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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Bookstore, Café, and Bar
Dupont Circle, Washington
  • The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and Men's Health Mag recommend this place
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  • Numuque
    "good selection of books, delicious cakes, friendly staff."(9 Tips)
    Melissa E.
    "Eat the Goober Pie after reading the latest new releases!"(7 Tips)
    Mikael W.
    "peach cobbler dessert and coffee w/booze"(4 Tips)
    "soft shell crab sandwich with roasted corn"(4 Tips)
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  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonAugust 13, 2013
    My favorite bookstore! Great for classics, fun fiction, DC tour books and gifts. Bonus: neat bar/resto in back.
    Upvoted Oct 8
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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]
  • dancingqueen f.
    Mondays hh $5 handcrafted martinis is top notch, historic institution of DC known for its chocolate & desserts-used to be 24/7 diner/bookstore now 24hr Fri-Sun-Dysfunctional Family Sundae is the Best!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.❤️
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LuddyJanuary 11
    Great selection of books at reasonable prices, with a lovely community-feel cafe. Try the waffles and bacon, and wander a bit to find something new to read. Location is convenient to bus and metro.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Sasha T.
    Sasha TkachenkoNovember 10, 2016
    A perfect spot for breakfast/lunch. Good coffee (the Latte is huge), nice house sodas and great Red Velvet cake. Try Cuban sandwich!
  • 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.
  • Ali K.
    Ali KortayAugust 27
    Berry Pancake with Scrambled Egg and in addition baked potatoes.
    Upvoted Nov 2
  • Tony C.
    Tony CorreaAugust 18, 2016
    The Cuban sandwich was amazing and they had a great selection of beer. Nice place to go with a mixed younger crowd
  • Shirin J.
    Get the New Orleans Fettuccine!! It was one of the best pastas I've had! And you can never go wrong with their desserts!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsAugust 12
    This is a great spot to sit on the patio and have a drink if you're looking for something chill.
    Upvoted Nov 2
  • Mauricio M.
    Mauricio M.November 16, 2016
    Definitely one of my favorite places in DC. Great place to brunch, nice selection of beers (try the Hefeweizen) and good cakes.
  • Aleksandra A.
    Absolutely amazing! Great selection of books (incl. art and architecture sections); nice atmosphere and a cozy cafe. I will be back soon!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hailey C.
    Not the most spectacular breakfast in the world, but they make up for it with the amazing bookstore that will leave you wandering around for hours.
  • M B.
    M BJuly 4
    They go all in on the Chicken Pot Pie. Tons of chicken that falls apart, tender carrot and potato, and the pastry is killer by itself!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Janna H.
    Janna H.March 28
    A very cute bookstore. Really great breakfast everything the table had was great.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Murad G.
    Murad GürmeriçJanuary 17
    Been here 5+ times
    A very good bookstore, restaurant and cafe/bar combined and open until 1 AM every day! Heaven on earth!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 8, 2011
    Books and brews? Not a bad idea. The literate choice here is clearly a Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Leave the mango martinis to the Cliff's Notes types.
  • 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.
  • Jess D.
    Jess DellenApril 23, 2010
    The butternut squash ravioli is delicious and they were playing the Best of Morrissey when I was there. Wonderful. Books and food are two of my favorite things in life and they both thrive here.
  • Dara F.
    Dara FisherMay 11, 2015
    The quintessential independent bookstore, plus a cafe/bar where you can grab a nosh while surrounded by books!
  • Finella Jianna V.
    I love the energy here. People are the best. Let me correct that, people and books. Magical especially at night!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Eileen D.
    Eileen DaleyOctober 16, 2010
    The crab cakes are small but tasty and packed with meat. The mussels are soft and buttery. And the book selection is excellent. I wish I could read the whole store!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJune 10, 2012
    A cosy, fun neighborhood spot perfect for browsing or relaxing over a casual lunch if you can get a spot that is!
  • Catherine W.
    Catherine WongJune 5, 2012
    The apple crumble pie was really good and the goat curry was awesome! I wish i hadn't eaten it all in one sitting.
  • Daisy L.
