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Busboys and Poets

New American Restaurant and Bookstore$$$$
Mount Vernon Square, Washington
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  • Hannah P.
    This spot is 10 mins from the station and has a huge breakfast selection including lots of veg and vegan options. I had the vg breakfast burrito with home fries - seriously great.
  • Ashraf A.
    Ashraf AliOctober 19, 2014
    Ask for David, an incredibly thoughtful and attentive waiter who is complete your experience. And the burger is beefy. Beef is kosher. Chicken is halal. And stomach is happy :)
  • Tory L.
    Tory LipseyOctober 15
    The food and drinks were amazing. Service was fast. Staff was friendly. 😍😍😍 beautiful artwork. The music was the cherry on top 😎. A must visit on your trip to Washington, DC.
  • Ghassan A.
    Ghassan Abu-GhaidaAugust 26, 2014
    Amazing vegan food. Trust me, the vegan nachos are probably some of the best nachos I've ever had. They have non-vegan food, too. Also, amazing cocktails. Few places specialize in vegan and cocktails.
  • Alaa S.
    Alaa ShakerAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the food and the service. And there's always some interesting event taking place there, like everyday, so check their website. Great place for brunch, get-togethers & catching up with old friend!
  • Arindam
    ArindamDecember 18, 2016
    Books, mojito cocktail, grilled cheese/chicken panini, shrimp and chorizo pasta, Mediterranean lamb burger
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterMay 31, 2014
    Fantastic atmosphere, even more fantastic food! Quite an impressive selection of progressive books for a restaurant ;) Both the vegan quesadilla and coconut tofu bites are epic. Easy to park nearby.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BlackmonJanuary 21, 2013
    Dina (sp?) was great! Sit at the bar for very attentive service! The french toast and cappucinos with baileys were love in the purest form! Mimosas were meh... but def coming back! Good music too!
  • David K.
    Something for everyone. and all good. Seafood, soul food, Vegan, southern, Italian, and more. Service a bit slow, prices very good. Will definitely come back again and again. Capt Dave
  • DJ T.
    DJ TainoApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Loved it! Sweet potato fries were delicious and the chicken salad sandwich was tasty. Sit outdoors on a hot day and enjoy the vibe. The seasonal brew on tap was great.
  • Brian M.
    Brian McGlynnSeptember 10, 2014
    Great food! I'm not a vegan, but try the Vegan Cheesecake! The White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding was delightful too!
  • Melissa W.
    Melissa WilfleyMay 10, 2014
    Grab one of the patio sofas for a causal dinner on a warm spring night. Vegan Cobb, collard greens and basil seared tofu are all excellent.
  • Brandon R.
    Brandon RMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    When crowded, check out the bar upstairs. Ebony makes great drinks and the Blackened Salmon with Sautéed Kale in lieu of Asparagus is amazing!!!
  • Camille D.
    Camille DanielJanuary 27, 2016
    Everything. Service was slow the day I was there. Sat at the bar, took 20 min to get a cup of coffee. But food was fresh and delicious. Got food before coffee :-)
  • Numuque
    NumuqueJuly 9, 2015
    one of my favourite spots in D.C. book-corner, paintings on the wall, food, beer list, friendly staff etc. a place with character ❤️
  • Chris F.
    Chris FredericksAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Solidly good food at an honest price. Drinks are somewhat overpriced. Service has been an afterthought for years but has greatly improved in the past year. Glad to have this place in the neighborhood.
  • Karen J.
    Karen JohnsonFebruary 26
    They have great breakfast options that are reasonably priced. The bookstore, Poetry & Prose is housed in the restaurant/cafe.
  • JoJo C.
    JoJo ChandlerMay 25, 2015
    I got a burger (with cheddar and a fried egg) and baby kale salad that were to die for. Need to go back and try more on their menu.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MonsalveMay 4, 2015
    Such a great space! Came here for brunch and dinner. Great options for both. Check out the books while you're there.
  • Beth S.
    Beth SantosMarch 11, 2011
    great spot. sweet potato fries are good. also love the steak & asparagus salad! waiters are actually told not to give straws out. sort of weird but don't take it personally from your server!
  • Jen M.
    Jen MareckDecember 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The chicken quesadilla (starter) is delicious. My French fries yesterday were greasy & very soggy.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CookMay 5, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    This is my spot. The service is great. Tons of vegan options. Can't go wrong here. Hip, cool vibe. Diverse clientele and staff.
  • Jada- D.
    Jada- DestinyJanuary 12, 2014
    When you go definitely try the shrimp & crab fritters and the Shrimp & Chicken Chorizo Pasta!! Trust me you won't be disappointed..
