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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.
US$9 - US$24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
American, Cafe
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Reservations, Street Parking, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After a visit to the Phillips Gallery, we stopped at Kramer's for a delightful outside lunch on a pleasant November afternoon. Though our server made a slight mistake on our order, the service was friendly and the atmosphere was very pleasant. The food (salad, Cali...Dogwood and Cubano sandwiches, was excellent and the beers unbeatable. Still a good bet despite the pandemic.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 12 December 2020

It's been 8 months since we dined out. Had to get away. Stayed at the Dupont Circle Hotel. This little jewel was right below our balcony. The District has allowed them to use half the street for outdoor dining. Had an outside lunch on Friday,...the Cubano and the Crispy Chicken, good sandwiches with an excellent server: Henrique. The next two mornings we both had the Kramer's Breakfast, over easy eggs were perfection. Saturday morning we dined outside under the space heater, chilly but doable, and again: Henrique!!!! Sunday morning, inside dining, as we are early birds and no one else was there. The Bloody Marys were awesome.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 4 September 2020 via mobile

Waiter rude & forgetful. Place was slow and service was as if it was packed. Bloody Mary unimpressive. Yikes!!

Date of visit: September 2020
justino147, Agency / Consultant at KRAMERS, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2020

Hello, please contact us at justino@kramers.com to discuss this.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

While we didn't eat at Kramerbooks, we did see a lot of people coming in for carry outs. Clearly the food is as good as the selection of books. It's always a joy to look over the wide selection of titles offered & to see...what the book buyers are recommending. We happily spent an hour pouring over the shelves.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 13 June 2020

This charming bookstore/café has the best of both worlds: delicious food and an incredible bookstore with a wide variety of new and used books. I loved wandering through the bookshelves to see what they had, and then enjoying a hot chocolate and one of their...humongous and tasty sandwiches. Everyone was super friendly.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 29 April 2020 via mobile

Such a cool place! An incredible bookstore with an amazing restaurant, great ambience and phenomenal food and cocktails!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 14 February 2020 via mobile

USed to come here a lot many many years Ag o for the beer and pie. Was a happy hour tradition for some colleagues and I. Returned after a long absence and met with some of the Opel crew for dinner and beer. Did not...disappoint, good variety of local beers always on tap, try the stout, creamy smooth and delicious. Dinner was great all the way around nice easy menu with a variety of tastes. Ended the night with dessert and the only disappointment, NO PIE!!!! What happened to the pie. We survived on other fantastic desserts but all really missed the pie.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 11 February 2020

We ordered beignets and coffee last weekend. The waitress seemed disappointed that we didn't want a full meal. After that we waited a long time for our coffee and finally had to get another waitress to ask our waitress for the beignets. Not the best...customer service. I love to give compliments for good food and good service and do so often. It just didn't happen here.More

Date of visit: February 2020
justino147, Agency / Consultant at KRAMERS, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2020

Hello, please contact us at justino@kramers.com to discuss your visit.

Reviewed 10 February 2020

Great location a block from DuPont Circle. We sat in the Atrium and felt very airy. Service was very warm and attentive and all the food was very good. Particularly liked the huevos rancheros (with pork), and the corned beef hash and eggs.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 4 February 2020 via mobile

Brunch with family. Interesting menu, beside the usual eggs Benedict. Food was good as was the coffee. Try to make a reservation if you want to go on Sunday. It tends to get busy and there is a wait, but meanwhile you can browse the...bookstore in front.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Response from Dale H | Reviewed this property |
I am not gluten sensitive, but I went there with a friend who needs to eat gluten free food and he found something to eat.
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