Founding Farmers - Montgomery County

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MoCo's Founding Farmers 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service excellent food if you love Sunday brunch this is the place to go!

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

Everything was great. And we adored our waiter, Sean. Only thing was someone in our dinner party was served a manhattan drink in a small wine glass. It was tiny... he was pretty disappointed about that.
But overall it was great.

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

As always, everything was delicious!

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food; biscuits and gravy could have used a lot more gravy. Otherwise, excellent.

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

The server was great and the food was good. I know it was a busy day but having a plate of toast arrive after the meal was over was not the best timing.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Zoey: Thank you for sharing your review with us. I am very sorry the toast arrived too late to be enjoyed with your meal. We appreciate your feedback and I will send you a PM with my email address to hopefully touch base about your personal message. -Amy

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KM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went at brunch time and it was good food at a reasonable price. The check in was very chaotic but I think that was more due to the customers than the staff. I would go back, but I wouldn't go out of my way, nor wait an hour for a table.

DR
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This was our second visit and I wasn't as impressed than our first visit. The prices seemed to have increased. For example a glass of wine was $12 and the portion was small (less than a quarter of a wine glass). The food was OK. I got the spicy fried chicken. I felt it was a little overcooked and dry and it really wasn't very spicy. The sides were not great and I didn't eat much of them. My wife;s pot roast had too many onions. She stated once she removed all the onions the taste was better. Someone else in our party got the salmon on a plank and said that was cooked well. Overall, for the price of the food the taste and quality was not there. We probably won't return.

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

Usually love this restaurant. Waitress was a little distracted and restaurant was drafty, food was good but not great.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French Toast Ever!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my entire family’s go-to restaurant for both casual and special occasions.

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always wonderful to have meals at FF as long as we can be seated outside. Indoor noise levels are so awful I’ve had to wear ear plugs. Why bother going out to eat when you can’t hear your companions?

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Tamara: I am very sorry to read that the indoor dining areas are considered awfully noisy, and please know I have made our Management Team aware of your feedback. We do hope to have you back soon, and with this said, we are always happy to turn down our music or seat you further from the bar & host stand- our mezzanine level is much quieter and call us at 301-340-8783 to have a note for this area added as a preference when joining us in the future. -Amy

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1
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super service. Great food. Not cheap .

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 6 days ago

Hi 1djraw: We really appreciate your 5-Star rating for the food, service and ambiance. :) Thank you so much and we hope to have you back soon! Please call us at 301-340-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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OT
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Founding Farmers was much like their other restaurants in their atmosphere. However, at this location service was slow. Our table was far away from the other tables that our server had. We were patient. When we did see our server, he was very polite and got us everything we needed. Food was decent for the value. Coffee was very good once we got it!

AJ
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 2

The glasses and dishes were dirty. There was lipstick still on the glass. The plates were dirty with food. The server didn’t know the items on the menu when asked for more information.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on 9 October 2019

Hi AngieJ: Oh wow. I am really sorry to read that the glasses and dishes were dirty. :( I also apologize for the lack of information your server had about the menu, and feel badly that your overall experience was only worthy of 3-Stars. Thank you for letting us know these details and I would love the chance to touch base. I will send you a PM with my contact info. -Amy

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SW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good and service was great. We had the Garlic black pepper wings. My husband had the crispy shrimp which was great and I had the Crab and shrimp risotto. It was just okay, It was a little bland and not as creamy as I thought it should be.

SK
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Slightly disorganized upon arrival. Had reservations. Very noisy, requested table upstairs, desk had 3 different people checking availability, never letting us know decision, had to keep asking just what was happening. Finally was seated upstairs. Service and food outstanding. Will definitely return.

G
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a great waitress, Erica! She was wonderful!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great! Plenty of options for vegetarians as well. Highly recommend!

M
Washington DC
197 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected wonderful dining experience.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on 6 October 2019

Hi Marvin: Awww! We are the ones to THANK YOU for sharing such a wonderful review with us. We appreciate it and already look forward to having you back soon. -Amy

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KT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice to be here on a Monday night. Quiet (this restaurant gets really loud), delicious and great service.

HM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I like the joint, and I had a good ribeye. I had the impression however, that a couple people in my party did not care for the gnocchi, and felt service was not top notch. One of the service concerns, I think was that a person did not receive her ear of corn in a timely manner with the rest of the dinner. Another finished eating first and the waitstaff cleared her plate. She thought everyone's plate should be cleared at the same time. I mention these things so that the reader/prospective diner knows the nature of the service concerns, and can judge for themselves whether that would be a problem for them.

