Founding Farmers - DC

4.5 based on 4343 reviews
Cuisine Type American
Price Range $30 and under
Neighborhood Foggy Bottom - West End

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About Founding Farmers - DC

Founding Farmers, the Greenest Restaurant in DC, is owned by the more than 40,000 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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Menus

  1. Lunch and Dinner Menu
  2. Breakfast and Brunch Menu
  3. Dessert Menu
  4. Drinks
  5. DC Thanksgiving Menu
  6. St. Patrick's Day Specials

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4.5
Excellent
Based on 4,343 reviews
Noise Level
Moderate
4.5
Food
4.2
Service
4.3
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3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

great food but servers seem too overwhelmed to provide an extraordinary service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my first time at the restaurant and I went with a group of 5 on a Sunday for brunch. It was extremely busy and our wait to be seated was ~30 minutes (with a reservation). Once seated, we became extremely pleased with the vast array of items on the menu. \n\nTheir pancakes were delicious and the bacon was 'to die for...' -- my wife could not stop eating it. As a matter of fact she probably consumed 8 strips which included pilfering from others. OUr waitress was a little slow in checking in our needs. However, the overall ambience and great food made the visit well worth the wait.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Long wait with a reservation. Very poor customer service, 'attitude' from check in staff, horribly crowded. Wait staff poorly trained, rude and argumentative.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Confusion upon arrival. Disorganized front desk. Need a better system for greeting guest. Someone should be at the door asking if you have a reservation or if you'd like to be added to the wait list. Once we finally got checked in for our reservation (20 minutes in line) and then finally seated (10 more minutes) we had to wait about 20 minutes for our drink order to arrive. The service bar seemed understaffed. Dinner was fairly timely and the food was quite good. This is a good restaurant which is apparently being poorly managed. They are very fortunate to be as busy as they are, but they need to step it up if they want their popularity to continue.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I'd been here for business lunch so was pleased to try the cocktail menu. Everything is really fresh and unique. Good service got us in and out in time for a show

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went here with my husband before a show at the Warner Theatre. I got the prime rib and my husband got the short rib. Both dishes were amazing, my husband loved his but that didn't stop him from taking a lot of bites of mine. The service was excellent and friendly. It's popular so probably not the best place for a quiet meal if that's what you're looking for. I would highly recommend this place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always bring out of town guests to FF, and they are always impressed. Our waiter seemed a bit new but was sweet and attentive. Food was great as usual, and we ate upstairs where it was a little quieter than downstairs. Another great meal!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great. I have food allergies and the restaurant was very attentive and made sure that I would not have a problem.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent meal with good sized portions. The restaurant was very crowded so reservations are recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Definitely make a reservation. Very crowded. Worth the wait.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful breakfast!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've come to Founding Farmers for years as it's one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Currently, The staff is very young and many aren't fluent in English so there is a bit of a barrier I noticed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome food, good service for how busy they are. Expect to wait 10-15 minutes after your reservation time to be seated, but relax and enjoy a drink while you wait. For how busy they are, they crank food out of the kitchen fast, and with quality. Generous portions (especially with dessert!)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Thank you!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really enjoyed dining here. While we have been here numerous times in the past few months, including the last four Saturday nights, the past two times the steaks have been extremely undercooked. Not sure if new chef but not acceptable. More problematic was we were seated 32 minutes after reservation time. Going to try another place next week.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food, the mixed drinks are so so good as well! Even with a reservation, we had to wait a bit but the wait was well worth it.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I haven't been back here for 2 years and I went today and sat at the bar, it was busy and I'm ok with that, I ordered a French press coffee that took well over 25 minutes, I was ignored for the entire rest of the meal, it took me forever to order and as soon as I did I got my coffee and then my dish. They never asked how it was, I had to ask for silverware and was not that impressed with the food. They need to do a better job and put the live back into the food and service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always visit here when we are in town. Our party of 10 (with reservation ) was brilliantly accommodated. Best filet in a long time, and we eat at steak houses frequently.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing! \nSkillet cornbread is a must! \nThe salt crusted prime rib was out of this world! \nLobster mac and cheese, the chicken pot pie was unbelievable!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Foggy Bottom location is very crowded at lunch. You have to wait even if you have a reservation, and the tables are very crowded together so you have very little privacy. It's difficult to talk. The menu is mostly high calorie comfort food so not the best place for dieters to discuss business over lunch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always good food and service...once you get seated. Waited 30 minutes past reservation time to be seated. Not okay

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was fresh, and very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Seated right on time on a busy night and great service - waiter was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable. Tons of great choices - I'd probably choose a different entree next time, but overall quality and experience was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always we had a wonderful experience at Founding Farmers. Our server was extremely friendly and absolutely everything we ate was farm to table at its finest. Their new sweet and spicy corn crab dip is hands down the best I have ever had! The wings and filet were amazing, per usual, and my favorite dessert, red velvet cake, was a perfect end to the night. You can never go wrong with Founding Farmers.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loud, non-pleasant reception, would not seat us because one in our party was late, food has gone downhill since a few years ago, and not a bargain despite the unique menu of standards. Despite the reservation, we had to wait for a table to open - way overbooked for lunch time. Would not recommend.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I scheduled a dinner there for some elected officials. The table wasn't ready when they got there and they waited an hour. Service was poor. I liked it when I went with my wife, but if you have reservations and still can't get a table, what's the point of having reservations?

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We waited for over an hour even though we had a reservation. Then a host walked us upstairs only to discover they'd given our table to someone else. He apologized and asked us to wait by the steps. Huh?? When we were finally seated, we asked very politely if they would consider comping us a drink, but the manager explained they don't comp liquor, so we had to settle for an appetizer. The food was outstanding, but this place is way too popular right now. I'd suggest going earlier in the day or later on in the evening when it's not as crowded.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had very high expectations especially after we waited for about 30 minutes in the rain. Although staff was great the place is overrated. The food was OK at best and the ambience was just OK. Nothing at all special. Very disappointing after seeing the 5-star rating on Yelp. I gave it 3 stars.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is our favorite place to eat at when we visit the DC area. The food and service is always good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've heard good word of mouth about this restaurant. My first visit for a business lunch for 4 lived up to expectations. Menu was extensive but well organized. Kind of menu that has so many things that look great ours hard to pick. Luckily the server recommended 'the three things she loves right now'. Everything down to the sodas and salad dressings are house made. I had the shrimp and grits and it was delicious. Grits were creamy and there was a good amount of large shrimp and chunks of sausage. My friends ordered sandwiches including a delicious looking rueben with house made corned beef. Crowd was lively but not loud. No trouble hearing each other and talked the entire time. Highly recommended for a casual meal for business or otherwise.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

nice organic food with very friendly and kind staffs. Loved it !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was asi expected, the best meal for the price, in DC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was ok. Not great

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is not my first time at this restaurant. I have enjoyed it every time. The ambiance and atmosphere is very relaxing. The cornbread is to die for.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We waited 25 minutes to be seated after arriving on time for our reservation, it took longer for our bill to come out then our food and were not offered more drinks. The food was amazing however and made up for this. Restaurant needs better table management.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wide variety of food on menu. Steak and enchiladas doesn't sound good but it is delious. Service is very good. Also very crowded

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The server and the manager were very attentive to allergies and the food was delicious. The main complaint was that the overflow of people waiting to be seated spilled out into the restaurant and at times they were standing right beside our table, making things a bit awkward and far too loud.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of my top 5 favorite restaurants in DC! The food is ALWAYS awesome. The wait is not... but there's not too much you can do about that! The food is so good, it's worth it. The drinks are perfect too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Yet another great experience at Founding Farmers! Looking forward to my next visit.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time. Which on a special occasion is not ideal. The food was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmer's never disappoints! This past Sunday was amazing, from the service to the food and drinks - I will be returning this Sunday! Compliments to the entire staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and the service was excellent!!! I would thoroughly recommended this restaurant to someone to experience. We'll be back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife heard about the restaurant and wanted to try it. We had a 5 PM reservation on a Saturday, but it was already busy and the staff seemed a littler overwhelmed. We were seated on time, and our waiter was cordial and friendly. Very noisy and a little tight, but the food made up for it. My wife had the Goat cheese burger which she said was very good, and I had the Sausage and Mushroom gnocchi which was excellent. The staff seemed to lose track of orders and a few times approached our table and others with other people's orders, and slipped a little with my wife's dairy allergy even though it was noted in the reservation. Overall, the food was great, but needs a little improvement on the service.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers is great for breakfast during the week, but I wouldn't go for lunch or dinner. The restaurant is highly overrated and I don't understand the masses of people who are there for breakfast at 10:00 am on a Monday and every other day of the week. (It's good, but not THAT good). The crowds seem to indicate that there is a need for good breakfast places (not just coffee shops and fast food joints) in downtown DC and beyond. I don't understand why other restaurants aren't picking up on that.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've been to Founding Farmers many times and enjoyed it each time. The food is great and the service is outstanding. I prefer sitting in the upper level as it's not as crowded or loud. The server was on point and very attentive. Great food and great service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was ecstatic with my chicken pot pie and the Farmer Jon drink. The chicken pot pie was flavorful with plenty of chicken and vegetables inside and an enjoyable crispy & puffy pastry top. The Farmer Jon was an elevated old fashioned with sugar on the rim -- LOVED. I highly recommend both of these items!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding, my favorite brunch stop in the DC area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good food. First time there and I would go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First off, the food here was amazing! So fresh, so delicious! The cocktails were equally amazing, with very creative concoctions. We went for my sister's birthday, but didn't tell anyone at the restaurant about it. Our waiter was so attentive that he brought out a dessert for her, complete with candles. The service was fast and very efficient. Well worth the trip, definitely will be coming back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been here numerous times, and I've had great meals here. This was my second time going on a Sunday for brunch. It's been good before, but this experience was definitely downhill from there. It started out being sat after our reservation time, which is understandable during a rush, but what followed was definitely not ok. It seemed like the whole (short) time we were sitting they were trying to push us through and cycle the table for the next guests, and I mean really push. Our waiter prompted us to order our whole meal right away, which I'm absolutely ok with, but then he (quite obviously) placed the entire order in the system, to be fired right away. So our relaxing sunday meal proceeded as follows: approximately 5 min after ordering, the first thing to hit our table was chicken and waffles and my date's benedict. How they did that so fast during this heavy rush is nothing short of amazing. In fact, it's so amazing that I almost couldn't tell how much the heat lamps had dried the fried chicken and hardened the eggs that were no where near runny. Yep, both dishes tasted (felt) pre-made, like they were waiting for our order, hot plates and all. Oh yeah, after about 2+ minutes with our mains, and us looking around awkwardly, our drinks finally showed up. Now, craft cocktails? Sure, the wait would be expected. We ordered coffee. Two of them. Black. Total time for that, nearly 10 minutes. Also, it was quite obvious the french press was over-steeped, think motor oil. A few minutes after, our table was hit with our 'starters', some freshly fried beignets, the only fresh things delivered to our table that day. They would have been great too if we weren't so busy trying to keep things from falling off the edge of the table, or deciding if we should enjoy them fresh or focus on our over-done mains. Anyway, we finished the mains, grabbed the beignets to go, and got some decent coffee somewhere else. Looks like they cycled the table perfectly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was delicious, but the carrot cake was the best! Even took a piece home!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good but my party was seated 40/45 minutes after our reservation was set. On top of that we were told that a manager would come and speak with us once we were seated but that never occurred nor was there any sort of compensation for the unnecessarily long wait.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a reservation but still had to wait an extra 15 minutes to be seated. Otherwise, everything else was great! Mac n cheese and brussel sprouts were amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious, fast and very friendly service! Perfect location. My first time at this restaurant and I will absolutely be coming back soon!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was good and food was good. Egg scramble was a little less seasoned compared to past experiences but the quality of the ingredients overall was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The popularity (crowds waiting to get seated) really supported the fact that the restaurant was a great vibe, had tasty food, and fresh ingredients.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely amazing breakfast options and great value. Service was great considering how packed it was. I would suggest having a larger table available for 6 but the food was so good that we were willing to overlook having a little less space.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I met a friend there and it was everything I expected! I made my reservation online with OpenTable and avoided the sunday Morning rush. The food was simple but delicious. I will be returning for Dinner and cocktails.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not many gluten free options. I had the mushroom risotto and it was amazing, as well as the rotisserie chicken (to go order for dinner that evening)... which was meh. The deviled eggs were decent and bacon lollies were nothing special. My husband loved the chicken and waffles and the burger he got to go. Drinks were great but super small for the price.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It took about 15 minutes to get a drink and a beer. We had no silverware on the table and had to request it which took 10 minutes. Server was struggling with having no voice and was very difficult to understand. Had reservations but waited 10 minutes to be seated. It seemed as the staff was not very well trained nor were they prepared for the volume of patrons.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

unique offerings - vegetarian options - delicious food!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait AN HOUR to get our table. The host staff were not very friendly!\n\nOnce we were seated, though, it was all good afterwards. Food was delicious and our server was great and very knowledgable about the food and drink options.\n\nWe'll definitely go again, but NOT on a Friday night!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice time out with family during our vacation. A repeat visit that we enjoyed greatly!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the ambiance here. And the food was fantastic too!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great and fresh but the restaurant was not able to seat us at the time of reservation - 12:30 p.m. We had made the reservation one week prior. We both arrived prior to our reservation and I had checked in 30 minutes before. We had to check on our status several times. At one point, around 12:47 we were told that we were next in line. After hearing 6 calls for party of two, we asked again and the hostess said they were running 5 minutes late. We were seated 20 - 25 minutes after our reservation. The restaurant could do a better job of communicating with their patrons and providing more realistic time frames.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went for breakfast and it was delicious. Great quality food. My husband ordered the stuffed french toast with strawberries and vanilla cream. Oh my gosh! Excellent! Bacon and sausage was great, eggs great, fruit very fresh---will definitely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the food and in spite of crazy large crowds the service was great. The only negative here is the noise level. Impossible to carry on a conversation with anyone not immediately next to or across from you

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely great food, great service, and an excellent overall experience. Would definitely recommend to anyone and everyone!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place 😍😍😍

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From beginning to end,great experience.Food great(mussels w/chorizo starter,crab cakes(awesome(all crab with very little filler)with mac and cheese and sweet potato side.My Buddy had fried chicken and waffles,which he loved.Carrot cake for dessert(unbelievable).Cocktails and service was also top notch

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this restaurant but they really need to work on meeting reservation times. We had a 9pm reservation but were not seated until 9:40. Our excellent service made up for the extended wait time but we were a bit disappointed and hungry having to wait so long. Surely there's a way to account for people choosing to stay longer so that others are seated well after their reservation time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic we love this place and our service was impeccable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Third time returning to Founding Farmers. I'm not much of a cocktail drinker, but I love the El Presidente! Great hearty delicious meals!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Never am able to get seated on time. Difficult if you're on a schedule

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The beef ribs were excellent...very tender. I would however not order the mac not cheese...it's very watery and lacks flavor. Overall, I don't think you can go wrong with Founding Farmers. I nor members of my party have ever left disappointed. Make your reservation ahead of time.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I would recommend an outback steak over any dish that has steak, the meat was low end sirloin. I'm serious. On another note this was my second visit and previously I had the prime rib sandwich and it was great, unfortunately they were out of prime rib. I'll try other spots next time. Cheers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed BF so much we came back for a later lunch and it also didn't disappoint! The only thing I wondered was why it took a little while longer to get our homemade sodas - but the grapefruit and blood orange sodas were worth the wait! Chicken salad is one of my favorite lunch items but I am very picky about the chicken and the way this was prepared was my all time favorite ~ so fresh and the addition of grapes on top fresh tomatoes / bib lettuce - just perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding breakfast and amazing bloody Mary's

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was amazing!!!! We lived everything we got- pot pie, chicken & waffles, salmon and ravioli! Deserts were delicious, especially the beignets! A tad loud, but we had a table upstairs, which was more quiet. Service was great! Had a reservation and waited maybe ten minutes. Would definitely recommend to others!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went on a very busy Thursday night, the restaurant was quite crowded and loud. The waitstaff were exceptionally friendly and accommodating. We shared the Friendly Farmer salad and the Pork & Lentil Stew, both were exceptional. My friend is gluten-free and has some other dietary restrictions, the staff double checked her restrictions before confirming our order. The portions were large enough for two to share with plenty for both of us. For dessert we had a chocolate mousse that came out in an enormous bowl!! The entire meal was delicious and we would definitely go there again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wry accommodating to kid with food allergy. We're able to tel is exactly what she could and could not order from the menu and made sure that we had a safe and enjoyable dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good place.love the ribs !!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Although I had a reservation. I had to wait 35 minutes before I was seated and that was a communal table. Food and drinks, however, were excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It tasted really good!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Made the reservation on open table for 12:30. Reservation was not honored until 12:50. Very disappointed about this. Very little in the way of an apology

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service can be improved...from those checking you in to wait staff. I wasn't that impressed after hearing so much about FF. Will try it again but it is not my first or second choice of place to dine.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The entry area is too cramped and crowded which detracts from the experience. Enough so that it's a reason to choose somewhere else in the neighborhood to take guests.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had not been to Founding Farmers for about 9 months and decided to go there for lunch. I was not disappointed at all. My fish and chips were superb. I liked the combination of chips and french fries in a paper bag. The service was attentive but not overbearing. I would recommend making a reservation since without one, seating is very scarce.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wait time to be seated was tolerable. Servers were kind & prompt. Food was amazing! Would definitely go back here & recommend to anyone!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We will be back! Everything was delicious and so fresh!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Colleague I went with got food poisoning. Called the restaurant the next day to let them know and they seemed in a rush to get off the phone. They also didn't seem particularly concerned with the matter, although they did note that multiple people had called in to report illness after eating there.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Made reservations to celebrate my birthday with my husband by having brunch at Founding Farmers! Glad to have made reservations as they were sort of crowded when we got there! We started off with a bloody mary and mimosa, and of course an order of beignets! We were advised that the beignets would come out as they were ready, and weren't promised as an appetizer. My husband ordered the Beef Pastrami and I had the Hangover Hash, both of which were so delicious! Our beignets come out a little before our breakfast came, but it was quite alright because they were incredible! The dipping sauces were amazing too! Overall great experience! Great way to kick off 27!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Even with an online reservation, we had to wait about 30 minutes to be seated, but our dining experience was well worth the wait. Service was prompt, courteous, and sensitive to our needs, even when I needed to change my entree selection and add two sides. (By the way, the green beans and sweet potatoes made a perfect complement to my prime rib selection, and my spouse's land and sea combination was perfect for the occasion. We'll be back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Made reservations for 7:45, not seated until 8:15. We werr promised an upstairs table for quiet and we ended up seated downstairs next to the bar. As one would expect, it was very loud and difficult to hear. Ordered drinks and waited for a while and finally had to ask whwn they were coming. Food was good, but prime rib was very fatty.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waitress was very knowledgeable and the food was definitely comforting. The only thing I didn't care for was the very small table we were stuck at in a corner. It felt as if we were on top of the table dining next to us.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I come here every time I'm in DC. Locally sourced comfort food at its best. Not a great place for a diet. Try the pot roast your first time and you'll keep coming back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful meal. The service was outstanding, the servers were friendly and helpful and the food and drinks were delicious. They were thoughtful and generous and made my sons birthday dinner a really great experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were visiting D.C. For February vacation and this restaurant came highly recommended. The food was amazing the waiter was wonderful and had great suggestions. My teenage son is a tough guy to please when it comes to food but the chicken and waffles plus the ginormous red velvet cake won him over! Great place to eat!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I want to live here. As a foodie, I enjoy new flavor combinations and more importantly fresh food. The selections and quality were top notch. Even though I am a perfectionist when it comes to food, I have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING adverse to say about this restaurant. If you love food! GO! NOW!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time for dinner while in DC visiting college daughter. Excellent service. Farmers Salad is a favorite. Scallop dinner entree was delicious. Seven cheese macncheese was exceptional. Good wine. Carrot cake and homemade ice cream a favorite of my daughter's. Will go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers was recommended to me by a colleague, and I must say she gets a A++ for this recommendation!! The food was beyond delicious and the service impeccable. I must admit, I felt like I was being a little annoying by asking the hostess a million and one questions while I was waiting to be seated, but she handled me with such grace - she was very pleasant. My server was even better. She was very genuine and friendly. She handled our party of 10 so well and all my guests were more than pleased! \n\nI look forward to my next visit to DC just to dine at Founding Farmers again!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awful experience the past 2x I've gone. Use to go every time I was in DC, but never again. Rude hosts. Awful service. What a shame - no longer worth dealing with either of these aspects for the food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and good service, but the ambiance is busy, noisy and can interfere with the casual enjoyment of the meal. Be prepared to wait for your table, even with a reservation, but overall a good value.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visiting D.C. and was told to stop here for dinner. Luckily, had a reservation as they were already seating 2-hours out at 7:30 pm. My scallops were delicious but the butternut squash risotto that came with the dish was very under cooked. Husband's fresh trout was excellent. Beer good, skillet cornbread good, dessert just ok. Overall, the seafood was very fresh and delicious but sides and the rest were nothing exceptional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers never lets us down - we have been coming for over 5 years! The food is fresh and delicious - there is something for everyone - and drinks are unique but classic. We always have great service, too. Be sure to make a reservation but if you don't, the wait is worth it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing and unique! A must when in DC. Refreshingly down-to-earth dining. Best farm-to-table restaurant I've eaten at. Our waiter was extremely friendly and knowledge about the menu offering her favorites when asked. Spot on! We got to know her by name during our dining experience. Excellent cocktails house made cocktails with fresh ingredients.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The deviled eggs were not very good but my cranberry Brie veggie burger was amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed everything about Founding Farmers. They were responsive to my request for a booth for a disabled member of our party which doesn't often happen, especially so graciously. Had a few appetizers, all deliciously unique: skillet cornbread filled with whole colonels of corn and served with butter drenched in honey ($5), BBQ roasted. It's ($3), deviled eggs with onion and chives ($5), sampler that included 2 cheeseburger sliders, 2 ribs, a chili dog, corn on the cob, potato salad, and homemade chips ($20). The only recommendation we have is to chill the glasses before serving. Both beer and water glasses were fresh-out-of-the-dishwasher hot. The bar was full, people were happy, and there was an overall good vibe. Great night out!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was very good. Cocktails were yummy and the food was delicious. Our service was a bit slow, but they were very busy at the time. The waitress forgot my soup (butternut squash which is my favorite), but I was so full from the main course I just got it to go and had it for lunch the next day.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Only issue is i ordered a meatless Reuben and the one brought had meat - ate it anyway...beer was not ice cold - but overall a great place - be sure to make reaervation

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was great food and scene. Only issue was still a wait even with reservation.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Food and options for the family... We enjoyed ourselves and will go back and try something else.. tons of options. Pretty quick service - We will come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was absolutely wonderful, from preparation to presentation, very pleasing. We especially enjoyed the special bar drinks.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant and the reviews written by others match ours... very impressed

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my second visit to the restaurant. I enjoyed my meal and the server was very attentive and kind. My only concern was my daughter ordered the lobster mac and cheese and the lobster was not cut up. It was a little chewy for a teenager. My elderly mother did not enjoy the taste of the mac and cheese. Other than that, it was an enjoyable evening.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a lot of fun and the server was great. Would definitely return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My friends and I were visiting DC for the weekend and Founding Farmers came highly recommended from multiple people as a place to dine. The hostess, atmosphere and food were excellent. However our service was not. Our waiter was extremely inattentive. My friend ordered an alcoholic beverage as soon as we were seated she did not receive it until she was almost finish with her meal. He seemed very annoyed when another friend was asking questions about menu items. His demeanor was very much 'I don't want to wait on you but I am because its my job and you will only get the bare minimum from me' This experience was such a let down as the place came so highly recommended and we had had such good service all weekend from other establishments in DC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Brunch was wonderful. The beignets are a must as a starter. I had the chicken and waffles, which was very good. Highly recommend their cocktails with brunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was amazing! We wanted to order one of everything! Homemade soda delicious, breads were to dye for, 2 sides for your dinner all were flavorful, dessert for a king! Service got 4 stars only because the reservation list ran 25 minutes late, there's no where to sit if there's a large crowd waiting to be seated and the bar of full. Thankfully the weather was nice so we could wait outside. Overall this place is a MUST if you've never been!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Hostess was very rude, we had reservation with open table and because we were 5 mins early she would not seat or acknowledge us. If it wasn't for the manager very tall man I would have walked out. Manager true gentleman.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

They have great food, but service is pretty bad. They sat us down 20 Minutes after the originally scheduled time. Our table was full with bread crumbs; then our waitress forgot to bring us drinks and silverware - we finally got those items after the food was served.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a pleasure! \nGreat food and a welcoming staff!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant was nice. However we had reservations at 10:45 and showed up at 10:30 and wasn't seated until closer to 11 which was after our reservations. Food was good but portion size was very small for the price. Our server was nice and very knowledgeable with the menu and drinks.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's unacceptable for any establishment to have customers patiently wait 20+ minutes at the bar for a drink. Even if its a very good drink, which it was. Very poor bar service which is compounded by a poor bar design. They should be trying to take my money as quick as possible. Also, why isn't there a pager system or something other than having employees comb the floors roaring customer surnames when their table is ready? Every chain restaurant has that. Call them on their mobile b/c you have their phone number. Shaking my head. Perfect example of poor management. It may have something to do with the fact that the restaurant is a co-operative. But, I'm not sure. \n\nFood is good though and priced well. But, not good enough to make up for the aforementioned.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was awesome and the service was outstanding! I went for brunch and had bananas foster pancakes and bacon.... So fresh and so delicious. It is packed so make sure to make a reservation!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

You should open a location in Wilmington, Delaware. There is a great location on Governor Printz Blvd. in the Merchandise Mart. LOTS of free parking. right off I-95. Wilmington would love to have you.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were really looking forward to our experience---the menu looked fantastic. We arrived on time for our reservation and were told that they were running behind on reservations. They told us 15 minutes which turned out to be longer---with limited space to stand because there were so many others that were 'waiting' even though their reservation time had passed.\n\nThe food--mediocre. Our waiter recommended the porkchop and said they cook it medium. Two of the four of us ordered it and were very disappointed that it came out dry. While the staff did offer to 'try again' we declined because we had quite honestly already been there longer enough due to the wait. The rest of the food could be described as good but nothing to blow you away.\n\nWe informed our waiter that it was my moms birthday. He said there would be candles---dessert arrived and no mention of her birthday at all, no candles.\n\nAnd then there is the noise level. Plan on limited or no talking with your party. And telling 'what was that?' Across the table a lot to the person talking.\n\nThe fact that we were offered an extra dessert saves this review but I would have preferred a better experience over a free dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service and food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious brunch and healthy for you! The wait is typically long for brunch so make a reservation! Thank you.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great brunch! Food was good, and came out very quickly. Cocktails and food were both pricey, but were definitely good quality.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Seating was horrible, had to share a table with huge crowd... Had a reservation got there 30 minutes early was seated 35 minutes after reservation time...food was superb though...and waitress was decent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome! Incredible American cuisine.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the best beef stews I've had. Interestingly they used mashed potatoes as the base, which is then topped with generous chunks of beef.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The only complain is that they sat us 40 minutes after our reservation....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience, fancy foods, friendly services and great cocktails. We will be back if we come to DC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is probably my favorite restaurant in DC. Great service. Great drinks. EVERYTHING on the menu tastes fantastic. I love the chicken and waffles. Pot pie is yummy. Corn bread is scrumptious. Kettle corn is fun. All goodness.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The occasion was a late Valentines Day date with my boyfriend and FF made us feel so special with the service, food, and the great seating! Which I was surprised they had our seats waiting for us. ❤️ I would definitely recommend Founding Farmers to everyone I know.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

amazing food, cant wait to return. shrimp and grits, chicken waffles, tomato soup -- all comfort food!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Booked a breakfast reservation. When we arrived, we were asked to wait 15 mins until our table was ready. When we were seated, our waiter informed us they stoped serving breakfast moments ago. Very disappointing.\n\nCliff notes: Be sure to arrive an hour early for breakfast reservations!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had been to founding farmers before on previous trips to DC and picked this place as a last minute replacement for a reservation that had been cancelled by another restaurant because they would be closed that night. \n\nIn the past the food was good. This time, not so much. We arrived a few minutes late for our reservation but were seated promptly (a good sign). We ordered drinks (a glass of wine and a cocktail) and the wine came in a reasonable amount of time. The cocktail took approximately 15 minutes to arrive (not good). The roasted chicken that my dining companion had was very dry and almost inedible. The shrimp and grits that I had were ok, but not the best. \n\nWith all the other options for good dining in DC I do not believe that we will return to this restaurant the next time we are in town. If you are looking for a good dinner, go elsewhere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was great, except for the hostess. I made reservations about 2 weeks in advance and requested a booth due to it being a special occasion and I have a back injury from an accident in the military that occurred. The hostess said there was no server available in any other area with a booth and she said that's all they had. (A booth about 10 feet away from us and we still couldn't be seated there).... shortly about 15 minutes after a couple was seated there. So instead of making it a big deal and talking to the manager and continue going back and forth with the hostess like we were doing, we just sat there and enjoyed the meal. I hope the hostess don't try to get into a back and forth discussion with guest after they've made reservations and submitted the request way in advance to make accommodations due to an injury.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a good time visiting this restaurant with a friend. We started with the kettle corn and devil-ish eggs. I was suprised by the portion size and presentation of the popcorn, it was a lot of fun and we had plenty to take home and enjoy with a movie later on. The devil-ish eggs were on point. I had the chicken pot pie, and I would order it again and again - it was delicious. Not an actual piece of pie, though, it's the fillings served in a bowl with a delicious biscuit floating on top. The sirloin chili was also had, it tasted very fresh but was lacking salt in my opinion - this was easily remedied by the convenient salt shaker on the table. We also had the phosphate soda of the day and a new york egg cream soda. Yum!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place, could use larger space for waiting area

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always the place is incredible. My wife and I drive from NYC just to eat here.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great, the ambience was great. Our service was poor because our waiter seemed to be in a bad move. She never smiled and gave off the vibe that we were annoying her.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great server!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Server was incredibly rude. Not only did she instantly have a negative rapport with my party, but she continuously rushed out meal. Several of my friends had their meals taken prior to finishing. We received checks right when we finished our meals. Had we not been rushed, we definitely would have ordered more drinks and we definitely would have left a larger gratuity. Additionally, it was my birthday. I do not appreciate sharing my birthday with a venue that does not appreciate my business.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was rush. Mediocre brunch food. Not worth the hassle to make reservation, wait in line, etc.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food at good prices, although often have to wait for a table to open

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I celebrated my birthday at Founding Farmers with one of my girlfriends. The food was so delicious. I had the crab cakes, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potato. Everything was so good. I will be back again real soon.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent, however I'm not sure that's enough to make me return. I made a reservation for 1pm and arrived at 12:58 to check in. 20 minutes later I still wasn't seated. When I asked the hostess how much longer it would be, she said they were still seating the 1pm reservations and it would be around 5 minutes. So I asked how far down the list I was and she got an attitude with me and again said 5 minutes. She continued to stare at me the entire 10 extra minutes I waited. So basically this is not a place to come if you are on lunch break unless you're a fast eater. Once we were seated it took 10 minutes for our waiter to come over. I ordered the chicken and waffles with a side of brussel sprouts. It already comes with a side of mac and cheese. The portion size of the brussel sprouts was a little small, but they did give me two pieces of chicken and a waffle pre-cut in half. My total bill was less than $20. I am a stickler for service and this place is seriously lacking. I would maybe order takeout, but not anytime soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful evening to celebrate my son's birthday. We all loved Founding Farmers!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I ordered chicken and waffles, bit into my chicken to get a mouth full of raw poultry. Waiter requested it be cooked more. The kitchen sent out a brand new plate, only for my waffles to now be burnt to a crisp, it was visibly burnt and when I attempted to cut and bite it, it crumbled like a cracker. We got our check and threw the food in the trash. If you're hungry this is not the place to go, what good is food if it isn't edible? \n\nwe tipped our poor waiter because its not her fault, however we won't be back with the way the kitchen handled our meals.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, especially the skillet corn bread and fried green tomatoes, great drink options.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved this place. Service was amazing and the food was delicious! Highly recommend this place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers DC has been a perennial favorite of mine and some of my closest friends for years now. Wait staff is dedicated, attentive, hard working and gets it right or, on rare occasions, when necessary, makes it right. The ambiance is moderately noisy, youthful and very DC. Food is always first rate or better, the views of Pennsylvania Avenue in Foggy Bottom are fascinating, there is a nice upper level which is perhaps a shade quieter and has some nice corner booths (on the corner). Everything about the place is right. While the MoCo version has the same food and service, you can't walk outside and stand on Pennsylvania Avenue and have the US Capitol building down at one end, the cozy Venetian Room (in the Hotel Lombardy) across the street for pre or apre drinks and treats, and, well, it's Foggy Bottom for god's sake! Did I mention the food is world class Southern (DC-Southern) comfort food impeccably prepared? You just cannot go wrong.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Once seated the food and service were wonderful. The only negative was that we did have to wait an hour even with a reservation.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

food was fair. waitress was excellent. The fresh catch definitely wasn't fresh.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Met old friends from out of town for lunch. Place was packed; obviously very popular!\n\nOur server was excellent; knowledgeable and quick.\n\nFound the food to be plentiful but overly sweet. Side veggies were candied or maple syruped\nexcept for potatoes. My arctic char was nice, not overcooked. Fried chicken and waffles huge\nand much enjoyed. Stew was soup so disappointing. My guests took home leftovers and enjoyed.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

No great place to wait for a table / grab a drink. Bar was mostly populated with people dining. Our table was not ready when we arrived and we had to wait 25 minutes. Service once seated was very good. Food was ok. It seems like this place has turned into a tourist destination and is not what it used to be.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Disappointed that the kitchen was all out of the short ribs entree by 4:30pm. That's a dinner-type meal. That was one of the main reasons I made reservations at the restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My boyfriend and I went for Valentine's Day breakfast, his first time my second at Founding Farmers. The food is excellent, I had the bananas foster stuffed French toast which is so decadent. He had the breakfast platter with sweet and sour bacon, which he really enjoyed. A couple minor complaints--our waiter didn't come back to check on us after our food came, my side of eggs was lukewarm and undercooked for my liking, and my tea was cool. All in all I would definitely go back for the food and atmosphere, it's a beautiful restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to Founding Farmers with another couple for a Valentine's Day celebration prior to seeing a magic show. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. The food was amazing and the ambiance exceeded our expectations. Beings that we drove into D.C. from the Annapolis area they were more than understanding when we were delayed by traffic and got us seated with minimal wait time. They are very efficient and overall I am looking forward to my friends birthday so we can enjoy the experience again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers is my place for breakfast - great choices; friendly staff; delicious food. My favorites are Eggs Benedict and Beef Pastrami; Banana Foster Waffles! My friend loves their beignets and oatmeal as well. I eat there at least once a week :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As usual the dishes were delightful!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Welcomed pleasantly, however my food was served lukewarm. When I asked for hot fries the server was gratuitous but came back minutes later when what appeared to be fries from the same batch. Because it was a special occasion I didn't say anything more about it. However, I didn't eat any more of my meal or the new plate of fries. The server appeared to notice but didn't ask what was the matter. \n\nMy first time at the restaurant was brunch and I had a great time and meal. Maybe this was just a bad night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favorite resturant in the D.C. Area. Save room for desert, it will be beyond worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great server, Nathan, who was awesome! Very chatty, easy to joke with and made us both feel welcome not only at a restaurant we've never been to before, but in a foreign city (we're both from Vancouver). We made a lot of jokes with each other, especially over the delicious red velvet cake we tried stuffing ourselves with (albeit we admittedly failed). Thanks Nathan for the excellent service and great company!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waiter was great as well as the house manager. One of my guests's steak was not done well enough so the manager went and had another one done for him and offered us cake and beignets.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing brunch! Incredibly reasonable price wise. So many options to choose from.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always make a reservation. Don't go on Sundays as they run out of 1/2 the menu. Good service but one greeter with an attitude. Good food worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was my first visit and I was not disappointed! The food was great and the Carrot cake was to die for! I will be eating there again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always, the meal was great. Went with the Yankee Pot Roast this time. The Pot Roast was tender and the portion was excellent!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A little less than pleased at the service. Wait staff, believe his name was Mark, was not very attentive. Ordered carrot cake with ice cream and it took so long to get silverware the ice cream melted. Took my friend 15 minutes to get her drink. Good food but the service was sub par

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was incredibly slow and disorganized. Food was cold in some cases, and incorrect in one other.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant! Definitely need reservations. But great food and big menu. Drinks are somewhat pricey!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were in DC for one evening and based on an acquaintance's recommendation, we made a reservation for 7pm. We arrived about 10 minutes early and were very glad we had our reservation because we overheard the wait time was up to 2 hours. We had to wait about 10 min past our reservation to be seated. We waited another 10 minutes before our server came to the table. It's definitely a cozy restaurant and we were less than an arms length away from the next table. The food was good, really enjoyed the fried green tomatoes. Overall, the experience was good. Would like to try brunch if we ever return to D.C.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took my girlfriend there for an early Valentine's Day since we're busy…PERFECTION! The ambiance set a romantic tone and the food was delicious! We started off with the pan cornbread and wings. The cornbread was delicious and the wings were the best we've ever tasted. I got the crab cakes and she got the salmon, both were cooked to perfection. I definitely would recommend this restaurant to anyone and look forward to trying out Founding Farmers for brunch in the near future!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server Liam was great!! Food was amazing too. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves good food and an overall great experience. It's crowded but that's a testament to how good the place is.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely portion sizes, great service, NEED a reservation. We could barely get to the host stand to tell them we had a reservation because it was insanely packed at 9:30am on a Sunday.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers never ever disappoints with its Farm to Table fresh ingredients and menu :)

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

My guest and I arrived early for our 2:15pm reservation to enjoy a drink together at the bar on a Saturday afternoon. We could barely get through the door and it was clear we would have to go somewhere else for drinks. I've never seen anything so busy and noisy. We were seated promptly at our reservation time but the service was slow. Drinks were fun and good. Food was unexceptional. The crab benedict dish I ordered used backfin rather than lump - just not as good as it could have been. The tables are so close, you can't help but eavesdrop on your neighbors. We had to 'borrow' salt and pepper from the table next to us, only some of the tables have it. I was underwhelmed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had the many vegetable mushroom loaf and was disappointed. It looked and tasted like meatloaf (complete with brown gravy on top), which I wasn't expecting. It did not taste interesting or creative. And just mashed potatoes on the side. I just wasn't expecting a 1950's dinner from Founding Farmers! It was a birthday celebration for my daughter and she and I were both disappointed. On the positive side, the waitress knew it was her birthday and brought out a complimentary dessert without us asking. That was very nice.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We arrived approximately 20 minutes early for our 1pm reservation. We were told we'd be seated closer to 1pm. Which was fine. At 10 of 1 my partner went to see where we were and was told we had another 15 to 20 minute wait because they were still seating the 12:45 reservations. I went up at 1:00 to inquire and was told they were still seating the 12:45 patrons and we were first on the list for 1pm seating. We were seated a little after 1pm.\n\nOur major complaint - the area to wait to be seated is very inadequate. You might want to look into expanding the restaurant in a new location. The restaurant has clearly outgrown this space. Because of the weather - no one wanted to wait out doors to be seated. Having to wait in the area between the bar and other patrons while they're dining was a huge issue. Two people were leaving the bar, my partner and I were trying to move out of their way to let them get up; and one your busboys tried to push through us so he could get by when there was clearly no room for him to get by. We tried to tell him to wait but he insisted on trying to get through. He finally left and passed by on the other side of the bar.\n\nWe placed our order and ordered Beignets but never received them. We were specific in stating we wanted the raspberry sauce but didn't get them. She offered to put the order in but it was too late and we were ready to go. Our entrees were very good. No complaints there.\n\nSpace and a forgetful waitress kinda dimmed our lunch...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and Service was amazing!! A reservation is necessary to avoid an hour wait. Would definitely recommend Founding Farmers to anyone.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Birthday Dinner for the wife!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waiter, Liam really made our first experience at Founding Farmers wonderful. I was also appreciative of the fact that we were seated shortly after checking in for our reservation. Was not a huge fan of the seating arrangement but we will definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Brunch was amazing I love coming back and bringing all my friends

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Go here every time I'm in the 202. Creative comfort food, contrails and great service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent! Will definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great and ambiance is good but wait time is a bit much. We waited over 30 minutes for a RESERVED table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful dinner at Founding Farmers. The food is very fresh and innovative. We shared bread with Brie cheese topped with caramelized onions. It was a very generous portion and very delicious. One friend had the burger, another the goat cheese ravioli and I had the chicken stew with a side salad. All the dishes tasted great. For dessert we shared the chocolate layer cake with strawberry ice cream. It was a huge portion which we could not finish.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great as usual - bit crowded at lunch so always make a reservation

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tasty and creative plates and a nice wait staff; but expect to wait, even if a reservation as they appear to overbook and turn tables slowly. We were seated 30 minutes following our reservation time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I can not get enough of this location. It is by far the best Founding Farmers I have been to thus far! The food was so delicious!! I am not one for fried chicken, but I loved their chicken! Our server Erica was so sweet. The experience was great! Overall great value for what you pay! LOVE THIS PLACE!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I made reservations for 1:45 pm and my party was not seated until about 2:30 pm. The hostess at the do began seating people before us who had reservation times later than mine. Once we were seated, there was a party who was seated after us, right next to us, that was served before us. I did not have the best experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Morgan the waitress was the best server we have had at your establishment.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a little problem with my order and Christine, the manager rectified the situation. She was very professional, pleasant and really easy to talk to.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We ate here while on vacation. Loved it wish there was one in California. Best breakfast .

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was extremely slow

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Yum! Everything was tasty and came out quick.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was looking for a place to have a business luncheon with a college. Chose Founding Farmers -DC due the proximity and the rant and rave heard via radio commercials.\nThis restaurant is very conveniently located Downtown DC. Extremely busy during lunch rush, but the front desk greeter staff is efficient and well organized. Appetizers were OUTSTANDING !!! (Figs filled with Blue Cheese wrapped in bacon. That even sounds great to type !!!! )I ordered Rib-eye (main course). Steak was good but the Bacon-sauce infused Brussels sprouts - is what stands out! While the ambiance is nice and modern, Not a place to have a business conversation, as the space is pretty loud. All in all, good experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great breakfast. Coffee really good too service was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Try the beignets!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great experience. Reservation is encouraged.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Interesting menu; unpretentious. Once you’re seated, you’ll have a wonderful time; \n“welcome” staff anything but.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food, cocktails and service! Our server recommend the garlic black pepper wings as an appetizer, something I would not have chosen otherwise, and they did not disappoint.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was my first time at Founding Farmers. I met some friends there and it was a good meal but the room was a bit warm and it was a little loud but otherwise good food and great service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a very good service. Food was good and a fast delivery on the meals.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had a great time and loved everything I tried here, so much so I came twice. It was clear a reservation is needed but it was easy to book (thank you Open Table) and delicious! Great service and awesome food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place has the best food and service. We have dined here many times and will dine here again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was very good. Bloody Mary was excellent and very spicy, just the way I like them. The place was a little on the loud side, we were seated on the second floor, but it was a problem for us. It was very crowded but our reservation time was honored.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dope af. Would recommend 10/10. The place was lit and I liked it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was happy that we had a chance to visit this restaurant during a recent trip to DC. In the past I've stopped by and it was full. On SuperBowl Sunday not so much. Service was great, food was good. I enjoyed the prime rib, which had 4+ ounces of pure fat and my wife had the fish and chips. When my wife's face showed disappointment that the chips were potato chips vs. fries, the server immediately made it right by brining over a plate of fries, without being asked. Wine list is short, but I found the prices to be reasonable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Only glitch was that I indicated to the hostess that it was my wife's birthday. She suggested that I order dessert ahead of being seated, which I did. However, it never came. Other than that, good and drinks were outstanding.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoyed our breakfast, but would have liked a little more interaction with our server. We knew a little bit about the Founding Farmers story from the website, but would have loved to hear more about that from our server. She asked if it was our first time dining with them and we said that it was. She welcomed us, but that was it. This is not a complaint really. She was a nice and efficient server. It's really a teaching point for ownership for future first-time guests. \nThe food was good. We enjoyed the eggs and English muffins and the homemade jam. The hot chocolate was a little bitter for our children. The look of the restaurant is fabulous.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place! Food was unreal! Great atmosphere, great service! It was quite busy on a Saturday evening so I would recommend a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything on the bunch menu is amazing! Eggs benedict, chillihash, chicken and waffles.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This continues to be the best breakfast I've ever had. I love it when I take someone here for the first time, the look on their face when they taste the food is great. Keep it up.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Service. We always like to invite family and friends to dinner there and enjoy their local menu.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love the food here and keep coming back; however, I had a unfortunate interaction with the hostess this time. We arrived on time for our 9:45 reservation, but had to wait in a substantial line to check-in. We then were not seated for 30 min after our reservation time and watched as others who arrived after us were seated. When we asked the hostess about this, she told us that 'people who arrive on time get priority'. She said we were next in line but we saw 3 couples get seated before us. The waiting, the accusatory hostess and lie at the end really put us off. Love the food, but don't like to be treated like that as a paying customer. I doubt we ever go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went to Founding Farmers for lunch one day, and then for brunch another day. The restaurant is always busy, so I highly recommend reservations unless you want to fight for seats at the bar. Had a Bloody Mary, and if you like well balanced, spicy Bloody Marys, this is the place for you. Everything is freshly prepared, with ingredients that truely do taste as if they just came from the garden, and all was delicious. Had a slight mix-up at lunch but the server made sure I got the correct order as quickly as possible, and the manager came over, apologized and immediately comped my meal. It's a pleasure going to a well run restaurant with delicious food, and I will definitely return frequently.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Next time you go to Founding Farmers, you may want to have this Seinfeld clip ready to go on your phone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T2GmGSNvaM. If you play it 10 times in a row, that will probably distract you while you wait for your reserved table to be ready. Because despite booking the table months in advance, providing notice that our group had 1h 45m to eat before needing to leave for an event, and arriving on time for our 8pm reservation, we weren't brought up to our table until 8:20pm. \n\nThis is not the first time we've experienced such delays, but I had hoped that with consistent feedback about this issue, the restaurant would improve on their practices. They have not.\n\nWith 20 minutes less time, we ordered one less round of drinks and passed on dessert. That's at least $100 that Founding Farmers missed out on our bill. I can't imagine how many others skipped out on additional items, too, but I hope FF feels it in their books.\n\nFor the record, our waiter/server was polite and helpful and as expedient as he could be. It's the service of the restaurant management that gets 1 star.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Even though our reservation was for 9 we easily waited 40 minutes to sit down at our table

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

fF returns to its former glory. I hadn't had a pleasant and friendly hostess greeting since Raven was promoted a few years ago. Low and behold, today's hostess, Sequoia got me laughing and we had a fun conversation about restaurants in town. fF was always one of my very favorites until the service went downhill.\n\nColette, the server, was very nice as well. Such a nice person! Customer service doesn't need to be rocket science. Just return to the basics and treat people how you would want to be treated. Don't be so inflexible with your policies. If the restaurant is empty why do customers have to wait for their dates before they can be seated? Seems sexist to me.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was the second time I ate at Founding Farmers (once for lunch, and this time breakfast). Both times the food was excellent (and a bit pricey). Both times the restaurant was crowded (to me this represents the great food). The wait staff was friendly both times, but service was slow both times. While the food came quickly for breakfast (that did not occur for lunch), I had to hunt my server down to get the bill. If you choose Founding Farmers expect outstanding food and slow service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food and wonderful service. This place has a great vibe! Make sure you put in a reservation though; we went somewhat early and it got crowded quickly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

After loving Founding Farmers Tysons, I had to try the DC location. Amazing. The short rib beef was melt in your mouth delicious. No knife required. I ordered it with brussel sprouts roasted with bacon & mac and cheese (Is that pasta homemade!?). Loved both sides as well. We started with the bread, chips, and crisps appetizer which was grilled ciabatta, homemade cheese crackers (like a gourmet Cheez-It, about the size of a graham cracker), and housemade kettle chips with 4 dips/spreads. We loved the onion dip best. My dinner buddies loved the pot roast, recommended by our server, and the scallops with risotto. Everything was wonderful and if we left without dessert, we would have still raved about Founding Farmers to our friends, but dessert. Get. The. Beignets. 6 fried and powdered sugar dusted doughnut balls are served with caramel, raspberry, and semi-sweet sauces. Our favorites were the raspberry and the caramel. If you're full, they will pack them to go! Make a reservation; with food this good, it's a mob scene there at dinnertime. We walked in at 5:55 with a 6:00 reservation and were led straight to our table when walk-ins had a 45 min wait. See you again soon, Founding Farmers!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Chicken and waffles - outstanding. And the coffee was incredibly good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

You can't loose with the chicken and waffles or the chicken pot pie.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is by far our favorite breakfast place in D.C. The food is delicious and the service impeccable. If you go the stuffed French toast is amazing! I highly recommend making a reservation as there is always a long wait.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent breakfast. I strongly recommend the carrot cake pancakes. Something you won't see in most restaurants.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was fabulous. The Brussels sprouts were absolutely to die for. The salmon could not have been cooked more perfectly. The wait staff was excellent. My only complaint is the absurd amount of time one has to wait to be seated. We waited 15 minutes (with a reservation) even though there were at least a dozen empty tables. It is always like that.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was okay. Pricy, the coffee was not very good. In fact, we headed to a coffee shop afterwards to get a decent cup. Over all the experience was not our favorite.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The biggest issue here was the table. 6 of us were seated at a tiny table that could more comfortably fit 3, 4 with a chair being brought over. Never in my whole life have I been seated where my knees are touching the person to either side. It's fine if you were packed, but then you should not have accepted the reservation. Service was problematic at times too - bill being dropped in the mustard, not enough silverware, etc.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Glad I made a reservation. Host was good. Waitress was better. Made excellent suggestions and service was courteous throughout. My date had the seafood bucatini and we could have shared; the broth was delicious. I had the steak and enchiladas; what a combination, it worked. We ended the meal by sharing a piece of carrot cake; great cream cheese frosting. \n\nHighly recommend Founding Farmers in D.C.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a reservation but they seated us 30 minutes later. Food was great. We can for dessert. Ordered the kettle corn and it was uh-mazing

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated at our reservation time. It's an inconvenience to have to have your whole party present to even sit down, so be aware. Ordering drinks takes longer than it should. Do they need more bar staff? Yes. We tried to order a drink waiting on our table and this wasn't even possible. They know they are busy...they always are. More bar staff, please.\n\nOtherwise, the staff is very friendly and helpful. The food is consistent and tasty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My party and I had a great time at this venue. The wait was a little long, even with having a reservation, but it was well worth the wait. Great food, great atmosphere. Will be returning.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was great!! Would absolutely recommend to anyone

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service and food. Only bad thing is that they dont serve titos , grey goose etc. They just have the house vodka wich is really bad.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is always great. . . BUT, I have been to this restaurant many times and always run into the same problem--a long wait even though we have a reservation. The entry is always very crowded and waiting is uncomfortable (no seating, no space). I am not going to this restaurant any more because it's frustrating to always wait 30 minutes beyond the time of the reservation (this defeats the purpose a reservation), especially when taking clients to dinner. This time, we waiting 30 minutes beyond our reservation time (even though we were 15 minutes early to the reservation; then we were seated at a 'group' table, i.e., we were seated on the end of a table of another party (it was very strange). It is frustrating because the quality of the food is excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Definitely worth it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great! My wife and I were pleasantly surprised. Also had creative vegetarian entrees that she was excited about! We loved it!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I left after ordering a full meal, still hungry. I had to get more food at the hotel I was staying at. My wine glass was also dirty and was not offered to have it taken off bill. Won't be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favorite DC restaurant, its hip, yet a great place for a business breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is my go to place for family and friends who come in town and special get togethers. Being part of Open Table makes it so easy planning a visit.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was lackluster, Shrimp Bucatini overly salty and the side dish, was disappointing. The latter was mostly cold corn kernels and carrot slices, while the menu listed more interesting vegetables and did not indicate that it would be cold. I had enjoyed previous meals at FF but probably won't be back soon. Sad.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Do NOT show up before 8:45. They won't let you in even if it's 25 outside.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was phenomenal as always and our server was great, but the hostess pushed us out after we had been sitting for just over an hour.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great breakfast. Was there for a conference .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outside of hotel dining rooms, there are not many places in downtown Washington where one can have a business breakfast (not a brunch). Founding Farmers is an excellent choice for such a meal, as well as for lunch and dinner, of course.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, attentive service , casual natural vibe decor

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Server brought the wrong dish. Of course it was far more expensive. Because I was with friends, colleagues, I did not want to fuss, but they should get the orders correct.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food with prompt, attentive, polite, and timely service. Customer facing employees are very friendly, courteous, and helpful. Highly recommended. Also, the beignets are tremendous!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food never disappoints! The Chicken Pot Pie was thick and hearty...perfect for chilly days! Try the sweet tea...it has a surprising 'essence' that is delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Before visiting DC I had already made reservations for Founding Farmers, and I couldn't have been more impressed!\n\nWe used OpenTable to make reservations for dinner on a Tuesday night. I'm glad I had booked in advance because when we arrived they were giving out 1 hour wait-times and there were about 30 people (no joke!) waiting in the entrance for table.\n\nThe restaurant itself is comprised of two levels. We were given a table upstairs by the window and it was perfect. \n\nThe food here is outstanding. We both ordered the chicken and waffles. The chicken was PERFECTLY seasoned, the waffles were light and the mac and cheese was great.\n\nService was excellent and the food arrived mere minutes after ordering.\n\nFor dessert, we split a piece of the red velvet cake. Listen to me very carefully now...if you had an entrée, you will NOT be able to eat a piece of cake on your own. I have a sweet tooth and can normally down whatever is placed in front of me, but this slice of cake was MASSIVE. The two of us weren't able to finish it together!\n\nThe only down-fall of this restaurant is that their drink prices are astronomical. I ordered an 8oz glass of their HOUSE white wine and it was $18 (and that was one of the cheaper glasses). Comparatively, the chicken and waffles was served with two large pieces of chicken, 2 waffles, mac and cheese + a side was only $16.\n\nThe food here is very reasonably priced for the portions given, but I think they need to reconsider pricing of their beverages.\n\nI would 100% eat at Founding Farmer's again and I'll be sure to recommend it to anyone I know visiting Washington.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a great place! It's popular, so expect to wait. We had reservations and still had a 20 minute wait.\n\nBut it was worth it! Our waiter, Nathan, did a great job handling ten of us. He was funny and treated us as if we were his only customer. \n\nThe food was excellent. I followed Nathan's recommendation and was not disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience as always. :)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I went here for his Birthday. We made reservations for 4:30 on a Friday evening. We thought it would be slow because it was so early. Nope. It was packed and people were already waiting for tables. We got right in with our reservation. Our waiter was good. The food was great. My husband said his steak was really tender. We are picky steak eaters. They have a fun menu. We would definitely eat here again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food. Great service. \n\nHowever, $4.00 for iced tea was crazy with no free refills on tea. We discovered this when our bill arrived and iced tea charges matched the price of the burger. I suggest they change this.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We fine dined in DC every night for 5 days. This was the best place hands down. After three years, we all still talk about it. The food, service and ambiance are all top notch. Go here! You will not be disappointed and this is coming from a business traveler who fine fines on an expense account all over the country including NYC, Chicago, Boston and Portland IR.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best Restaurant in Downtown ,DC , Food and drinks are great ...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent choice for family visiting out town. The food was fresh and the atmosphere was great!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We got a lovely table for six upstairs on a Wednesday night. It was quiet enough for a business dinner yet still fun.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent cocktails! Bacon lollies always a favorite! Chicken & waffles and short ribs this time! Divine!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Crowded and had to wait despite a reservation. The high point was the peanut appetizer- tasty and a good value. The salmon was small in size, bland and of dubious quality - noting the glaze was heavy on sugar. Albeit the alder plank was nice and kept the fish warm. The accompanying vegetables were better in flavor but their appearance was more a mosh than an appropriate presentation. After finishing the meal and presenting my CC I had to wait early 15 minutes to sign the check.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic for a night out with friends or family. The food was excellent and shareable, wonderful atmosphere. Our server was wonderful and attentive.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Many of the critiques are accurate. The menu is way too big, there's nothing very unique, overpriced, noisy, etc. But if you want comfort food and big portions, it's a solid choice. And some of the criticism is over-the-top. The brunch menu is more reliable than lunch or dinner in my opinion. The cornbread, scrambles, and most egg dishes in general are delicious. As a non-drinker I like all the nonalcoholic options for drinks.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was a good experience. Very noisy as we sat on the first level across from the bar. Would recommend the second floor for any kind of real conversation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing. Our server Stacy was a delight and enhanced the overall experience!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As usual, Founding Farmers didn't disappoint - great food and great service. And we got sat relatively quickly with reservations.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've heard a lot about Founding Farmers and was eager to try it, though based on my meal, I won't return.\n\nI was seated at the bar, where I received friendly and attentive service and appreciated the well-put-together beer list -- and especially the list of wines by the glass. The menu itself has many apparently enticing options, ranging from several types of deviled eggs to other comfort foods including meatloaf and rotisserie chicken, pickles, and many others. I ordered deviled eggs -- a favorite -- and was disappointed at how essentially tasteless they were. The rotisserie chicken was tasteless and even the dark meat was overdone. \n\nI tried a few sides and the pickles and nothing stood out. Though one disappointing meal won't usually stop me from going back to a restaurant a second time, I'm sad to say that nothing I experienced would entice me to return. I'll also note, though, that they restaurant was jammed, with walkins waiting for a table or a spot at the bar, so I am forced to wonder what I missed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is delicious, fresh, and large portion sizes. It is always very crowded so you will have to wait sometimes even with a reservation.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Usually love this place. Every so often you get a server who taints the experience but over all still one of my favorite restaurants. Farm to table, unique dishes, handcrafted drinks.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Brunch was decent, but french toast was too hard and crunchy.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am not sure what all the rave about this place is. My experience here for my sisters birthday was severely subpar. I reached out to the local team and have not gotten a response.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers is one of my favorite restaurants because it's affordable food that is extremely high quality. Little known fact, it's BYOB with no corking fee for up to two bottles of wine (they can't be on the menu).

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been here 4 times and each time I've been pleased. The food is good and the wait staff is always pleasant. If you have a small appetite prepare to take food home because the portions are fairly large. The chicken and waffles is my favorite. The fried chicken reminds me of something someone from the deep south would make. Its very juicy and flavorful. The waffle is light and airy and taste like it was dipped in angel dust. :-) The drinks weren't all that great. But since the food is amazing, I'll certainly be going back! \n\nP.S. be sure to try the kettle corn! Its DELICIOUS!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Make a reservation and still plan time to wait, we made reservations for Sunday afternoon and were not seated until 45 mins after our reservation time. Excellent meal and drinks!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent brunch! Unique options for both good and drinks!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great! Been here a bunch -- went last night before a Kennedy Center show. Put in my Open Table notes the time I needed to leave ahead of time; and it seemed like they fast-tracked our food to ensure we got out on time (which we did). If you've never been--there are great farm-focused meals with high-quality meats and plenty of choices for healthy, well-prepared veggies (which I feel like other restaurants neglect pretty often). Awesome, extensive cocktail menu with house-made spirits and fancy combinations. \n\nModerately priced for DC. I remember being surprised by the prices when I first moved here; but for this area, the prices are fair considering the quality of the food, drinks, service, and decor. You could conceivably end up spending the same amount on lower-quality food. Hope this is helpful!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

While Founding Farmers is a little pricy, you do get really good good and service in return. So I would generally recommend it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As soon as I walked up to the host/hostess area, I gave my name and the number of people in my party, and was seated in 5 minutes. The food is fresh and delicious, and the meatless options are outstanding and equally flavorful as the rest of the choices on the menu. I've dined here for both Brunch and Dinner, and had a great experience during both visits.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is my second via Open Table (luv-it) Founding Farmers experience. I reserved the Founding Farmers DC (FF DC) table 20 minutes before arrival for three because we completed a one floor flash visit of the African American Museum. The service at FF DC was bad, bad, bad. On Christmas Day 2016, I dined at the FF Potomac and service was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely worth driving from NY! We've been wanting to visit this place from last 5 months and we never get a reservation. Finally, I was able to reserve the table two weeks in advance of our visit(still had to wait for 20 mins to be seated). Food was delish and Bloody Mary's were the best drinks....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is amazing. I had a big group reservation, & they contacted me weeks in advance to confirm my reservation & then the few days before as well. They also texted me the night before to make sure it was still confirmed. Then, my group got lost on the metro & we ended up being really late, but they held our reservation even though they were busy. They were so understanding & kind on the phone, & when I got there, they were so friendly & outgoing. Incredible staff & waitress, they were all very personable & really seemed to love working there. Absolutely recommend it for anyone!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Flavorful and creative dishes that satisfy - from the farm to the table. Real comfort food in a great setting, with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Also would note that there is no corking fee for wine, so bring a bottle of your favorite to dinner.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waitress threw menus at us, then left us sitting unattended for 20 minutes. She did not tell us about any of the specials , nor did she offer any assistance with the menu. We complained to the manager and were given another server. After, that the service and experience was fine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was fantastic, the ambiance was perfect,really cool place to eat. My only complaint was seating was just a little to close to the couple next to you.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The experience was pleasing. Would definitely return for different occasions.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very noisy, but aside from that it was good. The food was excellent, a very short wait for our reservation and great service. But it was very crowded, tables close together and the restaurant was Extremely loud.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Slow, inattentive service. Mediocre food. Would not return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Since moving to the DC, Founding Farmers has become our go to family of restaurants. We have been to the DC and MOCO locations. We hope to visit the other locations soon. The farm to table experience is second to none. Its a great value for great food. We were totally satisfied with our first brunch experience at Founding Farmers.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Breakfast was delicious - pancakes were fluffy but slightly crisp, eggs, ham, etc. all well done. We had french toast last time and that was also excellent. No misses here yet!\nThe crush to be seated is a pain, even with a reservation it's a 10 minute wait.\nIt can be loud below but the tables upstairs are quieter. The waiter was busy but was patient with our special needs child and didn't make us feel rushed at all.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We're not able to accommodate my son with food allergies. Had an appetizer and had to leave.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reservation at 7:15, sat at 7:50. No apology from the hostess. Service at Founding Farmer's has been lacking since it opened but it has gone steadily downhill and the food is too mediocre to compensate. I've been disappointed previously but this was the last straw; I will not be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good comfort food. BYOW first bottle free. Lovely wait staff. Young crowd. Try it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great! The server was courteous and quick.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server Fay was outstanding and the food was just as great. Large group (8) was accommodated with ease everyone made it a memorable night. From the breads to the entrees to own distilled Rye we all loved it!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was not impressed with the cocktails we ordered. Mine was watered down and my friends was too strong. The food was absolutely delicious and the carrot cake is a definite recommendation. Our server was on point.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun dinner with very well executed food and good service. We were on the first floor near the bar and it was quite loud, though.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was delicious it is deffinately worth the wait.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food. The menu has a lot of great choices without being overwhelming. We also had wonderful service and would definitely visit again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have had several meals at Founding Farmers, and I am always pleased with the food. This review is in reference to the service. I made a 4:45p reservation for myself and a friend, however I forgot to tell my friend that we had one. She arrived before I did and by the time I got there, she was ready to go. Not knowing that we had a reservation, she requested a table for 2. She was told by hostesses that there was a time limit for the table. This immediately turned her off. In addition, the hosts took long before acknowledging her presence at the door. The server that was assigned to the table did not make the situation better; by insisting on the time limit for the table, and eventually just being lackadaisical about our service, only doing the bare minimum. It wasn't until I arrived and mentioned the reservation, that we were told that there was no limit. \n\nI have patroned this restaurant on a Saturday during brunch when all tables, upstairs and downstairs were filled, and have never been given a time that I had to exit the table. So for a Tuesday evening, in a less than half-full restaurant, to be told that we had an hour to eat was very discouraging for us to stay. It was my friend's first time there and she was not impressed at all by the service. \n\nThe only reason we stayed is because I insisted that the food would make up for the service. While it did, to an extent, the service also left a bad taste in our mouths. So if this is seriously a policy for a table without a reservation, it should be reconsidered, as it makes guests feel rushed and doesn't allow for full enjoyment of their meal. Our entire goal of going to Founding Farmers was to 'catch up' as girlfriends need to do, so to be told initially that we had to be out by a certain time, shows a lack of hospitality.\n\n**FYI, I have worked in several restaurants as a server, host, bartender AND manager, so I understand the dynamics of hospitality**

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food for dinner and for brunch. Really good prices for DC, only drawback is the long lines if you come without a reservation. Even with a reservation, you sometimes need to wait 10-15 minutes. But the food is great. Dinner reservations are available 24 hours in advance, but brunch takes more advance planning. Great food, great prices, good service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Fish and Chips were amazing. We love this place. My wife always gers the chicken and waffles and I always try something new. Food is almost always on point, and we go home very satisfied.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing and the interior decor was great. It was not expensive and the philosophy of the restaurant is good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome food and the team sat us early since we arrived a little early. Great food and appetizers...always enjoy coming!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great, the 25 minute wait to be seated after our reservation time was not. It took forever to get a drink and was noisy and drafty. The staff was friendly but the service was very disjointed. Given DC prices the prices were very fair.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious as always. We had a 6:45pm reservation, but didn't get seated to closer to 7:30pm. This has happened to me in the past (not quite so late after the reservation), but this time our waiter had 2 complimentary appetizers to our table because of our wait, which definitely made up for the wait. We had the caramelized bacon and the cornbread, and both were to die for. For dinner, I had the chicken and waffles, which again was outstanding.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

To start, we had a reservation for 7:15 and didn't actually get seated until 7:45, which was irritating. I would have preferred to take a later reservation time than spend 30 min waiting in the super crowded lobby.The food was fine (nothing great, but not bad) but the cocktails were a rip-off. My $14 drink was watery and the alcohol ratio was off. The service was really slow, and it took 15 minutes for someone to come up and ask to take our order.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Although we had an open table reservation, we still had to wait 30 minutes for a table. Will not be returning to this location.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely loved this restaurant/food/staff/location.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was great and fast! Food was yummy and fresh squeezed orange juice was refreshing

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

When we arrived there was a very large crowd inside the restaurant who were very noisy. Throughout the entire dinner the noise level was quite disturbing. I enjoyed the apple mac&cheese. However the pork chops my girlfriend ordered tasted very bitter and were quite unpleasant to eat. I will not return here and would not recommend dining here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome a usual...they were even accommodating when our reservation changed at the last minute. Can't wait to come back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good food and a great menu for people who like real food. The only downside: our Open Table reservation was not honored in a timely way. Others who put their name on a wait list seemed to be seated more quickly.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Yuck! What a disappointment! Do not bother with dinner. Breakfast/Brunch only (as of a year ago, anyway). \n\nMy dinner (chicken pot pie) was inedible. Vegetables were uncooked, large, not consistently sized (onion chunks of huge proportion). They put some rock hard, pale white, chalky tasteless stale scone (or biscuit?) on top. It was lukewarm at best. It was disgusting. Definitely not comforting. \n\nMy friend got chicken & waffles with Mac n cheese and green beans. Chicken was a pale color, and included a tiny, shrunken 1/2 portion of waffle. The green beans were desiccated and dried out, the Mac-n-cheese made out of weird, flat and wide noodles which appeared buttered, or maybe painted with a roux. Disgust. \n\nThe app came out lukewarm (bacon-wrapped, blue cheese stuffed dates). Soggy bacon - room temp. More disgust. \n\nWhat a bummer. \n\nService not much better. This place has tanked in one year. Or maybe it really needs to stick with breakfast and brunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved Founding Farmers so much we came back the next day. I recommend you ask for Marc, we really enjoyed him.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were in DC for the Inauguration, and met up with friends for a meal. What a great find! Our servers could not have been more friendly or efficient. The food was out of this world for all you foodies! Will definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was one of the best meals I've had recently! Everything, and I mean everything, on the menu is outstanding. Our server, Nathan, was energetic, knowledgeable and a real joy. Next time I am in DC, I will be making a reservation at Founding Farmers !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good place - finally made it after having been recommended by friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was in town for the Women's March and had read good things about this place. We were seated almost immediately which doesn't always happen when you have a reservation and the place is packed. Our waiter was attentive, friendly, and helpful when it came time to order. We had the salmon, the shrimp and grits, and the braised short rib - all were excellent. They have a pretty decent list of cocktails, too. Finally, we split the chocolate mousse for 2. It was huge! Definitely more than enough for two people and quite delicious. Next time I'm in DC, I'll will return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were late because of the Women's March on Washington. They did a great job accommodating us. The meal was delicious. I live in Florida and had been there in November and was delighted to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and great atmosphere. To top it off, the service is outstanding. Every staff member is knowledgeable and understanding and always willing to help.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I meet friends in the city for Sunday breakfast. Great breakfast location. I love this place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing farm to fork food. Love this place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just loved it overall. Have been there twice and it's well worth the drive from Columbia.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was wonderful - we actually arrived slightly before the restaurant opened and they graciously opened the doors and accommodated us early. The food was delicious and we had wonderful service… Overall a great experience and we look forward to coming back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated 45 minutes late. Apparently, this is a regular issue with the restaurant which we discovered when talking with friends who live in DC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The greeters were nice and polite. Our server was great and we never had to look for him or wait long periods of time for anything.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We traveled from New York City to D.C. And discovered this amazing place 2 years ago. We went for the women's march this past weekend and we had to go back. Our server was just so wonderful I am just so bad with names I can't remember (I'm sorry). The drinks are amazing and the food is just outstanding. I promise to go back every time I travel to D.C.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I don't live in east coast anymore so anytime I am in DC now I have to go to Founding farmers. Great food, creative menu, nice staff. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers always impresses! Having dined here numerous times in 2009/2010, I was so glad to discover that Founding Farmers has maintained and even improved their service, food and beverages! The fried green tomatoes and corn bread were scrumptious, as were each of our entrees from the crab benedicts to the portobello mushroom sandwich -- everything was divine! Thanks and kudos to the Founding Farmers team!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service! Delicious food. Paid great attention to food allergies. Would definitely return. We had a lovely, healthy, safe and flavorful meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great and varied menu- excellent and strong drinks- ask the bar tender to make something original and you won't regret it. I always make reservations when I want to come here, because there's always a wait, and smelling and seeing the food come out to other guests is tortuous, because it's all so delicious. It's pretty loud, so it's not ideal for intimate conversations, but it's a great place to bring guests from our of town, or to have a group dinner. Love their sustainability concept, and the food is fresh and locally sourced. Thankful to have this gem in the city!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We booked a table at this gem the day before, and already, most of the tables were gone for brunch. It seemed like we were very lucky to get a reservation at all. Once there, we were greeted by a very friendly and knowledgeable server who explained the sustainability of the restaurant as well as informed us of popular menu items, including the beignets -- one of the reasons we wanted to visit in the first place.\n\nThe food was fantastic. We started with mochas and beignets, and both were lightly sweetened so as to be flavorful but not overpowering. The beignets were flaky and crispy on the outside with a soft and sweet center. The powdered sugar added some sweetness, but they were delicious without, too. Served with chocolate, raspberry, and caramel sauce, the raspberry sauce stood out; as someone who never chooses berries over chocolate, I was surprised how much I loved the sauce. Bright, sweet, and very raspberry! The caramel sauce also stood out with a buttery richness that added to the flaky, light, sweetness of the beignets.\n\nFor my entree, I got the crab benedict with leek hashbrowns. The entree was seasoned expertly -- no need to add any salt or pepper because the chef added just enough to really highlight the delicate leek and perfectly crisped tops of the hashbrowns. The crab benedict was also well-seasoned with jumbo lump crab meat, a perfectly runny yolk, and thick, creamy hollandaise with just a touch of citrusy lemon flavor.\n\nWith a mocha, entree and split appetizer of beignets, my check came to $25 -- a really great price for an incredibly filling and wonderfully prepared lunch, especially in a big city. The setting was casual, and the space was large enough to seat a lot of people, perfect for accommodating the crowds that form. Would love to come back and try more of their offerings.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent restaurant!! The apple pie is incredible! The margaritas were very well made too. Great food all around!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, service and restaurant philosophy. Would love to go back as soon as I visit DC again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've visited Founding Farmers twice before and each time I am completely satisfied. The good is amazing - well seasoned & cook e to perfection. I had the chicken and waffles entree with maple pecan sweet potato & mac n cheese. The chicken tasted like someone's granny from the south was back there cooking it while this amazing gourmet chef from LA made this amazingly light Waffle. It's a must get!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely a great dining experience from the atmosphere, extraordinary wait staff and excellent food. The energy, spirit and vibe here just makes you feel comfortable and at home. Every time I travel to DC I will make it a point to eat here at least once.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers we have recommended to many friends that visit D.C. Is is a great place to end the busy day of sightseeing to full your stomach but make sure to book ahead on Open Table. Food is farm fresh and delicious. Unique drink mixtures add to the offering. Must try the corn bread as it is too good to pass up with the flavored butter and pieces of corn served in a cast iron skillet.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Yummy. Have the dealer's choice to drink. Ordered chicken and waffles and the Apple pie. Both were great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Six people for dinner, one vegetarian. Chicken excellent, salmon very good, shrimp pasta with sun dried tomatoes outstanding, seafood bouillabaisse excellent, vegetarian Reuben great, burger really good, chocolate mousse for 2 good and substantial, restaurant made ice cream outstanding. Service great and food service reasonably fast given they were very busy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a 6 pm reservation, and we were not seated until nearly 6:30. There was no apology or acknowledgement from the staff. We have eaten here several times before, and service is usually spectacular. I am sure today was an anomaly, but it was still unacceptable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Braised beef ribs, fried green tomatoes

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been coming to Founding Farmers for years and coming back into town after moving away and choosing Founding Farmers for a meet up with friends, I'm wondering why. As has been the case in the past, the hostess staff was unfriendly and didn't seem to care that we weren't seated until 20 minutes after our reservation time. I overheard them tell another table of diners that they would need to be done in an hour and a half because another large party was coming in and needed the table. Shouldn't that be the restaurant's responsibility to figure out and not the patrons' obligation to rush through their meal? It took quite awhile for us to be greeted once we were seated and only once we had ordered were we greeted by our actual server. The food was decent but considering the service issues not worth coming back to again when I'm next in DC. With all of the new restaurants in DC, I imagine there are plenty of other options to get good food and a much more pleasant overall dining experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time here; first time for dinner. We had a reservation and waited about 15 minutes to be seated. Service was very good; food was good. Music was very loud from the speaker over our table but we requested it be lowered and it was. Great place for lunch or a quick dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

They handled the inauguration crowds well and stayed neutral. Our server made us feel comfortable and welcome. \nRecommend salmon on cedar plank

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely our favorite restaurant in dc. We have had pretty much everything on the menu, and everything is amazing! Save room for red velvet cake if it's on their seasonal menu.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food! Definitely call to make a reservation in-advance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great menu choices, very tasty, amazing carrot cake! It was loud and crowded but the food came out fast!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious classics!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I wish I could give this place more stars, it was absolutely wonderful

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went there for breakfast. We had a party of 9 and made reservations and were seated promptly. Our waiter was very attentive. The food was excellent. One of the best breakfast I have ever had. Everyone was very satisfied and the portions were large. Highly recommend the chicken and waffles or any of the pancakes. The beignets were awesome. Everything made from scratch!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We are seniors and wants a bit quiet area which is upstairs, and we had it. Thanks to the Hostess in duty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome atmosphere. Friendly. Authentic fresh cuisine

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A bit of a wait for lunch, even with a reservation. Food was good, with several vegetarian options. The waitstaff initially brought me the wrong dish, but quickly corrected the error. Chocolate milkshake was VERY rich (though not overly sweet). Get one - but plan to share it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always love going there and have spent my last two birthdays there.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Prime rib very good. Trout, prepared 'Simple', was extremely salty. Wedge and stuffed/wrapped date very good. Mac & Cheese and potato bland. Chocolate mousse very good. Waiter From Hell.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always good at both locations in DC and VA. We will return for different occasions.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent, as was our server. The ambience is that of a high volume restaurant. Really good dining, but not fine dining. In terms of the food, the mussels and chorizo is amazing. Order it! Cocktails are also first rate. Good value, good food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice place. Good food.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was probably my sixth time to a FF/FFB restaurant for dinner, terrible service every time. Too many other options will not be going again. I did go once for breakfast and it was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Exceptional food and service! We had a great time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came in for a breakfast meeting.\n\nGreat atmosphere! Friendly and attentive staff. Food looked and tasted good. Great drink selection for alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Good location. Would recommend and come again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good looking restaurant, noise level was pretty high. We had salads for lunch. They were average good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Server didn't bring an app we ordered. Server seemed offended when I asked to modify my salad for items I did not like.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food , great service- great value. Will definitely be back. So many things that I want to try!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food prep was rushed and sloppy. On previous visits, toast in appetizer was warm, burgers well stacked. Got cold toast, greasy buns with dead lettuce. It was extremely noisy. Seems to have passed its prime.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place, one of my wife's favorites in DC. Food was very good. I would describe the food as southern comfort food with a chef's flair.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The menu is not friendly for folks with nut allergies and vegetarians. Many dishes are cooked such that possible cross contamination could occur and have chicken broth as a base, so be aware. The food we did enjoy was very good and worth the price but if there are dietary restriction one may be limited on choices.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Some of the menu items are a little on the pretentious side. You don't have to put pork belly in everything to prove that you are country-chic. Also, the value is just OK. Some items are simply overpriced, even by downtown DC standards (looking at you, side of cornbread.) Though they do a brisk business lunch business, the open layout and tight dining spaces makes for a noisy environment: good for 'energy', less than ideal for substantive business discussions.\n\nStill, the service is quite good and the preparation is reliably well-executed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was perfect. From the alcoholic beverages to the brunch options.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We don't often come to DC, so I did online research and found a few places to eat that were healthy and kid friendly. Founding Farmers had great reviews, and we knew it was a good find when it was ridiculously busy at lunchtime during the week. A good sign. It was easy to book a table for another day and time, so we returned for an evening meal. A family of four. Everyone found something they liked on the menu, there was a great beer and wine selection, and I really liked the atmosphere - relaxed, the lighting was subtle and nicely designed, music not too intrusive. The service was attentive, although I think the wait staff must be pretty stretched - it's never not busy - and overall it was a great experience. \n\nOne note about the food: it's great to have vegetarian options, and my veggie entrée was delicious, but my wife's was very bland and tasted as if it had come from a packet mix. I would have been very disappointed if I'd ordered that. I was envious of the meat dishes - they looked good on other peoples' plates - again, that is a good sign!\n\nNext time we're in DC I will insist on returning here.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been here multiple times and usually enjoy it, however, this trip we were seated in the upstairs area, which is just kind of depressing. It's much darker, much more quite, and much more lifeless. The service was excellent, the food was fine with good value (eggs benedict were a bit overdone), but the ambiance just killed the meal for me.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food. The service excellent. Bit noisy, crowded, but not overly so considering how popular this establishment has become. The staff were friendly, efficient, and professional. We will certainly return on our next trip to D.C. Thank you for a job well done.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had to wait 30 minutes even with a reservation. The vege burger with brie was not so good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good, as usual. I was a little disappointed that I checked in around 10:55am for a 11:15am reservation for 2 people, and I didn't get my name called to get seated until 11:27am. I knew I wasn't going to be able to get seated before 11:15am, but at 11:15am my friend was running late due to traffic, so at I went to the host's stand to ask if I could go on and get seated. I was told I had to wait until my party was complete. I didn't argue back, but I was a little upset that I couldn't get seated. Finally, we got seated and the young lady took our food and cocktail order simultaneously. Our food came before our cocktails. We didn't have syrup on the table, so we had to wait a few mins for syrup for our waffles. When our cocktails came, they brought my friend the wrong cocktail. About 10 mins went by and another food runner brought the same wrong cocktail. Finally, right after we told him that it was the wrong cocktail, someone else brought the correct one. I'm very loyal to Founding Farmers and will continue to dine there. However, besides the food....my service experience yesterday does not get a 5 star rating this time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Grilled trout

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service was on point!! Definitely would go back again

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The wait is too long EVEN IF you have a reservation. The chances of getting seated at the time you made your reservation is very little. Our waiter was very nice. Food was amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the food!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Alot of locals told me to go here since I'm from out of town - I ordered the Crab Benedict. I was expecting alot out of this restaurant but didnt' get it. The food wasn't outstanding, wasn't hot, my cappacino came out 3 minutes before my meal and overall, I could have received the same food elsewhere and paid half as much. Great decor and overall atmosphere, but expected more from the visit. Beignets were a must though, the only over-the-top food we experienced!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Hands down! My favorite place to feed my soul! This is our 2nd NYE ghat we've spent here and it's absolutely amazing!! We love it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great location for brunch. The peanut butter banana toast is to die for!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am never disappointed when I dine at Founding Farmer's. Today I had crab cakes with mashed potatoes & green beans with a side of spectacular cornbread! Yummy!! Our wait time was minimal and the staff was great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is amazing. The food is fresh and tastes great. I went after church Sunday morning for breakfast. I would recommend making a reservation versus just showing up. It is always a waIt.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I loved the bruch at Founding Farmers. The beignets were delicious, and our server was super nice. We will definitely be back. \n\nBe sure to make a reservation -- the place was packed despite the fact that the city center seemed deserted.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had the best of times here celebrating my wife's 25th Birthday! Reserved a 9:00pm slot and when we arrived, we were greeted by friendly staff and in our seats within a few minutes. While reserving through Open Table, you can add special requests. I had added to bring out their yummy Triple Mousse Cake with a candle in it and they delievered! Didn't even have to remind anyone!! Was totally surprised and astounded! Highly highly recommend! Will visit again when we are in the area! Thank you Founding Farmers D.C.!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very busy place with good food. Definitely make sure you get a reservation or time your visit well, as people were standing outside waiting when I got there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I'm from out of town but I visit D.C. regularly... if I don't make it to Founding Farmers, I consider my trip an utter failure. Their brunch could make you completely reevaluate your life and all your priorities.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been here for an anniversary and with friends. The food and drinks are delicious and it has a lively ambiance but I wouldn't recommend it for a first date as it can be a little cramped, dark, and loud. I felt like the restaurant was a better fit for my night out with friends. I saw families and they seemed to be enjoying it but I felt it was more of an adults place. The waiters are very good at explaining the menu and recommending their favorites.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Why did we go to Founding Farmers? We had a gift card (from a friend who does not know our preferences for restaurants well) that we were not going to leave unused. We thought that breakfast on January 2 -- a federal holiday when downtown DC was fairly deserted -- would be the best choice. Our first impression was poor. We arrived a bit early, our table was not ready, and we had to spend 10 minutes standing in a cramped foyer. We were ultimately seated, and ordered a dish to share before proceeding to our main dishes. Nevertheless, everything came at once and could barely fit on the table. One item (shared beignets) was quite good; my carrot cake pancakes were huge, overly sweet, and not really worth the price. We ended the breakfast having exhausted our gift card and without any inclination to return to spend our own money.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reservations should be on time but the overall experience was great! Thanks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved this place. Erica the server was very attentive and all the members helped out whenever they saw we needed something. I call that amazing teamwork and I was impressed. I also enjoyed the food thoroughly. Will be coming back in my future trips to D.C.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was pretty crowded and the area behind us became a bit waiting area with people over top of your food. \nThe worse part is that it took forever for our entire meal to get to the table and some of our food was cold. Also, the waitress spilled a coffee on a couple of us. We handled it well which is why I'm guessing the manager didn't come out and check on us after it happened. An offer to pay for dry cleaning would have been nice although I would have said no thank you.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a reservation at 6:30 and was not seated until 6:55. Waiting area was extremely crowded and many other customers were complaining of waiting we'll past their reservation times.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice spot. Be sure to make reservations, they get ridiculously crowded.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fish dishes here were just ok. I expect more from a restaurant like this. Rotisserie chicken was good. Fish special -- Arctic char was fried even after we asked for it to be simply prepared. Fish portions very small for dinner. Disappointing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food options, good service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I prefer a quiet, relaxed restaurant. This definitely did not fit the bill. Food was tasty, service was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is so fresh and delicious. The drinks are also top notch. The cornbread is a must as is the double whip mashed potatoes. I have never had a bad meal here!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Hostesses are always unpleasant upon arrival. Had one rude server, but mostly they are good. Food takes a while, but it's always good.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was FREEZING upstairs and they wouldn't adjust the AC to heat.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had reservations for 9:15. Arrived at 9:00. Were told that we wouldn't be able to be seated until 10:30 because they were behind. Why even both taking reservations if they won't be upheld?

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food! I will definitely go back!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was horrible. It took us almost an hour to get our reserved table. The manager did nothing to assuage the situation. Once we were finally seated, the good was mediocre. Would not recommend to anyone visiting the area or looking for a dining experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My daughter chose Founding Fathers for her birthday brunch. What a fine choice!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible brunch! Hangover hash changed my life!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

You will not be seated until the majority of your party is there, even if you are ready to start ordering appetizers and drinks. The service is slow at best and the front desk hostess always seems to be frazzled and unfriendly. The food is good but not worth the poor service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My only concern was that I ordered the vegie salad; the waiter offered an extra of steak, salmon, chicken or shrimp (never had that offered before); the salad was $13 and there was a charge of $10 for the steak -- seemed a little steep in conjunction with the price of the salad and I didn't find that out until the check came. I should have asked -- knowledge is power. I've been here many times and will continue to go because I do love the food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very enjoyable, lively atmosphere; prompt and courteous service; good healthy food at reasonable prices.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good spot for comfort food or to grab coffee and enjoy locally sourced ingredients.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was served cold and a request was made to reheat and it showed up 20 minutes later. This was my third visit to this restaurant and probably will not return because of service and cold food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was outstanding and the service was good. They were very crowded but the server was still very attentive and available. A DC staple and I will return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The bacon wrapped dates and the prime rib sandwich were amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was DREADFULLY slow, very pleasant, but slow. Food is always exceptional, my first time not for brunch it was excellent. Always recommend, will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This food was fantastic! We knew based on prior reviews the restaurant was almost always busy, and reservations were a must. We got a late night reservation and we're pleased at how quickly we were seated. It's a louder place based on the obviously large amount of people. T food was authentic, delicious, and definitely a one of a kind experience. Perfect for celebrating which we were!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible brunch! Fresh ingredients and awesome staff, French press coffee was outstanding. So many options can't wait to get back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is mediocre and overrated. They have tried to be experimental with traditional American food and in the process have lost the quality and flavor. Simple and tasty chicken potpie is severed with a piece of crust above the pie filling. The filling becomes overwhelming to without the crust. Prosciutto bread is overpowered by vinegar, thus one cannot really taste the meat. \nFood quality is really bad.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food ever!! Fresh local ingredients. Only drawback is be prepared to wait. Very busy place. We had a 7:00 pm reservation and still had to wait 1 hour to be seated. The Benigits dessert is wonderful but no one told us it is a 20 minute wait because they are hand rolled. I loved the salmon and my daughter greatly enjoyed the chicken and waffles

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food that's a diversion from your typical DC power lunch. Also the carrot cake is great. The only thing I can knock them on was they were having issues with the operation their front door, but I'm sure that's been fixed and it is very minor.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good but was only luke warm. It had obviously been sitting for a while. Otherwise it was tasty.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

A lot of the items on the menu were not available and it was incredibly loud. I typically love founding farmers but this was poor way to spend my 33rd birthday.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We LOVE Founding Farmers... Food was awesome, as always, service wasn't great, but that's rare.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been to Founding Farmers on prior trips to DC, and it never disappoints. I made a reservation for a Monday evening and would strongly recommend reservations - it was packed from the moment we arrived (6:45 p.m.) until we left after 8 p.m. I ordered skillet cornbread to start, which was heavenly. I love that you can see and taste fresh corn in the bread. It was hot and moist and divine with the honey butter. The other woman in my party is a vegan, and while none of the standard breads they offer are vegan, they grilled a few pieces of ciabatta and brought her olive oil to start. We really appreciated the server's creativity on that! I had chicken and waffles for dinner, one of their signatures. The chicken was crispy but not greasy on the outside and tender and moist on the inside. The waffles were the right combination of crispy and soft and a great sweet complement to the salty chicken. The mac and cheese on the side was good but not amazing. There is so much food with just the chicken and waffles you really don't need it! I also got the seasonal escabeche, which was a blend of crisp, pickled, cold seasonal vegetables. It was nice to have something less rich on the plate. My companion had the black bean burger and vegan mashed potatoes, both of which she really enjoyed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We visited Founding Farmers for dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center. It was an excellent choice. We were seated within minutes of our reservation and we didn't have to wait long for our food. The atmosphere was comfortable, the service was great and everybody enjoyed their meal. The menu offerings are varied and I was nervous about my order. When the food came, everything I ordered was delicious. I will definitely return and highly recommend.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Didn't like the three menus combined for brunch. Expected to see an actual brunch menu. The glasses were dirty and for the chicken and waffle, i received 1/4 of waffle but more green beans, chicken and mac n cheese. The chicken was very greasy and the spacing was too close together to the other customers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fast and great food! You must make a reservation. Otherwise enjoy the wait!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is amazing. Our waitress was sublime. The wait was uncalled for. We made an 8pm reservation and we're not seated at our table and seen until well after 8:45. That's unacceptable in my book.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

You need a reservation in advance to avoid a long wait but the food is great and service was fast and friendly

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went for an early dinner and it was quite empty but filled up by ~6pm. Our waiter was very friendly and the portions were huge.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and people. The hostess seating process could use some refinement. We had a 1330 reservation and went seated until 1355. 25 min wait when you have reservations is a bit much. But, the outstanding food and staff more than made up for the short wait.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food and service . A must for all tastes! Definitely make reservations on weekend or be prepared for a long wait!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible! If you're in the area you MUST check this place out! It's been fabulous every time we've been. Brunch is delicious, but you HAVE to try the pimento cheese bread appetizer!! We go every time we're in DC.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious and well served. The place is nice, but it takes hours to find a table and the service is poor.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Never as good at the MoCo location. Still good. But just a reminder that MoCo location is better.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for a date night after a walk around DC. We were kind of cramped in a corner, small table for two, but the food was delicious and service was excellent. Our server was very knowledgable about the drink menu and accommodating!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great dinner experience before going to the theater with a group of friends. There were plenty of options for everyone, food was quickly prepared and delicious, and the service was outstanding.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Doing reservation for Founding Farmers is difficult. But arriving on time, we had to wait 30 minutes as many others customers with reservation without any apologize of the restaurant. This is not correct and I will not come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is a mainstay when we visit D.C. - I go every time, whether solo, with my wife, or the whole fam. Great food, excellent service....I have no complaints!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The banana fluffer to start was a great idea mentioned by our very sweet and kind server Claire. This was my 3rd time to FF while in DC from CT. I also couldn't wait to have a delicious Ramos GinFizz...however was a little disappointed it was not served on ice as in prior visits. Overall I love the vibe of this restaurant not to mention the food and drink.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

On our first day in DC, we tried Founding Farmers without a reservation on Tuesday around 5:30. The staff was most pleasant and accommodated us within a few minutes. We thought the food was very good, and decided to make a reservation for Friday at 6:15pm. Our Open Table confirmation stated we could arrive between 6 and 6:15. When we arrived promptly at 6, we were told that we were 'checked in' and would be seated when our table was ready. This was a completely different staff than we saw on Tuesday. We stood nearby, and at 6:10, I asked about our table and was told they were 'seating all 6pm reservations'. OK. At 6:20, after I asked again, I was told our table was ready. We were taken to the tiniest table, jammed into a corner upstairs. There was a vacant table for two next to us, and we asked if we could sit there. The snippy young man informed us that there was to be a party seated at that table. We asked why we couldn't sit there and have the next party sit in the tiny corner. The young man pretty much just said 'no' - no apology and a very rude tone. Our service had been so good earlier in the week, and we were so put off by the rude treatment and attitude of Friday's staff, we decided to leave. We told the front desk we were leaving and were met with a blank 'ok'. Such a disappointment - went down the street to Panera Bread.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

just a consistent performer. one of my favorite DC restaurants. you can't go wrong with this location.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place for dinner. Food was excellent. Beer was served a little warm, but the food made up for it. Had the gnochi and Salmon, both of which were excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My second time at Founding Farmers and this time we brought friends along. I raved to them How good this place was but no one ate all their food. Seemed like the food didn't meet its expectation. The lobster mac and cheese had soggy pasta (over cooked). The shrimp and grits was a soup. Maybe the kitchen is getting too comfortable and it's time for management to apply a little pressure.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing! Absolutely delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was fantastic. Waiter was brilliant, but can of coke was $3.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food. Our waiter was attentive and friendly without smothering us. Founding Farmers is a great, reliable go-to restaurant and their menu always includes a few new gems.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lobster mac to die for. Make a reservation. There is usually a long wait at lunch for walk ups.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was near non attentive. Brought to a table without silverware. Waited 10 minutes to get water. Food order came out wrong. Selected soup brought to the table without a spoon. All they did do well is take our money. Reinforces the Washington Post review of this place. OVERRATED!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We ate at Founding Farmers in DC before seeing a show at the Kennedy Center. The location was perfect, within walking distance - about .6 mile. The metro is only a few blocks away too and the Kennedy Center shuttle is another travel option. \n\nFounding Farmers is quite popular and I recommend reservations regardless of your dining time. Our reservation was at 5:30 and the restaurant was already packed. We waited about 5 minutes to be seated. \n\nThis was our second visit here and both times the food was exceptional. The service is very prompt and the delivery of your meal is fast and comes out hot.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food OK. Service OK. Cleanliness not up to par.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding all around. Despite the long walk-in line, we were seated right on time for at 8:15 reservation. Our server Jose was friendly, attentive and informative , the drinks were great and the food was perfect for a cold winters night. (Pot pie and gnocchi with sausage and mushrooms). The prices are very reasonable. We will be back the next time we are in DC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food! Awesome place!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A friend recommended Founding Farmers to me while I was in the D.C. area visiting family and dining here was a highlight of my trip! I recommend this restaurant to everyone I can. I got the chicken and waffles and it was flavorful and abundant. The service was excellent as well! If I get the chance, I will definitely be returning to Founding Farmers to try more of their dishes!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic meal again! Best location and ambiance. The coffee was wonderful. Beignets perfection. Go eat here!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I enjoyed brunch here. The scene at the door can be off-putting, never have so many people apparently coveted a waffle or some chicken. Food very good, bustling atmosphere (crazy), great demand for a seat/table, service so-so and likely forgivable considering how busy the place was. Noisy, but the mitigating factor is the bacon. You may want to dislike it if you go into it suspicious of the high marks, but I admit I left feeling like a baby after getting a bottle.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really enjoyed my visit to Founding Farmers in DC. After being slow at initial contact, my waiter was great; always being close without being obtrusive. Had the slow-cooked pork chop -- it looked far too large for me to finish, but it was so tender and so tasty, I kept eating. Sides of sweet potatoes and lemony green beans were good too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great, high end bar food! Ever bite was tasty and the drinks were outstanding! Loved the Clementine! Will make it a point to visit again the next time I'm in DC!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I ordered the shrimp and grits, I sent it back for the lack of flavor and got the wings and they was great. I also got the chicken with mac n cheese and I must say the chicken was dry.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the food, atmosphere and the concept. We had a delicious brunch. The beignets were great, as were the chicken and waffles and benedict. Super tasty! But service was not that attentive - we never got coffee refills and waited a really long time after asking for the check. But it was overall a good experience because the food was really delicious! Definitely make a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing and our waitress was awesome. Great service! Can wait to come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Third time eating here and my go to spot whenever I visit DC. The garlic wings and cornbread is a MUST for me...and the fried chicken salad is very good as well. The wife enjoyed her chicken and waffles and my son tore down his ribs, which was plentiful and he has a few leftover for tomorrow. Always a great meal and good dining experience when we stop here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second visit to Founding Farmers. We went last year when we were visiting from Philadelphia. This year was even better! The food is terrific, with something for everyone of any age. I had a great prime rib- at a great price. My husband had a huge chicken pot pie. My kids had pasta and fried chicken. Bar list is also great. The wait staff is friendly and helpful and will guide you through it all.\nThis is a very cool, casual, busy restaurant and everyone there looks like they are having a blast- as we were. Giant windows all around and lots of tables, but each feels private. Wish we had one of these here in Philly, but until we get one, we will just have to wait until we return to D.C. And we will return to Founding Farmers!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great but it took quite a while for the food to come up.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our favorite place for breakfast, but you do need to make a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall great. The food, as at this sister restaurant, Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, was superb.\n\nThis is more centrally located, which makes it easy to get to.\n\nGo visit and have one of the signature dishes. They are all great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wow. Truly great food. No wonder this place is packed. Could go back every day

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing chicken and waffles......and the Mac and cheese!!!! YUM ;)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing Atmosphere!\nAmazing Food!\nAmazing Price!\nAmazing Staff!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was very tasty and healthy. Good veggie options.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Two of us had the macaroni and cheese and it was not prepared well. we have visited this restaurant over 20 times and this is the only time it was not good. We informed the waitress and she did not offer any solution or suggest exchanging it for something else. She did not get the manager involved so that the kitchen staff would be informed. The service was poor.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Favorite dishes were sausage gnocchi, chicken and waffles and the seafood deviled eggs.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

No matter what time and date this place is always jumping rather you've made reservations or not. People are willing to wait because the food is awesome. I don't recommend for first time dates due to what I've experience with two seats being cramped in the corner....I think they need to work on couple seating no one wants to be placed in a jammed corner. Overall, we did enjoyed our meal it was truly delicious.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was pretty disappointed with the overall experience. The food was solid as was the service but the issues I took lied within the quality of the food, the atmosphere, and the lack of food allergen information available. Bacon wrapped dates looked like they had sat under the warming lamp too long, and their presentation was lackluster at best. Deviled eggs lacked flavor and the wooden paddle they were served on was severely warped and did not look attractive at all. I took similar issues with entree... had ordered mashed potatoes and they looked like they had sat under the warming lamp too long. Atmosphere was really disappointing. There was a children's party happening in the open and they had horns and noise makers... this is supposed to be a fine dining establishment but it felt more like a Cheesecake Factory or Red Robin. Additionally, we had been sat at a 2 top and then a couple with a small child in a high chair was sat right next to us at the neighboring 2 top. We might as well have been one big family at this point with how close we all were. I like children don't get me wrong but I've also worked in fine dining and one of the first rules was to seat parties at appropriate tables... a 2 top is not appropriate for 3 humans. Additionally, I expected a lot more in terms of food allergen information available. I am gluten intolerant and while the server was helpful, he also had to check each item with the chef to see if it was gluten free. I would have preferred a menu with common allergens marked on it, or a separate gluten free menu. One last qualm- they like to claim they are farm to table but when our server gave us the greeting speech he said 'farm to table inspired.' They do not call out any vendors or sources for any of their products. This is false advertising and while most people fall for it, no true foodie will be happy here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Knocked it out of the park for us. By far the very best breakfast we have ever come across hands down. Everything lined up perfectly when we chose this spot. Left feeling more than satisfied and not stuffed. Keep up the fantastic business moda and only wish there was a place like this back home in RI.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is was great experience! I went to Founding Farmer's for brunch New Year's Day. My friend had to catch a plane and my waiter was made sure that he got our food out quickly and efficiently. The service was awesome. The host stand seemed a little unorganized, BUT that may have been due to how busy it was. The food was delicious and the orange juice gave me life after a night of drinking. I love Farm to Tables and feel like this was a great find with reasonable pricing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I would absolutely 100% recommend Founding Farmers. The waiter was very friendly and accommodating, the breakfast was local and spectacular, the ambiance fresh and new. I wish I remembered our server's name, but he also recommended we visit Farmers&Distillers, their sister restaurant. We took his advice for lunch, and it was so worth it. Both restaurants were excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

They were very good at taking us back on time according to our reservations. I love the food at Founding Farmers. The ambiance, decor, set up, and service could be better. Way too crowded and way too loud. I recommend ordering an appetizer or bread first or you will get very hungry. The wait for main food was longer than it should be but ordering an appetizer made up for it. The waiting area was super crowded. I was satisfied with my first visit. I may or may not come back. I still recommend going to Founding Farmers at least once. The food is the main part and the food was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything about this restaurant was fantastic. The staff is friendly, the service was good and the food was exceptional. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great dining experience. I will definitely be going back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere and food

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I ordered the Farmers' Breakfast I think with the scrambled eggs w/cheese. I was charged $2 for the added cheese which was not that much, $2 seems a little steep for the added light sprinkle I received. The eggs were also a little runny for scrambled, I would have preferred them to be slightly more cooked.\n\nOverall this was a great Brunch spot and since we arrived early we made it in before it got super busy. The French press coffee was awesome and well worth the cost as it came out cheaper for us to order that as a table then individual cups of coffee. A few people around us ordered French Toast and Pancakes and they looked fabulous! When they're plates were removed there was hardly anything left.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Waitress refused to seat us at beginning because the other two in the party (that were only coming for dessert) were not there. They refused to seat the two of us without two others for the group. I said, fine, cancel the reservation for 4 and seat us 2. She refused. We then called the other two who drove 30 minutes to get to the restaurant.\n\nVery unsatisfying experience. I will not recommend this restaurant again or take my client there. DONE WITH FOUNDING FARMERS.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I visited Founding Famers for Saturday brunch because I've heard great reviews about the cuisine. That should've been my hint to make a reservation beforehand. We arrived around 12:30pm and there was an 1.5 hour wait. Luckily there was 1:15 reservation available on OpenTable so we were able to be seated sooner. (Thanks! :]) \n\nSo, I had chicken and waffles and my friend had stuffed french toast. I was PLEASANTLY surprised by the flavor in my chicken & waffles (particularly the waffle) because it's such an easy dish. I couldn't stop talking about the flavor of the waffle and syrup. My scrambled eggs weren't the greatest but the chicken and waffles made up for that. I had a bite of my friend's food and the french toast was perfection - crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. She and I were literally saying 'mmmmm mmmmm this is so good' and 'we've got to come back' throughout the entire meal. So yeah, I definitely recommend this place for the food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing and our server, Adrian, was outstanding. Only downside was the waiting area it was super packed and difficult to find seating/standing room.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Literally the very best breakfast food I've eaten in my entire life. A must do for breakfast whenever you're in DC. But be sure to make reservations in advance....they are busy in the mornings.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great everything but mostly great food, which is what matters! Loved the chicken and waffles with mac n cheese. Next time I'm going to do the lobster mac n cheese... because the side dish of it was literally amazing. Truly. Other amazing things: pork chops, shrimp and grits, avocado burger. Love the vibe. We always eat here when we're in the neighborhood. Fun scratch sodas. OH, and the cornbread is a MUST.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent meal. Fast service and food. Enjoyed my meal and would definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious. Our server was very nice a d friendly! It was very busy New Years Eve but we didn't have to wait long because we made reservations. I will suggest making reservations because it can be very busy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for brunch and dinner in the same weekend and would go back again in a heart beat! The chicken and waffles were crisped to perfection and the black pepper maple bacon was the best I've ever had. Their cake slices are the size of your head and totally worth the cost. My guests from out of town were very impressed!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers is a DC staple. The food is delicious southern food. I have never had something on the menu that I did not like, and I have tried a lot of the menu. The food is creative yet authentic. Everyone likes Founding Farmers, so expect a wait almost any time of the day on any day of the week if you don't have a reservation. So make sure to make a reservation!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was outstanding. The service was excellent. I will definitely come back on our next visit and recommend it to any of our friends traveling to the D.C. area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was delicious and restaurant had a great ambience. We had a party of ten and we received our food in a timely. Also the customer service was great...we had an appetizer, two full entrees and a desert and the total bill was under 75.00. Great for the D.C. Area...will be returning on our next visit to the nation capital

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We go to Founding Farmers whenever we visit DC. They have never let us down. We celebrated my wife's birthday this past weekend. She enjoyed everything. She ordered the short rib. When they brought it out, it had a lot of fat. We requested that it be replaced. It was replaced without hesitation and returned quickly with a new one. Our server was excellent and made great suggestions. I always recommend coming here.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing dinner, outstanding service, wonderful atmosphere! In a city where standing out from the crowd of very good restaurants is hard to do, Founding Farmers has found a way to truly great a delicious and enjoyable dining experience that stands out from the crowd! We will return the next time we visit!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always such a busy place, but the food is wonderful, and the service quite good. This was our first time for brunch and I was glad to see that the lunch menu was also on offer so that we could mix and match the best of both. Portions are very big, would have liked some more small options for brunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went here after a show at the Kennedy Center at the recommendation of a friend. Good thing we made a reservation because it was packed. We were seated right away. Our waiter was excellent - friendly, attentive and helpful (even though he had limited knowledge of the wine list). Short ribs were outstanding - wanted to lick the plate. Everyone else enjoyed their meals too - lobster mac & cheese, chicken & waffles, roasted chicken. Would definitely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best breakfast in DC I have had so far! Best to make a reservation before going. Once seated we had our order taken and was served within about 7 minutes. It was awesome and so good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great as usual but service was horrible. They messed up out bill twice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had heard and read about restaurant and food was outstanding and priced moderately for\nA dinner in DC. On a Friday night call for reservation do not just show up. We got right in and some folks (without reservation) had been waiting a long time. Will make this a must do for any DC trip.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding! Looking forward to our next visit (already booked reservation)!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The chicken and waffles were pretty tasty and well seasoned. My brunch date had french toast with a bacon upgrade. She didn't really for the bacon due to so much fat. The lovely waitress took it off the bill. It's a pretty busy place so I suggest making a reservation.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I absolutely hate to leave this review because my past two experiences at Founding Farmers - DC has been great. However, from the moment we sat down out experience was less than stellar. \n\nOur server wasn't friendly, and the service was TERRIBLE. Our reservation was at 10:45am and we were seated on time. But we didn't leave until 12:22pm and all we had was water and eggs. Nothing fancy. In fact, we watched the groups of tables on either side of us sit down, order, get their food, eat, and check out before we got our eggs. Twice. As in, this happened twice on each side! \n\nWhen the food came my friends order was messed up, by was our server next checked on us. We had to wave down another server to take care of it. Then when we checked out, our serve short changed my friend by $1.75 and roller her eyes when my friend nicely addressed this. \n\nI am VERY disappointed in this experience. My friend was from out of town, and is a big 'support local' person. I will NOT be taking her back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant was very busy. The food was very good and the service was great. The deviled eggs and the corn bread were phenomenal. The chicken and waffles, tuna poke, steak special, crispy shrimp were all delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers was lovely! They were able to accommodate us early when we turned up early, our waiter was funny and helpful, the food was delicious and the vodka martini was one of the better ones I have had! Don't get me started on the mashed potatoes, the pimento cheese, the grilled bread they served with the cheese, even the mac and cheese without the lobster was heavenly!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went with party of 9. Food was excellent. Very busy even at 4 pm on a Thursday afternoon. Service was good but not great. Did not include gratuity in with check. The cornbread and brie farm bread was excellent. Would go back again. So many items on the menu to choose from.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers a great DC restaurant. Food truly superior, and for DC a very reasonable value. Multiple visits, always pleased. Only downside: extremely popular so crowded and noisy!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Phenomenal! Food was simply delicious, waitstaff wonderful ~ Get a reservation, though... word is out that this is The Place to dine, although even if we didn't have a reservation, we might have waited anyway: The experience was that good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent variety on the menu, and great quality and freshness of all the food items. Best of all was the exceptional service, the staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. A cut above the average expectations for the District. The environment was a little 'hectic', but everything else was superb.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time here. It's very important to make reservations because the restaurant is very popular right now. My only complaint is that the front entrance is very small and crowded but they move people through quickly. The food is totally worth the hassle of getting a table. I've tried eight different dishes and they were all great. The drinks were excellent too.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food, great drinks. Would definitely recommend booking, as gets very busy

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall my experience was great. The food was amazing as well as its service. Definitely a place worth dining at.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

About as good as American comfort food can taste...and with wholesome ingredients too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My teenage-young adult children and I stopped in for breakfast while visiting the DC area.\nEveryone of us found something we could enjoy; including me with many food allergies, paleo and gluten free. I loved the sausage & spinach scramble which I sided with a salad. Yes salad at breakfast! I would have returned just to have MORE of the salad. Two of my children got the stuffed french toast. I think the strawberry and cream was a hit as all of us tried to steal little tastes of it. My young adult got the crab eggs Benedict. She really enjoyed every bite and ate all of the eggs, which is saying something as she typically has a small appetite. Three of us got different types of coffee which were rich. I was pleased that I received a refill of regular coffee once my latte was finished with no extra charge.\n\nThe food was flavorful, beautifully plated, sufficient portions which included a to go box for leftovers. Our waiter was attentive but not overly intrusive. We did not feel rushed but enjoyed a relaxing meal before our active day. \n\nAll of us stated we would love to return again, perhaps for dinner.\nOut of all of our meals while in DC this was by far the BEST for flavor, price and value.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall it was good. Like that the food was a bit different. Great waitress. I was disappointed that the roasted tomato soup tasted much like Campbell's from the can. Otherwise good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing experience \nFood was amazing for the price

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went here for New Years Eve breakfast, great food, reasonable price, excellent service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I didn't enjoy the white wine blend but the directors pick made me a wonderful drink. The food and ambiance was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It is always fun and delicious.we were seated very fast, the whole experience was great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As usual, food was delicious. We were sitting adjacent to the bar, so noise level made it difficult to have comfortable conversation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious but we had to pause our conversation when the waiter was talking to the next table-- they were so loud I couldn't hear my dinner companion. Otherwise the service was great especially given how busy the restaurant was.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ahh, so much fun. Great food. Great room. Great drinks. Kids loved the Farmacy fizzy drinks and sodas. Scallops, pot roast and chicken and waffles were a big hit. Desserts weren't necessary, but we partook anyway.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely loved it here- was visiting from Australia and will definitely be back the next time I'm in DC!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

For once, staff was helpful in accommodating an extra guest! we met for breakfast and the order of traditional eggs benedict was the best I have had so far at this place! Had a great experience and the ambience was perfect to catch up with a friend.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The first floor dining room can be a bit cold; ask to sit in the back or upstairs. Service was spotty (the food comes from upstairs so at times there is no one down stairs to help out.) The breakfast portions are huge, so don't over indulge on appetizers (unless you intend to share.) I would come back to try lunch or dinner, the food is very farm to table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had reservation and got a table early. In a dozen times eating here, we've seen poor service once, but, if anything, this was the complete opposite end of the spectrum. Our server treated us AND our two young children with polite, personal and energetic service and remained attentive throughout. Food was delicious, our server's recommendation for my dish, and the drinks were unique twists on favorites. Very knowledgeable and personable young man.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic restaurant with exceptional food and service. Moderately priced.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and a collaboration of local farmers! We were very impressed!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers is always a treat! Because it is such a successful and popular place, plan ahead by making reservations way in advance or be prepared for a long wait. The waiting area can be packed shoulder to shoulder, especially in colder weather, and good luck finding a spot at the bar. Just take your patience, relax and have a great meal once you get a table!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Five of us stuck in a banquette at top of stairs, feeling remote from other diners and involved in waitress station. Asked for different table but was told would be too difficult. Wine came way before mixed drinks. Vegan menu smaller than expected. Arctic char tasty but meagre portion. Little ambiance. Still good choice if dining with vegan or vegetarian friend.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was very good, but what a zoo waiting for our Reservation. If they want to continue jamming people into their scares waiting area with limited seats, I hope the fire marshall checks them out. We will avoid the restaurant going forward unless/until they figure this out.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Typical American meal! The price was reasonable, Food was delicious ! Service was really nice . All of the servers were kind

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I really enjoyed this place, great food and service

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Bacon wrapped Dates were overlooked. The vegetarian Ruben was dry and contents were over cooked. Server forgot the wedge salad we ordered and brought it just before we paid.....really......the house orange soda was so tart the kids couldn't drink. The order of pot pie was very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a must visit for us anytime we are in DC. The food is delicious and the service is great. Try the deviled eggs, they are our favorite!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was some of the best food we've ever had anywhere. We loved everything about the experience including our awesome server Sequoia. Wish we lived closer to DC so we could go more often.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Truly magnificent meal! Everything spectacular. Dined here a few years ago and loved it, bought the cookbook! Visiting again and had to come back. It was even better! One of the best meals ever. Seriously changes expectations about fine food. Chicken and waffles, burgers, ribs, homemade pasta and the best cornbread. Going back tomorrow for breakfast!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Apps were great, every meal our family of six order were delicious and the drinks were awesome too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Make a reservation. We had one and still waited 15 minutes. Walk ins were told 1:45 to 2:00 hour wait

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, just be sure to get a reservation ahead of time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love it. Good food, fair price.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food. I will go there again. We made a reservation and were seated about 30 minutes later. Once seated service was very slow and inefficient. The servers seemed like they meant well, my guess is they have poor systems or weak management. The food is really good - best eggs ever, the waffle was so light and fluffy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Seafood bucatini was amazing as were the garlic wings and skillet/cornbread. \nWe had a group of 10 and everyone's food came out together and hot - which is hard to do with a large group. Everyone thoroughly their entrees. \nThe cocktails were fun and tasty so were the appetizers.\nToo full for deserts except one who had a milkshake and he loved it. \nBrilliant place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was okay. Less thrilling than reputation suggested. Very crowded and noisy. Price was great for a D.C. Restaurant but would not be in a hurry to return. Reservation is a must.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is an absolutely fantastic establishment. My wife lived in DC for a few years, and pretty much every time we go back, we make a stop at Founding Farmers; it satisfies on every level. Everything on the menu is fantastic (I particularly recommend the mac & cheese with ham, apples, and peas). You can taste the quality of the ingredients and the preparation with every bite. And best of all - the price point is well below what I would expect for the quality of food and service. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Although the atmosphere was not what we expected for a Christmas dinner, the food made up for it! Excellent food, great service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely fabulous restaurant ! Food was excellent and portions perfect.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Never had a bad meal at Farmer's but service could always do better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Since I could not right a one word review - here is my review 'AMAZING'

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Large portion of excellent Lettuce wedge. Large, very succulent chicken pot pie.\nThe apple pie was good, but I prefer simple chunks with a bit of sugar and a little cinnamon.\nGood coffee. Service was fine.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food here is so great. Large menu and delicious apps. Can get very busy so reservation is highly recommended. Service was fair, our waitress was very nice but was a little slow. That didn't matter though because the food was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We came here for Christmas dinner. Our waiter was great, was helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. The drinks were made for the house distilled gin and were awesome. The deviled eggs were good but not spectacular. I was blown away, however, by the prime rib, which was the best I have ever had. The scallops were outstanding too. We ordered two desserts (beignets and fruit crisp) for me, wife, 4 year old, and 2 year old. They were huge, delicious, and we had to take some to go. You will love this place!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Although we made reservations, we still had to wait 20 minutes. However, the food made up for it! The crab cakes were delicious and plump. The carrot cake was HUGE and scrumptious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The bread (Brie) was excellent. The table close to us was quite distracting but not too bad - after all, we all were enjoying our food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant easily become our favorite. Had visited a couple of their branches to celebrate the holidays. Food and service are good despite the holiday crowd that tend to be fill the restaurant up to its capacity. Oh, also they seem to be the only ones that stay open during the holidays. Will be back!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We tried to dine at Founding Farmers for dinner....2 hour wait! Instead we decided to try it for lunch a few days later with a reservation. The service was incredibly slow, which would be fine on a day we didn't need to catch our flight home.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Skirt steak was really good. The veggie burger was below average.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sat at a table with stills not good for an older guest

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visited Founding Farmers on Christmas Day, 2016. We made reservations for 2 at 2pm and were seated about 5 minutes early. The hospitality and efficiency at the front desk were amazingly excellent since the restaurant was so busy, \nMy son and I loved the food. The salmon was especially excellent. So was the Vanilla Bean Cheesecake.\nService could have been a tad better, but overall was very good. Sever never asked us if we wanted to order beverages at the beginning of meal. I am a lifelong Restaurant Manager so I thought you might want to know about the beverages as the Server should have been building the check by selling cocktails.\nIn general, thanks for helping to make my Son's Christmas a great day. You made me happy, too.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful casual family friendly meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing . Great server

