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U Street’s best eats

Hot spot | Chill vibe


Established in 2008, Ben's Next Door is a warm and inviting locally owned restaurant and bar for everyone.

We pride ourselves on delicious food at a fair price, unique specialty cocktails, and a great beer and wine list.  We are known for our upscale Southern Cuisine, including our signature Chicken & Waffle, Shrimp and White Cheese Grits, Crispy Skin Salmon, and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. With a 53-foot bar, 9 flat-screens, and great service, it's hard not to fall in love with Next Door.

Ben’s Next Door has been named a 2019 Diners' Choice Award winner by! Click on the red badge to find a table and make your reservation today.

We’re also available to host your next special event or cater your next party! Contact us at to discuss the details.



1211 U Street NW Washington, DC 20009


Monday - Thursday: 3pm - 11pm

Friday + Saturday: 11am - 3am

Sunday: 11am - 11pm


Monday - Friday: 3pm - 7pm


Events + Specials

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//New happy hour specials!

Stop by Next Door Monday through Friday between 3pm and 7pm for the best happy hour on U Street! We’re serving half-price cocktails plus select $5 beer, wine, and tasty bites. Click here for our all-new Happy Hour Menu.

// Monthly zodiac party

Next Door is celebrating all our Leo friends on Friday, July 26th from 9pm to 1am with DJ Carlos Danger. Show proof of Leo status to get half off our entire cocktail menu.

// Crab Feast - Every wednesday

Are you ready for Next Door's Crab Feast? Enjoy all you can eat fresh steamed blue crabs for just $65 per person, every Wednesday from 3 pm to 9 pm. Reservations required - we’ll see you at the feast!

Weekly Specials

// Monday - INDUSTRY NIGHT 3pm - close

$5: Old Fashioneds, $5 for 5 Wings

// Wednesday - ALL YOU CAN EAT CRABS *reservation required

// Friday - Brunch 12noon - 3:00pm + late night menu ‘til 2:00am

// Saturday - Brunch 11am - 3:00pm + late night menu ‘til 2:00am

// Sunday - Brunch 11am - 3:00pm

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