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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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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“chili dog” (331 reviews)
“burger” (95 reviews)
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American, Fast Food, Diner
1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lunch at Ben’s was a treat! The waitress took our 4 orders and wrote nothing down. Everyone’s order was totally different and was delivered promptly and perfectly. The chili was on point....on a hot dog, on a burger, in a bowl and for my daughter,...More

Thank joekO6688DA
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have seen this place touted on TV and in books. So it comes well recommended not by just us but Presidents and TV announcers alike. The pictures of all the people who have dined here are part of the appeal to this place. After...More

Thank wetravelalot007
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a photo walk through Washington, and ended here conveniently! There’s a reason it’s famous - great greasy spoon finished off with a good vanilla milkshake. Tip: be sure to check out the alley wall on the side of the building for some very...More

Thank Lem0n07
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I totally understand why so many celebrities and people have been to this landmark eatery!! This is not a fancy place by far, but you will get an inexpensive meal that will stick to your bones, and just make you feel good! The staff is...More

Thank MrsHailey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place because of who owns it and what this place has done for the community. The owner was there and she took time to speak to us and share stories of the past. Great customer service and a very clean place. The...More

Thank Delirous
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I like to visit restaurants that is older than me.... can survive that long in restaurant business it's mean you are very good

Thank GoPlaces164945
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently went to Ben's Chili Bowl Restaurant in Washington DC since I have heard so much about this place. It was their 60th anniversary celebration on August 22, 2018. I missed out on the free music earlier but did not miss out on the...More

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cheeseburgers here are to die for...seriously. Really good beef and fresh ingredients and the buns are really fresh and good. They aren't huge burgers - huge doesn't mean good - but they are very flavorful and fresh. The chili here is excellent too but...More

Thank Subidos
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The wait wasn’t as long as I thought when I saw the long line around 2AM on a Friday evening. I ordered the Turkey Dog with Chili and a slice of delicious lemon cake.

Thank Sherri W
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

Food is mediocre at best. Service,horrible need to be worked on. Was there just yesterday on the 8th of August of 2018. Sorry to say was totally ignored for at least 20 minutes.

Thank Kenneth C
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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
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 !!!
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
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
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
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