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Ben's Next Door

Ben's Next Door

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and Bar$$$$
U-Street, Washington
  • Mickey
    "Bottomless Mimosa during Sunday brunch = the way to go."(6 Tips)
    Christopher H.
    "I recommend bottomless mimosas and chicken & waffles."(5 Tips)
    "Best Shrinp and grits in the country"(12 Tips)
    "Get the crab soup and the fried chicken"(3 Tips)
104 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • seafood
  • happy hour
  • grits
  • brunch food
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  • Caress T.
    Crab sandwich was excellent and the grits amazon I stole my boyfriends he had to order more lol. Wonderful people as well
    Great food, great staff, and great atmosphere.
  • Bre S.
    A nice place to grab dinner before a night out.
  • josef j.
    josef jonJanuary 8
    French toast and mimosas 💫
    Upvoted Jul 13
  • Bree
    BreeAugust 29, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The absolute best cuisine in the city. Great vibe and prices. Perfect weekend brunch with lots of tvs at the bar for sports. My favorite drink is their creation a blueberry capriosas.
  • President D.
    President DavisJune 12, 2016
    Brunch or weekday evening, this is one of the hippest scenes for the black, young and classy to enjoy in dc!
  • 1 Sly M.
    1 Sly MinxApril 7, 2016
    The fried chicken & Waffle plate is goodness unexpected! The Waffle is SO light, airy and crispy goodness!!
  • Bree
    BreeNovember 3, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Shrinp and grits in the country
  • Terésa D.
    Terésa Dowell-VestJanuary 3, 2015
    Good food undermined by poor service.
  • Ab
    AbDecember 18, 2014
    So-so bar tending, good ambiance.
  • Phi H.
    Phi HoangNovember 17, 2014
    Good vibe! Come kick it
  • Dadisi O.
    Dadisi OlutosinSeptember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy drinks with my college mate.
  • Wendy P.
    Wendy PittmanJune 27, 2014
    If, you want both alcohol and the famous Ben's Chili Bowl, can order that on the Next Door menu.
  • Mingo S.
    Mingo SquireMay 3, 2014
    Food was excellent
  • Adam G.
    Adam GunnersonApril 7, 2014
    Great brunch. Def need bottomless mimosas.
  • Ama K.
    Ama KyekyeMarch 11, 2014
    Chicken and waffles...only odd thing, doesn't come with gravy. But chicken is very flavorful and compensates for no gravy
  • Kalah H.
    Kalah HFebruary 22, 2014
    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.
  • Phy
    PhyJanuary 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're coming for brunch plan to wait. Pretty crowded on Sundays.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchJanuary 12, 2014
    Bitches Who Brunch voted Ben's Next Door as the Best Classic DC Brunch in 2012!
  • Chelsea C.
    Chelsea C ☀November 4, 2013
    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! :)
  • James H.
    James HaynesNovember 3, 2013
    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!
  • Cynarra
    CynarraSeptember 28, 2013
    Shrimp and Grits marvellous
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeSeptember 24, 2013
    Free parking behinds Ben's Chili Bowl (1st come, 1st serve).
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeSeptember 12, 2013
    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
  • Heather H.
    Heather HawesAugust 17, 2013
    The ribs, kale with smoke turkey, spinach with onion...and check oit C Money for great drinks
  • Bryan L.
    Bryan LewisJuly 13, 2013
    Beat the line next door at the original and enjoy the food in comfort.
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HunterJuly 13, 2013
    Try the brined fried chicken will the kale!!!
  • Tonia TaknCharge C.
    best chicken in the city
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithJune 24, 2013
    shrimp 'n' grits. spinach for your side dish. add the spinach to the bowl of shrimp 'n' grits. see? what i'm saying?
  • Nikki W.
    Nikki WJune 10, 2013
    I love this place! One of my faves in D.C.
    SYLVER MonroeJune 2, 2013
    Love me some John and Erin. (BARTENDERS)
  • Jimmy O.
    Jimmy OMay 9, 2013
    Ask for Sofia
  • LeeAnn C.
