Founding Farmers - Montgomery County

4.5
10154 reviews
$30 and under
American
We have been working together to do everything we can to ensure we do our part to support and feed our community and our team. We are currently serving our scratch-made food and drink in our dining room and on our patio. We also have breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and weekday happy hour. If you would prefer to stay at home, we have To Go and delivery everyday. Our hot ready-to-eat Founding Farmers favorites are available To Go for breakfast, lunch & dinner, as well as our At Home special seasonal menus, which are started in our kitchens and ready to be finished in yours. We have developed multi-layered systems to provide you with great food, drink, and hospitality and are continuing to adapt our operations to keep all of us as safe as possible. Visit our website to learn more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 10154 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.3
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4.2
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKenny
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Nice to go back to Founding Farmers and have a full service meal. Nice service and outdoor area with heaters for the evening chill. Very comfortable.

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vipLuvbrunch
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience. The outdoor seating is very nice and the food is fantastic!

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Rugger
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food, no matter what we order for lunch or dinner.

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Diane
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful restaurant and delicious food! Our server gave us great recommendations.

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PamelaG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Our food was fabulous! Came out hot and delicious 😋
Highly recommended..5:30 was a great time . Make a reservation !

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0621
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience2

In my opinion, the food was bland and not worth the cost. I had the shrimp and crab risotto, and I had to add a good deal of salt to liven it up. My husband had shrimp and grits, and it was a little to saucy. Although, the skillet corn bread was hit and so were the bacon lollies. The service was great.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review and I am so sorry the main meals you & your husband ordered were lacking in flavor and quality. :( I'd love to touch base and turn around your dissatisfaction with your entrees! Please email me a copy of your review, date dined + location: Amy@FRG.Farm. -Amy

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KristalD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing home style American food taken up a notch! My mom loved it for Mother’s Day and we will be heading back for brunch soon!!!

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 2 days ago

Awww! Thanks for celebrating with us. It means a lot, and our team really appreciates it! :) We hope to have you & your Mom back again soon, and call us anytime for a reservation: 301-340-8783. -Amy

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vipfrequentdiner
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Founding Farmers has been on a decline. We were here a few months ago and the food was slightly better but still not the quality we have come to expect from this restaurant. We had dinner at FF on Mother's Day. Very disappointing! The service was fine and we got seated immediately at 4:45 which greatly appreciated. My wife had the spinach and chicken enchillada which she said had 2 spinach leaves and a couple of pieces of chicken that were drowned in cheese -- 2 different kinds one of which she did not like (not mentioned on the menu). I had a very ordinary steak frites meal. The steak was just ok. The fries had a lot of potential but were served lukewarm. With so many good restaurants to choose from we will not be returning to FF any time soon.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 3 days ago

Hi frequentdiner: Thank you for your review and I am super sorry for the disappointing Mother's Day dinner you & your wife had. :( I'd love to touch base and do my best to turn this around! That said, please email me a copy of your review and location dined: Amy@FRG.Farm. -Amy

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JaclynD
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience1

Went for Mother’s Day during Covid times had an a reservation for outside unfortunately it was 50° and they could not accommodate us inside we try to make the best of it it was freezing the heater kept going out there was no French toast and the meal took a long time to come

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 3 days ago

Oh no! I am very sorry for the cold weather on our patio and also apologize we were out of French Toast & our service was slow to deliver. :( I'd love to touch base and turn this all around! This said, please email me a copy of your review and location dined on Mother's Day: Amy@FRG.Farm. Thank you! -Amy

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DavidD
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience5

The food was subpar. After leaving I stopped by dominos pizza. I will not have dinner here again. I will stick to brunch or breakfast.

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KantriceD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

It was nice to be able to sit outside and partake in a meal. It was a little breezy, and our original seat was right in the open breezeway. Our waiter was kind enough to move us to a less drafty part of the tent.

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KaraC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Naassaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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AlecT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful time for Mother’s Day. Will be coming back really soon

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Service was very poor and despite outdoor tent seating there were no heaters for anyone. We had been seated and server was nowhere to be found, finally came and tried to take our order but hadn’t even given us menus. Food was overpriced and mediocre.

