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Founding Farmers - Tysons

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8675 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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We have been working together to do everything we can to help #flattenthecurve, and along the way, ensure we do our part to support and feed our community and our team. We are beginning to reopen our doors to guests following new government guidelines. For those of you who are ready to make your way back to dining out, we are here to serve. Check out our newly added patio space! We have developed multi-layered systems to provide you with great food, drink, and hospitality and continue working to keep all of us as safe as possible. Visit our website to learn everything we are doing.

For those of you still wanting to #StayHome, we still have to go and delivery every day, and our Market & Grocery.

Please note, we currently have a 4% Temporary Pandemic Surcharge.
As we chart a course for the survival of our restaurants, this dine-in only charge helps us feed laid-off workers and covers pandemic-related expenses, including PPE.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 8675 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Girlfriends birthday

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Diningoutside
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sara our wait staff was great!!
Very personable and efficient

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vipJillF
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Unsure why we were paraded through restaurant to be seated when we were sitting outdoors??? Also, host took a very long time seating us, While many tables were free. Didn’t appreciate the backlog in the front of the restaurant, social
Distancing!!!

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded a day ago

Oh gosh! Thank you, Jill for bringing this up and I am so sorry for the poor start to your visit this time. Our Management Team has been made aware of your feedback, and will be following up with our Host Staff that worked on 08.01. We do hope to have you back for another try sometime, and please call us anytime for a reservation: 703-442-8783. -Amy

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vipMcLeaner
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Disappointing! The buffet was the only option for brunch. It was half the size of the normal buffet but the same price—$30. They also charged a pandemic surcharge, which seemed unnecessary given that we were already paying $30 pp for brunch. Our waiter was not attentive. Some of the food was cold. The guys at the buffet were the exception. Very friendly and hard working.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded 3 days ago

I am so sorry, McLeaner to read of the disappointments with our consideration of service, lack of options and subpar food preparation during your brunch visit yesterday. :( I would love to touch base about your feedback and will send you a DM with my email address. Thank you so much and I hope to be in touch soon. -Amy

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JuneW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Went for the buffet and it was great. Social distancing and mask required. Buffet no longer self serve and menu limited. It was nice to have items brought out from the kitchen which is included with the buffet. Enjoyed the outdoor seating. Will definitely return!

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KyshaH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

For the buffet, the site says that your serve will build your plates individually and bring it to your table and that is not what happened. Certain items were not available on the buffet and had to be ordered by the server and everything else you had to go in and make your plate. In some ways it defeated the purpose of sitting outside to avoid being exposed to circulating air within the restaurant. I would suggest updating the website to accurately represent the process.

Second, the buffet constantly ran out of things and was not able to keep up with the number of patrons coming through the line. On at least two occasions the brunch coordinator had to bring something out to me, so I wouldn't have to wait.

For the desserts, the servers should definitely ask about allergies. One of the samplers we had contained peanuts and not once were we asked about peanut allergies.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded 3 days ago

I am so sorry your buffet brunch visit was basically average, and the service & quality was lacking. :( I also apologize for any misguidance on our dessert ingredients & you are absolutely right- not all ingredients are listed on our menu & we do ask our valued guests to please inform us of any allergies (as it states on our menu). This said, we'll work on our consistency with service, as well as availability of items. We appreciate it and really hope you'll give us another try soon! -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The food took an hour to come out, I barely saw the waitress and the food was not appetizing at all.

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vipCecilia
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent outdoor dining setup. I felt safe.

One suggestion: don’t use physical menus unless patrons request them. I didn’t want to use the menu - intended to use my iPhone to read the menu - but kept reaching for it out of habit.

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CurtisM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

Excellent food but no extras with entree. Service very slow.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded a day ago

Thank you, Curtis for sharing your feedback with us. I am so sorry for the slow service and disappointment with the quality of the food ordered. We will surely take this into account and hope you will give us another try soon! -Amy

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vipRobS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Handling the social distancing and cleanliness well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

We love the food and drinks at FF. Our waiter Joe was great and tried really hard to make my husband a drink that’s wasn’t on the menu which was above and beyond. The down side was a glitch in the ordering where our crab and artichoke dip got quite delayed. The staff and manager apologized and took care of it so that helped. Luckily we were not in a rush but it was also rather chilly indoors which became noticeable as we waited. Granted the temps dropped today so I guess if it had been the usual 90 degrees outside I wouldn’t have noticed. Of course we will be back ... love FF

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vipSandyM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They have created a very safe comfortable setting during COVID 19. The service impeccable. Food is always very exceptional

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so very much! We really appreciate your kind praise, and already look forward to safely serving you an exceptional meal again soon! :) -Amy

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AimeeB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience, very nice for getting out during COVID as staff very courteous and social distancing enforced.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded 5 days ago

Hooray! We are super thankful for your wonderful review and 5/5 rating! :) We hope to have you back again soon and call us anytime for a reservation: 703-442-8783. -Amy

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Sandytx
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the Deviled Eggs!
Excellent Steak Salad and Crab Louie!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

I ordered the steak and fries and he was not what I expected. I’ve eaten before it’s on the farmers and it was much better. Having said that because of this Covid environment I’m not being too harsh on the star rating. The service was amazing and so was the ambience!

