Evening Star Cafe
Evening Star Cafe

Evening Star Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eveningstarcafe.net/
  • Phone: (703) 549-5051
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday 5:30-9:00pm,Monday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Lunch: Friday 11:30-2:30 pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00-2:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jim Jeffords
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For those who have enjoyed dining with us at Evening Star and wish to have us cater your next event, we are pleased to partner with 550 Events & Provisions, a chef-driven, full-service catering and events company. As a member of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s family of award-winning restaurants, 550 possesses an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience, as well as culinary talent. For inquiries and more information, contact 550 Events & Provisions at inquiries@550events.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: The upstairs No. 9 Lounge is available for private parties. Equipped with a full-service bar, the No.9 can accommodate up to 50 people for a seated dinner and more than 100 guests standing. Full menu and catering are available. For private event inquiries, please contact rchuvalas@neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Rebecca Chuvalas x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Howell Ave.
  • Public Transit: Ten minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: A limited number of parking spaces are available in the lot behind the restaurant, in addition to street parking in front and along side of the building
A word from Evening Star Cafe
Located in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, between Old Town and Crystal City, the Evening Star Cafe is known for exceptional food, friendly but professional service and an inviting 'retro chic and funky' atmosphere. Both a classic neighborhood restaurant and a destination for diners throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, the Evening Star features sophisticated and eclectic American food, one of the region's most appealing and best-priced wine lists, and two separate lounges.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Evening Star Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (99)fit for foodies (73)great for outdoor dining (36)notable wine list (30)hot spot (23)great for brunch (20)special occasion (19)vibrant bar scene (19)romantic (18)kid-friendly (11)good for groups (9)great for lunch (5)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Service was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Service was fab, as usual. Food was a little off this time. Wedge salad had way too much dill in the dressing and my gnocchi were really dense. My boyfriend ordered the fried chicken and liked it, but he asked for a substitution (brussel sprouts instead of collard greens) and there was a $2 charge. I mean, really?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Wingchair
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Went there for our anniversary. Reservations were definitely required so we're happy open table is around! The service was excellent, wait staff were really friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. The menu is not large which suits me just fine. I don't thing you can go wrong with any of their selections. For dessert, the apple cobbler for two was most definitely worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little off...............
    gabfest
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We came for a girls night out bday celebration. I had not been here for years & we really enjoyed the ambiance & service. We started with fried green tomatoes app. which came with 3 skimpy slices very little sauce on top. I had the fried chicken which is one of their specialties , it was smothered in gravy. I thought the seasonings were a little off & I think it consisted of thigh meat. My friend got the fried salmon, she said it was very good. For dessert we got grasshopper ice box pie which although refreshing was more like a mousse. I didn't see any crust in there. For the price, I was disappointed in the food quality & content. It also tends to be a little loud, noise level carries over from the bar, however, service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Everything was great except dessert. Both desserts were not good AT ALL and this was the second experience with bad dessert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid restaurant in Del Ray
    victoriaVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We usually come to Evening Star for brunch, so going for dinner was a first for us. The menu, though not extensive, was pretty solid. Everything we ordered was very good, and the service is outstanding as usual. Our server was this pleasant guy with a long, full beard (I forget his name). He gave us great recommendations on the food and drink and poured us more water even after we had already paid our bill and were lingering on the table chatting away. Will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good
    CowgirlVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food at Evening Star is consistently good and never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    It was a little loud, but that's to be expected at prime dinner time. Everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food and service have consistently been good but the wine list needs to be updated
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable not sterling
    bigpants
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a very nice time. Food was good, service friendly, ambiance pleasant, although noisy. Excellent octopus appetizer, bland iceberg wedges. Entrees were good but did not shine. Shrimp and grits drowned in a tomato sauce, shrimp slightly underdone. Apple cobbler was excellent. Overall a very nice neighborhood experience, somewhat below downtown bistro quality.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always!
    Cameron
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We love Evening Star! Every dish is always perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DCDiner
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Evening Star is a cozy but lively neighborhood gem. Quirky art pieces and lighting add to the warmth. Service is quick, friendly. Food is a fresh, imaginative take on Southern favorites. Fried chicken was very good. Pumpkin soup was tasty but came out lukewarm. Small breads were delicious. Would gladly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, priced fairly
    Dave
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Had a late dinner at Evening Star and thought the food was great. My duck was cooked perfectly, and the sweet potato roll they start you with was amazing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Del Ray favorite
    great4greek
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've been dining here for years. It keeps getting better! The service has always been grand, and now the food matches it. Seasonal choices, small plates for me, and entrees for my husband. Wine list is great, thanks to the wine shop next door. If you have to wait, grab a beer or cocktail from the adjoining neighborhood bar. The dessert menu could use some work, and we would welcome the addition of espresso at the end of the meal--they only offer regular coffee. If you're looking for a quiet dining experience, this is NOT your place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Cute ambiance. Food was good, service was good except that our server disappeared for a while. Otherwise, good food and service
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food, nice service
    Brian
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was thougtfully prepared, but there was far too much salt on the salmon and buttermilk fried chicken , which was also far too HOT with too much cayenne pepper. The beet salad was uneventful, no seasoning, that the beets just tasted like canned beets. I wasn't as impressed as our past visits as the food seemed lacking something it had in the past. Maybe we just hit an off night. Service was very attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    lbee4
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went with a group of seven for a birthday dinner. Loved the food and the staff was hip and so nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we found it!!
