Potomac, MD

MoCo's Founding Farmers

Repeatedly awarded Bethesda’s Best, our Montgomery County Founding Farmers is conveniently located off I-270 in Potomac, MD. We are a full-service restaurant and bar open everyday serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

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Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Our High Holidays menus are thoughtfully sourced and includes traditional tastes and some of our guest favorites. Order our house-made Round Challah, Matzo Ball Soup, Tzimmes, Potato Latkes, Apricot Sticky Chicken, and Slow-Cooked Brisket. We are making delicious desserts like our decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake, our Founding Farmers Chocolate, and more.

Breakfast
Monday – Friday 7am – 11am
Lunch & Dinner
Sunday - Monday 11am - 9pm
Tuesday – Thursday 11am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday 11am – 11pm
Brunch
Saturday - Sunday 8:30am – 3pm
Dessert
Available for lunch & dinner.
Happy Hour at the Bar
Monday - Friday 3:30pm - 6pm

Majority-owned by American family farmers, MoCo’s Founding Farmers is repeatedly awarded Bethesda’s Best. Join us at our full-service restaurant and bar where we make our food & drink from scratch, including our bread, our pasta, our desserts, our ice cream, our scratch sodas, and even our booze. Our popular craft cocktails use our very own award-winning Founding Spirits. We source most of our ingredients from American family farms.

MoCo’s Founding Farmers, a LEED and 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®, has won numerous sustainability awards including the coveted statewide Maryland Green Registry’s Leadership Award and Bethesda’s own Leading By Example Green Business Award. We make extensive use of reclaimed and recycled materials, as well as unique, handcrafted details and original art. Our design is comfortable and inviting for families having dinner, colleagues working over lunch, friends grabbing drinks, and couples enjoying time together. Free parking and complimentary Wi-Fi, along with a convenient location, make MoCo’s Founding Farmers an ideal community gathering place.

Our Montgomery County Founding Farmers is conveniently located off I-270 in Potomac, MD.

5% RESTAURANT RECOVERY CHARGE: While society is rebounding well, the pandemic has had devastating and long-lasting impact on the restaurant industry. This charge supports our recovery and ensures we can continue to operate as a viable business, employer, and neighbor. It covers pandemic-related losses and expenses, vaccine clinics and mental health benefits for our team and their families, and ongoing community efforts.  To learn more specifics about this charge, please see A Message to Our Guests.

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Join Us for Patio Dining in Potomac

We hope you will join us in Potomac on our patio or at one of our other restaurants to experience our fun and festive outdoor dining rooms. Learn more

To enjoy our MoCo patio, please book your table outside when making your reservation online.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19

What guests should know prior to dining with us regarding COVID-19 operations?

Your health and well-being are the utmost important to us. We are following local government regulations and CDC guidelines. We appreciate your support in helping to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Masks are currently optional for our guests and our team members at all of our locations.

We will continue encourage vaccination, educate our team members, and track COVID cases.

What is the 5% Restaurant Recovery Charge?

While society is rebounding well, the pandemic has had devastating and long-lasting impact on the restaurant industry. This charge supports our recovery and ensures we can continue to operate as a viable business, employer, and neighbor. It covers pandemic-related losses and expenses, vaccine clinics and mental health benefits for our team and their families, and ongoing community efforts.  To learn more specifics about this charge, please see A Message to Our Guests.

Amenities

How well can MoCo’s Founding Farmers 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 just off I-270’s Montrose Road West exit, MoCo’s Founding Farmers has an elevator and stairs to access two floors of dining and an outdoor patio, weather permitting. The bar and restrooms are on the first floor. There is a free outdoor parking lot on the same level as the restaurant and a lower-level parking garage, with elevator access, that is free for up to 2 hours. Metro and Montgomery County Ride On buses provide service to Park Potomac Ave. You can also take the Metro Red Line to the Rockville or Bethesda station, transfer to the Ride On 47 bus to the corner of Seven Locks Road and Montrose Road, which is 0.3 miles from MoCo’s Founding Farmers.

