Founding Farmers - Reston

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Founding Farmers Reston Station, located at a transit-friendly development for living, eating, and shopping located on the Silver Line at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. Founding Farmers Reston Station is a full-service restaurant and bar open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch, dinner. We offer a la carte brunch on Saturdays and our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch on Sundays.
As a farmer-owned restaurant, almost all of our delicious food and drink – from our freshly baked bread and house-churned butter to our craft cocktails with our proprietary spirits – is made from scratch, using high-quality ingredients from American family farms.
Our First Bake is available weekday mornings for takeaway breakfast and our specialty blend of Compass Coffee. We hope our Reston guests will enjoy all that is Founding Farmers.
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PS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The braised chicken risotto was not a risotto at all. instead of being mixed in with the rice, the chicken was on top of tiny amount of risotto rice. When I asked for some more rice, they charged me $6 without mentioning the price. The cheesecake was disappointing too. Clyde's cheesecake is better.

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

Great buffet items that are quickly refilled by staff as needed. Takes a very long time to get drinks and the items brought by servers, such as pancakes and eggs Benedict.

SP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

This place was the biggest disappointment. We booked a reservation for 10 people. The restaurant ranks out of food and the waiter was not great at all. He basically gave us the menu and then told us every time we asked for something they ran out. This is a Saturday night and you’re running out of food? When the meal came things were missing off the plate and the food was cold. The worse part is when we tried to talk to the waiter he walked away saying he needed to get the manager. The manager was unprofessional...dressed in a tshirt exposing all these tattoos. I believe his name was Skyler. I run a whole company and I was going to book a 100 person party but it definitely won’t be here anymore. They could not even accommodate 10 people. Horrible service and cold food!

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

We celebrated my husband’s birthday this past Saturday at your Reston restaurant. Our server was Jeff and he was outstanding!!
He not only recommended drinks which were all amazingly delicious he also pointed us in some really great food decisions!!
We will for sure be back to sit at the bar and try some new drinks with Jeff!!

PS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Regrettably after many visits and past positive reviews of the Reston location of Founding Farmers, I have to say I will not be returning based on my most recent experience. This is the second time the service has been less than ideal and in this instance, unacceptable . I have had positive experiences at Founding Farmers and the food is beyond exceptional. However, after uneven service with a party of 6 in April, this weekend's birthday dinner was enough to make me not return.
We had several people approach our table after being seated. After finally having someone take our food order, 5 of the 6 meals were brought to the table. We all waited patiently for a few minutes and when the birthday guest implored the rest of us to eat, we began. Finally about 10 minutes after the meal was served we flagged one of the servers down and noted that one of the meals did not arrive. His response was simply "Well, I wasn't the one who took the order." He said he would look into it and left. He did not return. We tried to wave down another server who had taken the order but she didn't see us. Finally after almost 20 minutes - and some of our guests finishing their entrees, we waved down the manager. After that the food came out without an explanation or an apology.

If you look at my Open Table reviews, they are generally positive. But I will not be going back to the Reston location of Founding Farmers. If they cannot accommodate a party of 6, then they should not accept reservations for a party of 6. While it was a Saturday night and they were busy, there is no excuse for the lack of attention we received.
They did take the meal that was served late off the tab but that was upon our request.
Disappointing since the food is so good and the location for me is very convenient. But I will not be back.

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

Good restaurant, good food. I went on a saturday, it was busy and loud. Like to try it during the week. The server was new.

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

Very noisy!!! Acoustics need some work.
Love the fox at the bar.
Well done decor

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

Waitress was not on top of it. Slow and confused.

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

A wonderful dining experience at Founding Farmers tonight. The food was tasty and the service was prompt.

t
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

They were running behind because they had too many orders and they ran out of chocolate pie.

SV
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

We had a reservation and the restaurant was not busy. We were first seated at a table right next to a couple on a date. The tables were very close together and we asked to be seated somewhere else. The second choice offered to us was in the dark corner next to the kitchen. When we refused we were asked where we wanted to sit and we chose the obvious nice booth in the front window. We are a mixed race couple with three adult daughters. No idea why we were treated so poorly but it was not the first time at this restaurant. We will go to other locations but not Reston in the future.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 5 days ago

Hi SuzanneV: I am super sorry to read about the poor start to your recent visit with us. I feel awful that our team failed to properly accommodate you & your family, and would love the chance to touch base. I will send you a DM with my email address to hopefully follow up about your review & experience. -Amy

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HP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Once again we had a really great dinner! Thanks FF!

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This is my worst experience with a server I ever had especially for a place that I spent over $300. She basically threw our meal in front of us, interrupted our conversations and worst off she snatched the check from my hand once I paid. Plus the food there was just OK. For the money we pay for the place you would think the food would be better. Will NEVER go back to this place again! Don't waste your money.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Mary: Oh gosh- I am so so sorry to read this! I would love the chance to follow up about the poor service you encountered, and will send you a DM with my contact info to hopefully continue this conversation. -Amy

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Service was ok- very busy.

Food quality is not the same as when they first opened

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Fresh food and easy access to Metro. But $$, and no kids menu offered.

DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall good experience, just not as good as we've had in the past.

