Founding Farmers - Reston
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
All in all, it's a great place to eat, whether you want an appetizer at the bar along with your beverage of choice or a solid sit down dinner meal. The food likes like what is described on the menu which is actually quite nice, in other words, no surprises.
The food is always a win, for this foodie. Great service and attention to detail
Disappointed that the one item we were craving was not available. Avocado Toast. Not sure why as avocado and bread are easy ingredients. The first waiter was lacking customer service. Wasn’t attentive and it felt like we were “bothering” him when we asked questions or decided to need something. Drinks are quite expensive with a lot of ice. And, they still charge a mandatory Covid surcharge a year later, which makes me wonder if they weren’t granted help from the government. It added another $10 to our bill. They always ask about special occasions when making the reservation- we claimed a birthday, yet they didn’t acknowledge anything about it. Might be awhile until we go back.
Hi Karen: I am super sorry for the multiple disappointments encountered during this visit :( 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
Usually FF is great - there were some issues this time, I have every confidence they will be corrected, so hopefully my subpar experience was an aberration. the manager assured me the mishaps will get addressed. I'll be back for sure.
Thank you, Karen for your feedback and I am so sorry there were "mishaps" that took place during your visit. :( If there is any additional information or follow up you may need, please feel free to contact me: Amy@FRG.Farm (please include a copy of your review + location for reference). -Amy
Everything was lovely great brunch menu, excellent service, and they are taking excellent precautions sanitizing the place.
We selected the Sunday brunch buffet. The service was not great (they didn't check on us very often) and although the food was good the buffet was slow to replenish the food. Also, I order a few things off of the brunch menu and I never received a few items. In general the staff seemed overwhelmed and given the high price of the brunch I expected more.
Oh no! I am so sorry for the disappointments encountered during your recent brunch visit. :( I'd love to turn this around and ask you to please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location to continue this conversation. Thank you for letting us know these details and I hope to make this right. -Amy
I have been to Founding farmers prior to Covid and I had a good experience but I was very disappointed in the food- the buffet was pretty empty and horrible selection and the food was warm-cold. When we decided to take advantage of ordering the candied bacon, deviled eggs, fried shrimp, and pancakes those were also cold. We were warned to be careful of the plate that carried the bacon because it was "very hot" and the plate was hot but the bacon was cold..... I don't understand how that could be? I had no issues with the staff and the look of the restaurant but I was so disappointed in the buffet and the other food items.
Bummer! I am so sorry for the disappointing outcome to your recent brunch visit. :( That said, I'd love to turn this around and 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
We frequently go to Founding Farmers Reston since its one of our favorite spots to eat. We went for brunch this past Sunday and had a really disappointing experience. We had a reservation but it took about 15 minutes to get seated. Then our server was nowhere to be found so we were sitting at the table for another 10 minutes. We went up to the buffet a few times and was frustrated there as well. A few of the food items were gone and not replenished. Also due to the pandemic, we can no longer get our own food. However, there are not enough people serving the food and every time going up to the buffet was a long wait. Our server made the experience worse. She would disappear for long periods of time. The latter part of our meal, we were without water and coffee but couldn't request anymore since she was not around. Very disappointing experience.
Oh no! I am so very sorry to read the many disappointments that took place this time. :( This is not at all up to par with our intentions and I would love the chance to make this right! Please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. Thank you for letting us know these details from your recent brunch visit and I hope for the opportunity to turn this all around! -Amy
Always a nice dinner.
Love the bread!
Death by Chocolate was great.
Waitress made a mistake with her description of an order and came back with a correction very promptly.
Thanks Thomas for sharing this with us! :) We greatly appreciate it and hope to have you back for another delicious meal soon! -Amy
Really great experience overall. Tasty food for brunch and very cool spot inside. Their Bloody Mary is insane.
I was meeting friends for a Ramadan iftar (dinner), and the server and staff were super accommodating, the food was incredible as always and the service was superb. I’m such a huge fan of the gorgeous patio, haven’t been disappointed yet!
Waited for a server for quite some time. I guess there was some sort of buffet being served at that time, which is surprising since we are still in this pandemic and exposed food can be problematic. But hey...who cares right?
We had to ask if there was a server available to service our table. When the waiter came, we felt rushed. His mask, by the way had a stain on it and it kept falling down. There’s that...
Our daughter ordered the impossible meatloaf, she got the impossible burger.
