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1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442 (U Street Corridor)
202-667-0909
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Ranked #320 of 2,720 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $7
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
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: U Street Corridor
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

After making the special trek to bens while we were in DC, this place left a bad taste in my mouth. We waited for over an hour for our food(they simply lost or forgot our order) then what arrived can simply be called tripe. Don't bother going it is over rated.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I've been to Ben's two times now, and on both occasions I was getting food to go. Yes, the ambience and vibe in the place seems great. And, there is a lot of history and pictures to take in. I've tried the chili con carne and I just wasn't that blown away. I found it extremely salty and not the... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

There is a reason why this restaurant gets so much attention in DC. From presidents to celebrities, everyone loves Ben's. I am not sure if I can say I really had a chili dog in my life after having one here. A must see in DC!

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Denver, Colorado
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186 reviews 186 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Ben's Chili Bowl is just plain fun. You don't go for the over the top exceptional food; you go for atmosphere, too. Chili is good; hot dogs are just fine. This isn't fancy fare. But it's a must stop to sit at the counter and chat it up with the old-timers who still are around. We have visited a couple... More 

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Falls Church
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Even though the Arlington location was closer, we chose the original location for our first experience. As we stood in line, we could see several columns of hot dogs grilling However, as the staff was filling orders of the customers, you could hear them commenting that the dogs were not up to par. They were selecting from the first column,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I finally made my way here and enjoyed it. The food hit the spot and loved the atmosphere. I was hoping a celebrity would walk through, but it didn't happen. It's all good! Enjoyed the food anyway!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I'm a Washingtonian & they are alright. I just remember them from back in the day when the elders originated Ben's Chili Bowl but now that the new generation is running it, it's different. Now if you really want to enjoy, check out their restaurant called Ben's Next Door. It's right next door, I've been there on more than several... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I've been to this restaurant quite a few times because I wanted to give it a chance and for the food, customer service, and overall experience to be better than it actually was - but I was let down every time. This place is all hype and has little quality. The food is downright bland. I prefer "Ben's Next Door",... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I have lived in DC for 44 years and still cannot understand the notoriety and popularity of this place. It offers an ordinary hot dog or half smoke sausage of average quality and size on a Wonder Bread bun (smothered in chili that tastes like it came out of a can) with fast food fries or a bag of potato... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Its average at best and due to all the publicity about it and celebrity talk you expect something much better. The chili dog and chili cheese fries I could get anywhere including making them better at home, so they are pretty generic nothing special!! I have had much better hot dogs elsewhere and the lines to get in are terrible.... More 

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Additional Information about Ben's Chili Bowl

Address: 1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
Phone Number: 202-667-0909
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > U Street Corridor
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 7
Cuisine: American

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