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Busboys and Poets

New American Restaurant and Bookstore$$$$
Mount Vernon Square, Washington
  • This New American restaurant is famous for their seafood. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Anthony L.
    "The DC Tap water specialty drink is a great conversation starter!"(6 Tips)
    Tasha R.
    "The blackened salmon was amazing!!"(6 Tips)
    Vasanth S.
    "Tempeh sandwich was excellent 👌🏽"(5 Tips)
    Melissa W.
    "Vegan Cobb, collard greens and basil seared tofu are all excellent."(42 Tips)
308 Tips and reviews
  • vegan food
  • sandwiches
  • seafood
  • brunch food
  • lively
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  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderFebruary 24, 2016
    Just amazing cubanos and mojitos (pictured) for brunch. Get there before the crush at 11 am. Outdoor patio. Easy stroll from the Convention Center and Metro station there. Outlets under the bar.
  • 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 Lipsey1 week ago
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Natalya
    NatalyaMay 5, 2013
    Everything on the menu is delicious. The atmosphere is really chill and welcoming. Charming ambiance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Corey S.
    Corey SimonApril 26, 2015
    The mushroom gonzola burger was incredible. Very simple, yet packed with a great deal of flavor.
  • @LorenzoAgustin ☆
    @LorenzoAgustin ☆October 23, 2011
    The Brie cheese panini with the salad on the side is one awesome explosion of delicious flavors! Try it!! =)
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikSeptember 26, 2015
    Really open, bright space with a great brunch selection.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Carlos O.
    Carlos OliveiraSeptember 20, 2014
    beautiful and nice place with great Vegan's choices. good to go with friends.
  • Titilayo
    TitilayoJune 9, 2013
    Sit at the bar if your in a rush! Plus, they don't do take out for Brunch any longer
  • 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
  • Sarah Ting-Ting
    Sarah Ting-TingSeptember 16, 2012
    The Neptune Benedict- poached eggs over a yummy crab cake. 'nuff said
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dominic T.
    Dominic ToweryMay 25, 2011
    Try the chorizo and shrimp pasta, very good. Also wash it down with the hemp beer.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 20, 2016
    Christmas colors are reflected in the cocktails mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco at Busboys & Poets.
  • 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.
  • Phillip J.
    Phillip JohnsonApril 3, 2015
    Nice chill vibe. Plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.
  • 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!
  • 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!!
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