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

My husband and I went for breakfast this morning. My husband ordered the FF Breakfast and I had the biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs along with their daily donut. Joe, our sever was not friendly and never checked in on us. Once our food came out-over cooked or/or burnt we had to track him down to ask for ketchup and a fresh cup of coffee. Not only was the food over cooked but flavorless. As we asked for our check, Joe then proceeded to as if I still wanted my donut. The over all experience was terrible. We won’t be back to this location.

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

Have had brunch numerous times here. Sometimes good, sometimes overlooked or flavorless. This was a good day - things tasted well seasoned and not “mushy”. Stations were swiftly replenished too possibly because for the no one realized it was a special Presidents’ Day brunch. Children were free. Nice bonus.

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

The service was slow. Had to wait several minutes to get water and coffee refilled, Compared to the one in Reston, who has much better service.It took a while to have dirty plates removed. Not many choices of food items. With the money we paid, the food and service don’t match to the price.

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

Great time!

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

Brunch, brunch, brunch....do it. We were previous VA residents and were returning to visit friends. First thing we did was make brunch reservations. Still has quality food and stellar service. Now...let's open one on the West coast.

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D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and ambiance

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I
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food as always. Wait staff very attentive. Beverage refills were always on time. Never had to ask. Will be back soon!

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

It was amazing and great service just took awhile to be seated as they was very busy and seemed a bit unprepared.

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

We had a 7:15 reservation and we still had to wait 20 min for a table! Also it is very loud in there. This was a birthday and we did not get a complimentary dessert! Very disappointed. Also I ordered the spicy chicken which was good, but the grits had no flavor and the greens were very bland!!! I could not eat it at all. The devil eggs were amazing!

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our recent visit to Founding Father’s was excellent! We were celebrating a birthday with our family. We all were very pleased with the food choices and preparation and the exceptional service. It was a lovely experience!!

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m
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Server was friendly. The fried food was greasy but the pasta was really dry. Normally we enjoy this chain but this time we were disappointed.

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

Our server (wish I remembered his name) was excellent. Very attentive and gave the best off the menu whiskey recommendation! Explain the menu well. I ordered the Chicken Fried Steak and Jefferson Donut and was blown away. I rarely finish an entire meal but the steak was cooked just right with a crispy exterior, the mac and cheese was to die for, green beans were solid, and the donut was the perfect touch to the meal.

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

Did not know brunch was buffet only.

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

The food and service was great! It's always super loud here, so that does detract from the ambiance a bit. I also feel like their cocktail menu is just kind of "meh." I get using egg whites, but does almost every other cocktail need to include them as an ingredient?

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

The brunch spread itself was incredible! I am so glad we had a reservation because the wait was over an hour. I think it would have been much more enjoyable if it was less crowded and loud but that is somewhat to be expected on the weekend. Our waiter was likely overwhelmed- he had to be asked 3 times to refill a beverage. But the food was so good it was worth these minor annoyances.

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

This was my first time at this FF location and the reason was for their brunch buffet. I’ve enjoyed the regular menu at MoCo and DC locations. As a vegan diner, I was disappointed with their lack of vegan/vegetarian selections for the brunch buffet. Suggestion- How about offering oatmeal as a brunch choice instead of just salads? It’s on the regular menu!


One of their four salads had bacon and one appeared to have dairy cheese. The ingredient quality of these salads were basic, lacked color and appeared wilted and not refreshed well enough. There could have been more raw vegetables offered instead of those heated choices soaked in olive oil. How hard is it to offer crudités?

Also, there was only pineapple offered for a seasonal fruit and it wasn’t ripe enough to serve. Other than that there was a charred orange brûlée. Considering the enormous amounts of high calorie desserts served there was only one vegan choice of a weak chia seed pudding combo. There is a fruit salad on the regular menu so how hard is it to offer more raw fruit? Providing whole apples, grapes, bananas, pears even can go along way in a bowl and visually show that you care about the nutrition of the diners especially the children!

