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Founding Farmers - Reston

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$30 and under
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American
We have been working together to do everything we can to help #flattenthecurve, and along the way, ensure we do our part to support and feed our community and our team. We are now beginning to reopen our doors to guests following new government guidelines. For those of you who are ready to make your way back to dining out, we are here to serve. We have developed multi-layered systems to provide you with great food, drink, and hospitality and continue working to keep all of us as safe as possible. Check out our newly added patio space! Visit our website to learn everything we are doing.
For those of you still wanting to #StayHome, we still have to go and delivery every day, and our Market & Grocery.

Curbside Pick Up: ORDER ONLINE WeAreFoundingFarmers.com/Ourkitchensareopen

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.5
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4.1
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vipPonn
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I usually enjoy Founding Farmers - Reston, but this time I did not have a good experience. My group of 4 went for Sunday lunch. The first disappointment was after being seated we were told only the Brunch buffet was available - no ala carte off the menu. One member of the party is vegan, and there was nothing for vegans on the buffet (but there are vegan choices on the menu), except for hummus, green beans, and a maybe a green salad - certainly not worth the $30 buffet price. But it was too late in the day for us to find another restaurant, so our vegan graciously agreed to forego having a meal here, so the rest of us could have the buffet.
The food quality was just OK - typical of a buffet compared to the usual ala carte menu. The recommended physical distancing was difficult due to the food stations, and the restaurant not directing "traffic" in an orderly distanced flow.
The service quality was poor relative to other visits. The waitress overall was not friendly and welcoming. She did not explain their buffet offerings to us, and gave us only 1 buffet menu to share, so we had to ask for an additional copy for our convenience. We discovered close to the end of our meal, from one of the managers at a food station, that there were several selections available to us to be made-to-order - such as pancakes, eggs benedict, etc. - that we could order from our waitress, but she had not explained that to us. If we had known we would have definitely ordered them. When we asked our waitress about this, rather than apologizing for not explaining it to us, she tried to downplay it. Fortunately at this same time we found out about the desserts that were available by order through the waitress, so we were at least able to order some of those to finish our meal.
My wife and I had a weekday lunch here a couple weeks ago and had a delightful meal - food and service. Not so much this time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Went here for my birthday brunch. Service was awful unfortunately. It started off by her telling is everything on the menu is in the buffet. Turns out that’s not true we found out we have to specifically order certain items through our server which we wish we knew earlier so we didn’t have to wait so long. We didn’t see her often. Didn’t bring syrup with our pancakes and took quite a while to bring us some. She only put in half of what we ordered for dessert. She never brought us clean silverware for our dessert. She also took a while to bring us salt. I usually can look past a lot of this stuff but worst of all she had a horrible attitude the entire time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our server was not very attentive- as in rarely checked on us. My husband ordered the Farmers Plate which is supposed to have Ribs, Brisket, and fried chicken. My husband noticed after his plate was delivered that he had two servings of ribs, and no brisket. Our server never came to check on us or deliver more water. When she finally came, everyone was done eating. My husband asked about the cold ribs sitting on his plate and where his brisket may be. With no apology, she said the kitchen must have been out and that’s why he got two sets of ribs. We asked her to go check and all she said is that’s the only reason the kitchen would do that. No offer to check with the kitchen, or apologize for not checking to see if our orders were okay. Just really sub par service. Also- the fried chicken had maybe three bites of meat per 7 bites of breading. Just not a great dinner out.

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MelodiG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The service was really slow. We were there for over 3 hours. Should not have been that long. We had to ask for our orders more than once. The waiter was probably covering more than he needed or could in a timely fashion. He was super nice and super great personality BUT... it is hard when your food does not come or drinks when you order or if you have to ask for it to come. In addition the bill had items on it that never came. We had to ask that these be taken off.

It says the parking ticket would be validated and that did not happen either.

Food was exceptional though. It was mainly the service that was lacking and to know you are being charged an extra charge for PPD on top which is super important - it’s just hard to pay even more and know the actual service is not great. Makes you want to take out instead or not come at all because we are from Loudoun.

Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice. The food was absolutely great, our waiter was AJ he was so nice and helpful. We will definitely be back soon!!

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vipGiantScouser
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always very fresh ingredients. Had a nice dinner, even with the Covid-19 issues currently impacting on every aspect of our lives.

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vipJonathanB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Founding Farmers is our go to place when we don't feel like cooking. The food is consistently good and service is always great.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 3 days ago

THANK YOU! We are thrilled to be your "home away from home" and offer you a place to have a great meal when you need a break from cooking. :) We appreciate it and already look forward to having you back soon! -Amy

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joel
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Service was good. Restaurant was fairly empty. Would definitely come back.

