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Busboys and Poets

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2021 14th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
+1 202-387-7638
08:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Wed 08:00 - 00:00
Thu - Fri 08:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 00:00
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Best food, best wait staff - best everything. The prices are reasonable, always busy but so fun! My daughter & I go there frequently for a lunch or dinner, it's always crowded but they have an incredible library in front & the wait staff is friendly, knowledgeable & attentive!

Thank kris637
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

One of my friends took me there. The was wonderful and fresh! There were a lot of pretty reasonably dishes. I think that is good especially for D.C. Prices there can be expensive so this place is a plus. It's has a really good college atmosphere! It's near the Catholic University of America.

Thank Barry K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really liked the setup and the ambiance. The hospitality of the hostess was excellent. We were a group of old friends and we had a great time with snack and cold beer. Look forward to visit again

Thank fasilzegeye02
London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was recommended this place for lunch by a friend who lives in DC. It's a comfortable space with lots of artwork and varied seating areas. It feels like the kind of place you could hang out for a while, especially because of the bookshop attached. The burger I had was great, though you could get it cheaper elsewhere it's... More 

Thank AlexaBritish
Fishkill, New York
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I absolutely love dining at Busboys and Poets. In every city you can usually find restaurants with good food or restaurants with impressive service or restaurants with cool atmosphere. The rare find is a restaurant with all off these qualities and more. That is Busboys and Poets. The food there is creative, well conceived, very well executed and delicious. Everything... More 

Thank kgcarswell
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to stop by this place mainly because of the curious name, but seeing how bustling and cozy it was, we stayed for lunch. Brie panini was good, as well as my daughter's cheese and bacon. Attentive service by busser Jose and the waitress whose name I forgot( starts with "E" I think). We will come back next time... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place on so many different levels. First off they have great customer service and their menu has great options for people who don't eat meat, gluten, or diary. And the food taste great and the prices are very reasonable. I really wanted a sandwich so I ordered the lamb burger. Unfortunately they were out of their gluten... More 

Thank Lady_V808
Glenside, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoy having dinner at Busboys and Poets. They have a varied menu that meets the needs of people with different tastes and diets. They serve vegan dishes, gluten free meals and have a lot of tradtitional selections. There is a decent choice of wines and lots of coffees to choose from. I also enjoy browsing the book selection.

Thank fosterknts
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a 95% on vibe, and the food for its price is closer to 70%. I had the vegan burger with a cup of Moroccan two-bean soup (the name currently escapes me), and my three friends got the tri-color quinoa with Chicken and two turkey burgers, respectively. Everyone pretty much agreed that the food was good to great... More 

Thank Robbie W
Heidelberg, Germany
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The combination of cafe and bookstore works well. Funny cards and unusual books. The food is high quality and very tasteful. Supporting local producers and offer wide range of glutenfree, vegan and other special diets. The breakfast options on weekend are more than during week. No problem to get a table at least until 10 am.

Thank Minttu V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2021 14th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > U Street Corridor
  • Neighbourhood: U Street Corridor
  • Phone Number: +1 202-387-7638

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?