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Busboys and Poets

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1025 5th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2517
+1 202-789-2227
08:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Wed 08:00 - 00:00
Thu - Fri 08:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 00:00
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very hurried business trip I didn't get to properly dine here although the menu was mouthwatering & there was a queue of folks waiting on Friday night. I did order key lime pie takeaway & bought a shirt, front desk hostesses & bartender were super friendly & helpful. Bookstore checkout person was decidedly less friendly but whatever-it was a tiny... More 

Thank Pleelu
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80 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

B&P has secured a reputation for yummy food, great environment, and savvy service. That was my experience when I visited for lunch. I had gone there for the first time last year, this time, and made a point to re-visit. The vegan chicken salad was very tasty, the wait-person was talkative in a nice way, and of course the book... More 

Thank Fraser000
Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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131 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived when restaurant opened and was seated right away. It took about 5 minutes for the waitress to appear and take my order for breakfast which included the black bean and guacamole omelette with fresh fruit, toast and coffee. It took another 5 minutes to get the coffee and a few minutes more for the meal. I was disappointed that... More 

Thank 67lakeshore
Marietta, Georgia
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214 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I met a friend here for dinner and was very impressed with the place. It's definitely the place to go in the evenings. I like the concept of restaurant/bar/bookstore in one. Very unique; I've never seen anything like it before. It was a diverse crowd and enough choices on the menu for all dietary needs. I enjoyed my meal and... More 

Thank CUTiger81
new york, new york
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Combination restaurant/book shop/venue/bar. Airy layout. Went for a simple burger dinner, was not disappointed. I got the sweet potato fries which are fantastic and everyone should go just for those.

Thank bunkerz
Port Jefferson, New York
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was around the corner from our hotel (Hampton Inn Convention Center). We could have eaten there every night of vacation. Great menu, excellent food and good prices. The attached bookstore and art work made it an all around great experience.

Thank LIMom2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is fantastic. Very kool place to have brunch. However, I got unlucky with the waitress as she wasnt really listenting to me while ordering and mixed up something. She also took very long in bringing the check and the change. She wasnt very attentive.

Thank Amir V
Houston, Texas, United States
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Trendy spot for a great breakfast. Enjoyed the lively atmosphere, and great service. Food was excellent as well.

Thank Daphne L
Bonn, Germany
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Nice place but why on earth is it always so noisy in US restaurants. The place was crowded, but still music and television sets were adding additional noise. We had a round table for five, but without almost screaming it was not possible to speak to the others

Thank wfra
Boston, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

They would not 'customize' my quesadilla order. I was told they were all made in the morning and sold as is. Really? This is a restaurant and I have a food allergy but okay.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 00:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?