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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 - 1:00 am
Closed now
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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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86 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in recently for drinks and appetizers. While the drink menu was very creative and everything sounded great, our server didn't seem very enthusiastic about anything when we asked for recommendations. I ended up with the sangria which was delicious and we also order the nachos. Service was very slow. We were clearly eager to order drinks and were no... More 

Thank cooperspeople
Yorktown, Virginia
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This popped up on my phone as a nearby dinner option and I am so glad we tried it! Menu is very diverse and I loved the lamb burger!!! We started with the shrimp and crab fritters and they were yummy! Great sauce. Lots of choices and I bet the happy hour is good here as we just missed it... More 

Thank Denise T
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had looked for a bookstore without success, then found this place. The book nook is small but they carry a really interesting selection. And the food was good. I ate a bowl of Morocan soup and a delicious Vegan Cobb salad, with coffee and gluten free chocolate cake. DELICIOUS and satisfying!

Thank Gaye E
Arlington, Virginia
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166 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

Food usually very good. Service usually efficient. Interesting menu. Nice dining room. Love to stop by for occasional breakfast.

Thank michael c
Easton, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Looking for something different? Try this place! Excellent vegetarian and vegan options plus local grass fed meats with no antibiotics! Wow!! The vibe was really cool too. Parking easy in the very nearby garage. Simple pimple! Will definitely go back next time in town.

Thank Ted S
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Was here in Arlington earlier this month to visit family-had seen this place on Trip Advisor and asked the family about it-turned out to be a family fav! Now I know why-fun atmosphere including a mini bookstore up front!And the food?? Incredibly diverse menu with choices for all types of palettes-and all we sampled was fabulous!! I had the best... More 

Thank christianecdonner
Bluffton, South Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Great spot for meeting for lunch for a social or business lunch. Food was very good and comfortable ambiance. Parking was easy in parking garage near by. We bring out of town guests there for lunch.

Thank lori c
Springfield, Virginia
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

Perfect for eaters of all type. Me and my husband have completely different tastes but can come here and eat without an issue. We both are able to find food we like that's delicious too!

Thank screnggli
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

After visiting the National African American History Museum we wanted to eat at a place with a variety of food. The food was good and hit the spot. Only thing you can't order from the entree menu until after 5pm. No worries everything else is good on the menu.

Thank Travel1two3
Arlington Virginia
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

Wine list is good. Grilled salmon on top of salad is amazing. Sea bass sandwich is a new addition and it is perfect. The appetizer sweet potato kale is a meal in itself. Go!

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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, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
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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Hamilton, Virginia
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?