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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” (336 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Fast food, Diner
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LOCATION
1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Having spent only a day of my life in DC, this is the only restaurant I know about in the city. We came here for dinner before a concert next door and the service was fast, food was good and hearty. Wish we could have...More

Thank Samiha A
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Samiha, Thank you for the amazing review! We are thrilled you decided to visit Ben's Chili Bowl before a concert in D.C. and enjoyed our food and atmosphere. We can't wait for the next time you visit to get the full Ben's Chili Bowl...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

This location was the family's first one. Started in 1958 by a newly married couple, Ben's Chili Bowl quickly became an institution. We saw the wife still presiding over the operation after all of these years. African American celebrities make a stop at Ben's part...More

Thank Dawn M
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Dawn, Thank you for the wonderfully kind and amazingly descriptive review of Ben's Chili Bowl. We couldn't have described the experience and atmosphere you will have here any better. It is so great you truly enjoyed your visit with us from meeting Mrs. Virginia...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for those in a rush or those on a budget. Quite limited in terms of what you can order, but this is a fast food place. Was luckily enough to speak to the founder - what an inspirational woman! Still going strong all...More

Thank 0908267
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the great review! We are very happy you were able to meet Mrs. Virginia and truly enjoyed your experience with us. We can't wait to see you again soon! Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a casual place to eat before going to an event at the Lincoln theater. The line to order was long, so we decided to sit at the counter. It took a while before someone waited on us, but once we put...More

1  Thank vebbie68
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are thrilled you decided to dine with us before your event at the Lincoln Theater and truly enjoyed everything you ordered- especially the turkey burger! We are glad you received great service once you sat at...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were starving after attending the theatre next door. Seemed like a popular place. Had to scrape off the chili from my hotdog. It was sooo spicy. It was okay, but McDonald's is better.More

Thank pamsp1430
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are very disappointed to hear you would rather visit a chain restaurant for a quick bite to eat rather than Ben’s, but we know we can’t please everyone. Still, we are happy you decided...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The food tasted good and wasn't expensive. The best part about this place is getting to sit in the same seat that the president sat in. The decor is pretty cool too, the walls are covered with pictures of celebrities or famous people who have...More

Thank Princess L
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review and great pictures! We are happy you were able to enjoy your food where the president once sat and looked at all of our pictures and history on the walls. We hope to see you again soon....More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Food is good. Had a chili dog, cheese and fries and a strawberry shake. Line was out the door but it went fast. Restaurant always crowded, kind of small. Will not take anyone in a wheelchair. Bathroom are small. I went to take photos of...More

Thank linda b
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Linda, Thank you for the great review! We are thrilled you received excellent customer service although being busy and you truly enjoyed our food. We are very happy you were able to take some pictures of our mural on the outside as well. Hope...More

Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

We were referred to this DC favorite. It was casual food - burgers, chili dogs, milkshakes, but it was good! The service was quick and the staff was friendly. It was neat looking at all the pictures of those who have visited before ie celebs,...More

Thank StephMarie8504
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Steph, Thank you for the great review! We are thrilled you took the person up on their recommendation and decided to visit Ben's Chili Bowl. It is so great you liked looking at all of our pictures on the wall but especially our food!...More

Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

The whole time I was here I felt like Sonic the Hedgehog. The good was really good. This is the main location. There is ample metered street parking. The Lincoln Theatre is next door @mezgerononthemove on ig.

Thank Celebrity J
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit with us and liked our food. We hope to see you again soon! Our Warmest Regards, The Ali Family

Reviewed 4 November 2017

Grab a seat, order a half smoke and take 10 minutes out of your schedule to stop, look around at the history on the walls and eat.

Thank Lifeobrian
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Thank you so much for the awesome review! We truly appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again soon. Our Warmest Regards, The Ali 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 Johnny136 | Reviewed this property |
The fries and chili, both regular and vegetarian are gluten free. I'm gf and eat there regularly. I also get a half smoke in a plate, no bun, with the works. Ask them to split it and the grill it twice... Nice and crispy!
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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
USD 7
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 4:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 4:00 am
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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