  • Spazzo
    SpazzoMarch 30, 2012
    Free, fast Wifi... Great food and nice place... Wat else do u need... And YES, awesome sweet potato fries... Get them with Sour cream
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanOctober 18, 2012
    I have eatenthe plumsthat were inthe iceboxand whichyou were probablysavingfor breakfastForgive methey were deliciousso sweetand so cold. Also get the whiskey drinksthey are good
  • JR R.
    JR RussJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't just look at the menu for the food and drinks, each one has a different poetry related fact on the front.
  • Connor
    ConnorMarch 14, 2016
    A super cool restaurant. Great breakfast food. Try out the omelettes. Price is very reasonable. Highly recommended
  • Dianna K.
    Dianna KJanuary 22, 2016
    BBP never disappoints and always soooo good #vegan yummy and several dessert options
  • Jason
    JasonJune 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great "get away from the convention center" spot. Speedy while great service at bar. Try a DC tap water. All the food I've gotten has been tasty.
  • C'aira N.
    C'aira NealSeptember 21, 2013
    The wait was crazy long but we got everything on the house so I wasn't mad lol! The chicken omelet w/ home fries & momosa's where great!
  • Veronica M.
    Veronica McCallNovember 1, 2013
    Me & hubby's 1st visit - WE LOVED IT! Great food, great atmosphere, AWESOME service by all staff! Everyone sd get to one of the locations in DC & MD!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsMay 3, 2015
    Their coffee is fantastic. Lots of options to choose from, and they have a full restaurant menu, too.
  • Iraisa J.
    Iraisa JonesNovember 28, 2015
    We just had the egg and cheddar burger...amazing!!!! The DC Tap drink was also great. A must when in DC.
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HJanuary 8
    Great brunch place! Sweet potato pancakes were FANTASTIC. Oaxaca omelette was pretty good. Very chill and hipster vibes.
  • Rick F.
    Rick FlynnAugust 25, 2013
    Have the Oaxaca Omelet. It was light, yet it kept me full most of the day. Also, the grits are DELICIOUS!
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin ParkJuly 30
    Cubano panini was amazing! Kind servers and the theme is great too
  • Skillshare
    SkillshareJanuary 30, 2012
    Not only a great brunch spot, but also a cultural hub. Grab a latte and learn or teach anything from music to literature.
  • Ujji B.
    Ujji BMay 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid Eating Out. Great Spot to be in your zen and get some work done(earphones optional) with decent music. Get the Veggie Burger cooked Well!
  • William D.
    William DemetriusDecember 7, 2013
    The Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and Potatoes Was BOMB!!!!!!!!!!! The DC Tap Water Was Everything I Hoped For!
  • Johanna
    JohannaApril 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong, but the vegan nachos are an absolute "must order"
  • Nikita
    NikitaSeptember 1, 2011
    Not my favorite Busboys since the service is always lacking but give me their sweet potato fries anyday. The chicken panini is my current fave. Oh and the tomato and mozzarella is delish!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SmithOctober 18, 2014
    The food was excellent but our server was soooooo slow and inattentive. We watched him chat with every other table around us While he ignored us. Our drinks sat on the bar for 10 minutes!
  • Kori
    KoriMarch 24, 2015
    Options for everyone, including your veggie friends, but it's always busy and the waitstaff almost always forgets about you.
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PeddeFebruary 9, 2013
    This place is great. I recommend the "Neptune" - Eggs Benedict w Crab. Perfection.
  • The Product Poet
    The Product PoetJune 26, 2015
    There are many great vegan and gluten-free items here. Try to Coconut Tofu Bites. They are dynamite.
  • Natalya
    NatalyaMay 5, 2013
    Everything on the menu is delicious. The atmosphere is really chill and welcoming. Charming ambiance.
  • Corey S.
    Corey SimonApril 26, 2015
    The mushroom gonzola burger was incredible. Very simple, yet packed with a great deal of flavor.
  • Ron W.
    Ron WillisAugust 23, 2013
    Not a bad seat in this place love the upstairs bar area and the outside tables are good too
  • Ching Y.
    Ching Yu ™February 15, 2011
    I have no idea how a restaurant can have a breakfast menu and not open until 8am during the week and 9am on the weekends, especially in downtown DC. Baffling.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikSeptember 26, 2015
    Really open, bright space with a great brunch selection.
  • @LorenzoAgustin ☆
    @LorenzoAgustin ☆October 23, 2011
    The Brie cheese panini with the salad on the side is one awesome explosion of delicious flavors! Try it!! =)
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CookOctober 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent menu for my fellow vegans. The tempeh panini is delicious. The vegan egg scramble is delish!!!!!
  • Owen T.
    Owen TaggartMarch 10, 2013
    Syrup container of sugar in the raw on every table...perfection!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Sonia S.
    Sonia SuAugust 14, 2014
    Quality food and fantastic service in a beautiful environment.
  • Eileen B.
    Eileen BJune 25, 2010
    High table to left of entrance is a great work spot. Outlets, free wifi with no password, great staff, coffee refills, cool people, pretty stuff all around.
