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Busboys and Poets

2021 14th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20009 (Upper Northwest)
202-387-7638
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Ranked #47 of 2,627 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Graton, CA
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180 reviews 180 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I am not a fan of fancy restaurants for breakfast, and this was one of the few down-to-earth spots we ate at during the week we spent in DC. If you have any countercultural leanings, enjoy a real coffee-house atmosphere, or have weird dietary issues (gluten-free, vegan, etc), it may be the only spot for you. Our waiter was friendly... More

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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102 reviews 102 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Finding restaurants with vegan options in DC is not very hard, but finding one with LOTS of options sometimes is. Busboys and Poets had plenty vegan menu items, so many that it took us awhile to choose. I was happy with my vegan burger in the end and the drinks were fabulous as well! The service was good and I... More

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Vienna, Austria
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We went there for a business dinner last week, we were early and that was lucky because the place filled up as we ate. The drink menu was very interesting and all our drinks were great. The food was equally really good and we got good advise from our waiter. Not surprised by the high rating on trip advisor, well... More

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United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

First time at the Busboys and Poets at 5th and K. The brunch comes with big portions. I tried their french toast with sausage and fruit. Everything was delicious. The decor is eclectic artsy and they have a bookstore inside like the one on 14th. A good spot for philosophical discussions.

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Wisconsin
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

As a vegan in Washington DC, finding food shouldn't be a problem, right? Well, if you're in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, go to Busboys and Poets and you'll find plenty of good things on the menu, and even gluten-free beer. The place was packed when we arrived, but luckily they offered full service at the little side Poet's Cafe area,... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

When I landed in the city I asked several locals for favourite locations to get a pint and have something unique to eat. They recommended Busboys and Poets. And I understand why. The food was eclectic and good, and the atmosphere was buzzing with residents from all sorts of settings stopping by after work. It also wasn't far from the... More

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Urubamba
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I met with out of town colleagues here recently and once again I was pleased with the unique space, reasonable service, and tasty meals. Of course the great bonus here is the bookstore, which offers publications that are particularly useful to residents in the District (such as The Dog Lover's Companion to Washington, DC), along with plenty of political tell-alls.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I am a big fan of Busboys & Poets. The food is delicious and at a good price...I had trouble choosing just one item to eat off the menu, which is always a good sign! I really enjoy the vibe of the restaurant (14th Street location), with the book store and poetry readings providing a launching pad for interesting discussions... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Ambience is lively (but not noisy) and young. Waiter very friendly. Food good. Wish we could have visited when poetry being read. We will come back.

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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Would give this place zero stars if I could. Nothing but attitude from the waiter. Food was disappointing, and not what I was expecting. To sum up in one world: terrible.

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