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1. Kramers

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3499 reviews
Kramers
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Services
5
Customer service
5
Product Variety
5

Address: 1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (202) 387-1400

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Jon and Amanda Lewis: Great little bookshop near Dupont Circle. They have a wide selection of titles & subjects and an attached cafe and restaurant. I found some wonderful vintage looking postcards such as a DC cherry blossom one and tried the Kramer’s Goober Pie. So incredible. I would highly recommend this place!

Arun Vishwanathan: Cute little bookstore in DC and you should stop by if in the area. Eclectic collection of titles and journals/calendars They do have a restaurant/diner inside, so you can grab a bite as well if you’re hungry. Wish I had more time to spend there..

Juhi Pac: Great bookstore-bar-restaurant combo right at DuPont circle. Very easily accessible by DuPont circle metro and good selection of books and atmosphere

Cara Forte: I'm really happy this awesome bookstore came recommended by a friend for me to check out while staying in Dupont Circle for a long weekend. The books and gifts are well curated and there is a restaurant in the store with delicious food, drinks, and dessert. The coffee is great, too.

Karen cohen: Helpful staff and a ton of books from every genre! Browsing is part of the fun or going there and see all the books you want to read. Have lunch in the dining area and spend the whole afternoon there. Huge children section,too.

C Luna: Food was fantastic! Especially the cherry blossom cheesecake :) Service was amazing- our waitress was sweet and funny. Definitely a great date spot ❤

John Weber: What a lovely place to look for books and grab a bite to eat! I only walked around the bookstore but from what I could tell, the food both looked and smelled amazing!! On the restaurant side, there are a couple lounge chairs/couches to relax in as well. Definitely stop by and drop in if you are nearby. I was able to park just a block away on a Friday night.

bruce hutson: Kramers. Since 1976, so it’s not new to many, unless you visit from outa town, like we did. Our friends, Bob and Lynn, came here on dates years ago, as many did and still do. Lots of stories within these walls, ups and downs, and today we sat in fleeting sunshine to taste the excellent Kramers Breakfast(tasty potatoes), and the full mouth, comforting Ham Benedict(such creamy Hollandaise). Oh, and the books fairly pulsed into our hands within the well laid out spaces. Feed your body, nourish your soul

M Boone: Good brunch menu with solid pairings. Visit it after strolling through the nearby Farmer's Market. Space inside is a little tight particularly with the kitchen in-the-middle, but cozy nonetheless. I enjoyed the chicken and waffles. Presentation is good. Prices are on par for D.C.

Quarib Chowdhury: This is a Washington DC institution. Everyone should visit, buy a book, and eat at the cafe. I’ve browsed through this place many many times and even bought books and ate at the cafe. I ate at the cafe years ago but remember everything being delicious. As someone with a big sweet tooth, the apple pie crust desert was amazing. The expansion to bring the cafe into the bookstore actually works really well. I’ll have to revisit the cafe next time.

2. All Day by Kramers

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86 reviews
All Day by Kramers
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Services
5
Customer service
5
Product Variety
5

Address: 1530 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (202) 387-3825

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Jenna DeFosse: This was my first time at Kramers to eat in many many years. The food was good! I remember not liking the food as much last time (maybe 10 years ago?). I came for brunch on a Sunday with a couple of friends at 1:00pm. I reserved online and it said only outdoor seating was available. But when we got there, they said anywhere that had available seating was open. We found three seats at the bar—lucky to sit inside since it was February and cold that day!! I found it a little weird that I reserved a spot but it ended up you were able to sit anywhere that was available. Everyone liked what they ordered. A meal that had fries had old bay on it. I’d definitely want to come back on a date or at a leas busy time. The place was packed. The bookstore was great as usual just super busy the day I was there!

