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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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“chili dog” (229 reviews)
“turkey burger” (18 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 AM - 4:00 AM Hours
American, Fast Food, Diner
1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Here's the recipe: Take a McDonald's dollar menu cheeseburger, remove the pickles, added 2 or 3 tablespoons of nothing special chili. That's it. I can't recall the last time I got so little for my money. This was the worst, wimpiest chili burger I've ever...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Keith K
Reviewed 6 days ago

During a visit to D.C. my wife and I stopped at the famous Ben's Chili Bowl. It was busy with almost all tables full. We patiently waited in line and placed out order. A server asked if anyone wanted to eat at the counter and...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank wolverine331
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Originally my wife and I stumbled across the Bens Chili Bowl in Arlington Virginia... it definitely didn’t look like the place we had heard about or seen on tv. So we opted out and went somewhere else. We happened to be driving by this location...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank JohnandJacky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A DC must! After 60+ years, Miss Virginia and her staff have chili dogs down to a fine art. We stop in every time we visit DC

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank chneff
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed Ben’s, the half smoke was right on time smoky and a little spicy! We made it in around 1:30 in the afternoon they were not that busy.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lee B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was my birthday trip to Washington and the lovely waitresses and staff sang happy birthday to me and I had a special serenading from Angie. Not to mention the food was spectaular! Thank you to Ben’s Chilli Bowl :)

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Ella D
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a hotdog fanatic you will love this place. Very casual laid-back order the counter and they bring you the food. You cannot beat there chili dogs. Also have the salad with chili and it was so tasty.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank USHistoryTraveler
Reviewed November 27, 2018 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.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Carlos Eduardo N
Reviewed November 26, 2018

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

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank faceofweed
Reviewed November 20, 2018 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'.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank DavidMatthew78
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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
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
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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