Founding Farmers - DC

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Founding Farmers, the Greenest Restaurant in DC, is owned by the more than 47,000 family farmers of the NDFU, serving American inspired real food and drink with an emphasis and focus on cooking from scratch. While our restaurant is supplied by hundreds of family farms everywhere, that doesn’t mean we know every farm, and that doesn’t mean we never have to buy product from the traditional (corporate) supply chain, but it does mean we’re working hard to direct our purchasing dollars where it aligns with our values. We’re serving the best food we can, made from scratch in our kitchens every day. Our innovative, American dishes are made primarily with pure ingredients honoring the farmers and their hard-earned bounty. 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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Founding Farmers never disappoints. The fried chicken is tasty and our waiter made great recs.

m
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Seems that service is an issue at this restaurant. We arrived early and were seated early which was good. Then we sat for about 10 minutes before our waiter came over. We ordered food and then waited and waited and waited. We watched several other tables that came in well after us and they received their food. It was almost 1 hour before our food was brought to our table.

I had ordered a spicy chicken sandwich and it was covered in melted cheese which was never stated in the description so I never asked. I had to send it back. My wife's meal which was the fried chicken with waffles was cold and the waffles were limp. The chicken breast was over done and the piece of thigh was way underdone.

They did comp our drinks but overall I would not go back.

KT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Founding Fathers had great food and the table service was very good. The server was helpful when we asked for her input. One thing that I was disappointed with is that while we sat at the bar for a table and ordered a drink - the bartender upsized my drink without asking. I wound up paying 19 instead of 13. I am not sure it was a true upsize as there was so much ice in the glass. I did not make a big deal as I was with a business client - but my advice is to watch the bar bill and push back if you get upsized with out your knowledge.

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

Everyone thought the food was fantastic--I loved the shrimp and grits and apple pie. Server was great too. Hostess at front door needed an attitude adjustment.

VR
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Very good food.
Background music was too loud.

RY
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Brunch ends at 2:00pm on Sunday but they do not advertise that, the waiters were uninformative and not knowledgeable. It seemed very chaotic and on top of these things our food came out cold. One positive the chicken was good, we refused to send the food back as it took forever initially to even receive it.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very long wait even though we had a reservation

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

Restaurant needs to space out their reservations more. Unacceptable to make a reservation and still have to wait 30 minutes to be seated.

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

I expected better for a farm to table experience. Limited to know choice for gluten free. Similarly no dairy substitutions or listing of food contents on menu. Crowded, slow service, food was so-so. Not the special experience we hoped for.

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

Really great food for decent price. It was crowded and loud in the lobby, but once we sat it was great atmosphere. Definitely make a reservation

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 18 hours ago

Hi EllenB: Thank you for sharing your review with us. We appreciate it, and hope to have you back for another great meal soon! Please call us at 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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

If you're there for brunch, get the beignets!! They are like eating a cloud. A deep fried cloud, but a cloud!! They are amazing. The rest of the meal was equally wonderful. You cannot go wrong with this place for brunch. Tip ... make a reservation so you don't have to wait quite so long.

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

Food was delicious. Service could have been better. Server hardly came by and was hard to track down.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here twice- first stop next trip to DC

DP
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and the food was fantastic. Our Server was Joy. She was the best part! Great sense of humor, very timely with information, knew what she was speaking about, etc. She is the reason for the GREAT review.

VD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food which is locally sourced! We had a wonderful meal with family and friends. The food is not only outstanding but really authentic for the more traditional American fare.

F
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Saturday evening is very busy so don’t expect to be able to walking in unless you are prepared to wait for over an hour. When you do get seated you get good food all round. I would like a larger beer menu but certainly would recommend this restaurant.

MS
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Our party of 4 had a reservation at 7pm for a Sat. evening. We arrived at 6:50pm and were told it would “be a few minutes” while some diners finished. At 7:10pm we inquired again and were told a few parties of 4 were ahead of us. At 7:25pm we had noticed that a couple parties of 4 were immediately seated (!) after entering the restaurant and after shaking hands with an individual at the front of house. After inquiring about this, I was told they had “an earlier reservation.” Who the he$$ comes 1/2hour or more late AFTER a reservation at a popular restaurant? We were finally seated at 7:30pm.

But it didn’t end there...

15 min after being seated, we were Finally greeted by our waitress and 15 min later (at 8:01pm!) we finally had skillet cornbread as an appetizer. Oh yes, we had to request napkins and utensils from another waitress just before our cornbread arrived since none were on the table. SMH! Our entrees arrived at 8:30pm. Seriously?????

So, if you’re hungry, please make sure you add an hour after your “reservation” before you are given anything to eat. Add more time if not ordering an appetizer.

We will not be back...not at the DC location anyway. Founding Farmers could learn about how to properly handle reservations (and how to serve customers) by visiting any of the very popular Great American Restaurants in NoVa (e.g. Carlyle Grand Cafe, Artie’s, etc).

That said, the food was good (but not amazing) and definitely NOT worth an hour+ wait after our reservation.

A
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience as always. The service was great, the food tasted wonderful and we love that there’s no corkage fee! Also, the cocktails are top notch.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 18 hours ago

Hi Alsvball: Thank you for your 5-STAR review! We appreciate it and look forward to having you back again soon. :) -Amy

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

The food was all over-salted to the maximum. I do not even think about salt nor I am I some sort of food critic. I have never posted a single review talking about salt, but everything from the chicken with waffles to the branzino to the fried green tomatoes were so salty that they were nearly in edible. Everyone in our party of four commented on the amount of salt that was used, and actually it left us all feeling like we had a salt hangover the next morning.

