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Busboys and Poets

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
U Street Corridor
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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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Miami, Florida
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited for an early dinner. There was a brief waiting period to get a table, however, my friends and I were enjoying the book store in the meantime. The server was very nice. She was able to make great recommendations. The food was great and the place was full of smiles. I had the lentil burger and sweet potato... More 

Thank Sunnysided305
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were told my our hotel staff that dining here was a must. It did not disappoint. I imaging this restaurant is busy all day/night. The food was really good. Nachos are outstanding and the have a great selection of beer. We tried a local favorite drink which I cannot remember the name. It was blue and really strong and... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came for open mic night with friends. Loved everything about it. The decor, the vibe, the food, and the service was excellent. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Linda M
Tahoe City, California
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went for breakfast and were delighted by our meals and by the atmosphere. Amazing art, decor, and wonderful selection of books.

Thank Hilary S
Somerset, New Jersey
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to Busboys and Poets with my best friend, who is vegan, and we were both completely enamoured with both the restaurant's style and its food. There were plenty of options for both of us, and everything came out perfect.

Thank idetektiv
nairbi, kenya
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ambiance of this place is lovely. Had dinner her last week. The food is amazing. This week... I'm back for Open Mic, if you love poetry this place is a must!

Thank njamjam
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Server was quick and attentive. He helped with dietary issues. Atmosphere was pleasant but a bit noisy for conversations.

Thank RHY62
Albany, New York
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A unique dining experience. Combination book store and restaurant. Great menu with unique offerings from standard fare to southern specialties. Get their early got lunch because once noon comes it fills up quickly.

Thank Mitch600
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

This is it. There are only a handful of best breakfast restaurants that I have experienced in the U.S. Busboys and Poets is a great experience from start to finish. Sweet potato pancakes, bloody mary are two top rated menu items that stand out from other places. Lots of organic menu items. A bookstore, delightful restaurant and friendly staff combine... More 

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Groton, Massachusetts
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418 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Place was buzzing - nice open decor - political art on the walls. Food was good as was the service - really nice place for brunch on a sunday.

Thank Alan P

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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, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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?