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Ben's Chili Bowl

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1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
+1 202-667-0909
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 06:00 - 02:00
Fri 06:00 - 04:00
Sat 07:00 - 04:00
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had to try Bens Chili bowl. If these are hotdogs then I don't know what I was eating before. The taste is great, the employees are very cool.

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Thank jake243
Atlanta, Georgia
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80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Anytime I'm in DC, I stop in Ben's. Have always enjoyed the half smokes with chili and cheese, mustard, and onions. Sometimes I'll also get the chili burger with cheese as well, like I did for this review. didn't disappoint One thing I will say is that prices for a quick burger or chili dog are higher than in comparable... More 

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Thank craig1086
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

We truly appreciate you taking the time to leave us your review. As we know we can be busy at times, we pride ourselves on our homemade family style cooking and hope that you enjoyed the atmosphere while you waited. Come back again to see us when you're in the area! Our Warmest Regards, The Ben's Family More 

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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There is no Chili Dog like a Ben's Chili Dog. The best in town and the best out of town. Chili Dog with mustard and fresh onions. It doesn't get any better than that.

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Thank 935vernitag
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

Thank you kindly for your lovely review. We hope you will come back for another Chili Dog again soon so we can earn that 5th star from you. Please be sure to say hello the next time you are in! Our Warmest Regards, The Ben's Family More 

Flagstaff, Arizona
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I saw this on Food Network and thought I would give it a try! I was happy that I did! For those who are down-rating this place I have this to say: What do you want? It's a chili dog restaurant!!! Try to find me a better chili dog and we'll talk!

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Thank GaryRealtor
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

We are so appreciative of your kind review and truly value all of our customers. We are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us here and hope you felt like a member of our family through your entire experience. We hope you will come back again very soon to see us! Our Warmest Regards, The Ben's Family More 

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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I visited on a stormy winter day. Spent the day at the Smithsonian area and then walked to Ben's. Truly a staple of the neighborhood! The spicy chili is just right and goes well with chips or the famous half smoke. Loved it!

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Thank christopher g
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

Dear Christopher, Thank you so very kindly for your lovely 5 star review. We are thrilled you enjoyed our famous Half Smoke! We hope you felt like a member of our family when you were here with us and we do look forward to having you back again! Our Warmest Regards, The Ben's Family More 

Falmouth, United Kingdom
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300 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just had to come and experience this institution for ourselves on our Road trip,and we were glad we did.Loved the half smoke and the staff were super helpful and friendly to tourists like us who needed some help ,?Very cool to see the photos of all the famous people who have eaten here,on our bucket list and now ticked off,many... More 

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dcnativedude, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

What a lovely review!! We are elated that you came to see us and explore the History of Ben's! We hope you were able to snap a picture with the Famous Bear in front of our restaurant, also! When you come back, be sure to try a Ben's Half Smoke! With Warmest Regards, The Ben's Family More 

Arlington, Virginia
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105 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some things are just done right. Ben's has it down on the chili dog. Tasty fresh bun. Quality dog. Tasty warm chili and just enough of it to be a little messy to eat. Just do it.

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Thank ReallyMeC
dcnativedude, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your 5 star review and for coming to dine with us again! We strive to be the best and to make all of our customers feel they are dining at home with their family. We do hope you will come back soon to see us! With Warmest Regards, The Ben's Family! More 

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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can't leave DC without having a Half Smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl! The location is not central, but totally worth the drive.

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Thank Gianina R
dcnativedude, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

Dear Gianina, Thank you so much for your lovely review and for coming to dine with us! We also appreciate you taking a the drive! We hope to have you back again very soon! With Warmest Regards, The Ben's Family More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being an avid foodie and in particular being a Man vs Food fan, hosted by Adam Richman, I simply couldn't have lived with myself if I visited DC without going to this place. The food, atmosphere and decor was glorious!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You don't go for the decor or the gourmet cuisine. You go to experience a local D.C. establishment that survived the 1968 riots following the assassination of MLK. It's owned by a local family -- the matriarch still greets guests with warmth and charm -- and the staff does its best to make every customer feel like their part of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 7
Cuisine
American, Fast food, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
06:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 02:00
Thursday
06:00 - 02:00
Friday
06:00 - 04:00
Saturday
07:00 - 04:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?