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Julebird
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outdoor seating excellent- tables properly distanced.
Fish and chips terrific; spicy friend chicken okay

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Karen
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

4th time for me, first for my husband- he enjoyed the food very much- a bit pricey on the drinks. (Mai Tai). Felt the a/c wasn’t working as it felt muggy-stuffy. 100 degrees out so opted for inside. Server Jordan was cheery and efficient. We will be back. Hoping to take advantage of the Sunday brunch.

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vipChristopherE
Richmond
37 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaly was an excellent server. She was very nice with an engaging personality. The food was excellent. The ambiance was very peaceful

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bizdiner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection and variaty versus the old standards. Did a great job on the Covid related safety precautions.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on July 26, 2020

Thank you, bizdiner! We are very appreciative of your kind praises and already look forward to having you back again soon! -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Birthday celebration

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LauraH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first trip to a restaurant since the pandemic began - and they made it a great experience. Super attentive to health of customers . There was a lot of outdoor seating too - all socially distanced. As always the food was fantastic and our server was super nice and helpful. It was so well run, I would actually consider returning once the covid numbers are down....

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LisaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time visiting this establishment. The server was very attentive, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. Great menu options...

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 7 days ago

Wonderful! Thank you SO very much for your 5/5 rating and kind praise for your visit. We are already looking forward to visit #2 (and hopefully, #3, #4, #5....). Stay well and call us anytime for a reservation: 703-988-7333. -Amy

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vipShelby04
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! We thoroughly enjoyed everything about this restaurant. The service was great and we felt very safe dining indoors.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was cold

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Mbess
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

For some We were seated by the bar instead of the main restaurant already partially empty
Brunch was too simple for the price
$ 4.5 coffee Pay extra for decaf. There no refills
$5 oj Artificial
Biscuit Small and hard had to add plenty of butter to make it better. grits flavorless, cold and with little cheese
One sausage link only
Grain bowl had no roasted sweet potatoes but had broccoli instead (not in the description)
Chef joes scramble was heavy with hash brown mixed in the omelette
Ciabatta was too hard to eat
As customers not only we pay for the food and taxes but an additional pandemic fee was added to the bill
We tipped our usual 20%.
We the
customer are also experiencing covid we should not be penalized for visiting the restaurant that has benefited from ppp assistances to cover such issue
Last it was my daughter bday and It was noted on the reservation but there was no mention to it or a desert menu that we could order something to enhance the experience
I don’t see what differentiates your menu from another place
We have eaten in Tyson’s before and enjoyed the experience but not this time

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 7 days ago

Dear Mbess: I am real sorry your family's brunch visit was far from enjoyable, and sadly this experience failed to measure up by all counts- ambiance, food, service & quality. :( This said, I would appreciate the opportunity to follow up by email and will send you a PM with my contact info. We appreciate you posting this feedback and hopefully giving us the chance to turn this around. -Amy

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LalithaG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our waitress! She was amazing! Hope to be served by her again!

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Shelly
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I have been patronizing local restaurants ever since the pandemic hit. I was getting carry out when that was the only service provided. When outdoor seating opened we expanded and took advantage of both carry out and the outdoor seating. Now that indoor seating is provided, we have been dining in.

We have been eating out specifically to patronize our local restaurants. Rather than our 3x/month we are getting restaurant food approx 10x/mo. This was the first restaurant that I have seen a "pandemic surcharge." It is also the first time that a server never returned to our table after the check was created and the only option provided was to pay on a website using our phone. This should have been disclosed prior to seating us. We were also not asked if we needed parking validation and had to walk back to the restaurant to get our parking validated. The management should have all servers ask if their guests need validation prior to bringing the check. There was also a mistake on our check but after waiting 15 minutes for our server to return, we just paid the inaccurate amount.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 7 days ago

I am very sorry to read about the poor service, overlooked offer to validate your parking and wrong item listed on your final bill that all took place this time. :( I would love the chance to of course, have this corrected by refunding the oversight on your check and also find a way to hopefully turn around your disappointment with the end of your experience. -Amy

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Steve
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food in a cool atmosphere. Service was a bit lackluster, despite not being busy. Would return & insist to sit in the main dining room vs. the bar area.

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vipSarahN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

It seemed like there was only one weight or for the entire restaurant. Our appetizer came out after our meal and it took 20 minutes and a manager to get the check.

