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Upper Northwest
0.8 miles from Dupont Circle
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Books, good food and cool atmosphere! I love Books this a real cool spot for breakfast! We ordered the sweet potatoes pancakes, very sweet! I highly recommend. Then a Mimosas to top off the morning. Also, had bagel 🥯 and egg sandwich which was little...brunt but that is okay. It was worth the metro trains to come try it out.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 6, 2021 via mobile

Stopped by for a quick breakfast on a recent trip. Fun atmosphere. Clean. Good breakfast. Service was friendly and fast.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 16, 2021

Stopped here for a quick bite and were so glad we did. Ordered the nachos, wings inferno and weary blues (a couple). Everything was delicious and the service was good. They have the best nachos!!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed February 6, 2021

I'd initially praised this place. For it has been my favorite place in DC for 16 years that I've lived here. It's where I take all of my dates, out of town guests,or to go place when I wanta meal To Go. However, as of...late, the manager Patrick Coco, has been really giving me a hard time. I went instead yesterday to order my favorite pasta. I asked that the angel Hair pasta be replaced with penne. Just to change up the texture. The manager told me that I couldn't. For they don't allow substitutions. Since when? I've been coming to the restaurant way before you were hired. They've always provided wonderful customer service and adhere to such simple requests with kindness. I then told him that I literally order the meal twice a week with no problem. I even offered to show him previous receipts. Instead he began to speak to me condescendingly and with a harsh tone and basically telling me that I could complain to anyone that I want to and that his name is Patrick Coco. It wasn't the first time that he'd provided poor customer service. He'd been crass on a couple of other occasions via phone when I placed orders on Uber Eats. He admitted to me over the phone that, yes, the app doesn't always allow to customize your order as needed. Hence the reason that I'd have to call in to the restaurant after I placed my order. However, once I placed my order, Coco, as he likes to be called, wouldn't allow my order to be customize, basically, because he's the manager and that he doesn't have to do it. He didn't. I ended having to contact the office and file a report on him. They were kind enough to give me a gift certificate but they didn't fix the problem apparently: poor customer service from the manager.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed December 1, 2020 via mobile

My first time going to Busboys and Poets and I must say it was a very good experience. I wish we weren’t in a pandemic so I could’ve enjoyed the full atmosphere with the performances and all. I went with a friend and we pretty...much ate the same food and had the same drink. We had the DC Tap water drink and the blackened salmon over wild rice, asparagus and roasted corn and tomatoes. It was such a lovely meal and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Our waiter was so nice too and funny, it was a good night. I hope to one day change my ratings to 5 stars after a full experience.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 11, 2020

First food review and this place deserves it. We got takeout and it was great. The old lady got the portobello shroom sangwich.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 2, 2020

I was at Busboys and Poets recently and did not have a positive experience. The place was not clean and the food was lacking. Especially with Covid going on, I did not feel safe. I would not recommend going there.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed April 25, 2020

The place is really located on K St, NW (owner hasn’t had the web page updated to tell you the location change) and has a nice atmosphere when you first walk in, until you see all the political opinion and agenda material hitting you from...all directions and angles, right down to the server’s T shirt. Unless you are a seething political that feeds on this stuff, having the owner's agenda smothering every visual aspect of the eatery and unrelentingly shoved at you from all angles no matter where you are seated is far from relaxing, enjoyable or appetizing and probably is why the place was only 1/4 full at peak lunch. This coupled with bad food. The Avocado Panini (the sandwich pictured on their landing page and looks so good) being a woefully disgusting serving of ¼ size of an Amercian cheese slice, cooked wilted stringy lettuce and brown avocado inside the whole grain bread (with a nasty red sauce), and the tomato bisque (rustic texture, far from creamy or smooth, and looking/tasting like pureed canned tomatoes with microwave wilted fresh basil on top. The fellow next to me had the steak salad and frankly, while it was interestingly assembled in a pyramid, its colors and presentation were ugly, looking more like leftover cooked meat and veggies. To top it off, even though we told the server we would need separate checks when we sat down, and verified it not being a problem when making the reservation, the server refused to do more that split the cost of the entire bill evenly amongst the 5 of us at the table, so some of us were paying 1 1/2 times our bill) and when the server brought me my change it included a stapled together $20 bill. Very poor form. I was a server in my early years and always treat service industry staff with respect. As a patron I expect it to be reciprocated. This place has nothing pleasant to offer and will hopefully close before more patrons waste their money or precious lunch break on a sensorial offensive experience on many levels.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed March 10, 2020

We dined at this restaurant for breakfast because it came highly recommended. It may be a DC thing but it didn’t meet my expectations. It was just okay with average or slight below average food offerings. It’s more of place to grab a drinks and...do a little work while waiting out traffic or just needing to get out the house. It is not a must do/stop if you are on vacation in my opinion. My waiter was nice but did mess up the order. It wasn’t worth waiting to get it corrected.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 7, 2020 via mobile

I’ve been here twice now. This time we got there early enough for the happy hour which was perfect. We enjoyed several DC Tapwaters, a fave when we were in DC. The server was nice enough to let us hang in a table in the...corner and talk and drink for several hours. I always have great memories after visiting here. We grabbed some happy hour food which actually was a great deal with the drinks. I always enjoy the food here.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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drpoff
February 20, 2017|
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Response from 121barryk | Reviewed this property |
It is about 16-18 minutes. That is only because of traffic. My friend picked me up and took me there. You can always get a taxi. For taxi prices, you are looking at $12-$15. We went on a Wednesday night around 7:00 PM and it... More
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Response from sworrels | Reviewed this property |
Grits may be but not sure about shrimp as they are served with a sauce that may contain flour. However they do have other GF choices.
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Response from ags3391 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely call, but so many gluten free choices No on the reservations but wait was not horrible at 8:30 on a Friday night. Maybe 20 minutes. And you can get a drink at the bar or browser the books.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Busboys and Poets

Yes, Busboys and Poets offers takeout services.

Yes, Busboys and Poets offers delivery services.

Busboys and Poets is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5