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Busboys and Poets

4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206
+1 703-379-9756
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good47%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (26 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 yesterday via mobile

What a great find good service and great food. I was surely surprised by the quality of the food. Wifey had a great Greek salad our son had the lamb burger and his fiancé had the blackened salmon. I had the penne pasta with shrimp...More

Thank ed w
Reviewed 1 week ago

Atmosphere is unique and fun. Comfy chairs in waiting area. Staff are friendly and provide excellent service. I have enjoyed brunch here until 11:00 am and I have also enjoyed lunch and dinner at busboys and Poets.

Thank Tempie T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quirky - don't talk politics unless you lean left! Have been several times - food always good - gluten free friendly.

Thank Susan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to wedding in DC. Reception at ARMY/NAVY Club. Stayed at Hilton Garden Shirlington. Went to Busboys & Poets for breakfast. Wife got western omelet and I got Bagel and Lox. We both got coffee and I got a Bloody Mary to deal with DC...More

Thank Marvin H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ordered the spinach wheat berry salad, which was tasty. I expected a few more of the goodies -- wheat berries, blueberries, almonds and dates on the salad, given the $13 price tag. That seems high for a salad with no additional protein. My sister...More

Thank tes321
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fun place - if you like art and books AND good food you will like this place. I went to the Busboys and Poets in Arlington. I couldn't stop looking at all the art. The menu is large. Try the Mediterranean soup...More

Thank teresaclum
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 weeks 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 22 May 2017

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 12 May 2017

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
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Can this restaurant accommodate a party of 20?
9 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?
28 October 2016|
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Response from Travel1two3 | Reviewed this property |
Parking garage or on meters
gluten free options?
14 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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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
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