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Evening Star Cafe

4.2
4.2
1347 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 James Kirby & General Manager Andrea Hughes, Evening Star combines friendly, gracious service with a seasonal, American menu featuring produce grown on our rooftop garden and by local farmers throughout the region.

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Booked 30 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 549-5051

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Derek Colglazier

  • Private party facilities

    The upstairs No. 9 Lounge is available for private parties and is equipped with a full-service bar. Full menu and catering are available.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (703) 549-5051

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    E. Howell Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking on Mount Vernon Ave or cross streets

  • Public transit

    Ten minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro.

  • Entertainment

    Please note that our downstairs bar opens daily at 4:30 PM. The upstairs bar, No. 9 Lounge, is open Wednesday through Saturday at 5:30 PM. You can find the full calendar of bands playing in the No. 9 Lounge on Wednesdays and Thursdays here: http://ow.ly/om8GN. Shows in the No. 9 start at 8 PM and there is no cover charge.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Indoor Dining at Evening Star Cafe

    Multiple dates available
    Join us in our jewel box of a dining room at experience the classic spirit of one of Del Ray's longest-tenured restaurants! With distanced, limited seating available nightly and during brunch, join us for an intimate dining experience for parties of 2 to 8 maximum.
  • Front Porch Beer Garden

    Multiple dates available
    Join us and dine in our turf lined, true al fresco area in our front porch and back yard areas! This section includes two tops viewing the street (great for people watching!) and our more secluded turf-lined back yard beer garden. These tables are in the center of our outdoor area and are truly outdoors - we have limited umbrellas for this area but we cannot guarantee weather-proof seating. **Please note that this reservation does not include Private Cabana Dining.**
  • Private Cabana Dining at the Front Porch

    Multiple dates available
    These gorgeous distanced cabanas are perfect for parties of 2-7 guests. Covered on four sides with billowing canvas, these are the ultimate private dining seats - with a view of the entire beer garden, enough space to view the projector on movie night, and spacious room to spread out or grab a high chair for the kids. These seats are weather resistant, but not truly waterproof - so dress for the forecast!

Popular dishes

What 1,347 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Food was fine, but we were disappointed to see the menu had changed. The chai spiced brioche French toast with lemon drizzle was gone - slices were a lot thinner and not as good, and some of the staples - like the two eggs meal and breakfast sandwich - were missing. Unfortunately, these items made up our usual order. Took my parents when they came to visit, and we were so excited for them to try our favorite brunch spot. We ended up with three corned beef hash, and it was very oily and not great. We used to be regulars - ordering brunch for takeout/delivery on the weekends, but with these changes on the items we used to order (and LOVE), I think we may be looking elsewhere now.

  2. SM

    SamanthaMarshall

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The cabana experience was awesome! Highly recommend.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience5

    The prior weekend my husband and I were in this area for dinner and wanted to try this place but they were all booked. That was a bummer but I totally understood so I said we would come back for my birthday and I’d make a reservation for that cool back area with the cabanas. Made a reservation for the cabana and stated that it was for my birthday. Upon arriving, we checked in and the hostess told us that we made the reservation for indoor, not at the cabana but she could still seat us outside. She sat us down at a table in the middle of everything and when I asked to change tables she said that we could only sit at the non-cabana area. After sitting for a few minutes I decided to double check the reservation. I was right and I made it for the cabana so we showed a different person and she took us there. Made me feel stupid, embarrassed for wanting to move so much and really not special as I stated that I specifically came to celebrate. Our waitress was very sweet but barely came to check in on us. We were so confused how to order our entrees but since we hadn’t seen her in what must have been 30 minutes (or longer) we decided to just order off the QR code. About 10 minutes after we did that she checked in and told us that we were supposed to have ordered with her. So that was confusing and then getting our checks to leave was confusing as well since we ordered apps/drinks with her and then entrees on the QR code. Wish she would have explained up front. Our reservation was at 7 and we did not leave until 9:30, which is absolutely insane to me. Only 1 person asked us how our our evening was and it was the guy cleaning up our plates. He said he’d have the manager come talk to us but they never came by so we left. It was truly a disappointing experience considering how excited I was to try this place. I would not come back. Food was good though.