    LeeAnn CharpentierApril 28, 2013
    Rude assed bartender
  • Quan G.
    Quan GeeApril 20, 2013
    dope place
  • Larry S.
    Larry StroudFebruary 21, 2013
    The absolute worst service I have ever gotten. The bartender was more interested in showing pics to his buddy than doing his job.
  • Corrie W.
    Corrie WelchFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to meet people.
  • KStreet202 D.
    KStreet202 DC Real-Estate BrokerFebruary 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Restaurant week Feb 4-28 lunch 20.13 dinner 35.13
  • Jayme B.
    Jayme BirgyNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    A half smoked in an omelet... Mind.Blown.
  • Charlie K.
    Charlie KordesNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Brunch is amazing... Service couldn't be better. Come here for an amazing start to your day!
  • David S.
    David SchulenbergNovember 15, 2012
    Friendliest staff in DC. Great HH specials!
  • Jayme B.
    Jayme BirgyNovember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Shrimp Po' Boy is where it's at!
  • Michelle O.
    Michelle O.October 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great brunch!
  • Danielle S.
    Danielle S.September 23, 2012
    The shrimp po' boy is excellent.
  • EmilyPosts
    EmilyPostsSeptember 13, 2012
    The Mac n cheese with crab is soooooo good. Also try the tomato and mozzarella.
  • Nichole P.
    Nichole PhilpotAugust 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get them grits. You'd better!
  • ray
    rayJune 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bottomless mimosas Saturday's until 3pm :)
  • Dana
    DanaMay 31, 2012
    Order the organic grits
  • M B.
    M BrownMay 26, 2012
    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!
  • Crystal B.
    Crystal BrooksMay 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken and waffles only available at lunch time or on Monday night.
  • Reese B.
    Reese BMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Always finish with the bread pudding.
  • Rukiyat G.
    Rukiyat GilbertMarch 25, 2012
    Everything on the menu is money.
  • Mya M.
    Mya MMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    What's going on with the service here?! Its beyond awful and we haven't even been seated yet!
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LewisJanuary 30, 2012
    Love the atmosphere here! A nice, chill spot and great happy hour
  • Brunch and the City
    Brunch and the CityJanuary 22, 2012
    A bit more upscale than Ben's -- great food, great atmosphere, great music. The fried chicken with waffles is highly recommended Read more
  • Sharon
    SharonJanuary 15, 2012
    The crabcake sliders are delish!!
  • Alexandria M.
    Alexandria MonroeJanuary 14, 2012
    We reserved the upstairs for a birthday party. We got here and upstairs was full. Unhappy customer. Not coming back.
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MuddDecember 11, 2011
    Drink are whack if u dont critique them..
  • Didier R.
    Didier RamosDecember 8, 2011
    Amazing fries!!
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LNovember 21, 2011
    Delerium Tremens on tap... 'nuff said
  • Shana B.
    Shana BergNovember 6, 2011
    The Pesto Pasta is absolutely amazing!
  • Ron W.
    Ron WillisOctober 23, 2011
    Nice atmosphere and a chill vibe here, drinks are okay and the burger was great
  • Didi V.
    Didi VernetOctober 23, 2011
    Service was horrendous! We waited 15 minutes before our server came to our table - to then have him spill water on us, and never come back to take our orders!
  • Rob P.
    Rob PitingoloOctober 9, 2011
    If you can't tolerate service that's slow as mollases, walk out now!
  • Toya O.
    Toya OutlawOctober 7, 2011
    Not not eat here! Terrible service as well. Sent my food back that i had bitten & touched and it was put back on the same cooktop as the new food being prepared. Disgusted.
  • Jenna
    JennaSeptember 28, 2011
    Try the sweet potato cake! Delicious :)
  • Mary Freda
    Mary FredaSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Shrimp and Grits are really good. And you can't go wrong with any of the appetizers.
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangSeptember 2, 2011
    Happy hour wings are slammin!
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangSeptember 2, 2011
    Get the Gin Ricky. It's the official drink of DC!
