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Busboys and Poets

American Restaurant, Bookstore, and Bar$$$$
U-Street, Washington
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  • Miguel
    Miguel3 weeks ago
    Book selection is amazing. It's small, but so well curated that it's the better for it.
  • Natalya R.
    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
    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
  • Lisa E.
    Lisa EstrinApril 23
    Vegan nachos
  • 지수 임.
    지수 임March 12
    restaurant, cafe, bookstore it's all of them.
    Upvoted Apr 23
  • Adam S.
    Adam SigelFebruary 28
    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
    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
    Great vegan breakfast food and delicious sweet potato pancakes!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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!
  • 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
    LITERALLY EVERYTHING. THE CHORIZO. THE CRAB GRITS. THE NACHOS.
  • 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
    Atmosphere
  • 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.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Terri A.
    Terri AlfordJanuary 22, 2015
    Great food. Hardy portions. Cute bookstore in back
  • Cindy A.
    Cindy AllmanDecember 31, 2014
    The setup is so amazing. Perfect chill or wait area. I love it here!
  • Kate
    KateDecember 25, 2014
    Great salads, books and tumeric tea!
  • Rohaina
    RohainaDecember 23, 2014
    Good place to hangout late night, but skip the food.
  • Zoa S.
    Zoa StewartDecember 6, 2014
    Everything needed for laughter: good food, drinks, and its downtown where you can s👀👀 everything ✔👍🙌
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LegaultDecember 3, 2014
    Good bookstore, nice crab cake (how often do get that comment at the same place), but pass on the vegan chili.
  • Jimmy A.
    Jimmy AbiDecember 3, 2014
    Karaoke night
  • Cheeky M.
    Cheeky McBumfaceNovember 21, 2014
    Fantastic inclusive place for people of colour and queer people. Lovely bar staff. Good beers. The bookshop is inspirational. The first place in DC that I've felt truly welcome.
  • Sasha F.
    Sasha FriedenbergSeptember 21, 2014
    Serious celery.
  • Scotty P.
    Scotty PimpinSeptember 20, 2014
    This place has an awesome vibe as well as an interesting book shop towards the back.
  • Aniruddha M.
    Aniruddha MandkeSeptember 15, 2014
    Fabulous place. Great environment. Top notch food. Do try out DC Tap Water cocktail. Always busy but worth the wait.
  • Allyson H.
    Allyson HarttenSeptember 8, 2014
    Reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. Some of the best Eggs Benny I've had in the city. Beat the wait and snag a spot at the bar.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥August 31, 2014
    Try the Pomegranate lemonade
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShorsteinAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to get work done. My favorite dish is the tempe panini
  • Al K.
    Al KagsAugust 22, 2014
    DC water drink, great ambience, great people, super earthly decor
  • Meg D.
    Meg DunnAugust 19, 2014
    Dinner with the Dunns!
  • seanivore
    seanivoreAugust 17, 2014
    Vegan nachos. That is all.
  • Ruth L.
    Ruth LaToison IfillAugust 14, 2014
    Bread pudding is amazing here!!
  • Devonta
    DevontaMay 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I generally order Shrimp & Grits but I was trying to think out the box. So I ordered the Blackened Salmon and Crab Cake! When I tell you I ENJOYED every bite. SEASONED TO PERFECTION
  • Tamo S.
    Tamo SeinMay 26, 2014
    Awesome atmosphere, shitty service. I just asked if the green drink is all natural, and our server said "all natural doesn't mean anything. Cyanide is all natural."
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah CrabtreeMay 23, 2014
    The service to those of us on laptops (weekday mornings, primarily) leaves little to be desired.
  • Nandi A.
    Nandi AndersonMay 18, 2014
    OBSESSED WITH THEIR DC TAP WATER!!!!!!
  • David B.
    David BlackmanMay 12, 2014
    Good food, good prices, huge space, lots of couches, cute bookstore. Love it.
  • Detrick L.
    Detrick LowmanMay 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always order a DC Tap Water and shrimp and grits after 5pm
  • Detrick L.
    Detrick LowmanMay 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always order a DC Tap Water!
  • Mehr M.
    Mehr MontenegroMay 6, 2014
    chai tea is amazing !
  • Steph L.
    Steph LApril 19, 2014
    A cute bookstore, bar, coffee shop and diner all in one place!!
  • Shana R.
    Shana RichardsApril 17, 2014
    Awesome poetry slams!
  • Dion H.
    Dion HinchcliffeApril 10, 2014
    If you can't get a mobile signal here, they have great Wifi.
  • KIKE M.
    KIKE MIRELESApril 5, 2014
    The best u street place for dinner!!!
  • Ben H.
    Ben HundleyMarch 8, 2014
    Came to purchase the Solomon Northrup memoir, "12 years a slave." Pretty crowded here on the weekends, but yes, the place to see and be seen in D.C.
  • Chancellor M.
    Chancellor McClendonFebruary 10, 2014
    Great atmosphere, music, and food. I give it 5 star ratings.
  • Dadisi O.
    Dadisi OlutosinJanuary 25, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The Grilled Cheese and Bacon as well as the Scallops are well worth it. #yummy
  • JR R.
    JR RussJanuary 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Rustic Pizza. Trust me :-)
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BurkaJanuary 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    You can order the Reuben with tempeh...fantastic veggie sandwich!
  • Jared S.
    Jared SchwartzJanuary 8, 2014
    Amazing lounge couches and great vegan and veggie friendly food
  • Lysle S.
    Lysle SDecember 28, 2013
    Vegan nachos are amazing!!!!!
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BellamyNovember 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a good experience with great food. It's still interesting seeing the diversity in the restaurant.
  • Denise L.
    Denise LealSeptember 20, 2015
    Bom e barato!
  • Brkgny
    BrkgnyNovember 29, 2014
    Vegan chili fasulyeli acili corba lezzetli ayrica portobello mantarli panini de lezzetli
  • Rckj B.
    Rckj BNovember 19, 2014
    Buen lugar para disfrutar de un libro, comer, platicar, trabajar, tienen Internet además de atención en español. Altamente recomendado!!
  • 🎈Jorge A.
    Desayune dos días seguidos aquí, me encanto el ambiente y la atención, excelente lugar para estar y conversar
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