Ben's Chili Bowl
Eatery famous for spicy hot dogs & more
American · Atlas District/H Street Corridor · $
The Zagat Review
“Nostalgia reigns” at these diners, hailed as a “must-stop” for “infamous” half-smoke hot dogs and chili, with “late-night” hours and “hardworking” staffers as further pluses; the “dingy” U Street “institution” (complete with a “time-capsule jukebox” ) is joined by an H Street NE addition and an Arlington “knockoff.”
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hours Open Today · 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 AM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
location 1001 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA phone +1 202-733-1895 website directions Get Directions
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Google Reviews
We attended an orientation at galluadet University today, where our deaf son will attend next year. We heard about the famous Ben's chili bowl and walked on over.. it was the best chili I ever had and mom and Jack liked theirs too. The ladies were so nice to us.. we gave it an A+!! Thanks for a great hot meal on a real cold day!!
Gary Jenkins · January 9, 2018
Visited on a recent trip to DC. The service was great. The staff was friendly, helpful and patient with us since we weren't sure what we wanted. The food was good. I expected the chili to be a bit more flavorful, but I was definitely satisfied with my meal. Everything was made fresh, and the portions we're reasonable. It was a little on the pricey side, but I chalked it up to paying for the experience of dining at a historic restaurant.
Tiffany Vicks · October 26, 2017
I have yet to go to the H street restaurant, but U Street is and will always be my favorite. I grew up on Ben's Chili Bowl. A half smoke splut down the middle and grilled to get it crispy, with chili, cheese, onions, and a dab of mustard and all is good in my world. I've had their breakfast too. YUM-MEEEE! Ben's is ALWAYS crowded and the staff while trying to service patrons quickly, can get a little snappy. I usually just shake it off because I know it's not personal. Working in a place that never slows down can be a bit much. So put on your patience hat and order a half smoke. 😁😁😁 And to all those who thinks it's overrated, oh well. Nothing like a bit of DC History.
Wanda Michelle Ealy · February 21, 2018