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ShirleyG
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Sunday brunch was buffet style. Fairly good selection of food.
The peach Bellini was yummy.
Out door and indoor seating available...felt safe distance except at front when trying to get checked in.
People waiting around near hostess area.

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Shannon
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Much better experience compared to the Potomac location. However, I would have rather sat inside vs outside but reserving online didn't offer the choice. Thank goodness for the umbrella! Also, I didn't like that it was only buffet style and wasn't informed prior.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you, Shannon for sharing your review with us. Please feel free to call our team directly to confirm a reservation for inside vs outside (703-442-8783) in the future, and I'd also love to share that we do offer an a la carte breakfast menu during the week. Again, we appreciate it and hope to have you back for another try soon! -Amy

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RamT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorites in Tysons, staff is always friendly and great food.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded on July 28, 2020

Many thanks, Ram for sharing! :) We are super happy to read this and really appreciate your 5/5 rating! -Amy

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience2

This was my second time dining in. I invited my brother & his wife for dinner since the first time I had an awesome experience. Noel was our server that first time, he was very helpful, friendly & attentive. Bartender made delicious fresh muddled fruit cocktails.
But this second time it was just bad. Server took a long time to come to our table just to introduce himself. We ordered drinks first and we got them after we received our entrees. The cocktail I ordered was the same from my first visit, the server point out it was not a sweet drink which I already knew. They made it wrong so server took it away, he then brought a new one, it was still wrong, was super sweet, had a weird artificial flavor, definitely NOT fresh muddled strawberries. I obviously didn’t drink it. Server was not attentive nor helpful, he disappeared the whole time, didn’t check on us, & only showed when we finished eating our entrees, with the bill on his hands, almost putting it on the table, & asked if we wanted any dessert. Which we did plan on getting an affogato & bread pudding, but since he technically dropped the check on the table we said No.
I asked to speak to the manager not to get any discount or anything of that nature but just to give her feedback of our bad experience, since we also work in the industry. She came to our table. When telling her about the cocktail situation I showed her pics of my first visit, and she responded saying; “Well I can’t taste it through the picture and we for sure don’t have artificial strawberries here”, we thought that was rude. Eventually She did hear me out & took the drink off the bill.
But to be honest, with over 9 years of experience Managing Restaurants, from casual to fine dining, I would have Never expected her to handle the situation the way she did.
Very Disappointed !!!

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veengy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Were a little lost about how brunch work at first, definitely follow covid guideline. the waiter definitely could have been more attendtive and offer us dessert we had to wait a long time for him to swing by to get if

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded on July 28, 2020

Thank you, veengy for your review and we appreciate your private note as well! We will take what you shared into account, and are real sorry service was lacking that certain something this time. This said, we are hopeful you will give us another try in the future and please call us: 703-442-8783 anytime for a reservation. -Amy

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and staff very professional during COVID-19

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Just wasn’t too thrilled with our server. She came across very condescending. The young man/host with the sweet accent and demeanor saved the day.

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JeromeS
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One word AMAZING!!! This is the 3rd Founding Farmers I have been to and it definitely was a good chill experience in the midst of this pandemic. I will definitely return!

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vipCustomer1
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We were charged a Pandemic Tax????

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

Covid has impacted everyone, but Founding Farmers seems to have been crushed. The server was pleasant, but clearly overwhelmed. It took 45 minutes to get a glass of wine! I had to go to the bar 2x to ask. Water wasn’t filled. Completely inattentive service. Ironically, food while tasty was cold. I suspect you are way understaffed, which is truly a shame. We were celebrating my son and daughters first paycheck. They are working as servers in another restaurant for the summer. We didn’t let this ruin our evening, but this was really sub par. The salmon was overcooked (perfect the second time) and the Jefferson donut was awful (stale). I don’t usually leave feedback and certainly made sure I left a generous tip, but this was not a great dinner. Lastly, the area we were seated in had lousy acoustics it was hard to hear across the table and an unpleasant (mold like odor).

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s a little pricey, but the food and drinks are very high quality! The price definitely matches the food.

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vipJbwdelauk
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Completely understand different protocols and service required for COVID and the restaurant implemented these very well. However the food was not tasty - quite bland.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded on July 24, 2020

We are super sorry the food was not tasty and was unfortunately lacking flavor this time. :( Our Culinary Team has been made aware of your feedback, and we really do hope to have you back for another try soon! Please call us: 703-442-8783 for any reservation help needed. -Amy

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vipRenee002
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience1

It’s been many years since I’ve dined at Founding Farmers, and the last time I did it was at the DC location for brunch. This is the first time I’ve dined at the Tyson’s location, and it is really dated inside. That was the first sign that we should have left.

