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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Café, Bookstore, and Bar$$$$
Dupont Circle, Washington
295 Tips and reviews
  • books
  • café
  • desserts
  • lively
  • casual
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  • David D.
    David DerrickAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Far and away my favorite cafe and book store in DC! Unique way of displaying books face up makes for enjoyable browsing. Delightful brunch in the outdoor seating area! Small bar is ideal for meet-ups.
    Upvoted Aug 13
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresAugust 20, 2014
    The Sushi Tuna & Avocado Salad is fresh and delicious, made with: fresh sushi-grade tuna - pan-seared rare - soy, wasabi & honey vinaigrette fresh avocado - edamame - soba noodle salad.
    Check out the trays of shared plates, or “sharezies” as they call them, like mushroom crostini and the Obama family chilli, and don’t forget to indulge in their dessert options–they’re oh-so worth it. Read more
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Mikael W.
    Mikael WagnerFebruary 17, 2014
    I went to this gem on our snow day on a Thursday and it was a delight. I had delicious mussels and a seared tuna carpaccio. Delicious. Best part cocktails by Molly--a people person gold star staff.❤️
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGMarch 23, 2014
    My favorite place to go in Dupont since the '90s. Great food and amazing desserts if you want some interesting people watching while getting a little something sweet.
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia Hu3 weeks ago
    Crab cake pasta is amazing! Triple chocolate cake is delicious too. Very cool place with a bookstore, bar, and restaurant - all are separate from one another, preserving its distinct atmosphere.
  • Racked
    RackedJanuary 24, 2014
    Feel like a part of the literati at Kramerbooks. There's always a buzz at this bookstore/cafe/restaurant, and the book selection is just as fascinating as the people-watching. [Racked 38 Member]
  • Rachel O.
    Rachel OrrAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Couldn't say enough good things about this place. Cafe is fantastic for brunch and dinner. A bit pricey but totally worth it. The bookstore and are bar are open so late on the weekends!
  • Víctor S.
    Víctor SánchezNovember 12, 2012
    Great bookstore w/ great energy & a plethora of choices. If ur of the picky type (like me); have an idea of what ur looking for. Regardless, it's quite nice to dip into multiple worlds on a visit.
  • Mikael W.
    Mikael WagnerJanuary 26, 2014
    A very cool place to simply chill-lax. Best place to hang is in the bar area. The night I wS there it was jammed packed so we got a table and shared a peach cobbler dessert and coffee w/booze
    ThePurplePassport.comApril 23, 2012
    We love weekend brunch, and the lunches and dinners aren't bad either! If you don't have room for some signature pie, grab it for takeaway. On our last visit, we tried the lamb souvlaki. Read more
  • Kim P.
    Kim PDecember 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love stopping in here to browse the books and to have a drink in the little bar area. They have a great selection of craft beers as well as liquor. This place is a gem.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostAugust 1, 2014
    The benefit it reaps from its bookstore relationship is that it's open late every day, and all night on Friday and Saturday. It also serves brunch on weekends. Read more
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite bookstore! Great for classics, fun fiction, DC tour books and gifts. Bonus: neat bar/resto in back.
  • Ghosts of DC
    Ghosts of DCJanuary 27, 2012
    Sit outside on a spring day with a couple friends and some beer. This is a great place for some people watching along 19th St. Check out our post on the history of the building. Read more
  • Lauren
    LaurenAugust 17, 2012
    I adore Kramerbooks because whether I'm in need of a good book or a good slice of dessert, this bookstore provides! Their brunch is also yummy and well worth the wait.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The front of Kramerbooks houses an array of current and classic literary titles and in the back the cafe serves food, wine, beer and dessert into the early hours of the morning. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Richard E.
    Richard EfthimSeptember 21, 2015
    Brunch was wonderful. For a brie, spinach omelet which was delish. Reservations recommended to avoid long waits though browsing the bookstore is fun too
  • Jon D.
    Jon DarveauSeptember 5, 2011
    Well this is a unique place here selling all kinds of books along with a full service bar and restaurant. Definitely worth checking out just for the novelty. Fri/Sat open 24 hours as well.
  • Jase P.
    Jase PMarch 20, 2015
    This bookstore is amazing. It's not spacious or has a lot of places to sit, but it's full of amazing books. Way better than the local B&N.
  • Vijaya T.
    Vijaya ThakurOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Open 24hrs with live music on Fri and Sat! Also, one of my absolute fav bookstores in the world. Diverse selection. Grab a good read and a great beer, it'll be a beautiful day.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LucasJanuary 24, 2013
    Awesome bookstore and a nice cafe inside for some classy cafe food and drinks. Great place to spend a few hours to relax or just chat with old friends.
  • Lahaina Mae M.
    Lahaina Mae MondoñedoDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The butternut squash ravioli and cheesecakes are what I always come back for. Also, if you can get a table, try the brunch. You can't go wrong with the berry, berry pancakes!
