Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

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397 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
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."

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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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LG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Feed your body and feed your mind! Good food at reasonable prices in a quirky atmosphere.

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p
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice enough but what's the fuss? Quite a plain menu and the food was OK.

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TR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and ambiance.

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EA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience as always.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best dinner I have had in a long time. The hanger steak was phenomenal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation for dinner and when we got there the main hostess was pretty short and not very helpful. She gave us a pretty crappy table. Their menu says that they serve dinner until midnight but they only let us order from the late night menu even though we were there at 10:40. Overall service sucked and they didn’t seem to really care.

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Surprisingly delicious food for a book store cafe or for any cafe!

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W
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Avocado Toast was wonderful! i like that they are not afraid to use spicy guacamole.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great book store, bar and restaurant. Lively and in a great location at Dupont Circle. The food and service were excellent. The menu was creative and homey comfort food. Would go again and take friends.

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EB
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great neighborhood tavern in addition to being a wonderful bookstore!

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CC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very casual place to have brunch with a small group. I loved knowing that we would head straight to the bookstore afterwards! Our waitress was friednly, fast and efficient.

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CT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

My reservation was for 12am which was an available timeslot listed on Open Table: however, when I arrived the restaurant was closing so I wasted money getting there and left HUNGRIER AND UPSET!

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Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A great establishment that has been around for decades - hope it continues to be around. Great friendly service, good food - just a great fun place to meet friends over a casual dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Books and brunch: what more can you want?

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Very poor value. Quarter of an avocado, one small size of sourdough and one scrambled egg for $17?!

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for brunch. We arrived just before it got crowded. Ambiance was terrific. Food was wonderful. Would definitely come back again.

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TS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent. Our server was polite and efficient but we had a strong sense that the restaurant was short of staff Thursday during lunchtime. In particular, there was no one to seat us. We selected a table and were promptly waited on. The problem was that I had made a reservation though Open Table and my presence was not recorded. Later that day I received an email from Open Table asking why I had not kept my reservation. I explained and they accepted my explanation but that was not optimal. The server was good but he was very busy and getting refills and the check was a challenge. But overall I like the restaurant and will return.

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Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The combination with the bookstore just makes it a winner. Not every meal has to be Michelin star and this is quick service, good food and a fun place to be.

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AB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food in a beautiful setting that feels casual but special. Quiet relaxing dinner. Always enjoy the experience and delicious food! Good service, too. Plus you can enjoy shopping for books, etc.

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RD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were disappointed about the minimal vegan options. Also, were told immediately before being served, that our chicken pot pies didn't have any crust, they had run out of crust. Whaaaaaat?

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting DC - great brunch-bookstore

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Great vibe and fabulous books!

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MY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Is great fun to eat and shop for books. Always find some thing good to nourish my mind as well as my stomach. Nice variety of food, often more tradition foods but with an updated, tasty twist.

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MS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had brunch here many moons ago and returned for a group dinner Friday night. Unfortunately, there were many problems with the food and the service wasn't great, either. One order of mac & cheese arrived room temp. My filet was good, but the side potatoes were so undercooked they were still crunchy in the middle. The veggie lasagna was overly salted. They didn't have pisco for the drink I ordered, then they ran out of Pimms and all of us had to either switch drinks or leave. We decided to leave. Servers rarely checked on us, I guess because we were seated upstairs. I felt the need to apologize to my friends for bringing them here! :(

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Always a favorite stop when I'm in DC. Great food, creative cocktails and a solid beer list.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

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.

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

The food and bookstore was great, but overall, I would say go here during the day for a low key meal.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

recommended by concierge at the Fairfax. Found it to be a real gem. Maybe our favorite for the week. Friendly service and wonderful food.

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TR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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AF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating my mother in law ‘s Birthday.
Staff and food was great .

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KC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dessert and loved every bit of it!

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RB
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

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P
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot! I love that you can browse the bookstore after your meal. Great spot for daytime or nighttime.

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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my absolute favorites in Dupont Circle. Food is great, their beverages are outstanding, and I adore the book store. A fun place to hit up with a couple of friends, or to grab a bite alone and explore the book shop after.

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FR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

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

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I think I found my happy place. Good food and endless books. Can’t get better than that.

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MP
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far one of my favorite spots in all of Washington, DC! I would recommend this spot to anyone and everyone. Though one night we had a horrible experience in the bar were I waited 30mins to order a drink that I waited another 15minutes to never get until I left. I don't take off points for that because I know they had a specific issue that night due to a former employee becoming a former employee with 0 warning.

The restaurant side is amazing, and you must make a reservation for Sunday Brunch. The food is excellent, the drinks are phenomenal, and the staff is glorious!

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AB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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KW
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Save room for dessert - they have the absolutely best desserts in town.

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