Evening Star Cafe

4.6
1261 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Evening Star Cafe is a rollicking neighborhood gem located in the heart of Del Ray. Opened in 1997, Evening Star is well known for its friendly vibe and convivial setting and continues to shine with a fiercely loyal crowd. Led by Executive Chef Jonathan Till, we combine friendly, gracious service with a seasonal, American menu featuring produce grown on our rooftop garden and by local farmers throughout the region.

The Evening Star also offers a stunning array of nearly 1,500 wines, all of which are available next door at Planet Wine Shop. Our bars, The Majestic Lounge and the No. 9 Lounge, each offer a total of 20 craft draft and cask beers, plus plenty of room to gather with friends.
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Reuben
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

When we arrived, they could not locate our reservation. They seated us anyway, with a nice umbrella over the table. But, I think reservations are supposed to get a cute cabana, and they were all taken. Me and my group ordered separately on the app and our food came at very different times (mine a lot later than my colleagues’). My sandwich bread was burned and you could tell they turned the burt side to the interior so maybe I would not notice. I had a stomachache for an hour after eating but it went away. We did not have a server but I guess that’s what their app is for. It has a flight attendant type call button. The ambience on the back patio was very nice. The tater tots were deliciously crispy but very greasy, with the oil pooling in the bottom of the plate. The sandwiches come with fries, which was not clear from the menu, so I ended up wasting a lot of fries due to the tots. They let us relax and linger for a long time after finishing eating, which was nice. I did not particularly like drinking out of a plastic cup and that is a lot of unnecessary waste. If I’m ever looking for a casual lunch in Delray again I’ll end up going back because better the devil you know than the devil you don’t, but I think three stars is appropriate for the overall experience.

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vipRosieHK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I really like the combination of Evening Star with the Front Porch. The tables are very well spaced out. It is mainly contactless ordering which is more efficient. The food and drinks came out VERY quickly which was fantastic. We were able to pick a nice shaded spot. Has a really friendly atmosphere and looked gardenesque. The food was delicious as well. Good portions for a decent price. Brunch is definitely the move on the weekends. I will definitely come back again!

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DeborahB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you for creating such a welcoming and safe space during this pandemic! So nice to dine at a restaurant again!

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AdamG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best covid conscious experience of any restaurant. Love the ordering system and staff. Could use more things on the menu (food/drink), but what they do have is tasty.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We were there in between Brunch and dinner service. While we were warned that the brunch menu would not be available after 2:30, we were not told that they only offer 2 small apps in between services. We misunderstood, clearly, but as such, I passed on brunch thinking there would be traditional bar-type foods between services. Left hungry!

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vipDCShippy
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Air conditioner was very loud but everything else was terrific

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SophiaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely set-up, wonderful for brunch on a sunny Sunday morning. Food is OK, but a little bland. The fried potatoes were too salty. Waiters very friendly, but the electronic contact request a little burdensome.

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MurphBar
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was crazy good. The entire staff was beyond great from ordering online at the table to the bottle of wine pours to bringing extra silverware automatically when extra guests arrived. Kudos to the staff!

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GaryL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely patio dining, attentive service, and good food. Problem is that there is no prominent notice on this site or anywhere else that menu is limited to glorified bar food. The superb cuisine this place has been known for over the years is gone. I understand why and what is available (a hamburger, a pulled chicken sandwich, a grilled cheese sandwich, and steak frites) is good, it was just not what we were looking for. We will call ahead next time.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 28, 2021

Hi Gary, Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughtful words. We really appreciate hearing constructive feedback like this - it helps us to improve our offerings. I've shared this with our culinary team and as we continue to develop our menu, we will take this into consideration. Thanks again and please say hello next time you're in! Best, Geoff

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HeatherE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic outdoors seating, we had plenty of room and the ordering system was incredibly simple to use- plus we didn’t have to fight over who was paying the check because everyone could just pay their own. I hope they keep some of these systems post-pandemic. The menu is a bit stripped down but everything was really good! Would have loved some more vegetarian options - on our visit there wasn’t a vegetarian main course option. But lots of delicious appetizers.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on April 2, 2021

Hi Heather! Thank you for your great feedback and kind words! We're definitely going to keep some type of this system, and have plans to even upgrade to an even more efficient system very soon. And noted on the vegetarian options - this type of feedback is very useful as we continuously adjust our menu! Thanks again and please say hello next time you're in - I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person! Best, Geoff

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, easy, pleasant dining experience. COVID-19 protocols felt safe and comfortable and I managed to impress my date with restaurant choice.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on April 2, 2021

Thank you! We really appreciate it!

