Busboys and Poets

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 17 ratings
$$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Pizza + 11 more
76% of 13 votes say it's Celiac friendly

2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 Directions

(202) 387-7638
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    Not celiac
    2 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    I could barely hear the server when they spoke to me after a long wait for him to come to the table. The portions were very small for the price. Everything tasted ok but it still was a bit of a letdown.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    6 months ago

    Absolutely incredible. Aside from gluten-free fried chicken and MANY other options, the drinks, service and environment are stellar.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Lest you be mislead by other reviews- the only things the fryer is used for are gluten free items. No, they don't have a separate fryer, but it isn't going to cause any cross contamination. The fried chicken slayed me. I was then kicked out for licking the plate.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Incredible, awesome food!! After 5 years of not being able to order good fried chicken, today I had some incredible fried chicken, mashed potatoes and collard greens. Service and food are awesome!!

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    Celiac
    3 rating Not celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    I've spent a lot of time at busboys and poets, and have a vast array of wonderful memories of eating and drinking here. But most of those are from before I knew that I had celiac. I keep going back on the basis of my fond memories of the food and service; and I keep getting glutened (always by way of cross contamination). If you have celiac, I would recommend avoiding busboys. If you don't worry about cross-contamination, I'd strongly recommend going there. I've given them a "3" to split the difference between the "1" for celiac-friendliness and the "5" for everything else.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    The gluten free French toast is A-MAZE-ING. SO GOOD!!!

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    Celiac
    1 rating
    2 years ago

    I went for brunch, and was very excited for the very well advertised gluten-free french toast. Of course, they were all out. I proceeded to pay $8 for eggs, as my diet is extremely limited .

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    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Delicious food, cool vibe but but high risk of gluten cross contamination. My daughter reacted both times we went. The first because they put wheat crackers with her soup despite multiple reminders that she has celiac disease. The second time likely cross contamination as her reaction to gluten is quite recognisable. Service also slow.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    The fried chicken was fantastic. Cauliflower fritata was so-so. Our son liked the pizza. Lots of good options.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    Very helpful and knowledgeable staff, delicious food and we had a good variety of dishes to choose from.

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    1 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Food was good and have a large gluten free menu however.. There is an issue with there procedures as there was a cross contamination.. Reaction was pretty quick.. Within 10 minutes of leaving I was sick..

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    Celiac
    3 rating
    3 years ago

    I ordered an omelette, specified my gluten allergy, and it arrived with toast. I sent it back with the server that delivered it, and it returned a minute later, toastless. but it was the same omelette. When I spoke when the waitress she personal took it back and had them remake the omelette. After that everything was fine. But scary.

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    amazingly good! Best gluten free meal I have ever had!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    5 years ago

    they have many gf options as well as dairy free. everything is delicious. a little pricey but worth it for the great quality food. big portions too.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    My husband and I have been eating here regularly when we are in town. First of all, the customer service is excellent. As for the food, the gluten free options are plenty and they even have GF fried chicken! Yes indeed! Every staff member that we have encountered is knowledgeable about their gluten free items. That says a lot for how they are trained. Also, if a menu item (mainly the sandwiches) are not marked GF, often it’s just swapping out the break for GF bread, which they have... and it’s good GF bread. All y’all out there that know what I’m talking about understand this. It matters. I’m not sure why they don’t state it on their menu. They really should. I have not been disappointed once eating at any of the Busboys and Poets. Love the coffee drinks too 😁.

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    5 rating
    2 months ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    I love this place. And the toasted GF bread is awesome. I appreciate that this is something available to me.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    We were so excited to try this place out and were disappointed that at the hostess station a sign was posted saying that foods are in a cross-contaminated kitchen. We left.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    4 months ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    Gluten free French toast! The staff is extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. Items are marked on the menu “gluten free friendly”, they also have gf bread to substitute.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 months ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Babe you were the other night. Their food was delicious and I didn’t have any digestive issues. Thumbs up for me

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    4 months ago

    5331 Baltimore Ave #104, Hyattsville, MD 20781

    Awesome place, tons of GF options! The menu does periodically change but I always find a new favorite. Currently, it's the blackened salmon!

