About Ben’s Upstairs

Ascend to Ben’s Upstairs and make yourself at home. Rising above the dynamic H Street corridor, Ben’s Upstairs invites you to get away without leaving the neighborhood. Take your taste buds on a Caribbean vacation as you treat yourself to Southern cuisine with a tropical accent. Expect imaginative surprises as our chef creates daily chalkboard specials inspired by today’s fresh market fare. Sip original cocktails or your favorite classic. Relax at our weekday happy hour and recharge at weekend brunch. Stake out your spot and make yourself comfortable at our second-floor restaurant/bar or panoramic rooftop, enclosed and heated for all seasons.

We have proudly served Washingtonians for decades. Ben’s Upstairs is named after Ben Ali, who founded Ben’s Chili Bowl in 1958 with his wife, Virginia. Today, Virginia and her children and grandchildren carry on the Ali family legacy of community service and heartfelt hospitality.

Since 2015, it has been our honor to open our doors and hearts to our H Street neighbors. We are delighted to serve you on all occasions. We’re here for an unpretentious weeknight dinner when you just don’t want to cook. Maybe it’s time for date night, when you hire a babysitter and reserve a cozy table for two. Take your squad to new heights and have epic fun under the stars on our year-around rooftop.

If there’s a special event in your future, you’re warmly welcome to book a group happy hour, birthday party, private event, rooftop rental or full buy-out. Please allow us to host a memorable event on your special occasion and interweave your family’s joy with ours. Contact us at (202) 733-2405 or hello@bensupstairs.com. Due to high demand, we require a credit card guarantee for large parties on the rooftop.

Parties of fewer than 10 can make an online reservation to dine on our enclosed level. We regret we are unable to accommodate rooftop reservations for small parties. Seating is available on a first-come, walk-in basis.

Business Opening Hours

Thursday05:00 PM10:00 PM
Friday05:00 PM01:00 AM
Saturday11:00 AM01:00 AM
Sunday11:00 AM08:00 PM

Available every day for special events

1001 H St NE 
Washington, DC 20002