    Daisy LApril 2, 2012
    A bit pricey, but how many bookstore cafes serve seafood?! Desserts, 24 hour weekends and endless book browsing make this a Dupont favorite
  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca BrownOctober 25
    Tasty granola! Great opening times.
    Upvoted Nov 2
  • 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....
  • Viaggiatrice
    ViaggiatriceApril 9, 2013
    One of the best curated bookstores I've been to. There's always a stack of books I want to buy.
  • Calla S.
    You have to sit down and try a meal. Fantastic. Very unique collection of books. Open super late!
  • ToriBird K.
    ToriBird KolodyMay 17, 2012
    The wild berry pie is orgasmic! Also the thai water wings.....holy crap! Delicious with the nectar nugget beer.
  • Rania
    RaniaAugust 13, 2014
    Live music, good choices of books & a bar all in one. Need something like this back home
  • Ashraf A.
    Ashraf AliOctober 19, 2014
    Great Key Lime Pie. Peach Cobbler rocks. Ice cream is poorly sweetened. Avoid all Nutella product, dry and lifeless. Also Mocha Ice is mixed ice and mocha powder. Eh.
    BROADSApril 29, 2013
    This might be one of the coziest bookstores on the planet, also a fun spot to grab a drink too!
  • Katie S.
    Katie S.January 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You're committing a crime if you fail to get some form of dessert before leaving. Also try the crab cake pasta, because old bay spice + cream sauce = happiness
  • Numuque
    NumuqueJune 23, 2015
    good selection of books, delicious cakes, friendly staff. one of the best spots in D.C.
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaApril 12, 2010
    Browse all the political, literary and indie books of your dreams. Great world, biographical and historical sections - cool employees, great espresso and delicious food on the menu.
  • Natalie
    NatalieJune 17, 2012
    Favorite place in D.C. Best breakfast (Brie, basil, & tomato omelette) and great bookstore & bar area.
  • H I.
    H IJanuary 3, 2013
    Make a late-night stop, order a big piece of pie and enjoy live music Wednesday through Saturday nights.
  • Sam L.
    Sam LuDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    it's often busy for dinner, so come here after dinner for their amazing deserts. Peach Cobbler is a favourite
  • Shannon Y.
    Shannon YazurloFebruary 6, 2012
    An awesome place to spend a quiet afternoon or a good spot to buy gifts for friends and family.
  • Armie
    ArmieJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Monica Lewinski bought 'Leaves of Grass' with her credit card for President Clinton in this establishment. Having used plastic, the bookstore was subpoenaed by independent council, Kenneth Starr
  • Mohan B.
    Mohan BergJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The bookstore is standing room only, reasonably priced but can be crowded in the afternoons. Open late! (1am)
  • Ab
    AbJuly 5, 2015
    Creative selection attached to a lovely bookstore that easy to spend minute after minute in
  • 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."
  • sam
    samNovember 1, 2014
    great alternative to a dive when you're out at 1 AM. delicious, good vibes, good books, really warm(?)
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkSeptember 1, 2013
    You don't need a token for the bathroom anymore, which is rather disappointing. See if you can get your waiter to give you a handful of these now-obsolete classic Dupont keepsakes.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShepherdNovember 26, 2012
    Seems most people come here when it's really busy, but if it's not, don't forget to get a token from your server to go to the restroom
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceMay 24, 2013
    The carrot & ginger soup is wonderful. It packs a bit of a spicy kick though so beware.
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesJanuary 5, 2015
    Feel free to come here for dessert and drinks only. Just ask the hostess for expedited service.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SunJune 16, 2012
    Peach cobbler is amaaaaazing! Ask for a second floor table when it isn't crowded and people watch below :)
  • Serafettin B.
    Serafettin B.February 15
    You can read and eat. They have great cafe.
  • Maxine L.
    Maxine LevineApril 9, 2014
    Exactly what a bookstore should be. They have everything you want, and even more that you didn't know you wanted.
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 14, 2011
    Great independent bookstore with fantastic macaroni & cheese. Second floor provides for fantastic people watching.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckJuly 10, 2015
    For breakfast, known for the crabcake Benedict. Sit outside in the back and people watch
  • Bobby
    BobbyJanuary 14
    Chicken pot pie with a cute presentation!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RouhierJuly 15, 2016
    Awesome bookstore. Slices of pie are huge. Beer selection is good.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MarksDecember 7, 2014
    If you love books this is a great bookstore with a bar and restaurant!