LL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beignets were amazing. Cocktails were refreshing. Waitress was great and had a lot of genuine suggestions. Shrimp and grits were good, but have had better. I’ll definitely go back when in DC.

CR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still had to wait even though had a reservation

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

Great food! Crowded, strongly suggestion making reservations.

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

Had reservations for 6 people and the hostess wouldn’t seat us unless all 6 were available. One of our guests were running late because of a last minute family emergency and the hostess still insisted We have all 6 or we seat 5 and “get delayed in seating” when she arrived. We had to ask a stranger to pose as our 6th person so we can be seated. When we got to our seats it was a booth that held 6 people. Thinking back to why she couldn’t just seat us with just 5 people in a booth that seats 6 in the first place is beyond me. I originally have 4 stars is because Bianca, our server, was excellent. She made up for the terrible initial experience. If you go, and manage to get past the hosts, I would ask for Bianca. She is amazing.

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

30 wait when I had a reservation
Unfriendly staff( hostess& server)
Horrible experience

TW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Lackluster food, nothing special here but the name and concept - terrible wine list and completely out of some of the wines on their very limited list. Overall, a disappointment.

NS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. Didn’t even have silverware to eat with and had to grab ourselves. Saw our server every 20 minutes. Took 2 hours to eat a meal that should have taken 45 minutes. Food was horrible. Tasted like they poured entire salt shaker into my dish.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! Definitely a must stop place in DC

B
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good meal

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

Our server Alejandra was awesome!!! Food was delicious. Definitely will return

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved. It was the perfect start to our day.

G
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Despite being only half full, we were rushed through our meal. $47.00 for one adult and one child for breakfast. I’ll go somewhere less pretentious. Ham and eggs were good. French Toast was crispy and not what I was looking for.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding!

DP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I gave this rating because we waited over 30 mins for a beer that we ordered. We were have way through our meal when it finally arrived. Also the food was salty.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi DianeP: Thank you for sharing your review with us. I am super sorry to read about the slow delivery on the beer order and also feel badly that the food was salty. :/ Please know our Management Team has read your feedback and will follow up with our full team that worked on 9.12. We are hopeful that you'll give us another try in the future and I will send you a PM to stay in touch. -Amy

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LD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love this place, the food, and the vibe. Bar seating is great for singles.

JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed. I took guests from Atlanta who chose this restaurant from a list of at least 10 of my recommendations for dinner. We ordered the shrimp and grits, the chicken pot pie, and the meatless meatloaf. As for the supposed generous portion sizes, this was not the case with my meatloaf. To give you an idea of how small the slice of meatloaf was, if you take a slice of Wonder white sandwich bread, cut it in half and discard one of the halves, that was the portion I got. Of course it was about 2-3 inches thick, but it was no bigger than that on the plate. It wasn't seasoned and the taste was pretty bland. It was supposed to come with green beans--I got hericot verte, and not that much. The scoop of mashed potatoes tasted of pure butter. This was the $23 plate. The shrimp and grits came with instant, white grits. Really? Not even yellow grits? Instant? The chicken pot pie was simply a soup bowl topped with a cut out of puff pastry baked last minute. Really? Can't use pie crust on the bottom and on top? All this including 2 iced teas and a water for $86.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi JPJ592: Oh no, I'm SO sorry to read about the many disappointments with the main meals ordered! I am also very sorry that our staff failed to follow up on the enjoyment of your dishes after the first couple of bites. With this all said, I would love to follow up and will send you a PM with my email address. -Amy

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MH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very loud. Rotating door at entrance is problematic for getting in and out. Portions were good. Slightly high price for entrees. The bacon blue cheese dates were very good. Price of drinks drives the final bill up pretty quick.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi MattH: Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. I am super sorry that the restaurant was too loud for true enjoyment and some of the pricing was considered slightly high. We appreciate your review and hope to have you back for another try soon! Please call us at 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed- our team is always happy to note a quieter area for dining or also turn the music down during your visit. :) -Amy

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Everytime I go I am disappointed. Execution of many menu items is inconsistent

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Disappointing: Thank you for sharing your review with us. Our Culinary Team is very sorry to read that the menu items ordered have been inconsistent in preparation and we've continually left you disappointed. :( We do appreciate you letting us know and will take into account what you shared. We hope that you'll give us another try in the future! I will send you a PM with my email address to stay in touch. -Amy

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C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

First time at the restaurant - Food is very average. I ordered the plant based (impossible) burger and it was extremely salty. White wine was served barely chilled. I won’t be back.

Founding Farmers - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Calesham: I am so sorry your first experience was met with an extremely salted Impossible Burger & barely chilled White Wine. :/ We appreciate you letting us know these two items which led to your disappointing takeaway, and our Management Team will surely follow up with our Culinary, Service & Bar Team that worked during your visit to have this resolved moving forward. We are hopeful you'll give us another try in the future, and call us at 202-822-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

Sub par mushroom Reuben. I mean I get that it’s vegetarian, and all you vegetarian haters out there want to be like, yeah that’s not a Reuben, but that sandwich was awful.

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