  • Ms. Sam
    Ms. SamAugust 26, 2011
    Ask for Queenie ;-)
  • Renee S.
    Renee SingletonAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You must try the mini sliders!!
  • Eboni C.
    Eboni CurryJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tuesday nights are "Live @ Ben's". Listen to awesome music, and try the Brown Sugar Mojito- you won't be disappointed!
  • Philippa M.
    Philippa MillsJune 24, 2011
    Just had the fish and chips
  • Nikki
    NikkiJune 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Blueberry Caprioska is delish! And rich with antioxidants :-)
  • Shannon
    ShannonMay 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Blueberry Capriosca! It's a yummy, yummy drink.
  • Ray W.
    Ray WilliamsApril 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    We Noes. Try it
  • Mickey
    MickeyApril 11, 2011
    Bottomless Mimosa during Sunday brunch = the way to go.
  • Ray W.
    Ray WilliamsApril 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Erin is the best bartender. Good to find someone who takes pride in there craft
  • ashley w.
    ashley winstonApril 1, 2011
    Come early on the weekends, bar is packed by 1030
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenMarch 21, 2011
    Beware - "Everything" on your half-smoke means RELISH, chili and cheese here. No mustard
  • Rachael K.
    Rachael KingMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    CHICKEN AND WAFFLES. If you get anything else, you will be sorry.
  • Ariane M.
    Ariane McMillanMarch 13, 2011
    Crab soup is spectacular!
  • Derek W.
    Derek WhiteNovember 20, 2010
    Nice atmosphere and a chill vibe. They do well by the drinks too.
  • Bedan K.
    Bedan KamauNovember 14, 2010
    Still bar hopping?
  • Nikki J.
    Nikki JohnsonNovember 3, 2010
    Was not that impressed with the She Crab Soup.
  • Monica W.
    Monica WoodsonOctober 31, 2010
    This place is wonderful! I went for a first date and the date was horrible but I didn't have to speak to him because of the loud music!!
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PegramOctober 17, 2010
    The fish and chips were good! Huge portion for the price. Next time I'm definitely trying the fillet.
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RicksSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Leave your diet at the door and order the fried chicken and crab cake combo. Your taste buds will thank you!
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HarrisSeptember 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Candace is the best! Especially at the bar for brunch! I recommend bottomless mimosas and chicken & waffles.
  • Trac N.
    Trac NguyenAugust 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    the best chicken and waffles ever. do yourself a favor and get a side of grits, too.
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RicksAugust 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The crab cake and fried chicken combo are worth your time and the calories!
  • Trac N.
    Trac NguyenAugust 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    the grits are the tits
  • April
    AprilJuly 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at the bar. Adrian is the best bartender there!! Great Service!
  • Uncle B.
    Uncle BruthaJuly 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Having drinks or a meal @ Ben's Next Door? Don't miss getting the Spicy Hot Wings! Best Hot Wings in DC!! (They're made with Uncle Brutha's ALLSAUCE!!) Great with an ice cold beer! Read more
  • Laura W.
    Laura WoosterJuly 1, 2010
    Sit in Yolanda's section. She is fantastic!!
  • Angelique M.
    Angelique M.June 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Free wi-fi!
  • CeCeG
    CeCeGMay 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great $5 happy hour. Nice vibe, music and people.
  • Clyde D.
    Clyde Davis Jr!April 28, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Every Tuesday Night New Chairmans Reserve Cocktails and Live Music
  • MsAngenella
    MsAngenellaApril 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Loved the mini-sliders, a perfect bar bite!
  • BeBlogalicious
    BeBlogaliciousApril 18, 2010
    Get the crab soup and the fried chicken
  • Ill L.
    Ill LiterateMarch 23, 2010
    Have the halfsmoke the way the bartender does, with chili, cheese, onions, and ketchup. Mac and cheese is pretty tasty too.
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliMarch 1, 2016
    menu seafood tak sedap mana pun
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliMarch 1, 2016
    tempat sempit tapi orang ramai der
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