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MothersDay
Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience2

Thought the heaters would be on in the tent like advertised on the website. The coffee was served lukewarm/cold. The table was small for four people. It took 12 minutes after being seated for a server to approach us.. Everything else was great, though. Food was excellent which made up for everything else.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you, MothersDay for your review and I am so sorry for the areas of this visit that fell short. :( I'd love to touch base and turn this around! Please email me a copy of your review, date dined + location: Amy@FRG.Farm. -Amy

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Doug
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Took my wife here for Mother’s Day. As expected from our visit to the DC location, the food was awesome and the service was outstanding. Naturally, on a day like Mother’s Day, the restaurant was very busy and we were seated outside. The staff went above and beyond to make sure the outdoor heaters were on High and that the umbrellas were raised since some rain was headed our way. Overall, we really enjoyed the food & service and will definitely be back for more!

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HarryG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

I've eaten at the Potomac Founding Farmers 2x. The first time was on 1/15/18 and again on 5/9/21. The service both times was poor. In addition, our food came out cold.

The restaurant may cite the pandemic as their defense for this poor rating. However, I've eaten at many restaurants during the pandemic and received excellent service (and hot food).

I will not dine at this location again, nor can I recommend this location to anyone.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 3 days ago

Oh gosh! You are totally right- there is ZERO excuse for poor service & cold food, and I am super sorry for the disappointing impression we've left you with. :( I'd love the chance to make this right and ask you to please email me a copy of your review. I appreciate it and hope to be in touch soon! -Amy

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SusanH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience1

Outdoor seating offered which was great, but there were no heaters, no blankets and the food and drinks were instantly cold once delivered to the table. It is may, you would think they had figured out the outdoor seating phenomenon. Also, very rude staff at the check in and waking around to make sure you didn't stay past your 90min time. This 90 min is imposed by the restaurant to make more money and seat more people because of the capacity restriction. I will not be going back. The emphasis was not to protect their staff or to give the patrons a good experience. The staff were freezing and the patrons were freezing. It was all about making money. Also they do not have a breakfast kids meal.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Susan: Thank you for your review and I am so sorry for the multiple disappointments you encountered during this visit. :( I'd love to touch base and turn this around! Please email me a copy of your review, date dined + location: Amy@FRG.Farm. -Amy

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vipMalka
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We have been to this Founding Farmers many times. All the food we got was good tasting. However, after we ordered the server came back to tell us that they were out of the trout that my husband ordered. This happened on a previous visit with the fish I ordered. This is reslly unpleasant for the customer, who has to then decide on a different dish. The ice cream we ordered with dessert arrived at the table half melted, not just soft. Another thing, I order diet Coke to drink. It comes to the table in a can, which is tacky. And you only get the one 12 oz. can. for a price that other restaurants refill as the customer desires. No other upscale restaurant does that in the D.C. area.

We come back because of the good service and interesting menu, but not as frequently as we go to other similar upscale restaurants, because of these kind of things.

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BeachJX
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great, imaginative menu and excellent service. Definitely plan to return.

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Lisa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a great dinning experience. I felt the atmosphere was great to bring my mom for Mother's Day and the COVID precautions gave us a safe environment

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StephanieS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

We’ve eaten here before and had good experiences. This time, the service was extremely slow- we had been sitting at our table for over a half hour before we could order food. We received dirty dishes, the wrong coffee twice, missing food, etc. I want to chalk it up to a busy weekend at the restaurant, but the experiene was off putting, and likely won’t be returning for awhile.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review and I am so sorry our service fell short this time. :( Our team is equally let down for the mishaps you encountered this time, and I would appreciate the chance to turn this around! This said, please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined & location. -Amy

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PamelaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

My main criticism was that I didn’t like the drinks. The lemonade and the mimosa both tasted very bitter.

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WilmaG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Very good service but the menu is somewhat lacking and the food was mediocre

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vipLDinesOut
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Enjoyable meal. They followed safety protocols, but the service was a bit too fast. We were in and out in 35 minutes. Didn’t have time to finish drinks and appetizers before our meal was out.