  • Chris A.
    Chris A.December 6, 2010
    Fantastic bookstore/cafe with a very unique selection. Food is on the expensive side -- 16 bucks for a burger, no fries included.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel Stirba MoneypennyApril 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite hangouts; good happy hour specials and a nice neighborhood place to buy a book and then sit and read with a nice glass of wine. :)
  • Reagan B.
    Reagan BarbosaJuly 24, 2016
    The fish tacos were great. That was the first corn tortilla that I really liked.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonApril 8, 2016
    The literature section is very carefully curated. Fiction fans will be pleased.
  • Daniel
    DanielJune 23, 2013
    Perfect hide away from the crowds at DuPont. Also inexpensive tapas at the bar
  • Emily M.
    Emily M.July 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bookstore in town and home to consistently phenomenal desserts.
  • Rowan M.
    Rowan McDowellNovember 17, 2013
    Good espresso! And the desserts are the best.
  • Matthew
    MatthewNovember 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The double chocolate cake is crunchy on the top and soft in the middle. Perfect if you want to split it with a date!
  • Bruce M.
    They leave out whole categories of books. Never any popular fiction (eg Charlaine Harris) and the politics etc is very tendentious (one would rarely find a libertarian book for example, but old dusty
  • Fairuz M.
    Fairuz MaggioJanuary 26, 2015
    Cute bookstore with a cafe. Cafe is a bit overpriced but definitely delicious.
  • AJ
    AJDecember 21, 2013
    Get applewood smoked bacon on the side even if you are getting the crab omelette.
  • Michelle O.
    Michelle OlenoskiMay 19, 2013
    Don't come here for the coffee - lattes are low quality. I'd opt for black coffee. This place is a great place for a business meeting (they seat you), but not a place to hang out with your laptop.
  • Stephanie L.
    The jerk chicken tacos were DELICIOUS. Speedy service and yummy drinks :)
  • Natasha W.
    Natasha WApril 16, 2010
    1) Mac and Cheese off the bar menu 2) grab a bathroom token when you enter the restaurant so when you have to go, you won't need to find one from a server.
  • Wondering W.
    Wondering WandererApril 19, 2016
    They have good selection of books! 👍🏼
  • deenuhfoowad
    deenuhfoowadOctober 26, 2014
    the selection of books and deserts! my favorite bookstore in DC
  • Alex S.
    Alex SimonFebruary 7, 2015
    Frankly the only reason I love this place is they pie, which I could eat incessantly
  • Louise G.
    Louise GsMay 22, 2016
    Great book selections, amazing food !
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NowackFebruary 5, 2012
    The crab cake pasta is to die for! Skip the cake though (its not that great)
  • SKW
    SKWSeptember 6, 2016
    Candy Shandy is like a Summer Shandy, but even better. Delicious, crisp and refreshing.
  • Miya W.
    Miya WallaceMay 26, 2014
    The wings were awesome! Now sure what the dipping sauce is, but it's GOOD! #foodcritic
  • Jordan-Marie S.
    Jordan-Marie SmithJune 15, 2015
    Great for brunch. Included mimosas, first is 3.50 correct are 1.50
  • Paul O.
    Paul OrganJanuary 18, 2012
    The carrot cake with cinnamon ice cream always makes my trips to Kramerbooks worthwhile
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.April 4, 2015
    They aren't kidding when they say the Argentinian sirloin is served rare. Ask for medium-rare.
  • Fanny M.
    Fanny MApril 13, 2015
    I wish I had this place in NYC! Loved it! Great prices on books and food!
  • Réjane P.
    Réjane PierreFebruary 28, 2012
    Oh my berry pancakes...sooo delicious! Portions are huge, great service.
  • Alex W.
    Alex WilliamsJuly 24, 2011
    The Brooklyn brewmaster reserve is a very tasty beer, it's a less hoppy version of Sierra Nevada
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MonsalveSeptember 30, 2015
    Come for some desert and then get lost among the books. Nice way to spend an evening!