  • Titilayo
    TitilayoJune 9, 2013
    Sit at the bar if your in a rush! Plus, they don't do take out for Brunch any longer
  • Carlos O.
    Carlos OliveiraSeptember 20, 2014
    beautiful and nice place with great Vegan's choices. good to go with friends.
  • Frank H.
    Frank HarkFebruary 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of gluten free stuff including beer. Also service organic, sustainable, and local food!
  • Jodie E.
    Jodie EJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The best place to hang in DC! Great food, service, energy and progressive politics.
  • Rose C.
    Rose CherusseryFebruary 17, 2013
    If you're into omelets, try the Oaxaca...yummmmy!
  • Kristin L.
    Kristin LukowskiNovember 18, 2011
    Was impressed with tea and gluten-free drink options. Service was ok. Mediterranean burger was EXCELLENT but could have been twice the size. Sweet potato fries were great, too.
  • Ian
    IanFebruary 13, 2013
    The chai latte with skim milk is to die for. Probably the best I've ever had.
  • Larry C.
    Larry ChadwellJune 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The bunch menu is weak compared to the real menu. Wish they had the real menu available all the time.
  • Trevor
    TrevorJuly 19, 2014
    The Mediterranean burger is made with lamb, and it is awesome!
  • Kiesha S.
    Kiesha SpeechSeptember 24, 2011
    Try the Mediterranean burger (mix of ground beef and lamb) and sweet potato fries. #yum
  • Awoyaa M.
    Awoyaa MensahMarch 21, 2011
    Here for dinner? You HAVE to try the shrimp and chirizo penned pasta with a mango martini on the side. OMG good!
  • Nikita K.
    Nikita KhripachMay 8, 2014
    Vegan orzo pasta with sweet potato is awesome! Great place!
  • Phillip J.
    Phillip JohnsonNovember 28, 2015
    Vegan nachos and pizza were bomb. DC Tap Water is deadly!
  • Close G.
    Close GitmoJanuary 11, 2012
    Jan 11: the National Day of Action Against Guantanamo & the NDAA! Join us at 1130 in Lafayette Square across from the White House. The program and march will run from Noon-2:30pm EST
  • Humberto M.
    Humberto MartinezAugust 28, 2011
    A hippie haven in the cold cultural atmosphere that is the nation's capitol. Get the shrimp and grits.
  • Sarah Ting-Ting
    Sarah Ting-TingSeptember 16, 2012
    The Neptune Benedict- poached eggs over a yummy crab cake. 'nuff said
  • Caryn S.
    Caryn StevensNovember 20, 2012
    The chicken barley soup is outstanding. Sandwiches are big enough to split!
  • annie c.
    annie changMay 24, 2010
    Went tonight and had trouble with service at first. Wine selections limited; out of everything asked for. Food was pretty good. Plan on a lounging type meal; you'll be there a bit.
  • Fast Company
    Fast CompanyFebruary 14, 2011
    Named after the poet Langston Hughes, this restaurant/bookstore/fair-trade market is a favorite hangout among NPR staffers.
  • Dmitry V.
    Dmitry VolkovJuly 26, 2013
    Nice place with outside seating, great atmosphere and good coffee.
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RJuly 5, 2013
    Great atmosphere, and good food! Try the Kentucky lemonade...
  • Emilio R.
    Emilio RodriguezMay 18, 2014
    Their basic bacon burger… amazing!! Everything about was perfect.
  • Donna F.
    Donna FlemingApril 4, 2014
    Shrimp and crab fritters. Cracked. Sweet potatoes fries. Turkey burger. All good!
  • Kes L.
    Kes LMay 16, 2013
    Loved this burger n fries. Whenever I come back to DMV ill show be eating here
  • A A.
    A ArnoldDecember 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The vegan pizza is filling & the DC water (alcoholic drink) is delicious! Can get u nice. (order two lol)
  • Matt F.
    Matt FryeJanuary 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The tempeh bacon is AMAZING. Great vegan and vegetarian options.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GieringerSeptember 19, 2011
    Great food, great atmosphere. Excellent cafe upstairs for getting some work done. Read more
  • Baker O.
    Amazing brunch menu, excellent staff assistance, and great atmosphere
  • T B.
    T BOctober 18, 2010
    Absolutely loved the oaxaca omelet with grits, and always say yes when they ask if you want to add cheese!
  • A A.
    A ArnoldDecember 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The event that's take place here are great but get here a but early for a good seat it can get packed fast.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 20, 2016
    Christmas colors are reflected in the cocktails mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco at Busboys & Poets.
  • Dominic T.
    Dominic ToweryMay 25, 2011
    Try the chorizo and shrimp pasta, very good. Also wash it down with the hemp beer.
  • Laurenellen M.
    Laurenellen McCannJuly 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Consistently yummy veg options on nearly every page of the menu.
