Hidden Gem in Alexandria
We were on vacation in D.C. and just returning from Mount Vernon. We wanted to see Alexandria and we found this hidden gem in Del Rey. Wonderful experience. Great food. Relaxed atmosphere for outdoor dining. Highly recommend!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
what a gem!
Melanie was fantastic! Helpful, knowledgable, funny, whole experience was quite charming!
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the food, loved the
Loved the food, loved the atmosphere. They have all of these fancy beers on draft, that you can have a tasting for a small price. Our server was horrible, in every way possible but everything else made up for it. I would definitely go back!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service was outstandin
The food and service was outstanding! Excellent menu and unique drink options. The staff was very accommodating of special requests and very attentive. Will definitely be back!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is better every
This place is better every time I go. I would love it if the rotated the menu more frequently, but everything on the menu is always outstanding.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Evening Star Cafe
Very impressed with our waitress. After we ordered our entrees, she asked if anyone had food allergies. This is the first time a waiter/waitress asked. Very impressed. I had the buttermilk fried chicken with mashed potatoes and collard greens. Excellent. Such and tasty. Hubby had the halibut. He said very good but was still hungry afterwards. Maybe the portion was too small. George also had the buttermilk fried chicken. We were celebrating George's birthday so the waitress brought his dessert with a candle.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Busy and vibrant
Great spot in Del Ray for foodies with a charming and welcoming staff
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Get a booth!
Very good food and excellent service. The service was on par with that of much more expensive restaurants. Very, very noisy and small place. Definitely get a booth to shield yourself from some of the noise and hubbub and to give yourself a reasonable amount of personal space. The tables down the middle of the restaurant along a single banquette are way too close together to be enjoyable. Portions are large so skip the appetizers (small plates) or anticipate taking home a doggie bag. Had the soft shell crab. Wonderful, but one crab (not two) would have been plenty. Will certainly go back.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, everything was
As always, everything was perfect. I can't wait to go back!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Del Rey Gem
Evening Star is a longtime favorite. The dining room is small and inviting; the booths lining the walls are terrific. The food is innovative and well-prepared; the service could not be more friendly and efficient. It reminds me of a warm, welcoming, small neighborhood restaurant in my native Minneapoilis: a great compliment!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighborhood restaurant!
Absolutely delicious, fresh food with very pleasant service.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time won't be the last
Grilled Oysters were great, shrimp & grits were outstanding, catfish paella was bland. Would still eat here again and again.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neat area of town - food was
Neat area of town - food was good, service was excellent.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Pleasant Experience
Dined here with a friend, the service was attentive, nice and friendly, and we were not rushed. Good beer selection. The food was tasty, not fabulous, but certainly solid good cooking. The breads were excellent and I hear that they do a good brunch on the weekends. It was empty and quiet when we arrived but got noisier as it filled up. We would go here again. The menu features fish, limited choices for a meat eater and vegetarian, but those choices were interesting.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I love dining at Evening Star Cafe. It's our spot where we go to celebrate special occasions. The food is always excellent, but you never know what to expect with the service. This time, our service was okay, but the waiter looked a bit "in the weeds" even though the restaurant wasn't super busy.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food, Good Service, Great Wine
Three of us each had delicious meals. Service was very attentive even to the extent that when they thought our entrees were taking too long, they brought us a free appetizer to munch on. The wine list is really interesting - lots of good choices and the expert is right next door at Planet Wine.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Comfortable food, great service
Quality comfort food in a casual setting, great service, good beer and wine offerings at competitive prices.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my wife here for her birthday dinner, and we loved it! We shared a bunch of small plates and a bottle of wine, and everything was great. Highly recommend.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love Evening Star!
