Washington, DC

Founding Farmers DC

Located just three blocks west of the White House, the award-winning Founding Farmers flagship restaurant has been a destination for locals and tourists alike since it opened in 2008. We are open every day, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Breakfast
Monday – Friday 8am – 11am
Lunch & Dinner
Monday - Thursday 11am – 9pm
Friday 11am – 10pm
Saturday 2pm – 10pm
Sunday 2pm – 9pm
Brunch
Saturday, Sunday & Holiday Mondays 9am – 2pm
Dessert
Available for lunch & dinner
Happy Hour
Monday - Friday 3:30pm - 6pm

You’re invited to join us at Founding Farmers DC. We are a full-service restaurant and bar majority owned by American family farmers. Our menus feature American-inspired food & drink made from scratch with thoughtfully sourced ingredients from farmers we know and trust.

In our urban DC farmhouse, guests can gather around our handcrafted community farm dining tables or enjoy more intimate seating arrangements, including our popular silo-shaped booths. Our Founding Farmers DC restaurant showcases original artwork, including a large flying Pegasus from artist Darla Jackson and our lamb mascot (who changes outfits with the seasons) by Noella Cotnam. Our LEED Gold Certified design helps us continue to operate as a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®, which exemplifies our devotion to aesthetic beauty and sustainability.

We invite guests to make a reservation and come experience all that is Founding Farmers. We are located just three blocks west of the White House in the heart of Washington, DC on Pennsylvania Avenue.  We hope your visit to Founding Farmers DC will reveal why we are the most booked restaurant in the nation on OpenTable.

 

 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19

Do you have any information on COVID-19 cases in your restaurants and what you are doing to keep your guests safe?

Safety and transparency have always been paramount in our operations. When COVID-19 hit our region, we responded quickly with adapted protocols and enhanced safety measures. We have continued to share these efforts with our guests. Our current COVID-19 Health & Safety Dashboard gives our guests and team members a snapshot of COVID-19 testing for our employees, our in-house health screening results, the number of paid sick leave days, as well as other information outlining our COVID-19 health and safety operations.

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Can I just arrive for a meal or do I need to make a reservation?

Our dining rooms and patios (including some new patios!) are now open with our enhanced safety protocols and following the guidance of our government officials. Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. 

Are there limits to the number of people in our group?

We are following the guidelines from our local officials where there are limits for size of parties. Our online reservation system has been updated with those limits by location.

What is the 4% temporary pandemic surcharge?

In order to survive in our current COVID World, we have had to evolve our business model, which includes this temporary pandemic surcharge for dine-in only. We are working to create a long-lasting stable work environment for all of our employees with fair-paying jobs and safe environments for our diners and our teams, all the while continuing to make wholesome, scratch-made food with ingredients from farmers we know and trust. This dine-in only charge helps offset the new additional costs the restaurant has to burden during an already financially challenged time with restricted occupancy and revenue, including: added supply chain costs, health screenings for our team, PPE & corona virus killing disinfectant, food-safe fogging agent, and our ongoing and new community partnerships so we can continue to help those in need in our area, as well as people on the front lines fighting COVID-19We’re confident once we are through the pandemic, we can simply eliminate this charge.

Will your employees be wearing PPE?

In addition to wearing the required PPEs, which are face masks covering nose and mouth, our team will maintain what we are calling Hospitality Spacing, which means we will be doing our best to keep our distance, even with our PPE on, while providing your service. We have also increased all of our health, safety, and sanitation protocols from more frequent handwashing to how and when we clean and sanitize our tables to employee wellness checks. For full details of our adapted protocols, see our COVID-19 Reopening Resource Guide.

Will I be required to wear a mask at Founding Farmers DC?

We are following the current, local government requirements for guests regarding PPEs and masks.

District of Columbia: Face Coverings Required

Per the local government’s direction, all patrons must wear face coverings while not eating or drinking (e.g. while ordering food and prior to being served, and after completion of meal.)

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Do you have outdoor/patio seating?

Yes, we now have patio seating at the DC location. Our outdoor tables are following the same requirements for 6 feet between tables. Our online reservation system has been updated to include these tables.

Will your patio and dining room have less seats to allow for social distancing?

We are following current government regulations for each location regarding capacity, size of party, indoor and/or outdoor service. Our floor plans have been modified – and in some cases expanded with new patios – based on current policies by location allowing for 6 feet social distance between tables that we are seating. Some tables are being moved or will not be used. We have created patios where we didn’t have them before. You may notice signage on tables that we aren’t seating. Our online reservation systems will be using our current modified floor plans and capacity requirements when you make your reservation.