We were seated at a table that was not clean well with debris under the table. We asked to move to a different table. The flatware had food particles and the small plates were dirty. We asked for replacements. I ordered buttermilk biscuits with soft butter for the table but what we received was hard and inedible. I also ordered hot crab and artichoke dip which was really good.

My significant other asked for a coke and received a can, of course without refills. He asked for sweet tea instead which had refills. He ordered beer can chicken, mac and cheese, and green beans. I ordered chicken fried steak, baked potato with butter only and green beans. The meal comes with a biscuit but since we did not have a good experience with the initial order of biscuits, I got cornbread instead and it was good choice. I cut into the steak and it was fatty and salty; I could not eat it. I ate the sides and cornbread. The meal was removed from our bill.

I tried my significant other’s chicken, and it was moist but over seasoned with a particular herb. I wouldn’t order it for myself. We thought about ordering dessert but based our meals, we went elsewhere, which was a great decision.

Upon arriving at the restaurant, parking is provided in a garage. There is sign posted, 2 hours free parking with validation, free after 5pm weekdays and weekends. When we left the restaurant and inserted the ticket to exit the garage, we were being charged $12. I went back into the restaurant and was told parking is only free with validation. I had the ticket validated and left. The signage is definitely misleading.

Based on my experience, I won’t return to Founding Farmers (Tyson’s).

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded on July 24, 2020

Renee, thank you for sharing your review with us and I am so sorry for the disappointing areas of your recent experience. :( I feel badly for the poor start to your visit & subpar meal preparation, and am relieved to know our team did not charge you for a dish that was you did not thoroughly enjoyed. Of course, we are super hopeful you and your SO will give us another try in the future, and please call us anytime for a reservation: 703-442-8783. -Amy

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Karla
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience3

Was told we would get seated early and ended up exceeding the amount of time. It was very hot when we got To our seat and we were told that the restaurant had no control over heat and it made it hard to enjoy a meal there. Fries got sent back 2 times due to them being burnt. Asked for a box to go and was told no because the guy didn’t understand English.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded on July 24, 2020

Karla, I am very sorry for the overly warm atmosphere, the burnt french fries and our team not fulfilling your request for a to-go box. :( I would love the chance to turn around your disappointment and will send you a DM with my email address to hopefully connect further. -Amy

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Noemi
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Indoor seating was insufferably hot. Dessert items were cold and difficult to chew; none were fresh.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded on July 21, 2020

Thank you, Noemi for sharing your review with us. I am real sorry the climate inside was unbearably warm, and the desserts ordered were not thoroughly enjoyed. :( This is such a bummer, and I feel terrible this was your experience this time. That said, I'd love to make this right and will send you a PM with my contact info to connect further. -Amy

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VijV
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

With social distancing, Founding Farmers found creative solutions to navigate this situation. We went for Sunday brunch to celebrate my mother's birthday and it was wonderful! Thank you.

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Rose
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience1

It was very very warm inside. My kids cheeks were red they were so hot. We were fanning ourselves with the menus. You were able to get up and go to the buffet yourself. But the servers were not serving you scoop fulls even though someone was always coming in and adding fresh food. Also the request for desserts wasn’t fulfilled, they just offered a variety plate even though we mentioned that we didn’t want waste food and just wanted a plate of cheesecake because the neighboring table had received that request but ours was challenged.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded on July 24, 2020

Thank you, Rose for sharing your brunch review with us, and I am so sorry for the disappointments that you experienced during this time. :( I would love the chance to touch base about the poor ambiance & lacking service, and will send you a private note with my email address. -Amy

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DionneJ
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Showed up at our scheduled time for brunch. Host tried to tell me that I reserved tables for 18 people. He was adamant that I had. Had to show him my reservation confirmation and only then did he say the other reservation was somebody with my same first name. Uh, how about checking last names?!?! We then noticed how HOT it was inside the restaurant. Waiter tells us that HVAC system has been broken the whole month and a half that they’ve been reopened from the pandemic. It was miserable in there! Asked waiter for water first. Brought to table lukewarm and no ice in glasses. Had to request ice. Servers at buffet were just throwing food on our plates as if they didn’t want to be there. Food was ok. Watched our waiter go to everyone else’s tables with fresh plates and ask about drinks. Never once came to ours without us calling him. Will never go back to this restaurant again.

Founding Farmers - Tysons
Responded on July 24, 2020

Dionne, I am SO sorry for the disappointments that took place during your recent brunch visit. :( I would love the chance to touch base, and hopefully do what I can to turn this around. I will send you a private note with my email address to continue this conversation. -Amy

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BrandonR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent, during the covid they had it set up perfectly

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Mimi
1 review