  • Jess C.
    Jess ClemFebruary 5, 2011
    The most amazing food! The spinach lasagna amazing! I am not a vegan and I love it!!!!!
  • Joan E.
    Joan EisenstodtDecember 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    My half caf dry cap is lovely, aromatic and foamy.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CunninghamMarch 15, 2015
    The sweet potato pancakes were fantastic. Good creamy grits.
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TaubOctober 14, 2015
    Great Vegan and non Vegan options. Falafel is awesome!
  • Chrisi W.
    Chrisi WestAugust 29, 2011
    I'd recommend this any day of the week! Grab a chai, a book, and pull up a seat at their bar! Read more
  • Chris W.
    Chris WiseAugust 31, 2013
    Try the Eggs Neptune; the crab cakes are perfection.
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.January 31, 2015
    Vibrant restaurant/coffee shop/bookstore with lots of local art events.
  • Wahid M.
    Wahid MohiuddinMay 6, 2013
    Get your grub on... One of the better brunch locations in the DC region.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 10, 2016
    Very good quality food and choices for all tastes !
  • Paul C.
    Paul CapestanyMarch 26, 2011
    Vegan Brownie is a must-have dessert here!
  • April
    AprilOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    ALWAYS sit at the bar. Bartenders are sooo attentive. Wishing I had sat there now.
  • Andi N.
    Andi N.November 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the portabello panini. I don't know how to order anything else because it's so freakin delicious.
  • Christina
    ChristinaApril 1, 2011
    Try the Mekhleme (Iraqi corned beef hash). Comes with beautifully poached eggs.
  • Aleia W.
    Aleia WalkerAugust 19, 2014
    The beans & wild rice is my fav!
  • Diana S.
    Diana SanbornJuly 26, 2015
    The grilled chicken panini was delicious!
  • Molly C.
    Molly CushingAugust 16, 2014
    Great food, good vegan options, and good atmosphere.
  • Steve L.
    Steve LoGerfoOctober 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The new menu stinks !! All the good stuff is gone and the prices went up !
  • Walter K.
    Walter KittingerNovember 26, 2011
    Come for the brunch. Neptune eggs Benedict with grits, you're welcome
  • Yoshiko C.
    Yoshiko ChikuniOctober 6, 2016
    Vegan Quesadilla is very good:-)
  • Phillip J.
    Phillip JohnsonApril 3, 2015
    Nice chill vibe. Plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.
  • Willie L.
    Willie Lo LoJune 8, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    A new beer on Tap: Founders Hopped up Ale blended with Rye is a pretty dam good.
  • Jay W.
    Jay WrightDecember 29, 2014
    The burgers and grilled cheese and bacon sandwich is great!
  • Richard F.
    Richard FJuly 20, 2013
    Vegan nachos and basil tofu were incredible!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaFebruary 8, 2016
    When you visit Busboys and Poets start by ordering a delicious cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco
  • Soxinly
    SoxinlyOctober 29, 2011
    One of my favorite brunch spot in DC! Try the Bloodymary.
  • Sara C.
    Sara CJanuary 5, 2012
    If the weather is nice, sit outside! The patio area is really nice.
  • Catherine L.
    Catherine LovettFebruary 14, 2013
    The turkey burger with chipotle mayo is Delish!!
  • Kiara W.
    Kiara WalkerDecember 21, 2010
    The fried catfish, wings, and crab cake sandwich are all great! free wifi too :)
  • Nicholas W.
    Nicholas WestSeptember 23, 2012
    I've eaten the chicken panini a million times. Delicious.
  • Kenya f.
    Kenya from WakandaMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Excellent spot to work and eat or just meetup with friends.
  • Whitney T.
    Whitney TealFebruary 21, 2010
    Really delicious chocolate cake! Rich with lots of delish extras like chocolate chips, chocolate syrup and sliced strawberries.
  • @mrfboyer
    @mrfboyerDecember 7, 2015
    Good breakfast spot...great egg options!
  • Prajwal R.
    Prajwal RaoSeptember 16, 2013
    Make sure to try the Inferno Wings. They are awesome!
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn I2 weeks ago
    Lots of vegetarian options, especially the sweet potato hash.
  • Fukuko A.
    Fukuko AyamaOctober 20, 2014
    Awesome vibes! Love the drinks and great panini
  • Joseph P.
    Joseph PuenteAugust 10, 2014
    The fried chicken a good but the mashed potatoes are the most basic and bland I've ever had.
  • Gabby M.
    Gabby MoraDecember 29, 2010
    You must have the shrimp and chorizo pasta; it is delicious and spicy!
  • Kim D.
    Kim DwyerFebruary 18
    Quinoa, hummus, everything!
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LMay 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The DC Tap water specialty drink is a great conversation starter!
  • Jip v.
    Jip van KuijkFebruary 23, 2016
    Pizza is good here, the gnocchi as well!
