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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 via mobile

After reading reviews and noticing there were also vegan options, we decided to try it. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent, or server was awesome, the atmosphere was fun and lively. Everything we ordered was fantastic. Not far from convention center, but far...More

Thank Lee M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good meeting spot, parking on street, friendly crowd, alternative, progressive staff, if you are afraid of gays, purple hair, nose rings you may want to try cracker barrel. Great breakfast, and lunch and the service has really improved. Dinner lacks many options but still good...More

Thank Gene A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

WOW - this place is busy but good. Lots going on upstairs. Books for sale as you enter. Took our granddaughter for her 6th b'day & she got a personal song sung to her! The healthy food menu offered here was an awesome change of...More

Thank Faye P
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Drank a slightly too sweet Old fashioned and nibbles on a very large helping of Natchos. Neither was bad, neither was memorable. It was fine and the waiter was b nice too. More of a 3.5 stars for me So v good. Place was busy....More

1  Thank SciRad
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

We had high hopes for this restaurant, but unfortunately they weren't met. I ordered fried chicken (gluten free) and was very disappointed in the amount of seasoning used (poultry seasoning, I think). The sauce was also a little strange. The waitress was fairly inattentive (no...More

1  Thank leppaenat
Reviewed 27 October 2017

As first time visitors to DC, we were excited to spend the day sightseeing and doing all of the touristy stuff DC has to offer. Our Airbnb host recommended this restaurant to us and while the food was really good, the service was super slow....More

1  Thank carrillocd
Reviewed 24 October 2017

It was so so great. Service was great!! we would definitely go back.I ordered the Blackened sea bass sandwich. with sweet potato fries. the fish was so tender and juicy. not dry at all. I would ask for a different bun though. just an ordinary...More

Thank lezapeza
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Great food and cool atmosphere. We had a lovely evening for a meal on the patio. Service was great and they have a great selection of food.

Thank TCM327
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

This was the nearest restaurant for dinner. Tired aftera long flight we decided to eat here. Mezze were great! Salads were dissapointing lots of salad and only a few nuts, little cheese. Would’nt order a salad. Servants were friendly.

Thank Zeilmeermin
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Always excellent food and service. Music is awesome but a teeny bit loud for conversation. A must visit in DC for us.

Thank Sarah I
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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, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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