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Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4436
+1 202-387-7638
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • 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 2 days ago

I came here to eat after an all day conference and was pretty worn out. I do a lot of traveling on buses and uber and So i go for super comforting hotels and restaurants...this fit that bill. Very airy and relaxing Staff is a...More

Thank Parkee05
Reviewed 6 days ago

Excellent ambiance. Excellent coffee. Excellent sweet potato pancakes. Excellent service Loved breakfast (served until 11 which is so civilized here.

Thank kathryng273
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Based on a friend’s recommendation, I was determined to eat there during a trip to D. C. She only raved about the food. Much to my surprise, however, I learned that the founder values not only great food, but also community activism. The name of...More

Thank djy55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for breakfast after church service. I got the western omelette plate. It was only $12. Came with choice of sides and toast. I love that most is organic. I liked the gender neutral bathroom set up. Service was good, clean atmosphere. Would...More

Thank tellitlikeitis16
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were 6 of us for bunch. We got seated within minutes of arriving. Our server was patient and friendly. Our food was yummy! Sweet potato pancakes were awesome. Mimosas were tasty. We never felt rushed (and we were there for quite a while). Definitely...More

Thank rjfmkt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was a gem. Food was delicious, & service friendly. We had breakfast and everything was tasty.

Thank CFunes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I go to this place on a regular basis. The food is pretty decent especially for breakfast. The service is usually terrible. So be prepared for that. Waiters are completely untrained. They have difficulty balancing two cups of coffee on a tray. The service is...More

Thank rxra99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're a vegan - or not - this is your place with a variety of options. We visit DC at least annually, and this restaurant is always at the top of the list. This was our first brunch there, and there were choices for...More

Thank Kara M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited as part of a group of 5 friends, so not a large, unwieldy group, nor a loner wanting to just sit and be left alone. Our server for the evening was inattentive and hard to find when we wanted something. I am normally...More

Thank MO_1776
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Busboys and poets is named for the great American poet Langston Hughes, who was a busboy at the Marriot Wardman Park when he was discovered. This eclectic restaurant houses a wonderful small bookstore and serves remarkable casual food that never ceases to delight. When in...More

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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$ 6 - US$ 22
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 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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Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bar, events space, bookstore and cultural hub where arts, politics and culture internally collide. Menu is vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly.
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