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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

Café, Bookstore, and Bar$$$$
Dupont Circle, Washington
291 Tips and reviews
  • books
  • café
  • desserts
  • seafood
  • lively
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  • David D.
    David DerrickAugust 30, 2014
    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 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • 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.❤️
    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
  • 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.
  • 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]
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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
  • Rachel O.
    Rachel OrrAugust 10, 2014
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Vijaya T.
    Vijaya ThakurOctober 2, 2011
    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.
  • 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
  • Kim P.
    Kim PDecember 20, 2012
    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.
  • Lahaina Mae M.
    Lahaina Mae MondoñedoDecember 30, 2011
    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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SeeferAugust 23, 2011
    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!
  • 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.
  • Katie S.
    Katie S.January 2, 2011
    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
  • Rachel S.
    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. :)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Armie
    ArmieJuly 7, 2012
    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
  • 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
  • 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....
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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