  • Enzo M.
    Enzo MartinelliAugust 7, 2014
    Great for a late bite as it's open until 1am
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VAugust 11, 2015
    The bar is casual and good to sit at with a good book!
  • Anthony Z.
    Anthony ZacharzewskiApril 13, 2016
    Great little bookshop. Cafe good for brunch.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WhinneryFebruary 14, 2016
    Wish I could have spent more hours here, touching every book and getting something from the cafe. 😌
  • Miya W.
    Miya WallaceMay 26, 2014
    They allowed me to sample their gluten free Louisiana rice grits...OMG Good! #foodcritic
  • Katie W.
    Katie WillardJune 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Café desserts are amazing paired with a recently purchased book.
  • Natalia S.
    Natalia S.December 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The best bookstore in the city. Weekend brunches are yummy!
  • Monica C.
    Monica CApril 15, 2015
    The bookstore isn't large but the book selection is great!
  • Myra B.
    Myra BatchelderFebruary 14, 2016
    Best bookstore in the world!
  • Louise B.
    Louise BradshawNovember 6, 2012
    Wherever you go for dinner, get dessert here. The salted caramel cake is so delicious.
  • Philip S.
    Philip SeifiJanuary 4, 2015
    Mouthwatering steamed lobster omelette with complimentary champagne.
  • Courtney M.
    Courtney MazzoneMarch 27, 2011
    First brunch drink is $3, second is $1.50. Thats two brunch drinks for $4.50! Can't beat it.
    ACC E ADD TODOS TIM BETAJuly 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This is the best Cafe I've been to
  • Aman C.
    Aman CAugust 18, 2014
    A lot more seating than you would think at first glance.
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HSeptember 28, 2016
    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.
  • Rodolfo D.
    Rodolfo DonisJune 17, 2013
    Latin America section is small but they all seem very interesting.
  • Marianne D.
    Marianne DoyleJanuary 26, 2012
    Seriously cool place to have a good beer...and the book store is great too!
  • Alex F.
    Alex FOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection of books. Banana bread beer is also awesome.
  • Andre F.
    Andre FranciscoAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to enjoy a book and a beer. Good food too.
  • Ed L.
    Ed LeeNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Good late-night spot. Quite expensive for the quality though. Get the lobster ravioli.
  • Catina C.
    Catina Chontell-MarieAugust 21, 2015
    New Orleans pasta was pretty good! Great place to visit!
  • Serafettin B.
    Serafettin B.February 15
     The Goober Pie is delicious.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RomanNovember 25, 2010
    Their delicious spiked coffees and hot chocolates help take the edge off those cold DC winters.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 22, 2016
    More of a breakfast place with great choices than anything else !
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicMay 17, 2012
    Went for late dinner, food was ok. Not great, not awful. Went for brunch, food was so-so. There are better places around, but none with the atmosphere you get here. Also, good service.
  • arish
    arishSeptember 22, 2015
    the mushroom agnolotti is incredible!
  • Keith
    KeithDecember 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a couple of the selections off the Sharezies menu and split it with a friend
  • Kylee C.
    Kylee CoffmanMarch 9, 2010
    The bar spot has some great happy hour specials or if you're looking to have a private lunch during the workweek with someone--great hideaway!
  • Rachel
    RachelApril 8, 2014
    Ribs were amazing! Great outdoor seating!
  • Joan E.
    Joan EisenstodtJune 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Breakfast here after browsing & buying books is one of life's joys.
  • Anna D.
    Anna DMay 9, 2015
    This place must get good ratings for the bookstore. The breakfast food is just not worth it, everything was rubbery. I'd rather get a protein box from Starbucks next door than eat here.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MilsonApril 1, 2016
    The corned beef hash is lush.
    MSQRDNovember 8, 2011
    When u r up all night come to talk books with the night shift and amazing good
  • beckalim
    beckalimJuly 15, 2010
    The best place in town to hang out with friends. I always find a book (or 2, or 3...) I love when I come here!
  • Bloomingdale's
    Bloomingdale'sAugust 12, 2010
    Food for thought, and thoughtful food. No wonder this Dupont Circle institution’s constantly crammed. If the waits for a table can be long – well, it’s not like you couldn’t find a book to read.
  • Leah B.
    Leah BrayMay 1, 2012
    This Place is great. Two of my favorite things, books and pie, in the same place!
  • Mike S.
    Mike S.May 29, 2012
    Awesome breakfast + huge portions + inexpensive = happy Mikey.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SachnoffJanuary 23, 2013
    You can "steal" wifi from nearby DuPont hotel if you are out back near windows.
  • Yizhou J.
    Yizhou JinNovember 9, 2013
    Gary's Jamaican Curried Goat - simply fantastic.
  • Tristan T.
    Tristan TranSeptember 1, 2015
    Classic Eggs and bacon was good!
  • Nick T.
    Nick TripoliAugust 8, 2010
    The mixed berry crumb with cinnamon ice cream is pretty good ... very sweet, but good :)
  • mike m.
    mike millsJanuary 17, 2013
    Try the fish tacos. Just enough kimchi to set it off.
  • Johan
    JohanNovember 16, 2014
    Awesome bookshop. Gruesomely overrated brunch.
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PAugust 17, 2014
    Quirky neighborhood book store that's fun to browse & get cocktails too!!
  • Dori
    DoriAugust 8, 2011
    Great breakfast, but split b/c the portions a way to big!!!
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.February 16, 2015
    Books, food, and booze. What more could you ask for?
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellNovember 23, 2014
    Great bookstore and cafe, but no WiFi.
  • Ileana A.
    Ileana AlbrechtDecember 5, 2011
    Saturday brunch is amazing. Aaaand what's better than $3 strawberry mimosas?
  • Ben M.
    Ben MeakerSeptember 27, 2016
    Chicken pot pie for mains + mussels to start = boom.
  • @StratosAthens
    @StratosAthensOctober 6, 2010
    You have to stop here. Browse the books and buy some. Then go for lunch or dinner. It's a must-visit place.
  • Rosie P.
    Rosie PeckOctober 17, 2015
    Nice food and great open air seating
  • Ben L.
    Ben LataganDecember 28, 2011
    Be a Goober and try the Goober pie. You won't regret it
  • Chad M.
    Chad MairnMarch 23, 2011
    Probably the BEST Cuban sandwich I've ever had.
  • Lu C.
    Lu CaoApril 24, 2012
    Great selection of books, and good place for breakfast.
  • Wendy
    WendyJune 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Double Chocolate Cake, Death by Chocolate, and the Carrot Cake is yummylicious!
  • Joe B.
    Joe BramhallJuly 9, 2016
    Soft shell crab sandwich is a criminally negligent act of chef craft. Do. Not. Get.
  • Anne-Margaret O.
    Anne-Margaret OlssonMarch 19, 2012
    The Caribbean Chicken and Mango salad is fabulous!!
  • Nubian7
    Nubian7March 7, 2011
    Try out the Coconut Maui Mahi- very good dish!
  • Liz G.
    Liz GoldbergAugust 17, 2014
    Get ready for a wait on weekends
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserJune 5, 2015
    late night veggie option is a very good omlet
  • The White House
    The White HouseNovember 27, 2011
    President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia shoped at Kramerbook & Afterwords Cafe. Read more
  • Beth M.
    Beth McadamJuly 5, 2010
    You have to try the banana bread beer ampersand peanut chicken stir fry
  • Vrinda
    VrindaMarch 13, 2011
    Great service, but both my boyfriend's and my omelet were over cooked and chewy.
  • Mark R.
    Mark RowlandNovember 19, 2009
    A DC destination...this independent bookseller has a well curated selection of books and a great cafe to boot. Read more
  • JJ L.
    JJ LoveJuly 1, 2015
    The food is amazing
  • Mohammad Reza K.
    Cakes are amazing
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KehrtJune 6, 2014
    Delicious cake in a bookstore!
  • scott a.
    scott akdoganOctober 16, 2013
    Must stop and browse the stacks and have lunch.
  • Sean N.
    Sean NickleyApril 12, 2015
    Need a book at four in the morning? This is the place
  • Carmen d.