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Robyrt
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Front Porch is perfect for pandemic restrictions. Heated seats, virtual menus, and The Incredibles playing on the projector make for a delightful experience. Helpful, friendly staff as well.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 28, 2021

Hi Robyrt, Thank you for your kinds words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback! Cheers, Geoff

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table2mouth
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken and waffles were great

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 28, 2021

Thank you for your kind words, we appreciate it!

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RocioP
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor system - very socially distanced setup!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 18, 2021

Hi RocioP, Thank you for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person. Best, Geoff

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vipVerd
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside at the porch. It was so cute and cozy. Best side of it was we were able to bring our dog with us and enjoy the breakfast while she was with us.
I had the breakfast sandwich with potatoes. They were delicious . Potatoes that came with the sandwich were crispy and tasty!

We will definitely be back!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 18, 2021

Hi Verd! Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words, we really appreciate it! Glad you had a nice time and enjoyed brunch. We're looking forward to hosting you and your dog again! Cheers, Geoff

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vipRebecca
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor accommodations, delicious frozen drinks/wings, would dine again!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on April 2, 2021

Thank you Rebecca! Glad you enjoyed everything and looking forward to hosting you again! Best, Geoff

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MorganB
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The staff was really nice and helpful. Would absolutely come back!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 18, 2021

Hi Morgan, Thank you for your kind words! We really appreciate it :) Best, Geoff

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor space is fantastic. The wait staff was superb, especially Todd.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you! We really appreciate the feedback! Best, Geoff

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

A little pricey for what it was. $32 for a salad and a Diet Coke is a bit much considering the quality of the food. Nice ambiance, would definitely be great for drinks. Maybe not so much a meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They were very accommodating!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you! We appreciate the kind feedback. Best, Geoff

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vipAmazingMeals56
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Perfect quarantine outdoors set up! So smart!! The beverages were delicious but the tomato soup was obviously canned soup they just added cream and olive oil to— disappointment!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on February 24, 2021

Hi AmazingMeals56, Thank you for your kind feedback! We really appreciate you taking the time to post. And I can assure you our soup is made fresh from scratch, but I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it! Next time you're in I'd be glad to steer you toward some of our favorite items :) Thanks again! Best, Geoff

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Blue
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We left shortly after being seated. Evening Star took over an outdoor space next door and all seating is outdoors. They did not create a reasonable space comparable to their competitors. They have one large dome and several enclosed "picnic-like" seating that barely conceals the elements. Each table does have a strong heater, however it was not enough. Within minutes we were wet and uncomfortable and after ten minutes of waiting, no one came to great us after the host sat us. It just seems like not a lot of thought was put into creating a reasonable outdoor experience. We really want to support local during this difficult time, however you need to up your game and put a little more effort into the ambiance and ensure basic comforts are met like many of the local competitors.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 18, 2021

Dear Blue, Thank you for posting your feedback, and apologies for the late reply. While we strive for perfection in this new environment, we clearly fell short with your table. Our host should have explained we do not have formal servers to take your order, but rather ordering is done through our online platform. We believe we have worked out the kinks with this new system, and hoping you'll give us another shot to provide you with a meaningful and fulfilling experience here. Best, Geoff

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Roman
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delightful brunch, with a very interesting twist for the ordering process (you do it everything non the phone including payment)

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on February 24, 2021

Hi Roman, Thank you for your kind words! We appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. Best, Geoff

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We sat outdoor, ordered from the QR code and got our food and drinks quickly and seamlessly. The smoked salmon Benedict was fresh and flavorful. And the chicken and waffles were perfect. The chicken was really moist and well flavored and not too oily. I do wish there were more options for food on the brunch menu but it was good and we will be back again. Great Covid outdoor spot - the heaters made a huge difference!

