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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
+1 202-667-0909
6:00 am - 2:00 am
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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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Brisbane, Australia
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118 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We got 2 half smoked hot dogs and wow they did not disappoint! The sausage is delicious, thechilli is the best we have ever had and the side of crunchy potato chips were delicious! We wish we could have come back more than once, this place is worth a trip, the food is delicious! Just don't use the bathrooms at... More 

Thank nicolekizia
Brisbane, Australia
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69 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dayuum this is the best chili dog I have ever eaten! and those fresh potato chips that you get on the side are delicious too. Chili was full of flavour and it had just the right amount of spice.

Thank Callum C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Normally hot dog is not my kind of food but when I test this one, It made me enjoy my lunch a lot!Very down to earth and give a feeling of community. I went there when there full of customers. I understand after I test their hotdog. It was a big piece that made you full enough if you can't... More 

Thank blissbreath
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210 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A DC classic . Cheap eats away really good food. If it's your first time go basic with a bowl of chili .

Thank Michael A
Luzon, Philippines
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375 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Said to be President Obama's favorite in DC, their Half Smoke (a hot dog with chili) is really good enough to make Barry forget about his hometown's Chicago dogs. However, their bowl of chili is a bit on a salty side for my taste. I guess the chili is really meant to go with the dog's smoky and peppery flavor... More 

1 Thank hizonfire
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a classic, durable hot dog and chili place that has stood the test of time (over 60 years) for a reason - good food fast at a great price. The 'Half-Smoke Chili Dog' and fries are a great value and hit the spot with few rivals in quality and convenience. The decor is classic diner with table, booth,... More 

Thank Richard V
North Beach, Maryland
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to Ben's on H St. Was pretty good, the half-smoke was excellent especially with chili and cheese on it. The regular chili very good but the vegetarian chili a bit bland. The burgers were good. Best of all may have been the shakes though.

Thank akolaja
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Heard a ton of good things about this place and we were not disappointed. I read a review that the service and quality of food has gone down, but I don't have anything to compare my experience to. It was good in my book. Got the half smoke with cheese and onion along with the chili and fries. There is... More 

Thank Kelly L
Scarborough, Maine
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great diner. Family of 6 each enjoyed the half smoke and 2 orders of chili cheese fries. Chocolate shakes were awesome, too! Let's just say the after effects of the chili impacted all of us! But we'd go again ...

Thank Love2EatSleepTravel
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit and the food was FABULOUS. Chili was great. Food cooked to order. Burger and fries were good. Service was phenomenal. Angie was great and very friendly. Will return again.

Thank Monica B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast Food, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?