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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 good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • 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 6 days ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere at busboys and Poets! It was fortuitous that we ended up there... So much there to explore (books, artwork, and more). The day we visited... My mind was mainly on the incredible menu. We will be back!...More

Thank Jamie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Managed to sneak in with the kids for brunch. Great stand lard comfort food for the kids but also several adventurous options for parents looking for something new.

Thank Cookchs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a party of 5. We phoned ahead to get a table "reserved." We were told it would be 45 minutes. We hurried the 5 miles (traffic is killer in DC), but enroute, were phoned and said the table was ready. Only 15 minutes...More

Thank Winequine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In a world of mediocre experiences, it is so exciting to find a restaurant whose owner has the confidence to step out of the box with a unique and super-charged atmosphere. We so welcomed finding creative menu selections and all our meals were excellent.

Thank ducksinarow909
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Taken here by a local, would never have gone in on my own it’s a quirky unusual place but atmosphere was great, service super friendly and efficient. Had mezze to start, the tabouleh was very good, portions sensible for polite sharing. Fried chicken main hit...More

Thank softywalter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was fresh. The service was great. I had scrambled eggs and toast. Also had granola, fruit and yogurt. All of the food was delicious. It was a bit noisy, but it added to the charm.

Thank ncicer0
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found out that they were holding a Open Mic for Youth. Had some time to wait with my daughter-in-love,so we sat at the bar. This is a big place - doesn't look that way from the outside. Glass walls surround the street side of this...More

Thank Remona R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a late lunch/early dinner with friends. One was vegan, and this restaurant offered many choices for vegetarians and vegans. We started with drinks (sangria was yummy) and the vegan nachos. Even we meat-eaters enjoyed the nachos! I had the chicken and barley soup...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place has it all, good service, a great atmosphere and above all else, great tasting food. They even have gluten and vegan options. I went with the French toast and turkey sausage along with a hot chocolate. My meal was great. Just be sure...More

Thank T_Shields645
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Great to be able to go somewhere and have a great meal, efficiently served at a fair price in a pleasant environment. The service was great and the catfish was popping. I highly recommend this spot for a hip and pleasant experience. The meal was...More

Thank James A
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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$ 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 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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