Overall, I rate my experience “Fair.” My waiter was good but I did not enjoy spending $32.50 plus a 20% tip for his service for a mediocre vegan lacking buffet meal experience! I will not be returning for their buffet and will seek more considerate restaurants with vegan buffet choices which there are plenty to chose. FF-Tysons, it’s not rocket science to please a vegan just provide more choices!

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

Great experience as usual!!!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice selection of food for everyone to include the items not offered on the buffet. Great service and atmosphere.

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

I went on a Sunday for brunch. I had a reservation so I didn’t have to wait longer than 5 minutes although others were there longer that didn’t have a reservation. The server was nice but wasn’t very attentive. Although it was buffet style they said they offered passed items. The waiter only came once with the passed items and I didn’t indulge because it was something I didn’t eat. The food was average and I did find hair in my food but didn’t make a big deal because it’s bugfet style and not covered so it could have been another customers hair. What I didn’t like the most was the wait or bought the check before I asked for it which made me feel like I had to rush.

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DF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family visited the Founding Farmers to celebrate our sisters 65th birthday. We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the brunch. The food was fresh and absolutely delicious .The hostess and our waitress were great. We had an extra person who showed up at our celebration, and didn’t have a seat,when I went to address the problem with the hostess and our waitress they reacted right away, and fixed the problem in a matter of seconds. The Founding Farmers has Relaxing environment, good food , and the service is absolutely wonderful.

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

Great food and service!

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

Classic bread basket is a must-try! Servers were very efficient and helpful in deciding what to order. Fried chicken was tasty and perfectly crispy and seasoned. Even with a reservation, plan to wait a while for a table. Parking is validated so that is a nice plus.

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

The food was delicious. My only question is when we made the reservation, it asked if we were celebrating anything. I said..yes, a birthday. My server asked the same question. I told her my daughter's birthday. I was assuming they would give us a cupcake or something with a candle in it for a birthday, but nothing was offered or given. I was just wondering why they even asked. Otherwise, everything was great!

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PJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and nice place. If going to sit around and talk not the best place due to being loud and you cant really hear others at your table.
Allow at least to be there 2 hours plus for your meal. Takes a long time to get your meal but worth the wait.
We didn't plan this much time into our plans and were late for a how we were going to see.

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

Food was great and service was wonderful.

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R
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The waiter seemed to be constantly rushing us to order, pay, leave.

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TM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

James was a fabulous server!!! Gave excellent recommendations and ensured we were well taken care of. Food was excellent. We will definitely return for brunch.

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

Great place, great food , and we will definitely be going back, very soon

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T
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days 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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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

i might for the buffet brunch our water bottle has floating things in it hard to get attention drinks took almost 20 minutes to get (1 vodka/cranberry 1-glass wine) wine was over priced by the glass 15.00???
crab louie salad was in a bowl with sopping wet lettus at the bottom of the bowl and I asked for no onion no avadcado and both came in my salad!! 2nd time in a row we came and were disappointed

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

Server was good. Water was served at room temperature.

Should inform customers there is corn in the cornbread. That was unappetizing. The sauces that accompanied the “chips” appetizer were bad to mediocre, two had no flavor. The green beans were bland and flavorless. The pasta in the Mac and cheese was mushy. The spicy chicken was well prepared, the “non” spicy chicken was okay but not above quality and flavor of many fast food brands. The burger was outstanding. Doughnut was nice. The coffee was excellent.

Would not recommend to friends. Would come back to try the buffet. That might be better.

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R
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I made a reservation and even then we had to wait an additional 30 minutes to be seated because they accepted way more reservations than they clearly could handle. It was complete chaos in there. The set up for the was terrible. There was no clear indications where the lines started and people were just bumping into each other trying to get through them. The food quality was mediocre. It was cold and some of the food was way to salty. I ordered drinks and it seemed to take forever to get them. I was truly disappointed overall. Not worth what we paid.

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

We had a great brunch on Saturday. Service was excellent. Gilda was our server and she was always there to provide whatever we needed. Food was delicious.

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

The Founding Farmers - Tysons brunch never disappoints! Always fresh and tasty. You owe it to yourself to go and treat yourself to a great dining experience.

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J
1 review
Dined 4 days 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 4 days 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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