My husband did not receive his order of mashed potatoes until he made them aware part of the order was missing.
The greens we ordered was very dry and had to seasoning taste.
Will we return? Nope.
Would I recommend? Nope. But hey, different strokes for different folks. Everyone’s experience is different...
We had a really poor dining experience this past Sunday. It was myself and 5 friends and we all couldn’t believe how rude the entire staff was. From the moment we checked in at the hostess stand to getting our final bill each person we encountered has a horrible attitude and made us feel like an inconvenience. The food was bad however it was brunch and due to Covid the staff served us through plastic barriers which was fine but the serving size they were allowed to serve was so insanely small and the line was really long. I’m a pretty small person and I don’t eat big portions but I had to go through the line 6 times to get enough food. This is a poor reflection of the management. None of us nor our families will be back. Do not waste your time or money!
Oh no! I am so sorry to read this and we feel completely awful for the poor impression our staff made on you & your friends. :( This is not at all up to par with our intentions of the accommodating service we aim for, and I'd love to prove this to you! 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
Will not be coming again for their brunch buffet. When we got there, the options seemed very limited and the food was not fresh. Syrup for French toast (which was too hard) and glazed donuts just did not taste good… eggs were too heavily seasoned and the chicken in the rice was cold. It was all either too sweet or too savory. We also ordered drinks that took a while to come out. The fact that they have a covid up charge is ridiculous. There should be a reduced in price even to match the reduced quality of food.
I am super sorry for the under-whelming brunch visit you had with us this time. :( I feel awful the food served from our buffet was not up to par and the service was slow to deliver. We appreciate you letting us know these details and I'd love to turn around your disappointment! Please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. Thank you for giving us a chance to address this, and I sincerely hope to make this right! -Amy
I understand the struggles during covid. I know restaurants are understaffed. When our food was delivered to table, the wrong meal was given to my husband. My meal came with two sauces. One of the sauces (spicy) was spilled all over my green beans. We had to get attention of waitress to have her exchange my husbands meal. When he received the correct entry, it still was not quite right. He order baked potato and it came with mashed. Again we had to get attention of waitress to explain, and my husband was finished with his meal before the correct potato came out. We had to ask for refill of drinks, was never offered any, (this was after 1 hour at table) Food taste was adequate to good. Service was subpar. I will wait a long time before I try this restaurant again.
Oh no! Sharon, I am so sorry to read this. :( I feel awful for the multiple mishaps that took place with your husband's order and sincerely apologize we dropped the ball. We appreciate you letting us know these details and I would love to do my best to make this right for both you & your husband! This said, please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. Thank you and I hope to be in touch soon! -Amy
Not much to say. Everything was excellent. Server’s description of the glazed cedar plank Salmon convinced me to get it. It was spectacular even the veggies which I usually don’t enjoy which were root veggies of some kind including succotash, cauliflower, carrots and some other stuff. All were prepared perfectly.
Our waitress was excellent, though there were few diners there when we were. Still, she was absolutely lovely. We ordered too much food and it went to waste. Fried green tomatoes, fabulous, my husband's mixed grill, great. My trout--skin was burnt. I should have said something, but I didn't. It looked great, but I love the skin of trout but couldn't eat it because of overcooking. Fish was overcooked too. We brought that home, but had to discard because overcooked. Wine, expensive but delish. Chef over-seasoned stringbeans, which would have been amazing if not overly peppered. My husband loved his chicken soup. Outdoor setting is lovely, but construction was occurring with intermittent drilling noise on a Saturday no less. But it wasn't too bad. It happened to be freezing late afternoon, so their heat lamp made us comfortable. If no heat lamp, we would have left. We'll be back.
Food was pretty good. No issues there.
Our server was nice but either very new or very overextended. Took 10-15 mins to be greeted. I inquired about a specialty coffee on the menu and if it was good. He said it was "gross". I ordered regular coffee with cream and sugar. He brought the cute little containers but failed to notice that the sugar container was completely empty with just a spoon in it?? We ordered the bread basket and it was missing the jam (not his fault) but it took more than 15 mins to get some after requesting. I ordered the Farmer's Breakfast and choose my items. It comes with one side and I requested to add a second. I ordered grits and hash-browns. I only got the hash-browns, no grits. When he came by to check on us we were almost finished and I told him that I never got the grits. I said it was no big deal but to please make sure that I was not charged for the extra side. No apologies but he said OK. The bill came and sure enough I was charged for the extra side. It was $2 and we had already been there so long that I just wanted to leave so I paid it. None of this ruined our visit but it was a bit annoying. I'm in the industry and I am aware of the staff struggles we are all having. However, guest satisfaction should still be a priority. If you do not have enough staff to give even adequate service then maybe close down a room or a portion of one. I never saw a manager assisting or even a host helping out the servers. And I noticed other tables feeling the frustration as well. It just felt like a poorly managed shift. We will be back but probably not anytime soon.
