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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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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“chili dog” (316 reviews)
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American, Fast food, Diner
1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
Neighbourhood: U Street Corridor
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Reviewed yesterday

Had to try Bens Chili bowl. If these are hotdogs then I don't know what I was eating before. The taste is great, the employees are very cool.

Thank jake243
Reviewed 4 days ago

Anytime I'm in DC, I stop in Ben's. Have always enjoyed the half smokes with chili and cheese, mustard, and onions. Sometimes I'll also get the chili burger with cheese as well, like I did for this review. didn't disappoint One thing I will say...More

Thank craig1086
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

We truly appreciate you taking the time to leave us your review. As we know we can be busy at times, we pride ourselves on our homemade family style cooking and hope that you enjoyed the atmosphere while you waited. Come back again to see...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

There is no Chili Dog like a Ben's Chili Dog. The best in town and the best out of town. Chili Dog with mustard and fresh onions. It doesn't get any better than that.More

Thank 935vernitag
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

Thank you kindly for your lovely review. We hope you will come back for another Chili Dog again soon so we can earn that 5th star from you. Please be sure to say hello the next time you are in! Our Warmest Regards, The Ben's...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

I saw this on Food Network and thought I would give it a try! I was happy that I did! For those who are down-rating this place I have this to say: What do you want? It's a chili dog restaurant!!! Try to find me...More

Thank GaryRealtor
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

We are so appreciative of your kind review and truly value all of our customers. We are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us here and hope you felt like a member of our family through your entire experience. We hope you will come back...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I visited on a stormy winter day. Spent the day at the Smithsonian area and then walked to Ben's. Truly a staple of the neighborhood! The spicy chili is just right and goes well with chips or the famous half smoke. Loved...More

Thank christopher g
Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

Dear Christopher, Thank you so very kindly for your lovely 5 star review. We are thrilled you enjoyed our famous Half Smoke! We hope you felt like a member of our family when you were here with us and we do look forward to having...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just had to come and experience this institution for ourselves on our Road trip,and we were glad we did.Loved the half smoke and the staff were super helpful and friendly to tourists like us who needed some help ,?Very cool to see the photos of...More

Thank den-rick71
dcnativedude, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

What a lovely review!! We are elated that you came to see us and explore the History of Ben's! We hope you were able to snap a picture with the Famous Bear in front of our restaurant, also! When you come back, be sure to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some things are just done right. Ben's has it down on the chili dog. Tasty fresh bun. Quality dog. Tasty warm chili and just enough of it to be a little messy to eat. Just do it.More

Thank ReallyMeC
dcnativedude, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your 5 star review and for coming to dine with us again! We strive to be the best and to make all of our customers feel they are dining at home with their family. We do hope you will...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can't leave DC without having a Half Smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl! The location is not central, but totally worth the drive.

Thank Gianina R
dcnativedude, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this review

Dear Gianina, Thank you so much for your lovely review and for coming to dine with us! We also appreciate you taking a the drive! We hope to have you back again very soon! With Warmest Regards, The Ben's Family

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being an avid foodie and in particular being a Man vs Food fan, hosted by Adam Richman, I simply couldn't have lived with myself if I visited DC without going to this place. The food, atmosphere and decor was glorious!

Thank Tashan C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You don't go for the decor or the gourmet cuisine. You go to experience a local D.C. establishment that survived the 1968 riots following the assassination of MLK. It's owned by a local family -- the matriarch still greets guests with warmth and charm --...More

Thank 865rita
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Julie H
Are there ingredient lists for the menu items? I'm traveling with children with multiple food allergies.
11 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 !!!
Hi, do you have gluten free options?
17 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.
I want you out know that this is not my review! My account was hacked and trip advisor will not remove this and I can't edit! Ben's was a 5***** - thanks Greg Cheek
9 January 2016|
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
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 04:00
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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