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Busboys and Poets

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2021 14th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
+1 202-387-7638
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Mon - Wed 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Fri 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here four times in the past couple of weeks. The ambiance is great. Real hipster vibe. Bookstore. Couches. It's cool. However the food is below average and the service is even worse then that. I asked a small short haired girl to wrap my food she responded "me"? I guess server etiquette is not a part of their... More 

Thank Kastánhu A
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43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are a hipster and not a foodie you will enjoy this busy spot. Me not so much. The food was bland, it was loud and crowded.

Thank donnapdr
Jackson, Mississippi
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When traveling, I always look for places that boast great vegan options but still serve meat-based dishes, since I travel with family members who are not vegans. I have tried almost everything on the menu, but my favorites are the vegan chicken stir-fry and the vegan nachos. This is a great place to go whether you're a vegan, vegetarian, or... More 

Thank Hawks321
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yugely bigly. People have said (I don't know, I just hear it) that busboys is a terrific establishment, probably the best restaurant in DC. Truly amazing.

Thank Howard D
Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
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88 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting bookstore/restaurant combo place. I apparently came in at the wrong time though, because all the items I really wanted off the menu were dinner only and I was 30-40 minutes too early for that. What I did end up ordering was still very good though. They've got a nice selection of special cocktails there. I tried a couple... More 

Thank Ethan P
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161 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dropped in for lunch and had a very enjoyable visit. There wasn't a wait for a table and the atmosphere was very pleasing. I had an angel hair pasta/asparagus entrée that was delish. The server was very engaging. This location is a short walk from the U Street Metro.

Thank ms90
Sugar Land, Texas
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are glad we dined at Busboys and Poets. The food great, nice atmosphere and excellent service. We went for Happy Hour and selected entrees off the main and HH menus. My husband stayed the cocktails were great. Busboys was one of the tastiest dining options during our whole trip. We enjoyed the: excellent lamb sliders (HH 1/2 off), sweet... More 

Thank TXLady10
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to go to this place as it is very close to our hotel ...it's basically a American Bar with good options of cocktails.we had a great time ...

Thank RawatD7
Warren, MI
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114 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

I had the distinct honor of being the featured poet at Busboys and Poets on October 18. The entire room was filled with love. The shrimp and grit appetizer was delish! There's more to do here than eat and enjoy poetry. There is an amazing bookstore and lounge area. I'd highly recommend this location on any Tuesday night. Let Droopy... More 

Thank rosie313
United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

What an amazing experience! Great atmosphere and a menu with lots of vegetarian options for my friend/co-worker! The coconut tofu bites are a must-try, even if you're not a vegetarian. Absolutely delicious. Great service and good prices.

Thank Natalie S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2021 14th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > U Street Corridor
  • Neighborhood: U Street Corridor
  • Phone Number: +1 202-387-7638

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?