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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill

1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-1103 (Upper Northwest)
+1 202-387-1400
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Ranked #90 of 2,641 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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, 24 hours Fridays and Saturdays, offering the full, widely varied dinner menu until closing time, as well as cocktails, coffee drinks and fabulous desserts.
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498 reviews from our community

79% Recommend
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Richmond, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This is a great spot to grab a bite to eat after an evening out. The late night menu has a good variety (everything from breakfast food to cajun pasta) Some of the items seem like a stretch if you're in a "diner food after the club mode" but you can't go wrong with breakfast. It's a hike (up stairs)... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We definitely wanted to try Founding Farmers whilst in DC because of the great reviews. The food, service and atmosphere were great, and we even considered going back the next evening (despite only have 2 nights in DC). The only fault was the restaurant waiting area, which was busy and awkwardly arranged. Would definitely go back!

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Rochester MN
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79 reviews 79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Good coffee, good people, books right there, and good food too -- get away from the Paneras and Sbuck's that abound in the Dc area and treat yourself to a real DC experience. I had the veggie hash with eggs --> yummy.

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Dayton, Ohio
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Staff was super friendly, but didn't feel $16 & up for a basic breakfast was worth it. Nice atmosphere to dine in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

There is no way to say anything bad about this place. Food, books, music (live) how people can say anything bad about it. Come stop by, have drink, good book and enjoy it.

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Muncie, Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We try to visit Afterwords Cafe during every visit to DC; it doesn't feel like a visit if I don't get to DuPont Circle. It has been a couple of years, though, so we didn't know the menu had changed until this visit. The current menu seems cleaner, healthier, than before, but also seemed to have fewer offerings. What IS... More

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Dallas, Tx
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We went here for breakfast. The server asked if we were there for the breakfast brunch, to which we answered affirmatively We were seated and while waiting, noticed that people who were seated immediately after us were being brought pastries and fruit, which we did not receive. We were surprised by the high prices (e.g., approximately $15 for bacon and... More

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Bozeman, Montana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We stopped by to browse at the bookstore and noticed there was a bar and restaurant as well. It was fun to start reading our books and enjoy a cold beer on a hot day. But the food looked so tasty, we decided to come back another day for lunch. I had the crab cake sandwich which was perfectly seasoned... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I found the restaurant mentioned in a 1995 DC guidebook. We took a chance that it was still there. We went on Saturday for brunch. I had the corned beef hash. It was a nice mix of cubed potatoes and corned beef. The beef was flavorful, not too salty and not too fatty. The over easy eggs were perfectly cooked.... More

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Apex, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Thanks to Nicole at Hotel Madera for recommending this place to us, the food and service are excellent and the price is right. The breakfast of quinoa and greek yogurt is really tasty and dinner of salad w/crabcake is deelish...and they have real key lime pie...new fav eatery in D.C.

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