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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 #106 of 2,649 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: American
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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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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Kramer's is one of my favourite bookshops in the entire world - every time I return to DC I love wandering through the tables and stacks of books, including massive sections of political and economics titles, history, and social commentary. Fabulous bookshop.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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116 reviews 116 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This food is unedible yet expensive. The menu is also full of things no would normally order. Sometimes you just want a normal burger pasta but this place tries to do unique food then does it badly. Stick with the books and drinks. Possibly dessert was okay

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Olympia, WA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

I really liked what I got - a Cajun pasta. Wife was so happy to get a wheat free chocolate dessert. Nice feel to the place, open air seating, good service. We just got lucky wandering around DC.

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York, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Having seen some good reviews our family party of four decided to give this place a try for breakfast. We must have caught them on a bad day. My eggs over easy were fine but the fried potatoes seemed to have been reheated several times and were hard. The toast, I like crunchy toast, was rock hard and the bacon,... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I've always enjoyed eating at KramerBooks and was there yesterday evening. Our waitress was wonderful: attentive and very friendly. KramerBooks' atmosphere is lively, if a bit loud, and good conversation flows there! But the delicious but very small portion of lobster and crab would have not measured up to Cape Cod standards: a couple of mouthfuls for $21.00 is kinda... More

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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23 reviews 23 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I would never miss a visit to Kramerbooks and Afterwords when I go to DC. The atmosphere is superb. Good food, good drinks, good musics and a fantastic selection of books. I would alway find excellent reading material when I go there. Last summer went there with my two daughters , 11 and 16, and they did enjoy the atmosphere... More

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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I stop by Kramer's bookstore side to browse the really great food writings section and sit down outside at a table for a tasty omelette. I keep remembering the crab and something? Jamaican-style one we both ate months ago, but everything we've eaten at Kramer's has been spot-on. Friendly staff too, which is exactly what you need in the morning.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My friend and I ended up here because it was raining and we needed the closest place where we could stay dry. We were pleasantly surprised, it was a very lively cafe frequented by locals. I had the catfish and my friend and the bbq ribs. Both were very good.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's definitely a unique place. The bathroom is three floors up so be prepared to go up the stairs if you need to go. Small space. relatively okay service. They have an outside patio as well which is nice in the summers. Food is pretty good. sometimes they also have a musician playing which is nice and adds to the... More

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suffolk
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We sat at the bar, no wait. One ordered Berry pancakes, the other steak and eggs, same price. The steak was tenderloin medallions that were phenomenal. For the money, it was the better deal by far. We enjoyed it.

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