Ben's Next Door

Ben's Next Door

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and Bar
1211 U St NW (btwn 12th & 13th), Washington, D.C. 20009, United States
Hours:
Open until 3:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
7.8/10

Based on 181 votes

People like this place

Total Visitors
4,697
Total Visits
10,386
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  • What you need to know
    Mickey
    Bottomless Mimosa during Sunday brunch = the way to go.(6 Tips)
    Crystal B.
    Chicken and waffles only available at lunch time or on Monday night.(5 Tips)
    Trac N.
    do yourself a favor and get a side of grits, too.(9 Tips)
    GoBrown75
    Love the chicken and crab cake platter but this time around the chicken...(2 Tips)
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  • Southern food
  • grits
  • happy hour
  • brunch food
  • chicken
  • chili
  • crab cakes
  • po' boys
  • shrimp
  • sliders
  • sweet potato cakes
  • french fries
  • great value
  • casual
  • ribs
  • mojitos
  • organic food
  • cake
  • music
  • spicy food
  • Deatrice S. B.

    You've got to try this one. #DSBesongEnterprisesLLC www.gosolarwithviridian.com/dsbesong

    Deatrice S. Besong · March 23
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  • Terésa D.

    Good food undermined by poor service.

    Terésa Dowell-Vest · January 3
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  • Ab

    So-so bar tending, good ambiance.

    Ab · December 18, 2014
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  • Phi H.

    Good vibe! Come kick it

    Phi Hoang · November 17, 2014
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  • Chef Dadisi O.

    Enjoy drinks with my college mate.

    Chef Dadisi Olutosin · September 25, 2014
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  • Wendy P.

    If, you want both alcohol and the famous Ben's Chili Bowl, hotdog...you can order that on the Next Door menu.

    Wendy Pittman · June 27, 2014
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  • Mingo S.

    Food was excellent

    Mingo Squire · May 3, 2014
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  • Adam G.

    Great brunch. Def need bottomless mimosas.

    Adam Gunnerson · April 7, 2014
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  • Ama K.

    Chicken and waffles...only odd thing, doesn't come with gravy. But chicken is very flavorful and compensates for no gravy

    Ama Kyekye · March 11, 2014
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  • Kalah H.

    I will never spend another dime at Ben's Next door. I have to say I am utterly disappointed in the customer service and I will never be back. Does not value their customers.

    Kalah H · February 22, 2014
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  • Sevda B.

    it is very good ! www.ayed.com.tr

    Sevda Başak · February 2, 2014
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  • Phy

    If you're coming for brunch plan to wait. Pretty crowded on Sundays.

    Phy · January 12, 2014
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  • Bitches Who Brunch

    Bitches Who Brunch voted Ben's Next Door as the Best Classic DC Brunch in 2012!

    Bitches Who Brunch · January 12, 2014
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  • Chelsea C.

    Delicious! I couple of friends brought me here to experience "Ben's Chili", apparently a DC staple, and I was VERY pleased. The grits were damn good too. $16 bottomless mimosas on the weekends! :)

    Chelsea C ☀ · November 4, 2013
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  • James H.

    This is my first time here. It is HIGHLY, VERY HIGHLY OVER PRICED! It is very OVERRATED as the food is concerned. You pay for the Name!

    James Haynes · November 3, 2013
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  • Cynarra

    Shrimp and Grits marvellous

    Cynarra · September 28, 2013
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  • Rafi F.

    Free parking behinds Ben's Chili Bowl (1st come, 1st serve).

    Rafi Free · September 24, 2013
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  • Rafi F.

    Free karaoke generally = 1st 3 Monday of each month minus holidays. I'm there on the September 16th and again on October 7th and the 21st. (Holiday on Oct. 8th). Free parking-Rear of Ben's Chili Bowl

    Rafi Free · September 12, 2013
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  • Heather H.

    The ribs, kale with smoke turkey, spinach with onion...and check oit C Money for great drinks

    Heather Hawes · August 17, 2013
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  • Bryan L.