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

Breakfast was definitely better than the dinner.
Spicy chicken was missing the donut (my fault I didn’t notice it was missing until later). Issues with the credit card payment and a few dirty forks.

c
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

There was a nice variety of food choices, and prices seemed reasonable, although wine by the glass was overpriced.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This is still a good value, but it seems the quality of the food has taken a hit at the Brunch Buffet. Over fried, poor parts chicken are not good. They took away the banana foster donuts (family fave), and should go back to either having roasted fowl instead of having just pork, pork, beef, beef. Service was good this time.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good bummer at the removal of juices from the menu

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I have been to this location before and had a great experience. However, my last visit was not the same experience.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a birthday celebration.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Arrived a little early waiting for the third person in our party to arrive. My friend and I sat at the bar and order cocktails and an appetizer. The bartender apparently made my drink and gave it to another guest, so my friend was served and I waited another 5+ minutes for my drink. When ready to sit, we were placed at a booth in the bar area, being my first time dining, I would have preferred sitting in the dining room but that was nothing major. The service from this point on was just sad. There was zero friendly anticipation or any kind of up-selling happening, we waited and waited every time we ordered drinks. We had to flag down the server to order a bottle of wine because he left so abruptly after we gave our order for our entrees. Then, after he cleared our plates, came straight over with the check, not even bothering to ask us if we wanted to dessert.. so flagged him down again. The service was the biggest disappointment all in all, but a few notes about the menu and food. Menu is a little pretentious, trying to be home style and fine dining just doesn’t work. I ordered the shrimp and grits, portion was super small and there was no flavor in the grits, the soupy sauce had a lot of flavor, but the server insisted I order it with extra garlic and sauce, shouldn’t have had too if it’s made well. Also, for a fairly new restaurant in NoVa, offer a FULL BAR, only 2 choices of vodka, and not good vodka at that. Lastly validation for parking didn’t mean free parking, still had to pay almost $5. Probably won’t be back in a while.

CW
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! The food was very fresh and delicious. I would recommend it to a friend. Great job!

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on 2 October 2019

Hi CherylW: Thank you so much for sharing your AWESOME review with us! Much appreciated and we hope to have you back soon. :) -Amy

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JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The large bone in the chicken salad didn't help. No apology from a manager, or anything.

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

Delicious brunch. Even though it was a buffet, the quality of food was amazing.

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our meal was great as usual but our server was a little too much. He thought he was funny but he was just bizarre and it was not entertaining. Think he needs to work on the script.

SM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service here are both excellent. There is a large variety of food, from fried chicken or steak to vegetarian grain bowls, so something for everyone. Desserts (my favorite part of any meal) are amazing.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Went with a friend and we had terrible service. Seemed liked the waiter was trying to ignore us most of the time. Our drinks were empty and we were never asked if we wanted refills for the remaining 45 minutes we were there. Asked for some more time to decide on dessert, but the waiter decided it was time for us to go and dropped off the check without a word.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on 26 September 2019

Hi Cath: Thank you for sharing your review with us. I am super sorry for the terrible service you encountered, and also feel badly for any delay in response to your email submission. I would love the chance to look into what you shared, and will send you a DM with my contact info. -Amy

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch with a friend service was great friendly service made us feel very comfortable and assisted with selections without being pushy.

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

Both my entree and my wife's entree were dry and over cooked. One of my two pieces of fried chicken had a quarter-sized piece of tough meat and the rest was just thick breading. Both of our drinks were incorrect and the two promises form the waiter to talk to the bartender resulted in no change. This was overpriced, bad food.

JA
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, excellent addition to Reston Restaurant scene

BB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

As usual the food was excellent. However this is the second time in as many weeks that the timing of the service was not good and I believe it is because the servers have too many tables at once to be able to give the customers the service they need. We sat for a good 10 minutes before we were acknowledged and had a drink order taken. Once the order was taken it was another 15-20 minutes before we got our drinks from the bar. The non alcoholic drink was brought over timely but our bar drinks did not arrive for another 15 minutes. My salad was not delivered until after our entrees, as the server saw our food come out and realized I had not gotten my salad and promptly got it for me. I do not fault the server for these issues, but rather problems with service for tables from the bar and the runners for various parts of our meal. Our server was as nice as could be, took our order correctly and we got the correct food. But something else is going on behind the scenes that does not make this a good overall experience, which is too bad as I really like the food.

C
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family brunch, as always! My kids just love it here

KM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our server, she was so polite and outgoing.

CE
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Tyler was very kind and provided great service. The food was good but hard to come by. The eggs were very runny looking and when I brought it to the cooks attention, he started "splainin" to me that it was the heavy cream in the eggs, like it was my first time coming here. Very crowded and extremely busy. Seems like they would do better to add another day for the brunch. Worked before.

RX
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

brunch was very over priced for what they served. We were expecting much more.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on 19 September 2019

Hi RacerX12: Thank you for your review. I am very sorry to read that our buffet brunch left something to be desired, and really failed to give you true bang for your buck. :/ Our Culinary Team will take into consideration what you shared and will look into adding more options to our brunch selection. We do hope to have you back for another try and please call us at: 703-988-7333 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Went of Sunday brunch. We couldn't order off the menu and had to eat at the buffet. IMHO the the buffet choices were far below the $32 price tag. I don't think we'll be going back for brunch again.

The eggs were good as was the fruit crumble. The fried chicken was dry, the "warm" salmon was cold, there was no bacon, no bread. Everything was very carb heavy.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great ambiance, good drinks, good food with a few standouts. It’s in my neighborhood and I really want to love this place. But there are always details wrong, particularly with service. Food showing up without silverware and nobody notices. Wildly variable timing- appetizers out within 3 minutes of ordering but drinks showing up well after. Things that would be easily excused in a restaurant with lower price points and less ambition in other respects. They should poach whoever looks after service at Great American restaurants.

RH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food nice place. Brunch is outstanding.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on 16 September 2019

Hi RichH: Thank you for sharing your wonderful review with us! We appreciate it and hope to have you back for another great brunch visit soon. :) -Amy

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