    Evening Star CafeResponded 3 days ago

    Hi There, Thank you so much for providing us with this feedback so that we may improve our service model. As mentioned in our call, we apologize deeply for our failure on your last visit and we are working hard to retrain our staff and improve our systems. On behalf of the Evening Star team, we thank you for bringing this to our attention and look forward to having you back soon so that we can make things right. Sincerely, Andrea Hughes General Manager

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    The dining room is very appealing. It was lovely to sit in the window and see the passers by on the sidewalk. The appetizer was a whitefish salad with crackers - small portion, tasty enough. The Caesar salad romaine was wilted (I wanted to tell chef that all it needed was a quick soak in ice water). We had 3 small plates. Asparagus were a bit overcooked and quite small for this seasonal vegetable. Best overall was the crispy rib - meaty and perfectly seasoned - delicious. Burr at a was served with crackers as well. Bread would have been a nice addition to the meal.

  5. RW

    RedWhiteAndChew

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Servers are very kind but not super attentive. Remote ordering system is easy but confusing with servers and makes it difficult to ask about menu options, etc. But a very pleasant atmosphere and friendly, gracious people. Good apps, salads. Would be fun to offer tots with cheese, bacon, green onions or other toppings. Great neighborhood vibe, and tons of outdoor seating options with different views/setups.

  6. SF

    SallyF

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4

    A very limited menu and the brunch items were not tasty . Service is very good. Ambience aaa eclectic . The choice of menu items and taste of items lacked for a Sunday brunch.

  7. AW

    AdrienneW

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a very pleasant dinner in the evening star back yard area. Perfect for a summer night. We will definitely go back!

  8. ML

    MeganL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    We sat for over 30 min at the Front Porch by Evening Star before going up to hostess and figuring out we needed to order food and drink through a QR code. We sat for another 20 minutes to get the wine we ordered. Food was good but not hot. Great ambiance but service needs great attention.

  9. a

    annew

    Miami

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2

    Meh. You order from your phone. Only one server. Salad had lettuce that should have been tossed the day before. Pasta was uninspired. Salmon tasted past its prime. Cocktails were decent. Restaurant almost empty on a Friday evening. Not a good sign.

  10. S

    Sherry

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    All the ordering is done by phone so there is little interaction with the waiters. You have to sign up with a 3rd party vendor in order to use the menu and order. If you need anything else, it can be hard to get anyone’s attention (at one point, we had to go and track someone down which was tricky). The food was good but not for the price (if each dish were $10 or so cheaper, I would say the value is closer to what we received). The atmosphere was quiet and there was plenty of space between tables.

  11. K

    Kflaher1

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Mother's Day brunch with 8 people. We all had a very pleasant time. Food was great! The service was very good.

  12. VC

    VernonC

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and service were great. Limited brunch menu, but that was what we were looking for on Mothers Day. It was too cold to sit outside and I was worried that it would be noisy and crowded but that was not the case. Classics on the menu were terrific, and host was very nice as well. Phone calls got a little incessant, why did I need to verify my reservation four times in four days, including one hour prior to the actual time?

  13. MV

    MelV

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I took my friends here who are visiting from MD. The staff were very accommodating to us. We reserved a cabana and it’s a really good option for a small group to talk and feel somewhat private.. Food is excellent as always.

  14. AS

    AnthonyS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3

    Food was good but the service was very disorganized. Multiple errors in every aspect of the service. We took it with humor but it was actually quite ridiculous. Seems the staff had just started that day.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Great service.

  16. C

    Christina

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always enjoy Evening Star. The food is unique and delicious, and the staff are friendly and inviting. We took our engagement pictures here. We can't wait to see them! Thank you, Evening Star.

  17. DR

    DelRayDenizen

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    We sat outside under a giant umbrella that kept us dry despite the rain. The beer selection is excellent and the food delicious, although heavier than I expected. I recommend the Front Porch - been there many times!

  18. L

    Larkanator

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great brunch! Chicken and waffle and mimosas are always wonderful.

  19. JR

    JRWVA2013

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bar service was slow but table service was great. Highly recommend the cauliflower, short ribs and pork chop, but perhaps pass on the salmon.

  20. AL

    ALT1

    Washington DC

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Great neighborhood restaurant- think it still needs some attention- the poached eggs were pre- made which is fine but they should be hot- the potatoes were meh- no love in them. My mates enjoyed the breakfast burger. Service was nice but at brunch someone should be walking around filling up coffee! We always come back and will again- just give it a little love

  21. MH

    MaryH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very tasty dishes, well portioned. Interesting beer selections Service good. A bit noisy.

  22. JW

    JacobW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Service was good, food was good, we were able to get a reservation easily and the area was a nice walk after our brunch.

  23. EA

    ElisabethA

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First time visiting abs the food was so good! I left stuffed! A little loud but there was also a big party celebrating a birthday. Looking firearms to when it warms up and we can come back and enjoy the lovely outdoor seating

  24. AG

    AliceG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is fantastic. I was really impressed. Great service too and just a cool little place.

