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Busboys and Poets

2021 14th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20009 (Upper Northwest)
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Ranked #51 of 2,568 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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407 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Westchester County, NY
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

If you have work to do but hate sitting in a hotel room, best spot in town has to be the little Wifi lounge area at B & P -- if you can get a seat and an outlet in front of the huge glass windows, will be working in a very eclectic and interesting crowd, natural to strike up... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

More than a restaurant, this is a Washington institution. Located on now bustling 14th Street (there are other locations), this bookstore/restaurant pulses with the energy of the local artists whose works adorn the walls. If you need a comfortable place to work on your laptop, you can settle at a comfortable sofa or table. Named from a line in a... More

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York, Maine
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Great space - lots of comfortable seating and people holding meetings, working on laptops etc. Awesome political energy and bookstore. However, our waiter was abrupt bordering on rude, The food was mediocre at best. I had the tofu spinach scramble with potatoes. Boring. My husband ordered a bagel and lox . There were no choices of bagel and a tiny... More

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Washington D.C.
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Hubby and I are vegetarian for 25 years and love to travel and dine. We were gastronomically delighted at having found busboys and poets. The tempeh panini was delish as was the vegan cobb salad - argula could have been fresh picked. How do they get the tempeh so crisp? If nothing else try the flourless chocolate cake.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The food was fantastic and it has such a great vibe! However, the service was really, really slow. Someone came to take my order *immediately* and when I asked for a few more minutes to look at the menu, it was AGES before they came back. I had the same experience in asking for the check and then waiting for... More

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Richmond, Virginia
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I'm never disappointed when I dine at Busboys and Poets, I had the sweet potato pancakes which were to die for!! Short wait even for a Sunday morning, service was great and moderately priced.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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74 reviews 74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

My friend and I hadn't eaten lunch and it was already 3PM. We were walking down 14th St. and my friend saw Busboys and Poets and said shed always wanted to try it as all her friends just loved the place. her friends were right. It is part bookstore and a large restaurant. The menu was great, with all kinds... More

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Aliso Viejo, California
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152 reviews 152 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

While you wait for your table, you can stop by the adjoining book store and read all the anti free enterprise, anti USA, anti Semitic literature you can handle but don't let it get you down, the food is eclectic and excellent---fish, steak, pasta and all done in about the most interesting way possible. Great pizza too. Weekend nights are... More

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Washington, DC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is one of the more eclectic and fun restaurants in DC. I have never had any bad food there. The atmosphere is also fun as it also has a bookstore. Every so often they have special events like live music or readings. It is a great place to stop in for a cup of coffee, dinner, or some place... More

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Columbia, Maryland
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

B&P is like a bookstore, coffee shop, restaurant, meeting place, wi-Fi hotspot and show venue all rolled up into one. With a mixture of mini living room set ups with sofas and chairs as well as bar height dining tables it drew a mixture of families w/kids as well as couples on dates and it created an atmosphere of noisy... More

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