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Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
+1 202-667-0909
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“chili dog” (329 reviews)
“burgers” (47 reviews)
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American, Fast food, Diner
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1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
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Reviewed yesterday

Ben's Chili Bowl is the institution that supplies DC with that one food item famous around the entire world. Without Ben's, there would be no food that DC is known for, and thus this is a place that you must experience to say you've been...More

Thank wileyc0y0te
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

While visiting DC, it was suggested that we had to try Bens Chilli Bowl. Being in our personal car we drove from one side of town to the other to try the original half smoked. The gentleman at the register must have been his first...More

Thank SkipHome
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We always strive to provide our very best customer service to all of our guests and are continuously working and training on this. It is very disappointing to hear of your experience with us and...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I had the chilly half smoke with fries. It was excellent and I would recommend stopping in for a snack while in dc.

Thank Jimmy P
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Jimmy, Thank you for the great review and recommendation! We are so happy you enjoyed our famous half-smokes and we hope to see you again soon! Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 5 days ago

I stopped by this place on a walk along U-street to try the classic half-smoke with chili sauce. The service was efficient, the food was tasty, and I enjoyed hanging around to absorb the atmosphere.

Thank Sonja W
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Sonja, Thank you for the great review! We are so happy you decided to stop by and truly enjoyed your visit with us- from our food to the atmosphere. We hope that we see you again soon! Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 6 days ago

I was looking forward to eating here since seeing on Travel Channel. The food did not disappoint! The staff was friendly despite the long lines. I patiently waited for amazing smokes & dogs with fries! It's worth the waitMore

Thank Geneivieve D
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Geneivieve, Wow, it is so great to hear you could not wait to try us after seeing us on the Travel Channel!! We are thrilled to learn our food did not disappoint and you truly enjoyed everything about your visit. We hope to see...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Ben' s Chili Bowl is kind of iconis. He emigrated fron Puerto Rico and wanted to spice up fries with ketchup, so he began pouring Chili and cheese sause over fries. Try them with half smoked sausage, which is of really good quality. There is...More

Thank Angelika S
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Angelika, Thank you for the great review! We are thrilled you enjoy both Ben's Chili Bowl and Ben's Next Door for different reasons! It is so great you like our famous half smoke and chili. We can't wait to see you again for happy...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Ben's is one of the top iconic restaurants in the District. It's much much more than just a half-smoke or fries, it is an institution. One more critical point when visiting Ben's. Be sure to check out all of the pictures which donn the wall....More

Thank fredyt3
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Fred, Wow, thank you for the amazing review! We are thrilled you believe we are an institution in D.C. with all of the history we have experienced and truly enjoy everything about Ben's- from our mural outside, to Mrs. Virginia visiting with guests who...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was great and reasonably priced. We had the chili bowl, fries, and chili dog. Portions are generous and food tasted fresh. A classic that is a must-visit. If you want to avoid the crowds go around 5pm on weekdays. The chili has lots of...More

Thank Blue C
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the amazing review! We are so happy you enjoyed the chili bowl, fries and our famous half smoke! We hope you grabbed some pictures of the mural, too! Can't wait to see you again! Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool place to visit while in DC. Excellent food, not expensive and generous portions. The milkshakes are very thick, almost dessert like!More

Thank Jamie W
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Jamie, We are so happy you truly enjoyed everything about your visit to Ben's Chili Bowl! It is so great to hear you were able to order a milkshake on top of your food. We hope to see you again soon! Our Warmest Regards,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here when starving late night after a show. Cute little place my husband got a chilly dog and enjoyed it. My friend got a veggie dog and said it was a bit too spicy, I ordered the salad but they did not have any...More

Thank CruiseGirl2
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It is great to hear your husband enjoyed his chili half-smoke. We are unsure of the reason you did not receive your salad as it is on the menu and we do apologize for that....More

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Julie H
12 April 2017|
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Response from CritiCook | Reviewed this property |
Of course, but you will not have any problem because the efficient staff will resolves any doubt you may have, so just enjoy !!!
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tnelson121
18 March 2016|
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Response from Johnny136 | Reviewed this property |
The fries and chili, both regular and vegetarian are gluten free. I'm gf and eat there regularly. I also get a half smoke in a plate, no bun, with the works. Ask them to split it and the grill it twice... Nice and crispy!
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GCheek
9 January 2016|
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Response from GCheek | Reviewed this property |
Again, I apologize and I can't get anyone from Ben's to answer!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$7
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > U Street Corridor
  • Neighbourhood: U Street Corridor
  • Phone Number: +1 202-667-0909
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