We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
+1 202-667-0909
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“chili dog” (330 reviews)
“chocolate shake” (18 reviews)
Open Now
American, Fast Food, Diner
1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (1,955)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,763 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Solid restaurant and management. You go for the experience but then you keep coming back for the delicious food. I can’t say that this would be a must for every DC trip but once or twice a year is about right.

Thank Nicholas S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Love this place. Been around for over 50 years and seems like not much has changed. Great variety of dinner foods including veggie burgers, turkey burgers, chili dogs and half smokes. Since this was a first time here I had the classic turkey dog all,...More

Thank William P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Gotta admit, for over 20 years I wanted to check this spot out even when the neighbourhood was not a safe place. I finally had the chance and sat at the stand o try out their famous original half-smoke chilli dog. The product is decent...More

Thank KidLove
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had the chili hot-dog and the burger! While the hot-dog was good, the burger was even better! Why 4 points, we were 4 with 2 kids and had to find a place in the main restaurant (which was full, and I presume as always)...More

Thank mamgoz69
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the original Ben’s Chili Bowl location. Stop in for the chili Mrs. Ali has been cooking for 60 years and for a dose of local history. Make sure you take time to look around at all of the memorabilia and photos from people...More

Thank 205JamieR205
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whenever in DC, make it your business to stop in at Ben's Chili Bowl. Have yourself a half smoke with fries, maybe a double burger or a bowl of chili. It's all good. Any choice will do. The staff is friendly and the you can't...More

Thank Michael N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had my last lunch in DC here, primarily due to Anthony Boudain (he died yesterdsy). He had dined here and praised it highly....for good reason. The original half smoke chili dog is remarkable.... a slight BBQ flavor with some the best tasting chili known to...More

1  Thank moviegeekjn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Upon placing a call to the manager, Aman, 15 mins prior to arrival, my group arrived and the tables were prepared with cups. Our orders were taken for small groups within our party and delivered as they were ready. The first group had finished eating...More

Thank LiveLaughLoveT_08
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with friends because they said this is a place you have to eat at when you’re in DC. And sure enough, we’re glad we did! Smoked sausage with chili and mustard is the item to get. You won’t regret it.

Thank wanabkrn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there with my boyfriend because it was listed in our guide as a reference. This restaurant has its history and we have seen the owner, Virginia Ali. We ordered a Ben's Chili Burger and some chili cheese fries. All were delicious but I...More

Thank Jade_Or14
Nearby HotelsSee all 142 hotels in Washington DC
Windsor Inn
342 reviews
.45 miles away
The Embassy Inn
277 reviews
.51 miles away
Kimpton Carlyle Hotel
2,289 reviews
.63 miles away
Cambria Hotel Washington, D.C. Convention Center
761 reviews
.64 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
135 reviews
.03 miles away
Dukem Ethiopian Market
233 reviews
.04 miles away
Ben's Next Door
107 reviews
.01 miles away
Nearby Attractions
African American Civil War Memorial & Museum
73 reviews
.19 miles away
Lincoln Theatre
49 reviews
.02 miles away
U Street
71 reviews
.17 miles away
Constellation Theatre Company
5 reviews
.20 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Julie H
April 11, 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from CritiCook | Reviewed this property |
Of course, but you will not have any problem because the efficient staff will resolves any doubt you may have, so just enjoy !!!
March 17, 2016|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Johnny136 | Reviewed this property |
The fries and chili, both regular and vegetarian are gluten free. I'm gf and eat there regularly. I also get a half smoke in a plate, no bun, with the works. Ask them to split it and the grill it twice... Nice and crispy!
January 9, 2016|
Response from GCheek | Reviewed this property |
Again, I apologize and I can't get anyone from Ben's to answer!
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
6:00 AM - 4:00 AM
7:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > U Street Corridor
  • Neighborhood: U Street Corridor
  • Phone Number: +1 202-667-0909
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing