Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

4.4
347 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Casual
  • People Watching
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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

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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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4.0Dined 2 days ago

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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1.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The seared scallops were wonderful!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Try the fish tacos with a Brooklyn lager. Yum!

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great ceviche, scallops and flourless chocolate cake!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was over cooked and our table was underserved

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1.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I was with out-of-town friends in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, and one of them remembered liking the cheesecake at Afterwords Cafe when we'd eaten there some years ago, so we thought, Why not go back? For entrees, my friends got the filet mignon and grain & veggies bowl, and I had the crab cake pasta. They liked their entrees and I liked mine. However, the crab cake and pasta felt like two different entrees put together in the same bowl. The pasta was very rich and served very hot temperature-wise. Since the A/C wasn't working that evening, which was quite hot and humid, I wished I'd gotten the crab cake salad instead. For desserts, my friends shared the cheesecake and I had the flourless chocolate cake (Death by Chocolate). Overall, we had good food to go with the good company.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Spent 7 days in DC. This was our favorite spot...came back for another dinner. Equally as excellent the second time around!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I always have a good meal here and the waitstaff is always professional. I great go-to for bruch and lunch.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

All food was good, but the crab cakes and especially, the chicken pot pie were outstanding. Our server was very friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

As one person said, Books and a Bar - my two favorite things together at last! And what a delicious combination! EVERYTHING we had was wonderful, and the Salted Caramel Cake is absolutely amazing! I even skipped my all-time favorite Creme Brulee for that one! The steaks were perfect, the salads were fresh and crisp, and entrees were perfect for our party. This is always on our to-do list when in DC!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Cute place to hang out with your friends and family. And also a nice place to have a brunch with your date!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our waiter disappeared for like 30 minutes right after they brought 2 of our 3 desserts, so couldn’t track anyone down to see where the last one was. Also took a really long time to get the check and pay. Overall we’re there and hour later than expected. Plus, my dad asked about the source of the Romaine due to the outbreak and the waiter was indifferent and unconcerned even though he said the lettuce came from the region to avoid. We’ve really like Kramer books in the past, but this was not a good experience.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My son took me her for our Mother’s Day meal. The food was exceptional and very affordable. Haven’t been here’s in many years but will visit again real soon.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is great for outdoor dining. I would recommend specifically asking to NOT sit upstairs. The ceiling is very low, the chairs and benches are not even with the tables. The upstairs area overlooks the bookstore, which is fun for a minute but then gets very hot and cramped. Go for comfort food - the johnny cakes and bacon are their best dishes. The crab cakes are very dry and lack flavor. Service can be slow on Sunday, but it's not bad.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

A nice find for a get together with friends & family.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

I went here for a spur of the moment family get together and it was fantastic. I was here once before and had great food, and the food the second time around was just as outstanding. Perfect atmosphere to sit and talk for quite some time while having great food and drinks.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Great value meals came quickly, and friendly service.
Definitely unique atmosphere given its is combined with a book shoop

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I got my nostalgia fix! The jonnycakes were as good as I remember them! We had a wonderful brunch, with prompt seating(we were early) and quick, attentive service!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The breakfast mushroom, onion and Swiss cheese scramble is great. It was a busy Sunday morning and the service was fast and attentive. Our coffee cups were always refreshed. Good experience all the way around

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The set-up is cute; like that it is part of the bookstore and the dining room is lively with a lot of windows. Service wasn't great. We had a reservation but they made us wait in line and sat us after all of the guests who just were in line for that day were seated. Not sure why one would make a reservation then? Food was just ok; and this was brunch. Some creative dishes, but they just tasted ok. Probably wouldn't come back

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Walked out.

Kitchen, through which we walked, was dirty, noise level was crushing, lackluster staff and floor was dirty.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Must stop when we come to DC. What could be better than people, books and food.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Delicious but limited menu, vibrant outdoor dining scene, late night option in busy neighborhood.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

A bit pricey for the fare, given the brunch competition in DC now.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Crab cake and pasta was good although it was spicer than what I was told.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Good food, interesting menu, attentive and enthusiastic server.

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