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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill

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1517 Connecticut Ave., N.W, Just Above Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
(202) 387-3825
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7:30 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 7:30 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Washington's only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Food!

This place is connected to a bookstore, which is nice to browse while you're waiting for a table. The seating is cramped and there aren't a lot of tables, but the food at this place is amazing. Everything our table ordered looked and tasted delicious! I had the pasta with lobster and I would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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116 reviews 116 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place is connected to a bookstore, which is nice to browse while you're waiting for a table. The seating is cramped and there aren't a lot of tables, but the food at this place is amazing. Everything our table ordered looked and tasted delicious! I had the pasta with lobster and I would definitely get it again.

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Commerce, Texas
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50 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

On my most recent to trip to D.C. my husband and I kept coming back to Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe. It is wonderfully unique and consistently offers up some of the best menu options in the area. The breakfast is amazing. My whole grain waffle with bacon and scrambled eggs was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and my husband raved over... More 

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Millbrae, California
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10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Near DuPont circle, the place is a bookstore and bar and restaurant. If you feel hungry after browsing for a book in the morning, this place is convenient. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating. Lunch is served until 3 PM. We had the Fish tacos and Kale Grain salad. Both were good and just right for a light... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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51 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We were looking for something al little different for lunch. We had just done a couple of museums in the morning and decided to go up to Dupont Circle. I had found this place while looking up DC bookstores on Google. Combine a really funky bookstore a bar and a very good restaurant and you get this place. The service... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

What a fun and unique place for a snack or drinks! Even a great vibe for the non-readers! Great happy hour specials and the brunch menu looks so good! We went for an after-dinner drink and people watching! Great place in Dupont Circle

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Relaxed for a solo breakfast, good enough filter coffee, and a great selection of sturdy food choices. My second day in the States, so I lived the American Dream and ate pancakes, really crispy apple cured bacon, scrambled eggs and maple syrup while reading the New York Times. All was good with the world for 45 minutes. It's a quirky... More 

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Linkoping, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

What more do you want, books, food, drinks and music! They have a good book selection, and when you find yourself tired from so much book-browsing, you go have a seat and order some food and wine. I felt at home in this place, the atmosphere is great and it was just hard to leave! Absolutely worth a visit!

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I love this place - a bookstore, a bar and a restaurant in one. I liked the Jamaican goat the most. They also have a nice selection of beers and wines. Beware the Dysfunctional Family Sundae! It is just too much carbohydrate and fat for any human being :)

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Cypress, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

LOVED this adorable little book shop near Dupont Circle. A short 2-3 minute walk from the Dupont Metro station. The front is a book store, crammed to the brim with books in tons of genres. The store even wraps into the space next door. You will also find a tempting looking dessert case near the middle/back of the store, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I went here with some business colleagues and we loved the food. There is a nice range of menu choices. I had a very good chicken pot pie and one of my friends had grits which he loved. The waitress was very attentive and we were able to get in and out withing an hour.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1517 Connecticut Ave., N.W, Just Above Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: (202) 387-3825

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

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.
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

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