Founding Farmers - Reston

4.2
3006 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
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 3006 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kalrali
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

This didn't feel like farm to table. I had a better experience at the Tyson's location a few years ago.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review and I am very sorry this experience failed to measure up. :( I also apologize for the misunderstanding- but we are not a "farm to table" restaurant, however we are Farmer-owned and source some of our ingredients from local and North Dakota based farms. This said, I'd appreciate the chance to follow up and turn around the poor impression we left you with- please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined + location. -Amy

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Argus
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

A very mixed bag and dining experience. Table was ready when reserved (6:15), waiter was highly competent, drinks (What about Bob, Vodka/Soda) were very good (house made vodka). We started with the hot Crab and artichoke dip which was hot, tasty and had great toasted fresh sliced sourdough bread. Food was served on an acceptable timetable. My colleague ordered the Honey Thyme Chicken, it was well presented, had great flavors, and just the right amount of food.

I ordered the $23 Shrimp/Crab Louie, which on the 1-10 scale was a 2. I truly believe it was literally left over mixed salad from the lunch serving. It had no crab ("Sorry we were out"), the lettuce was limp and water soaked, the shrimp large but mealy, and the dressing was flavorless and unidentifiable. This salad had nothing to do with a shrimp Louie and was simply a bowl of must goes. Because we were on a schedule, I didn't return it but picked at the food.

What was otherwise a very nice evening became a don't recommend because that "salad" should never have come on to the floor. I did pass on my my comments to the waiter who was apologetic and said he would pass it on.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded a day ago

Bummer. :( We are so sorry the Shrimp/Crab Louie Salad left you supremely under-whelmed with your overall visit and caused you to not want to recommend us outside of what could've been an all star experience. This said, I would love to have a hand in turning this around and please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined & location to connect further. -Amy

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franks
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely drinks and the food was good. I had the steak and enchiladas and really enjoyed it.

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JDWiese
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The location is very convenient to Metro (Reston-East stop). Parking is a bit convoluted the first time - check their website as it will help with directions.

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vipNSowell
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

This May be an issue with not having enough Waiters due to COVID. Our Waiter was nice and did best he could with all of his tables. Everyone enjoyed their food; however my Brisket was very disappointing- good flavor, but primarily all fat.

Sitting outside was beautiful.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review and I am very sorry the food missed the mark this time. I'd appreciate the chance to follow up and turn around the poor impression we left you with- please email me: kschumacher@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined + location. -Kerry

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Britney
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

I came for Sunday brunch and they had a buffet (still during covid!). It was alright, $30 per person and it wasn't that glamorous. The food ran out pretty quickly because they had really small serving trays. Plus the buffet line was kind of slow. I wouldn't come back for the buffet but I love regular Founding Farmers!

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Jellicle
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The donuts and ice cream are especially amazing.

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FBrow
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

This was my first time dining at founding father’s. I’ve heard good things about this restaurant. I decided to go out to the Reston location which was an hour away from my residence. I do not know the name of my server; she was not wearing a name tag that I could see, and I do not recall her introducing herself. The service was horrible; she was very late with greeting my party, she was not attentive, and I had to wait extremely long periods to get my beverages and food. When my food arrived, my fries were overcooked and cold. I asked for new fries, which I received, but the latest batch was also cold. I was disappointed with my service, especially driving to a location that was so far from my residence. The manager was made aware of the situation, and the manager offered a desert of my choosing; this, however, does not make up for horrible service. Even though I left a tip, the waitress did not deserve it.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review and I am so sorry for lack of attention displayed by our service team. I am also so sorry the food ordered failed to fit the bill, and all in all, you were disappointed with your experience. I'd love the chance to turn this around! Please email me: kschumacher@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. I look forward to speaking with you. -Kerry

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Went there for brunch with my daughters. Did not disappoint! Biscuits are amazing. French toast was to die for! Avocado toast not my fave but huge portions. Eggs Benedict were great too. Lovely ambiance. Overall a great brunch place!

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vipAndrewM
New Orleans
68 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very good food at a reasonable cost. Brunch menu was interesting and the lunch/dinner menu expansive and fantastic. The Mojito Margarita was sublime.