    Beat the line next door at the original and enjoy the food in comfort.

    Bryan Lewis · July 13, 2013
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  • Veronica H.

    Try the brined fried chicken will the kale!!!

    Veronica Hunter · July 13, 2013
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  • Tonia TaknCharge C.

    best chicken in the city

    Tonia TaknCharge Coley · June 28, 2013
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  • Danyel S.

    shrimp 'n' grits. spinach for your side dish. add the spinach to the bowl of shrimp 'n' grits. see? what i'm saying?

    Danyel Smith · June 24, 2013
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  • Nikki W.

    I love this place! One of my faves in D.C.

    Nikki W · June 10, 2013
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  • SYLVER M.

    Love me some John and Erin. (BARTENDERS)

    SYLVER Monroe · June 2, 2013
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  • Jimmy O.

    Ask for Sofia

    Jimmy O · May 9, 2013
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  • LeeAnn C.

    Rude assed bartender

    LeeAnn Charpentier · April 28, 2013
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  • Quan G.

    dope place

    Quan Gee · April 20, 2013
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  • Larry S.

    The absolute worst service I have ever gotten. The bartender was more interested in showing pics to his buddy than doing his job.

    Larry Stroud · February 21, 2013
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  • Corrie W.

    Great place to meet people.

    Corrie Welch · February 14, 2013
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  • Keisha S.

    Restaurant week Feb 4-28 lunch 20.13 dinner 35.13

    Keisha Streeter-Clark · February 12, 2013
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  • Jayme B.

    A half smoked in an omelet... Mind.Blown.

    Jayme Birgy · November 18, 2012
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  • Charlie K.

    Brunch is amazing... Service couldn't be better. Come here for an amazing start to your day!

    Charlie Kordes · November 18, 2012
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  • David S.

    Friendliest staff in DC. Great HH specials!

    David Schulenberg · November 15, 2012
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  • Jayme B.

    Shrimp Po' Boy is where it's at!

    Jayme Birgy · November 15, 2012
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  • Michelle O.

    Great brunch!

    Michelle O. · October 6, 2012
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  • Danielle S.

    The shrimp po' boy is excellent.

    Danielle S. · September 23, 2012
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  • EmilyPosts

    The Mac n cheese with crab is soooooo good. Also try the tomato and mozzarella.

    EmilyPosts · September 13, 2012
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  • Nichole P.

    Get them grits. You'd better!

    Nichole Philpot · August 26, 2012
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  • Brandi N.

    Try the Shrimp And White Cheddar Grits

    Brandi Neloms · August 18, 2012
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  • ray

    Bottomless mimosas Saturday's until 3pm :)

    ray · June 9, 2012
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  • Dana

    Order the organic grits

    Dana · May 31, 2012
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  • GoBrown75

    Love the chicken and crab cake platter but this time around the chicken was not as good as it use to be and the crab cake was dry and a bit over cooked. The Patron Margarita was off the chain!

    GoBrown75 · May 26, 2012
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  • Crystal B.

    Chicken and waffles only available at lunch time or on Monday night.

    Crystal Brooks · May 23, 2012
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  • Reese B.

    Always finish with the bread pudding.

    Reese B · March 25, 2012
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  • Rukiyat G.

    Everything on the menu is money.

    Rukiyat Gilbert · March 25, 2012
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  • Mya M.

    What's going on with the service here?! Its beyond awful and we haven't even been seated yet!

    Mya M · March 18, 2012
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  • Rachel L.

    Love the atmosphere here! A nice, chill spot and great happy hour

    Rachel Lewis · January 30, 2012
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  • Brunch and the City

    A bit more upscale than Ben's -- great food, great atmosphere, great music. The fried chicken with waffles is highly recommended Read more

    Brunch and the City · January 22, 2012
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  • Sharon

    The crabcake sliders are delish!!

    Sharon · January 15, 2012
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