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About Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

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."

1517 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern

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

Cross Street:
Q & Connecticut

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 387-3825

Website:
http://kramers.com/

Parking Details:
Difficult.

Public Transit:
By Metro:
RED LINE To Dupont Circle Exit.
Q Street North Escalator
puts you directly across the street from Kramerbooks & Afterwords

Executive Chef:
Gary Wiggan, Denis David

Private Party Facilities:
By prior arrangement, we have a Mezzanine area overlooking the bookstore that can accommodate up to 15-20 diners.

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

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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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (15)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Great for Lunch (7)
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Great for Brunch (6)
Fun (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Cozy (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Authentic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Was in DC for a business meeting and my wife joined me. We went to Kramerbooks to browse around the books and ended up eating at the Afterwards Cafe. Excellent service and food. The Argentinian tenderloin was fabulous.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Nice staff and tasty food .... BUT... SO CROWDED! Jammed into the place like sardines .... very difficult to eat normally and to not overhear neighbors’ conversations.... raise the price a bit and spread out (get rid of) of the tiny tables!

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a great experience at Kramer’s! Everyone loved their breakfast - I had the avocado toast and it was THE BEST!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Corned beef hash is excellent!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Kramerbooks is a DuPont and DC staple. It’s great to have the bookstore to peruse while you’re waiting in your table. The food is great and the service was fantastic. I love going here, especially for their desserts.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We've been meeting here for years and never tire if it

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The best part about this meal was our server. He was great. I was really excited to order the crab omelet. Unfortunately, it was so bland. I couldn't finish it. My husband ordered the veggie huevos rancheros and enjoyed it.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good place to meet for breakfast

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Accidentally left my phone on the table. When I returned to pick it up five minutes later, a worker had picked it up, disabled cellular data and turned it off. They were seemingly planning to steal t. Be careful in this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Yum! I've wanted to try this place for so long. So glad I finally did. I got the organic mushroom omelet and a mocha. My husband got the crab omelet and a coffee. All were fantastic. It was really nice to walk around the book store afterwards. Great variety of books. Very cute place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Kramer's. My fiancee and I went here for brunch and enjoyed the great food and cool atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was OK, it is tight space but the service was good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Really great, loved the mussels!

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Will not recommend. Poor service. Cocktail received in broken glass. Unexceptional Food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Ordered the risotto, but there was way too much cinnamon on the dish. Otherwise ok draft beer list and good opportunity to pick up a good read before or after your meal.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

More than what I expected! The food and drinks great! Perfect place for casual fun and easy place to hang out. Great end to week in D.C

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 17, 2017

A D.C. staple that can't be missed. Great food plus a bookstore. A winning combination.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was solid but had to wait over 45 minutes for it. Service staff was terrible and inattentive.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent and delicious food (i had the Argentine tenderloin). Awful service. The manager made it right though and offered us a comp. Worth a try, but demand the service you deserve at notable prices.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The menu selections range from traditional to unique. Everything was fresh and homemade. The corn beef hash dish was outstanding. The waffles were very good as were the berry pancakes. The biscuits were large and tasty. The bacon was thick cut and cooked just right. Service was great and so was the coffee. Highly recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Love the restaurant. This is my second visit and the service is always superb and the food and food choices are great. Can't wait to dine there again!

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I've been here before and enjoyed myself, but have never been for brunch, and didn't realize how bizarrely priced their menu is. They served my date 3 small pancakes with sausage links and scrambled eggs that were essentially cafeteria style for $19, while I got a delicious corned beef hash with 2 perfectly poached eggs and a side salad with arugula and other greens, plus toast for $18. There was a bagel with lox also on there for $16 which you could easily get at any coffee shop for $8, etc. The service was dismissive and extremely slow. The server, who we could rarely track down, took my plate while I was literally still eating (as was my date) and we could easily have left without paying for the number of times we asked for but didn't receive our check. It seemed like they were understaffed but they also just behaved like none of them really knew what they were doing.

I love the book store and bar, but will likely skip the cafe from now on.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Typically, Kramerbooks is a great venue to catch up with friends but this Sunday we had below average service. This coupled with incorrect drink orders lead to my review. Honestly, I love kramerbooks but maybe Sunday was an off day for the establishment.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We did not get service for almost 20 minutes to begin with. Our drinks were not delivered until after our food was on the table, we were not even offered waters. The server was overloaded and only could come by one or two times. Dissatisfying brunch overall. Was a special occasion for two birthdays but we couldn't enjoy it much because of the service.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Always a great breakfast/brunch. Love the menu and the ambiance. As usual the selection of books was well curated.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This old hipster classic often gets overlooked amid the trendier, newer brunch places--but these folks make great food, fine lattes (in pint glasses!) had reasonable prices and attentive service despite a packed house, as well as terrific indoor/outdoor seating on a sunny Fall day...AND was the only place In the area I could find that accommodated a party of 5 through online reservations made the day before. A bustling scene where we could still converse with our friends. Go AfterWords!