  25. BS

    BrianS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    The main menu has been largely reduced to sandwiches. I found mine to be not very satisfying.

  26. JW

    JenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Steve was great. The brunch was delicious.

  27. J

    Jessica

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Good food. Laid back atmosphere. Staff were definitely overwhelmed or undertrained. For the price, I would expect more attentive service.

  28. DO

    DinnerOut

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious options for any meal. Malbec was great. We don't usually order deserts, but we did and they were delicious! Nice spot!

  29. RB

    RestaurantBird

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    After a disappointing visit in March, I tried again with friends. . .also to see what might have changed. Last time, I attributed some of the issues to the pandemic--a single entrance hidden off a courtyard, no one to seat us, slow service, strange food combos--and I said so in my review. This time pandemic is not an excuse. The front door was open; this time no winding our way through the courtyard then the retail wine store to get in. There was no one up front, however, and one of our party went looking for assistance. Friend A has some food concerns so she asks lots of questions and needs occasional changes made to her order. This seemed to not work well with those who served us. . .and service was uneven. Friend A's request for a glass of tonic water with limes on the side (she needs to control the level of citric acid) seemed simple but the beverage arrived with all the limes already in the drink. The salad already had dressing although she asked for it on the side (another dietary control). She asked for bread (used as a neutral base when eaten with other food) and offered to pay for it, but was told there was no bread available. I asked how they were offering sandwiches if that were the case. Turns out there was focaccia ($2 for several slices) but for some reason that was not classified as bread. Friend B ordered the chicken liver pâté that was served with cornbread. The pâté was in a little jar with a thick layer of grape jelly on top. The cornbread was in the form of madeleines (but no cornbread flavor). None of the tastes seemed to complement each other. Just when we thought Friend B was being picky, a diner at the next table said about the same dish, "This is not what I was expecting-all this grape jelly." Both Friend B and I ordered the spicy squash soup which was delightful: creamy, piquant, and very flavorful. My beet salad, which included fennel and goat cheese, was as described and quite tasty. Sad to see our neighborhood reliable become not.

  30. TC

    ToddC

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    First tine back since Chef Jonathan left. The creativty and quality of food was superb.

  31. JC

    JanC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our group of 6 adults and 2 toddlers had a great time at Evening Star Cafe. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. They have made a big effort to make the space as Covid-safe as possible. The food really good - comfort food done right! We would definitely go back!

  32. MK

    MaryK

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    Enjoyed the restaurant the waiter needs to read the room a bit more and clear dirty dishes off the table…. Refill the water glasses. It’s not good when you have to call the waiter over to remind them to do their job…. Mary Kelley 571-277-6114 Happy to share the waiters name if the manager calls me.

  33. WW

    WookWalker

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience1

    This was not the first time our group had brunch here, but with the continued use of the scanner and self ordering from the app/uneven service/lack of untensils/cold food/it may be a while til we're back.

  34. LJ

    LianaJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was great! Definitively we'll be back.

  35. MM

    MsMalemar

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We are looking for a nice new brunch place and Evening Star looked like a good fit. We liked the cocktails and traditional brunch items. The service was also very helpful and kind. We will likely go back again.

  36. AK

    AndrewK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    We’ve gone to evening star for years. It just feels like the service continues to get less professionals. Also, while the food is really good, the menu is tired and badly in need of change.

  37. JK

    JimK

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Food and ambiance as expected. Service was a slight step above that of a fast-food establishment. Slow, inattentive, lacking basic service standards to the degree that it overshadowed what was positive.

  38. TR

    ToddR

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great ambience and food.

  39. BE

    BradleyE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place. Great atmosphere, even better food.

  40. SR

    SaraR

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    "Energetic" is not a loud enough level...it was way too loud so we were practically screaming at one another. Slow service, but yummy food!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Evening Star Cafe using the Order Online button. Evening Star Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 549-5051.

Evening Star Cafe is rated 4.2 stars by 1347 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 30 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Evening Star Cafe

2000 Mt. Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA 22301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E. Howell Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking on Mount Vernon Ave or cross streets

  • Public transit

    Ten minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Derek Colglazier

  • Entertainment

    Please note that our downstairs bar opens daily at 4:30 PM. The upstairs bar, No. 9 Lounge, is open Wednesday through Saturday at 5:30 PM. You can find the full calendar of bands playing in the No. 9 Lounge on Wednesdays and Thursdays here: http://ow.ly/om8GN. Shows in the No. 9 start at 8 PM and there is no cover charge.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 549-5051

  • Private party facilities

    The upstairs No. 9 Lounge is available for private parties and is equipped with a full-service bar. Full menu and catering are available.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (703) 549-5051

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