Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

4.4
369 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, opened in 1976, was the first Bookstore/Cafe in the country to feature Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch & Late Supper as well as offering complete bar service, 18 drafts and wine by the glass and bottle. Since its inception, it has established itself as "Washington's pre-eminent café.'

' From The Washington Post: "The action at Kramerbooks & Afterwords starts with breakfast and the morning papers at 7:30 AM, and keeps throbbing until well after midnight, 7 days a week, complete with indoor and sidewalk cafes, a full-service bar and live entertainment. The sounds are diverting, the smells are delicious, the sights are tempting."

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Café
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am

Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am

Late Night:
Sunday - Thursday: 10:30pm-12:30am
Friday & Saturday: 12:00am-2:30am

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am - 3:00pm

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Phone number
(202) 387-3825
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
By prior arrangement, we have a Mezzanine area overlooking the bookstore that can accommodate up to 15-20 diners.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Q & Connecticut
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Public transit
By Metro:
RED LINE To Dupont Circle Exit.
Q Street North Escalator
puts you directly across the street from Kramerbooks & Afterwords
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Special events & promotions
Explore our Events Page at kramers.com for the Bookstore's Author Events, Beer & Wine Tastings & Holiday Brunch
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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If you want to make your brunch more literary, do it at Kramerbooks, a cafe and bookstore hybrid in Dupont.

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Denver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We both ordered crab cake Benedict and the server brought out our food, mine had a large shell on the egg and my Benedict came with ham too, but wasn’t supposed to. My girlfriends Benedict was cold so she sent it back. They brought her a new one and the poached egg was hard, third time the egg was just alright still on the hard side but one of the staff members said they’d take it off the bill. When the bill came the only things taken off were a $4 late and hot chocolate. She has been coming here since she was a child and this was my first time. We were both very disappointed and not sure we will be returning.

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

The food and bookstore was great, but overall, I would say go here during the day for a low key meal.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

recommended by concierge at the Fairfax. Found it to be a real gem. Maybe our favorite for the week. Friendly service and wonderful food.

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TR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious pre-movie meal at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe! The noise level was a little difficult at times for conversation, but in general we were very impressed with the server and the meal. I had the scallops with a lovely risotto, and my partner had the cajun fettuccine pasta. For a starter we ordered the mushroom flatbread, which was absolutely delicious with a mild arugula and cheese. We had entirely too much food, so we got a take-home bag for lunch the next day!

The risotto was perfectly creamy and al dente, which is one of the best ways to have risotto. The scallops and shrimp were both tender and delicious. I hope to visit again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating my mother in law ‘s Birthday.
Staff and food was great .

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KC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dessert and loved every bit of it!

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RB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Everyone working at this restaurant looked miserable. Food was poorly prepared and servers just dropped things on the table. Badicdllt, "here, tske your food." This restaurant needs an overhaul, top to bottom.

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot! I love that you can browse the bookstore after your meal. Great spot for daytime or nighttime.

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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Whilst the food was good it was not outstanding. We went mid morning and there was no fresh juice available and there was a significant amount of shell in the crab omelet.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Been to Kramer’s and afterwards 3 times since new owner from &Pizza bought it...the food and service have digressed each time.
Server approached us ten mins after we were seated to tell us water was on the way. He brought food to table w no silver for us to use..he then glared at me when I pointed it out to him. Toast with brunch was not toasted and was soggy. I asked for manager who did get me a bagel w no cream cheese or butter. Waiter glared at me the whole time....he might be good foe &pizza counter guy but is clueless about table service and his attitude was terrible. Not an apology to be heard from either one. I’ve been a patron of cafe for twenty years...no more

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Miami
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I think I found my happy place. Good food and endless books. Can’t get better than that.

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AB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our meals and ate outside. It was beautiful! Fresh, creative entres, like blackened salmon and hanger steak salad. We enjoyed small crab cakes for our appetizer. Our waiter was great!

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KW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Save room for dessert - they have the absolutely best desserts in town.

