Po Boy Jim - H Street

3.9
101 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
At PoBoy Jim, the ambiance is rustic and casual, yet our food, drinks, and service are of the highest quality! We ultimately pride ourselves on making great food and drinks, and offering superior service, in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Our restaurant offers the best Po Boy’s and Southern-style food in the District and our Po Boy’s are inspired by what surrounds us-- diversity! Therefore, we've managed to create deliciously unique Po Boy’s that range from traditional favorites to unexpected combinations that are sure to get your taste buds interested. Some of our traditional Po Boy’s include our Fried Catfish Po Boy and our Fried Oyster Po boy, we also offer Po Boys with a twist, such as our Rasta Vegan Po boy, and our Yardie Boy made from Jerk Chicken served with our home made tropical slaw. Come try the PoBoy Jim experience for yourself! We are sure that you'll be impressed!
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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Lack of systems or structure really hinders this place from being great. Walk in the front door , no hostess , no greeting , no signage that tells you the happenings are upstairs. Busy as expected on a dc summer Sunday (brunch day) so I made reservations on open table , not honored since again no reception. One server to manage waiting tables, sitting tables, bussing tables and doing bottomless refills (which is non stop ) and he had to fix the bathroom too. They had a a guy (I don't know what his title possibly could have been ) in regular clothes (filthy) nothing that mentions he works for the establishment running food and drinks. Just pure chaos but the food is good !! I cannot not take that away from them at all. Most likely will never step foot in here again unless I hear some changes were made.

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SE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great find. The food was great and the drinks were even greater. The fishbowl was strong and tasty. I had the catfish poboy. Delicious. Everyone at the table got quiet when it came to the food.

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RK
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My second visit. Service improved tremendously perhaps because it wasn't as busy like our first visit. Will return.

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KL
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cool vibe, Great food, willing and able to host large group + vegan option!

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y
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I took my guy friend for his birthday and he is originally from New Orleans! He love the food and the experience. Good food, good drinks.

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GM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service left a little to be desired on an early Saturday evening, when many people begin to venture out to restaurants.

Though very nice, I thought the service was very slow and I was surprised there was no french bread or any bread on the table when we ordered our gumbo--real NOLA-style restaurants know this and get it right.

The drinks were somewhat strong and the food was decent. I would go again, but it might be a minute before I do...

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

We had 2 o'clock reservations for a birthday celebration. Sunday. The staff never greeted us when we arrived. After several minutes of just standing and waiting We had to go find a host and asked if they would seat us and they said give us a second and we waited another 5 to 10 more minutes and still nothing. When we finally left and tried to book elsewhere OpenTable required us call the restaurant to cancel the reservation. On the phone we were told that we had to cancel online. I informed them that we could not cancel on open table but had to call the restaurant. I told them that We were there in the store, the person that answered the phone seemed to be unaware that we had arrived and left. Then he told us that it was busy and that they were trying to get to us. But no one said a word to us. The wait staff and host walked by us several times with out saying a single word to us. When I told him we were there but left because they were not ready, they said that they were busy but added that our reservations were at 2pm. I expressed that we were only 5 mins late and I told him that I fail to understand how they would've been better able to serve us if we had been there 5 minutes earlier. We arrived between 2:05 or 2:08 for a 2:00 reservation and we didn't leave until about 2:20. They never released the reservation. This was an unfortunate and avoidable experience. It was also my birthday celebration. We've been there twice and have never had this kind of service.

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AM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Service was Great, food was sub-par. The drink menu was fun and tasted great! Our dinner was not very good even though we stuck to their specials. I would meet for drinks again but would eat elsewhere.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Being from Louisiana we decided to stop in and see what it was all about! The atmosphere was fantastic, we enjoyed it! The iced tea and Diet Coke were a little funny tasting. The red beans and rice was really yummy along with the chicken alfredo that was amazing. The catfish basket with fries was very nasty looking that we did not even taste it. The fish was very dark, and greasy. Besides the fish, our experience was good. Just don't get anything that is fried because it probably won't be good.

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Very casual seafood spot. Good for a quick meal with friends.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Bought a Groupon for brunch for 4. It was ok. The website makes you think it's nicer than it is. Three of us got our food and our 4th had to wait 10 more minutes before his food arrived. Ask for a bloody mary but they were out of tomato juice. Asked for coffee but they don't offer it??? I mean who doesn't have coffee when you offer a brunch? Po boys were kinda dry. The bottomless mimosas were the best thing they had. Since we had a groupon at a good price it was worth it but not worth going back at regular price

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty, the drinks were delicious (although the Hurricanes were a little too sweet for my taste), the service was attentive, and the prices were very reasonable. What more could you ask for?

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was somewhere between fair and good, and the mimosas were too heavy on very sugary orange juice and too light on the champagne. The servers were friendly and the service was prompt. The restaurant was clean. It had a fun vibe, but was quite loud.

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DC
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Good neighborhood spot. Kitchen is slow; customer service could be improved, and the sticky tables upstairs are kind of gross. However, if you want a shrimp basket - go! Po Boy's are decent; the bread is fresh, but really doughy. And, the onion rings HIT!

