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Busboys and Poets

4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206
+1 703-379-9756
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good44%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (24 reviews)
“grits” (13 reviews)
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American, Bar, International, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Whenever I'm in Arlington, I stay in Shirlington, just steps away from Busboys and Poets. Their food is delicious and they offer outdoor seating in good weather. We always try to get there for brunch. Their brunch menu can't be beat and it caters to...More

Thank ellen75005
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a brunch there for 27 people the day my son and daughter in law got married. the old and the service was great. The menu was spectacular and the food delicious. It is a cute restaurant with great coffee too. You will not...More

Thank jfour2017
Reviewed 6 days ago

Tried this restaurant for lunch with a friend. The service was great (thank you to Amy) and the food was very tasty. I had a pizza and my friend had a lamb burger with a side salad. Everything was good. The atmosphere is very eclectic...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Busboys and Poets was a phenomenal food experience and a bucket list check off. I was very impressed with the menu. There is literally something for all dietary preferences. The Blueberry Bliss Tea Latte with almond milk was life-giving. The walls are stimulating and full...More

Thank M5633NCkimr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food here is very delicious. A large enough variety to please everyone including Vegans. Also have delicious cocktails. We went during happy hour and got a discount on drinks. Despite having a large group, our serve was very attentive and met all of our...More

Thank Lara F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've lived in Arlington for 12 years - and this has been the restaurant we've visited most often. There's something for everyone - especially plenty of creative vegetarian and vegan choices. My favorite menu item is the tempeh panini, but the entree salads are great...More

Thank ButterflyB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a family lunch amid employees sporting "Resist" t-shirts. The Cuban sandwich is a favorite.

Thank Robert F
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

This place was really good. I enjoyed everything and I went several times while on a two week business trip. If there was one thing to recommend I would say the CRAB CAKES!!!!! These things were amazing. They also have very good drinks but the...More

Thank DGill016
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

What is this place? Food, Books, workspace, community, poetry, theatre........ Went for breakfast while staying around the corner in a hotel. Great am drink menu - coffee, chai latte, juice & tea were on point. Breakfast sammies & omelet were great. Standouts included vegan sausage...More

Thank greenvegeez
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Went on a Friday night without a reservation. About 20 minutes wait. Browsed and bought a book. Great food choices. Had the salmon and grits. Daughter had shrimp and Basil grits cake. All delicious.

Thank biarritzblue
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Can this restaurant accommodate a party of 20?
10 January 2017|
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Response from Travel1two3 | Reviewed this property |
No not if y'all want to sit together.
Where do you park? Restaurant's parking lot? Parking garage? On Street? Valet?
29 October 2016|
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Response from Travel1two3 | Reviewed this property |
Parking garage or on meters
gluten free options?
15 July 2016|
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Response from kedavis4 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry....don't know about gluten free.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-379-9756
  • E-mail