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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

4.4
306 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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
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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
What 306 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
service
4.1
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4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My best friend and I have dinner together every few weeks, and this week we went to Afterwords. The service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing, the food was tasty and very well prepared. The prices were quite reasonable, all things considered. The only oddity was walking into a bookstore and having it smell like food instead of like books!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Super unique setting with a restaurant and bar behind a bookstore. Yes the books had a liberal slant, but they had a wide selection.

Food and service were awesome despite the crowd. We had the risotto and nachos appetizers which were excellent. Our main courses were the Tuna steak, pan seared scallops, Cajun linguini, fish tacos and the chicken pot pie. What we didn't finish we took with us...that good. We wrapped up with a visit to the bookstore.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We sat outside which was very enjoyable until the millennial sitting behind my friend had such a big mouth we couldn’t hear ourselves talk. He had no clue he was being so rude. the food was good - we had a pasta dishes - and a dessert which was wonderful. There was no rush which is always enjoyable. I live in Virginia so it was nice to take the subway downtown and walk Connecticut Ave. it had been a long time since I did that.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Can't wait to return to DC from Cincinnati to dine here again!! Great food and service!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

A neighborhood gem that never disappoints. Come alone, buy a book, and people watch or come with friends. Waitstaff always fast and friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Absolutely fabulous food, service and price. Unique atmosphere in bookstore and also great patio seating. Can't believe we haven't found this place before. Will definitely try again next time
we are in DC.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Crowded tables. Nice varied menu but nothing out of the ordinary eating experience.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Student reunion. Love Kramerbooks. Hung out whilst a student in law school.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Very good food, interesting flavours. Great cocktails. Good for kids too. Attentive service. Fun venue in the back of a bookshop.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a great waitress ! Prompt service and the food was fresh and delicious. Generous portions, we shared a crab omelet and it was plenty. Will come back on my next visit to DC. Easy access from the Meteo!!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Unique experience to satisfy your culinary and literary desires at one time. We had brunch after an early Easter Sunday church service. We had reservations but they were not absolutely necessary. Perfect for us.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The special today, filet, was amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Visiting Washington, D.C. we'd heard the restaurants were amazing. I was trolling for a bookstore when I came across Kramers. Food!! OMG so fresh, clean, and attractively plated. I was so intrigued, not only was the food, service, ambiance amazing but to stop by the bookstore topped it off. Yes, you can eat without looking at a book, but who could resist. The only book I didn't find was Ryan Gattis' latest novel, Air. But maybe next time they'll have it. Gaiman, Coelho, Gibran and my favorite classics were all on the shelf.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

A number of tasty menu choices that are not too expensive with good, quick service. I had the crab cake on a bed of potato salad, which I highly recommend. Met a friend here to dinner who was staying nearby so this is a good location convenient to the Dupont metro but one can also walk here from the office or a hotel. Added attraction is browsing in the bookshop and Dupont Cir shops.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I love this place. Decent food. Great location and wonderful book shopping on the way out?

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great place for a meal with friends! Used to hang at Kramer Books when my wife and I lived in DC back in the late 80's. Still the same quirky, wonderful place. They have expanded a bit but its still tight for seating but that really is part of the charm. Food was great. Service was outstanding. My wife had the scallops, my daughter had the rib eye and I had a burger. They all came out at the same time cooked perfectly! Its nice to know that somethings never change!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The visit to Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe was the last night of a few days in Washington.
We very much enjoyed our delicious meals. Service was very friendly and very helpful.
Naming of meals and beers are very literary. As a Belgian, I thought the price setting of the beers was a little too high compared to the quality of the beers.
But we'll come back .... once.
Still a lot of success !!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We have dined at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe on three occasions during our DC visits. It's a great place for a casual meal and the menu is very interesting and the food very tasty. Also, you can start or finish your meal with a wonderful browse through the bookstore.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We did some browsing in the bookstore followed by dinner. The restaurant has a great atmosphere. Food and drinks were great. The crab cakes both as an appetizer or the crab cake pasta were delicious. The service was fast and friendly. I definitely recommend it.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Brunch after a nearby museum tour. Food very good and they accommodated changes in the entrées. Crowded, but we could still talk easily. Have been there for lunch before and this brunch is a do again.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great food, tiny tables. Kind, but forgetful server.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Fabulous food and a great quirky atmosphere. Arty crowd and not too noisy. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great night

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Decent food, a little pricey for what it is, but can’t beat the setting

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Perfection

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Small dining area, not ideal for large groups. Music was very loud for a Friday night unnecessarily so since it also doubles as a bookstore.
Menu is kind of limited but the options always tend to be tasty. On par with DC prices, which is slightly overpriced. Server not very diligent in following up, and couldnt answer a few basic questions we had. We sat for over an hour after our plates were cleared before having to flag him down for the check.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great place. Friendly owners.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food is over salted and overpriced. Service is slow.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Had a get-together with friends here (based on the recommendation of another friend who had recently visited), and all four of us really enjoyed our food, drinks, and the service. Our waiter, Anton, was extremely friendly and fun. Two of us had one of the many creative cocktails on the drink menu, and two had beer. We had two appetizers, four entrees, and took two desserts with us; everyone agreed their food was delicious and that we would definitely return here to eat again. Yes, the seating is a little close together, and it can get a little loud in there, but the people watching (and overhearing some discussions on recent news - this IS D.C., after all) was fascinating. We also had terrific customer service in the bookstore; can't wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

A cool, hip place to go for a quick and casual bite. Fun to browse the bookstore either before or after dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great food, great funky music, fab book store. Cool!!! A winner!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I read the reviews and was a bit concerned about the crowded, tiny tables. That must be a brunch, not dinner situation because we didn’t feel cramped at all. We had martinis and the blackened salmon on black beans with chimicurri. So delicious. Our waiter was attentive but not annoyingly so. We did not get charged that surcharge of from 2 to 4 dollars some restaurants put on top of an “up” martini. Loved the music and the uniqueness of this spot.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This was a recommendation from a friend and we ended up eating here twice in one vacation. Love the food, love the environment, love the neighborhood, and love the bookstore in the front. You really can't go wrong with this restaurant choice!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I moved away from the area a few years ago and couldn't wait to come back and visit Afterwords Café. The food was still good; however, the ambiance was a little different. It almost seemed a little run down. I think it could use a little "freshening up." Also, I wish they had advertised on their menu that they wouldn't serve alcohol unitl 10. I felt a little sheepish ordering at 9:40 to be told not yet. Lastly, they were out of the first TWO dishes we tried to order. A little disappointing, but all the options are good, so... On a different note, the service was friendly and quick.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

They brought us the check even before we finished eating

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great little bar in here too but they initially stated to Opentable we didn't make our reservation...how and ever.

Food was really good, server was attentive given how busy they were. Brunch is highly recommended here.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

I met a friend for dinner. We enjoyed the wine selections and she enjoyed the carb cake sandwich and I love their fish tacos! I believe the waiter’s name was Richard and he was great!!

We ended with pots of tea and the very yummy homemade pumpkin tart with excellent vanilla ice cream! This is a neighborhood gem!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The food is always spectacular for brunch - try the pumpkin spice Johnny cakes! Service is always outstanding and wait staff is always friendly. :-)

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2.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was OK but very expensive for what I received (two fish tacos with a lot of corn). The ambiance was lacking and the chairs were uncomfortable. Behind us (me, a friend, and my pre-teen son), a man was shouting profanities into his cell phone. I was very close to asking a server for help dealing with the situation when he finished. Overall, it was loud which made it hard to converse with my party. I am from out of town, had wanted to visit the bookstore for a long time and thought we'd make dinner and an evening out of it but I'd rather go elsewhere for dinner and then hit up the bookstore if I could do it again.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

I love this place. I enjoy bringing my friends. The staff makes it all the better.

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