Founding Farmers - Tysons

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Founding Farmers Tysons is a farmer owned restaurant that offers fresh food and drink with an emphasis and focus on cooking from scratch with ingredients sourced from near and far, from sources we trust, in a modern farmhouse setting. The bar is not to be missed, offering delicious scratch sodas, craft cocktails, and an all Virginia draught beer list; we'll have just the thing to quench your thirst.

Approximately 30% of the menu includes items inspired by the culinary traditions of Virginia in a modern way. Weekend brunch at Founding Farmers Tysons is BUFFET style, with a wide array of breakfast, lunch, salad, entree, and dessert options.

The restaurant is upscale casual, which welcomes business casual dress, and dress that would be appropriate in a nice restaurant; this includes jeans and athletic wear, and warm-weather clothing, including shorts.
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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visitor to this restaurant and definitely will return. Food was delicious and service was great! Thank you!!

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CA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Drinks were fantastic! Always a great place to meetup with friends for dinner and drinks. Make sure to come hungry!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Tonight was unusual in my experience with Founding Father's, but it was not good. The food took forever to arrive and it was not well made. The manager tried to make things right with another meal and a free dessert, but even the free food wasn't good. We will give them another chance as our experience to date have been positive other than today.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great Service. Great Value. Large variety on the menu. The Impossible Burger is truly a worthy beef substitute. Never had a meatless burger in my life, but ordered my own after trying my wife’s on a previous visit.

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I've been there twice now with my family and we agree that the best thing we've had are the buttermilk biscuits. The freshness cannot be described in words. The glazed chicken wings ($11.50) are decent. The Impossible Burger is the closest-to-meat-tasting/feeling vegetarian burger I've had. The scallops were good in the meuniere dish but I didn't like the risotto much. The cedar plank salmon tasted good but is nothing special/creative.

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RG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I go to Founding Farmers, I have such a great time - the food, ambiance, and service are fantastic!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frank was our server and did a great job.
Food was awesome!
drinks strong and flavorful.

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JJ
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The stars are based on the meal, not the 55 minute wait past our arrival time. Just once I’d love to be seated on time or early. My time is valuable and you’ve been doing this business for 10 years - and you can’t accurately - within 10 minutes predict seating? Anything over 15 should be an exception yet there were 30 of us in the lobby who had been waiting for more than 30 minutes.

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k
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Really wanted a nice salad. Menu choices were inadequate. Ended up with grilled cheese a couple spoonfuls of watery tomato soup. Definitely disappointed.

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KB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, good food, fun ambiance. We were a party of 11 and were accommodated promptly. Great menu selections and the food was really good. appetizers, desserts, entrees, all excellent.

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LJ
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended a 50th birthday celebration and the food and service was outstanding.

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JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Our server was nice but didn’t clear plates. Noise level was high in the upstairs dining area but quieter down after a while.

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always FF Tysons never disappoints. It's definitely worth the drive from DC. I prefer this location over DC. It's quickly becoming one of my favorite places for brunch.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s birthday. Do enjoy non-paper infused bloody Mary’s Some spicy is fine but don’t need extra. Also our reservation was 12:30. We arrived at 12:33 but were not seated until after 1

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Overall it was ok. For Saint Patrick’s Day it was busy and bustling with energy. To be expected!

Teach the waiter how to pour coffee into the cup and not all over the table. Had it happened once ... simple accident ... the fact it happened four times ... purposeful.

And that it happened with the water also ... enough to leave with a bad experience and for me to second guess that I actually tipped him and shouldn’t have. But then, that impacts everyone else.

So ... Teach Mike how to pour water and coffee for the next guest!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

If you have a 830am reservation. many people show up 10 to 15 minutes early. The doors are locked.They don’t start serving un 845. It’s very clumsy And presents disorganization.
After we sat down and had 50% of our meal the waitress came back and said oh yes we have these other special things you could order. One of those things I would have ordered.
Further, this is the second time we’ve had a gift cards problem. they were either empty Of value and we had to prove that there was an amount placed on the card. Fortunately the person that did gave the gift to me was in our party. Next visit we had two gift cards. They would only except one. What difference does it make when you use the amount on the gift cards.
About the value. Without any liquor drinks we had four people for brunch and with a 20% tip The bill was $175. You can determine if that’s a lot for breakfast.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

FOOD WAS VERY VERY GREASY

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JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great spot for a private or business event. Very lively and fun atmosphere but did not feel like I still couldn't have a conversation. Plenty of room for bigger parties too. Cocktail menu is awesome with their own pre-prohibition bar. Very talented bartenders too! Been here twice now, once for a business meeting and once for a date. Both were excellent experiences. I will be back again for sure.

