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“Just go¡¡” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Busboys and Poets

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20009 (U Street Corridor)
202-387-7638
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Ranked #61 of 2,710 Restaurants in Washington DC
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: U Street Corridor
Mexico City, Mexico
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Just go¡¡”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

It´s not about the food or drinking but about the environment. This bar is full of local people. This is not an atraction, its a way to be inside. You wont be a tourist there. Go, sit, order a beer and look around. Visit the small book store.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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42 restaurant reviews
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“Ambiance is the bomb! Food will do!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This was a working dinner with some fine arts colleagues. I had a chance to browse the attached postage stamp sized book store and was tickled at the enormous choice of books that were focused on Afro-Centrism, peace studies, women/gender studies, etc. There was also a lovely section devoted to children's lit covering these topics. Well worth visiting this shop!

The dining room has wonderful modern/pop art all over with VERY high ceilings and close-set tables. At our table we ordered lemonade (6 lemonades for $18). Each of us ordered something different. I had the mahi mahi. It was very 'fishy' flavored. For that, it was disappointing. Another person ordered the nachos. A HUGE serving of what was delicious nachos. We skipped dessert.

The waitress was very attentive and was able to make recommendations from the menu.

Conversation was difficult due to the large crowd, high ceilings and piped-in music. I expected a 'coffee shop' atmosphere, but this place is SO MUCH more! I would recommend it for a casual dining experience with friends or colleagues...especially if you are in the fine arts!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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“Great Crabcakes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Went here for dinner and I had the crab cakes which were delicious. My friends had the catfish and the shrimp pasta. We all shared our dishes and everything was very good.

Visited July 2013
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“The ultimate mix of culture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I loved the cultural vibe of the restaurant as soon as I walked in the door. There is music, art, and a bookstore. Both the service and the food were fabulous. The menu tells the story of the restaurant's name. The name honors Langston Hughes from the Harlem Renaissance. Such diversity among the service staff and the patrons. Loved it !

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Buffalo, New York
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“Good Place for Breakfast and Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Busboys and Poets is a great place to eat, but not relax. This place is always super busy so you have to be prepared for a long wait (we waited for 50 minutes). The hostesses (there were 3 of them) look like they are tired of their job and are not friendly.
Our food was good, we had Reuben and Eggs Benedict The server was busy so he kept forgetting things we asked him for, so we had to ask other servers.
So if you are not in a hurry this place is a nice choice.

Visited July 2013
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