SI
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The food has gone completely downhill! The food was awful and was thrown together. We ordered and the food was at the table w/in 10 mins. We will not return to this location. This is the 2nd time experiencing horrible food this at this particular location.

The bottom fell out of the glass as the waiter was pouring water, instead of moving us to another table, he put napkins all over the floor and LEFT them there our entire meal. Why not move us or have someone properly come clean the water to prevent anyone from slipping... when he came back to the table, who slips, HE did. Terrible time here!

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on 1 October 2019

Hi akaSamIam: Oh gosh! I am so very sorry to read that your recent visit was a total bust on our end! I am embarrassed to read that my teammate failed to relocate your party to a new table after the accident occurred with the glass. :( This is really unacceptable, and I also apologize that the food was considered "awful". All this said, I'd love the chance to follow up and will send you a DM with my email address. -Amy

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CL
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on 4 October 2019

Hi ChristieL: Thank you SO much for sharing your ALL STAR 5-STAR review with us! We appreciate it and hope to have you back for another great time soon. :) -Amy

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KD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. 15 minutes after being seated, we had to ask where our server was. It took another several minutes for someone to come by. The servers seemed very inexperienced and/or the restaurant was understaffed. The coffee was not hot and the food was mediocre (the side of bacon was 2 undercooked strips). This has always been one of our "go to" places for brunch but I think we are done. Very disappointed.

S
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Founding farmers is always a good choice and a necessary reservation. This visit we had 9 people in the party and our server was new. The food was great, as always. I will return here over and over again

CE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Slow service. Food was ok, nothing special. Waiter told me dish would be spicy. It was bland and boring.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Ford and great service. The inside dining music was playing extremely loud; we sat outside and it was delightful.

DS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Wait staff very inconsistent. Non-attentive and slow.

RB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect first time experience. Waiter checked on us often as time allowed - especially since it was during the busy weekend brunch rush. Food was served quickly. There was an error in my order, but they were quick to rectify without fuss. Paying the bill was also quick and efficient.

CM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good. Service was great!

M
Washington DC
197 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great preparation of the impossible burger, best in the area. Service was excellent as well.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on 29 September 2019

Hi Marvin: We are totally flattered by your kind praise for our take on the Impossible Burger! Thank you so much and we hope to have you back soon. :) -Amy

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CM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Celebration with friends

TI
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I brought two friends to lunch at Founding Farmers MoCo for their first time, and I am so glad the food was as good as I have told them because the service was really off. Pretty much a timing issue - delay in getting a waiter to take our orders, delay in getting the drinks, delay in getting the appetizer - and the Bloody Mary had ice literally stacked about the rim of the glass (I fished the too-much ice out and put it on the appetizer plate, diminishing the drink by 1/3. Might want to stick with beer and wine the next time.) Food was as good as one expects from Founding Farmers, but the service brings it down to a very average experience. Based on this experience, I would not recommend it for lunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed. Menu has changed somewhat. These things happen!

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I enjoy the service and food. This restaurant is my first and favorite choice for anytime of the day. I love having lunch here before work which is always fulfilling. The staff is incredible along with the food, kiddos to the bar as well "you guys simply rock!" Thank you to the local farmers too "you make the world go around with quality food." I can't express into words how much I appreciate the staff and people whom make a positive impact in others live. Thank you again for the love and light you are appreciated.
Sincerely with love, Karizma/Christoper Clayton & your nurse Anjel/Rachel Shah

S
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great, and the service by the waiter was great. However, the hostess/manager at the front desk were a bit rude.

MD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Founding Farmers is my wife's favorite restaurant so I took her there to celebrate her 40th birthday and noted that on the OpenTable reservation. Unfortunately, the food (specifically the crab cakes) did not live up to the taste standard from previous trips to the restaurant and nobody noted the special celebration from the reservation notes. It was a subpar experience on this trip ...

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on 26 September 2019

Hi MatthewD: I am very sorry to read that your visit to our Potomac Founding Farmers to celebrate your wife's birthday was considered average (3-Stars), and overall, failed to measure up. I am also really sorry that your server failed to place a candle in the dessert ordered for your wife's birthday. :( I understand being disappointed with the outcome of your experience, and would love to follow up. I will send you a PM with my email address. -Amy

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast! Our server Melissa was so sweet, great service! Her make up was amazing!! :))

NS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Took over 30 min to get a beer. They offered free dessert for delay.

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