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vipFoodAficionado
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was great and the person she was training was excellent. I’ve visited the FF in the DC area and never had good experiences. I hoped this location would be better, but it was just as disappointing. Food came out cold and it took forever for drinks. I understand the food and service industry is spread thin right now, but now more than ever, the customers who are patronizing restaurants should get exemplary service.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 5 days ago

We appreciate your feedback and understand how frustrating it can be to have a lackluster experience. I am happy to read you were able to connect with a member of our team to help improve your experience in the moment. We are working hard to execute amazing experiences and would appreciate if you would visit us again to allow us to make it up to you! Please email me: kschumacher@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined & location, when you are ready to dine with us again! -Kerry

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PaulaP
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

The food came out cold. The waiter was terrible. It was impossible to just get a refill for iced tea.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review and I am so sorry for lack of accommodation displayed by our service team. I am also sorry the food ordered failed to fit the bill, and all in all, you were disappointed with your experience. I'd love the chance to turn this around! Please email me: kschumacher@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. I look forward to speaking with you. -Kerry

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SilverLineLocal
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to others in this family of restaurants. This may be our favorite!

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KimberlyM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner for our anniversary. Fun atmosphere & extensive menu. We plan to go back because there were so many things we want to try.

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DianaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent location and wonderful food and service.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on 15 July 2021

Thanks Diana! We appreciate you sharing this with our team and hope to have you back soon! :) -Amy

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vipDonH
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great to be back in the restaurant. Food and Service were great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience4

Very insulted to see that there is a “5% surcharge” due to Covid. I know there are many other hard working restaurants that DO NOT charge this and appreciate their customers ! What really got us upset was not only did we have to pay this extra fee but the service was not the best!!! Really like the food here but resent this policy big time. We won’t be returning.

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vipTheHolidays
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We were super disappointed during this visit, so much so that we will never return to this location. We arrived around 655pm. It took several minutes for our server to come take our drink and appetizer order. BUT then it took nearly 30minutes for the appetizers (deviled eggs and ahi tuna bites) to arrive. As if the wait itself wasn’t ridiculous, our server’s response was very lackluster (insert “well I don’t know what to tell you”). We simply asked for the check and left. We paid ~ $30 for 2alcoholic beverages and 2 kids drinks via contactless pay. As we depart the restaurant and make it outside, the manager goes so far as to question my husband about whether or not we paid our check. I am so disgusted.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on 13 July 2021

I am super sorry for the multiple mishaps with our service and am equally let down our team left you with a terrible first impression. :( I would love to follow up with you and ask you to please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. Thank you and I hope to turn this around. -Amy

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GStuart
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Founding Farmers has a great menu and delicious food. Service is ok, but not outstanding. If you are not fussy about your service, are looking for an interesting menu with good food and a pleasant atmosphere, then Founding Farmers in Reston could be a good spot for you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

This was the first time that we went during brunch on Sunday. We were really disappointed in the food, frankly. The buffet lacked many food choices, with many items running out and not bring replenished on a regular basis. I am not sure if this is normal, or if this was due to lack of staff.

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Gene
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience5

What a huge disappointment after so looking forward to brunch with you. First, I missed on the online reservation that Sunday was Brunch ONLY. OK, once we learned that we changed gears - we had been there when it first opened and knew that the brunch was spectacular. You can imagine our surprise when we arrived at the buffet and there was NOTHING! - desserts for the end but otherwise scraped clean. We waited for a bit and then saw nothing happening but crowds gathering which we did not like. We took some bread and crab/artichoke dip and felt lucky to have that. Our server made all the difference in enjoyment, Chris did everything in his power to help us like ordering the Eggs Benedict. Enjoyed them and returned to half filled trays - nothing like our previous visit. We lingered outside (beautiful setting) and decided to end with a bowl of ice cream. What no bowls! Not eager to eat ice cream off a plate (it was melting when served) we scavenged two coffee cups! Geeze! This was not a classy experience at all! Will not return for brunch - maybe will try a la carte. Chris saved the day.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on 13 July 2021

Thank you, Gene for your review. I am so sorry our Sunday brunch buffet missed the mark and am saddened we failed to give you a great experience this time. This said, I would love to follow up and turn this around! Please email me to connect further: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

The food was constantly out so you couldn’t get a whole meal. If a protein was available, the sides weren’t, etc. Then a couple times while there was hot food I had to wait a long while for a plate to put it on. On top of that, my waitress was curt and I felt like I was bothering her to ask for stuff and that’s when she came around.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Love Founding Farmers. Wished the food was refreshed more frequently.

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SethG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant honored our reservation almost immediately, the service was professional and quick. The food was fabulous. Would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

THE TRAFFIC CONES OUTSIDE FOR CURB SIDE PICKUP NEED TO BE SPACED SO CARS CAN ENTER AND EXIT BETTER FROM THAT LANE. MAYBE USE JUST 2 CONES… ONE AT THE FRONT AND ONE AND ONE AT THE END.