I went to Evening Star with my family recently on a Saturday night and we had a spectacular dinner! They have a great wine list, and amazing entrees. I had the ribeye and it was cooked perfectly, my boyfriend had the fried chicken and could not stop talking about it - he even ate the collard greens! Everyone raved about the food and what a great restaurant I had picked for the evening. Even though the food is fantastic, make sure you leave room for dessert because Evening Star has some of the best desserts around. We ordered a few to share, including the Banana Cream Pie, the Brownie Sundae and the Deep Fried Fluffernutter. We weren't impressed with the Fluffernutter, but highly recommend the others. You can't go wrong with Evening Star.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I moved to Delray in 1996, just before Evening Star opened. I remember wondering if it was going to be good. Well, it was great then and it's great now because the food has vibrant flavors and is served at the correct temperature and never over-done. My grilled pork chop was succulent and delicious. my mother's catfish paella was also delicious with a hint of spiciness. The service was very good as we didn't have to wait for our reserved table and our waiter was warm and engaging. However, he forgot to bring us bread. The only downside to dinner at Evening Star is that the main dining room is always extremely noisy. So, if youre looking for a quiet meal, this is definitely not the place for you. Overall, I recommend Evening Star highly.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
New menu items were great.
New menu items were great. Our server, Tyler, was really friendly and on the mark with service.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had not been to EveningStar Cafe in years, but decided to try it again. The decor is cool, with a small town Southern vibe. The waitstaff is helpful, knowledgeable and efficient without hovering. The roasted oyster appetizer was unbelievably good and the shrimp and grits entree was outstanding. My only complaint was that the side dish of succotash was not succotash and it came to the table cold and without a serving spoon, which was important because it was being shared. With the abundance of fresh sweet corn this time of year, the corn in the succotash looked and tasted like it came out of a can. That aside, I will return to Evening Star Cafe soon to sample some of the other entrees, and to soak up more of the enjoyable atmosphere.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well worth a visit (or two)
The Evening Star Cafe may not look much more than a regular diner from the street, but it is an excellent find. We visited the place twice in the same week and were consistently delighted. Every person we interacted with, from Maitre d' to waitresses were impeccably mannered and gave our two sons a good dose of kind attention. After ordering our fares we were surprised with warm corn bread muffins and sweet potato biscuits that were to die for. The duck breast was delicious (both times), the tuna tataki was perfect and the dumplings were an unexpected combination. The availability of hamburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches (perfect fries, btw) for the youngest in our party makes it all the easier to return, which we plan to do soon!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Service
Our meal was fabulous - start to finish. The waiter was knowledgeable about all menu items and made great recommendations. Atmosphere was perfect for a Friday night out. Could have asked for a better experience! Highly recommended!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a very nice evening at the Evening Star. The service was very attentive and the food was good. Our only complaint was that the conversational noise level inside is pretty high making it a bit difficult to hear. We would have preferred outside seating, which was full. We'll make that request in our next reservation and plan on going back again.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
the fried chicken is delicous!
Evening Star is one of our favorite places in Del Ray -- which has become a foodie haven!
We had guests in from NYC and they LOVED the food, service and outdoor seating as much as we do.
Being on Mt Vernon Ave in Del Ray is a plus -- the village like atmosphere adds to the charm of a wonderful experience.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great staff, very accommodating to our needs. Loved the grilled pork chops!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simple, but delicious
Great service, friendly staff and good food. I will be back!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my second time dining at Evening Star. Both experiences have been delightful, delicious, and dangerously filling! I enjoyed the fried brie (yes, Cheese Heaven does exist) and grilled oysters for apps, and the fried chicken and catfish for the mains. Our server was lovely and helpful, and made us feel comfortable as we dined. Woohoo!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gin cocktail and grilled oysters
Gin cocktail and grilled oysters as appetizer were terrific! Followed by duck breast and shrimp and grits for our entrees. We also shared the blueberry cobbler. Everything was tasty and the waitress attentive.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very enjoyable dining experience. Nice to find a restaurant in the Alexandria/DC area that supports local growers. Food and service were excellent. Waiter was very informative. Made for a truly enjoyable evening.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reliable Del Ray Gem
This was our third visit to this Del Ray gem. Food, wine, and service was consistently great for every visit. We keep trying other restaurants in Alexandria but always compare them to Evening Star and most fall short. Restaurant is small but booths and corner tables offer intimacy for couples celebrating special occasions. Windows and outdoor seating offer great venue for people watching of this up and coming neighborhood. Bottom-line: Get in here!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always enjoy visiting "the Star". Our server was engaging but never intrusive. There were no "specials" but since my guests were 1st time visitors they really liked the "regular" menu. Uncomplicated but interesting options for them to choose from. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their selections (the duck, salmon and rib-eye).
