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Busboys and Poets

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2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4436
+1 202-387-7638
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (95 reviews)
“panini” (23 reviews)
“nachos” (30 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2021 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4436
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Reviewed yesterday

Such a fun place and environment, with art, music, and poetry on certain nights. The vegetarian options are GREAT - love their tofu options. Affordable.

Thank Genevieve P
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place has such a cool vibe, and the patio area is perfect for dining and people watching. We came here twice on our visit because I really enjoyed the food. I had the falafel pita and tubulah, and on the second visit, a hamburger....More

Thank emgailm
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We’d been in Cuba for a week and hadn’t had too many salads so I ordered one of the salads on the extensive menu. It was delicious. Service was great as was the cappuccino.

Thank born2shop17
Reviewed 1 week ago

This wasn't in the original plan, but I'm so glad we ended up stopping here! The table of non-vegans shared a plate of vegan nachos and got approval all around. The sweet potato fries were also delicious! I loved the vibe of this place mostly,...More

Thank wherewithalicia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always good food and a great atmosphere. Great mimosas and the pricing is more than fair. We always have to visit them when we are in DC.

Thank i-travel-for-us-all
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Busboys and Poets. The environment is nice.... a place to read, grab a beer, wait for friends have dinner and maybe take in some live entertainment. The books are intellectually stimulating and the food is good. The selection is bountiful.

Thank jne7299318
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Eclectic menu friendly staff reasonable prices and very good food. Isn’t that what you want for brunch to?

Thank ceniroth
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good friend took us to lunch at this place when I was in town for a singing contest. Glad to see more than one vegan offering to choose from, and I was happy with the sandwich I got.

Thank V4Vance
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here after a day of exploring for a late lunch. The menu offers variety and the service was good. Even thought it was a holiday weekend, we only waited 20 minutes. We ordered a few different thinks and all were very good. The...More

Thank Amy9159
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the plus side: We arrived a party of 4, for memorial day brunch, and were seated almost immediately at a nice table. The waiter was attentive and rushed the kids' order asap while the parents were still thinking. Coffee was good. The kids portion...More

Thank zvalim
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February 20, 2017|
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Response from OhOneMoreThing | Reviewed this property |
I'm unsure. Sorry.
May 20, 2016|
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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.
May 20, 2016|
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene
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 St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4436
  • 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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