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Busboys and Poets

American Restaurant, Bookstore, and Performing Arts Venue$$$$
Fairlington - Shirlington, Arlington
  • Ranked #2 for American restaurants in Arlington
  • Alyson
    "If you're here for brunch, try the Oaxaca omelet -- delicious."(5 Tips)
    Katie Y.
    "Love the steal and asparagus salad with a side of crab grits."(4 Tips)
    Emma K.
    "Get the Mediterranean Burger - burger with goat cheese on a pita."(3 Tips)
    Peter C.
    "Get the grilled chicken panini - it's amazing"(4 Tips)
136 Tips and reviews
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  • Reagan B.
    The sweet potato pancakes taste like autumn. I love it😍 There is cinnamon and some other spices in the batter. The Oaxaca omelet is also very tasty, and I'm usually not a big omelet person.
  • Catarina S.
    So many vegan options that you will get lost :) loved the quesadilla and cauliflower sandwich
  • Catarina S.
    Catarina SchallenbachDecember 27, 2016
    The vegan quesadilla is delicious!
  • Clay W.
    Clay WholleyNovember 27, 2016
    Expensive orange juice fresh squeezed but watered down by almost half. Unimpressed. Pineapple juice was terrible. Food was just soso very unimpressed :(
  • Jessie G.
    Jessie GeorgievaSeptember 14, 2016
    I love everything here!
  • Vincent S.
    Vincent SharpsMay 1, 2016
    Saw a profile on the owner a few weeks ago so I had to check it out when I walked by. Def lives up to the hype!
  • natalie k.
    natalie kayApril 18, 2016
    The nachos are awesome. Cheese is served on the side so it doesn't get soggy!
  • B
    BOctober 5, 2015
    Shrimp and Chicken Chorizo Pasta was delish!
  • Primavera B.
    Primavera BeltréAugust 24, 2015
    Fried chicken and shrimp cajun pasta... excellent!!!
  • Jimmy O.
    Jimmy OsallaAugust 6, 2015
    Everything. I haven't had anything bad yet.
  • Sandra C.
    Sandra CerballMay 27, 2015
    Sweet potato fries are surprisingly good! Free wi-fi.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGMay 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the seasonal gazpacho. It's so refreshing!
  • Ultressa D.
    Ultressa DiamondMarch 28, 2015
    WITH MY BOO! Happy Early Birthday to me!
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellMarch 24, 2015
    Can't go wrong with the brunch.
  • Lindsay A.
    Lindsay AllenMarch 2, 2015
    Great classic reuben sandwich!
  • Beth
    BethFebruary 16, 2015
    Chocolate torte and decaf or hot chocolate with bailey's is absolute perfection.
  • Erika C.
    Erika ChyJanuary 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Addicted to the grits here.
  • Ben S.
    Ben StockwellDecember 14, 2014
    Mystery beer
  • Dean H.
    Dean HutchinsDecember 11, 2014
    Lamb Sliders
  • Jim E.
    Jim EvansNovember 30, 2014
    First time here
  • Michelle
    MichelleNovember 18, 2014
    Great food and great atmosphere. My favorites: sweet potato fries, steak and asparagus salad, blackened salmon, and bread pudding!
  • Van-De W.
    Van-De WashingtonNovember 16, 2014
    I love the atmosphere. It's a great place to hang out with friends. The food was delicious as well.
  • Thomas Y.
    Thomas YatesNovember 12, 2014
    I didnt really like it.
  • Sonja S.
    Sonja StrongarmSeptember 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Meat loaf dinner
  • Autty C.
    Autty CrosbySeptember 1, 2014
    I'm officially a pesto lasagna whore.
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HuffAugust 17, 2014
    Slow service but their brunch menu is great! I always bring guests here because there's something to please everyone.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LieboldAugust 11, 2014
    Great food and drinks. They have a really fun orange squeezing machine.
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love their nachos.
  • Molly K.
    Molly KrullAugust 9, 2014
    Veggie burgers and sweet potato fries
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterJune 1, 2014
    The food is great but they're super rude here. Go to the 5th & K location instead.
  • Yee L.
    Yee LauMay 26, 2014
    Free wifi!
  • Nevada
    NevadaMay 25, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't come here.
  • Mcsheilda R.
    Mcsheilda RidleyMarch 9, 2014
    As always, Fabulous! Crabs cakes, grits and first time eating it (grits) w/ asparagus. Everything was Devine!!!
  • Neha R.
    Neha ReddyFebruary 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Oaxaca omelette- never gets old.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGFebruary 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Avocado panini... Why do I even look at the menu?
  • Monique L.
    Monique LyonsNovember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good!
  • Scott S.
    Scott SibleyNovember 13, 2013
    Must have been a training night...
  • Kristin S.
    Kristin St. JohnNovember 1, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The homemade kettle chips are on point
  • Monica J.
    Monica JordanSeptember 22, 2013
    Best place for wholesome good food for your body and the books feed your mind.
  • David W.
    David WhiteSeptember 13, 2013
    Great food and fun atmosphere.
  • Gary S.
    Gary ShoopSeptember 2, 2013
    Good food. But expect European style service.
  • Dare J.
    Dare JohnsonSeptember 1, 2013
    The food here was so savory & delicious! All of our entrees were very tasty & well-seasoned!!!
  • Craig W.
    Craig WAugust 18, 2013
    This is not a book place for white, straight, Republican carnivores.
  • Jimmy J.
    Jimmy JohnsonAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the pan seared scallops with my El Jimador Margarita!
  • Alicia
    AliciaJune 30, 2013
    Try the Coconut Tofu - #vegan
  • B. Lee
    B. LeeJune 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The beans and rice are much tastier than you'd probably expect.
  • Karen M.
    Karen MazzarellaJune 8, 2013
    Best grits I've ever tasted!
  • Jimmy J.
    Jimmy JohnsonMay 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Luv..Luv....Luv it!
  • Satina I.
    Satina IMay 8, 2013
    The chai latte is great, just the right amount of sweet.
  • Chimdi N.
    Chimdi NwokoMay 1, 2013
    First time at a Busboys and Poets. Real chill spot.
  • Her
    HerApril 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    We love that we can order on the phone and pick up after a quick walk across the street. #shirlingtonvillage
  • Donna Mc
    Donna McMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tourist tip: great options for vegans! They have the BEST vegan nachos - regardless of whether you are vegan or not, these are delicious.
  • Geoff O.
    Geoff OpenshawFebruary 23, 2013
    Pretentious jackweeds at the front desk, slow service. Decent enough food.
  • Ashley Kay
    Ashley KayFebruary 19, 2013
    Don't forget to grab a Blue Moon bottle!
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    Oaxaca omelette: "It wakes you up and fills you up for the rest of the day." --Jim Moran (NVM's January 2013 Eat This Now! issue)
  • Tameka S.
    Tameka SmithJanuary 20, 2013
    Shrimp & grits are amazing!! Looked amazing too! Shrimp are thick and huge. A lot of seasonings in the mix too.
  • Ronald B.
    Ronald BozantJanuary 5, 2013
    Be sure to check out the crab grits!
  • Leticia R.
    Leticia RiveraDecember 28, 2012
    Great brunch! Must try the Oaxaca omelet! And sweet potato fries! Side of fruits are always deliciously fresh!
  • Joan E.
    Joan EisenstodtDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Shop the Global Exchange/fair trade store. Mediterranean burger and falafel, either w/ sweet potato fries - yummy!
  • Reid F.
    Reid FalconerDecember 22, 2012
    Great Beef Chili for a cold day!
  • Brian T.
    Brian TuckerNovember 20, 2012
    Great restaurant that supports conscious eating and the whole mind-body-soul connection. Wonderful spot for a dinner date.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BolchNovember 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this place. My only complaint is how difficult it is to get a cup of coffee when you first sit down at the bar and when you need a refill. This isn't just once's every single weekend.
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GOctober 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Oaxaca omolet is amazing
  • Kat K.
    Kat KinnunenSeptember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    3 words: Coconut. Tofu. Bites.
  • Angie M.
    Angie M.August 13, 2012
    Ordered the hummus appetizer and Meditteranean burger. I didnt know what to expect but both items were very delicious. Would definately order again.
  • Abby
    AbbyJuly 24, 2012
    Love this place!! It is fun to go there for a nice date or with a big group of friends. This place never lets me down. Wonderful food and service!! :)
  • Kyson
    KysonJuly 14, 2012
    Neptunes benedict...crabby!