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vipAngieL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Great neighborhood place for an outdoor, pandemic dining experience in the winter. Igloos are adorable and heated too. Lower your expectations however when it comes to the menu and service. All orders are made and paid for online. Service only comes when food or beverages are brought. Plates for apps have to be requested. No one checks on you to see if food is good or bad. If you need salt, pepper, ranch dressing - anything “extra” — I’d suggest bringing your own. Meanwhile, each time you order you’re asked to tip at 20%. Not sure why - given service is so very very limited even for a pandemic. Bill for 4 approx. $150 !!! and I felt like I was on a picnic.

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vipKaraM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and the outdoor dome was warm and cozy. Would eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the heaters kept us relatively warm. Perfect for a COVID-safe evening out with friends!

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Megan
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year's dinner in the outside tent. The pre fixed menu was a great idea and value. The wine pairing was excellent. We really enjoyed our evening - and felt very safe with all the COVID precautions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio seating with heat lamps, contact-less serving and friendly staff. The tomato soup was amazing (among all the other things we are,) and it was a delightful meal.

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OldTownGirl
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Did not want brunch (breakfast only) food after 1 pm

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vipMaggie
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant. Fantastic food and atmosphere.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 12, 2020

Hi Maggie, Thank you for your kind words! We really appreciate it. Cheers! Geoff

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vipBarbara
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner and service. We shared the octopus appetizer- surprisingly different and delicious. I had the trout special and my husband the beef short ribs. Both were fabulous. Our waiter was great- timed the meal just the way we wanted it.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 12, 2020

Hi Barbara, Thank you for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person. Cheers! Geoff

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MaryT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was slow despite few customers in restaurant. Maybe not many waiters available? Portions a bit small but food excellent.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 12, 2020

Hi Mary, I'm very sorry service was slow Monday evening, and thank you for your feedback. We strive to deliver perfect food and service and it sounds like we dropped the ball with your table. Please say hello if you decide to give us another shot, I'd love the opportunity to make things right! Sincerely, Geoff

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g8rsig
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always consistently good. Food was great, service was good too. Enjoyable evening.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hi g8rsig, Thank you for your kind words! We appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person. Cheers! Geoff

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LesleeF
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu has lots of really good options for meat eaters and vegetarians, and everything was super tasty.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 3, 2020

Hi LesleeF, Thank you for your kind words! Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person. Cheers! Geoff

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really like the winter menu. Good variety of meat, fish and non-meat options. Wine and beer selection is top notch. Laid-back but still attentive service.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 3, 2020

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to post your great feedback! We really appreciate it. Cheers, Geoff

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DeniseK
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Warm welcoming atmosphere.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on February 28, 2020

Hi Denise, Thank you! We appreciate your kind words. Cheers, Geoff

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KellyB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

after previously enjoying brunch here, I came back to celebrate a friends 40th birthday. the food is adventurous and tasty and I cant wait to try more snacks in the lounge!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on February 19, 2020

Hi Kelly, Thank you for your kind words! Please say hello when you stop back in so I can thank you with some tasty snacks! Cheers, Geoff

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vipElizabethS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We used to frequent Evening Star, but for a variety of reasons, hadn't been in a while. Unfortunately, this visit did not make us want to return. The service was friendly, but very slow. While the appetizers and salads were delicious, the entrees were a disaster. Two dishes had to be returned because they were so badly burned. (and worse, they had flipped the burned side over so we couldn't see it initially). It was so charred that it was difficult to cut. A third entree was cold. Very disappointing for an old neighborhood favorite.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. We strive to provide a perfect experience for every table and clearly we fell short with yours on Monday evening. I hope its ok that I reach out to you through a private message to discuss further our missteps. Thank you again for your feedback. Sincerely, Geoff

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DarrylN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food. Except burger was overcooked. Service could be more attentive.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on February 19, 2020

Hi Darryl, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. I'm sorry the burger was overcooked, and I regret not being able to fix it in the moment. Please say hello if you decide to stop in again and I'll make sure you have a perfect time! Sincerely, Geoff

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Evening Star Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 549-5051.

Evening Star Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 1261 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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