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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is awesome! I mean, how can a quaint cafe in the back of a local bookstore not be? The food is good and atmosphere is a big draw. The only reason I'm not giving this 5 stars is due to the fact that they initially forgot to mark down that I attended during my reservation via Open Table and I had to follow up.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was really good- I had a crab cake w/avocado and my husband had the fish tacos . Enjoyed a good rose and my husband thought his whiskey & fig cocktail was exceptional! Wanted to eat outside, but it was really hot!

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EP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a nice place for friends to get together. We happened to be seated quickly but I prefer to make reservations here for just in case. Our server was friendly and efficient. I had the vegetable lasagna and it was wonderful comfort food. My companion had the mushroom risotto and loved it. The check was prepared correctly. We will return.

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RS
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Loved the casual vibe. Menu had something for everyone but did not overwhelm. My risotto was delicious. Daughter #1 loved the crab cakes and Daughter #2 devoured the quinoa bowl. Prices were fair for DC and portions were generous. Lots of craft beers and some fun cocktails add to the experience. Love how the bookstore is the perfect way to start or end a good meal with family or friends. The outdoor searing is lovely. Inside dining is very small and kind of outdated. 5 Star wonderful neighborhood cafe.

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EW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a very nice time. The menu had interesting selection and we had time before our reservation to shop for books.

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S
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food itself was good, but our server Cassidy or Cassandra was abysmal. She got my order completely wrong and when pointed out did nothing to remedy or attempt to fix it or apologize. Did not fill my boyfriends coffee or ask once. Did not come to check on us - had to track her down for salt and pepper. Lady next to us had to track her down for her drinks multiple times. This place could have been nice but our experience was totally ruined by her. There are many places with good brunch in DC and I’ll be trying them next time because of the service here

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Kramerbooks is great for a coffee or drink, but not for dinner. The service was slow and the food was greasy and not well prepared.

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WD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

My food was tasty, though very similar to what I could have found at a lower price point many other places. Beyond there being a bookstore attached, the atmosphere was spare and not too appealing.

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GL
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation and were looking forward to eating at the restaurant. We had never been before. We were seated and ignored for about 15 minutes. Very few customers were there as it was early (6pm). Lots of staff wondering around but we were never able to get anyone’s attention. We would up going to another restaurant in the area.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! The food was so delicious and the service was amazing! I will definitely be going back during my time in DC.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and top service. Dishes are a good size, so we shared a couple.

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A
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Crowded, Small Portions, Noisy...Staff Polite and Food Tasty.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The corned beef hash was delicious! Great place to meet and eat with friends, then pick up a new read or two.

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had a fine experience. I was a bit underwhelmed with the food, but not terribly. The staff was super friendly and accommodating to my friend and I who could not figure out how to split our bill. 😉

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Chickpea and avocado salad was so good. The grain bowl was disappointing and would not get again.

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Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The seared scallops were wonderful!

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RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My second visit. A fun place to get a little book-browsing in and follow it up with a creative meal.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Was disappointed. Food was not cooked properly, service very slow, no customer service and overpriced.
We heard later this place had declined. We will not be back.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointed. Been here before but both food and service have declined.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the fish tacos with a Brooklyn lager. Yum!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately they were a bit busy. However, it did not appear that anyone was working. It took 20 minutes to get a server. 20 minutes to get new menus, 20 more to place an order. After waiting an additional 20 (80 in total), we still didn’t have any food & we left.

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F
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ceviche, scallops and flourless chocolate cake!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. We were visiting and would recommend to anyone who loves funky bookstores and great brunch food. Reminded us of Asheville, NC

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was over cooked and our table was underserved

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OG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Took 15 min after we were seated for waiter to show up. Waiter not very motivated. Then we were told no beef available because grill broken.
We left and had a great dinner at Cafe Dupont across the street with attentive service and good food!

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LT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food and good, friendly service. Sat on the patio which was very pleasant, and although we occupied the table for a long time we were never pressured by the wait staff. I would definitely go back again.

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RZ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Not too bad. However very noisy. Prices are moderate for DC.
Nothing special, not for a special occasion.

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