    Carmen da SilvaJune 23, 2011
    Killer indie bookstore, not so great bar or cafe (doh!) Read more
  • Carolina
    CarolinaFebruary 1, 2013
    The bar looks like a great afterwork spot on a Friday night.
  • Vaidehi K.
    Vaidehi KJanuary 30, 2015
    Amazing bookstore but the food seems slightly overrated.
  • Kenya f.
    Kenya from WakandaJuly 31, 2012
    Try the Low Country Shrimp And Grits
  • Sharon
    SharonJanuary 17, 2010
    Love ALL of the desserts and signature cocktails! Quesadilla is unusual but tasty.
  • Ebrahim B.
    Ebrahim BandookwalaMarch 30, 2015
    Lots of good books to lose a couple hours with
  • Ed S.
    Ed SettleNovember 8, 2015
    Best book shop ever!
  • Erin C.
    Erin CushingOctober 17, 2012
    A bookstore with a wine bar inside? I'm sold!
  • Howard W.
    Howard W.February 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Caribbean Jerk Shrimp Salad is really good.
  • Marguerite A.
    Marguerite AveryFebruary 21, 2015
    A bookstore serving beer. Enough said.
  • Ann Y.
    Ann YasinOctober 16, 2014
    Delicious breakfast
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KramerSeptember 3, 2014
    Has a great nonfiction selection.
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah K.August 9, 2015
    The prices were too high for the quality of food, but the bookstore was great
  • Amr E.
    Amr EssamSeptember 16, 2016
    Soft-shell crab sandwich; Fanatstico.
  • Marcia
    MarciaSeptember 5, 2013
    Thirsting for knowledge? This is the place!
  • Thomas Y.
    Thomas YarnellNovember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try salted caramel chocolate cake. It's ehniiice!
  • Pauline S.
    Pauline SicaJuly 13, 2012
    You've got to go and get the pie!!!!
  • Greg D.
    Greg DruryJuly 5, 2015
    Fun stuff in dupont, watching chess stopping to eat....
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSMay 12, 2012
    Try the Goober Pie - Loved this PB Cup pie!!!
  • Tiffani W.
    Tiffani WilliamsJanuary 8, 2013
    Try the curry goat. It's amazing!
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony ArmeniaMarch 20, 2011
    Crab Cake Pasta is to die for!
  • Edrea
    EdreaFebruary 22, 2012
    Brunch + books = Perfect Sunday mornings :D
  • Hillary H.
    Hillary HartleyAugust 9, 2014
    Books, coffee, food...awesome!
  • Peter Olesen L.
    Peter Olesen LundJanuary 16, 2015
    Various menu specials.
  • Tim W.
    Tim WAugust 13, 2011
    Fish tacos and cider were fantastic!
  • Kaavish K.
    Kaavish KidwaiJuly 4, 2016
    Desserts, books, ambience
  • Maureen I.
    Maureen IsraelJanuary 24, 2010
    Rent out the upstairs for a bridal luncheon. Have them bring you all their delicious desserts.
  • Evan E.
    Evan EllmanMay 26, 2013
    this place is really cool, but the food is wayyyyy overpriced (even for a New Yorker)
  • henry t.
    henry t.August 13, 2011
    Food was great here!! Saturday brunch!!!
  • Nathaniel E.
    Nathaniel EliasonAugust 9, 2014
    Grab a tasty brunch with mimosas and then check out the books
  • सिद्धार्थ
    Bookshop with a bar. Dude !!
  • Bruce M.
    The Obama depression has even hit fat 'crats in DC. The place is two thirds empty before 9 am
  • Sasha S.
    Sasha SoloJune 16, 2012
    :) Suja...any success at that place????
  • Steve M.
    Steve MinardAugust 19, 2010
    Catfish fingers, Cubano sandwich and Rogue Dead Guy. All pure yum!
  • Madison M.
    Madison MondonAugust 15, 2015
    Skip the food. Just enjoy the bookstore.
  • Kassia B.
    Kassia BukoskyMay 19, 2012
    Good ingredients, but lacks flavor
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy ChuApril 3, 2013
    Fried catfish is preeeeetty good
  • Sheena E.
