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Busboys and Poets

4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206-3416
+1 703-379-9756
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good46%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206-3416
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

We eat here a few times a year, often after theatre with friends for desserts, but most recently went for mid-afternoon meal on a weekend. The menu variety is excellent, with a range of dishes including vegan and vegetarian. My spouse had Moroccan soup --...More

Thank mindcandy4us
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

I really like this place. Great coffee, very good casual food and great service. But.. as a white woman I feel a little left out. No photos on the wall, no wonderful quotes and poetry from white men or women! A nice cultural diversity vibe...More

Thank Avgaad
Reviewed 1 February 2018

Menu is very diverse! Atmosphere is artist and conscience. Vegetarian, and Vegan meals to choose from but I love good ole comfort food. I had the Pizza with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and pepper! It was amazing and I will come back if I am ever...More

Thank Alessa P
Reviewed 23 January 2018

Busboys is more restaurant than book store now, and it's quite lively. We ate at a hightop because we had a laptop (and they reserve their tables and booths for just eating customers). Food was good, I had the bagel with lox. They only have...More

Thank Gypsytransplant
Reviewed 20 January 2018

As an avid reader of both politics and fiction, this place provided the perfect atmosphere for Brunch surrounded by books and hip vibe. The orange juice is absolutely splendid. But I must say that I was disappointed that I asked for multiple items and they...More

Thank Lourdes B
Reviewed 19 January 2018

We stopped for a quick dinner before the theater and just ordered burgers and fries. Food was first rate and the service was efficient and friendly. The restaurant is fairly large and was pretty much packed out. We enjoyed it.

Reviewed 26 December 2017

Even though they don't currently offer my favorite apple and cheese sandwich at the moment and even though they say they're eventually going vegan, I still love B&P, for its community and slightly bookish atmosphere, capable and accommodating staff, and very fine food. This location...More

Thank cranberries0928
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Family of 5 and we all loved it! Mediterranean Pasta was amazing, Wild Rice and Beans so good. You can’t go wrong eating here. The guacamole was fresh.

Thank Shaelyne W
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Nice atmosphere and art on the wall. Wish they had flavored creamer or almond creamer for the coffee. Had the sweet potato pancakes and they had great flavor and good portions . I would definitely get them again and recommend them for you to try....More

Thank dennisbc2017
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I had not been to Busboys and Poets in about 9 years. The service was excellent but the food was less than stellar. I ordered the Eggs Benedict and could have used a bit more hollandaise and hash browns were an extra side order. The...More

Thank MEDMaputo_Mozambique
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12 January 2018|
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Response from Howard105 | Reviewed this property |
I just checked with the restaurant. They do not take reservations.
10 January 2017|
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Response from Travel1two3 | Reviewed this property |
No not if y'all want to sit together.
29 October 2016|
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Response from Travel1two3 | Reviewed this property |
Parking garage or on meters
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 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 - 1:00 AM
8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206-3416
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-379-9756
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