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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 yesterday

Great food, quick sitting even though the restaurant was full, eclectic artwork everywhere, memorable waitstaff. LOVE the adjoining bookstore

Thank N M
Reviewed 2 days ago

My friend has always dreamed of opening a bookstore and bar combination, so we had to visit several while in DC, and they do it best here. They have a great selection of: - Interesting books for all ages and tastes - Interesting foods for...More

Thank cleflar
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place is great. Staff are friendly and very helpful. The food is superb. Excellent atmosphere and not overly busy as you'd expect from somewhere so good. Portions are more than enough and reasonably priced. Go here

Thank Barr306
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Funky joint that has great food and a fun atmosphere. There’s good background music that brings you back to high school and early college days. The food and table service were great. Lots of flavor! The service at the bar wasn’t as good so be...More

Thank tra_lbug
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Their crab cakes and grits was worth stopping for on my way to NY from GA. The shrimp and grits was good too but I prefer The shrimp factorys’ in Savannah, GA on River St. better. Atmosphere is nice and inviting. Definitely young and modernise...More

Thank Liza N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed my food here! They had so many great vegan options - I didn't know what to choose. The space was very nice and large. I liked the bookstore area. The books were all very similar in their feminism. I do wish their...More

Thank Ella K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with friends for brunch. There was a bit of a wait but the food was fab and the atmosphere great.

Thank vernitaj2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had to come here for a work event and it was great. The food was nice and the service was great! I even visited the bookstore attached and I love the cultural books offered. The wait staff wears RESIST shirts and I LOVE IT! The...More

Thank NJ L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place had food for everyone. Yes we had to wait... even on a Tuesday night BUT that just gave us a chance to look at the books.. which was fun! Loud inside but I think every place in dc that is popular is.... if...More

Thank Alison B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only was the food delectable (sweet potato hash, to die for) the atmosphere and friendly staff made this visit all the more enjoyable. They opened at 8am (Sunday) and I called to make a reservation - I learned that they do not accept reservations,...More

Thank Lisa K
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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
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, 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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