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    I got sick from the food - The manager then told me that they cook the gluten free french toast, etc. on the same surface as items containing gluten.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    5 months ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    GF fried chicken (!!) and hazelnut chocolate cake. Both were lovely, neither gave me trouble. Space was a bit loud, but staff took the time to understand my needs through the noise.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    5 months ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    So happy to be able to eat gluten free French toast! They do warn you that it may not be completely free of cross contamination but they try their best. I am super sensitive and did not have a reaction. My mom is also very sensitive and she didn’t have a reaction either.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    6 months ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    I had a severe reaction here from the burger and sweet potato fries. Potentially cross contamination but those who are sensitive I would avoid.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    6 months ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    GF Fried Chicken was AMAZING! I made my husband order the sweet potato fries too so I could try them and they were incredible! So thankful we tried out this place!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    6 months ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    This place is amazing! So many clearly marked GF menu options. I had the falafel as a starter which was amazing and a good portion for two to share. I ordered the vegetarian curry which was on point. According to the kitchen stuff they have four separate deep fryers in order to separate gluten as well as separate the meat from the non-meat dishes. I had some of my spouses meal and which was the catfish and corn cake which was so so so good. Zero problems with cross-contamination.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Yummy. It’s hard to find gf fried chicken but they nailed it. I will be dreaming of their sweet potato fries until I visit D.C again next

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    9 months ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    We went for brunch, there are clearly marked GF options and everything was delicious. Definitely will be a restaurant we go to every time we are in DC!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    10 months ago

    5331 Baltimore Ave #104, Hyattsville, MD 20781

    Oaxaca omelet was amazing. can't wait to come back for the fried chicken. update: went back for the French toast and it was perfect!Served with real maple syrup.

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    5 rating
    11 months ago

    5331 Baltimore Ave #104, Hyattsville, MD 20781

    The tri-colored quinoa with chicken was outstanding. So was their creamy tomato soup & GF bread.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    I have had both the pizza and the chicken without any problems. I have visited maybe 3-5 times without issues and staff is very knowledgeable about gluten!!! I will continue to go back!

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    5 rating
    1 year ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    This place is my DC favorite. GF options are clearly marked and staff are very pleasant. The fried chicken is a definite win AND they have gf dessert options

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    The GFF French toast was a heavenly treat. Our server was incredibly knowledgable. I will be back!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    Lots of delicious options including quinoa tabouleh, fried chicken, etc. everything clearly marked. Knowledgeable staff.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Highly recommend! Over 50% of the menu is GF! Chicken is cage free. Most food and product is organic and VERY fresh! Every GF item we ate was DELICIOUS! We enjoyed the fried chicken, GF bread used with the grilled bacon and cheese sandwich, and delicious hazelnut chocolate cake. Yum! Everything was super fresh. Super yummy. We will definitely go back again!

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    5 rating
    1 year ago

    5331 Baltimore Ave #104, Hyattsville, MD 20781

    Very cool place. Lots to look at and the Gluten free menu is great. and the smell when you walk in is amazing

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    We really enjoyed dinner. The gluten free folks dined on French fries, fruit, mashed potatoes, the BEST nachos ever, poached pear salad and beans and wild rice. Seriously delicious. The only things fried in the fryer are GF. When our server didn't know the answers to my gluten free and allergy questions the manager came over. Very nice and very knowledgeable

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    5 rating
    1 year ago

    5331 Baltimore Ave #104, Hyattsville, MD 20781

    Came in for coffee and good reads, so I can't speak to the food, however Gluten Free items are clearly identified on their menu. They also have vegan and vegetarian options as well.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    Eaten here many times (breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner) and had never had a problem. I'm always very clear that the GF is medical, and ask them to indicate that on the ticket. Once they came back and said that the fries were being friend in the shared fryer due to a malfunction in their separate fryer. Despite the disappointment, I appreciated the heads up.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    I appreciated the fact that I had more than one gf choice for dinner. I get irritated when there is only one thing...and it is something I don't like. I had the shrimp and grits. They were very good. I did taste my husband's fried chicken, also gf. Everything was good. I had the gf hazlenut cake. It was a little dry...but I'm not complaining. As a side note, my bil is df and had the regular pizza with the df cheese--and loved it. He ate the whole thing, which is very unlike him.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Numerous GF options, quality food and huge portions.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Was excited to get fried gluten free foods, but asked before ordering if they use a dedicated gf fryer and the manager said no. They have 2 fryers... One for vegetarian food and one for non-vegetarian foods. Ended up going somewhere else since I have celiac and can't have foods cross-contaminated.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    We ordered 3 items, all labeled gluten free: wild rice and beans with chicken, pan seared chicken and the nachos. The gluten-induced migraine kicked in about 45 minutes later. Unfortunate, since we enjoyed the food, but we won't be going back.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Excellent fried chicken. There is a good selection of gluten free items and service was great. They have a good knowledge of gluten allergies and take every precaution to assure the customer it is safe to eat.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Amazing food and diligently gluten free! Plus I met Angela Davis here 😍