Are dogs allowed in your outdoor/patio area?

Our outdoor patios at Moco’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD and Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown allow dogs. We’re pet friendly and will happily host furry friends of any size as long as they are leashed, get along with other dogs, are not barking excessively, or intruding on other guest experiences.

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 at MoCo’s Founding Farmers?

Yes, we do have outdoor seating. Check out our detailed information on all of our patios in Potomac and across our restaurants.

Do you offer private event space?

Yes! The mezzanine level is somewhat separate and a bit more intimate with seating capacity for up to 75 guests. Learn more here. Several of our sibling restaurants in and around the DC metro area also have private dining options available. These include a 48-seat private dining space at Founding Farmers Reston Station and the General’s Parlor, a 16-seat private dining room tucked away on the lower level of Farmers & Distillers.

Do you validate parking?

Garage parking is free up to 2 hours. If you park on the upper deck for longer than 2 hours, property management may enforce the parking regulations.

How may I purchase gift cards?

Founding Farmers gift cards go beyond enjoying a great meal. Our gift cards make the perfect gift for anyone in your life who loves getting together with friends and family over a delicious food & drink.

Purchase a Founding Farmers gift card for your loved ones today.

Our gift cards CAN be used for:

  • Dining in all seven of our restaurants.
  • Delivery and pick up from all seven of our restaurants when ordered online directly via order.farmersrestaurantgroup.comThis includes hot, ready-to-eat holiday meals (for pick up and delivery) when ordered directly via order.farmersrestaurantgroup.com
  • Purchasing our merchandise in person, such as The Founding Farmers Cookbook, our Founding Farmers Coffee,  and our Founding Farmers Chocolate. You can also use our gift cards in person to purchase Founding Spirits from our DC distillery plus our DC and MD restaurants.

Our gift cards CANNOT be used for:

  • Ordering from third party platforms, such as UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub.
  • Purchasing our merchandise online to ship, including The Founding Farmers Cookbook or Founding Spirits.
  • Our special holidays at home programs (meals that can pre-ordered for reheating at home), such as: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Passover, Easter, and Mother’s Day.  

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-Strathmore show – we love it all!

Do you cater?

Yes. Founding Farmers Co. Catering & Events can provide full service catering, delivery and pick up catering that can be ordered directly online, private chef diners, and event planning. With years of experience rooted in restaurant hospitality, we have the expertise and bandwidth to help you create events that are easy, frictionless, and fun to plan from start to finish. Our catering menus are not limited to our restaurant food & drink but can be tailored to your event and your budget. As with our restaurants, everything  is made from scratch with ingredients thoughtfully sourced from farmers and suppliers we know and trust.

Complete details on our catering services and how to collaborate with us for your next event can be found at Founding Farmers Co. Catering & Events.

Bar & Beverage

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 at any of our DMV locations.

Happy Hour is available during the following times:

Founding Farmers DC: 3:30pm-5:30pm (bar area only)
Founding Farmers Tysons: 3:30pm-6pm
MoCo’s Founding Farmers: 3:30pm-6pm (bar area only)
Founding Farmers Reston Station: 3:30pm-6pm (bar area only)
Farmers Fisher Bakers: 3:30pm-5:30pm
Farmers & Distillers: 3:30pm-6pm (bar area only)

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.

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 bar seating?

Yes, we do.

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?

Brunch is ordered and priced a la carte at our MoCo location. 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 email your preferred location below:

Founding Farmers DC

MoCo’s Founding Farmers

Founding Farmers King of Prussia

Founding Farmers Tysons

Founding Farmers Reston Station

Farmers Fishers Bakers

Farmers & Distillers

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?

Founding Farmers gift cards go beyond enjoying a great meal. Our gift cards make the perfect gift for anyone in your life who loves getting together with friends and family over a delicious food & drink.

Purchase a Founding Farmers gift card for your loved ones today.

