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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 3 days ago via mobile

This was my second time visiting Kramers. It had been a couple years but it did not disappoint after all these years. The service, atmosphere and food was great! Worth a visit if you are in Washington!

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 5 days ago

Interesting place to have coffee in and enjoy the live music music.. The food was good but the service is slow due to number of waiters. We sat outside and got the chance to enjoy the music. the inside area is very nice and attractive.

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We met my daughter here for lunch on a Saturday and found the menu had lots of choices to choose from. Some of us ordered breakfast, others ordered sandwiches. I was surprised by how flexible they were with requests for diet substitutions. Everyone was very...happy with their food, however, I ordered the Cali Dagwood which was very tasty but very difficult to eat. I added bacon but the bacon was very chewy and the bread was very dry and crispy. The avocado was placed at the top of the sandwich but the top piece of bread had a hole it so the avocado was getting all over. I ended up eating with a fork and asking for an extra napkin.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 11 May 2022

After a group lunch where we all raved about our food (except the Brussel Sprouts appetizer which was universally disliked by 8 of us), I was excited to return to sit outside this time and enjoy the food and drinks again. I would come back...for the atmostphere and most of the food. My friend still liked her veggie lasagna which she had raved about previously. But the drinks were just ok. The cold brew coffee was sold out?! and the initial substitution offered and delivered was watery and tasteless. There is something so charming and inviting about this lovely bookstore, I'm sure we will return again. It's the kind of place, and kind of people that even if you have a soso part of your meal you're willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. We were happy to have some vegetarian options.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 10 April 2022

We had breakfast twice--very good for $15. One lunch--hamburger. Received very good service from wait staff.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 4 April 2022

I remember this place from my college days and it was a cool, fun place to go. When I found out they were doing takeout orders I wanted to give it a try because I really want places like this to do well and thrive....But this was very disappointing. I placed an order for takeout and when I got back to my office the order was wrong. No bacon or cheese on the sandwich and the fries were cold. It looks good on the menu, too bad they didn't follow through in the kitchen. It was at 2:30 pm, after the lunch rush so they weren't really busy.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 3 April 2022 via mobile

Very nice place. We had chicken wings, fries and a burger. Good food and we took two beers with it. We loves the glasses and could buy them. Nice souvenir.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 2 April 2022

I cannot comment on the café, but if you're like me and like to visit local bookstores when in a new town, this is a great spot. The selection is vast and there are recommended staff picks on every shelf.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 19 March 2022

We enjoyed stopping in and browsing the books on a recent trip to D.C. nice selection with several things that peaked my interest without being overwhelmingly vast. One little suggestion: it would be really nice if they had a little seating other than the restaurant...area, where readers could just get off their feet for a little while and sample a few books before buying.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 30 December 2021

Kramers Books, which opened in 1976, was the first bookstore/cafe in Washington, D.C. You can read a book, sip a cup of coffee and enjoy a complete meal. Breakfast is served all day. How about Kramer's specialty with two scrambled eggs, sausage, breakfast potatoes and...toast or smoked salmon Benedict or buttermilk waffles or lobster ravioli or the all-day burger or Kramer's goober pie? Located at 1517 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, north of DuPont Circle, Kramer's is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. From tourists to college students to politicians, there is something for everyone at Kramer's, including a full-service bar, covered patio and a solarium dining space that features greenery and bookish murals illustrating the history of Kramer's. Enjoy browsing the book shelves for paperbacks, new releases, novels, mysteries, biographies, memoirs, sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, history, fiction, non-fiction, politics, poetry, kid's books, science, technology, cooking, puzzles, games. Kramer's is more than a coffee shop. How about French toast or smoked pork hash or ham Benedict or a yogurt parfait for breakfast? How about cornbread pudding, BBQ French fries, butternut squash soup, fried chicken breast or dark chocolate mousse for lunch or dinner? I recommend the all-day burger with two four-ounce beef patties, American cheese, lettuce, pickles and Kramer's special sauce. They should write a book about this place.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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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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Yes, KRAMERS offers takeaway services.

KRAMERS is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4