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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was on my husband’s bucket list; and I went along for the ride. I fell in love with this place! The food is terrific and the staff are all friendly and helpful. Do not miss the banana pudding - it’s THE BEST!

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere was lovely, and hearing the story of the place told by its owner made it very special. Food was good too- clearly an icon in DC

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed October 6, 2021 via mobile

Eating in this place is like "gourmet history". The photos on the walls are like a civil rights walk. The staff is friendly and share a great sense of humor. Oh, yes, and the food is great!@

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed October 1, 2021

A group of us visited - Adrian hosted and attended to our every need. We saw a short video on the history of the restaurant, and ate some great food. We could have spent another hour there just looking at the pictures of famous people...on the walls. Highly recommendMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 27, 2021 via mobile

We were exploring Washington DC for a few days and did plenty of research on where we should stop for pictures and food. Ben’s Chili Bowl was on the list for both: a beautiful mural on the side of their building and very tasty chili...along with other food items. Ben’s didn’t disappoint at all. I ordered the turkey chili and it was delicious! It was the perfect amount of spicy and incredibly tasty. My wife also had the beef chili and it was a bit spicier and just as good! It was wonderful to see what I assume may be Ben’s wife still walking around talking to customers and behind the grill flipping burgers. It’s always humbling and a great sight to see an owner hard at work with their employees. The service was a little slow and maybe we just got forgotten. The cashier made eye contact with us and realized we were still waiting so he quickly expedited our order. Just be aware if you do put your order in and sit outside. It’s worth the wait! Take a picture of mural and on front of the mural while you wait!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed July 20, 2021

Great atmosphere in and around Ben's Chili Bowl! I have no complaints other than I wish they had items that could be bought like hats or t-shirts! Food and Service was exceptional!!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 1, 2021

Before you eat here, go online and explore this history of this iconic restaurant. Then visit for a chili half smoke. Potato Salad is the best I've ever had. And the banana pudding....ahhhh. You must visit Ben's when in D.C.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed July 1, 2021

Love my coney dogs (chili dogs). Had to try Ben's I had one chili half smoke and a bowl of chili. The half smokes are more than a hot dog they are fatter and more of a sausage with course ground beef and pork. Not...a tradition coney chili dog but delicious and a must. The bowl of chili was also great. Both had a hit of spicy heat but not too much. I saw afterwards that they offer the chili half smoke in spicy also. Will try next time.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 29, 2021 via mobile

I was taking the bus down 16th Street, coming back from the zoo, and was uncertain whether to stop off at U Street. I'm glad I did. Take the 2 to 3 block walk east, enjoy the murals first and definitely head in for chili....It's worth it just to see the atmosphere inside. Enjoy the memorabilia and the history all around you. Chili is outstanding too.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 23, 2021

My husband knows how much I love a good hot dog, said this was a must to visit. This place is super busy but we got the half smoked dog with chili and fries. While the dog and chili tasted OK we both found the...outer casing to be tough and for me I felt something was missing in the chili. It's a good place to visit and great to support the neighborhood. I think if I had to do a "do over" I'd go for the chili friesMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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December 31, 2020|
Response from L4775EOsueh | Reviewed this property |
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Response from WizardofAz60 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are beans in the chili.
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August 27, 2018|
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Response from Betty P | 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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Yes, Ben's Chili Bowl offers takeout services.

Ben's Chili Bowl is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4