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vipPamela
Miami
248 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

We sat outside on the patio. We tried ordering ala carte off the portion of the menu that says kitchen bites to be told that only the buffet pancakes were available. Never like buffet pancakes because they are always soggy. The buffet was crowded . Very off putting during a pandemic. The server was pleasant and helpful. The price for what we ate was RIDICULOUS right along with the restaurant relief charge. $80 for a few pancakes. Based on this experience I would not return.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on 13 July 2021

Oh gosh! I am super sorry our Sunday buffet brunch service was not enjoyed and you left feeling under-whelmed by our offerings. :( I would love the chance to touch base and turn around the dissatisfaction you left with! Please email me a copy of your review, date dined and location: Amy@FRG.Farm. -Amy

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vipRobertG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience4

Server only can back to the table at the end did not check up to see how things were going amd if we needed anything. We would have thought service would have been better .

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food2Service5Ambience5

The food was bland

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MartyM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food is good, but I wouldn’t say excellent. Nice server, gave us our space but took care of our needs
Some kids running around didn’t bother us but might bother others

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Erik
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience4

Disappointed! Food was not that great. And the waitress forgot our order

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on 13 July 2021

Hi Erik: I am so sorry the food was not that great and our staff member misplaced your order. :( I feel bad this happened and would love the chance to turn around the outcome of your experience. This said, please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. Thank you! -Amy

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Foodie
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food and the atmosphere were great. There is lots of outdoor seating also.

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vipDouglasW
New England
61 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. Our waitress Tenzeng helped with suggestions on the menu. Everything was cooked perfectly. You can tell the farm to table makes everything taste better! We will be back on our next trip to DC area

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vipvadiner14
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Beware. We love the Founding Farmers in Tysons. Reston is just an ugly stepchild. The cocktails are great. The food is ok, but not as good as Tysons. The medium rare steak was rare. The fried chicken was odd. The piece on top was perfect and the piece underneath was a greasy mess. Just not up the Founding Farmers standards. The staff was annoyingly attentive. They kept interrupting our conversation to ask us questions like, “Is your dinner wonderful?” This happened five times in 40 minutes. We forgot to get our parking validated and had to go back. Then it didn’t work. When we called to tell them they had a problem, the very corporate not-my-problem manager response was something to the effect “that happens.” Ugh. If you want to go to Founding Farmers, skip Reston and drive to Tysons.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on 9 July 2021

Oh no! I am super sorry for the many misfortunes that took place this time. I feel awful this location failed to deliver and we ultimately failed to turn around your disappointment after you left. This said, I'd love to follow up with you and make this right! Please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. -Amy

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Karlos
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Not having the same meal in house led to great disappointment. Unfortunately this has been the case for the last two visits.

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on 7 July 2021

Hi Karlos: Thank you for your review and I am so sorry for the disappointment with our team's service. I would be more than happy to connect and make sure we turn this around! Please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. -Amy

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vipHappyOne
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Entire family had dinner. Very good, highly recommended.

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vipLAgourmet
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

It was such a bad experience that made me feel about their operation quality in general. I went there for breakfast with a reservation, but they kept me waiting for 15 min with three hosts standing. The host brought lunch menu at breakfast, and no one was shown up at table for another 15 min. The hostess asked whether we are here first, and I said yes, then she didn't say a word telling about their food or menu. I saw another waiter telling all to another table, so it was another less trained, lame, and unattentiveness. They didn't even collect menu after the order, and coffee refill takes another 10 min with not many guests there. Food was dried, and cup was dirty with coffee stain from previous uses. The hostess, waiter, food, and cleanliness just gave me enough impression that this place is thumbs down way down for folks. BTW, I've been a VIP member of OpenTable for long and been all around the world and cities. I believe that I have well-established criteria to criticize the place if not good for all. One thing good about this place was atmosphere, but your friend or wife won't be impressed soon after...

Founding Farmers - Reston
Responded on 7 July 2021

Thank you for your review and I am super sorry the food was under-par, the restaurant was unkept, the service lacking and nothing about this visit measured up to expectation. :( This said, I'd appreciate the chance to follow up and turn around the poor impression we left you with- please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined & location. -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday Brunch was amazing.

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vipChristopherD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food

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AlexandraL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Ordered the honey thyme spatchcocked chicken. Chicken was swimming in a layer of oil. Green beans were hard and crunchy.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

The food and drinks are overpriced. This was the third, and last, time we have eaten at Founding Fathers. Each time has been worse than the last. The service was quite good, and the server was very friendly and helpful. But it just isn’t worth the price. Also, the condition of the women’s restroom was disgusting; I’ve used holes in Europe that were cleaner and had more light. Overall, each time has been a disappointment and I am done.

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You can order delivery directly from Founding Farmers - Reston using the Order Online button. Founding Farmers - Reston also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Founding Farmers - Reston also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 988-7333.

Founding Farmers - Reston is rated 4.2 stars by 3006 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.