Ben's Chili Bowl

Bens_logoEstablished in 1958 on historic U Street, Ben’s Chili Bowl is the one must-visit restaurant when anyone comes to Washington DC. A landmark in the city, Ben’s is frequented by famous celebrities, politicians, musicians and locals from President Obama and Bono to Kevin Hart and George Lopez. Everybody comes to Ben’s to experience the real Washington DC.

Don’t take our word for it, Ben’s Chili Bowl has been featured in countless television programs, newspapers, movies and blogs in the USA and around the world including CNN, BBC, Germany Television, Japan Vogue Blog, The New York Times, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Man vs. Food, Oprah and many more.  Take a look for yourself at

Ben’s is also the home of Washington’s Signature dish, Ben’s Famous Chili Half Smoke – a delicious half pork / half beef smoked sausage placed in a steamed bun with mustard, onions and Ben’s homemade chili sauce. Simply delicious!

One of our specialties is taking large groups. Buses and tours groups from all over the country and the world come to Ben’s to not only have great food but to have a real local experience. You may request free of charge, a video on the history of historic U Street and Ben’s Chili Bowl to be shown to your group as well as a live talk and personal handling of your group by one of our historians. It will be a fun and informative experience that your group will never forget!

We have our main location on U Street as well as 3 other locations that are happy to accommodate your group. To make a reservation or for more information go to