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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 #44 of 2,649 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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Because of the positive reviews plus the recommendation of a friend, I stopped by for an early dinner. Service was great plus there were so many items I wanted to try. I ended up with the Mediterranean burger with sweet potato fries. I loved that my fries were crispy. Often times when I order sweet potato fries, they are soggy,... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We ate here twice on our August trip to Washington dc. Had done a lot of research on eating out so you had a lot to live up too Bus Boys !!! Did you do that ?? I would say !!! From the first moment we walked through the door it was like we were returning home ! And you... More

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Bloomfield, CT
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108 reviews 108 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

First time here: fantastic! We had brunch and could barely budge to leave (plenty, plenty to eat per serving). A beautiful environment to have brunch; professional and friendly server, lovely displayed meal and scrumptious food. Free wifi, too. The performance space in back is beautiful, too. Would definitely recommend and will definitely return!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I love the food at this restaurant, I just wish that the noise level was a bit lower so that a dinner table conversation didn't mean shouting.

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Prague
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Atmosphere is ok - nothing special. Somewhat like a busy Barnes and Nobles BUT LOUD! AND NOISY!!! If you want a quit meal - which I wanted, go to another place. My food was fine but I can get the same quality at another place. Oh, no biggie but I'm picky about it - our waiter was wearing a cap!!

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The neptune which is crabcake with egg and hollandaise sauce but without the egg..dont eat them. However it still taste amazing. I use to come here when it first opened when I lived in DC and every time I come back to DC is a must go to spot.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Came here for brunch on a late Sunday morning, at the request of my cousin. We were recommended 2 other places but she really wanted to come here as she was sucked in by the gimmick of the atmosphere. The young ladies who greeted us were friendly and we were immediately seated. I ran to the restroom once we were... More

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Dallas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This restaurant was highly recommended and it definitely was worth it. I had the fried chicken with chardonnay cream sauce. The cream sauce was amazing. My co-workers highly enjoyed their food as well. Two thumbs up!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Sort of a mash-up of different styles and decor...and offerings, I found Busboys And Poets to be eclectic, frenetic, and completely enjoyable! Varied and delicious menu offerings at moderate prices, a very passable bar, and extremely warm service. This was one spot that lived up to the hype.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is not the place to go if you're visiting and want to experience the best of what DC has to offer. This is where you go if you're looking for a gimmick, kinda like a small scale Red Robin or Applebee's only the food is horribly inconsistent and they're not equipped to handle all the level of business that... More

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