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Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4436
+1 202-387-7638
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • 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 yesterday via mobile

3K Hillary paintings juxtaposed with resist posters and over priced food. Wait staff could not be bothered to check on empty water glasses, missing glasses for beer, or requested side items w/ meal. Guess u suffer poor service & food as part of this corporate...More

Thank 5919aus
Reviewed 6 days ago

Five of us walked in ravenous and without reservations. We were walked without any fuss past a dozen millennials seating on couches, working on their laptops, and eating lunch. Nice atmosphere: consciously relaxed and intellectual. A pleasant surprise, we were able to talk across the...More

Thank FJGonzalezG
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant was close to our hotel and came recommended by staff. We waited for a short period before being seated. It took over 15 minutes before we saw a server. We were obviously ready to order. We placed our order and never received our...More

Thank Smith S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had breakfast at Busboys and Poets and it was delicious, they have a huge variety of food options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also have grits on the menu!! The sweat potato pancakes were amazing, I love that little twist. Our server was...More

Thank Alanna O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our 3rd time here and it was another great meal. I had the blueberry tea latte - delicious! For my meal I got the chicken panini. Great bread, zesty sauce and chicken cooked perfectly. Dessert featured pecan pie with coconut ice cream (by...More

Thank JimalV
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the food and feel of this interesting restaurant/bookstore that supports the arts. Different seating options, tables, sofas, cushy chairs with small tables. They don't take reservations, but we only to wait about 10 minutes, which was surprising, since it was Sunday Brunch and...More

Thank pachachuck
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here three times over the last 6 months. Every time the service has been pretty inattentive and not overly friendly. The food is good but nothing special. Think the ratings get propped up by the locals who are endeared by the progressive...More

Thank Scott G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was a little better than average, but our waitress was not very attentive and our food took way too long to be prepared. Also, one of our items wasn't made as requested. We won't be back.

1  Thank Kari G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love lox and bagels and they do them very well here. A nice assortment of options for different preferences.

Thank eschmit2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really awesome food with a really awesome atmosphere. Sometimes DC crowds get a little annoying because their just too cool. I dont get that feeling here. Fun place, a little hipster style, but not too much for everyone to enjoy.

Thank Mark S
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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

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  • Food
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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 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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