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Gracie
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for my birthday. The food, service, overall experience was very positive.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on July 24, 2020

Aww! Happy Birthday and THANK YOU for celebrating with us! :) -Amy

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GeorgeP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect. Obviously fewer people there than would be usually. But the staff was friendly and helpful and our server Dina was excellent. It was my first time there and the selection options looked so good, it was hard to decide what to get. The food was delicious. A perfect night out in every way.

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Andrew
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Did not know it was fixed price menu at the time. Food was decent.

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vipChristopherE
Richmond
38 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tyler was an excellent server. Very attentive, personable, and positive. I felt very safe with the protocols the restaurant placed. The music was incredible. The overall vibe was so great, we lost track of time. The farmers tea could've been sweeter, though.

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vipMawhite2000
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

brunch was not safe as advertised!! didn’t have most of the items on the menu.

employees not wearing masks properly

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on July 21, 2020

Oh gosh! I am so very sorry your brunch experience was not at all up to par, and feel terrible for the disappointments encountered with both our menu items & safe dining environment we aim to provide during this time. That said, I would love the chance to touch base about your experience and will send you a private note with my email address to hopefully turn around the outcome of your review. -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday celebration.

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SusanO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not the best we have had here. Service was a little lacking. Food took forever to come out. Eggs were dry and overcooked.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on July 21, 2020

Thank you, Susan for sharing your review with us from your brunch visit on Saturday. I am real sorry for there were some parts of your visit that fell short and we appreciate you letting us know the areas needed to improve- timeliness of food delivery & preparation of eggs. Our Management & Culinary Team will both take this into account and we hope to have you back fro another try soon! Please call us anytime for a reservation: 703-988-7333. -Amy

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KimberlyM
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group had a wonderful lunch at Founding Farmers-Reston. We were seated far from other customers. I was pleasantly surprised that the full menu was available, which had not been the case at other places I had been in recent weeks (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Our server, Laurel, was very pleasant and attentive. The food was delicious and was served exactly to our specifications (toppings on the side, no cheese for one person, soy milk, etc). Prices were reasonable, and we were happy to pay the 4 percent surcharge to cover the cost of PPE for the staff. It was the perfect lunch outing.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on July 21, 2020

Thank you, Kimberly! We greatly appreciate your kind remarks and hope to have you & your guests back again soon! :) -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server jasmine was great!

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Lauren
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great as always. One of the only restaurants with outdoor seating that is not in the parking lot

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined with Dina tonight and it was one of the best experiences we’ve had at Founding Farmers! Dina was attentive, personable, and insightful about the menu/specials. Truly a rockstar on their team. With covid, they have a great system in place and we felt safe from entering the restaurant through our meals and leaving. Lots of disinfectant and taking extra precautions from the staff. We were so happy we picked FF for our date night tonight!

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WendyT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was way overpriced for the quality. I got a center cut ribeye and it was way too thin for the price. Also had the spicy provencal mussels and broth was like canned tomato soup with no spice.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on July 21, 2020

I am real sorry the preparation of some of the dishes ordered, have failed to WOW you and sadly, were not as enjoyable as hoped. Please know, our Culinary Team has been made aware of your feedback and we will surely look into these 2 dishes and follow up with our staff members that prepared these items on 7/17. Again, we appreciate you alerting us to this and really hope to have you back for another try! I will send you a PM to hopefully stay in touch for your return. -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We got seated and never got greeted after 10 minutes... We ended up leaving and eating some good street tacos down the street.

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vipJohnF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

servers were a bit underwhelming. orders were wrong twice

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on July 24, 2020

Hi John: I am super sorry orders were twice wrong, and we appreciate you letting us know. :( Our Management Team will look into this with our staff that worked during your visit on 7/15, and we really hope to have you back for another try! Please call us: (703) 988-7333 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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MadisonL
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a fantastic experience at Founding Farmers in Reston, VA. I ordered the chicken fried steak & glazed donut meal and it didn't disappoint! Every dish arrived promptly with no issues. Our waiter was very kind and accommodating throughout the meal. I would easily recommend any family or friends to eat at this location.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on July 18, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your awesome review with us! :) We really appreciate it and hope to have you back again soon! -Amy

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vipVIPDiner
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Sunday brunch. Great selection of dishes and desserts. Free validated parking

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MarkA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a family favorite! Too bad CoVid has put a damper on life, but the food remains as good as always.

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KristineE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elizabeth was a great server!

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on July 14, 2020

Many thanks, Kristine! We really appreciate your shout out and hope to have you back soon! :) -Amy

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Founding Farmers - Reston does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Founding Farmers - Reston also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 988-7333.

Founding Farmers - Reston is rated 4.4 stars by 2383 OpenTable diners.

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