  • Reba S.
    Reba ScarbroughJuly 28, 2015
    Good good great waitress, all food is DELICIOUS
  • B. S.
    B. SalFebruary 7, 2014
    Interesting place, menu doesn't have many options, but food is very good. Went for breakfast.
  • Yuval Z.
    Yuval ZukermanApril 2, 2016
    Nice looking restaurant and bookstore. Service was slow (in an empty restaurant) and the food was unremarkable.
  • Dave L.
    Dave LazApril 10
    A DC institution, drinks were OK. Staff was friendly, atmosphere was comfortable.
  • Reese S.
    Reese SFebruary 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    DC Tap waters are on point!!!!....a definite must
  • Vasanth S.
    Vasanth SubramanianSeptember 9, 2016
    Tempeh sandwich was excellent 👌🏽
  • Varah T.
    Varah ThorntonAugust 10, 2014
    Everything is amazing and great atmosphere
  • Ricky B.
    Ricky BlanchardMarch 3, 2016
    Excellent brunch. Enjoyed the sweet potato pancakes
  • Steve M.
    Steve MunnellySeptember 5, 2012
    Great sandwiches and burgers, cool atmosphere!
  • Deatrice S. B.
    Deatrice S. BesongMarch 28, 2014
    Try the shrimp n basil grits cakes.
  • Brittany B.
    Brittany BarbouJuly 15, 2011
    The sangria is delicious & so is the shrimp & grits entree
  • Faris A.
    Faris AltorkiAugust 9, 2015
    Don't miss the Sweet potato Panckakes 😋♥️👍
  • bill b.
    bill buckleyOctober 14
    Vegan nachos best nachos I’ve ever had!
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AAugust 22, 2011
    Amazing place. I could live here for the rest of my life and die completely happy.
  • Jaa D.
    Jaa DayAugust 25, 2013
    Great food. One day I'll come back and check out the live music nights.
  • DaEventPlanner
    DaEventPlannerApril 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Strawberry Margarita! Made with fresh strawberries.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 23, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Busboys and Poets!
  • Jacqueline C.
    Jacqueline ChauserFebruary 19, 2012
    Their tofu bites appetizer is delicious paired with their tempranillo.
  • R M.
    R MFebruary 23, 2014
    Vegan dishes are surprisingly delicious!
  • Rick W.
    Rick WilsonDecember 20, 2012
    Always been a fan of the crab cake sandwich. Yum
  • Jen M.
    Jen MareckJanuary 31, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Avoid their French fries. Every time I've ordered fries, they're limp, extremely greasy & flavorless. Order a salad.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MoolchandaniOctober 22, 2013
    This is one of the most overrated DC institutions. The food is overpriced, and it's easily stuff I could have made at home, for the same quality, for much less money.
  • Amber E.
    Amber EppersonJanuary 19, 2013
    Chicken panini and sweet potato fries were excellent
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DyeAugust 21, 2014
    Nachos with black eyed peas. So weird but amazing.
  • Dereke J.
    Dereke Jones IINovember 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    try the tempeh panini. so good! great Bacon alternative
  • Gianna G.
    Gianna GallardoMay 16, 2011
    Try the "Big Daddy" coffer drink with almond milk. Quite scrumptious!
  • Steve O.
    Steve OatmeyerDecember 24, 2010
    Tempeh panini is awesome. They don't have sweet potato fries anymore.
  • Becca C.
    Becca CharlesMay 25, 2014
    Try the DC Tapwater!! It's quite...buzz worthy. 😘
  • William
    WilliamApril 3, 2012
    Conference-how to launch & operate a restaurant in DC; providing legal guidance
  • sean m.
    sean mAugust 7, 2011
    Get an iced chai. Not on the menu but they have it!
  • Marian
    MarianMarch 31, 2012
    LOSERS. You don't bring lemon. Then you take away the glass of water??? WTH.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SingletaryAugust 22, 2014
    Highly overrated. Unimaginative menu that changed recently for the worse. Bartenders are pretty terrible, and the cocktails are a snore even when made right. Stick with wine or go elsewhere.
  • Brinela V.
    Brinela VivasJuly 24, 2016
    Good drinks, great food and awesome books!
  • Jessie W.
    Jessie WApril 20, 2016
    Gluten free pizza is actually delicious!
  • Nathelene M.
    Nathelene MooreJanuary 5, 2013
    Joshua is the best server! Good food, great service!
  • SHAR H.
    SHAR HAZELJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Sautéed Mushroom Burger
  • Xavier H.
    Xavier HartSeptember 8, 2011
    Try the Fuji Apple & Gorgonzola sandwich with fig spread on walnut raisin bread
  • Troy F.
    Troy Fernando MitchellDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy the drink called Tap Water
  • Diya S.
    Diya S.January 19, 2016
    Great ambience and delicious food
  • Linda L.
