Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
' 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."
Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday - Thursday: 10:30pm-12:30am
Friday & Saturday: 12:00am-2:30am
Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am - 3:00pm
RED LINE To Dupont Circle Exit.
Q Street North Escalator
puts you directly across the street from Kramerbooks & Afterwords
What Insiders Are Saying
If you want to make your brunch more literary, do it at Kramerbooks, a cafe and bookstore hybrid in Dupont.
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.
The food and bookstore was great, but overall, I would say go here during the day for a low key meal.
recommended by concierge at the Fairfax. Found it to be a real gem. Maybe our favorite for the week. Friendly service and wonderful food.
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.
We had a great time celebrating my mother in law ‘s Birthday.
Staff and food was great .
Went for dessert and loved every bit of it!
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.
Great spot! I love that you can browse the bookstore after your meal. Great spot for daytime or nighttime.
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.
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
I think I found my happy place. Good food and endless books. Can’t get better than that.
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!
Save room for dessert - they have the absolutely best desserts in town.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We had a very nice time. The menu had interesting selection and we had time before our reservation to shop for books.
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
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.
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.
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.
It was amazing! The food was so delicious and the service was amazing! I will definitely be going back during my time in DC.
Excellent food and top service. Dishes are a good size, so we shared a couple.
Crowded, Small Portions, Noisy...Staff Polite and Food Tasty.
The corned beef hash was delicious! Great place to meet and eat with friends, then pick up a new read or two.
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. 😉
Chickpea and avocado salad was so good. The grain bowl was disappointing and would not get again.
The seared scallops were wonderful!
My second visit. A fun place to get a little book-browsing in and follow it up with a creative meal.
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.
Disappointed. Been here before but both food and service have declined.
Try the fish tacos with a Brooklyn lager. Yum!
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.
Great ceviche, scallops and flourless chocolate cake!
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
Food was over cooked and our table was underserved
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!
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.
Not too bad. However very noisy. Prices are moderate for DC.
Nothing special, not for a special occasion.