  • Dylan C.
    Dylan ChatterjeeMarch 17, 2013
    Good beer, great crowd, and attentive staff. I had the shrimp and grits, with andouille sausage, bacon, and creole seasoning, and I keep thinking about it.
  • Walter W.
    Walter WhitakerMay 27, 2014
    crab meat omelets were fantastic as was the bookstore. A friend who used to live near there and a cab driver both recommended and they were right! A must do in DC
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HarkerAugust 25, 2012
    Saturday brunch is great... Good entrees. $3 Bloody Mary doesn't skimp on the vodka. Great coffee. Fun atmosphere. A little pricey for brunch but worth it!
  • Maria
    MariaJune 4, 2015
    Great books, great cafe! I had the soft shell crab sandwich with roasted corn and salad with pecans and crumbled blue cheese.
  • Natalya
    NatalyaMay 5, 2013
    Cool place with super fast and friendly service. Try quinoa with yogurt and fruit. Soy milk available. Very cute old fashioned bookstore upfront.
  • Tony C.
    Tony CorreaAugust 18
    The Cuban sandwich was amazing and they had a great selection of beer. Nice place to go with a mixed younger crowd
  • Marissa E.
    Marissa E.June 21, 2011
    This bookstore has great, diverse selections of literature. Every time I leave this place I've got books jammed under both arms. This is definitely a go to bookstore in DC for literature lovers.
  • Evan L.
    Evan L.August 11, 2013
    Found this on Urban Spoon at 2am on a Saturday. Best food ever. The butternut squash ravioli was probably the best thing I've had in my entire life.
  • Skillshare
    SkillshareJanuary 30, 2012
    Recommended as a great spot to teach/learn in an informal setting by trusted locals! Added bonus: pull any book off the shelf to illustrate your point.
  • Arpi T.
    The desserts are amazing! Try the salted caramel vanilla cake, it's incredible.
  • Kate E.
    Kate ExpectationsNovember 23, 2015
    A bookstore AND delicious food? Just take my money! The fresh sushi tuna was gorgeous, not giant serves which was great.
  • Ezra M.
    Ezra MechAugust 12, 2014
    The bar is unexpectedly great, and a solid spot for a quick getaway. The book selection is always amazing. Skip the food menu.
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SeeferAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This place would be great with just the bookstore. But it also contains a cafe that serves up fabulous food and sweets. One of the best brunches in town!
  • Dara F.
    Dara FisherMay 11, 2015
    The quintessential independent bookstore, plus a cafe/bar where you can grab a nosh while surrounded by books!
  • Penn A.
    Penn AppetitSeptember 3, 2012
    A must-visit DC institution with brunch portions to contend with Philadelphia's beloved Sabrina's. Peruse the bookstore while you wait for your table.
  • Sara O.
    Sara OberdorfMay 5, 2013
    Slightly pricy, but HUGE portions, great food, friendly service. Way better than the cafe at DuPont Hotel across the street!
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    A Washington institution. Don’t miss this unique bookstore and the delicious Afterwords café that resides here. Read more
  • Caitlyn B.
    Caitlyn BatesJune 7, 2012
    The 'sushi' (really, sashimi with a side of rice, spinach, and avocado) was fantastic. Nice and light--great for a late dinner.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie ScholzSeptember 21, 2015
    Everything here is amazing. Books, a bar, a cafe. This place is the best of all my favorite worlds.
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 4, 2015
    The squash ravioli is yum - o - lishous. Great to go with kids because books store is attached to restaurant.
  • Bob N.
    Bob NiemicOctober 21, 2013
    I support, and buy from, bookstores & cafes like Kramerbooks & Afterwords because I want to do my part to keep them alive & well.
  • KelSo Beer Co.
    KelSo Beer Co.May 11, 2014
    The Bloody Mary is made with sriracha sauce. Tasty. Nice spice. No garnish, but the simplicity is nice on a lazy Sunday brunch.
  • Cara
    CaraAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of THE best places in DC, be it for a great book, exquisite cocktail, delicious meal, or to meet a new friend.
  • Deborah L.
    Deborah L.September 9, 2012
    love this place. good food, music, books, and drinks. can't go wrong with any of it! catfish fingers are delish!
  • Promethean F.
    Promethean FundraisingJanuary 20, 2014
    Rating: 1 / Venue is to small and almost always crowded. If you are looking for an atypical selection of books....stop by Kramerbooks....
  • Ernie C.
    Ernie CordellOctober 5, 2012
    I went into the original Kramerbooks & & when it first opened and asked "Booze&Books&Food -- what more do I need?" They displayed a message for a while, "If we had a shower, you'd never leave."
  • Aiden K.
    Aiden KirchnerSeptember 13, 2011
    A warm and welcoming DC instituition celebrating life and literature from 7:30 AM DAILY. It's a mainstay for the DC reader and a place to celebrate and enjoy the simplest of pleasures
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