Deborah Williams: Perfect brunch place in DC near metro station. Lovely place cozy and green. Lovers of plants you will love it. Very Delicious food. Great customer service ! Definitely going there again for another brunch

Tiffany Shields: It was ok. The host wasn't the nicest and I had to ask them to wipe off the wet table they wanted to sit me at.🤷🏿‍♀️ I ordered a latte and they didn't give a spoon. I had to ask for it. Ordered the smoked salmon Benedict, it was blah Egg was poached perfectly, however the some of salmon was brown, yuck, and English muffin was stale. Too bad everyone raves about this place, but I didn't have a decent experience. I won't return.

Alysha Muth: Delicious drinks, great food. The arugula salad was so good. Spicy bloody Mary, and nice outdoor seating

Stephanie Corte: We had a decent experience at All Day. The food was okay but not necessarily amazing or unique. The breakfast potatoes were unseasoned and stale with some pieces completely burnt. The bacon and ham were the best tasting parts. It was strange that each of the plates seemed to have been made by different cooks, since the eggs and potatoes were very different from the other plate. For example, one plate had green onions on the eggs and white onions in the potatoes while the other plate did not. The overall vibe, service, and seating outdoors is what makes this an enjoyable place to eat at.

Hanna Foreman: Personally I love the bookstore out front. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I buy most of my books in Washington there. However, do yourself a favor and avoid the brunch here. The service was slow and the servers were not friendly. I ordered a coffee and eggs Benedict. The coffee was lukewarm and served in thin mugs rather than thick diner mugs. The eggs Benedict wasn’t warm and it would’ve been nice to have a side of potatoes instead of a wet salad with an extremely sour dressing. You’re much better off gambling on the line at le diplomate or going somewhere else in the neighborhood.

Anastasia Sarmakeeva: Portions are good, but the dishes was dirty. My berries definitely wasn’t fresh in granola. Maybe if you eating meat sandwiches and burgers are better. But i didn’t have luck. Atmosphere and the place is great though.

Josh Gishi: All Day by Kramer’s has become a staple for my wife and I. Whether if you’re craving breakfast food, a burger, salad, they have it. I love the Kramer’s Breakfast plate, the burger, chicken and waffles, and most recently the Cubano sandwich. The Cubano was so yummy. I think there are better Cubanos in DC, but it was an amazing sandwich nonetheless. Ive always left satisfied and the wait staff is always so pleasant and friendly.

Kayla Cooley: Amazing! We had the Cubano sandwich and it was more than enough for two people. The bookstore was amazing and we had a blast browsing

Joel Hames: It was solidly okay. Service was great. I had the steak and fries (substitute salad because the fries have gluten), and it was all….just okay. Steak wasn’t a particularly pleasant cut, and the cook on it was off. Salad was fine. Wine was good. Likely not heading back.

3. Busboys and Poets

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Busboys and Poets
Prices
4.8
Product Quality
4.8
Services
4.9
Customer service
4.8
Product Variety
4.8

Address: 450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (202) 789-2227

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Tina Marbury: My group is visiting from Ohio for a conference. The restaurant is pleasingly eclectic in its decor. The atmosphere was quaint. The server was pleasant and smile with authenticity as she assisted the three of us. The food was served hot and was pleasing plated. The taste of the good was amazing. The seasoning of the catfish, greens and cheddar and jalapeño grits was perfect. I could eat here every day.

Valerie Mostyn: I absolutely loved it here! I loved how the staff were just having a good time and jamming out to music while working. The girl behind the bar was living her best life with the music. The whole place has a fantastic vibe and great food. We came for brunch but I'm sure dinner is just as great!

Beverlyn Salva: Boyfriend and I were looking for breakfast to eat and we choose to go here. Very unique atmosphere. Love how they incorporated the bookstore & dinning together. Although the service we got was not what we expected. We order our drinks then later ordered our entrées. We get our food and both of our food was lukewarm and my fries was COLD (didn’t eat it). In addition, our server never checked on how we are doing and gave us what we requested which was just sugar for our coffee. Manager was walking around doing table touches and we never got touched. Our server then asked “how was everything” after we put our plate aside and decided enough is enough. Maybe if we come back it’ll be different but being our FIRST time eating there, we won’t come back. So if you’re looking for good food with good service this won’t be it or maybe it’ll be different. Who knows.

c clark: This was a very cool spot. I really liked the environment and the had great music, classic hip-hop and r and b. Great service and great food. I will definitely be going back here next time I'm in DC

Matt K: We got the Smoked Dalmon Benedict and Sweet Potato Pancakes. Overall this was a great breakfast and was memorable. I wish I could do it slightly differently. I'd like to add a little bit of red onion and sea salt or everything bagel seasonings to the Benedict. Other than that, very nice.

Erika L Zamora: Loved this place! 1st time in DC and heard this was a great place to eat and shop for books. They were right! Staff was friendly and the energy was Perfect. I had the cheeseburger and some nachos- both were delicious. I tried the cauliflower bites and was pleasantly surprised! I asked our waitress what drink she recommended since I liked sweet drinks. She brought over a DC water and I ended up having 3. Bought some postcards, stickers, a jigsaw puzzle and a book. Would definitely visit again!

Abigail Morales: The ambience is what you'll visit this location for. An unassuming book store with inspiring quotes and art of historic figures. The food is okay for what I felt was overpriced breakfast/lunch. We asked for a fried chicken sandwich the online menu didn't mention it being spicy but it was. The Cobb salad chicken tasted and looked like chicken that is pre-prepared and just waiting to be thrown on the salad. I had the wild rice soup and it came out room temperature and was a little salty. The kids grilled cheese was great according to my daughter. Our server Eunice only stopped by to refill water and drop the check. I would've expected something a little friendlier from a place giving such warm bookstore cafe vibes.

Destinee Douglas: This was a really nice place ! As you wait too can check out their book store . Had so many different wonderful and colorful books. We sat at the bar so we wouldn’t have to wait . We had ebony as our waitress. She was very sweet . As you can see in the photos there are two pics of soup. Norge the same ( wild rice vegetable soup) but one is a cup and one is a bowl! If you get the bowl you’ll likely be full before you even get your entree. But the soup was delicious and flavorful ! I definitely recommend that. Then I ordered the shrimp and grits ! Absolutely delicious. & I love how they has asparagus in it . Never had shrimp and grits with that in it. The shrimp were big & it was a nice portion . My friend got the chicken and shrimp pasta . It was kind of spicy but good as well! We both ordered their orange Juice too and you definitely want to because it’s really fresh. It gets made right in front of your eyes with a machine they have at the bar . Literally squeezes the oranges 😆 My cousin ordered a burger . Didn’t get a chance to take a pic but it was good . Last but not least we topped it off with their desert . A banana pudding I think with ice cream. It was good 😩 we were stuffed ! Lol

Peter Schwarzenbach: Good spot for a cozy breakfast. Prices are a bit steeper than expected but friendly wait staff and prompt courteous attention was always offered. My eggs where a tad overcooked but by no means bad. Would recommend for a unique and tasty experience

Aditi Rajvanshi: This place has amazing fresh food available at an affordable price. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options as well! Would definitely recommend if you love flavorful breakfast.

4. Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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Trident Booksellers & Cafe
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Services
5
Customer service
5
Product Variety
5

Address: 338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: (617) 267-8688

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Sweta Basundhara: This is a perfect place for book lovers and foodies. It does get very crowded and noisy but food and books are worth it. I went for brunch on a weekend and ordered ricotta stuffed french toast with blueberry syrup, iced mocha, chicken sandwich and sweet potato fries. The food was yum, decent coffee and quick service. The stuffed french toast was perfect and very filling. Browsing through aisles of book, the colorful stairs with book names make this cafe and bookstore worth a visit.

Kyna McGill: great place to grab a bite and a book! really enjoyed my coffee here, have a unique and delicious menu. would totally recommend exploring! my partner and I grabbed a couple of puzzles - made for a wonderful weekend!

Dema “DuM DuM”: The place was packed even though it wasn’t a weekend. This made the service pretty slow, but the waitress was nice. The outdoors seating were full so we sat indoors and it was cozy and nice. Tried Lemon ricotta stuffed French toast (couldn’t stop eating) 9.5/10 and Southwest breakfast burrito (was so fulfilling) 9.5/10.

Aditya Nahar: Great spot for a read and eat. Went for a brunch and their food tasted very fresh. The prices are well and reasonable considering being on Newbury St. Plenty of seating available during summers, outside patio available as well. The juices are really fresh, tofu scramble tasted well. The falafal wrap was good as well however could be better if grilled rather than being cold. It’s hard to get server’s attention once your food is delivered. Overall a great place for food and being a book worm. Plenty of books available for purchase and reading.

Mahsa: A very very nice place for buying books and eating breakfast. Food was good. Will go back again for sure. Finding parking is as always an issue in this area, but with patience and luck, you can find 2-hour street parking for a few dollars...:)

Dylan Anderson: Trident was a really neat place.We just stopped in to look at the books and grab a cup of coffee. The lattes we had were pretty good and the bookstore had a wide selection. They had a food menu as well that looked intriguing but we didn’t try any food.

Jennifer Liang: The coffee we ordered came to us lukewarm. Otherwise, it was a nice experience! Love the ambience of the bookstore; its very cosy and whimsical, and has a lot of books and book merch. Would recommend checking out their shelves

Ju: Trident is a must try! Such a cute bookstore and cafe! Very homey vibes here. The cafe offers all day breakfast so it’s the place to be during those late nights at 9pm when you’re craving breakfast foods and want to read your book! Would definitely recommend a visit to Trident Booksellers & Cafe!

Cyrus Rezvanifar: Nice and cozy atmosphere with a bookstore/cafe combination. I tried the cappuccino with apple cobbler. Apple cobbler was home-style and tasty, but the cappuccino was not really good given a similar price to other local places like Tatte. Overall, I would recommend this place for the vibe rather than the quality of the food/drinks.

Kelly Cambridgeport: Trident has an extensive menu and good service. I've been coming here since 1998. Long before the vegetable juices became popular, Trident was a pioneer in offering drinks with freshly juiced kale, beet, carrot, cucumber, celery, etc. This place is the real deal. The huevos rancheros are my favorite.

5. The Potter's House

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502 reviews
The Potter's House
Prices
4.5
Product Quality
4.6
Services
4.5
Customer service
4.5
Product Variety
4.5

Address: 1658 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 232-5483

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Guy Edwards: Wonderful place and people!! Excellent coffee and food. The impressive and diverse selection of books makes it one of the city’s best book shops. It’s support to vulnerable community members through its pay it forward system and other means makes a big difference to many. A real gem.

Jessica C: I’m a regular. No indoor seating, but in exchange you can bring your dog inside. Mine loves going in for attention and treats. I love going in for an iced vanilla latte. The biscuit and honey with goat cheese is yummy. So is the breakfast sandwich. I also like their scones. Their mission is great. I feel good supporting local charity. And they have a great selection of books. Recommended.

Monica Puerto: I don’t know how this place doesn’t have more reviews when it is always bustling. I love the book collection they have here; it skews progressive and activism (what do you expect out of DC?). The food here is very simple but tasty and affordable. There is so much history here in this place as well; it has been around the early days of Adams Morgan which fed the homeless and I believe continues to.

Tamer Mahmoud: Awesome place. Great and unique book selection. I also wholly support their supports for the homeless and the community. That's a big attraction to this place. Their biscuits, egg, and cheese sandwich was absolutely delicious!

Haydar Celik: Very nice place to have coffee, read, and relax. There are books to purchase and I am sure the food is also good, at least they looked delicious. Will come back for lunch and coffee.

Jonathan Chang: I came for the coffee and Mac and cheese. Chill place. The vibe was full of social justice and community. The Batista just came back from a coffee competition and placed 13th in the nation. For a short time he was offering competition grade coffee, a bit pricey but totally it worth it. It was one of the best cups of coffee I've ever had. That Mac was the last order for the night and totally did not disappoint. It didn't taste like it came out of the box and had a creamy texture. I totally recommend.