    Sheena EdwardsOctober 29, 2012
    Disgusting, expensive, and overrated! If you want good crab cakes for yourself and favor and walk a mile to Clyde's in Georgetown.
  • Dan F.
    Dan FoyJuly 21, 2016
    Delicious food... In a bookstore!
  • Rukiye T.
    Rukiye TohtiJanuary 29, 2015
    Asian salmon hahaha :)
  • Drew B.
    Drew BennettNovember 3, 2009
    Some great beers on tap right now, but - wowzahs! - food prices remain hugely inflated.
  • Henry H.
    Henry HernándezDecember 29, 2010
    Good place for books and food but do not expect a clean bathroom.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BaroneAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy a book and then read it over a beer at the bar
  • trillateezy
    trillateezyDecember 23, 2014
    Skip the food but definitely peruse the books.
  • Rob W.
    Rob WhitleyJanuary 29, 2011
    Eat a crabcake sandwich and get Nassim Nicholas Taleb's - The Bed of Procrustes
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RayburnJune 14, 2013
    The food was alright and the service was absolutely terrible, I would never eat here again the horrible service doesn't warrant the quality of food.
  • Jenn S.
    Pricy but worth it
  • Travis M.
    Travis MillerNovember 3, 2015
    Try the crab cake
  • Tommy
    TommyMarch 5
    Been here 10+ times
    Staple of the D.C. book community.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BaldwinNovember 17, 2013
    A DC must.
  • Brian R.
    Brian RayJanuary 6, 2016
    classic hang out place
  • Chris K.
    Chris KennedyApril 19, 2009
    Get a water, a manhattan, and the nachos. Ask them to add tomato slices. It will be beautiful.
  • Allie W.
    Allie W.September 21, 2011
    Nice selection of science books
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy CadleMay 30, 2011
    Hope you aren't thirsty if Anna is your server. She didn't once ask if we wanted another drink.
  • Cara B.
    Cara BrownOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mango martini fabulous
  • Delphine V.
    Delphine VLSeptember 4, 2014
    Shrimp and rice
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WentkerFebruary 8, 2015
    Food & books
  • M Coşkun C.
    M Coşkun CangözFebruary 20, 2016
    Triple Chocolate Cake
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickMarch 14, 2016
    Really cool bar/bookstore
  • Kelsey C.
    Kelsey CFebruary 20, 2011
    Ask for Alexa. She's the best.
  • Keea H.
    Keea HartFebruary 28, 2015
    👍 awesome
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SmithJanuary 10, 2012
    This place has awesome dessert!
  • Dain B.
    Dain BlantonMarch 13, 2011
    Banana french toast is amazing!
  • AJ
    AJDecember 21, 2013
    And of course the goober pie.
  • Daniella A.
    Daniella AraujoMarch 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a pomegranate mimosa!
  • Jenn S.
  • Priyank V.
    Priyank ViraFebruary 10, 2013
    There nachitos are AWESOME'l!!
  • Jo L.
    Jo LafDecember 4, 2014
    Great fish taco
  • Catina C.
    Catina Chontell-MarieAugust 21, 2015
    Great food!
  • Sunil P.
    Sunil ParekhMarch 7, 2010
    Sit upstairs close to the live music
  • Gregory N.
    Gregory NelsonJanuary 16, 2011
    Tasty banana french toast.
  • Charlotte B.
    Charlotte BouwmanJuly 8, 2015
    Books, beers and food.
  • Colin M.
    Colin MansfieldJune 4, 2012
    Great Fish Tacos!
  • Anna E.
    Anna EbbesenDecember 6, 2011
    Brunch in the sun.
  • AL.SaiF
    AL.SaiFAugust 16, 2014
    It looks 👌
  • Kate B.
    Kate B.March 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go on a pieadventure. Any pie. Just eat pie.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SmithOctober 31, 2010
    THERE'S A BAR IN THE BACK. Very helpful tip.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KennedyApril 21, 2009
    Sit and eat on the 2nd floor in the area where you can people-watch upon bookstore
  • Miles F.
    Miles FawcettApril 29, 2016
    Date night
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 12, 2011
    Try the Macarons
  • Zach C.