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good; however, my party was sat at a booth that was NOT large enough for 9 adults. Even with a chair on the end, everyone was squished together and individuals did not have adequate personal space.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Of all the restaurants in the Founding Farmers group this one is the best one. We were greeted promptly and seated before our reservation time. Our server was perfect, friendly, informative and there without us having to think about it. The food was great. Seasonal offerings were innovative, fresh and delicious. I loved Christmas Dinner here!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and table service were fantastic, as always, but we weren't able to be seated until 20min after our reservation time, which we arrived 10min early for (as was recommended). So in total we were standing around for 30min for a reservation we'd made a month ahead of time. Could have done better.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to Founding Farmers after we heard good reviews from a co worker. The space is decorated very nicely and natural light filled the space. Although the food was delicious, I ordered chicken and waffles for brunch, the service was okay.. it took a long time to get our coffee and bloody marys. The drinks arrived after our food and we felt rushed to start eating before everything got cold. Aside from the service issues it was a great brunch spot with a nice atmosphere and you can't beat the location if you are in DC for sight seeing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was alone on Christmas day. So, no one was cooking the fatted calf. I made a last minute reservation at Founding Farmers and the staff could not have been more friendly or accommodating. The waiter assigned to me was beyond outstanding. I think if I had sniffed he would have immediately have been at my side to see if the atmosphere was too dusty. He arrived regularly to see if each course (including my cocktail) was satisfactory. The filet was very nice but without any sauce was a bit salty. Added to the vegetables which were also salty, the impression was a salt overload. I alerted the server who was sympathetic.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's very nice!\nCorn bread, scallop and cream pasta were delicious. And service is good‼︎

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Huddled in for a family Christmas Eve dinner after Mass at the Basilica.\nTable for 12 was ready for us right at 7:30pm.\nServer, Jorge, was right on. Service was attentive and timely.\nSupport servers were wonderful as well.\nAll left full and happy.\nWill definitely go back to FF, just might be the Tyson's Corner location, closer to where we live.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I loved everything about this place. Everyone was so helpful when it came to deciding from all of the very appealing options. Our sever, Mark, was awesome. Not to mention the fabulous host and hostess who made us feel very warm and welcomed. I can't wait to come back for more beignets. Helpful hint, get the Yankee Pot Roast. You will NOT regret it one bit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing! Will definitely go again. The Hoti bubbly drink (I think that's what it was called) was really good. Very strong for a champagne glass full. The crab cakes were great. Also, the corn bread is a MUST! So delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

They didn't seat us until 30 minutes after our reservation. We also had to follow up continually. They did not proactively let us know how long we needed to wait.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were just walking trying to find somewhere to eat and happen to have come accross Founding Farmers. I personally had the chicken and waffles and it was amazing. Portions were great for the price. We liked it so much we didn't bother looking for a lot of options the next night and just went here. If you have a dairy allergy, ask for the smaller (much smaller) menu!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We booked reservations here through opentable.com, and we are glad that we did! It was Memorial Day, and we just flew into town for a few days of sightseeing. I knew this spot was popular, and I'm not sure if it was even busier because it was a holiday. Nonetheless, I highly recommend making reservations. We had two people, and we are usually content to sit and eat at the bar, but even that was packed.\nOnce we checked in, they told us they'd notify us once our table was ready. I'd say it was another 15 minutes or so. Our server was patient with us, and did not mind that we were splitting all of the dishes we ordered. I will say our server got slammed with three tables being seated in his section at once, so he did the best he could. The beer selection was satisfactory, the menu was impressive. The food was very fresh, flavorful, and worth the wait.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated promptly on a busy Friday night - glad we made reservations! The speciality cocktail with Founding Farmers bourbon was delicious - a little smoky to cut the sweetness. We had seafood deviled eggs (OK) and pimento farm bread (outstanding!) as appetizers. I enjoyed the Divers scallops and highly recommend them. My date had the combo platter with sliders, chili dog, corn, ribs, and chips. He enjoyed it. All in all a successful date experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was fine, but not wonderful. I don't get the hype. Prefer Farmers Fishers Bakers or frankly, Taylor Gourmet subs.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice place and worth trying! Food was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I just love this place. I make it a point to hit it each time I'm in town

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall a very good to excellent restaurant. We were here last year for a visit and again this year so we decided to eat here again. Bravo\n\nHalifax, Nova Scotia Canada

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

I made the mistake of arriving quite hungry for a 2:00 reservation. We weren't seated for about 15 minutes, well after other walk-in's were seated. We were not served our plates until 2:45. Others seated after us had their orders taken first and were served first. Food was ok but I would not return based on this experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My family came to town for Christmas and a coworker recommended Founding Farmers. So glad he did....the food and service were fantastic!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This would be my third visit to Succotash. It has a great location and right next to the harbor. The staff is always friendly and attentive. I made reservations to take my mom for Christmas brunch and it was a great experience as always. Love this place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place for brunch. Good value for money great portion sizes and overall awesomeness. Highly recommended. The fish was super fresh and tasted delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good but we didn't understand what all the fuss was about. Their sister spot in Georgetown is much better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had an amazing experience here. Our waiter Nathan, was so cool and very attentive as we were a fairly large group. Drinks were good and pretty strong which we all could appreciate because a lot of restaurants water down their cocktails.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome brunch. Great for families!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I made a reservation for a romantic birthday dinner with open table. I called the restaurant to confirm that my reservations were in line and they confirmed. We did arrive a little late due to traffic but I was sure to call ahead and let them know, it was within the grace period. Upon our arrival I made sure to talk to the hostess and she confirmed they were setting up our table. After waiting for 15 minutes I received an email from open table saying 'sorry we missed you' I touched base with the hostess and expressed my concerns that I felt based on the email that my reservation got bummed but all three ladies confirmed my reservation was there and once again that they were setting my table up. After 30 mins I asked again and all the ladies had no idea what I was talking about. I had to tell my story again and they realized my resveration was bumped. They apologized and said they didn't like open table because it did that. They got us seated within 10 mins and told us that they had something for our inconvenience. They gave us free cake which was nice but it wasn't worth the inconvience and our waiter was pretty blah. Food was good but not my best trip there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice place to go for dinner when travel to DC , Food is Awesome .

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everyone enjoyed their meal. Butternut squash soup was very good. Service was excellent Can't recall server's name but she was friendly and attentive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Stumbled upon this restaurant after watching a musical at the Kennedy Center. Outstanding food- the bacon wrapped dates and lobster mac n cheese were to die for! Reasonable prices for the quality of food. Will be returning!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We decided to eat here before a show at the Kennedy Center. Great choice! The service and food were fabulous! The arctic char was superb, as was the ribeye and the prime rib. Great choice for a pre-show dinner. We will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great, fun food. Wonderful waiter.... Apparently we were in a booth that Mrs. Obama and the girls sat in.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I were visiting DC for a holiday get away. We love the food selection and the service was great. Do not try to eat here without a reservation! We made a reservation and only had to wait a few minutes past our time but the front was a mad house with people waiting for a table. I highly recommend this place if you are in DC!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As before I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience. My daughter and I enjoyed a great breakfast, an amazing start to our rainy day in DC. I look forward to coming back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the go-to place for my office's lunch parties--birthdays, going away, holidays. The food is very good at a reasonable cost and there is something for everyone.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reservations for 9:30am, we arrived five minutes late, seated at 10:15am. Very disappointing. Breakfast service was outstanding, however the food was just OK. Understanding the busy holiday schedule.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went on a Mon evening. I did a last minute reservation and that was the only day that was really available. The restaurant was packed when we got there. It took about 10-15 minutes before they were able to seat us. Unfortunately, the bar area was way to crowded to even try and order a drink. The table was on the upper floor, which was better than the main level (less noisy). Our party ordered a variety of dishes. The cornbread as a starter was very good. The prime rib entree was also good, as well as the chicken and waffles. The shrimp and grits was just ok and the same for the scallops with risotto (scallops were well done, but the risotto was mushy with little to no taste of butternut squash). We would probably be willing to try it again, just to see if getting a few different entrees made the difference.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious and the service was great as always!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Thanks to Open Table we were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation. It was crowded for lunch for a Monday 1:15 reservation. We went upstairs for a nice table for two and had a great view of the street outside. The service was a little slow, but I could see that our waitress was busy serving others. It can take a while to service different tables as the uniqueness can take some time to explain. But the food was plentiful and good. I had the chicken and waffles and my wife had the Shepard's pie. We would definitely come again and hope that we get luckier next time with the service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, friendly service, tables were a little to close together to enjoy a conversation without worrying the people on either side of you could hear.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had the meatloaf which was very tasty. They really know how to make great mashed potatoes also. Would definitely go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Founding Farmers. The chicken and waffles were fabulous, yet the mac and cheese stole the show. All the food was excellent!! Wonderful experience!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I really didn't want to go to Founding Farmers. I had gone there a few years ago for dinner when it was still a huge 'hot spot' in DC, and my experience was horrible. I had a reservation, which was a good thing because the place still draws very large crowds. There were folks waiting outside the main entrance when we arrived. But because we had a reservation, we were taken right in an seated in a nice 4-person booth. \n\nOur server introduced herself and gave us some background information on the restaurant. She was very friendly. We all ordered non-alcoholic drinks. After an average wait, the 4-cup french press coffee for my friend and I arrived. Unfortunately, the drinks for the other two didn't come at the same time, and we had to remind our server that two drinks were still outstanding. It was downhill from there. Two of the four orders that arrived were incorrect. When the manager came by and we told her about the incorrect orders, she apologized profusely and agreed to comp my friend's egg order. Unfortunately, the problems continued. To wrap things up, we ordered more coffee and drinks. The drinks arrived but the coffee was nowhere to be found. When all was said and done, the restaurant only charged us for our drinks which really went a long way to make things better. \n\nAnd I do have to say, in spite of all of the mistakes and delays, the food itself was really delicious. \n\nI have to rate this experience poor. A restaurant like this that charges higher than average prices for its meals should not deliver below average service. Honestly, I cannot pinpoint where the problem was. There seems to be some sort of disconnect in communications between the folks outside the kitchen and inside the kitchen. Whatever the problem, something is definitely broken and needs to be addressed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and service. We had a reservation so the wait was minimal, otherwise it's a long wait.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love this restaurant, but it is so busy! Even with a 9:30pm reservation we were seated next to a very loud talker and had to move. Also, for the second time in a row, our drinks took a very long time to reach us. The final disappointment was that we couldn't get the warm cookies for dessert. We do love the food though. Also, no matter when you have a reservation, you still have to wait. The whole process is a bit of a mystery. But... the food is really great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a wonderful place for a special occasion with a great menu with tons of variety! Their cocktails are do take a little longer to come to your table, but they are worth every minute! Amazing!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I thought we'd have another stellar experience at this DC staple. But unfortunately things didn't work out that way. The hostess and service were mediocre, food bland and uninspiring, and the cost was too high. \nWon't be going back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service were very good; our waiter knew the menu well and made recommendations. Menu is diverse and includes great options for vegetarians. Drawbacks: We had a reservation, arrived early, and still got seated 15-20 mins late and there was nowhere to sit or stand, so I even got elbowed in the butt by a diner because I was standing too close to her table. Also our table was situated under a vent so there was a cold wind on us off and on throughout dinner. We raised this with staff and they made adjustments to the thermostat, but it was still an issue.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

At the end of our meal, wait staff kept interrupting our conversation to see if we'd the paid the check. Minutes after we did, another staff member swooped in and removed our water glasses, even though we were still drinking. It was the rudest restaurant service I've ever experienced, and put a bit of a damper on what had otherwise been a nice evening. I use this restaurant fairly frequently because it's convenient for work, but I would never recommend it to friends because of long waits, noisy ambiance, and experiences like this one.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My friend and I visited before the theater. It was a very cool evening, and the pot pie was delicious and comforting! Very quick service and delicious food. Highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've literally never experienced such fast service for such wonderful food. AMAZED. Will return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was excellent, but portions were small. My son left hungry.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Meal was well done, reservation honored within 10 minutes, service good and moved along at good pace for pre-theater. Many dishes went by that looked very good. Old standbys like corn bread and stuffed eggs were up to expectation. Chicken pot pie seemed below standard, less chicken and vegs than remembered from past visits, more onions instead.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

As neither meat nor fowl eaters, we were delighted with the numerous, creative menu options for folks like us. Our serve was attentive and engaged without being intrusive or cloying. We rated the food a 6.5 out of 10. We rated the ambience a 2 out of 10. This place is so LOUD we had to yell at each other. And we had a corner table in the back!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second visit to founding farmers and probably our last. We were there meeting friends for brunch and, while we certainly had a great time catching up with them, and the service was good, the brunch menu is very limited and the food mediocre. It's amazing that it's so busy - probably because there's nothing else around there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just went for the first time with my husband. It was fantastic! Love the menu. We are vegetarians and found their menu had plenty of options. Started with the skillet corn bread, which was absolutely amazing. The farmer's salad & roasted tomato soup were also quite good. He had the salmon, and I had the veggie mushroom loaf. Can't wait to go back again & try more dishes. Really, really good restaurant with yummy cocktails, good service, fun atmosphere, and delicious food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the food and all 4 of my kids-ages 11-22 LOVE the food options and amazing hot teas but it is SO noisy here and even with a reservation, you still have to wait @ least 15 min. Those two are the only draw-backs. Otherwise, adding a take out menu would be fabulous!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers was excellent! We enjoyed the food so much! Our server was knowledgeable, attentive, and made great recommendations. We plan to return whenever we visit D.C.! I encourage you to make a reservation ahead of time. They appear to be very busy on weekends (unsurd of weekdays). Definitely highly recommend this restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious, food came out really quick, great coffee.... Definitely book a reservation!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers is extremely popular with both locals and tourists. The food is of good quality and reasonably priced. \n\nHowever, unless you're willing to wait 45 mins without a reservation, book ahead. \n\nNow I know what you're thinking. You're reading on OpenTable. So no problem, right?\n\nWrong. See even with an OT reservation, you have to wait. And wait. \n\nThey have no intention of seating you when you're reservation is. And they don't act like anything is wrong with you waiting. \n\nSuch a blatant lack of disregard for their customers time is shameful. Then again, based on how productive our Government is, maybe that's just how things are done in DC. \n\nRecommended for those with time to kill.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I brought two friends toe a business lunch. The ambiance was good. The food was really good-we got chicken and waffles, chicken pot pie, and set Åland enchiladas. All meals were superb. The server could not have been more pleasant and attentive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was very well prepared and quite generous portions. Most importantly the food was very good and the staff were outstanding. I especially enjoyed the red velvet cake with vanilla bean ice cream. The ice cream was outstanding!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great and very reasonably priced. We were in DC on vacation and found it on Wednesday. It was so good we went back Friday. Definitely make reservation super busy place. Prime rib dip was great as well as the chicken and waffles!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always packed for brunch, glad we had a reservation. We were seated pretty quickly once everyone arrived but it took awhile for drink orders to come out. Had to ask multiple times for cream for the coffee. Food was very delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for brunch. Delicious crab Benedict. Yummy crab but prefer my English muffins more toasted. Would be good without them too. Yummy Bellini. Hubby had eggs with apple chicken sausage. Very happy. Spicy Bloody Mary with a great smokey undertone. Friendly staff and energetic environment. Would definitely go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food, def have a reservation as it was very busy even on a weekday night

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We come from the UK so this was our first trip to Washington DC, I chose the Founding Farmers because the meal was to be special being thanks giving day, the reviews were very good, thanks again for a very good night out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome experience. We thought the portions would have been smaller at the price, but we were surprised at the larger sizes at a great price. We had mussels, bread, fried green tomatoes and kettle corn. I had the salmon for an entree. Everything including our server was amazing. Totally understandable why it was so busy at 3:45. Will be back hopefully soon!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of my DC Favs! Food is always delish with ample servings... FF never disappoints.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I like the food. However the time I visited this restaurant before they had fried chicken that was the best I've ever tasted....the only difference this time was the chicken was boneless, and I don't like chicken without the bone. Reason being, is important not convinced it came from a chicken. Since this is a farmers restaurant, I would think they would have chicken with the bone for authentication. 8 ordered the meatloaf which was completely rare inside and was very disappointed. But the coconut black tea was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic restaurant with amazing food, excellent staff, and a unique feel.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was a tourist in the Washington DC area and was recommended to this lovely place by at least four people in my home area of California. My expectations were set high and they exceeded my expectations. I would recommend this to anyone. Delicious food and great customer service. However, book it via OpenTable, the place is indeed busy!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was very excited to come to Founding Farmers but was pretty disappointed with the visit. The hostess was pretty rude, but I let it go. However, our waiter was equally rude, which put a whole damper on the evening. He was pretty short with any questions, didn't have any suggestions to add when I asked, and didn't even wish us well or thank us after paying the bill. The food itself, was fine, nothing spectacular. There were 4 of us at dinner, 2 of the dishes were very good, and 2 were very plain. I ordered the rotisserie chicken, which came with potatoes and a cold salad. The chicken was good but the potatoes literally had no flavor or seasoning AT ALL. My mother ordered the Turkey, Gruyere sandwich which was extremely dry. The pot pie my grandmother ordered and the shrimp and grits my friend ordered were very good. I would suggest, if you do eat there, to order their signature dishes, as these seemed to be much better that other options. Another oddity, they do not have decaf coffee, like at all. I wanted coffee with the cookies we ordered for dessert, but didn't want the caffeine as we were heading to the Kennedy Center after and didn't want several trips to the bathroom. They don't sell decaf, so there went that idea. The snicker-doodle cookies was SOO GOOD! All and all, if the waiter hadn't been so off-putting, the experience would have been much better!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had to wait 15 mins for a table in spite of having a breakfast booking - excuse was that there had been some sort of technical glitch. But we could see vacant tables...

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was okay,but the syrup and butter took to long to get to the table. The food was getting cold. The service was okay, but the servers seemed distracted and they were not attentive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the best food I've had in a loooooong time!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our first visit. We arrived 10 minutes ahead of our reservation and had to wait until our reservation time to be seated but another couple without a reservation walked in behind us and were seated immediately...didn't make any sense to us. Other than that...we liked the menu, the food came as ordered, our server was attentive...but it was noisy.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food. Lousy service. Server charged additional for replacement side that was cold. Almost finished with meal by the time he brought mayo. Very expensive hot drink was not hot. Suggests the bar and chef are on top of it but this server was definitely not.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place and food but way too crowded for weekend brunch. I recommend make a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant was lovely. Very upbeat atmosphere, was pretty busy for lunch (hour wait) but we had reservation. Food selections and prices were very good. Food was amazing and the servers were on top of everything. Would highly recommend for anytime of the day. I would make reservation first rather then just showing up to avoid waits.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our future daughter in law was visiting DC so we took the opportunity to meet up with her for dinner. We chose Founding Farmers because we had eaten there previously and found it to be energetic, comfortable and a variety of choices on the menu. Founding Farmers did not disappoint and all 3 of us left there satisfied and full. We will visit again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've been in DC several days and came here today starving. I had the chicken pot pie and my husband had the chili burger. Both were fabulous, but be warned, the Chicken Pot Pie was one of those rare dishes you want to keep eating because it tastes so good even though a few bites will fill you up!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waiter did a fantastic job accommodating our group of 13! The food was great, the timing of the meal was on track, and the service was attentive!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated 20 minutes after our reservation. While the food was above average, the service was below average.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was very good as usual, but the service left a lot to be desired. In addition, a repairman was busily (and LOUDLY) repairing the first booth as you walk in past the bar. Perhaps this could have been done after hours?

