Our History

Established in 2008. Next Door first opened it's doors on Dec. 26, 2008 right "next door" to Ben's Chili Bowl. The business was started by the second generation sons who currently run the famous Ben's Chili Bowl. Next Door has the same warm feel as Ben’s Chili Bowl but with a completely different flair. We offer a variety of dishes that include our incredible Shrimp & White Grits, Crispy-Skin Salmon, and our top seller, Brined Fried Chicken with “perfect” mashed potatoes and kale.





Ben’s Next Door

Located at 1211 U Street, right “next door” to DC landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl, Next Door features incredible cuisine, 9 LCD flat screens, a 53-foot full bar, and a warm and inviting staff ready to serve you.

For great starters try our Seared Sea Scallops or delicious Crab Cake! We also have an extensive beer list including a “Super Cold” Heineken tap, plus we offer late night food and serve Saturday and Sunday brunch. It’s the unique twist of our food and signature cocktails that makes Next Door a perfect place to bring a date, or join family, friends, or co-workers for a delicious bite and a signature drink.

Whether you live down the block or are visiting from halfway around the world, we hope you’ll stop by and see how Ben’s Next Door is keeping the family tradition rolling with our restaurant and bar. Come experience the wonderful and friendly atmosphere, exquisite cuisine, unique drinks, and warm decor that we strive everyday to perfect for you.

Thank you in advance for your patronage.

We now deliver!

Get the delicious taste of Ben’s Next Door delivered directly to your doorstep with Door Dash.  Visit their website and click on our logo to place your order for lunch or dinner today!

Ben’s Next Door Is 100% Wind Powered!

We’ve joined the EPA Green Power Partnership program and are using green power to reduce our carbon footprint. Find out more about the benefits of using green power and becoming a Green Power Partner: epa.gov/greenpower.