  • Naomi F.
    Naomi FJune 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the gazpacho. You're welcome.
  • Rick F.
    Rick FroehlichJune 6, 2012
    The gazpacho is the BEST. They also have items on their menu marked as gluten free.
  • danicarine
    danicarineMay 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The crab cake sandwich is TASTY.
  • Amberelicious
    AmbereliciousMay 26, 2012
    You have to try the DC Tap Water it's great.
  • Alexandra R.
    Alexandra RiskuMay 22, 2012
    Try the mini apple pie!
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSMay 13, 2012
    Try the Oaxaca Omelet - So yummy!
  • Rob M.
    Rob MeltzerMay 4, 2012
    Get the soy chai latte. Ask for Heavy Chai!!
  • Orin T.
    Orin TApril 1, 2012
    Mmm try the crab grits! Thank me later
  • Teresa J.
    Teresa JaworowskiMarch 16, 2012
    Shrimp and grits are AMAZING!
  • Renee M.
    Renee MooreJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Best grits I've ever had. And the crab and shrimp fritters are Amazing!!!!
  • Renee M.
    Renee MooreJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the salmon with kale. Delicious!
  • Ch8ryl
    Ch8rylJanuary 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Good soy lattes here.
  • VWS
    VWSNovember 15, 2011
    Ya gotta try the crab and shrimp fritters! Yum!
  • Lynn W.
    Lynn WhiteNovember 15, 2011
    The best crab cakes!
  • Renee M.
    Renee MooreNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the chicken chorizo and shrimp pasta. Really delicious!
  • Chris D.
    Chris Du4October 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Service has improved lately and it's hard to argue with the poached pear salad.
  • Charli T.
    Charli TudesOctober 13, 2011
    Crabcake & Crab Grits is the best!!!!
  • Shealin S.
    Shealin SmootOctober 10, 2011
    The bread pudding is sooo good.
  • Brittany S.
    Brittany SmithOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lemongrass mussels. Do it.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HuangSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Open until midnight. Tasty, if a bit pricey. Also great for brunch :)
  • KP M.
    KP M.September 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great music!
  • Renee M.
    Renee MooreSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great hummus. You have to try it!
  • Alyson
    AlysonSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you're here for brunch, try the Oaxaca omelet -- delicious.
  • Katie Y.
    Katie YoungerSeptember 15, 2011
    Everything is delish, organic and fair trade. Love the steal and asparagus salad with a side of crab grits.
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa ByrneSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You better eat the wings alone in a corner. You've been warned.
  • Mo H.
    Mo HamptonSeptember 4, 2011
    Best French toast...hands down!!!
  • Katie C.
    Katie ChickAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order honey mustard with the sweet potato fries - delicious!
  • Haywood T.
    Haywood TurnipseedAugust 27, 2011
    DC Tap Water!
  • Melinda S.
    Melinda SigalAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Good place for 1:1's - just be careful about computer - they may seat you in an area for computers. This is the only store that does this. Read more
  • Ivy S.
    Ivy SavageAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Seriously, the creamiest grits ever. Great French toast. Love the salmon and grilled chicken panini.
  • Melinda S.
    Melinda SigalAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Caution:This location only! Laptop restrictions as to where you can sit-depends on time of day. This used to be one of my favorite places & best kept secrets for 1:1's. Certain seats only available.
  • Viktor S.
    Viktor SulzynskyAugust 15, 2011
    If you like gazpacho they have a yellow tomato version that is awesome.
  • Richard G.
    Richard GearJuly 19, 2011
    Who thought spinach salad could taste so good? Seriously, check theirs out!
  • Melissa Starr B.
    Come out enjoy some great food and some awesome indie films!!
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChanJuly 16, 2011
    Get the grilled chicken panini - it's amazing
  • Melinda S.
    Melinda SigalMay 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place for meetings any time of the day. WiFi is quick. Some booths have outlet to recharge you phone, computer, etc. Love the healthy, natural, & organic food choices. Alternatives for food-chal Read more
  • Connor T.
    Connor TurnerMay 20, 2011
    The Nachoes are pretty killer. But this location is a bit iffy on Gluten Free cross-contamination for people tied with sensativity. Read more
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerMay 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Peanut butter and banana sandwich is a good, cheap choice. The burger on pita is also solid.