What do I do when I arrive?

When you arrive for your reservation, current government regulations across our locations require that you wear a mask over your nose and mouth. We will take you directly to your reserved table. If there are others near the entrance of the restaurant or in the lobby when you arrive, please allow 6 feet of space, or wait outside to allow ample room for social distancing. Once you are seated at your table, you may remove your mask. We ask that you put it back on when you go to the restroom and when you are moving through the shared areas of our restaurant and patios – for your safety, as well as the safety of our team members and other guests.

How are you sanitizing between parties?

All guest tables will be cleaned, sanitized, allowed to air dry, and preset prior to your arrival. This includes table, table edges, chair backs, armrests, and seats. We are continuing to use peroxide-based, EPA-certified disinfectant against corona viruses. You will be have rolled silverware that has been sterilized and handled only with clean gloves and menus that have been sterilized and are only used once per day. Our host will provide you with detailed information on our dining protocols and what you can expect.

Do you have hand sanitizer in your restaurants?

There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout our restaurant for your use. We will also offer to sell you a small Founding Spirits hand sanitizer spray bottle you can use while you are dining and take home with you.

How will you serve us?

While our service has adapted in response to COVID-19 to protect your health and safety, as well as our other guests and our team members, our hospitality remains the same. We are committed to providing you with a great experience and extending our hospitality within our new systems. For more details on how our protocols and operations have changed in response to COVID-19, please review our Reopening Resource Guide.

How will I pay?

When you are done dining with us, one of our servers will bring your printed check to you. We will not be using check presenters. We will take your payment – cash or card. If a card payment, we will return with a receipt and a sterilized pen for your signature, and we will sterilize your card prior to returning it to you.

Can I use your restroom?

Yes. Our restrooms are available for our dining guests only. They are being cleaned and sanitized every hour, and we are providing paper towels as an alternative to air dryers. Our restrooms are not open to the general public or third-party delivery drivers. Our restrooms are sanitized every 60 minutes, as can be seen in our Reopening Resource Guide. Of course, please continue to always wash your hands when using the restroom.

Are you doing your full menus for to go and for delivery?

Yes. We have returned to offering our full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus for contact-free curbside pick up and delivery through third party delivery channels. If you arrive to pick up your To Go order, please pull up to our curbside out front and remain in your vehicle. There will be signage directing you to text us to let us know you have arrived and let us know your name, car make, and color. We will bring your order directly to your car trunk or back seat.

How can we help maintain a safe environment in your restaurant?

The best way you can help us keep everyone safe is by following our protocols, and simply be kind and considerate. We appreciate your willingness to join us again in our restaurants and hope we can provide you with exceptional hospitality and even a feeling of something familiar in an unfamiliar new day-to-day.

What are you doing differently in your restaurants now that they are open to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

We have developed multi-layered protocols and plans to provide our guests with exceptional hospitality and keep all of us as safe as possible. Following the guidance of our local and national health officials, as well as innovators across the world, our team has been adapting our operations as we have continued to serve contact-free curbside pick up and delivery. We have also been researching and planning the safest ways to reopen our doors to diners. For example, everyone in our restaurant will be wearing PPE and is screened for symptoms and temperature checked prior to their shift. Our service had been adapted to allow for more social distance and fewer interactions with our team. We have hourly cleaning protocols for all high-touch surfaces and equipment. Our floor plans have changed to allow 6 feet between tables. For complete details on everything we are doing, we have a Reopening Resource Guide we developed for our team to help us guide our new operations (as well as provide some basic information about COVID-19), and what our guests can expect when they return to our restaurants.

Where can I learn more?

For more details on how our protocols and operations have changed in response to COVID-19, please review our COVID-19 Reopening Resource Guide.

Amenities

How well can Founding Farmers DC accommodate someone with a disability?

All of our restaurants are well equipped to provide excellent hospitality for all of our guests. Please let us know if you have any access concerns or needs in dining with us. You can make note when making your online reservation, contact us in advance of your reservation, or let us know when you arrive.

Located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington, D.C., Founding Farmers DC has an elevator and stairs to access two floors of dining, with a full bar on the first floor. There are restrooms on both floors. Metered parking is available on the surrounding streets and a Colonial Parking garage is located directly across the street at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Multiple bus lines pass directly by the restaurant and two Metro stops, Farragut West and Foggy Bottom, are within three blocks.

