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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 good34%
  • 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 weeks ago via mobile

Bus boys and poets is the perfect name for this place. Came in for a late night healthy-ish dinner, got a beer, a side salad and a soy-chicken stir fry. All the food was amazing, it came in about 15 minutes and the soy-chicken had...More

Thank Amritava D
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Took my American University student here for dinner on a quick visit. She’s been a couple times to the one on 5th Street. The food was really good. Atmosphere was laid back. Cute bookstore in the front.

Thank nakeah2016
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Made sure we made it to this DC spot as always the customer service and food was on point! We tried something different from the menu this time no complaints will be back soon

Thank Breezy203
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

Wide selection but anything I have ever picked here is good. LeBaron was an efficient, friendly server tonight with recommendations right on target. I lived their steak & asparagus salad with a red wine recommended by LeBaron. Also an well curated independent bookshop. AND also...More

Thank Harl3yR1d3r
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Went here for dinner with a large group. So many delicious items to choose from the menu. As a pescatarian, it was refreshing to see so many vegetarian options. This place makes you wish that you could try every item on the menu. I can't...More

Thank Javoho
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

This was my second trip here. The location has moved across K st. since my previous visit (which was highly enjoyable). Bottom line is they don’t really open till 8:30, even though they will seat you at 8AM. Both the service and food quality seem...More

Thank Lester R
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Great little place with cool bookstore, great service, ample servings, great chicken salad. Vegan, Gluton Free and main stream selections. Outside dining, too.

Thank Tommi H
Reviewed 4 September 2018

We actually came here quite a few times during my trip in D.C. Their menu is very big literally and in the number items they offer. They have something for everyone. They have vegan options, vegetarian options, and stuff for everyone else. When I tell...More

Thank Nellie F
Reviewed 31 August 2018

Yes it is busy....but the food is great, really it is! And there is something to make the meat eating southern happy and the vegetarian happy! I was really glad we went there.

Thank Alison B
Reviewed 29 August 2018

This was one of the best tasting meals that I have ever had. Light and very delicious. I'm ready to go back for this great location, service, price, and meal.

Thank 695darrellf
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20 February 2017|
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Response from Barry K | Reviewed this property |
It is about 16-18 minutes. That is only because of traffic. My friend picked me up and took me there. You can always get a taxi. For taxi prices, you are looking at $12-$15. We went on a Wednesday night around 7:00 PM and it... More
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, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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