    Linda LamFebruary 2, 2011
    Their Poet Pizza was delicious. The veggies were fresh.
  • Alikia R.
    Alikia ReavesApril 28, 2013
    The Collard Greens are EVERYTHING!
  • Timothy Stanley
    Timothy StanleyJuly 22, 2012
    The sweet tater fries are yummy!
  • Dustin D.
    Dustin DavisMarch 20, 2012
    Blackend salmon with collard greens is insanely good!
  • Willie L.
    Willie Lo LoOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Dena is the best bartender in the world! Treat yourself!
  • Greg O.
    Greg OdumJuly 21, 2015
    Great food and service.
  • John K.
    John KeyesMarch 6, 2011
    The hummus was so good that we had to order another one.
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge CorderoJuly 26, 2015
    Cubano panini on point!! Good stuff!
  • Missy S.
    Missy SwearingenSeptember 22, 2014
    I've never ordered something here that I didn't like.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BNovember 1, 2011
    Butternut squash soup and poached pear salad are awesome
  • Lane K.
    Lane KisonakAugust 7, 2013
    Mediterranean burger w/ feta = awesome
  • Erwin G.
    Erwin GreenJuly 21, 2015
    The ambiance is excellent.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawJune 29, 2015
    Cool atmosphere, but the food could have definitely been better. Fries weren't fresh.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Come to Busboys and Poets and ask for Pueblo Viejo Tequila.
  • Genevieve M.
    Genevieve MarkeyAugust 13, 2012
    Cobb salad is HUGE!!!! And delish.
  • Anna B.
    Anna BAugust 7, 2013
    Lemongrass mussels and blackened fish sandwich
  • Brenda B
    Brenda BMarch 24, 2014
    Sweet potato pancakes..omg! Amazing!!
  • Erin
    ErinJuly 25, 2010
    The vegan tofu scramble and vegan sausage is delicious!
  • Elizabeth V.
    Elizabeth VeonAugust 1, 2011
    The nachos were great - lots of bang for the buck.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CoffeyJuly 8, 2011
    At breakfast, try the Oaxaca omelette! Delish!
  • Russell M.
    Russell MortonOctober 16, 2015
    Shrimp and grits was fantastic!!!!
  • Cherice - BlackNLA C.
    Ok it's Fri night I wait 20 minutes to be told they don't have the tequila for the margarita. So I order the Peartini only to be told 20 mins after ordering my 2nd drink that they don't have it???
  • Tasha R.
    Tasha RayMarch 30, 2013
    The blackened salmon was amazing!!
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SmagloJuly 14, 2013
    Service and setting are a poor substitute for the original.
  • Charles J.
    Charles JacksonFebruary 27, 2015
    Get the Blackened Salmon. It's delicious.
  • Guillermo M.
    The blackened salmon is amazing!
  • Sune M.
    Sune MeyerJune 18, 2015
    The omelettes are amazing
  • Felisha W.
    Try Ward6 or The Wise
  • Alex Y.
    Alex YNovember 3, 2010
    The peanut butter and banana panini is way yummy.
  • Dan F.
    Dan FoyFebruary 20, 2015
    Best breakfast option in Chinatown
  • Adam M.
    Adam MasonAugust 30, 2013
    Not bad! Fried chicken isn't conventional like KFC or anything. It's a big breast that's lightly breaded. Good though, small serving.
  • Indira D.
    Indira Dahan-StrongJanuary 1, 2013
    Almond Milk Cappuccino. DE-LISH!
  • LadyBusiness
    LadyBusinessOctober 15, 2014
    Get the Egyptian dip and a glass of wine
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KuchmanSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Gluten & dairy free pancakes!! So good
  • Mike R.
    Mike ReidSeptember 13, 2012
    The environment is (much) better than the food.
  • Monique W.
    Monique WOctober 12, 2011
    Thin Mint Latte! And Vegan Quesadillas!
  • Arlene H.
    Arlene HerreraNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pancakes that melt in your mouth!
  • Paul P.
    Paul PMay 2, 2011
    The shrimp and chorizo pasta is a knockout but the garlic toast is a bland greasy fail. When did the chef last taste it? Will def order again regardless.
  • James W.
    James WhiteheadJuly 22, 2013
    Fantastic Vegan Spot
  • Terrence C.
    Terrence CortFebruary 2, 2012
    The Reuben Sandwich is AMAZING
  • barbi
    barbiOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Service is pretty bad, the food mediocre but the atmosphere and coffee is great. Breakfast is your best bet here.
  • Lena T.
    Lena TabbahAugust 2, 2012
    Go see Dinah- best bartender ever !!
  • Michelle
    MichelleNovember 30, 2014
    Great food and friendly service.
  • SHAR H.
    SHAR HAZELJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    So love the THIN MINT LATTE..
  • Jason V.
