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Ben's Next Door

Ben's Next Door

Southern Food Restaurant and Bar$$$$
U-Street, Washington
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    Mary Freda
    "Shrimp and Grits are really good."(4 Tips)
    Christopher H.
    "I recommend bottomless mimosas and chicken & waffles."(7 Tips)
    "Bottomless Mimosa during Sunday brunch = the way to go."(7 Tips)
    "Get the crab soup and the fried chicken"(3 Tips)
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  • Southern food
  • seafood
  • happy hour
  • grits
  • brunch food
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  • Breeheart icon on user image
    BreeAugust 29, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    The absolute best cuisine in the city. Great vibe and prices. Perfect weekend brunch with lots of tvs at the bar for sports. My favorite drink is their creation a blueberry capriosas.
  • Chelsea C.
    Chelsea C ☀November 4, 2013
    Delicious! I couple of friends brought me here to experience "Ben's Chili", apparently a DC staple, and I was VERY pleased. The grits were damn good too. $16 bottomless mimosas on the weekends! :)
  • 1 Sly M.heart icon on user image
    1 Sly MinxApril 7, 2016
    The fried chicken & Waffle plate is goodness unexpected! The Waffle is SO light, airy and crispy goodness!!
  • Caress T.heart icon on user image
    Caress ThomasAugust 7, 2017
    Crab sandwich was excellent and the grits amazon I stole my boyfriends he had to order more lol. Wonderful people as well
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeSeptember 12, 2013
    Free karaoke generally = 1st 3 Monday of each month minus holidays. I'm there on the September 16th and again on October 7th and the 21st. (Holiday on Oct. 8th). Free parking-Rear of Ben's Chili Bowl
  • Donna
    DonnaMarch 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Salmon Cakes for Brunch are great as well as they have the best Shrimp and Grits in town. Start off early with the bottomless mimosa's.. Regrets on this action are the best the next day!
  • Charlie K.
    Charlie KordesNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Brunch is amazing... Service couldn't be better. Come here for an amazing start to your day!
  • President D.heart icon on user image
    President DavisJune 12, 2016
    Brunch or weekday evening, this is one of the hippest scenes for the black, young and classy to enjoy in dc!
  • josef j.heart icon on user image
    josef jonJanuary 8, 2017
    French toast and mimosas 💫
  • Eboni C.
    Eboni CurryJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tuesday nights are "Live @ Ben's". Listen to awesome music, and try the Brown Sugar Mojito- you won't be disappointed!
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithJune 24, 2013
    shrimp 'n' grits. spinach for your side dish. add the spinach to the bowl of shrimp 'n' grits. see? what i'm saying?
  • Uncle B.
    Uncle BruthaJuly 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Having drinks or a meal @ Ben's Next Door? Don't miss getting the Spicy Hot Wings! Best Hot Wings in DC!! (They're made with Uncle Brutha's ALLSAUCE!!) Great with an ice cold beer! Read more
  • Wendy P.heart icon on user image
    Wendy PittmanJune 27, 2014
    If, you want both alcohol and the famous Ben's Chili Bowl, can order that on the Next Door menu.
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeSeptember 24, 2013
    Free parking behinds Ben's Chili Bowl (1st come, 1st serve).
  • Brunch and the City
    Brunch and the CityJanuary 22, 2012
    A bit more upscale than Ben's -- great food, great atmosphere, great music. The fried chicken with waffles is highly recommended Read more
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RicksSeptember 26, 2010
    Leave your diet at the door and order the fried chicken and crab cake combo. Your taste buds will thank you!
  • M B.
    M BrownMay 26, 2012
    Love the chicken and crab cake platter but this time around the chicken was not as good as it use to be and the crab cake was dry and a bit over cooked. The Patron Margarita was off the chain!
  • Heather H.
    Heather HawesAugust 17, 2013
    The ribs, kale with smoke turkey, spinach with onion...and check oit C Money for great drinks
  • Trac N.
