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Busboys and Poets

American Restaurant, Café, and Event Space$$$$
  • Paige F.
    "Sweet Potato Pancakes and Neptune Benedict are to die for!!!!"(5 Tips)
    Ronald T.
    "You must order the DC Tap Water This place is really GREAT."(3 Tips)
    Eileen C.
    "Shrimp n Grits r awesome and their brunch"(11 Tips)
    Kristin S.
    "Vegan quesadilla is delicious also."(2 Tips)
125 Tips and reviews
  • healthy food
  • seafood
  • trendy
  • grits
  • lively
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  • Brian H.
    Brian HartSeptember 3
    Lots. But not entrees before 5PM
  • Brenna G.
    The food was good. The wait was unsettling. There were tables open and they wouldn't seat us.
  • DJ B.
    DJ BFebruary 11
    Just about everything on the menu is awesome. You can't go wrong here.
  • Ali Q.
    Ali QahtaniJuly 10, 2016
    Perfect for breakfast!
  • Ali Q.
    Ali QahtaniJuly 10, 2016
    This is the Mekhele. An Iraqi style breakfast meal that is a BOMB!
  • Goombay B.
    Goombay ButchJune 18, 2016
    By far this is the best Bus Boys in the DC area! Love the Space and the free parking in the back!
  • rukmini diane maria b.
    rukmini diane maria bongiorniMay 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the collard greens!
  • Dani B.
    Dani BlairApril 4, 2016
    Their chili is amazing!
  • Joyce
    JoyceMarch 18, 2016
    potato chips made on site, salads
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonFebruary 21, 2016
    Honestly better than the one on 14th. Not as crazy crowded, so they have time to give more attention to the food. Best food near UMD.
  • Amoge O.
    Amoge OgwuegbuJanuary 21, 2016
    Very good customer service
  • James L.
    James LytleJanuary 10, 2016
    Breakfast and lunch are great at all the BB&P.
  • Kim F.
    Kim FrumJanuary 6, 2016
    This place is amazing! Great food. The atmosphere is relaxed & very community centric. You'll find everyone here.
  • Ronald T.
    Ronald ThompsonNovember 19, 2015
    The lamb burger is quite divine. You must order the DC Tap Water This place is really GREAT.
  • Marilyn D.
    Marilyn DenisSeptember 22, 2015
    you never regret here. They serve the best meal ever.
  • Clifton W.
    Clifton WynterSeptember 5, 2015
    The Shrimp & Chicken Chorizo Pasta will satisfy those who enjoy a punch of spice in their life.
  • Emma M.
    Emma McTagueAugust 31, 2015
    Come on weeknights, when there are usually slam poetry nights or discussions!
  • Emma M.
    Emma McTagueAugust 31, 2015
    Hip vibe and great, healthy food!
  • cha cha cha
    cha cha chaAugust 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Western Omelette!
  • Alfie B.
    Alfie BartleyJuly 24, 2015
    Crab and Shrimp Fritters!
  • Paige F.
    Paige ForteJune 27, 2015
    Sweet Potato Pancakes and Neptune Benedict are to die for!!!!
  • Micah P.
    Micah PMay 23, 2015
    Can't go wrong with anything on the menu!
  • Mukul K.
    Mukul KulkarniApril 11, 2015
    Ambience is great so is the food and the service. Loved the place! :-D
  • Jason J.
    Jason JenkinsApril 4, 2015
    Very cool vibe. A shame that the prices indicate more "poser" than "authentic". Still a nice time, just not an everyday or week outing
  • Stacy T.
    Stacy TaylorMarch 14, 2015
    Catfish with greens
  • David B.
    David BeckFebruary 13, 2015
    My favorite spot.
  • Sonja S.
    Sonja StrongarmJanuary 25, 2015
    Tastiest meatloaf in town
  • Loren W.
    Loren WorsleyJanuary 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Blackened fish sammich OH MY GAW
  • Sasha N.
    Sasha NevermindJanuary 1, 2015
    Be sure to order a pitcher of mimosas instead of purchasing them one by one. With the pitcher, you get more bang for the buck.
  • Sasha N.
    Sasha NevermindDecember 28, 2014
    They have an awesome brunch on the weekends. My favorite is the sweet potato pancakes.
  • Andrea H.
    Andrea HylenDecember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great sweet potato fries and a choice of dipping sauces. chipotle mayo was delish. Best Skim Latte! Yum! Staff was very friendly and helpful. Wifi connection strong. Busy on a Sunday afternoon.
