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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 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

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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Questions & Answers
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
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
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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