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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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“brunch” (101 reviews)
“nachos” (31 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 12:00 AM Hours
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 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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 5 days ago 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
Thank DoctorCP
Reviewed 7 November 2018 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

Date of visit: November 2018
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.

Date of visit: October 2018
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

Date of visit: October 2018
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

Date of visit: October 2018
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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Javoho
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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, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, 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
  • E-mail
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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