Founding Farmers

2.5 stars 2.5 out of 5 15 ratings
$$$Pasta, Bread/Buns, Dessert + 6 more
44% of 9 votes say it's Celiac friendly

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

(202) 822-8783
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    3 ratingMarch 24, 2017

    You may want to note that reservations are booked a month out for this place. We walked 20 minutes to eat here and were then told we couldn't get in and that they are booked up a month out all of the time.

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    2 ratingDecember 29, 2016

    for such a great restaurant they really need to work on their gluten free options

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    2 ratingJuly 15, 2016

    If you like one of your two options it's celiac safe, but seriously the selection is sad, especially for a place that is supposedly making everything "fresh"

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    2 ratingApril 29, 2016

    This is not a gluten free place. There is no gluten free menu, no gf pasta or bread, many dishes are cooked with soy sauce and coated in flour. I ended up with just salad and some meat.

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    2 ratingMay 31, 2015

    Very meh. There a gluten free "card", but half the things listed as safe were actually fried in a fryer with gluten items, and I was saved by our server. The options available are also rather boring in comparison with other GF options in the district. Was restricted to eggs and bacon, and had to pay extra to exclude the bread. Not worth the $40 I paid. :/

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    4 ratingOctober 12, 2014

    Good GF spot to eat at, I didn't have any problems and had a delicious brunch. As the case w/ many DC spots parking is difficult. Food was wonderful and both times I have been here, the staff is not so friendly.

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    1 ratingSeptember 12, 2014

    I live in DC and have been to Founding Farmers several times--most recently last night--and honestly I can no longer recommend this spot as being gluten friendly. The waiter was actually very helpful, and I applaud his diligence in checking our order for gluten. However, he had to come back to us twice to let us know something was not gluten free, for dishes that easily could have been gluten free, especially at a place that prides itself on being farm-to-table. In the past, I enjoyed their vanilla milkshake for dessert. However, last night they told me the vanilla milkshake is not gluten free! There are better places to go in DC. I'll take a Jose Andres restaurant over Founding Farmers.

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    2 ratingApril 15, 2014

    I'm shocked a place like this doesn't have a gf menu! my waitress was very knowledgeable but only because her boyfriend has celiac. other times I've gone there, they weren't as helpful.

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    1 ratingApril 08, 2014

    Took forever to get service, waitstaff just hanging around, then standing waaay too close to me. No gluten free bread, desserts. The water tasted like pool water. Expensive for the wait and only fair quality.

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    1 ratingJanuary 15, 2014

    Servers and chef knowledgable on gluten issue, however my options for dinner were limited to meat, fish and salad which is what I get at every other restaurant. I was hoping to try fried green tomatoes (which can be made with cornmeal), chicken wings or shrimp and grits but none were an option and no substitutions were available. I couldn't even have the mashed potatoes. Ended up having pesto mussels and a salad (boring). Chef left out the pesto on the mussels in case I had nut and dairy issues, which I don't and I covered with the server beforehand. Once they brought the pesto, it was better but not a great dining experience, especially for the price.

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    1 ratingOctober 22, 2013

    no gluten free vegetarian options. staff not very knowledgeable I received conflicting information which as a person with a very sensitive allergy to gluten made me scared to dine here.

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    5 ratingMay 18, 2013

    Gluten free menu relying on whole foods and focused on good flavor. Staff fully trained on gluten cross-contamination issues. Always crowded. Reservation essential.

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    2 ratingMay 16, 2013

    My experience here has been VERY mixed. You absolutely have to be diligent. After asking if the dish was gluten-free 3 times, and telling them I was celiac, I was glutened by a dessert item. Manager comp'ed the meal, after telling me there was actually barley malt in it (despite my asking the 3 times...), but I was already sick. Have eaten there numerous times without problems beforehand. The staff ranges from being very careful to being clueless. I hope they can get it together because the food is fresh and delicious. Consistency is needed.

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    5 ratingNovember 27, 2012

    Always amazingly delicious! They don't have a specific gf menu but the options are vast and the wait staff is very knowledgable.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Bread/Buns
  • Dessert
  • Pasta


  • Dairy-Free
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Late Night
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Vegan Friendly
7 am - 10 pm
7 am - 11 pm
7 am - 11 pm
7 am - 11 pm
7 am - 12 am
8:30 am - 12 am
8:30 am - 10 pm

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