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good but not memorable. Not disappointing but average

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a reservation for 7:15 but were not seated until 8:00. Even though we checked in about 15 min early, there were people who showed up 30 min late to their 7:00 reservation and got seated before us. Was very frustrating. \n\n\nThe drink i ordered before my meal didnt arrive until after i was 80% done with my dinner! \n\nFood is way overpriced for the portions; medium rare burger was cooked well done and not worth the 14 dollars. \n\nBoth times we'be gone its been overly crowded and loud. \n\nDid enjoy the corn bread though; best part of the meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been to DC for two quick trips and have only eaten at this restaurant, because honestly why would I go anywhere else. I can't say enough good things. Delicious food and great service.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

We waited for over 15 minutes for waiter service. During that time, the hostess came by to ask that we move a coat because it could be a safety hazard. But, she never saw to the welfare of us placing our order and being cared for. I had requested as a side the maple sweet potatoes, but they mixed up the side and gave me root vegetables instead. The fish provencal I ordered tasted thrown together, with the flavorings not well balanced or incorporated. Very disappointed in the service, I was treating a long-time colleague to a retirement lunch after her 38 years of work.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Prime location, great delicious farm to table menu variety so everyone - really - can find something they like. It's loud and gets really crowded so even with a res plan that you may need to wait. I wish our server had projected her voice more and spoken more slowly. She was good, but it was so hard to hear her, she rushed through specials and often was speaking while moving away from us to do something. She could have engaged us more directly which would have also built rapport (good for tips). Each person really enjoyed their food (cauliflower steak, meatloaf, char) and the fried green tomatoes were a great app. Cocktails are delicious but nothing to them. I get the big ice trend - but like to enjoy more than 4 sips for $18.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a lovely dinner here on a Saturday night. We had a reservation arranged and we were taken within a few minutes of our scheduled time, quite surprised since it was very crowded and a week-end night. Food was wonderful as well as a nice variety. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and even asked if we had any food allergies. Would definitely go here again as it didn't cost a small fortune for an evening out. Highly recommend.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've had a great experiences here before. Unfortunately, this one was NOT a good one. The table we were sat at was very close to the next tables and dirty. It was 21 degrees outside, and for some reason there were cold vents blowing on our table constantly. When we complained, we were told that this 'zone' was cold, and there was nothing they could do. As you can imagine, this led to a very uncomfortable dinner, when we would have loved to have had another drink and some coffee/dessert. Big. Time. Bummer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous as always, I have tried almost everything on the menu and loved it all! Can't go wrong here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very delicious foods and nice staff.... I recommend this restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had breakfast here, although it looks like a great lunch and evening hangout spot as well. The chicken and waffle was delicious as was the stuffed bananas foster french toast and strawberries and cream waffles. Scrambled eggs are not their specialty as mine were really just chopped up fried eggs, but overall a good place to eat and reasonable prices for DC>

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place for breakfast! I've been to the restaurant 2 times and excellent quality! Service was good and it was packed 30 minutes after we arrived! Made a reservation just to make sure that we could get a table. The food was well prepared especially the hash browns with leeks! Will go again next time!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Despite our reservation, we stood in a crowded entranceway for 20 minutes waiting for our table. It was like being in a crowded subway with people pushing past every which way. Our waiter described the food in glowing terms but the menu was just plebeian and the food oversalted. Tables were cheek by jowl and the noise level was off the charts. I cannot understand this restaurant's popularity and would never return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great service. Waiter was awesome

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun menu and lot's of good choices. Very loud but service was good and reservations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good and interesting American food, great polite service . Reservation handled well. Noisy even early on Saturday evening

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant was out of food options listed on the menu and the staff were rude.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers, although difficult to get into, is always a treat. Service is very knowledgeable and attentive. (Although I was disappointed to have to wait 15 minutes, having made a reservation.)\nSuperb cocktails. Tried the chicken bolognese bucatini, and it has rocketed to the top of my favorite DC entrees. Perfectly done pasta, and a zippy sauce. Well done!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My group of five consisting of current and former colleagues arrived on time and were seated immediately. We ordered the devilish eggs and fried green tomatoes as appetizers for the table. Both dishes were scrumptious. The iced tea with agave had the exact amount of sweetness. Our appetites were further enticed by the many items on the menu so much so that we discussed ordering two lunch entrees. We decided against the thought and four out of five of us ordered the cedar plank salmon and boy were we not disappointed. \nI can't wait to visit again. I believe I've thought of a reason to visit again and that is the first month celebration of April Fools Day. Don't think I'll have resistance. Our server was also wonderful.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've had several positive experiences at Founding Farmers, mostly at the Potomac location. I was downtown over the weekend and had a date that would make a man's hard skip a beat simply when she met your gaze. I reserved a table at FF because I knew she'd like the menu and the food there was always a good bet. We had an absolutely delightful server (Zainabu) who went out of her way to be helpful. My only regret was that the place was borderline impossibly loud, accented a bit by four exceptional loud-talkers at the four-top next to us. As always, the food there was solid, the noise just made things a bit tough and damped the mood a touch. A walk to the Lincoln Memorial and a shared umbrella in a Washington DC mist brought the evening back to life \n\nI would certainly recommend Founding Farmers anytime, I would just be cautious if noise is an issue. I find that the Potomac location seems a bit more comfortable.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had overcook waffles that cut the roof of my mouth with every bite & chicken that was basically bathed in oil. Disgusting. The beignets & latte were very good, though not good enough to ever consider returning.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great time at Founding Farmers! Went for dinner after a play and it was great. As usual the place was packed but they did seat us within 5 minutes of our reservation time. Service was very slow to start with but when we needed the check, she was right there. Per usual, food was delish. Had a 7 and 12 year old and there were plenty of food options for them.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience for everyone, group of five diners all satisfied

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was delicious but service was awful. Our waiter was not friendly and never brought us anything we asked for, it ruined our experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The door was running a bit late when we arrived, but they were apologetic and assured us we would sit soon. When the server knew we were in a bit of a rush he did a great job of firing our dinners soon after appetizers arrived and we were able to make it to our show with plenty of time to spare.\n\nWe will be back for sure. Great service and food!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good for what it cost but not as tasty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best bang for your buck, ANYWHERE!. Cornbread is killer.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great but the service was only okay. It was busy as it was Sunday brunch, but the two tables on either side of us who sat down about the same time were paying their bill before we even got our food. But the food was outstanding so we will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely awesome. The food and service was outstanding. Generous portions and delicious taste.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing breakfast, beignets and bananas foster waffles were beyond awesome!\nOnly negative was we were in town and catching up with a old friend, they were starting to get busy and I felt they rushed us out to reseat the table. So although we had visited for the meal already I was a little disappointed to be rushed out.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Three issues brought my rating down on this visit. Coffee was ultra strong and it was served in a dirty cup and saucer and our breakfast entrees took excessively long. Guests at adjacent tables arrived after us - received their entrees before us. For a restaurant that normally exceeds expectations, this was not their best performance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent, we had an awesome server and love the concept ! Highly recommend .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Chicken pot pie was great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Energetic, hip and delicious. Consciousness and farm-to-table expressed in creative dishes where every item sounds tempting. The pesci cocktail was tasty but missing the froth that I was looking forward to. Ended with chocolate cake and the richest most perfect macchiato ever.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent quality

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Worst waiting experience ever. Had reservation for 830pm, arrived to the restaurant at 8:28pm and was not seated until 9:20pm. Ridiculous, what is the point of reservations if they are not honored.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

WOW - the experience at the front of the restaurant is terrible. I had to stand in line for 5 min to even tell the hostess I was there for my reservation, and then wait in an incredibly crowded and unpleasant space for 10 min until they were 'ready' for my two person party. As good as the food is, it is not worth fighting the crowd in their disorganized system.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food and good service but it was way too loud and way too packed. Had theatre reservations and had rush because of the delays.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It is so busy on a Saturday and even though we had made a reservation, it was very chaotic and we waited quite awhile for a table. We really hated that is was SO CROWDED in the door and very small lobby area, that is claustrophobic. Food is good. I was surprised when I asked, what I thought was a simple question--'Do you have real maple syrup?' the answer, after a pause, was, well, we make it here, so I guess it is real. Uh, no, real maple syrup comes from a tree. We would likely not come back for brunch on a Saturday. I think that the restaurant really needs a better way of handling reservations and needs a place for people to wait that doesn't feel like you will be crushed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good as it always is. Everything is fantastic.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lunch at 1 p.m. on a Friday. Disappointing. Menu was interesting and service was good, but that was all overwhelmed by the uncomfortably over-crowded and very noisy room. Conversation was difficult, almost impossible. I might return to try at another time, but won't return or recommend for mid-day and/or whenever I want to enjoy speaking with the person I'm with.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server was not good. He seemed overwhelmed and bothered by us forgot half of our order and then we asked about it had an attitude.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Waited an hour past reservation to get table. Food and server were great after being sat

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent good and service. Great venue for a large group. Reservation essential.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Seated on time with a reservation was welcome! Always bustling, the kitchen and bar staff are top notch. Wait staff sometimes overwhelmed and this occasion was no exception. Food and drinks were delicious and prepared to order.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was the second time I've tried to this place and last time I had extremely greasy food so this time I thought I'd try a salad. It's almost like they don't care and perhaps they are busy enough that it doesn't matter by the salad was crappy. 90% chopped romaine lettuce with some fixings and a few shrimp.\n\nI will NEVER bother again - there are a lot of good restaurants in DC and this is not one of them!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoyed every part of our experience. The flavors really worked. I can't wait to go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Vodka-cranberry juice cocktail was excellent. Meat loaf was too salty. Noise level was uncomfortably loud.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The room was a little too loud, otherwise a delightful experience!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We arrived on time for our 1115am reservation, but were told there would be a wait (which was not surprising, they looked very busy). The host had our name and said they would come find us (we pointed out where we would stand) when the table was ready. At 1155am we checked in with the host, as no one had come around, who apologized for 'forgetting about' us and seated us at that time. I do not know why I received a message from open table about failing to show up, as this was not the case.\n\nOur appetizer came out at the same time as the entrees, and the goat cheese beet hash did not have any goat cheese. It was a subpar experience at what is generally an excellent restaurant - even on busy weekends.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Coffee was strange to me--smelled like soap and didn't taste much like coffee. Eggs came out cold. I asked for ketchup and tabasco-- never got it. Man next to me asked for white sugar--not on the table--he asked if they could go in the kitchen and find some--it came out promptly for him--kind of annoying.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of our favorite places in DC. Reasonable prices, great food. It's loud, make no mistake but we put up with it for the food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best downtown lunch - so good I went back to back Weds/Thurs and had the same thing. Meatloaf is awesome! Enjoy

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The chicken and waffles are really good. I had a good, well bloody Mary that was overpriced

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always one of my favorite places to eat. First time at the DC location and it was just as pleasant.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a reservation but was stayed 45 minutes late. Server was inattentive with refills and slow to take orders. Waited 30 minutes for check, had to ask another server to find our server so we could get our check. Had heard wonderful things but was disappointed. Had a dignitary in our party so it was embarrassing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Breakfast was AMAZING!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the veggie to meat proportion which is typically the opposite. Food was delicious and service staff engaging!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My only complaint was the we were seated 20 minutes after our reservation time. After that my experience was fantastic food was great and so was the service. Chicken and waffles were delicious and seafood deviled eggs were different but good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the first time I've dined at this location. I've dined at the Potomac location before and enjoyed the meal. The same applies to this location. The only negative - the entrance is a bit tight. So when there's a crowd at the door, there is no place to stand/sit while waiting for your table. Service was good and food was excellent

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Appetizers were delicious!\nLoved the chicken pot pie, scallops looked great too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food excellent, service good, but even on a Monday evening, way too noisy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It met all my expectations. I will definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

fantastic, best deal in DC\n\ndelicious food for good dc price

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food as always was fantastic. The server accidentally dropped my friend's credit card but they handled the matter professionally. My friend received a $100 giftcard and his contact number was taken just in case they found it. They felt awful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We can always count on great variety of good food at reasonable prices.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Server was great but our entrees were not. I personally don't see what's so great about this place. Thought it would impress considering it wasn't until the third attempt at getting a reservation that we got a table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to the FF in Tyson's Corner and loved it so much, I decided to try the one in DC. The food was great. It did not disappoint. The ambiance in Tyson's Corner is nicer but then again, it's the suburbs. The DC location had a business feel to it, not as cozy. But cozy is not as important as how good the food is.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food as always, and our server had no problem splitting a complex check!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, the service was friendly and helpful. Tables are quite close so with the noise level it is sometimes hard to hear unless you speak fairly loud. We had a 20 minute wait even with reservations

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers is my 'go-to' place when I want to enjoy a good meal with my friends or family. The brunch menu is awesome, and regardless of which location I go to (MoCo or DC), the service is always friendly and prompt. I highly recommend this place to everyone, but reservations are a must to avoid long waits for a table, because for good reason this place is always packed .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went for dinner with my husband and two sons, ages 14 and 16 while visiting DC for the weekend. Everything was outstanding!! Service was excellent and the food was delicious. We ordered the mussels. Delicious!!!!! One of the best mussel dishes I've ever had. My 16 year old even said that dinner was one of the highlights of his weekend. You must make a reservation. The place was packed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One word: sublime \n\nNo two words! Affordable!! One of the best steaks I've had in awhile. Cost less than $30 with sides?! Was huuuuge. \n\nYummy fried green tomatoes. \n\nGreat great cornbread

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was pretty good, but it was super crowded. The tables were so close together there wasn't even any spare room to put my purse down. People must love this spot though, because it was packed! Get your reservations early. The food was very reasonably priced for DC but the coffee and tea were quite expensive. Service was quick, and our waiter was pleasant and courteous.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic waitress and all of our food and drinks came right away!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went to meet up with a friend from out of town - so worth it! The prices (except for the fish, which was market price) were great. They even made a special off-the-menu cocktail for my friend. So good! I'll happily return here in the future.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We very much enjoyed our dinner here. Restaurant was crowded but we were seated on time according to our reservation. Meal was great except rotisserie chicken was dry. We received outstanding service from our server! Loved the variety of choices on the menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farmers is a must every time I am in DC for the last 4 years. The food to the service to the vibe is spot on. Truly farm to table cuisine - familiar yet new and undiscovered flavors in their food and drinks. Spectacular attention to quality ingredients and freshness - roasts a whole turkey for their Turkey, Gruyere and honey mustard sandwich! Excellent wine selection, creative and inventive cocktails. I can go on and on.....\n\nLastly - three words...Chocolate Mousse Cake....

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Extremely crowded. The hostesses weren't were nice. They were running behind on reservations and took us about 15 mins to sit down from our original reservation time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great food and service. I keep coming back for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am from out of town - this is my go to place for eating alone, with friends or customers. :)

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was a Friday night and we felt rushed by the server. We know he wants to make more money in tips and move the tables quickly but the treatment was just too much, bordering rude. My friend from Europe visiting town was not too happy with the service! The food was very good though..and ambience was perfect for a good night out with friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I took a group of students and we had a great meal. The food was excellent and so was the service. We'll be back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Like most restaurants, the noise level is too high.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was ridiculous. Some of the best food, as well as cocktails, we've ever had.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place will definitely return when next in town

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent place! You will have to make reservations or else the wait be about two hours.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

All plates and cups had gross greasy fingerprints and everyone was rude dropped food touched food with napkins and left.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been going to Founding Farmers since it opened and it has definitely gone downhill. The food is okay but not spectacular as it once was. Still, a fun place to celebrate a birthday and the host/hostess stand staff are much more accommodating than in years past.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the location and the food.!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service was outstanding. Only complaint is that our table was too small for all of the food and drinks that we ordered.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Terribly loyd and crowded; couldn't get a table upstairs. Server was excellent, though courses came out too quickly-- literally each came on top of a dish we were in the middle of eating. Good quality, big quantity, good value for money. But I'd never go back for a special occasion-- Nothing about it felt special.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and service, but very noisy restaurant. If you want to converse with you meal companions, ask for a table upstairs where it is a bit less noisy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

great food, not so great service. I've been here twice and both times the entree was brought out immediately after the appetizers. the goal seems to be fast table turnover not a great dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent and the location was great. The service was very good too. I have been in the restaurant for brunch and dinners and both are amazing. I will definitely recommend it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went there with my work colleagues on a Wednesday night. Glad I had a reservations because it was pack we past 8 pm. Downstairs can be noisy so ask for a table upstairs if noise is an issue. We all had the Yankee Pot Roast which came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Corn bread, deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes are a must for starters. Service was excellent. Very prompt considering how crowded it was. Will definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to eat and enjoy friends. Food was fresh and delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I made reservations to eat here for Thanksgiving and definitely enjoyed the 3 courses. Please keep in mind that there is a preset menu and Founding Farmers does NOT utilize microwaves in their kitchen. So some menu items you may expect to be warm/hot may not be (for example, the cornbread and apple pie). Everything was flavorful and I couldn't eat it all. All in all I'd definitely return next Thanksgiving.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my third time at Founding Farmers and once again really loved my time there. The food was excellent, the servers knowledgeable and friendly, and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. Definitely recommend and will definitely return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Founding Farms is our favorite place for breakfast! Wish there were more breakfast places like this one in DC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

You can't go wrong with most of the menu items. Good value for price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We live in South Central Pennsylvania and any chance we go to DC and have the time, we like to stop at Founding Farmers. Love there homemade corn bread and homemade 'non alcoholic' drinks. In the summer we will make it a Friday Night date night. Head down on the metro and eat, walk the city and head back home. Makes an awesome date night! 😉

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was outstanding. The drinks were fresh and delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Appetizers were much tastier than the entrees. Drinks were generous and yummy. Would suggest skipping the entrees and just going for drinks and appetizers.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our first visit to Founding Farmers. We were pleasantly surprised to see all the vegetarian options (although the menu might be a little tough for a vegan). The cauliflower steak over barley was hearty and satisfying, just the thing for a cold November night. There was lots of cross-table chatting and comparing of entrees. The vibe is friendly and casual. We will definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I attended Founding Farmers with my mom and sister while we were visitng DC. We loved the selection of food and drinks. There were so many things we wanted, we had to ask the waiter for advice on everything we ordered. \n\nService was amazing, food came out fast and delicious, drinks were bangin and beautiful. We felt like welcomed friends when we came in and can't wait to go back. \n\nDefinitely get the mac and cheese - one of the best dishes I have ever tried!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant was busy as usual, but after asking for silverware 3 times and not getting any, we resorted to taking some from an empty table. The server didn't check on us again after bringing our food. Our food was cold when it arrived, we assume because it had been sitting in the kitchen waiting for our server to bring it to us. That was a shame because their food is really good, but not so enjoyable after getting cold.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated minutes after we arrived, our table was the booth right next to the door. People that were waiting were hanging around the back and side of us which was a little uncomfortable. Our waitress came and made us laugh about the situation. Our drinks and food came fast and oh so appetizing! We had a very nice lunch and will be going back again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great cornbread and black pepper wings! The shrimp and fries were OK but overall it was a great experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was delicious and fresh. I was so happy to eat well in DC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had Sunday breakfast. It was fabulous. The coffee was strong and good, the food was excellent and our server, Claire, was attentive but not overly so. She explained the menu choices well and was very efficient and friendly. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the chicken and waffles were very tasty--highly recommended. We will be back on our next trip to D.C.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time eating there, but my friends had been there before and loved it. The food tasted very fresh and was seasoned just right. The waiter was very patient even when everyone at the table wasn't ready to order.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

I paid a fair amount of money ($40.00, including gratuity) for a subpar luncheon meal. The fried shrimp with fries was a disappointment. A lot of hard crunch without much flavor for the shrimp and the fries were limp and oily. The cornbread was dry.\n\nThe cookies we ordered for dessert were even worse - no flavor and hard. I tried to get a café drink, but the espresso machine was broken.\n\nI am not an overly critical person. Pretty easy to please. But, I think this is probably a better place to hang out and have drinks - not for foodies. I will not be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved this place so much we went back again two nights later for our last dinner in the city. I can't say enough good things about the food. Who knew y