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Ben's Chili Bowl

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U Street Corridor
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1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
6:00 am - 4:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri 6:00 am - 4:00 am
Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 am
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Sappington, Missouri
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were walking by and decided to go in. I was happy we did. I had the half smoke and it was good. The staff were nice and efficient. No wait/line for service but we were a little early in the lunch time. But if nothing else, check out the walls for pics of people who have been there. Very... More 

Thank iamabum4ever
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place isn't really about the food, it's about all the history surrounding it. Don't expect your mind to be blown. It's standard cheap food, which is fast food and unhealthy. The service was fantastic, really impressed with how friendly they were. You have to have the half smoke and the chilli cheese fries. This ain't fine dining, but it's... More 

Thank Richard R
Auburn, New York
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food and atmosphere is fine---food is not truly unusual and place does not warrant all the attention it gets. I haven't sen anyone express the "wow" factor when they are there--mostly just a "casual sanctification" is shown.

Thank pjmalvaso
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The line was long, but worth the wait. We enjoyed the food, but the wait staff and cooks were engaging and knowledgeable. It was fun to hear stories about famous patrons. Parking is tricky , so plan well.

Thank tanyacharles1974
San Ramon, California, United States
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Best chili in the country. The half pork and beef hot dog is over the top. Loved it so much I sought out their site at the Reagan Airport. This is also a historical site and sits in a historical neighborhood. Walking tour app available and a wonderful little museum nearby. Spread your wings and check out this area.

Thank Deborah P
Toronto, Canada
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58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is definitely a place not to miss when you are in DC. I felt I am part of history when I set my foot on the place. Got the chance to read the wall displays while waiting for my order. Due to the volume of customers, my order came after 10 minutes but it is worth the wait. The... More 

Thank Djelayni
Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Needless to say I saw this on an episode of Man-vs-Food and figured the next time I was in DC that I had to visit. All i can say is that I am glad I had the TV on that day and remembered the name of this place; it was worth the visit. There is a lot of history there... More 

Thank John J
Indianapolis, Indiana
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am going to be honest and say I am not a fan of the food. But, it's a cool place, deep with history and it's more of an attraction and less of a restaurant. Worth a stop just to say you've been there.

Thank indyjls
Nashville, Tennessee
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130 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The area around the original store has redeveloped. Feels much saver. Looks great! Ben's opened a bar next door. Great service. Everyone is so nice and kind. Don't miss the gift store. The veggie dog and chili is s must.

Thank S-Badventures
Huntington, West Virginia
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I heard if you were going to DC you absolutely had to have a half smoke from Ben's chili bowl. I've seen the place on the Food Network and Travel Channel. So while my wife and I were visiting DC this past weekend we took the Metro to U Street and checked it out. I absolutely love visiting places like... More 

Thank TJ25504

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast Food, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, 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: 202-667-0909

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