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Busboys and Poets

1025 5th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2517
+1 202-789-2227
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1025 5th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2517
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I saw that this place had great reviews but wasn't necessarily keen on another American fusion place. But I was pleasantly surprised -- the place is very funky; restaurant, cafe, bookstore, performance space -- nice homages to all kinds of interesting political and cultural figures,...More

Thank Pablo B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Huge place ! Our server, Eric, was fabulous- great attitude , friendly and professional. The food was fabulous and huge portions! The grilled cheese bacon sandwich was really, really good. The fried cauliflowers was very tasty. Cobb salad and Greek salad were fresh and very...More

Thank joselito1959
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every restaurant should have a bookstore, great art and a groovy vibe! I had an omelette and coffee—fair trade and delicious. Folks around me had yummy looking sweet potato pancakes and mimosas. Highly recommended!

Thank kira_z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friend recommended this place for a late night after party. The experience was awful! The server was distant, seeming to be annoyed by our presence, and both the bar and kitchen were super slow! Our party waited 25 minutes for drinks. The server said...More

Thank Mrseven21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped here for breakfast on my last day in DC during a recent work trip. The food was uncomplicated and well-prepared, with an emphasis on organic, cage-free, etc. Loved the egg wrap and also the grits, which were creamy and comforting. Busboys and Poets...More

Thank Duane C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I save the 5 stars for the truly gourmet places. This was not gourmet, but it was very good for what it was. Friendly staff. Nice menu. Not particularly fancy--just one step above pub food. But solid and good. Lots of vegan and vegetarian options....More

Thank CWR01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a busy place, but we never felt rushed. Our meals were excellent (I had salmon), and the beer/wine choices and specials were very good. I would definitely come back!

Thank Virginiatravel1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I had heard great things so we decided to give it a go... And will probably be the one and only time for each of us. The bookstore /restaurant had a great and fun atmosphere and the server was amazingly friendly which...More

Thank Ingrid S
Reviewed 8 January 2018

My wife and there went for brunch. I had the sweet potato pancakes, she had an Oaxaca Omelette. . The waitress was perfect, and it the place had a great vibe. Only suggestion is that they install a sun-blocking shade on the window. I felt...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

I had the crab sandwich (bun) with cup of soup. It was very good as was the beer I had with it. It was very busy and the service at the bar was slow but the food was excellent.

Thank Cakebreadt
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1025 5th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2517
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-789-2227
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