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food/Great Place
This is my 3rd time dining at Evening Star and its always pleasantly consistent. The food is homey and excellent and the ambiance is great. There were 4 of us dining and everyone seemed very pleased with their meal.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still A Must Visit
My son recommended this restaurant to me a year or so ago when I was down visiting him. I was impressed so much with my first visit, that it is now a "must-do" every time I'm there. The food is excellent and creative, the service is friendly and helpful, and the "wine list" consists of the stock at the wine store right next to them, at very good prices. However, given the long list of craft beers they have on tap, I've yet to order wine!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice evening out!
This was our first time at Evening Star in several years. The food was much better than we recalled and the menu was more expansive. Our service was attentive and friendly. It's a noisy place, however, and it wasn't even especially crowded when we were there. Not conducive to quiet conversations.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Like a diner but with great food
Hard to describe the inside except that it reminded me of a cool diner. The food, especially the fried chicken and the baked oysters, is amazing.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Girls Night Out
Service was Excellent. They did not try to push us out or turn the table over, this is important when the girls are trying to catch up! thanks!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Time at Evening Star
Had a great meal at evening star cafe in Del Ray. Would definitely recommend the Baked Brie appetizer, was fantastic.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were seated immediately,
We were seated immediately, our waiter was friendly and attentive, the food was outstanding and the wine was great. We loved the breads that were served before the meal and really liked the atmosphere. We will be back!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A neighborhood favorite
Great place to meet up with friends and relax. Wonderful wine list and great atmosphere. Unique seasonal dishes to choose from. Also love the bar-comfortable and cozy. One of our favorites. Will always go back for more!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great and Simple Food
We loved our experience at the Evening Star Café. We expected it to be full so we made reservations but still had to wait for 30 minutes at the bar. Once we sat the service was relatively good. The highlight is the food and the décor. This was the second time we ate there and once again we left satisfied and looking forward to eating there again.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were in the area for a conference and decided to have dinner at the Evening Star. The entire meal was delicious! Service was great and the portions were ample without being too large. We had the duck breast and ribeye steak - both were cooked perfectly - as was the scallop appetizer. The Grasshopper cake was a lovely dessert. If we are back in the area again we would definitely eat here again.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
the food was well prepared,tasted
the food was well prepared,tasted great and even the bread was I imaginative and true to the season . We had the pork chop, duck breast and fried chicken and nobody was disappointed. The duck lover was really pleased and the diner who ordered the fried chicken said it was as good as he had had in Georgia, which he considers the best.
The only problem was the noise level which is hard to get away from in the Alexandria area on a Friday night.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Pre-show Dinner
We had a first-class, delicious meal prior to attending a show at the Birchmere. Service was excellent, and they helped us make our tight deadline. Friday evenings at the popular Evening Star Restaurant are vibrant and therefore, somewhat difficult to hold a conversation, but that is not a negative reflection on them at all. My husband and I will return and recommend this restaurant to others.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
really needs better dessert
really needs better dessert offerings. Don't really like the Bisquick apple thing. Obviously it has a great pastry chef judging by the biscuits and cornbread. Why can't they come up with a daily pie (real pie) or cake (as in layer cake).
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I will bring earplugs next time.
The noise level in this restaurant was unbelievably overwhelming! The food and service was great, but it felt like all the other diners were shouting at each other. It was almost impossible to carry on a conversation.
The owner needs to look seriously at sound damping materials for the ceiling, walls, and floor.
Great menu, excellent presentation, and OK prices.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Evening Star Always a Treat
Good southern food interpretations. Good service. Eat early and the noise levels are decent.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great find!
We sat next to the builder (Jim Morresy) on our flight into Pheonix and happened to ask him about a good restaurant in the area. This was his recommendation and we were so pleased.
The decor was dark wood and comfortable seats, very elegant.
The waitress was as nice as can be and seemed to really enjoy her job.
The food was excellent! They pride themselves on local and organic Chef choices with good reason, we had the featured flat bread starter with three kinds of mushrooms and it was amazing.
Everything we ate was over the top delicious.
This place is worth every penny. A great place, I highly recommend it!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic food. Quality ingredients cooked to perfection. Great flavors. Fried chicken was amazing. Comfort food done with class
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM