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Busboys and Poets

American Restaurant, Bookstore, and Performing Arts Venue$$$$
Fairlington - Shirlington, Arlington
  • Ranked #2 for American restaurants in Arlington
  • Katie Y.
    "Love the steal and asparagus salad with a side of crab grits."(4 Tips)
    "If you're here for brunch, try the Oaxaca omelet -- delicious."(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)
133 Tips and reviews
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  • Jen Y.
    Jen Yu1 week ago
    Yum carrot juice
  • Jessie G.
    Jessie GeorgievaSeptember 14
    I love everything here!
  • Vincent S.
    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
    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 50+ 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.
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