was non-existent and the place was so noisy we had to shout at one another. I give up trying to like this place.

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WB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It would have been a lot better had the noise level been less.

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant. The food is delicious and always reliable. I will return.

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V
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

While not fine dining, the food at Founding Farmers of Tysons is quite good. My southern fried chicken was a little dry, but my dining partners reported their burger and meat loaf were excellent. Service is wonderful, including good natured banter from the hostess as she seated us. The place was packed, but we never felt neglected, nor did it take too long for our orders to arrive. Everyone around us appeared to be having a good time, which added to the overall enjoyment. We'll go other places when we want a high-end (and much more expensive) dining experience, but we will definitely return to FF/Tysons when we want good food in pleasant surroundings.

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EP
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent! It was a bit loud though. We had the steak frites and starters were the Brie, cornbread, and crab dip. Cornbread is a must!!! Recommend the fish & chips as well

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C
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

While the food is always fantastic, the getting seated and service experiences are not professional or efficient.

I am always amazed at how crowded, noisy, and backed up the enterance is when there are so many open tables in the restaurant. Either get more help at the hostess stand or have the waiters or managers seat people during busy times.

While the service was not bad, it could have been more attentive. The waiter needs to be able to intuit that when the knife and fork are on the plates at 5 o'clock, his patrons are done with their meal. Pay closer attention to what's going on at their tables, and if you're not sure, ask

I'll probably come back for the great food, but will contiue to complain about the front of the house until you get it right.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal and the service was outstanding. Our server took great care to ensure everything was great and we were all enjoying our dinner. It was very busy, so reservations are recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was as professional and knowledgeable as could be they made sure we were happy and our needs were taken care of. The food was impeccable and our drinks were great, from our appetizer to our dessert everything was perfect. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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KG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burgers are AMAZING

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OT
Grand Rapids
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Brunch buffet food is mediocre but the service was great!

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CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a reservation and arrived early and even with the crowded wauyubg sres they sat us 20 minutes early.

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EH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

The food at the Founding Farmers location in DC is 100 times better.

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MN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Host that sat us seemed less than enthusiastic to be working there. When asked if we could sit in the multiple open booths, we were told no because we were two people. Waiter was friendly and helpful. Food was ok, seemed to have gone down in quality from when it first started. MANY of the dishes were COLD. Overall ambiance is something to be desired. Tables sit on top of each other and its really loud.

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoy Founding Farmers and all of their restaurants. The food is good, drinks are better, and dessert are the best! Banana Cream Pie..OMG!! Good atmosphere.

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WN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Our waiter was pleasant but too busy. Took a long time to get drinks. Appetizers came before them actually. Food was ok. But, it's really overpriced for what you get. Kettle corn was charred. There was no chicken in the pot pie. One of us ordered the fish of the day and asked for a double portion of greens instead of potatoes. Got no potatoes but only a couple of ounces of greens. I keep wanting to like this place so I keep coming back. I think I'm finished trying.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and tasty, service great, ambiance fantastic-this would be a place where I can be proud to take an out-of-towner to. The only thing is some tables are set up way too close to the next one so privacy in conversation is zero and my husband and I had to scream so that we can hear each other coz it's noisy. But, I still give them 5 stars and would definitely go back.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Arrived 20 min early for 6:15 reservation but due to communication mixup with hostess ended up being sat after reservation time and only because asked why we weren’t being seated when 6:20 rolled around. Manager apologized and comped some biscuits. Nice. Then we waited for almost 30 minutes to order drinks - waiter dropped off the free biscuits and water and came back 25 minutes later...Ribeye and spicy chicken were tasty as usual. Fried shrimp as well. Disappointed there are no longer flights of local beer. Service really needs to improve. Will give one more shot.

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JZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time ever at a founding Farmers. Awesome experience!

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AN
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Overall, food was excellent. Check in went smoothly. They seated us almost exactly at the time of our reservation. The manager greeted us and took our appetizer order. From that point on the service was sub par. It took nearly 30 minutes to get our first order of drinks. There were very few check ins for refills . For desert we ordered 6 different cookies. Instead of bringing 6 different cookies the waitress brought us 3 cookies with two of each. We didn’t want that many as we wanted the specific cookies we ordered. Overall, I really like their lunch menu but the noise and service at dinner were not worth the price. With so many other restaurants competing for my dining dollars in the area, I would go somewhere else where they will at least be attentive.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Excellent appetizers, but the kitchen really let us down with our entrees, and while it's understandable that the bar is slammed, it really shouldn't take 30(ish) minutes to get a drink.

Two of our four entrees were cold when arrived (steak frites), fried chicken was obviously reheated (skin wasn't crispy, saturated with grease, etc), sides french fries wilted and soggy. Very disappointing, especially given the price point, and how good past service has been.

On the bright side, our waitress was excellent, and the hostess magnificent.

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m
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Went to brunch, food was mediocre and everything was cold.

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o
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time coming here and it was again....AMAZING! We loved the food and our waitress. High five and hugs to all of the staff. We love the light fixtures and mural! #foodie #farmfresh #sticktoyourrubs #goodfood #wewillbeback

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KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place was great! The chicken and ham were freshly prepared and super tasty! Our server was attentive and just wonderful - Thanks Elena!!

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