    Trac NguyenAugust 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    the best chicken and waffles ever. do yourself a favor and get a side of grits, too.
  • Ama K.
    Ama KyekyeMarch 11, 2014
    Chicken and waffles...only odd thing, doesn't come with gravy. But chicken is very flavorful and compensates for no gravy
  • EmilyPosts
    EmilyPostsSeptember 13, 2012
    The Mac n cheese with crab is soooooo good. Also try the tomato and mozzarella.
  • Rachael K.
    Rachael KingMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    CHICKEN AND WAFFLES. If you get anything else, you will be sorry.
  • "BLUE"
    "BLUE"May 25, 2021
    Been here 25+ times
    Brunch and Happy Hour. Chicken and Waffles. Shrimp and Grits!
  • Mary Freda
    Mary FredaSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Shrimp and Grits are really good. And you can't go wrong with any of the appetizers.
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HarrisSeptember 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Candace is the best! Especially at the bar for brunch! I recommend bottomless mimosas and chicken & waffles.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LewisJanuary 30, 2012
    Love the atmosphere here! A nice, chill spot and great happy hour
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    PhyJanuary 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're coming for brunch plan to wait. Pretty crowded on Sundays.
  • "BLUE"
    "BLUE"May 25, 2021
    Been here 25+ times
    Melaninated owned business. Great food!
  • Bryan L.
    Bryan LewisJuly 13, 2013
    Beat the line next door at the original and enjoy the food in comfort.
  • Crystal B.
    Crystal BrooksMay 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken and waffles only available at lunch time or on Monday night.
  • Breeheart icon on user image
    BreeNovember 3, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Best Shrinp and grits in the country
  • Ron W.
    Ron WillisOctober 23, 2011
    Nice atmosphere and a chill vibe here, drinks are okay and the burger was great
  • Ill L.
    Ill LiterateMarch 23, 2010
    Have the halfsmoke the way the bartender does, with chili, cheese, onions, and ketchup. Mac and cheese is pretty tasty too.
  • CURTIS B.heart icon on user image
    CURTIS BYFIELDMarch 10, 2017
    Great food, great staff, and great atmosphere.
  • Bre S.heart icon on user image
    Bre SweetberriesMarch 4, 2017
    A nice place to grab dinner before a night out.
  • Adam G.
    Adam GunnersonApril 7, 2014
    Great brunch. Def need bottomless mimosas.
  • Ray W.heart icon on user image
    Ray WilliamsApril 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Erin is the best bartender. Good to find someone who takes pride in there craft
  • Mrfantastic8000heart icon on user image
    Mrfantastic8000June 30, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken and waffles are yummy!
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PegramOctober 17, 2010
    The fish and chips were good! Huge portion for the price. Next time I'm definitely trying the fillet.
  • David S.
    David SchulenbergNovember 15, 2012
    Friendliest staff in DC. Great HH specials!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchJanuary 12, 2014
    Bitches Who Brunch voted Ben's Next Door as the Best Classic DC Brunch in 2012!
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HunterJuly 13, 2013
    Try the brined fried chicken will the kale!!!
  • Cynarra
    CynarraSeptember 28, 2013
    Shrimp and Grits marvellous
  • Derek W.
    Derek WhiteNovember 20, 2010
    Nice atmosphere and a chill vibe. They do well by the drinks too.
  • "BLUE"
    "BLUE"May 25, 2021
    Been here 25+ times
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RicksAugust 18, 2010
    The crab cake and fried chicken combo are worth your time and the calories!
  • April
    AprilJuly 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at the bar. Adrian is the best bartender there!! Great Service!
  • Danielle S.
    Danielle S.September 23, 2012
    The shrimp po' boy is excellent.
  • Mickeyheart icon on user image
    MickeyApril 11, 2011
    Bottomless Mimosa during Sunday brunch = the way to go.
  • Nikki W.
    Nikki WJune 10, 2013
    I love this place! One of my faves in D.C.
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