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Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
+1 202-667-0909
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Overview
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“chili dog” (338 reviews)
“turkey burger” (18 reviews)
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American, Fast Food, Diner
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LOCATION
1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is good, but the service is actually great, we were a 5 people table and they were always asking if we needed anything.

Thank Carlos Eduardo N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had only been in DC for a few hours after checking in and getting our car situated. This was the first place I wanted to take the missus as I'd been about 8 years earlier. We ordered a chili cheese half smoke and a...More

Thank faceofweed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The half smoke chilli dog is great, quick simple, tasty fast food, great atmosphere and a lot of history. It's not gourmet, it's not supposed to be. It has kept it's integrity and soul as the neighborhood around it has 'gentrified'.

Thank DavidMatthew78
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was not disappointed when I dined in Ben's Chili Bowl. Great food at very affordable prices. Even former president Obama tried their famous chili dogs. A must-try when you are in DC

Thank furlshake
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This well known haunt in DC should be avoided. The food is just not that good. I keep going back with friends who want to try and I don’t say anything I just go. Not one of them over the years has left and said...More

Thank coxgregg1987
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ben’sis not only a historic place but the food is so good and fun! How could you not be happy at Ben’s ;) The dog with chili had the perfect Amount in it and the fries were the perfect size and of course the flavors...More

Thank LUV2YRAVEL
Reviewed November 4, 2018

Any remotely food-related guide to Washington DC seems to include a mention of Ben’s Chilli Bowl. I had first come across the place while watching an episode of Man vs Food and on the day of our visit, a crew from the Cooking Channel was...More

Thank Mrs_Quill
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Great tasting chili dogs and French fries!! I ate at the airport location on the way back to Atlanta from DC. Great cost and taste :)

Thank Jay M
Reviewed October 28, 2018

This seems to be something of a local landmark and, since I was staying just around the corner, gave it a shot. It seemed a tad expensive for fast food, but certainly higher quality than I expected. The half-smoke sausage was quite nice while the...More

Thank tripleplay97
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

A friend if mine spent several years living in Washington, and when I asked for his recommendations prior to this visit, the original Ben's Chili Bowl was top of his list. I can see why. Ok it isn't a classy restaurant, not in the best...More

Thank 70JohnK
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Alecia W
August 27, 2018|
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Response from betty56797 | Reviewed this property |
Looks like you already have an answer but the half smokes with chili is the main reason to go. The best ever! There is a Bens 2 right next door that serves really great margaritas but you miss the atmosphere of the original... More
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Julie H
April 11, 2017|
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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 !!!
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tnelson121
March 17, 2016|
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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!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$7
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
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
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