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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Just Above Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-1103
+1 202-387-3825
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Overview
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good40%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (136 reviews)
“crab cake pasta” (23 reviews)
“pie” (23 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Hours
CUISINES
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Food
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Value
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LOCATION
1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Just Above Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-1103
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Kramerbooks bookstore is great; the cafe less so. You’d expect the cafe to feel like a cafe that is part of a bookstore, but that is not the case. Poor decor and vibe, ok service and eggs Benedict that was distinctly average - many better...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Matvl
Justin O, Guest Relations Manager at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hello, We appreciate your feedback. Please contact us at justino@kramers.com to discuss your visit.

Reviewed 6 days ago

Restaurant: overpriced, crowded, tables too close together, our waitress seemed scared of her customers; bookstore: nothing special; architecture of both is hard to navigate, restrooms are on the third floor up 3 flights of steep steps; it seems to be an icon but I wouldn't...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kathleen S
Justin O, Guest Relations Manager at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hello Kathleen, Thank you for the feedback. This information will help us get better. We also have a restroom on the first floor located near the host stand.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had breakfast here on a Saturday morning, arriving about 9. I had made a reservation online but no one asked me if I had a reservation and it was not crowded yet. The cafe is located on DuPont Circle in a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank clifs2014
Justin O, Guest Relations Manager at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, thank you for the review and feedback about our biscuits. We are glad that you and your wife enjoyed breakfast with us!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy walking distance from Dupont Circle hotel on cold november day with 6 yr old. Excellent tasty breakfast menu.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank bopbop7
Justin O, Guest Relations Manager at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I got to DC a bit early for my meeting so I was wandering around the neighborhood of my hotel. Whenever I see an independent bookstore (plus cafe in this case) I stop in. There is nothing like walking through the shelves of an independent...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank psudino
Justin O, Guest Relations Manager at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for stopping by, we really appreciate your review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kramerbooks is a terrific bookstore but I didn't realize how good the Afterwords Cafe is until today. The duck confit salad was delicious and the salted caramel vanilla cake was sinfully sublime. Service was without fault while the ambiance pleasant. They also offer an interesting...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank fiamma11
Justin O, Guest Relations Manager at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, we are glad that you enjoyed the duck salad and salted caramel vanilla cake. Thanks for the review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was here for dinner while in town for business - stayed at the nearby Mayflower hotel and went for a walk to Columbus Circle. The bookstore itself is interesting, has an extensive collection considering its relatively small size. The cafe was packed even though it...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank KhimLee
Reviewed November 9, 2018

I'll admit that, for decades, I have always enjoyed visiting what I call a "Real Bookstore", and in this age of dominance by certain online mega-corporations, this has become all the more true - so, on our annual visit to DC this October, we came...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Gooner10-8
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Those nights with jetlag? I remember coming here at 1 am in the morning, quickscanning the book collections, and to end the visit, enjoying a slice of Goober Pie. It was a night when I just arrived from jakarta, I took a cab from the...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank NoRiYu
Justin O, Guest Relations Manager at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2018

Hello, Thank you for hanging out with us late night. We are glad that you enjoy the Goober Pie!

Reviewed November 4, 2018

Food came very quickly, which was both nice and a bit worrisome, but it was good quality and tasty. The beer selection was great - I enjoyed an IPA

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank mzj101
Justin O, Guest Relations Manager at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

Thanks for the review and for having a beer with us!

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Nancy627
May 15, 2015|
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Response from Dale H | Reviewed this property |
I am not gluten sensitive, but I went there with a friend who needs to eat gluten free food and he found something to eat.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Television, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Monday
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Tuesday
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Wednesday
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Friday
7:30 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Saturday
7:30 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Just Above Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-1103
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-387-3825
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Description
Washington's only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore, located at the Dupont Metro Q Street station, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch; open early and late seven days a week.
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