  • N K.
    N KDecember 20, 2014
    Brunch sweet potato pancakes and the hiuse blend coffee.
  • Phi H.
    Phi HoangNovember 15, 2014
    Turkey roast and beef chili !! Get in my belly !! Good vibes cool place
  • Jamila S.
    Jamila SmithNovember 9, 2014
    Wonderful selection of teas! Large backroom for private events (e.g. book signing of Pitch Black by: Christine Turner Jackson)
  • Jennifer
    JenniferOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The new vegan chilli is really on point 👌
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MontilloOctober 4, 2014
    First time, excellent atmosphere.
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  • Brandi G.
    Brandi GravesSeptember 19, 2014
    Everything is delectable. Go for Brunch try the French Toast and bottomless mimosas
  • Ann Maria
    Ann MariaJune 27, 2014
    Love the fresh squeeze orange juice.
  • Taboo1099
    Taboo1099June 8, 2014
    Pineapple infused margarita and shrimp & crab cake balls!
  • Eunice K.
    Eunice KimFebruary 25, 2014
    Huge parking area at the back of the restaurant (near the apt). Do not get confused with the small lot. Host also informed me that they do tow so make sure you park at the right lot! :)
  • Laura L.
    Laura LimasFebruary 15, 2014
    Reuben and Portobella my two favorites without a doubt! Plus fresh fruit, yummy!
  • Reyhan R.
    Reyhan ReidNovember 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    WiFi can be pretty spotty. I don't know if it's just with MacBooks or what. It's very disappointing either way.
  • Holiday Inn Express-Washington, DC/BW Parkway W.
    Not only do you have to have breakfast (any egg dish), but go for lunch as well! The Ruben is AMAZING!!
  • Eric R.
    Eric RingwoodOctober 20, 2013
    This location has its own unique vibe apart from the 14th Street and V location. More spacious, chic and lively the Hyattsville location sits nestled in the up and coming arts district. Bring friends.
  • Reyhan R.
    Reyhan ReidOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the steak and asparagus salad, blackened salmon, wings inferno, grilled chicken panini, sautéed mushroom and gorgonzola burger, or the chocolate layer cake. All are excellent!
  • Joy D.
    Joy DavisAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You have to try the DC Tap Water, Turkey Burger, and Sweet Potato Fries. Deelish!
  • Yetta B.
    Yetta BungieJuly 28, 2013
    Easy parking. Open late. Bohemian atmosphere. Great food. Vegan friendly.
  • Taneisha B.
    Taneisha BriannaJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is awesome!
  • Samantha L.
    Samantha LeaJuly 6, 2013
    too many menu stipulations!
  • Uncle Q.
    Uncle QuillisJuly 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The food here is excellent! Significantly better dining experience than the DC locations! :-)
  • Dark N.
    Dark NessJune 6, 2013
    The Chardonnay cream sauce with the fried chicken breast is a delight.
  • Mahoganychild
    MahoganychildJune 2, 2013
    The steak/asparagus salad and crab/shrimp fritters are the best items on the menu....
  • Laney C.
    Laney CollinsMay 27, 2013
    The atmosphere of this place is nice, but the hostess' attitude stinks!!
  • Clifton W.
    Clifton WynterMay 12, 2013
    I enjoyed the Sweet Spiced Latte - organic caramel, cinnamon, and two shots of espresso. Not for the purists, but that doesn't make it taste any less good.
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HunterMay 6, 2013
    Awesome atmosphere! French toast and grits are BOMB!
  • Barbara J.
    Barbara JohnsonMay 5, 2013
    Delicious margarita and perfectly cooked scallops. Nice to see alot of vegan choices too. Super fun place
  • Trell P.
    Trell ParksApril 21, 2013
    Chill place to eat
  • Erin Y.
    Erin YangApril 11, 2013
    DC tap water, gotta love their sense of humor
  • Shelita M.
    Shelita McBrideMarch 29, 2013
    Good food but slow service :-(
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GoodmanMarch 28, 2013
    Sweet potato pancakes are to die for
  • Reyhan R.
    Reyhan ReidMarch 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Love, love, love the salmon entree and the chocolate layer cake!!
  • John T.
    John TindaleMarch 15, 2013
    Next time i'll get the sweet potato fries, the chips were a little stale.
  • Dana A.
    Dana AndersonMarch 15, 2013
    Parking is horrendous but it's worth the headache.
