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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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was wonderful.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This spot is phenomenal! Their top best dishes would have to be the cornbread, spicy fried chicken & donut, and the CARROT CAKE 😋.

I also ordered the classic deviled eggs, they needed salt but good thereafter. The fries were cut fresh with salt added they were delicious. For my drink I ordered the ‘El Presidente’, this consisted of rum, pineapple, grenadine, and lime I believe. The bartender did an outstanding job because it was the perfect mix!

Fun Fact: Their ice cubes are imported and all made the same size & shape. 🙃

All of their bakery is made from scratch even down to the hand churred ice cream. The carrot cake was simply amazzzzziiiiinnnnggggggg ! It’s served with vanilla ice cream.

I definitely plan to return soon, I’ve heard their brunch is pretty good too!

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N
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wish I'd known that we could have ordered the eggs benedict, pancakes, pot pie, shrimp etc. BEFORE we went to the buffet. Not knowing about those options and then filling up on other items first kind of tainted the experience. Still it was a nice experience and the staff was very helpful.

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J
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here for the weekend brunch. Food was tasty and the service was even better. My only issue (not a big one) was the location of the buffet being next to the front entrance/waiting area. If seated in upper-rear section of the restaurant the walk back and forth along with sometimes having to squeeze between people waiting to be seated might be a slight hassle. Otherwise, nothing to complain about and would be back.

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was good, but we couldn’t eat enough comfortably at the brunch buffet to justify $32.50 each (plus drinks) for very basic dishes. The pastries were great, but again, one can only consume so much sugar at one sitting. I guess we wouldn’t have thought that much about the prices if our experience was excellent. We don’t mind paying for good food and service. I could list a number of examples, but to save time I will say that the service was poor which lowered the value of the overall experience. It was our first visit and unfortunately, will be our last.

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

Fried green tomatoes, biscuits, drinks, and donuts were awesome. My impossible burger was dry and chewy, and the BBQ sauce had little flavor. Our waitress was nice in the beginning but then she got weird - we asked her if they served shooters and she looked at us like we were speaking a different language and said "uhhh I mean we have oyster shooters," then when my boyfriend asked if she liked the chicken or steak more, she said "well one is chicken and one is steak." Then, my friend offered me a bite of her pasta and the waitress said "what do you not like your food" and then my friend had to explain that she was just offering me a bite. She just got very strange and hostile, but I know that the restaurant trains their staff to be friendly and helpful, so I am not sure why she was acting that way but it was quite unpleasant.

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JM
Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The only good thing about my experience at Found Farmers Tysons was the cornbread. My chicken was bland, mashed potatoes were just warm, and the collard greens were not good at all!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went there for the first time and it was so good. We are going to go back.

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

The food was very good but needed more options for people with dietary restricitons

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I absolutely enjoyed dining here for Valentine's Day. Seating was a breeze and everyone was so kind and friendly. It was loud due to music playing and large amount of guests at the bar but Valentine's Day was expected to be a busy night. Parking is not really clear as you need to "validate" your parking but when I asked a server they didn't know and unfortunately I ended up paying for parking. It was even cheaper to use their valet in the end which we will most likely do next time. The food is absolutely amazing definitely worth the prices. Though they are high, you can taste the freshness. The only downside was that they only make their specialty drinks at the bar. When asked about a Mojito, they said they don't make them. Our server Jhamila was one of the best servers I have ever encountered. She was ready to answer any questions since we were new and even explained a little history about Founding Farmers. All in all a great Valentines dinner and I would definitely go back on a normal night.

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

Great service and food as always! Our waitress was great!

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

We had a big group and the service was excellent

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

This was our first time at Founding Farmers, but it won't be our last! The food was delicious and the portions were large. My husband ordered the crab cakes and he loved that they were meaty and not just filler. I had the fish of the day which was the Rockfish and it was wonderful; tasted like a summer evening at the beach. Each staff member we encountered (the hostess, our waitress Kira, food servers, etc) was friendly and efficient. Because it was Valentine's Day, the restaurant was crowded which made it quite noisy. We want to return during the week to enjoy our meal with less noise.

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

Lovely birthday celebration for my daughter at a fantastic restaurant. Our server was great and highly recommended Founding Farmers for special events.

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

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.

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

Great food, wonderful service - one star off for the 'all parties must be present to seat' reservation policy. We were unaware of the policy and had to wait 30 minutes until our group stragglers arrived.

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always great! Love the atmosphere every time we go.

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

The food is so delish and the portions are gi-normous!!

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

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.

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S
San Antonio
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

Always a great place to meet up with friends. Service and food great.

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TC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bit on the pricey side but the food is usually pretty good and service is generally pretty good. Reservations are required.

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TH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - enormous portions, attentive and friendly servers, and fun atmosphere

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LB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my family for my birthday, and it was a great meal with excellent service.

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CF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super; awesome food!

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RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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.

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AF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

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.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There brunch is amazing and well worth the price!!! We loved going and will definitely go again soon!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday and it was amazing

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o
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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ED
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Thank you,
Mrs. Hampton

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