  • Pamela T.
    Pamela TiradoApril 27, 2011
    The Rustic pizza (no peppers for me!) with the garlic butter sauce is amazing!
  • Frank G.
    Frank GruberMarch 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This is a great place for breakfast or brunch.
  • Annya E.
    Annya E.March 18, 2011
    $4 margaritas are greeeeeeat!
  • Haroon N.
    Haroon NaderiFebruary 11, 2011
    For the moozies out there: the chicken is now halal!
  • Justin B.
    Justin BernsteinFebruary 6, 2011
    Amazing apple pie and chocolate mousse pie!!! Will definitely be coming here again!
  • Erica H.
    Erica HankersonFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Steve, Kenny, and Toby are great bartenders!
  • Chris D.
    Chris Du4January 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Service is not just slow but also rude behind the bar; no employee here values customer service
  • Missy H.
    Missy HJanuary 1, 2011
    Oaxaca omelet is where it's at. Excellent coffee too. Sit at the bar for better service.
  • LauraLee D.
    LauraLee DooleyDecember 31, 2010
    Great vegan quesadilla!
  • Carolyn
    CarolynDecember 31, 2010
    Great meatloaf!
  • Laura C.
    Laura CookeDecember 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Real apple pie. It is wonderful. Get it.
  • T J.
    T JNovember 27, 2010
    Incredible ambiance, mood and feel especially in the morning and often during the happy hours.
  • David S.
    David SalisburyNovember 13, 2010
    Pagans Night Out!!!
  • Eric
    EricNovember 12, 2010
    Mushroom & gorgonzola burger...YES
  • Jim E.
    Jim EdwardsNovember 1, 2010
    Mediterranean burger is presented well with a lot of great tastes outside but the burger patty is boring.
  • Kalimar M.
    Kalimar MaiaOctober 4, 2010
    Yes, service is generally slow but the restaurant offers enough variety to please everyone: from vegan to carnivore. Bonus: Grass-fed beef
  • Sean S.
    Sean StegmaierSeptember 10, 2010
    Went with a party of 5 and food took 45 mins. Grilled chicken panini was good... Mahi mahi was ok.
  • Zac M.
    Zac MoffattJuly 23, 2010
    Without a doubt worst service in the area. Food is very good but budget an hour for food -even pickup.
  • hel y.
    hel yiJuly 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    mondays: open mic - poetry
  • Jackie R.
    Jackie RogersJuly 1, 2010
    The white chocolate bread pudding is amazing! Even comes with a side of vanilla ice cream :)
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica Foster BrandtJune 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Veggie burger, Oaxaca omelette, Brie panini and pomegranite lemonade with sweet potatoe fries, SO GOOD!!!
  • thekruser
    thekruserApril 29, 2010
    Not fond of their tap-beer choices. Then again, it is not exactly a bar. The Angus Cheddar and Bacon Burger was decent. Nothing to write home about. Really enjoyed the fries though. Fantastic!
  • Emma K.
    Emma KlemtApril 17, 2010
    Get the Mediterranean Burger - burger with goat cheese on a pita. So good!
  • Angus R.
    Angus RobertsonMarch 4, 2010
    Great place to go before Signature Theatre. Try the sweet potato fries.
  • David O.
    David O'TooleFebruary 21, 2010
    Go to Busboys and Poets. Order the grilled chicken panini. Read more
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChanJanuary 2, 2010
    Try their mekhleme (Iraqi beef mash) for brunch: ground beef, tomato, onion, potatoes, and two poached eggs. Delicious! Read more
  • Mike K.
    Mike KingNovember 20, 2009
    fun place to grab a drink or a sandwich
  • Mrfantastic8000
    Mrfantastic8000November 15, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    The Mojitos are very good! Make sure you have "Barb" at the bar make it for you!
  • Mrfantastic8000
    Mrfantastic8000November 14, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    You must try the French Toast!!! Very good!
  • Stefan N.
    Stefan NSeptember 19, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Best coffee in the area!
  • Anderson D.
    Anderson DonasAugust 12, 2015
    Recomendo muito! A comida é deliciosa e o lugar é muito agradável
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