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Ben's Chili Bowl

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U Street Corridor
American, Hot Dogs
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1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
202-667-0909
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6:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri 6:00 am - 4:00 am
Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Takeout

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  • 89
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great chili, Hot dogs, and Fries!!

The hot dogs and chili fries were incredible. This restaurant is simple, cool, historical, service is very good, and the staff are friendly. One of the staff members came over and chatted with us and he told us the history of this restaurant. We looked at photographs of the celebrities that visited... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
316sas101
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Toronto
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Where do I begin?! The half-smoked is amazing with chili and mustard! Every time I visit DC, I have to go.. no matter if it's a day trip or a whole weekend!

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Muskego, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My friend recommended that I come here on my trip to DC. I stopped in and ordered chili cheese fries to eat there. There was a small line, but it moved fairly fast. I also ordered a chili dog and bowl of chili to go (to eat later). I sat down and my fries were done first. Very large portion... More 

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Plano, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A friend told me this place was a landmark and I had to experience the real DC. The line was long and it was warm inside on the summer day with few places to sit. The hot dogs taste like you are eating at a gas station and are served with cheap potato chips. The buns are like the kind... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The hot dogs and chili fries were incredible. This restaurant is simple, cool, historical, service is very good, and the staff are friendly. One of the staff members came over and chatted with us and he told us the history of this restaurant. We looked at photographs of the celebrities that visited this place but most important of all was... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

There is not much left to say about this place. You might want to go there for its original chili dog and chili fries, but most important of all, you want to eat where the celebrities, including the president eat. If you worry about the long line up, be there around 11 am when they switch from breakfast menu to... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

classic burger and chili dog place in DC. The food is tasty. Chili on the fries is the signature. The place is cool. Service is quite slow and the lines often stretch into the street. The place is quite noisy. Parking is horrendous. Unless you live in the neighboorhood I think this is a place to visit once a year,... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The whole vibe of the place is historical and they have lots of photos on the walls of famous people who have visited. People in my party got the chili dog and chili burger and they both loved it! We got an order of chili cheese fries for the table and they were so good, I definitely recommend them. It's... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I've been coming to DC for years and finally made it over to try this location. First, parking available in the rear...found the sign after driving around to find street parking. The location kept its location which made you feel as if you were walking back in history. The staff was super friendly and very accommodating. We dined at the... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Ben's Chili Bowl is a one of a kind hot dog joint. We arrived at 3am, had to get in line for around 30min just to order. When we finally had our hot dogs we were surprised for its great flavor, the chili wasn't as spicy as we thought it would be so that makes or perfect for people who... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

First of all i just have to say I LOVE BEN'S!!! This is truly one of DC's must see/go places to eat. It's been in DC for many years and the food is still great. The place is not fancy and i think it looks basically the same as when they opened but it has this classic feeling of going... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > U Street Corridor
  • Neighborhood: U Street Corridor
  • Phone Number: 202-667-0909

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7
  • Cuisine: American, Hot Dogs

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 4:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 4:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?