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Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4436
+1 202-387-7638
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4436
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place has a great book store and a variety of comfortable places to sit. It can be noisy, and the food (we have been there several times) is just ok. The drinks are good. It is a must stop for visitors to the area...More

Thank Rebecca R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a long wait on a Sunday afternoon, but we had a big group (12) and place PACKED on a Sunday afternoon. Food was great and staff was helpful and extremely accommodating. Plenty of really great options & looking forward to being back. Lived up...More

Thank grudolph7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Inspired by Langston Hughes - fabulous! Absolutely loved this place, and if I lived in DC, I would likely visit all the time! Huge place in the middle of downtown. It's combine with a bookstore so you can shop for books and read while you...More

Thank babylovenc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eggs with a weird dairy tang. Dry toast. Mediocre potatoes. PLUS, be prepared to be bombarded by hostile political imagery. Why would anyone ever some hear? Who wants an overly stylized drawing of Steve Bannon looking at you during Sunday brunch? Also, keep your kids...More

Thank Jeff H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Service was great from hostess and waitress. Menu had some unique choices. Our party of 5 all loved their meal and apps. Reasonably priced for DC. Definitely a ‘recommend’!

Thank MisterDT
Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

This is such a cool place. I loved the decor and the underlying meaning of the restaurant. Food is outrageously good. I had the Brussels sprouts and sea bass sandwich with sweet potato fries. Really good! Service was excellent. I will definitely be back.

Thank vwlangley
Reviewed 12 February 2018

Casual dining inddor or outdoor. Fast service and good pricing. Good selection of drinks. Large portions with fresh vegetables. Nice waiter who helped us make a good choise.

Thank Lovisa72
Reviewed 16 January 2018

Went there with my partner. The waitress was lovely and really open to give us advice (it was our 1st time there). Dessert was amazing and decor and ambiance fantastic. Highly recommended it.

Thank steph_on_the_road1
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

This was my second visit here and the first time I had to send a dish back. I ordered the Sweet Potato Hash which consisted of brown rice, kale, diced sweet potatoes, a poached eggs and seasonings After a taking a small fork full, the...More

1  Thank Jo-Ann K B
Reviewed 8 January 2018

I stopped into Busboys and Poets for a quick breakfast at the bar. The bartender was friendly and attentive. My eggs, home fries, and toast breakfast was yummy. I paired that with fresh-squeezed OJ.

Thank Margaret M
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21 February 2017|
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Response from OhOneMoreThing | Reviewed this property |
I'm unsure. Sorry.
20 May 2016|
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Response from sworrels | Reviewed this property |
Grits may be but not sure about shrimp as they are served with a sauce that may contain flour. However they do have other GF choices.
20 May 2016|
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Response from ags3391 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely call, but so many gluten free choices No on the reservations but wait was not horrible at 8:30 on a Friday night. Maybe 20 minutes. And you can get a drink at the bar or browser the books.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4436
  • 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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