    Jason Van DykeDecember 29, 2012
    The chili is excellent!
  • Stirling D.
    Stirling DembyFebruary 11, 2011
    The Neptune Eggs Benedict is awesome.
  • Akwasi J.
    Akwasi JacksonJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong here
  • Osmaan A.
    Osmaan A.October 10, 2011
    Love that they serve Halal chicken!
  • rachel w.
    rachel wimberleyMarch 14, 2010
    Great food, really chill place to grab a bite with friends.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MinicucciMay 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Dinna makes a great mojito. Ask her for one.
  • Cathy D.
    Cathy Davis-HugheyMay 25, 2013
    Thr Chicken Salad Sandwich is the Bomb!
  • justmush
    justmushFebruary 20, 2016
    Tons of vegan options
  • Charles D.
    Charles DannettFebruary 17, 2014
    Drink, then drink some more
  • Domonique T.
    Domonique TaylorJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Vegan chick quesadilla is pretty good
  • Kat J.
    Kat JonesApril 30, 2015
    Awesome vegan brownie
  • abracapocus
    abracapocusMay 30, 2011
    favs so far #vegan nachoes & cheezecake Read more
  • Darla B.
    Darla BuntingMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the chicken panini! I love it!
  • Amber
    AmberMarch 11, 2016
    Great menu selection
  • Nayanda M.
    Nayanda MoniqueSeptember 22, 2013
    Nice place, friendly service.
  • Alexa
    AlexaJuly 26, 2012
    Poached pear salad is sooo good
  • Craig J.
    Craig JohnsonApril 12, 2013
    Came for show that got rescheduled.
  • Ashlyn H.
    Ashlyn HarmonJanuary 5, 2013
    Yummy spicy Bloody Mary's
  • Willie L.
    Willie Lo LoMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The blackened salmon should definitely be on your list!
  • Shanni R.
    Shanni RobinsonOctober 21, 2011
    The chilli is pretty darn GOOD!
  • Kristin W.
    Kristin WeisMarch 17, 2015
    So many delicious vegetarian options.
  • Jeff N.
    Jeff NamadanJune 4, 2011
    Vegan veggie wrap is awesome!
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HillaertOctober 29, 2010
    Great coffee and awesome environment!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SummeyMay 25, 2013
    Love the French Toast!
  • Diana
    DianaJanuary 20, 2016
    Vegan and vegetarian options!
  • Deb P.
    Deb PerezFebruary 22, 2016
    Chili was amazing
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticJanuary 21, 2013
    Try the French Toast
  • Chris
    ChrisJuly 2, 2012
    Falafel is a good way to cool off..
  • Dj H.
    Dj HeatMay 7, 2010
    Make love to the turkey burger. It will love you back and please you. Mmmmm
  • Jude M.
    Jude MillerAugust 2, 2015
    Those f*ckerz told me I couldn't get a takeout order during brunch .. wtf
  • Will J.
    Will JohnsonJune 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the white sangria on a hot summer day!!
  • Mary Kate K.
    Mary Kate KeapplerMarch 27, 2016
    Very glad we made it over to this great place!
  • Angelius b.
    Angelius bella donaDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Always tip well
  • Ekta D.
    Ekta DaryananiApril 16, 2014
    Good ambience. Average food. Slow service. Good bloody mary's.
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie BuchwalterFebruary 20, 2011
    the poached pear salad is incredible!
  • Qtym B.
    Qtym Best-HallJanuary 1, 2014
    Get what looks good, and it will be.
  • Jenna W.
    Jenna Wan JunApril 6, 2013
    Nachos are amazing!
  • Bart D.
    Bart De MaertelaereAugust 9, 2014
    Great atmosphere
  • Bryan J.
    Bryan JosephFebruary 29, 2012
    Cute waiter! Good food!
  • Michael A.
    Michael AlbertMarch 19, 2011
    Pan-fried chicken is amazing
  • Katie G.
    Katie GriffithSeptember 19, 2012
    Delicious falafel sandwich!
  • Pablo R.
    Pablo RamosMarch 19, 2015
    Great nachos!
  • Antonello L.
    Eggs are quite nice
  • Irene W.
    Irene WilliamsDecember 9, 2011
    Great chill place.
  • Yaser A.
    Yaser AlJnoobiAugust 20, 2016
    Sweet potato pancakes 😍
  • Domonique T.
    Domonique TaylorDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Vegan food is on point !
  • Marian
    MarianMarch 31, 2012
    Noise level is horrible. The pounding NOISE. Would that be the "music"?!
  • Ruth L.
    Ruth LaToison IfillNovember 12, 2012
    Always great service!
  • JAY D.
    JAY DEEAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Having the usual ....
  • Job F.
    Job ForceOctober 29, 2010
    Great for group meetings! We had one of our 'Dinner and A Job™' events there!
