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Busboys and Poets

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U Street Corridor
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2021 14th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
202-387-7638
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Fri 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 228
    Excellent
  • 190
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Overcharged Again

Food was good, but the friend I went with had been overcharged previously and wanted her money back. We had to keep asking for someone to resolve this and after a few inquiries, someone finally researched her old bill and refunded her. Don't you know I just got my credit card statement and I was... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
NQCarryOn
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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482 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Food was good, but the friend I went with had been overcharged previously and wanted her money back. We had to keep asking for someone to resolve this and after a few inquiries, someone finally researched her old bill and refunded her. Don't you know I just got my credit card statement and I was overcharged for the meal I... More 

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Rome, Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We were there with friends at the beginning of this year for dinner and what a dinner! I loved this place for the relaxing ambience and the exquisite burgers. For starter we had a huge plate of wholewheat nachos with cheese, guacamole and tomato…Yum! But the best were the burgers. Here you find some really special ones like the delicious... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Loved the food, was very full, though it is kinda pricey. Went with a bunch of friends and was able to get outside seating for the 8 of us. I haven't seen poetry there, but look forward to going back soon.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I love Busboys & Poets! Great food and atmosphere, tasty coffee, cool book shop and events. Very unique to DC.

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Washington, DC
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

If you are looking for a hip, multicultural place to hang out with great food, this is it. Been around nearly ten years but expanding and always crowded. The service is excellent and friendly, The cook is a bit slow, but it allows you to soak in the atmosphere, of which there is a lot, including a bookstore. Only negative... More 

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Salem, MO
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

On a business trip to Washington, DC an old friend took me out to dinner to Busboys and Poets because he knew I liked interesting places to eat. Upon entering the place on a busy Sunday night, it felt like I was entering a student lounge with lots of people sitting around tables and coffee tables in chairs and couches... More 

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Paris, France
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I like the comfy chairs and the atmosphere, we had a great breakfast there, but it's a bit overpriced.

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Port Deposit, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

If your looking for a great girls night this is it! The meals are flavorful updated versions of soulful comfort food. Atmosphere is that creative eclectic youthful vibe. Next time we plan on making it early so we can get in and hear the spoken word and poetry night. But beware: parking is a nightmare!!!!

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I had wanted to go to Busboys and Poets for some time and whilst I sadly missed open mic which occurs at 9pm most nights, the food and cocktails did not disappoint. Our server may well have had an attitude which wasn't great but the atmosphere made up for her utter disinterest in serving us. Silly in a culture where... More 

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San Angelo, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It was very busy, but we were seated promptly. The service was friendly and reasonable. The entrees (brunch menu) were yummy! The white chocolate bread pudding was excellent and served hot. The coconut ice cream from Taharka Brothers was delicious! The chai latte was offered with a variety of milk options; the lemonade was fresh and enjoyable. The bathrooms were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2021 14th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > U Street Corridor
  • Neighborhood: U Street Corridor
  • Phone Number: 202-387-7638

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?