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Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
+1 202-667-0909
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Fast food, Diner
1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
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Reviewed yesterday

Our school has been coming here for 10+ years for good reason. The owner, wife of Ben who was in her 80s greeted us as we came in. The staff was outstanding!! Everyone greeted us and said thanks as we left. They did a great...More

Thank steve c
Reviewed yesterday

This was my first stop on my last DC trip. I dream about the half smokes. (Cue Homer Simpson Drooling Sound) This place has been named a historic landmark and you can taste why. SOOOO YUMMY!

Thank amyh1313
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not the best, but absolutely necessary. This place is part of Washington DC history. The side murals make national news. People will wait in line to get a hot dog. It is so old it is hip. Fries are a must. Most patrons order the...More

Thank Rudi R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Loved this place. They have absolutely everything on the menu. I don't eat pork or red meat but got the turkey burger and it was outstanding. Also the drinks were outstanding next door. Ben's Next Door is a more upscale version of the same place...More

Thank Shawn M
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had to go here to see how good it was. Well the verdict is outstanding. The wife and I both got the half-smoked dog with chili. It was sooo good. It's a very busy establishment. The line for take out was always out the...More

Thank Gena N Richard H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the original half smoked. Order it split and grilled. Delicious chili too. I absolutely loved the food and the people here. Read up on this place before you go because it has an history and you get the feeling of an old time dinner....More

Thank betty56797
Reviewed 1 week ago

Since 1958,people been coming year - through riots, recession, and (urban" renewal) and now gentrification. This place is across the street from the Cardozo/Civil WarMemorial metro stop (yellow/green line) and it's a "must" for people who like modest food, great hot dogs, great chili and...More

Thank Seniordad
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food and atmosphere. Takes awhile to get the food--unless you are 5 or more, you need to line up to get your food--but it is delicious indeed. We loved the half-smoke and chili and friend enjoyed the rice bowl and vanilla milkshake. Enjoy!

1  Thank Sally R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ben's chili bowl is everything you expect it to be. It was a little crowd when we got there on Friday night but well worth the wait. The spicy half smoke was really good. The flavor was great with a little kick. Although I just...More

1  Thank Melissa S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ben's Chili Bowl is a cultural and historical must experience if you are visiting the DC area and especially if you live in the area but have never been there. Yes, the half smokes are good and the chili cheese fries too but take time...More

1  Thank klmaestra
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Julie H
11 April 2017|
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Response from CritiCook | Reviewed this property |
Of course, but you will not have any problem because the efficient staff will resolves any doubt you may have, so just enjoy !!!
18 March 2016|
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Response from Johnny136 | Reviewed this property |
The fries and chili, both regular and vegetarian are gluten free. I'm gf and eat there regularly. I also get a half smoke in a plate, no bun, with the works. Ask them to split it and the grill it twice... Nice and crispy!
9 January 2016|
Response from GCheek | Reviewed this property |
Again, I apologize and I can't get anyone from Ben's to answer!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
6:00 AM - 4:00 AM
7:00 AM - 4:00 AM
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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