Our gift cards CAN be used for:

  • Dining in all seven of our restaurants.
  • Delivery and pick up from all seven of our restaurants when ordered online directly via order.farmersrestaurantgroup.comThis includes hot, ready-to-eat holiday meals (for pick up and delivery) when ordered directly via order.farmersrestaurantgroup.com
  • Purchasing our merchandise in person, such as The Founding Farmers Cookbook, our Founding Farmers Coffee,  and our Founding Farmers Chocolate. You can also use our gift cards in person to purchase Founding Spirits from our DC distillery plus our DC and MD restaurants.

Our gift cards CANNOT be used for:

  • Ordering from third party platforms, such as UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub.
  • Purchasing our merchandise online to ship, including The Founding Farmers Cookbook or Founding Spirits.
  • Our special holidays at home programs (meals that can pre-ordered for reheating at home), such as: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Passover, Easter, and Mother’s Day.  

Do you cater?

Yes. Founding Farmers Co. Catering & Events can provide full service catering, delivery and pick up catering that can be ordered directly online, private chef diners, and event planning. With years of experience rooted in restaurant hospitality, we have the expertise and bandwidth to help you create events that are easy, frictionless, and fun to plan from start to finish. Our catering menus are not limited to our restaurant food & drink but can be tailored to your event and your budget. As with our restaurants, everything  is made from scratch with ingredients thoughtfully sourced from farmers and suppliers we know and trust.

Complete details on our catering services and how to collaborate with us for your next event can be found at Founding Farmers Co. Catering & Events.

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?

Our menus feature many vegetarian options, and our servers can recommend options for our vegan guests, making modifications whenever possible. Please note: modifications are not as available for our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch. You can see all of our most current menus here: https://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/menus/

Please be sure to mention any dietary concerns to your server.

Is brunch buffet or a la carte?

Brunch is ordered and priced a la carte at our MoCo location. 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.

Do you cater?

Yes. Founding Farmers Co. Catering & Events can provide full service catering, delivery and pick up catering that can be ordered directly online, private chef diners, and event planning. With years of experience rooted in restaurant hospitality, we have the expertise and bandwidth to help you create events that are easy, frictionless, and fun to plan from start to finish. Our catering menus are not limited to our restaurant food & drink but can be tailored to your event and your budget. As with our restaurants, everything  is made from scratch with ingredients thoughtfully sourced from farmers and suppliers we know and trust.

Complete details on our catering services and how to collaborate with us for your next event can be found at Founding Farmers Co. Catering & Events.

Getting Here

Where is the restaurant located?

MoCo’s Founding Farmers is located at 12505 Park Potomac Avenue, Potomac, MD 20854 on the ground floor of the Shulman Rogers mixed-use/office building.

How well can MoCo’s Founding Farmers 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 just off I-270’s Montrose Road West exit, MoCo’s Founding Farmers has an elevator and stairs to access two floors of dining and an outdoor patio, weather permitting. The bar and restrooms are on the first floor. There is a free outdoor parking lot on the same level as the restaurant and a lower-level parking garage, with elevator access, that is free for up to 2 hours. Metro and Montgomery County Ride On buses provide service to Park Potomac Ave. You can also take the Metro Red Line to the Rockville or Bethesda station, transfer to the Ride On 47 bus to the corner of Seven Locks Road and Montrose Road, which is 0.3 miles from MoCo’s Founding Farmers.

Where is the closest parking?

The closest garage spaces are in the Colonial Parking site directly below the building. When parking underground, there is nearly direct access to the restaurant via the elevator to the office lobby. Find the restaurant entrance when you exit the lobby of the building and walk 50 feet to your left. There are also additional parking spaces on the upper deck, which wraps around the building.

Do you validate parking?

Garage parking is free up to 2 hours. If you park on the upper deck for longer than 2 hours, property management may enforce the parking regulations.

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:

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-Strathmore show – we love it all!

Large Parties

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

At MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD, we can accommodate your group and private dining needs. From dinner parties to larger group events with as many as 150 guests, we have various arrangements to provide you with a unique group dining experience. Learn more here.

 

Do you offer private event space?