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I loved the atmosphere here! It smells delightful when you walk in - like a bakery with fresh chocolate croissants and delicious coffee - and it was so fun to browse around the bookstore after my boyfriend and I had finished brunch. I'll definitely be coming here again!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I was very disappointed with Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. After reading the great reviews, I expected better. First, the waitress brought me the wrong drink. I ordered the crab cake pasta; the crab cake was pretty good, but the menu didn't say that the pasta was spicy, and I cannot eat spicy food. After waiting 15 minutes with an empty drink and food I couldn't eat, the waitress came over and I told her that I couldn't eat it because it was spicy. She did not offer to get me anything else, just asked if I wanted a box to take it home. I again told her that I cannot eat spicy food. None of my food was comped. If I would have had time, I would have complained to the manager. I'm not sure if I just got a bad waitress, or if customer service is just really bad here. Lastly, the bathroom was extremely dirty! I very rarely leave reviews, but this experience was so bad, I just couldn't let it slide.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I love kramerbooks but the service on this recent visit was really disappointing. We were seated promptly but after our food was served our server disappeared. Had to ask for the check three times before it finally was delivered over a half hour after our meal.
A disappointing visit to one of my favorite neighborhood spots.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Literally attached to a bookstore. The food was really great but the atmosphere was just ok.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food and atmosphere was excellent. The only drawback was that we ordered drinks, appetizers and our main course and even though we asked the waiter to bring our drinks and apps first and take his time with the main course, everything came to the table at once. We felt like we had to rush so the main course would not get cold. He offered to put it back in the warming window, but who wants to have a steak that's been sitting under a warming light.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great place to eat and then browse books after or even before. The food is always good. Not a huge menu, so if you have picky eaters, you may want to skip it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Delilah food and drinks. A little expensive for an every day but worth it! Super cute fun place

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Food was great, although overpriced. My only real issue is that we were seated in a pseudo-patio area, with glass ceilings and no air conditioning. It was a little too hot and stuffy with no air movement, and a little uncomfortable with the sun beating down us.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We arrived on a Sunday at 9am and had lots of table choices. By 11am there was a line waiting. Sitting inside at the open window was very pleasant. We had a breeze, the awning protected us from the sun, yet we were not directly outside. It was a business meeting and we were able to converse easily, hearing each other without straining. A large shout-out to the wait persons. They were friendly, cheerful, and highly responsive. The food was not over the moon but it was fine. The service was outstanding.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I enjoyed Kramerbooks and cafe the books and food were great. I love the bookstore cafe concept. I look forward to going back.

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vip
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Only a more expensive brunch menu instead of their usual breakfast menu

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We were seated in one of the upstairs rooms. Table were mismatched and wobbly. Waitress tried to fix but not very successful. Waitress was pleasant and attentive. Food was good not great.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

I've been coming to Kramerbooks&Afterwards cafe for over 17-18yr since my first week in DC 1998. It's notable as the best dessert date spot with my favorite dysfunctional Family Sundaes & best homemade pies cakes and desserts in DC history(well, maybe besides Sticky Fingers gluten free vegan). It's a bookstore, happy hour bar(my personal roving office with a free computer to check you emails), and full restaurant bar with live local artists music piano to indie rock. One of my best friends used to play here! I love all the vegan to carnivorous breakfast all night and day, but miss the 24hr service now only available on weekends after 2008 financial crash/depression. But that's debatable in the philosophy section right next to bar, where I found Rumi Essentials 2000. I met my soul mate here. I love Kramerbooks. Monday $5 stiff martinis and not the small stuff! Craft cocktails' local beers and sustainable wines. A truly neighborhood gem, best in DC equivalent to Paris Beatniks Mme Buvoire and dead poets society. Smart, intelligent, eccentric to the most savvy people I've ever known. Breakfast brunch menu 24/7 I miss you! Love always, great service, although tight spatially as are most DC historical places, and always there for me when Annie's Paramount Steakhouse is closed. Best of DC.(my former Depeche mode Britpop NYC underground doppleganger bartender Seth made the best Happy Hour Mondays...)

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Late-night Find, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Spicy, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Healthy, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Fun, Seasonal, Organic, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Great Beer, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Casual, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Business Meals, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Good food, reasonable prices, and outstanding book store to browse in.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, People Watching, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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