  • Dawn M.
    Dawn MorningMarch 9, 2013
    Awesome crabcakes!
  • Desiree B.
    Desiree BrayFebruary 9, 2013
    Apple pie is delicious
  • Johnny R.
    Johnny RayFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Mmm egg white chicken omelette!!
  • Brett M.
    Brett MorrisJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Sweet Potato Pancakes for breakfast or brunch, it will make your day.
  • Nae S.
    Nae StaggsDecember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Creamy crab grits are a must! The staff and service are always great and so are the drinks.
  • Robbie R.
    Robbie RoemerDecember 20, 2012
    Awesome place. Aaron behind the bar is awesome!
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the bread and banana pudding dessert. WOW!
  • Prince A.
    Prince AjNovember 26, 2012
    The atmosphere is very cool and casual. Try the Mediterranean Burger with the fresh fruit. It's a great lunch choice.
  • Aaron J.
    Aaron JordanOctober 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Have the DMV Sundown.....
  • Vineet S.
    Vineet ShahOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The sweet potato fries here are amazing
  • GoGo R.
    GoGo RadioOctober 6, 2012
    I usually have a good experience here but today they are slacking! Requested vegan cheese in my tofu. Got nothing. Ask for substitute potatoes for grits. Made the grits a side. SMH!
  • Ilivlyfe
    IlivlyfeSeptember 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice spot but don't care to much for the flys by the bar area
  • Yas S.
    Yas SimmonsSeptember 3, 2012
    The blackened salmon is so awesome.
  • Dj J.
    Dj JohnsonJune 21, 2012
    The shrimp and grits are amazing!!!
  • Christen
    ChristenJune 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you come for brunch get the neptune (crabcake) benedict
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer StapletonMay 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    @changewalmart & @respectdc
  • FitHealthySoul T.
    The White Chocolate bread pudding with coconut ice cream is Delicious! Try it!
  • arTIAstry
    arTIAstryApril 22, 2012
    Mussels on a scale of 1-10 we give them a 6. Needs more flavor. Crab & shrimp fritters are a decent appetizer. Best & biggest location thus far.
  • jenrandall
    jenrandallApril 20, 2012
    Vegan nachos were tastey. Vegan pizza with gluten-free crust was good. Gluten-free brownie with vegan ice cream was amazing.
  • Lorien S.
    Lorien SmithApril 12, 2012
    Love. Love. Loving all the gluten free options clearly marked and widely available. So refreshing!!
  • Justin C.
    Justin CredibleApril 6, 2012
    Chicken, Shrimp & Chroizo pasta is THE BEST on the menu!! Spicey & flavorful!!
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeApril 6, 2012
    First Fridays: A Local Arts Exploration Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Zinn room. This event combines a reception, artist talk and the opportunity to meet local artists and see their work. Read more
  • KC
    KCMarch 31, 2012
    This place is soo fly. Nice and roomy with beautiful people here. Try the Bloody Mary its good and spicy
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeMarch 29, 2012
    Focus-In! Films presents “Howl” as April Film of the Month and in celebration of National Poetry Month with a screening Sunday at 7 p.m. Stars James Franco as a young Allen Ginsberg. Free screening. Read more
  • Somone B.
    Somone BrunerMarch 24, 2012
    Comfortable and space!!!
  • Somone B.
    Somone BrunerMarch 24, 2012
    Holla at Shenequa she make great drinks...especially margaritas!!! #POW
  • Deonte M.
    Deonte MaddflyMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Shrimp and grits yummy
  • Deonte M.
    Deonte MaddflyMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the pear salad with the roasted peacans yummy
  • Renee' J.
    Renee' JMarch 14, 2012
    The vegan quesadillas are the best!
  • Rick W.
    Rick WilsonMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The crab fritters and the nachos are great appetizers
  • Gynx M.
    Gynx MackMarch 13, 2012
    some really hot people come here regularly
  • Kristin S.
    Kristin SchallhornMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    All cocktails are really good especially the mojitos. Vegan quesadilla is delicious also.
  • Janeen M.
    Janeen M.February 18, 2012
    Awesome shrimp & grits! Nice classy spot.
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HeddonFebruary 5, 2012
    Do not sit in Isabel's section. She is inattentive and unfriendly.
  • Eileen C.
    Eileen CheungJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the thin mint latte!
  • Dönivan A.
    Gotta check this spot out with my mom! Seems a cool place to get into something positive!
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