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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 2,623 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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79% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

My friend and I each got different pasta dishes. Both of our pastas were chewy. The food looked beautiful but I was really disappointed with the taste. I wouldn't recommend.

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St. Thomas
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Visited this restaurant on the advice of a friend. I wasn't disappointed. The crab cake and pasta dish was delicious! The next time I'm in town, I will go back!

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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

I've eaten here twice when in DC. The bookstore is an institution and I love browsing here in the evening. But I find the food is always a bit of a letdown. Last time I had pasta with crab cakes and it was sooooo salty. The menu has a lot of choice, also for desserts, and there is a good... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The menu from this cafe has everything - mexican, asian, burgers, brunch, seafood, and more - and quite frankly it´s impossible, as far as I know, for a restaurant to be successful trying to be all things to all people. OK for drinks and coffee to have a nice chat with a friend or dive in to that new book... More

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Southeast USA
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Went here several times during a recent stay in washington. Good happy hours pricing on wine and beer after 4 and just a nice place to take a break if you go earlier. Girls tried the bar drinks and gave thumbs up. I tried the great on tap beer selection. Did not ry food.

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Jackson, Mississippi
19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a great bookstore--first of all. And then the bar, with its drink menu and good beer choices is small but very good, and the food in the restaurant is excellent--interesting and eclectic and unpretentious. The staff is knowledgable and helpful and friendly too. I come here every time I'm in D.C.

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Kramer Books was not far from our hotel at Dupont Circle and though I've never been a big fan at BookStore/Cafés other than having a hot cuppa something, a freind back home had recommended trying the food. We went for lunch and I had the grilled salmon with soba noodles. I'm not exaggerating when I say this was the best... More

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Perth, Australia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Kramerbooks is actually a bookstore but it has a cafe as well which is open nearly all hours. Which such a lot of our TV show and movies coming from the US, one starts to be intrigued by all these different cultural references to things which are completely foreign to Australia. Chilli dogs, grits, ribs, cornbread and the list goes... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were walking around Dupont circle, trying to choose from all the interesting dining options. Ended up here, partly because of the books, and couldn't have been happier. My shrimp with rice grits was wonderful. Good beer list. Service (outside tables) was a little haphazard.

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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85 reviews 85 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

I usually end up here when I'm too lazy to look for someplace new. Which isn't a complaint. Just an admission that it's a comfortable, safe choice for food and drink when in the neighborhood. This time it was brunch. Crab omelet and Soho omelet both were good. Wine choice was fine. Service was typical big city. Outdoor seating offered... More

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