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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."
Washington, DC 20036
American, Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
Hours of Operation:
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
Q & Connecticut
$30 and under
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RED LINE To Dupont Circle Exit.
Q Street North Escalator
puts you directly across the street from Kramerbooks & Afterwords
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...)
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