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MDGirl2003
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Beautiful and they were offering indoor/outdoor seat. We sat inside and it was beautifully quiet. We had the corn band fried green tomato appetizers which were tasty, but the spicy chicken sandwich and the spicy chicken platter fell short. I had the spicy chicken platter and at the end when the waitress asked if I near to go container I said ‘No’. She asked how everything was, but honestly if you looked at my plate, 75% of the food was left on it! The grits had zero seasoning, the collard greens, I had one fork full and just did recognize those as the dish, the chicken and biscuit were dry and fairly flavorless. Serve was good. I’ve been here several times and ate my food. Last time i was here was a few years ago. I honestly would not go back.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 7 days ago

Oh no! I am super sorry for the multiple disappointments with our food and feel badly nothing has yet to WOW you over the course of your visits. :( I would appreciate the chance to turn around the poor impression you left with, and ask you to please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined & location. Thank you and I look forward to continuing this conversation! -Amy

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KKay
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience1

Food was average but service was great. I wouldn’t go back because of food.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded 7 days ago

Hi KKay: Thank you for your feedback and I am so sorry the food ordered failed to measure up. :( I would appreciate the chance to make this right and ask you to please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined & location. Thank you and I look forward to being in touch! -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience2

Was cold and windy outside.

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jerry
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Iwas amazed at how much prices have gone up. Can't go there much any more

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Greenie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We thought the food was well-prepared but nothing unusual. The fish and chips was very tasty but was a little short on the fish. The spaghetti squash was also tasty but served a mass in the plate. Would have been better and more appealing in the squash itself. The sandwiches looked delicious and next time we will try them.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on 7 May 2021

Hi Greenie: I am so sorry these dishes failed to WOW you and overall, nothing ordered left you impressed. :( I'd love to turn this around for you and ask you to please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm (please include a copy of your review, date dined + location) to continue this conversation. Thank you and I hope to make this right! -Amy

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DarleneB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very Good fried shrimp, short ribs, and chicken pot pie.

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DavidO
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Date outside

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on 5 May 2021

Hi David: We appreciate your review and are so sorry to see your visit was only worthy of 3-STARS. :( I'd love to learn more about where we dropped the ball (we always aim to offer a 4+ Star experience to our valued guests) and ask you to please email me a copy of your review, any details to help us improve, date dined + location: Amy@FRG.Farm. Thank you! -Amy

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JoanB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delectable unique choices wonderfully prepared, visually and gastronomical
Satisfying 😌

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Food and service were mediocre

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tarac
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was nice to make an outdoor reservation and we were under cover which was good. Our server was attentive yet not too much. The food was good and was served quickly. I have eaten at this location previously but not for brunch. I would totally recommend and return.

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ktd77
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

I am generally a big fan of this chain, but we had a disappointing experience. They ran out of the prime rib after we ordered, filet was chewy, everything else was just ok. Nothing amazing. Crab dip was the best part of the meal. The staff was overwhelmed and they never cleared our plates. Our appetizer plates were pilled on top of the entrée plates, etc. Not the best experience.

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on 5 May 2021

Oh no! I am so sorry to read this and we feel completely awful for disappointing outcome of your visit this time. :( This said, we would love the chance to turn this around and I kindly ask you to please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. Thank you for letting us know these details and I hope to make this right. -Amy

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vipbingata744
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We will definitely return to Founding Farmers MoCo - this was our first time back since things shut down last year and happy to see that they were pretty busy! Food is tasty and I need to try different things - I had their Southern fried chicken which was quite good - I'd been wanting fried chicken for a long time. The other two in our party enjoyed their dishes as well - the Spatchcock chicken and a pan scramble were hits. Also enjoyed a very tasty Bloody Mary. We will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Fatima was the best server! She was knowledgeable, courteous, and efficient with her service.

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fair
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect!

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County
Responded on 3 May 2021

Hooray! Thank you so much and we hope to have you back again soon! :) -Amy

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Karen
Washington DC
1 review