  • Andrew
    AndrewFebruary 17, 2015
    Cafe Medici looks interesting
  • Willie L.
    Willie Lo LoApril 2, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    the blackened salmon is great!
  • Vaughn M.
    Vaughn MooreJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best whole wheat pancakes in the District ...
  • Dennis H.
    Dennis HicksJuly 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cobb Salad was awesome!! Highly recommend.
  • Joan E.
    Joan EisenstodtJuly 8, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Josh makes best Cappa.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MorrisonJanuary 1, 2010
    Vegan veggie wrap is good... But hella hot at the start, don't burn your tongue
  • Keisha R.
    Keisha ReedMay 26, 2013
    Only words needed: DC Tap water.
  • Sydney S.
    Sydney SapperJuly 9, 2012
    Avocado Panini
  • Gynx M.
    Gynx MackMarch 13, 2012
    I have done a few times ...it is hot .
  • Josh L.
    Josh LucasJanuary 5, 2014
    Chicken panani!
  • Terena B.
    Terena BellOctober 17, 2011
    Was told this was a bookstore-restaurant combo place. It's not. Restaurant only.
  • Kevin
    KevinJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Mochas!
  • Chris F.
    Chris F.July 7, 2012
    Hipster Heaven.
  • Paul P.
    Paul POctober 10, 2011
    More bad service today. Lots of other similar comments. Does management ever look at 4sqaure???
  • Mike S.
    Mike SiegelJanuary 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Sweet potato fries are good. Some of the hippie waiters don't like to give straws out.
  • George N.
    George NeurauterNovember 8, 2010
    They have WiFi, but it is REALLY SLOW. You can barely surf.
  • Matthew Z.
    Matthew ZabludNovember 4, 2010
    Enjoy a healthy dose of activism with your consumerism!
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary BlackburnApril 25, 2016
    No outdoor seating
  • SHAR H.
    SHAR HAZELMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    SHRIMP AND GRITS...Oh La La...
  • Greg B.
    Greg BrueningSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    David was slow and inattentive. Never introduced himself, never refilled our waters, and the manager had to swipe our card.
  • Felisha W.
    Rueban Panini
  • Areesah M.
    Areesah MobleySeptember 12, 2011
    Food is tasty, concept is better, but the service generally sucks.
  • Karl T.
    Karl T.October 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    DC Tapwater
  • 25 M.
    25 MagazineJuly 28, 2010
    get there early for shows
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TaylorFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the peanut butter and banana sandwich.
  • Glenn C.
    Glenn CraigAugust 16, 2011
    Food was great, service wasn't.
  • Ian A.
    Ian AuldMay 18, 2010
    It's a great place for food and atmosphere. Read more
  • Georgetown Bagelry
    Georgetown BagelryJune 12, 2010
    Pleasant outside seating w/breeze...
  • Don J.
    Don JeneApril 29, 2011
    The Catfish Is Ah #Winner!i!
  • Edea N.
    Edea NorAugust 20, 2010
    The Nachos are money!
  • Marian
    MarianMarch 31, 2012
    So far?? Lousy service! Two guys, 20-30ish... Can't even deliver water!!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SurprenantFebruary 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at the bar for better service.
  • Chett P.
    Chett PritchettJuly 31, 2013
    Host task was terribly confused as to who was seating whom. Poor communication.
  • Markisha M.
    Markisha MurphyAugust 5, 2010
    Wednesday @ 9 poetry
  • michael o.
    michael o'neillApril 22, 2010
    drinks and/or dine there on the first weekend in May
  • ayce b.
    ayce boogieFebruary 19, 2011
    Wish there was a better waiting area
  • Timothy H.
    Timothy HuntJune 2, 2010
    about to eat a salmon caesar salad...mmmmmm
  • Dave S.
    Dave SaundersDecember 16, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the coffee. It's so good.
  • Cody V.
    Cody V.C.June 28, 2014
    needs a gender-neutral bathroom :(
  • mssoconfused
    mssoconfusedApril 7, 2010
    Great food!
  • Kitty H.
    Kitty HansenFebruary 22, 2010
    Sexy Spot!! Read more
  • Gary G.
    Gary GentileNovember 12, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Best turkey burger ever!
  • Augenie J.
    Augenie JustineApril 21, 2014
    Terrible food and even more terrible service.
  • Sujoy K.
    Sujoy KunduSeptember 5, 2010
    Service here sucks!
  • Christian R.
    Christian R.June 9, 2016
    Sehr freundliches Personal, Vegane Speisen gibt es auch, tolle Kunst als Deko
  • Marina Y.
    Marina YoshimotoJuly 5, 2015
    Steak aspargus salad! E o bolo de chocolate com sorvete de creme é dos sonhos!!
  • Maria
    MariaSeptember 1, 2016
    Все очень жирное, пересоленное, переперченное и пережаренное! Сервис вполне приветливый!
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