Jason Alredge: It was like a library with tables and quite a bit of space. The breakfast food and coffee was good to enjoy.

Kaila Gilbert: Currently one of my favorite coffee shops! Caveat: you can now eat and drink on the patio, but will have to walk 2-3 blocks to go the bathroom (regardless of your ability status or if you are a customer). So that part bummed me out a little; the coffee is a little strong to leave folks hanging like that lol. But, hoping they can open the bathrooms again so you aren't waddling down the street in the middle of your coffee date. Still recommend for pick up and go! Great books, staff, coffee, and pastries. Just not for the pregnant or small-bladdered haha.

Dena Delaviz: This is vegan brekky bowl & sammie. Both yum. The bowl doesn’t have a cheese or bacon substitute so its missing a little umph the carnivorous version prob has.

Peter Liddicoat: Book shop cafe charm. Counter culture ☕, local crispy baby 🥐 (+other pastries, breakfas, lunch, food). WiFi

6. One More Page Books

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155 reviews
One More Page Books
Prices
4.8
Product Quality
4.8
Services
4.9
Customer service
4.8
Product Variety
4.8

Address: 2200 N Westmoreland St, Arlington, VA 22213

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 300-9746

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Teresa Mcgervey: I'll be shameless- this is my sister's bookstore. She and her amazing staff were able to adapt quickly during the pandemic. They are open again and ready to take of you and all of your reading (and chocolate and wine) needs.

Derek Reinhard: Small, locally-owned bookstore with some flair. Very helpful, engaging staff as eclectic as the inventory. Nice touch selling wine, beer and fair trade chocolate, and having brief, "staff pick" descriptions stuck to some books.

Sarah Stubbs: This place is my go-to. The staff is always friendly and helpful, they have an amazing selection, and they even have a great website where you can order books in advance.

Jason Rodriguez: Big fan of this local bookstore. Friendly, courteous staff that gives great recommendations.

Cassie Hurley: The staff suggestions here are fantastic and they have tons of great author events. Street parking out front and free garage parking in back.

Bradford Baldwin: The best independent book shop in Falls Church and beyond. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. This is the place to buy your books!

James Rambo: I stopped by One More Page yesterday to pick up a birthday gift for a friend who is an avid reader. I knew that my friend liked Regency-era romance and literature and Abraham Lincoln. Not only were both employees AND a customer (that I learned was the parent of one of the employees) super-helpful and found exactly what I needed but one of them handed me a LINCOLN ROMANCE NOVEL. For real? That level of exacting efficiency is what you can expect from this shop. Go to One More Page.

Timothy Soong: A great place to find a book to read and some tasty treats to pair with it. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, Rebecca helped me find some fun sci-fi and fantasy books that were just amazing recommendations.

Diane Vogel: Great locally-owned bookstore with a smart sensibility and fun extras like chocolate, wine and reader-oriented gifts. (Fun example - matchbook covers mimicking classic literature.) Sadly they're still closed to walk-in traffic (🤞 hopefully that will change soon 🤞). For now, online ordering is easy and pick up with SD guidelines is prompt & efficient. And remember - - anything you want, whether in stock or not - - can quickly be ordered & in your hands. Don't be fooled by so-called 'convenience' of Amazon or Costco at the expense of our unique local community of booksellers. Pre-pandemic they had a terrific schedule of author talks & were one of my favorite places to browse and stumble on unknown gems. ☀️ SUPPORT INDIE BOOKSTORES! ☀️

Hannah Jordan: This little gem of a bookstore has responded thoughtfully and creatively to covid. Their website is easy to navigate and curbside pickup is safe and well-organized. They organize virtual book clubs as well. Please support this Falls Church and Arlington local bookstore that has supported our community in so many ways through the years--promoting authors, reading and literacy, as well as supporting many local nonprofits.