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SJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was super slow. Food was below average, especially the gumbo...worst I ever had!

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GG
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This place is more like a bar than a restaurant. The downstairs is a takeout place. Upstairs there is some seating and a bar. We ordered oyster po' boys and they were okay but not as good as many I've had. The grits were watery and tasteless.

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SG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant had a great selection of southern cooking. Everything we ordered was great. I especially loved the gumbo! It was hearty with the right amount of heat..
The po-boy sandwiches were creative. I definitely will go back!

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m
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The quality has gone down since opening. The food quality was not great and cause me and my wife some stomach issues that night and the next day.

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K
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch here is amazing!

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MD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Loved the poboys and beignets.

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ZT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

First time visit and was not impressed at all. I had to ask the server for utensils several times. Although the Gumbo was tasty, the rest of the food we ordered was not. Not what I was expecting at all.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brunch food was just ok

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a group of eight and everyone loved their meal and the service. Our waiter was polite, fun and provided great service. This is a place we will visit again!

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

They had a kitchen staffing problem at lunchtime on a Monday but the waiter was attentive and apologetic and the food was delicious. Would try again and possibly rate higher - expect it was not a regular problem.

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a
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Super fun place with great food and strong, tasty drinks. My spouse and I had a relaxed, delicious meal here last Sunday evening. The decor is adorable, with a bit of a cozy, home-y feel with lamps and window shutters decorating the ceiling. It feels very much like the space could have been an old row house with all the brick. We sat at the bar and the bartender was very kind, helpful, and made great drinks--strong and enjoyable. The food came out quickly and was well-prepared. We tried the Po Boy Jim on H and the Rasta (mine), one with fries, one with onion rings. Both sides were delicious, my spouse was very pleased with the seafood on his, and the overall flavor and texture of mine was surprisingly delicious. To get a vegetarian patty definitely made in house is always a joy, and this lived up to all the expectations. Very fun place with great energy. Would gladly go back for dinner. We did also go for brunch a separate time and waited over an hour for a table (with a reservation). So I would not be inclined to go back for brunch, but would definitely recommend for any other occasion! This is a wonderful neighborhood joint.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful friendly service! Great food and drinks! Calm vibe! My family loved it

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Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had the shrimp and grits and they were awesome... The wing flight was good but nothing to write home about. The drinks and the service were excellent. I'd go again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved it. The food was amazing and the mimosas were awesome!! I will definitely be returning soon!

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RK
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

The service is challenging. We went at peak brunch time on a Saturday afternoon so barely got recognized. Everything was slow in coming but eventually what seemed like an earnest apology was given. The food made up for it. Outstanding. simply delicious. Everyone in my party was pleased.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

The food was ok, the online menu didn't match the available menu at the restaurant. The service was horribly slow and the manager didn't seem to really care when our table requested to speak with management. I will never visit this dive again.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was cold and wouldn't feed it to my dog! Service sucked we sat upstairs they were not with it all food was over priced cold and just down right NASTY! Don't waste your time or money for this DUMP!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was Amazing and the bottomless mimosas were NOTHING to play with! Love this hidden gem !

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Q
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The mimosas were unlimited, which was great. However, the mimosas did not have a lot of alcohol. It taste more like juice. The food that we ordered was not that great. The French toast was a little disappointing due to the bread that was used.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great local spot! Had a quick happy hour meet up with former co-workers. We had a good time. The beer on tap was not working but the price, service and food were excellent!

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I
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I wouldn't recommend this establishment to my worst enemy. The service was horrible from start to finish. We were "greeted" at the door by six workers seated at a table facing the door who felt it was to much of them to speak. When asked where the restroom was all they could muster up was a finger point. Everything was downhill from there. First entree arrived at 8pm and the last arrived at 8:42. When speaking with the manager on duty all she could muster up was a silly 10% off of a $13 meal for the inconvenience. It's rundown on the inside, and there is no ambiance at all. The food was ehh, nothing even worth writing about. Needless to say don't waste your time here.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it , best poboy in town. Very fresh!!! Cheesy grits a true winner. Wish i could get this food where i live!!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The staff and atmosphere is great

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall amazing. There was a little mix up with the groupon. They should probably call the company and change the details but it was still a great value. The server/ bartender was amazing. She had a full bar and tables and she still rocked it. Luckily her staff helped out when they could. The decorations are cute and the food was mostly good. I would have preferred hollandaise of the crab Benedict because i swore it said it came with it. Instead they had a side of aoili which was good. I would have loved both. Other then that the food was great! crab was perfect and very tasty. The mimosa needed some help. Its like drinking a huge glass of sugar. There was too much OJ and grenadine. I am particular and probably a snob about mimosas needing to be lighter in color. As OJ should really just add a hint of color. LIke i said though it was worth it even with that.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice spot, however no one was there to greet you at the door, leaving you to stand around awkwardly. It was packed so our reservation wasn't acknowledged. We just sat at the bar. Overall our bartender was cool and the food was delicious.

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s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was delicious but the service was lacking. It wasn't enough to turn us off from returning, but simple staff training will definitely solve the problem!

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