Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben's Chili Bowl

Hot Dog Joint, Burger Joint, and Diner
1213 U St NW (at 12th St. NW), Washington, D.C. 20009, United States
Hours:
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 6:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Fri
    • 6:00 AM–4:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 7:00 AM–4:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.9/10

Based on 905 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Amy G.
    "Grab a chili half smoke with everything and some chili cheese fries!"(20 Tips)
    Evan[Bu]
    "Be sure to bring Barack Obama with you, he eats for free."(16 Tips)
    Hillary K.
    "The chili half smoke is Bill Cosby's -- and my-- favorite!"(14 Tips)
    Maurice E.
    "Half- Smoke, Chili Dog or Chili Burger you can't go wrong"(24 Tips)
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  • chili
  • chili half smoke
  • obama
  • bill cosby
  • good for a late night
  • burgers
  • veggie chili
  • lively
  • good for a quick meal
  • authentic
  • casual
  • family-friendly
  • great value
  • milkshakes
  • breakfast food
  • landmarks
  • smoked sausages
  • good for groups
  • sweet tea
  • cake
  • Brett G.

    Vegetarian? You have to try the veggie chili and/or veggie chili dog. Life changing.

    Brett G · 1 week ago
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  • Joshua H.

    Awesome food. Go to the ATM beforehand, though - no cards.

    Joshua Higgins · 3 weeks ago
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  • Ashley H.

    Good, cheap food - go for the half smoke for the best hotdog. Their homemade lemonade is also delicious.

    Ashley Howe · July 3
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  • D R.

    Chili dogs

    D Rollins · July 3
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  • Erika L.

    Surprisingly good vegetarian options!

    Erika L · June 22
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  • HashtagNYU

    SO GOOD. MUST GO. Read more

    HashtagNYU · June 19
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  • Bill S.

    Learn about the history of this place

    Bill Shefte · June 19
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  • Jason F.

    Try Bill Cosby's favorite!

    Jason Fontana · June 16
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  • Sabah A.

    The best chilli and hot dogs in Washington.

    Sabah AlSabah · May 17
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  • Juan M.

    Great late night food...gotta get the iconic half smoke, chilli cheese fries, and chilli cheese dog!

    Juan Montoya · May 8
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  • Sandra R.

    If you want your chili dog with cheese, you gotta say so.

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  • Mark N.

    Try the Half-Smoke Chili Hot Dog - Half Smoke Chili Dog at the famous Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington DC (via @Foodspotting)

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  • John P.

    Cash only.

    John Paterakis · April 17
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  • Diego R.

    Best chilli dogs around

    Diego Reynoso · April 15
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  • Guadalupe R.

    For some reason I was very disappointed this time. The chili tasted very generic and it's scary to walk outside. Do not go alone.

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  • Spazzo

    Half smoke, veggie chili and Chili👍

    Spazzo · March 16
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  • Elena L.

    Il miglior chili che si possa mai mangiare, INEGUAGLIABILE ! ! !

    Elena Lago · March 12
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  • Tyler M.

    They will bring you strawberry shortcake if it's your birthday... Just don't attempt to leave before they bring it to you!

    Tyler Mayne · March 6
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  • Norie W.

    Two words: CHILI FRIES

    Norie Wright · March 5
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  • DoubleDeuce

    I'm not even a little bit of a fan of this place. It's trashy food that's terrible for everyone. But I still come here because it's unique to the U Street area.

    DoubleDeuce · March 3
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  • Brian D.

    This place is so good

    Brian Duckworth · February 21
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  • Morgan T.

    Only come here if you have never been here before, new to dc or there is no line. This is a great late night spot but don't expect the best chili you've ever had.

    Morgan Thomas · February 3
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  • Stuart R.

    Get the chili half smoke with chips. Too much food if u get the fries.

    Stuart Rosenberg · January 19
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  • Paddy

    From what I hear this place is a DC staple. The "famous" half-smoke was delicious. The chili is more savoury than it is spicy. More like a stew than any chili I've had before but was still excellent.

    Paddy · January 2
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  • Julia L.

    Get the half-smoke.

    Julia Lord Nickle · December 22, 2014
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  • K Street 2.

    This place never gets old! The half smokes with all toppings is amazing. Don't want a hotdog the smothered fries ( veggie Chilli or regular) is something to write home about. Seriously

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  • Ab

    Super "famous" at this point, but I'm not sure the folks who run it have noticed. The food's great, unhealthy but delish

    Ab · December 18, 2014
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  • Alex D.

    It's tourist kitschy, but good for a late night.

    Alex Dobyan · December 11, 2014
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  • Jan O.

    Fabulous hotdogs!

    Jan Olkkonen · November 4, 2014
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  • Ursula J.

    Chili cheese fries!

    Ursula Junque · October 26, 2014
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  • Randi C.

    The half smoke and the veggie chili

    Randi Cornelius · October 25, 2014
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  • Kenney M.

    Don't miss the half-smoke.

    Kenney Marlatt · October 10, 2014
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  • ROBERT

    Hot dogs chill and milk shakes

    ROBERT · September 28, 2014
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  • Ricky S.

    One of my guilty pleasures when in DC.

    Ricky Sherrill · September 27, 2014
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  • Cara

    A half smoke is obviously classic, but the best conduit for their legendary chili is definitely some fries. Plenty to share and absolutely killer, drunk or sober.

    Cara · September 19, 2014
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  • Pepe C.

    Tasty Food, good value

    Pepe Charlemagne · September 12, 2014
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  • Marcus R.

    The chili was awesome!

    Marcus Reed · September 6, 2014
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  • Christopher K.

    Long lines but worth it. Especially at like 3am. CASH ONLY!!

    Christopher Kopenec · September 6, 2014
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  • Rachel R.

    Loved the chili cheese fries and half smoke!

    Rachel Rubenstein · September 6, 2014
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  • Jimmy K.

    It's the perfect place to hit after a game. Chili dogs hit the spot, but prepare for a long line and no seats.

    Jimmy Kastner · September 4, 2014
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  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Ben's Chili Bowl as seen on Man vs Food Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
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  • Alaa S.

    One of the must-try stops in U St if not in DC. Cash only!

    Alaa Shaker · August 26, 2014
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  • Maurice E.

    Half- Smoke, Chili Dog or Chili Burger you can't go wrong

    Maurice Edwards · August 18, 2014
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  • Luis J.

    Disorganized staff for a landmark restaurant. Not very impressed.

    Luis Jimenez · August 13, 2014
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  • Edward P.

    Chili cheese fries!

    Edward Petrush · August 11, 2014
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  • Ayo

    Long lines. Very crowded

    Ayo · August 10, 2014
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  • Chris L.

    Half-smoke and cheese fries with chili!

    Chris Lowry · August 7, 2014
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  • E. P.

    Veggie chili is good here actually. It's all about hot dogs and half smokes at 1am.

    E. Perry · August 7, 2014
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  • Ken P.

    Great landmark in DC! The chili dog is amazing!! This is a great location to get a taste of what makes Washington DC! The line is long but it goes incredibly fast!

    Ken Pierre II · August 7, 2014
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  • Kriz A.

    Get a half smoke!

    Kriz Alin · August 6, 2014
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