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Busboys and Poets

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U Street Corridor
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2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4436
+1 202-387-7638
08:00 - 00:00
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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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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food served was okay, but the expectation was to be edgy and different. What we got was nothing particularly special. Eggs Florintine were fine. Cheese grits were a strange consistency. Sweet Potato pancakes were a winner. Brie grilled cheese was not very good. I was a bit upset and disgusted by a blood spattered painting/sculpture in the dining area.

Thank Sarah F
Chicago, Illinois
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88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited this restaurant twice on a business trip. I loved the meal so much, I ordered the same meal the second time I visited! I'm allergic to gluten and soy, and they were able to accommodate me with many different options. If you have allergies, you'll be in good hands here. The atmosphere was like a coffee house. Lots... More 

Thank MKEPanther4
Kentwood, Michigan
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Staff was great and we were seated immediately. Food was bit of a wait but it was worth it. Wish they had a vegan French toast or pancakes. Vegan sausage was good. Husband loved his tufo scramble.

Thank seeversa
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Funky place with hipster vibe. We decided to order a few meals and share. Catfish on corn cake was delicious! We also enjoyed the crab cakes and sweet potato fries. Brie panini didn't have the crunch and gooey cheese-ness we hoped. Friendly service and fantastic location!

Thank Lauren S
Newton-Le-Willows, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Called in after a long day exploring the city for a cold drink and a coffee great place friendly staff and a really cool vibe very hip would have tried the food if staying longer, next time!

Thank martinjmathews
Avondale, Pennsylvania
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246 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The family went here for breakfast on a Sunday morning. Nice setting with outdoor seating (it was a bit too cold for us though). Excellent selection of breakfast dishes, with a particular recommendation for the omelets. Service was a bit slow but the place is quite busy. This place will be on my list next time I have a meeting... More 

Thank BobN06
Sanbornton, New Hampshire
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47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great atmosphere, but food needs a little umph. Nice friendly servers. Had the Cubano panini, but a little short on meat. Nice beer selection and great sangria's.

Thank Aviator172
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Busboy abd Poets was recommended by a friend and now I see why. The portions were huge and delectable. The food was prepared with love and the flavor superb. The desserts are scrumptious. Great atmosphere. The tables and seats fill up fast.

Thank JW1059
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have to admit; the name of this restaurant definitely grabbed me! I didn't care what was on the menu. I had to see it. Once I walked through the door; I knew I made the right decision. There were book shelves lined up like a mini book store! I laughed to my cousin " this is my type of... More 

Thank Akua48
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Menu had great choices whether you are meat eater or vegetarian. Great ambience. Service was a little slow though but I would return. Food was very good.

Thank Nmmcpa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
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 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?