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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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American, Fast Food, Diner
1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
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Reviewed 5 days 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 pearl b
Reviewed 5 days 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 Gregg C
Reviewed 1 week 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

Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ben's is a must visit for visitors to DC. Simplicity is key here, and it's done so well. Chili, Half Smoke (I would describe it as a hot dog meets kielbasa), burgers, fries. Great flavor, great environment, friendly staff. I can't wait to go back...maybe...More

Thank Dan G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had to visit Ben's Chili Bowl to get a taste of some local comfort food. I ordered the Double Cheeseburger with Chili Fries, and it was pretty good, but probably should have had the chili dog. Don’t listen to any of the reviews on...More

Thank digitalroc
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

You would think there is not much you can do to chili or hotdogs. WRONG! The spicy half smoke was Devine! The rice bowl was Devine! The location is filled with DC history and the food is good. It's a must do if ever in...More

Thank Tara W
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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
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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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