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Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4436
+1 202-387-7638
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4436
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Reviewed yesterday

Found out that they were holding a Open Mic for Youth. Had some time to wait with my daughter-in-love,so we sat at the bar. This is a big place - doesn't look that way from the outside. Glass walls surround the street side of this...More

Thank Remona R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went for a late lunch/early dinner with friends. One was vegan, and this restaurant offered many choices for vegetarians and vegans. We started with drinks (sangria was yummy) and the vegan nachos. Even we meat-eaters enjoyed the nachos! I had the chicken and barley soup...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has it all, good service, a great atmosphere and above all else, great tasting food. They even have gluten and vegan options. I went with the French toast and turkey sausage along with a hot chocolate. My meal was great. Just be sure...More

Thank T_Shields645
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great to be able to go somewhere and have a great meal, efficiently served at a fair price in a pleasant environment. The service was great and the catfish was popping. I highly recommend this spot for a hip and pleasant experience. The meal was...More

Thank James A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this 14th street cafe, with fun, capable servers. The food is light, tasty, and it's economical...colorful. The atmosphere is liyely yet quiet. Busy with individuals and small groups, sitting in conversational settings.

Thank oranjesym
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed my meal at Busboys. There were several vegan and gluten free options. I settled on the sweet potato hash with kale and a poached egg with a side of turkey sausage. The vibe of the place is funky and hipster. It is...More

Thank WBowman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Slow, very poor service. Arrived, and the place wasn't that crowded. Ordered drinks and water, which took forever to arrive. Ordered apps and dinner, and the dinner came out without the apps. Which of course we cancelled. The waiter never came back to service the...More

Thank JohnMTB1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the food and equally the atmosphere. The menu has a quote from Langston Hughes. Mahatama Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Barak Obama among many others grace the walls. The food is top notch, perfectly prepared from organic, high quality, ingredients. We...More

Thank Tim W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Anytime I'm looking for a chill night with friends in DC, Busboys is my go to spot. The food is great. The spot is quirky and the staff is courteous. It's been one of my favorites for years.

Thank Sh8896a
Reviewed 16 October 2017

After an early flight into DC, I needed to refuel with a vegan breakfast. This was my first visit to this fun, hip cafe and it did not disappoint. I arrived promptly at opening, and was seated right away. My waiter was friendly and super...More

Thank summergirl48
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20 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

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 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 - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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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