Yes! The mezzanine level is somewhat separate and a bit more intimate with seating capacity for up to 75 guests. Learn more here. Several of our sibling restaurants in and around the DC metro area also have private dining options available. These include a 48-seat private dining space at Founding Farmers Reston Station and the General’s Parlor, a 16-seat private dining room tucked away on the lower level of Farmers & Distillers.

Do you cater?

Yes. Founding Farmers Co. Catering & Events can provide full service catering, delivery and pick up catering that can be ordered directly online, private chef diners, and event planning. With years of experience rooted in restaurant hospitality, we have the expertise and bandwidth to help you create events that are easy, frictionless, and fun to plan from start to finish. Our catering menus are not limited to our restaurant food & drink but can be tailored to your event and your budget. As with our restaurants, everything  is made from scratch with ingredients thoughtfully sourced from farmers and suppliers we know and trust.

Complete details on our catering services and how to collaborate with us for your next event can be found at Founding Farmers Co. Catering & Events.

Reservations

How well can you 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. To learn more about each location’s accommodations, please visit the location page: Founding Farmers DC, MoCo’s Founding Farmers, Founding Farmers Reston Station, Founding Farmers Tysons, Founding Farmers King of Prussia.

Are reservations required?

No, reservations are not required, but highly recommended to avoid long wait times. Make a reservation online now.

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.

Can I come as a walk in?

Absolutely! However, we do recommend a reservation if at all possible.

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 301-340-8783.

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-Strathmore show – we love it all!

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

At MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD, we can accommodate your group and private dining needs. From dinner parties to larger group events with as many as 150 guests, we have various arrangements to provide you with a unique group dining experience. Learn more here.

 

What if I have an outdoor reservation, and/or it is raining or there is a forecast for inclement weather?

Learn more about each locations’ patios here. If you make a reservation on one of our patios – with or without a cover – please check the forecast (for rain or cold temperatures) for your reserved time and contact us if you need to change your reservation. To serve you safely on our patios and inside our restaurants, we are continuing to follow government regulations for reduced capacity and social distancing.

Will I be required to wear a mask?

Masks are currently optional for our guests, as well as our team members, at all of our locations. We are continuing to follow local government regulations and CDC guidelines.

 

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Join Us For A Meal

Our dining rooms and patios are open. Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Getting Here

FROM THE NORTH

Take I-270S to Exit 4B/Montrose Road West • Go 0.3 miles, turn right on Park Potomac Ave. • Go 0.4 miles • We’re on your right.

FROM DC

Take Beltway to I-270N to Exit 4B/Montrose Road West • Go 0.3 miles, turn right on Park Potomac Ave. • Go 0.4 miles • We’re on your right.

FROM THE EAST

Take Montrose Road West until you cross I-270 • Turn right on Park Potomac Ave. • Go 0.4 miles • We’re on your right.

PARKING

Parking is free when you dine at MoCo’s Founding Farmers. There are two options:

  • Surface deck (restaurant level): Free for up to 2 hours
  • Underground garage: Free for up to 2 hours
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Take the Metro Red Line to the Rockville or Bethesda station • Take the Montgomery County Ride On 47 bus to the corner of Seven Locks Rd. and Montrose Rd. • Walk north along Seven Locks Road 0.1 mile to Cadbury Ave. • Turn right, walk 0.2 mile to 12505 Park Potomac Ave.

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 reservationcontact us in advance of your reservation, or let us know when you arrive.

Located just off I-270’s Montrose Road West exit, MoCo’s Founding Farmers has an elevator and stairs to access two floors of dining and an outdoor patio, weather permitting. The bar and restrooms are on the first floor. There is a free outdoor parking lot on the same level as the restaurant and a lower-level parking garage, with elevator access, that is free for up to 2 hours. Metro and Montgomery County Ride On buses provide service to Park Potomac Ave. You can also take the Metro Red Line to the Rockville or Bethesda station, transfer to the Ride On 47 bus to the corner of Seven Locks Road and Montrose Road, which is 0.3 miles from MoCo’s Founding Farmers.

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Reserve a Table

Our dining rooms and patios are open. Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.