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Busboys and Poets

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4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206
+1 703-379-9756
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was really good. I enjoyed everything and I went several times while on a two week business trip. If there was one thing to recommend I would say the CRAB CAKES!!!!! These things were amazing. They also have very good drinks but the place is a little pricey. I would suggest going during happy hour if possible.

Thank DGill016
Denver, Colorado
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What is this place? Food, Books, workspace, community, poetry, theatre........ Went for breakfast while staying around the corner in a hotel. Great am drink menu - coffee, chai latte, juice & tea were on point. Breakfast sammies & omelet were great. Standouts included vegan sausage & grits. Lots of options GF, Vegetarian & Vegan - plus items for Carnivores.

Thank greenvegeez
Baltimore, Maryland
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a Friday night without a reservation. About 20 minutes wait. Browsed and bought a book. Great food choices. Had the salmon and grits. Daughter had shrimp and Basil grits cake. All delicious.

Thank biarritzblue
Alexandria, VA
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1,256 reviews
583 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 498 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend and I came here a few days ago and just had the coffee. We had eaten lunch already at Beckett's Pub. The coffee was mediocre but the service was excellent. The food here must have gotten better than when I last ate here because there were a lot of customers here. The restaurant is also much larger than... More 

Thank VAChuck
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely Saturday brunch while staying in Shirlington for our anniversary. We both ordered an eggs Benedict (crab for my hubby and I had spinach). Delicious! My caramel macchiato was the best I've had, small but so yummy! Great atmosphere and variety to the brunch menu. We will definitely return.

Thank Melissa P
Mechanicsville, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviewed March 19, 2017

Busboys and Poets has been a favorite when I have been in Northern Virginia on business and personal travel. This past weekend we held a memorial service for the passing of my 96 year mother. The event brought family in from out of town. 14 out-of-towners including 5 great-grandchildren wanted to dine together. While reservations are not accepted; they gave... More 

Thank RWH71
Abingdon, Maryland
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741 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2017

We must have timed our visit just right because we were seated right away. A bit later, we could see that it had gotten quite crowded and busy. For brunch we ordered the Florentine Benedict and the French toast. The Benedict consisted of two poached eggs over spinach on top of an English muffin with just enough hollandaise sauce. The... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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238 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2017

I stopped here for lunch and while the service was good, the food was fair to average. My $12 salad was really inadequate with a few chunks of falafel, squash and seeds. I left hungry and disappointed. With all the choices in Shirlington, I'm not likely to return.

Thank travelingfun101
North Olmsted, Ohio
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2017 via mobile

While we had been here before, I remember the food and service being better. The chai latte my husband ordered was cold. The second one was cold as well. They made it right but it should not have been luke warm! My daughter in laws soy latte, chocolate mint - but I cannot remember the name - was not warm... More 

Thank dthopson
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142 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2017

Wow. There are no Busboys and Poets near where I'm from, but I wish there were. The staff was efficient, and the food fantastic! We didn't have to wait long to be seated, and soon after, our waitress took our order. The food was served fast and fresh, and was great! The only negative was mushrooms in a "western" omelette.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Bar, International, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 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 - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-379-9756

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