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L
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

4 of us had a good time, but not because of the food. It has gotten rather mediocre. My greens had tough woody stems. Hearth veggies rather sweet, too sweet. The recommended bread app, classic, was completely dull, not warm, sauces tasteless. Apple pie was gigantic, but few apples mostly overly sweet crust. Cocktails so so. Didn’t want another. Steak frites mostly frites. Just not impressive. Too bad, always loved the original in DC.

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TR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Great service and awesome people!

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CS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT brunch. Will definitely be back and also recommending to all my friends as well. Atmosphere was wonderful, food was emblematic of the expectation of excellent from Founding Farmers.

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SM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We visit this brunch several times per year for many years since it opened and when we visit DC.
Our experience is always excellent; however this time we were disappointed by the following:
1. The ham and the brisket in the brunch were chewy.
2. The table removed from the middle of the brunch area was always a pleasing display of food and now the brunch looks like many others.
3. We have always been accustomed to the waiter/ waitress coming to the tables with taste testing of different items which didn’t happen this time.
4. The brunch tables seemed not to be as well cared for as it has been in the past.
Not sure if this is the future of this restaurant or an isolated incident.
Respectfully,
Sharon Mault-Weir
s.m.weir@att.net

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ME
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic drinks and great service with a feel good ambiance! I really enjoyed celebrating my birthday at Founding Farmers!

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KA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I feel like the food has definitely gone downhill since this restaurant opened. Everything was just OK. Especially the entrees . The cornbread and crab dip was still very good but everyone's entree--salmon, chicken enchiladas, short ribs, etc. seemed overcooked and dried out. Probably won't go back for a while. On a positive note, the staff is very good and they accommodated an older guest in our party with limited mobility.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks were excellent. The waiter was good; checked on us a good amount of times and made great recommendations. The food also came pretty quickly on a busy Friday night. Will return.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great- thought it was a bit overpriced for a casual restaurant in a shopping center.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall we were satisfied with the service. We were there 5 mins early but were seated right away.

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CS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 4

I had an issue with my meal in that there was something "foreign" in my sandwich. I had to send it back and needless to say, it ruined my appetite. However, the staff took care of the problem and were very professional. I have eaten at FF several times and this is the first time I've had an issue.

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SP
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Founding Farmers Tyson’s! This is by far my favorite place to enjoy delicious food! We were celebrating my birthday and I couldn’t be more happier with the food and experience!

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation through open table and when I checked in with the hostess I was told there wasn't a reservation so we left.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was fresh and very good. I would order the chicken Bolognese again. Cocktails were refreshing and overall had a great time.

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LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great, even during the lunch rush with an infant! Our server was awesome and didn’t rush us. Great meal, great time!

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My chicken was a little dry and not all of it seemed edible - some of it fatty.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reasonable selection of food/drinks for the gluten free member of our party, good choices for the vegetarian as well. Try the tuna poke, it's excellent.

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RA
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This our favorite place to eat. The service is always outstanding.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was pleasantly overwhelmed with a delightful sounding menu option. The server was a big help and gave us wonderful recommendations. Great customer service and hospitality. And mmmmm the desserts!

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MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early dinner on a Sunday. We had the Kettle Corn (comes in a big bucket/pot). Yum! Then also the cornbread (also wow). The Pot roast was delicious and real "comfort food." The presentation was a bit meh, but the taste was great (the meat fell apart and the vegetables were a terrific soft crunch). I had the campfire trout and it was delicious and a very good size (even took some home). Our guest had steak frites with mashed potatoes (yes, double potatoes) and he loved it. Steak was cooked as requested (medium rare) and was delicious. Again, the presentation was so so (honestly, what can you do with fries AND mashed potatoes), but might have been improved had the fries been on a separate rack or plate (saw hamburgers delivered to other tables with the fries in a basket. That would have been nice). We tried two brown liquor drinks--the whiskey "daquiri" was smoky and different. Tasty. The other was the Farmer John--like a bourbon sidecar. Also delicious. Founding Farmers never disappoints. Go early and miss the crowds.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was spectacular and the service was top notch. Great over all experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was an overall good experience, but some of the dishes just did not meet my standards based on the taste. Great options though and I am sure others liked everything.

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RC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not worth $32 for the buffet brunch. Cold dry fried chicken, grits with no shrimp. Would rather come for dinner and order off the menu and have the food made fresh.

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