Evening Star Cafe

4.6
1074 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Love their menu and they keep it fresh with wonderful specials. Neighborhood favorite!

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DL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Each visit has a different menu since the chef works with seasonal items. The starter mushroom bruschetta was amazing. Did not care for the beef port jelly on the chicken pate. The pork chop and the beef cheeks and rolls were truly inspired. Not as jazzed with the apple crisp style dessert but it was interesting. Recommend a reservation even early evening on a weekday. Always something truly amazing coming out of the kitchen.

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. Looking forward to going back for another tasty dinner.

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LN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always great, fresh, well-made food with friendly service.

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G
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first time at Evening Star, which we had heard about in very favorable terms. Comfortable booth seating; warm and effective service from Roberto; a good variety of fresh, creatively prepared plates of all sizes. Reasonably priced as well. We will return!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal in cool place. Food was good but I'm a meat and potatoes guy and I passed on some things due to the sides being a bit eclectic for.my taste. But what I landed on (porkchop) was great. Service good and homey and not a bother. Ate there twice in one week ... very pleased. OH ....the bar/lounge was awesome. Our reservation was after 8pm so we hung out a bit ... fun.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best hummus in town

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing - everything about it! Salmon was incredible and the side that comes with the chicken is to die for!

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BC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new chef and menu- thrilled to have this gem so close!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, service, location, and setting. Nice relaxing evening. Give it a try.

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous!

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BS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty cocktails, efficient service and delicious food. Restaurant Werk prices. Great value - we’ll be back!

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

No bread w/meal; wine as advertised on menu was not available; "extremely" slow service; & server failed to deliver salad ordered as a starter.

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S
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food. The "Duck 2 Ways" was an incredible dish with the portions of each part of the meal perfectly distributed.

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PF
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent, especially the seafood gumbo. Also the carrot cake, which was surprisingly light. Rather noisy. Good service.

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k
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little gem in a cute neighborhood of Alexandria. The food was amazing, and the servers were attentive but didn't hover. The decor was very whimsical as well, and a good conversation starter! We went for restaurant week and were thoroughly impressed - some other restaurants seem to cut corners during restaurant week, but everything was superb. I look forward to going back!

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c
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went during restaurant week so can't vouch for pricing. I will say each course was presented well, enjoyed and the staff was super attentive.

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AB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was extremely personable and attentive. There was a great deal of energy throughout the restaurant. My wife and I went for restaurant week and it was a spectacular deal. We were able to choose from any appetizer, entree, and desert. The food was very good. I had the fryed oysters and they were balanced between salt, fat, acid, and heat. The duck and risotto were good. The duck breast fat was well rendered and a crispy skin, but a tad past medium rare. I wish there was a pronounced sauce to give the dish more pop. There is a wonderful selection of beers to choose from. Overall, a very good meal and we will be back.

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y
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You can have a drink at the upstairs lounge bar and then have a nice dinner in the restaurant. The sea bass was delicious. The apple dessert as well.

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HE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed my meal here. The entrees are tasty and very good, but not overly complicated. The menu is a reasonable size - enough to provide for a good range of options, but not so many that you worry if they can do all of the menu items well. My only critique is that the only main course that was vegetarian on my night, at least, was quite heavy - lentils and squash with pita. Don't get me wrong, it was tasty, but on balance very heavy and some other veggies would have balanced it out more. Super cute vibe and a nice little bar to wait in before your reservation.

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b
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our recent dinner here during Restaurant Week: excellent food, solicitous service, and a generous Restaurant Week menu offering everything that was on the regular one. The experience has restored our faith in this restaurant which we previously thought had deteriorated over the years.

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FO
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful (with generous portions), the service was terrific, and we had a great time. We particularly liked that Evening Star offered its whole menu for Restaurant Week. We'll definitely be back!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing!

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P
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good catch up with friends. Server was great, food was excellent.

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f
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Just Terrible ... really!
So noisy we could not hear anything! The bruschetta was burned, and the chickpea fries were so bland they could have been glue. Brisket was just ok. Pasta and ragu was really nothing special. Could have made better at home. Desserts were horrible. Worst restaurant experience ever! Totally not worth it!!!

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RA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service.
The Tres Leches cake was very dry (a Tres levies cake should be sopping) and when I said this to the manager, he took 10% off the total meal ticket. Evening Star truly cares about their clients and wants everyone to have an enjoyable experience.

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SD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten at this local favorite many times and always have a great meal. During restaurant week, it becomes a great value to boot!

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C
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu is limited. I had the gumbo which was Good and my husband had the pork chop which he liked. While our wait staff was personable and good, the meal was. not as good as I remember.

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LN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great farm-to-table food.

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HS
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Had the hummus, beef cheek & pasta, duck two ways. The restaurant smelled like fresh bread when we arrived!

Great ambience, knowledgeable service.

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l
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cozy eclectic neighborhood Restaurant. Salmon, duck, pork chop and flat iron steak dishes are delicious. Skip dessert - indispensable chocolate cake and tres leches apple crisp were disappointing.

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LB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on Jan 2 for hubby's birthday. It was very quiet (post-New Year festivities and a Wednesday) but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our server, Jenna, was outstanding. Our meal was amazing and we cannot wait to return - maybe as sion as Restaurant Week. Bravo Evening Star!

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m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant with a bar in the back and connected to a wine shop with a great inventory! Really enjoyed the New Year's Eve tasting menu! The manager was very helpful getting us into the wine shop which had closed and leading us to the great selection of Moscato wines...

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Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Evening Star is a local gem for us, but it has become increasingly hit or miss. Parisian gnocchi & chicken fried oysters were the winners tonight, though.

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S
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Evening Star Cafe and I really enjoyed it. The cocktails are awesome and the food was excellent. Service was also very good. My only gripe was the fried cauliflower starter. I did not get the sense from the description nor when our server described it that it would be spicy but boy did it feel like I could blow fire when I tasted it. I like spicy food but it was too spicy to enjoy. Other than that, I had a wonderful time here and will definitely be back.

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BV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. My girlfriend and I were able to have a great conversation with even better food. The drinks are fun and the appetizers amazing. Our waitress was so sweet and accommodating.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

it was an excellent dining experience.My son lives in del Ray and knows one of the chefs and recommended your restaurant.We were pleasantly surprised.We will return.

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WL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal and memorable evening. Very nice to meet the chef personally. Our server was attentive, friendly, great service.

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DD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My husband and I have had an on-again, off-again relationship with this neighborhood restaurant. It is definitely on again with the new chef. We had entrees, salads, and apps and will be back to try the rest of the menu soon. Chicken liver mousse and mushroom bruscetta were SO good. Love the new menu, love the new chef.

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