I am very sorry for the disappointing service encountered with our team during your recent visit. :( I would love to turn around the poor impression we left you with and ask that you please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, and I hope to be in touch soon! -Amy
I would definitely recommend for a cute girls night out or date. It’s nice to not have to travel to DC for good food
Had breakfast outside on the patio under a heated lamp (about 55F this morning at the start) and it was great!!! Great food, great service, great table spacing re COVID - we will definitely be back. FYI, they are at half staff, so please be patient! We were not in a rush, so we didn't notice any delays. Thanks again for a great experience.
Birthday, food was okay! The service was excellent!
Not a good showing. Slow service, unclean bathrooms, slow service, poor attitude from wait staff, food was not good.
Hi stuartm: I am so sorry to read this. :( I feel awful for the disappointing impression we made on you and your guests. We appreciate you letting us know these details and I would love to do my best to make this right! Please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. Thank you and I hope to be in touch soon! -Amy
Always appreciate the extremely high quality of food and service at Founding Farmers. On this particular visit, our server, George, went out of his way to make our experience special. One of my favorite places to eat in the Northern Virginia area.
It took 20 minutes for someone to acknowledge us and take our drink order. Other tables around us that were seated after us got drinks and food before we placed our initial drink order. This is not the first time this happened to me at this restaurant. I'm not inclined to go back and let it happen again.
Hi VirginiaFoodie: Thank you for your feedback and I am so sorry to read about the disappointments with our service that you encountered with our team. :( I'd love to turn this around and ask you to please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined and location. We appreciate it and I hope to be in touch soon! -Amy
Another visit, another great meal. Rockfish special was good, not great, but the rest of the meals were fantastic. Server recommended chips w/ guacamole and salsa...reluctantly agreed, and very glad we did so. Also had some good wine tips. All in all, while the restaurant is a tad pricy, it is well worth it. We'll be back.
The Sunday buffet brunch was stale.
Waited for an hour without a reservation and we missed the brunch buffet. We came back next Sunday with a reservation. We arrived 15mins earlier than our reservation to check in. We were seated 30mins beyond our reservation, to find out their buffet is a bit a downer compared pre pandemic. (I understand that it’s pandemic, they have to have someone serving the food.) But the choices are limited. Foods just tastes okay, of course except for their spicy souther buttered chicken!
Recommendation: Please manage your reservation well. Don’t just open a lot of time slots but you cannot guarantee reservation time for your customers.
You are absolutely right- we failed here and I am VERY sorry for the poor outcome to your anticipated brunch visit. This said, I'd love to follow up and do my best to turn around the disappointment you went home with. Please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review + date dined + location. Thank you so much and I look forward to making this right. -Amy
They were running 20mins late for our reservation, AND ran out of clean plates for the buffet. Our server was great! He really rolled with the punches. But overall it’s was a rough Sunday in there!
The initial experience was a little disappointing, the desk staff was a little distracted and the reservation time was ignored. The bar was closed and the staff had know idea how to accommodate the guests waiting. We were advised that only the buffet was available, there would be no option to order from the menu. Once seated the outdoor staff ignored our table. Two of the assigned servers walked by our table without even a glance, no water, no silverware, etc... I sent two of the people in our party to the buffet while I waited at the table to get going before the 2pm close.
The buffet was very well stocked at first, but not replenished regularly. When I pulled a server aside I was informed that she was not our server, but immediately stated she was "ready to go" and was phenomenal throughout the meal. She was the saving grace. We did speak to the Manager (Steve) and found him to be very helpful. We were able to order off the menu some very specific items that really made the experience great. Once we got into the flow and had the right server (Rachel) and the manager (Steve) working with us the experience went extremely well. The food was great, the buffet did get replenished and was really very well done. We left the restaurant very happy and will return.