    Zach CohenAugust 15, 2011
    Open 24/7, I hear.
  • Jeffrey P.
    Jeffrey PierceFebruary 21, 2015
    Death by chocolate.
  • Gina
    GinaAugust 29, 2010
    Perfect for late night grub.
  • Kambri C.
    Kambri CrewsDecember 17, 2011
    Bitchy man running the store. Decided to spend my book $ elsewhere.
  • Russ K.
    Russ KJuly 29, 2012
    Honestly a little overrated... Too much hype got me expecting more.
  • Harry W.
    Harry WDecember 13, 2009
    the smoked Cubano is the best thing on the menu.
  • KharmaIsis
    KharmaIsisJune 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    North coast brewing company: brother thelonious belgian brew. YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!
  • Christopher N.
    Christopher NelsonSeptember 5, 2012
    Heaven on earth.
  • Darrell J.
    Darrell JamesApril 27, 2011
    having a beer right now
  • Ben F.
    Ben FortneySeptember 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    They "don't really have any" computer books. So much for top rated bookstore.
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PSeptember 20, 2013
    $12 credit card minimum. LAME
  • Chris S.
    Chris StewartOctober 21, 2010
    Great Cuban sammy!
  • Euni
    EuniJune 1
    no places to sit
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziJuly 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Goober pie is to die for
  • Dave F.
    Dave FletcherOctober 19, 2010
    no plugs for your phone.
  • Lynn D.
    Lynn DialsApril 23, 2011
    Goober pie!
  • Robbin L.
    Robbin LorenzSeptember 15, 2013
    This place is WAY over priced!!
  • Bob N.
    Bob NiemicOctober 25, 2013
    Nothing else like this place in DC.
  • Darrell J.
    Darrell JamesApril 27, 2011
    enjoying the beer
  • Melissa E.
    Melissa EvansSeptember 9, 2009
    Eat the Goober Pie after reading the latest new releases!
  • Joey M.
    Joey MarburgerJune 10, 2012
    Overpriced and under delivered. You'll most likely be half disappointed when you leave.
  • Serena M.
    Serena MayJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Disappointed in their Southwestern omelet and guac :(
  • Rachel
    RachelMarch 8, 2011
    goober pie=ah-mazing.
  • Isabel O.
    Isabel OliverAugust 2, 2014
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SardamJanuary 1, 2010
    Have brunch at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe! Read more
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HoganApril 6, 2010
    They use peanut oil if that's a problem for you.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SolomonJanuary 14, 2010
    Request a dirty banana from the bar
  • Debbie F.
    Debbie FriezJanuary 9, 2010
    Brunch-great eggs bennedict.
  • Miry W.
    Miry WhitehillNovember 14, 2009
    disfunctional family sundae
  • Stephanie J.
    Stephanie JorgeAugust 6, 2015
    the worst service in the world
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SaksMarch 18, 2009
    Ate nachos and pie.
  • Christian R.
    Christian R.June 22, 2016
    Großartiger Buchladen, vielfältige Auswahl; Café nebenan
  • Xavier T.
    Xavier TreviñoJanuary 14, 2014
    Mi librería favorita. Chiquita y coqueta.
  • Brkgny
    BrkgnyNovember 25, 2014
    Burada samimi bir hava var kitap dukkani olarak kucuk guzel magaza kucuk bir kahve ve bari da var
  • inspector c.
    inspector clouseauMay 30, 2015
    Книги и кофе. Легендарный магазин. Обычный кофе
  • Vittorio F.
    Vittorio FerrariMay 7, 2013
    ottimo per il brunch
  • Arlene H.
    Arlene HerreraJuly 5, 2015
    ¡Librería 24 horas! La música súper pero el restaurante huele feo :(
  • Caio Túlio C.
    Caio Túlio CostaAugust 6, 2015
    Grosseiros. Duvidam do cliente. Pedem documento pra saber se você tem idade pra beber e não acreditam na drivers license brasileira - que serve pra dirigir mas não serve pra beber. E o menu é pobre.
  • Дмитрий
    ДмитрийMay 22, 2014
    Магазин как магазин, а кафе полный отстой - дорого и невкусно.
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