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    Celiac
    1 rating
    3 years ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    Went there tonight and I'm very sick! Stomach is VERY bloated and I'm in extreme pain. Very disappointing. If you have Celiac Disease, please don't put yourself through this pain and sickness! 😂

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    5 rating
    3 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Great food, GF options, terrific service.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    So thankful for places like this where a Celiac can eat fried food safely. I had the fried chicken with mashed potatoes under delicious white gravy. Southern cooking without gluten, and it was only about $15. First time I'd had fried chicken at a restaurant since diagnosis. The gravy made it even better. As an appetizer, we had nachos. The toppings were great, though the chips left a bit to be desired.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Very reliably delicious. Went for brunch and got Mekhleme, an Iraqi dish with eggs, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and spices. Delicious. This local chain clearly marks regular menu with GF symbol, though not brunch menu. They were happy to check with chef on dishes for me the first time I came, so I ordered the same thing this time around. Most brunch items come with toast, and as a non-celiac I didn't bother alerting them not to include it this time - I simply didn't eat it. It wasn't a problem on my first visit asking them to leave it out, and I'm pretty sure they let me sub for fruit. they're very knowledgeable and cater to special diets (vegan, etc.)

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    The waiter let me know that vegan and gluten were their specialty, so they would make sure I was taken care of. I ordered an omelette, and asked for mixed greens instead of their other side options. It was great, I'd definitely go back!

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    Celiac
    1 rating
    4 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    I was looking at their menu to see what their gluten free options were. I noticed the Chicken Barley Soup was listed as one of their gluten free options!!!! I called the restaurant and was told there was not wheat in the soup and was therefore gluten free. I educated the manager and he said he would contact their department/person who handled the menu to have them change it. Based on this error, I did not feel comfortable going to this restaurant and I was not sure what other mistakes have been made in their labeling.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    Went on a Saturday after reading a local write-up about how gluten friendly they are for brunch. The only real brunch items that were made with gluten free ingredients were eggs with no toast/wrap. They didn't have breads, pancakes, granola, or oatmeal. GF brunch fail.

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    5 rating
    4 years ago

    5331 Baltimore Ave #104, Hyattsville, MD 20781

    Had the vegan nachos and scallops tonight. DELICIOUS. They had a good variety of options. Can't wait to go back! Don't know why it's rated $$$ would say more like $$...

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    Not celiac
    4 rating
    4 years ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    Love the gluten free friend chicken and mashed potatoes and collard greens!

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    Went there for lunch on a Saturday. Said they couldn't absolutely guarantee gf due to volume. Decided to try anyway. Sat down and the only gf option on their brunch menu was beef chili. No options. So we left.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Delicious! Loved the fried chicken. I would definitely return.

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    5 rating
    4 years ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    I had missed fried chicken so much and their gluten free chicken is just delicious.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    gluten free fried chicken

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    5 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Honestly the best gluten free pizza I have had. I get it every time I'm on town and have never had a problem with cross contamination. Their menu is very clearly marked and the staff generally knowledge, with the widest variety of options I've found in the city so far. I never feel like I have to worry when I eat there.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    Lots of GF options for my Celiac son. He got a pizza, but tasted my chicken and my wife's basil tofu.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    they had several GF items on the menu. my wife, the celiac, had GF rice and beans with chicken, I had the GF fried chicken and collard greens. both were quite tasty! great food, great service! loved it!

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    Not celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    went for brunch and staff was helpful and accomodating for my gf and dairy free etc needs. I prefer their dinner food but it was good. service great.

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    I'm gluten free dairy free which

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    5 years ago

    5331 Baltimore Ave #104, Hyattsville, MD 20781

    We had a bit of a problem with my salad coming out with bread, but they fixed a new one promptly. Also tried the gf meat pizza and it was probably the best gf crust I've had.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Fried Chicken
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Pizza

Categories

  • Brunch
  • Dairy-Free
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Plant Based
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly
Monday
7 am - 12 am
Tuesday
7 am - 12 am
Wednesday
7 am - 12 am
Thursday
7 am - 12 am
Friday
7 am - 12 am
Saturday
12 am - 2 am, 8 am - 12 am
Sunday
12 am - 2 am, 8 am - 12 am

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