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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 4 days ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It had a lively casual atmosphere in a very hip part of town. The tables were a bit close for my liking, and the service was not particularly attentive. There is a good selection of healthy sounding food but it was kinda greasy.

Thank Beebs123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

relaxed, neighborhood hangout, rich with creative types and millenials on holiday in center-city. Quick, hot food, with laid-back service and a nice atmosphere.

Thank donaldsut
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has the best crab cakes and greens! We starting going here in 2016 during the ACC tournament and we can't resist going every time we visit DC.

Thank NCtravelerRaleigh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Like now. The food is fantastic and the vibe is really comfy and chill. The little bookstore is an awesome touch. I had the falafel salad and my partner had the mushroom and jack cheese burger. They were phenomenal!!!

Thank Amanda V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really loved the food. The mezza appetizer was a meal in itself. Delicious. Husband and son were very impressed with their meals but I can't remember what they had. I had the chef salad which was huge and fresh. We loved the decor and...More

Thank Lynn P
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
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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