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Busboys and Poets

American Restaurant, Bookstore, and Bar$$$$
U-Street, Washington
352 Tips and reviews
  • vegan food
  • seafood
  • lively
  • casual
  • sandwiches
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  • Abrar A.
    Abrar Al-MahfoodhNovember 10, 2017
    They serve Halal Chicken.. Chicken grilled sandwich is delicious
  • Dareen G.
    Dareen GaryOctober 23, 2017
    An independent restaurant and bookstore. Lovely staff & good selection of books. They stop serving breakfast after 11:00 & their weekdays menu is different than weekend. Crab cake sandwich was great!
  • fahad T.
    fahad TSeptember 2, 2017
    Staff are great
  • Rob Z.
    Rob ZajdelJuly 14, 2017
    WiFi password: peace123
  • Melvin
    MelvinJuly 13, 2017
    Socially conscious and delicious food.
  • Emrah G.
    Emrah GürselJune 29, 2017
    great food. super service
  • Miguel
    MiguelJune 3, 2017
    Book selection is amazing. It's small, but so well curated that it's the better for it.
    Upvoted Nov 18, 2017
  • Natalya R.
    Natalya RadostevaJune 3, 2017
    Perfect place to have a breakfast, brunch and lunch. Food is delicious, vegan and gluten free options are various and very tasty.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    If you are at Busboys and Poets don’t forget ask for a drink made with Pueblo Viejo Tequila.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 12, 2017
    This "community gathering place" with an attached bookstore is the ideal work spot. Fight hunger with an order of their beloved nachos or go vegetarian with a falafel or vegan tuna salad sandwich. Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Lisa E.
    Lisa EstrinApril 23, 2017
    Vegan nachos
  • 지수 임.
    지수 임March 12, 2017
    restaurant, cafe, bookstore it's all of them.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SigelFebruary 28, 2017
    Great spot for a casual meal. Lots of good vegetarian options if that's your thing. The cauliflower bahn mi was very good.
  • Claudia O.
    Claudia OrlandoFebruary 19, 2017
    Amazing brunch, big dishes, great place. But if you are impatient, they are a little slower. Except that, fully recommended!
  • Graeme B.
    Graeme BoyJanuary 3, 2017
    Great vegan breakfast food and delicious sweet potato pancakes!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 20, 2016
    If you visit Busboys and Poets don’t forget to pair your favorite dessert with Pueblo Viejo Añejo.
  • Ed D.
    Ed DennisNovember 30, 2016
    Great place - can not wait to come back and try something new. Grits are tasty.
  • Carmen Y.
    Carmen YépizOctober 25, 2016
    I haven't found yet another places like this one. Delicious burgers, beers and great service. I always enjoy my time here.
  • Rebekah R.
    Rebekah RobinsonOctober 16, 2016
    Vegan nachos and avocado hot panini 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽
  • Jennae G.
    Jennae Gholston-PittsOctober 12, 2016
    Great shrimp fritters and nice atmosphere
  • Mohammed G.
    Mohammed GhaithOctober 8, 2016
    Great Pizza and you'll have an awesome night
  • Nate T.
    Nate TSeptember 16, 2016
    This location will always be a winner: rich atmosphere; more than ample food selection; professional staff! What more can you ask for?
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LorenzSeptember 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Vegan nachos are to die for
  • Ninon ™.
    Ninon ™May 23, 2016
    Great sandwiches and books
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HinsonMay 21, 2016
    The sweet potato pancakes are to die for!!! The chicken omelette is so delicious, and the home fries are bomb!
  • Vienna P.
    Vienna PhamApril 10, 2016
    Vegan tuna sandwich is really good.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansApril 2, 2016
    Don't worry, their non vegan/vegetarian options are really good as well! But make sure you grab the halloumi app, so freaking good.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 23, 2016
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Busboys and Poets.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CowburnMarch 15, 2016
    That vegan brownie though
  • Jarrad H.
    Jarrad HubbardMarch 8, 2016
    Great place to work
  • Kustom K.
    Kustom KaneMarch 7, 2016
    DC tap water
  • Anne H.
    Anne HenochowiczMarch 2, 2016
    Family-friendly restaurant with a social justice bent. I always take visitors here for dinner and to visit the bookstore.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaFebruary 29, 2016
    If you want to freshen up with a delicious cocktail at Busboys and Poets, try a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Rotimi A.
    Rotimi A. WilliamsFebruary 22, 2016
    You'll find a lot of local events hosted in their small but well located space.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 22, 2016
    An anazing mix of styles and themes and people meeting venue ! Very unique and all worth it !
  • Lucky D.
    Lucky DeucesFebruary 8, 2016
    The shrimp and crab fritters were yummy as well as the gnocchi. Our server was not too attentive and forgot easily.
  • Thomas P.
    Thomas ParrishFebruary 8, 2016
    Coffee and a great reuben
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaFebruary 5, 2016
    When you visit Busboys and Poets start by ordering a delicious cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Danika W.
    Danika WeatherJanuary 19, 2016
    Fried chicken and Cajun fries!
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChaiJanuary 12, 2016
    Grilled salmon and the quinoa with veggies
  • Chris G.
    Chris GutierrezDecember 26, 2015
    Slow service and alright good. Still, a good meet up spot.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 18, 2015
    Try a real Mexican taste, order a Spicy Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Alyssa Z.
    Alyssa ZhuDecember 13, 2015
    Flatbread is amaazing
  • Liane B.
    Liane BanseDecember 8, 2015
    I always get the lamb burger. Very Greek.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethNovember 9, 2015
    Great spot. The venue is an experience and the food is delicious (lamb sliders and a side of tabouli)
  • JH H.
    JH H-DOctober 31, 2015
    A DC institution
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsOctober 3, 2015
    Great coffee, and the bookstore has an awesome selection.
  • Hanny
    HannySeptember 29, 2015
    Love this place and its poetry night!
  • Giselle V.
    Giselle ValdezSeptember 15, 2015
    Crab cakes and grits were spectacular! Also one of the best shrimp and grits I've ever had.
  • Amber A.
    Amber AdamsSeptember 3, 2015
    Best tabbouleh I have ever had! My husband had the sweet potato fries and they were amazing!
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