Do you have an elevator?

Yes, we do have an elevator to our 2nd level and the restaurant is fully accessible. There is no bar located on the 2nd level.

Do you have WiFi?

Yes, we offer complimentary WiFi. Please check with your server or the host for the password.

Are there other Founding Farmers locations?

Yes, we hope you will visit all of the restaurants in our growing family. In making your plans, please note that each restaurant has different offerings, amenities, and operating times:

Are there TVs in the bar area?

We have small televisions located in our bar area. However, they are not easily viewed from all parts of the bar and are not advisable for viewing sporting events.

Are you currently hiring?

Yes, we are hiring for all of our locations. Check out all available positions here.

Do you have highchairs and/or booster seats?

Yes, we do have highchairs and booster seats available for your convenience.

Do you have outdoor/patio seating?

Yes, we now have patio seating at the DC location. Our outdoor tables are following the same requirements for 6 feet between tables. Our online reservation system has been updated to include these tables.

Do you offer private event space?

While we love celebrations, we do not offer private event space or semi-private event space. However, our Founding Farmers Reston Station restaurant has a 48-seat private dining space and our DC sibling restaurant, Farmers & Distillers located in the Mt Vernon Square neighborhood, has the General’s Parlor, a 16-seat private dining room tucked away on the lower level for a truly special experience. Also, MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD and Founding Farmers Tysons both have mezzanine dining areas that can be used for private dining. Please contact us for more information on the private dining options at one of our restaurants.

Do you offer valet parking?

We do not offer valet parking at our DC restaurant.

Do you validate parking?

We are not able to validate parking at our DC location.

How may I purchase gift cards?

Share the gift of Founding Farmers with friends and family. Order gift cards online or in each store at the front desk. Our gift cards, whether purchased in our restaurants or online, are available for use at any of our Farmers Restaurant Group locations.

Is there a dress code?

We like to think of ourselves as smart casual. We are what you want to make us… casual, sporty, pre-Kennedy Center show – we love it all!

Bar & Beverage

Are there TVs in the bar area?

We have small televisions located in our bar area. However, they are not easily viewed from all parts of the bar and are not advisable for viewing sporting events.

Do you have happy hour?

All of our DC-area restaurants will now be serving Happy Hour, including our sibling restaurants – Farmers & Distillers and Farmers Fishers Bakers.

Every Monday through Friday, join us for Happy Hour from 3:30pm-6pm at any of our DMV locations. And if you join us at Farmers & Distillers, we are serving Happy Hour every day, including Saturday and Sunday.

Our Happy Hour menus vary slightly by location, but include $5 craft cocktails, Highballs, beer, and wine, plus a generous range of our guest favorites from $2-8.

Do you have bar seating?

Yes, we do! However, due to current local guidelines relating to COVID-19 we are not currently seating guests at the bar.

What is your corkage fee?

Guests may bring in one bottle of wine per party without a corkage fee. A $25 fee for each additional bottle applies after that and any wines brought into the restaurant may not be included on our current wine list.

Brunch

Do you have bottomless brunch drinks?

We do not offer bottomless drinks for brunch, but we have amazing pre-prohibition style eye-opener libations that are sure to please!

Is brunch buffet or a la carte?

Our brunch at our DC location is ordered and priced a la carte. Check out the full breakfast and brunch menu.

Desserts & Celebrations

Can I bring in my own cake?

Yes, we love celebrations! Cakes, cupcakes, or pies may be brought into the restaurant, however there is a $2 per person dessert fee for every person in your party when doing so, regardless of who is having or not having dessert.

Can I order a whole cake?

We wish you would! Yes, you can order one of our original recipe, made-from-scratch, whole cakes below, with a minimum of 48 hours notice, please. Simply fill out this form to learn more.

Do you offer a free dessert for a birthday or some other type of celebration?

We are not able to provide a free dessert for celebrations but when making a reservation, you can pre-order a special dessert from the menu for the guest of honor and we can provide an acknowledgement of the celebration.

How may I purchase gift cards?

Share the gift of Founding Farmers with friends and family. Order gift cards online or in each store at the front desk. Our gift cards, whether purchased in our restaurants or online, are available for use at any of our Farmers Restaurant Group locations.

Food

Can you accommodate specific food allergies (nuts, dairy, gluten, seafood, etc.)?

Yes, in most cases. Our servers and chefs are trained to address food allergies and can offer menu variations. However, if you have a life-threatening food allergy which can be triggered by cross-contact, our restaurant may not be right for you—we cook almost everything from scratch and therefore the avoidance of cross-contact is not something we can guarantee with 100% certainty. If you have an allergy of this severity, please call ahead to discuss with us, as we may determine it is safest you dine elsewhere. For non-cross contact allergies, we kindly request that you provide your server with any allergy or dietary concerns before you order, and your server will help you select an item that does not contain your allergen; we will not remove an allergen from dish as that can lead to errors, but we will absolutely help you select the best dish for you.

Do you have a kids menu?

One of the best things about our menu is that we try to offer a little something for every taste bud out there. We have many “kid-approved” items on our regular menus, and our service team is happy to help you choose the best item for the children in your party.

Do you offer vegan and vegetarian options?

Yes, we do feature meatless offerings for our vegetarian guests, and our servers can recommend vegan dishes as needed. We are also happy to make additional modifications whenever possible. Please be sure to mention any dietary concerns to your server.

Is brunch buffet or a la carte?

Our brunch at our DC location is ordered and priced a la carte. Check out the full breakfast and brunch menu.

What kind of food do you serve?

Founding Farmers is owned by more than 47,000 American family farmers of the North Dakota Farmers Union and is supplied daily by hundreds of family farms everywhere. We offer our versions of all-American and farmhouse classics with modern interpretations and preparations. Our focus is to provide our guests with the freshest, highest quality ingredients that have been grown and harvested, and then expertly prepared by our talented chefs from scratch every day. View our menus.

What time do you start serving lunch?

Lunch service begins at 11am every day, and runs through the late afternoon; the lunch and dinner menu are the same.

Are you doing your full menus for to go and for delivery?

Yes. We have returned to offering our full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus for contact-free curbside pick up and delivery through third party delivery channels. If you arrive to pick up your To Go order, please pull up to our curbside out front and remain in your vehicle. There will be signage directing you to text us to let us know you have arrived and let us know your name, car make, and color. We will bring your order directly to your car trunk or back seat.

Getting Here

How well can Founding Farmers DC accommodate someone with a disability?

All of our restaurants are well equipped to provide excellent hospitality for all of our guests. Please let us know if you have any access concerns or needs in dining with us. You can make note when making your online reservation, contact us in advance of your reservation, or let us know when you arrive.

Located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington, D.C., Founding Farmers DC has an elevator and stairs to access two floors of dining, with a full bar on the first floor. There are restrooms on both floors. Metered parking is available on the surrounding streets and a Colonial Parking garage is located directly across the street at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Multiple bus lines pass directly by the restaurant and two Metro stops, Farragut West and Foggy Bottom, are within three blocks.

Are there other Founding Farmers locations?

Yes, we hope you will visit all of the restaurants in our growing family. In making your plans, please note that each restaurant has different offerings, amenities, and operating times:

Do you offer valet parking?

We do not offer valet parking at our DC restaurant.

Do you validate parking?

We are not able to validate parking at our DC location.

Is there a dress code?

We like to think of ourselves as smart casual. We are what you want to make us… casual, sporty, pre-Kennedy Center show – we love it all!

Is there street parking?

Yes, there is metered street parking available on nearby blocks of Pennsylvania, I Street and H Street, NW.

What is the closest stop from the metro?

On the Orange/Blue Lines, the closest stops are Foggy Bottom (at 21st & Eye St. NW) or Farragut West (head toward 18th St.). On the Red Line, the closest stop is Farragut North.

Where is the restaurant located?

Founding Farmers DC is located at 1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20006 on the ground floor of the contemporary-looking International Monetary Fund (IMF) HQ2 building. The entrance is on Pennsylvania Ave. and the restaurant takes up the entire corner of 20th St and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, just three blocks west of the White House.

Large Parties

Do you offer private event space?

While we love celebrations, we do not offer private event space or semi-private event space. However, our Founding Farmers Reston Station restaurant has a 48-seat private dining space and our DC sibling restaurant, Farmers & Distillers located in the Mt Vernon Square neighborhood, has the General’s Parlor, a 16-seat private dining room tucked away on the lower level for a truly special experience. Also, MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD and Founding Farmers Tysons both have mezzanine dining areas that can be used for private dining. Please contact us for more information on the private dining options at one of our restaurants.

