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Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4436
+1 202-387-7638
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • 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 3 days ago

Washington DC is such town with so many things to do but be sure to put this gem on your list! I sat at the bar and had the BEST bloody Mary I've ever had. The rim was coated with something I couldn't place... Turns...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Hollychi
Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved this place. Our server was friendly and helpful, really on his game. The huge menu provided LOTS of health minded options. Our meals were tasty and filling, and afterwards we didn't feel gross and overstuffed. They source locally and clearly take pride in...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Dawnn P
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a cool place located in a good part of town. The selection was good. What makes this place so special is the ambiance. Very hip and literate. Fun place to feel like a 60's beatnik. Well worth a visit.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Nardiesally
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Definitely one of our favorite restaurants from our trip. They have a ton of vegan options, which are insanely delicious. And the atmosphere is very cool. One half of the place is a book/poetry store and then there are couches/tables to eat at. So sad...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Linda C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A well-known historical and cult place, a colorful and very interesting interior that "sends instruction". If you want a more urban place, with lots of different people-welcome. Service is good, a little more waiting for food or drink. Interesting place. Ps.. Green salad could better...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank putovanjekaostrast
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Our son took us for brunch. The food was fantastic with a cool atmosphere. One can shop in the bookstore while waiting for your table. If you want to eat at a non chain restaurant, I highly recommend this place.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Janemac2429
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Bookstore, restaurant, entertainment. Excellent menu options for everyone, including vegan options. Although not V/VG, my soup was flavorful and filling and my rustic grilled cheese with bacon and tomato was the best I've had. Everyone in the group was very happy with their food. This...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Carolina R
Reviewed 11 December 2018

There are still progressives in Washington, DC and they all eat at Busboys and Poets. It is one of my favorite neighborhood places - their sandwiches are particularly terrific - their staff is wonderfully friendly - and the atmosphere is inspiring.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank johncthp
Reviewed 9 December 2018

So, I'm no hipster, but you can't argue with great food. My buddy and I were seated quickly and got quick, friendly service. I ordered some basic eggs, potatoes and bacon with toast. My buddy is vegan and ordered something ... vegany? My food was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank royalvagabond
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

This is a neat place. Restaurant attached to a book store. The food for brunch is great. The mimosas are pre mixed and they make sure to tell you. I guess people have complained but I thought they were fine. The service was super nice...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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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