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Busboys and Poets

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1025 5th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
+1 202-789-2227
09:00 - 00:00
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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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Nairobi, Kenya
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When you realize that this restaurant chain is named for the young, 1920's "busboy/poet" Langston Hughes, then you get the ambience, the food and the politics. I loved it. The menu had a lot of variety, with salads, sandwiches and other stuff that I haven't seen elsewhere. The sweet potato fries were yummy! The pecan pie was very tasty too.... More 

Thank HelloWorld58
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The bread pudding was delicious! Everything was very good. We went on Friday and there was no wait. On Saturday we returned for more but it was very busy. Tasty food, cultural atmosphere.

Thank Mercedes C
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staying near the convention center looking for a less run-of-the-mill breakfast. Saw the great reviews and came here. Not disappointed. Love the vibe and the philosophy of Bb&P. Delicious omelette and great Bloody Mary. Service a little slow, but on a lazy Sunday morning this just gave us more time to talk. Would definitely recommend to family and friends.

Thank lollihicks
Dublin, Ireland
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181 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food and drink was amazing but the service was not great. Left waiting for 20 minutes even though plenty of tables were free to be seated at. Server was not the most pleasant, but probably due to a possible understaffing issue as all servers were extremely busy.

Thank conorbuggy
New York, New York, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basic pub type menu. Some vegetarian offerings Mashed potatoes were rated as good! Very popular Situated next to a book shop

Thank Anne N
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146 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No Reservations accepted but it was a great place to go and decent place to eat. We waited about 30 minutes for a table but there's a nice selection of books to check out while you're waiting and a bar to sit at if you can find a seat definitely go back the food was great we had some vegan... More 

Thank William M
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35 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Heard that this was a great place to stop in for. We had a great time. The bartender did a wonderful job with making our drinks the way we like them. The food was good also. Definitely a place to visit when in DC.

Thank Anthony M
Singapore, Singapore
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1,461 reviews
901 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 600 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting concept and larger restaurant space than I thought. The food is ok , and more suitable for lunch than dinner. My catfish was a large portion and good, didn't care for the accompaniments though What's more special is the bookstore attached. It's tiny, but has enough good and current books. I even bought a book I wanted Rating 3... More 

Thank bcheong
Syosset, New York
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260 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place by mistake. When we walked in we almost left because it looked too casual. So happy we stayed. The food was amazing. The lamb burger was terrific. The desserts were awesome. Maybe the best pecan pie I have ever had

Thank stentdoc
Johnson City, Tennessee
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311 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

When I visit big cities it is always nice to visit some local restaurants and especially if they have full gluten free options. We didn't know what to expect with this restaurant but they had some great menu options and great reviews so we gave it a go. It did NOT disappoint. Fried chicken with gravy that are BOTH gluten... More 

Thank LeslieinTN

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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, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Cheap Eats
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 Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
  • 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?