Who do I contact if I want to make a reservation for a large party (more than 12 guests)?

For parties over the size of 12, simply fill out this form with information on exact party size, date, and time of your request.

Reservations

Can I just arrive for a meal or do I need to make a reservation?

Our dining rooms and patios (including some new patios!) are now open with our enhanced safety protocols and following the guidance of our government officials. Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. 

How well can Founding Farmers DC accommodate someone with a disability?

All of our restaurants are well equipped to provide excellent hospitality for all of our guests. Please let us know if you have any access concerns or needs in dining with us. You can make note when making your online reservation, contact us in advance of your reservation, or let us know when you arrive.

Located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington, D.C., Founding Farmers DC has an elevator and stairs to access two floors of dining, with a full bar on the first floor. There are restrooms on both floors. Metered parking is available on the surrounding streets and a Colonial Parking garage is located directly across the street at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Multiple bus lines pass directly by the restaurant and two Metro stops, Farragut West and Foggy Bottom, are within three blocks.

Are there other Founding Farmers locations?

Yes, we hope you will visit all of the restaurants in our growing family. In making your plans, please note that each restaurant has different offerings, amenities, and operating times:

Can I add my name to the wait list over the phone?

Unfortunately, we cannot take names over the phone for the wait list. To be fair to all guests, if you are unable to make a reservation, then you must arrive in person to put your name on the wait list.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

No, we do not have a cancellation policy. We take all reservations in good faith, that our guests will inform us at the earliest possible convenience if a cancellation or change in party size is necessary. So, if you have a change, please let us know!

How can I make a reservation?

We love reservations! Grab a reservation here at any time. This tool reflects the availability of tables and seating times with 100% accuracy. It is the fastest and easiest way to book with us. You may also call us at 202-822-8783.

How long is the grace period if I’m running late for my reservation?

We get it, stuff happens. We offer a grace period of 15 minutes. If you arrive after the 15-minute grace period, even with a phone call, you may be subjected to the wait list simply to be fair to all of our guests.

Is there a dress code?

We like to think of ourselves as smart casual. We are what you want to make us… casual, sporty, pre-Kennedy Center show – we love it all!

Who do I contact if I want to make a reservation for a large party (more than 12 guests)?

For parties over the size of 12, simply fill out this form with information on exact party size, date, and time of your request.

Reserve A Table

Join Us For A Meal

Our dining rooms and patios (including some new patios!) are now open with our enhanced safety protocols and following the guidance of our government officials. Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Directions & Parking

BY CAR
There are three hourly, self-park garages within one block of the restaurant. Numerous metered spaces are also available on Pennsylvania Ave. and the streets just north of the restaurant.

BY METRO
Two Metro stops are nearby, both on the Blue and Orange train lines:

FARRAGUT WEST
900 18th St. NW: Exit onto I St. NW and walk toward 18th St. NW for about .1 miles, turn left on 18th St. NW
Walk about 410 feet, turn right at H St. NW and walk about 0.1 miles, and take a slight right onto Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Continue on Pennsylvania Ave. for about 230 feet and Founding Farmers will be on your left

FOGGY BOTTOM

23rd St. NW & I St. NW at The George Washington University Hospital: Exit the station
Walk on I St. NW east about 0.3 miles toward 22nd St. NW, take a slight right at Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Founding Farmers will be on your right after about 270 feet

BY CIRCULATOR

The red DC Circulator stops at three nearby locations: 19th St. NW & K St NW, 20th St. NW & K St. NW, and 21st St. NW & Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

ACCESSIBILITY
All of our restaurants are well equipped to provide excellent hospitality for all of our guests. Please let us know if you have any access concerns or needs in dining with us. You can make note when making your online reservation, contact us in advance of your reservation, or let us know when you arrive.

Located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington, D.C., Founding Farmers DC has an elevator and stairs to access two floors of dining, with a full bar on the first floor. There are restrooms on both floors. Metered parking is available on the surrounding streets and a Colonial Parking garage is located directly across the street at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Multiple bus lines pass directly by the restaurant and two Metro stops, Farragut West and Foggy Bottom, are within three blocks.

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Join us for a meal

Reserve a Table

Our dining rooms and patios (including some new patios!) are now open with our enhanced safety protocols and following the guidance of our government officials. Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. We’re excited to serve you again!

For more information about how we’re operating during this time, read all about the innovative technology we are using to combat COVID-19, our COVID-19 FAQs, and the measures we’re taking to ensure your health and safety.