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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill

1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Just Above Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC, DC 20036 (Upper Northwest)
(202) 387-1400
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Ranked #117 of 2,676 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 7:30 am
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Alexandria, Virginia
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Pros: The food was delicious -- the crab cake eggs benedict was very nice. Good spicy bloody marys. Service was excellent. Our nice server brought us some extra biscuits to go with our fruit plate and they were great. Cons: This restaurant is VERY noisy, so it's hard to have a conversation. Also very crowded and they do not take... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We walked to the Afterwords cafe as we wanted an authentic American breakfast. We got it ! With fruit on the side, waffles, bacon and maple "flavoured" syrup !! All in all a good breakfast, and probably worth revisiting, especially if you are close.

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Sandy, Utah
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We came here for dinner because of all the reviews on Trip Advisor and our hotel and were disappointed. Maybe we just ordered the wrong thing but both of us were disappointed. The butternut squash pasta was super oily and did not settle well and my husbands burger was just ok. The service was pretty slow even though they were... More

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Birmingham, England
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75 reviews 75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This place is a must for us whenever we visit Washington DC, and we are never disappointed. The staff are very efficient, but always friendly, and the food is always terrific. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, and after (or before) you've eaten, you can have a browse around the excellent bookshop, which is well-laid out, and has a good... More

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157 reviews 157 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

After living in DC for years, I had heard all of these great things about Afterwords so when I returned recently, my friend and I went there before I caught the Metro to the airport. All I can say is that it was ok. When we arrived, we received a free plate of small pastries and fresh fruit, but the... More

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Paris, France
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755 reviews 755 reviews
594 restaurant reviews
500 helpful votes 500 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

have been there last time some 15 years ago, so happy to discover that the place still exists and is thriving. large choice of books, that you can touch and smell, unlike online, and good coffee and cakes - nice way to spend an hour or so

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287 reviews 287 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I remember Kramer Books with affection from the time I lived in DC in the eighties. It's great to see that they're still there and that the staff are as individualistic and informed as before. The bookshop fronts onto busy Connecticut Avenue, however the attached restaurant is on quieter 19th Street, with an almost suburban feeling. Great location, interesting-looking menu,... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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234 reviews 234 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Wrongly, in our view, this place is listed on "Trip Advisor" under "Restaurants", when the reality is it should be viewed as an "Attraction", but at least it's listed. Whenever we come to this City, high on our agenda is a visit to "KramerBooks", located just beside the Dupont Circle stop on the Metro's RED line. It's a wonderful REAL... More

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Cambridge, New Zealand
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

When staying in DC recently we asked for somewhere to go for a healthy breakfast. This place was brilliant. The food was fresh, delicious and healthy, and the prices so reasonable. We didn't find it until our second day but we went there for breakfast every day for the remainder of our stay in DC.

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Los Altos, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We walked by Dupont Circle a few night earlier and noticed that at 9:30 PM on a weekday, this restaurant was hopping so we made a note to try it out. I called for reservations for 4 at 7PM on a Tuesday and was told they didn't take reservations for that size group but that we would not have a... More

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Additional Information about Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill

Address: 1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Just Above Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
Phone Number: (202) 387-1400
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Upper Northwest
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Monday 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday 7:30 am - 7:30 am
Saturday 7:30 am - 7:30 am
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: American

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