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Ben's Chili Bowl

Certificate of Excellence
U Street Corridor
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1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This little place met all expectations! Delicious food, fast and friendly service, lively but relaxed atmosphere. Inexpensive and fun with great music playing in the background! Would recommend to any and all visiting DC! Get the chili fries - one order is plenty to share!

Thank BjAaTravels
Charleston, South Carolina
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67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the proverbial hot dog hole in the wall with limited choice but all that they do is good. They even cater for vegetarians like me and you can have a Veg chilli dog with Veg Chilli. Took my teenage boys here to both the DC and Arlington one and they loved it

Thank ErnestEga
Kansas City, Missouri
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sometimes you hear so much about a place that you just have to check it out for yourself. That is exactly what we did with Ben's Chili Bowl. We visited the original location and we were lucky since there was hardly any line to get in. Don't expect glamorous, if that's what you are looking then you will not like... More 

Thank mjc1999
Richmond, Virginia
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We made a special trip to go to Ben's b/c my hubby had heard so much about it.. I think we went in expecting too much.. My burger was good though..

Thank Lrs_Dean10
Chicago, Illinois
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156 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have always enjoyed Ben's Chili Dogs at Reagan National. I finally was able to visit the original location in an historic African American neighborhood in DC. I brought along the family. We all loved the incredibly friendly service. The food was an absolute hit with everyone. And my children really absorbed the history of Ben's and its role in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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644 reviews
526 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 360 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Clearly this is a DC institution with pictures of celebrities and presidents adorning the walls The food is actually very good - the chilli is slow cooked down till it's practically a sauce The biggest surprise for me was the hot dogs they use which are more like a gourmet sausage! Generous in size and a tasty blend of beef... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The only problem with Ben's Chili Bowl are the crowds. But a new location is supposed to open soon at Reagan's National Airport and perhaps it would be easier there to find a table. The bowl of chile, the sausage and the fries (with melted cheese if you want to be more decadent) are perfection. It' s not very healthy,... More 

Thank marujatarre
Olney, Maryland
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My "go to" at Redskins and Nationals games. Great taste, hot food and fabulous presentation! My favorite is the Half Smoke.

Thank MarkMD301
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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380 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The point is, if you have decided to go to Ben's, this review wont change your mind, nor should it. We hadn't been to Bens for a couple years. And it has changed. It accepts credit cards (for the food only. Tips are cash only) It was a little cleaner and less tacky. There was A LOT more staff who... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Man, the half smoked... Who knew a hot dog can be so perfect with a chili on top? Also had a nice chili and rice bowl but the hot dog is definitely a top dog!

Thank Guyasp

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Fast Food, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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?