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Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
+1 202-667-0909
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Overview
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“chili dog” (321 reviews)
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American, Fast food, Diner
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LOCATION
1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great historic restaurant in the heart of DC! We love it each time we visit. Great tasting food, friendly employees who are always smiling, and the love for their restaurant is evident. Always a great time!

Thank nursejess79
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are ecstatic to hear you are able to tell our employees love their job and what they do! Thank you for the amazing review of Ben's Chili Bowl! We can't wait for your next visit! Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Ben's again on my DC trip. Presidents eat chili here. It is fantastic..forget about the diet and get the big chili and cheese bowl over rice. And add a smoked hot dog. It's worth the trip to DC.

Thank TexWorldTraveler
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for this great review! We are thrilled to hear you have visited us again and still enjoy our chili bowl and half smokes! Can't wait until you are in D.C. again for another visit! Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fast and swift service of hot dogs,chilli etc. Very friendly and great retro feel; don't go if you're a health food nut, it's tasty working people's food,

Thank RaganaSprite
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for this great review! It is awesome to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed our food and atmosphere, here at Ben's! We can't wait to see you again! Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing fancy about the food and atmosphere, but the ambiance and the love is what makes this place special. This visit was January 2015 MLK Holiday. We were greeted with a smile, the staff was awesome, and the owner Mrs. Ali came to our table...More

Thank Kendell M
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Kendell, Thank you so much for this amazing review! It truly was our pleasure to provide such great service to on that visit and you were able to see Mrs. Virginia! Thank you for the great recommendation as well, and we hope you get...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was never a chili dog fan until I ate here. I love the taste of the chili dogs and surprisingly the chili burger. The staff is very professional but parking may be a difficulty. If you're in the area try to visit.

Thank richj65
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are thrilled to hear we have changed your mind about half smokes with chili, and chili in general! Thank you for the awesome review and recommendation! We can't wait for your next visit to Ben's! Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came on the recommendations of locals. We decided to try the beef chili dogs. They were really good. The place is a true dive, but clean and great service. There is plenty of seating and they do a decent carry out business. If you...More

Thank jb230
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review and recommendation! We are so happy you decided to give us a try and enjoyed our original half smokes and our ambience! We hope to see you again! Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a must visit for all foodies - and when you get there you will not be disappointed. What you get for what you pay is the great value.

Thank LassiComeHome
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review and recommendation! We are so happy you liked our food and atmosphere! Hope to see you again. Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was repeatedly told to visit here and it was worth it. I had the half-smoke which is their signature meal it seems and it was well worth it...but I suggest coming with an empty stomach...you'll need the space to scarf down the 2nd one you...More

Thank phatdaz
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this awesome review and recommendation! We are so happy you ordered 2 Half-Smokes, and were able to finish them for one, but thoroughly enjoyed them, too! We can't wait for you to come back! Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a fun experience coming here. We of course had the half smoke which is the signature meal of the restaurant. To be honest I found the food somewhat dull but the atmosphere of this historic place was interesting.

Thank RR_Denmark
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere and had fun during your visit! Thank you for the great review! We can't wait to see you again! Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the famous fast food venues in Washington DC, specialising in chilli dogs and all things chilli related

Thank Michael-James_Lee
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Michael, Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are so happy you enjoy our half-smoke and chili! Can't wait to see you again. Our Warmest Regards, The Ben's Family

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Julie H
12 April 2017|
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Response from CritiCook | Reviewed this property |
Of course, but you will not have any problem because the efficient staff will resolves any doubt you may have, so just enjoy !!!
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tnelson121
18 March 2016|
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Response from DaveHom1796 | Reviewed this property |
They serve bad tasting, half cooked hot dogs, grease, fat, and other garbage; I don't think gluten is something that would concern them.
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GCheek
9 January 2016|
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Response from GCheek | Reviewed this property |
Again, I apologize and I can't get anyone from Ben's to answer!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$7
Cuisine
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
06:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 02:00
Thursday
06:00 - 02:00
Friday
06:00 - 04:00
Saturday
07:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > U Street Corridor
  • Neighbourhood: U Street Corridor
  • Phone Number: +1 202-667-0909
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