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Busboys and Poets

American Restaurant, Bookstore, and Bar$$$$
U-Street, Washington
  • Universal E.
    "order a DC Tap Water"(13 Tips)
    Keyon S.
    "Can't go wrong with either their Shrimp and Grits or Fried Chicken."(9 Tips)
    Jeffrey B.
    "You can order the Reuben with tempeh...fantastic veggie sandwich!"(7 Tips)
    Linda D.
    "The bacon cheeseburger with the sweet potato fries are a must."(18 Tips)
336 Tips and reviews
  • seafood
  • vegan food
  • lively
  • grits
  • casual
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  • Rebekah R.
    Vegan nachos and avocado hot panini 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽
  • Jennae G.
    Great shrimp fritters and nice atmosphere
  • Mohammed G.
    Mohammed Ghaith2 weeks ago
    Great Pizza and you'll have an awesome night
  • Nate T.
    Nate TSeptember 16
    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
    Vegan nachos are to die for
  • Ninon ™.
    Ninon ™May 23
    Great sandwiches and books
  • Lauren H.
    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
    Vegan tuna sandwich is really good.
  • Chris E.
    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
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Busboys and Poets.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CowburnMarch 15
    That vegan brownie though
  • Jarrad H.
    Great place to work
  • Kustom K.
    DC tap water
  • Anne H.
    Family-friendly restaurant with a social justice bent. I always take visitors here for dinner and to visit the bookstore.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    If you want to freshen up with a delicious cocktail at Busboys and Poets, try a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Rotimi A.
    You'll find a lot of local events hosted in their small but well located space.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 22
    An anazing mix of styles and themes and people meeting venue ! Very unique and all worth it !
  • Lucky D.
    Lucky DeucesFebruary 8
    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
    Coffee and a great reuben
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    When you visit Busboys and Poets start by ordering a delicious cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Danika W.
    Danika WeatherJanuary 19
    Fried chicken and Cajun fries!
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChaiJanuary 12
    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.
    Upvoted Aug 18
  • Amber A.
    Amber AdamsSeptember 3, 2015
    Best tabbouleh I have ever had! My husband had the sweet potato fries and they were amazing!
  • Courtney L.
    Courtney LewisAugust 16, 2015
    Great for brunch. Must get the grits, they are out of this world! Ordered the oaxaca omelette and loved it. Beans, eggs, cheese and guacamole? Yes please!
  • Logan H.
    Logan HouseJuly 24, 2015
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WatsonJuly 18, 2015
    Everything is delicious. Loved the sweet potato pancakes
  • Matt B.
    Matt BernsteinJuly 7, 2015
    Great menu with something for everyone. The flatiron steak salad was delicious. Also try the green tea gin Moscow mule.
  • Micha L.
    Micha LusterJune 25, 2015
    Sweet potato pancakes = ♡
  • Ab
    AbMay 16, 2015
    Decent bookstore in the back. So-so food. A memory of its former self.
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle ElliotMay 12, 2015
    The vegan cobb 👌🏼
  • Dadisi O.
    Dadisi OlutosinMay 8, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Great late lunch.
  • Lorraine L.
    Lorraine LaneApril 20, 2015
    Love it here
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.March 31, 2015
    The nacho appetizer is so good and big enough to share amongst a small group.
  • Monica U.
    Monica UlfeMarch 30, 2015
    The decoration is great!
  • Craig B.
    Craig BarrettMarch 15, 2015
    Food is great. Great casual atmosphere.
  • David G.
    David GroempingMarch 14, 2015
    Very rude staff. Wouldn't go again.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BallMarch 11, 2015
  • Marcie Q.
    Marcie QuintanaMarch 8, 2015
    The Green Gin Mule is everything.
  • Victor N.
    Victor Nguyen-LongMarch 1, 2015
    Poached pear salad. All day.
  • Souma M.
    Souma MFebruary 22, 2015
    Falafel and sweet potato fries are wonderful!
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.February 16, 2015
    Amazing vegan options alongside a great standard American menu in a quirky and very lively setting.
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