Before or after you enjoy your meal with us, be sure to stop by our Visitor’s Center and Gift Shop located conveniently next door to the U ST location and above Ben's Next Door! Just walk up the staircase to the right of the Ben’s Chili Bowl entrance. We have our popular t-shirts, aprons, Ben's history book, hats, photos, and many other items for sale. The shop is open from 11am to 6pm daily or you can order online.
The U Street corridor is home to a rich assortment of historical and cultural landmarks. Here are a few of our favorites:
- African American Civil War Memorial & Museum
- African American Heritage Trail
- Black Broadway History & Videos
- Greater U Street Neighborhood Visitor Center
- The Howard Theatre
- The Lincoln Theatre
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Thurgood Marshall Center
- 9:30 Club
Thank you for your interest! We hope you decide to treat your group to the Ben's Experience. We have five locations that will welcome your large group. For the best service its best to make a reservation so that our staff will know to expect you. See the contact info below for each location. Upon request, we’ll screen a video during your visit that shows President Obama's visit and tells you all about the history of Ben’s Chili Bowl and how we began.
Please note: Group reservations for Saturdays or Sundays at the U Street location are very limited so please book well in advance. And if on U Street, bring your group to our visitor center and gift shop before or after eating and everyone in your group receives 15% off their gift shop purchases!
For future group bookings at The Original Ben's Chili Bowl, Ben's in Arlington, Ben's on H ST NE or Ben's at DCA please call Shelley, Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm at 202-667-0058 or send Shelley an email.
For any last minute group reservations for Ben's Chili Bowl U ST call 202-667-0058, for Ben's Chili Bowl Arlington please call 571-312-1091, for Ben's Chili Bowl H Street please call 202-733-1895 and for Ben's Chili Bowl at Reagan National Airport please call 703-417-1588.
For Ben's Next Door (our Southern style full-service restaurant with full bar) please send an email or call 202-667-4154 for future bookings and 202-667-8880 for last minute.
And for Ben's Upstairs, our full-service restaurant with two levels including a beautiful rooftop, please send an email or call 202-733-2405.
By Car: The Original Ben’s Chili Bowl is conveniently located at 1213 U Street NW in the heart of Washington. From Adams Morgan, head east on U Street; from Howard University, head west on U Street. We have 10 spaces for your convenience located behind Ben’s and street parking is also available. From the south, take 14th Street and turn right on U Street.
By Metro: Ben’s is directly across the street from the U Street/African American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo stop on the Green Line. When you get to the station, take the 13th Street exit, and we are directly across the street. We’re also located next to stops for the 90, 92, and X3 buses.