The biggest thing we noticed was the wait staff was not fully trained. Steve (the manager) told us the COVID story on staffing and explained the hardest part of the last several months they have been trying to find qualified staff... that being said I beleive that Founding Farmers is well worth the visit. My advice is to be patient and work with the staff to make the visit a positive one. BTW - the eggs benedict was phenomenal.
Our waiter was horrible! Had to ask him several times for stuff. I loved my experience in another location. Was excited to go again and what a different outcome.
I am so sorry our service was not up to par this time. :( I'd love to make this right! Please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review, date dined + location. I appreciate it and look forward to turning this around. -Amy
We have dined here before and loved it. This was a special occasion and we had always wanted to try the Sunday buffet. We must have had the pre-covid experience in mind when we decided to spend this much money on a dining experience. Sadly our experience was disappointing. This was our first time on weekend and we would not recommend the Sunday buffet. For $29.99 /person we expected more. Most the food had run out and we spent a large amount of time waiting for it to be replaced. The staff serving the food had to go between stations so there was a build up of people waiting for food. Food not labeled well and not all items listed on menu were available because those stations did not have an attendant. Certain menu items had to be ordered through waitress which took extra time to get. One waitress covering the large outdoor seating area and she struggled to keep up. The waiting on coffee refills and extra plates made it difficult to enjoy the meal.
We would go back, just not for the buffet.
Oh no. I am so sorry we dropped the ball this time and feel awful your brunch experience failed to measure up. :( I'd love the chance to turn around the disappointment you left with and ask you to please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review + date dined + location. Thank you so much and I hope to be in touch soon! -Amy
Sunday Brunch buffet was overpriced, bad service, nickel and dime’d you for everything. First time there, not worth the price. Maybe normal service is better but the brunch was mediocre at best.
The Reston Founding Farmers is the best in the area for us. The menu never disappoints and the indoor or outdoor dining is always beautiful.
THANK YOU!! This is wonderful and we appreciate it. :) We hope to have you back soon! -Amy
Food was good, service was good. You can sit outside or inside.
Love this place. This place is a special for me and I always come here with friend and family when we want to eat out. Service and foods are excellent and people working here are friendly!
Excellent experience as usual
We went for our anniversary dinner.
I ordered the farmers platter with brisket, spare ribs, fried chicken, house Cole slaw and potato salad. The brisket was tough and chewy, it tasted like it was cooked in a microwave rather than slow cooked over many hours- it was also not cut on the bias so every bite was a full jaw workout. All three meats were either slathered in sugary sauce or in the case of the chicken, accompanied by a dipping cup of sugary sauce. The chicken without the sauce was crispy and perfectly seasoned and the Cole slaw was tasty as well, although the cabbage was a little more “al dente’ then the farmers probably intended. The potato salad confused me- it was ok to not use mayonnaise, but I tasted no vinegar either, just unseasoned cooked fingerling potatoes with a couple of raw broccoli florets. The menu looked so exciting but the execution was a disappointing misfire. The manager was very responsive and accommodating and this should be commended.
I really want to like this place but I have several reservations. When checked in they neglected to tell me my 12:30 reservation was running 15 minutes behind. Then we wanted to order off the menu for Brunch and we were told we couldn't buffet only. Other people around us got things brought to them off the menu. Brunch items were running out not being refilled and the area around them was not being cleaned up, stray food everywhere. There were not enough staff to do the serving in the buffet area and they kept talking to each other instead of paying attention to their jobs. This place is not cheap so I can find someplace else that is better managed to spend money. And the quality of the food is not the quality I would like.
Oh no! I am super sorry for the multiple disappointments encountered with our team this time. :( I'd love the chance to touch base and turn around your disappointment from your experience this time. This said, please email me: Amy@FRG.Farm with a copy of your review + date + location dined. Thank you and I look forward to being in touch! -Amy
I love the food here, but the brunch buffet was not particularly well-organized. Staff had trouble keeping the buffet stocked with items and wait staff was not very efficient at retrieving something out on the buffet like bread, for example. Also, the ice cream was frozen so solidly at the end that staff was only able to scoop strawberry and nothing else, and there were no toppings even though they were advertised on the menu. The menu also said waffle cones were available and they weren’t.
Overall, this is a pricey brunch buffet, so I expected more in terms of service, fully stocked items, etc. not sure I would recommend it based upon my experience. There may be some better options at $30/per person.
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Founding Farmers - Reston is rated 4.3 stars by 2783 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.