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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill

1517 Connecticut Ave., N.W, Just Above Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
(202) 387-3825
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Ranked #103 of 2,699 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 7:30 am
Cuisines: American
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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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Birmingham, Alabama
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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I stopped in for a late lunch, and the Afterwords Cafe Brunch was one of the best I've ever had. We started with their delicious Strawberry Mimosas and the complimentary muffin and fruit platter while waiting on our orders. My daughter enjoyed her Cuban sandwich and my crabcake eggs Benedict was wonderful! I'll make a point to... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had lunch here on a weekday. Wasn't too busy. The service was ok, not overly friendly. The food though was incredible! I had a kale salad that was great! And the desserts are so yummy and generous sizes. We enjoyed browsing the book after too.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Stopped in here on Saturday morning for brunch with a group of 12. Food was very nice, service excellent, and the had Port City Downright Pilsner on tap, which just made my breakfast perfect.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Kramerbooks is one of the proud independent community bookstores that deserve your support in this age of Amazon. Apart from their coffee and dessert counter, take note of the adjacent restaurant, Afterwords Café & Grill. It's a popular neighborhood spot right off Dupont Circle, so make your reservations online at OpenTable. The food is seasonal, prepared with care, and served... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a must visit stop for book lovers. You can spend hours browsing new and old books from all kinds of genres and enjoy their bar or cafe while you do so. To add to the ambiance, the food is good as well. Pick a book, enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal and spend a day or... More 

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Pittsburgh
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

It's actually two storefronts that meet in the back. It's such a delight to find a real, old-time bookstore with new and old books. It's the kind of place you'd like to stay in all night, just to browse. But apparently that's no problem as it's open 24-hours a day on weekends. It's a real pleasure to visit.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Kramerbooks and afterwards has a been a mainstay in Dupont Circle for over 30 years. They produce outstanding food, provide great customer service and still seems to be a bit pricey. You're insured a great atmosphere in a wonderful place to people watch and even read a book. The waitstaff is never pushing to get you out of there so... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Some places that are open late can be less than amazing, but they get you because, well, they're open (see:IHOP). This place is not one of those. The menu was extensive and interesting, the food was tasty, and you're in the back of an amazing bookstore which just makes you feel so smart and DC-cool. What's more is it isn't... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I have been visiting KramerBooks every since I visited my friend in DC in the 80s and he took me there. I'm a bookworm and especially love nonfiction such as history, biography/autobiography, travel, psych, music and religion, all of which the store has in abundance, plus plenty of fiction and everything else. It's a far more concentrated, quality assortment than... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

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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Additional Information about Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill

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