    Wanderlust
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Ben, our server, did a great job with a great attitude. Food for all was very good. Wish we had this place in Charleston, SC where we are from!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Gem
    spincycle
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    You must try the fried brie - it is absolutely amazing. Also fantastic are the mac n cheese, steak frites, and the sweet potato muffins! Fun and eclectic décor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely special occasion spot
    ohhithere
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    So much love for Evening Star! It's on the pricier side, so we don't go very much, but for special occasions it's perfect! The food is always delicious and very interesting. I always try a new wine because I know they'll recommend something lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening Star Almost Always a Winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Evening Star is a fun restaurant. Definitely a popular spot with good food to match and I look forward to dinners there. The atmosphere is relatively casual, there's a cool wine store adjoining the dining room and an outdoor patio style bar too. The menu skews southern and while the dishes don't usually blow you away, they're solid across the board. Steak Frites, pork chop, shrimp and grits are all favs. My only real complaint is that the kitchen can be really slow at times. Not sure if it's cause they're slammed, but it's been quite noticeable on a few visits. Sometimes to the point where a manager has been over to apologize. The main dining room, while quaint, can be very loud on a busy night, so plan on speaking with a raised voice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food served well.
    ThomasWayne
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Evening Star has been a Del-Ray neighborhood fixture for years, and the current menu choices, tasty food, and great service show why. Find something on the menu you love and enjoy it or try something out of your usual range and be happily surprised. Either way, any questions you have about the food items (or specialty drinks) will be thoroughly answered. We enjoyed the duck, the chicken, and shrimp & grits this last visit, and managed to save room for their chocolaty-rich and fun HoHo for dessert. Go for the cozy atmosphere and enjoy the great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level detracts from the food
    Carolynn
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food is quite good. The noise level is ridiculously loud. It is like a wave hitting you when you walk in the door. So, that definitely detracted from what should have otherwise been a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice little bistro
    jimmVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Had the grilled oysters with hollandaise and the smoked duck breast, which was a little salty. The wine was good. The service was excellent and they super-fortunately retrieved and held for me to return and pick up an item that had fallen out of my pocket. Located off the beaten path in a pleasant neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    casey
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were dining there with friends Ford the first time after reading about the place for so long. My husband said the pork chop was the best he has ever had, and he eats them everywhere he can. My friend loved the shrimp and grits and wants to go back for more. My steak frites was only ok, the meat was fatty and the fries were under seasoned. Service was good and very friendly and the place was a good noise level so we could talk and not yell. We will be back!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful, upscale spot
    GaryDLVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is wonderful smal gourmet establishment in the funky Del Ray section of Alexandria. Eclectic cooking and first class service in a warm and friendly atmosphere make this an excellent choice. Breast of duck with andouille sausage/wild rice is a combination of tastes that just works very well. Buttermilk fried chicken is legendary in the area and the shrimp and grits are a worthy competitor tot the standard set at downtown;s Vidalia. Inventive cocktails and decadent desserts round out a superb menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but slow service
    Andrea2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was excellent, but the service was very slow - I had to walk inside and ask the host to find our check. There was also no lighting where we were seated outside, so we could not see our food. That being said, the ambiance (except for limited lighting) outside was very nice and we enjoyed a quiet place to talk. It seemed a little loud inside, but a very nice ambiance there as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighborhood place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Make reservations and call ahead for outdoor seating preference if possible. Evening Star is a gem. It's quite pricey, but has a great beer menu and exceptional menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service & Fantastic Food
    weheartfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great experience. Staff was very accommodating, went above and beyond to ensure my boyfriend had a special birthday. Service was attentive and professional. Food was perfect- their duck is highly recommended. Thank you for a memorable dining experience! Will be back to try their brunch menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique eatery
    New2foodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very unique atmosphere, although indoor temp was a little hot(many guests were sweating); has a really neat wine list from a next door wine store.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, pricey for neighborhood
    outandabout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food overall (particularly the pork chop). Only 'downer' was the crispy kale; tasteless. Service accommodating; we were in a rush and they moved things along. Eclectic set up with bar in back and wine shop attached.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Enjoyed the pork chop and homemade biscuits! We were a little surprised to see so many young children. We would return with our family but would not return for a romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first timer
    hank
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Watermelon salad was awesome as was the bread, mahi, amd salmon. Restaurant is nice inside also. Great lighting and decor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Read all about it
    VAfoodguyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great service, menu was varied and food was tasty with intriguing accents. I had the watermelon panzanella and fried chicken. Both were excellent. Loved the Bloody Mary with the grilled cheese bacon garnish at brunch and a fantastic burger and fries. Wait staff gave us just the right amount of friendly attentiveness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    justbecky
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    By far one of the best dinners I have had in a very long time. I am in love with the Pork Chop! Will be back for sure :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely not Run of The Mill
    DDP9686
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The menu could use a few offerings that aren't so overwrought. The food is very good although a tad pricey for what you get. Not ideal for groups larger than 4 due to limited space and booth seating. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always top notch
    MPMeyersVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food is always terrific and service is reliably friendly. I love having the entire neighboring wine shop to pick from.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great waiter
    happydiner
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food listed wine pairings. I mentioned that I prefer white or rose wine. The waiter made three different wine selections to pair with my dinner choices. All three wines were delicious. Nice job!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    was there for restaurant week - thought the inclusion of a "side" was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Evening Star always great
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food was just outstanding as well as the service. We love this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was VG; slipping service
    xnyrVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We are fond of Evening Star, generally a Del Ray gem, with very good food and outstanding wine, and good if not memorable service. This Thursday night we waited a long time for an outside table. When we finally sat down, that was just the beginning of a long wait for the waiter, and then for water, bread, drinks, and food. Everything was quite good once it came, but the waiter was obviously harried although there were only 3 groups eating outside. Perhaps there was something amiss with the kitchen as service was slow for everyone. We were not in a hurry and were with friends who are more patient than we are, and we were glad to spend time with them. I hope, however, that this slow service does not become a trend at Evening Star.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet