Evening Star Cafe

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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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KB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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Responded 2 days ago

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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ES
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 a day ago

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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DN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

Evening Star Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

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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CB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place, very accommodating. Warm atmosphere. Delicious food and cocktails. Definitely a gem!

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Responded 3 days ago

Hi Chris, Thank you so much 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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MF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal immensely. We had attentive service and our food was well prepared.

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Responded 3 days ago

Hi Miranda, Thank you! We're thrilled you enjoyed everything. And we appreciate you posting your feedback! Cheers, Geoff

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the neighborhood feel of the restaurant - and the food is always delicious. Our waiter, Todd, was exceptional. Paced the meal well, offered valuable recommendations, and was super great!

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Responded 3 days ago

Hi Carolyn, Thank you so much for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. Please say hello next time you're in! Cheers, Geoff

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Fun bar, interesting menu choices. Noise level allows conversation in dining area.

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Responded on February 13, 2020

Hi Kimmy, Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate you taking the time to post your comments, and see you soon! Thanks, Geoff

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SO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inviting spot. Excellent food and beverage menu. We stopped by following a mid-evening DCA arrival. The pork schnitzel was superb, the charred little gem salad even better! There were many other tempting choices. Wine selection by the glass was varied and excellent. My only complaint concerns the noise level; I like a happening place but the noise here was way over the top. I’d choose a repeat visit any evening other than a late Friday or Saturday evening.

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Responded on February 4, 2020

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

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to have a wonderful meal.

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Responded on January 29, 2020

Thank you for your kind words! Cheers, Geoff

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We are regulars here. We brought friends to try the restaurant for the first time, and we were very disappointed. The bread never came despite the waitress saying it was. When we asked the hostess as she walked by about the bread, she stated that no longer do that. Not 3 minutes later did she walk by with a bread plead for another table. The food was heavier than usual. The beans with the octopus were not fully cooked. Overall it was disappointing.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on January 29, 2020

Hi Celebrationgirl, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback - we really appreciate it. I'm sorry you had a disappointing experience. We strive to deliver perfect food and service and it sounds like we missed the mark with your table on Saturday evening. I hope its ok that I send you a private message to discuss further your experience. Thank you again for reaching out. Sincerely, Geoff

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SH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as always! One of our favorites.

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Responded on January 25, 2020

Thank you Scott! See you soon. Cheers! Geoff

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BF
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I was disappointed with my meal. The beet salad was overwhelmed with greens and only two or three thinly sliced beets..hard to find among the pile of greens!. The beef/pasta dinner was very disappointing..fairly tasteless. I was hoping to see duck that I once had on the menu. And, the dessert selection was pitiful...sponge cake or gelato. The service, on the other hand, was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive and accommodating.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on January 29, 2020

Hi Betsy, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. We strive to deliver perfect food and service and it sounds like we missed the mark with your table on Thursday evening. I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to send you a private note to discuss further your experience. Sincerely, Geoff

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AJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Awesome food, great casual neighborhood vibe. Creative menu, a bit noisy.

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Responded on January 21, 2020

Hi AlexandriaJil, Thank you! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. Cheers! Geoff

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AL
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant! So improved! We enjoyed it all! Dining room gets a bit loud once full- but that is ok.

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Responded on January 18, 2020

Hi ALT1, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback! We really appreciate your kind words. We hope to see you soon and please say hello next time you're in - I'd love to thank you in person! Cheers, Geoff

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious!! The restaurant itself was so unique, with much to love! Perfect spot for a date night, or a casual dinner night! Couldn’t have picked a better spot.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on January 25, 2020

Hi there, Thank you so much 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. Sincerely, Geoff

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three delicious adventurous meals with friendly service providing just the right amount of attention. Lighting was perfect. We always have a good meal and a fun time at Evening Star.

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Responded on January 16, 2020

Hi Jojo, Thank you for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post this. We're thrilled you always have a good time here, please say hello next time you're in - I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person! Cheers, Geoff

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J
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great food and atmosphere

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2020

Hi Judith, Thank you! We're glad you loved it and hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Geoff

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F
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food--nice for a quiet casual dinner or to celebrate an occasion. Food was original and service very good

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2020

Hi Friendfamilydinner, Thank you! We really appreciate you taking the time to post these kind words. Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person! Sincerely, Geoff

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AM
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great with food and wine recommendations... Food is top notch.

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Responded on January 7, 2020

Hi Adam, Thank you for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. See you soon! Cheers, Geoff

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the NYE menu and pairings. Noise level always an issue, especially when packed, but food makes up for it.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you! We really appreciate it :) Cheers, Geoff

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AF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The NYE tasting menu was great and a good value. A friendly staff and great food make this little neighborhood gem a hit!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hi ArlingtonFoodie, Thank you so much for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. And thank you for celebrating NYE with us! Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person. Cheers! Geoff

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GG
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly service and fun location. Only negative was my undercooked pork chop.

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Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi Gina, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback, we really appreciate it. I regret we were not able to cook your pork chop to the proper temperature. Please say hello next time you're in so I can thank you in person, and also to make sure you are satisfied with your entree this time around. Cheers! Geoff

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OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Server took forever to get our drink orders and our checks

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback, and I'm very sorry you experienced slow service. If you stop in again, please say hello, I'd love to take care of a round of drinks for your troubles last time! Cheers, Geoff

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Promptly seated, excellent and creative dishes, wonderful service.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on December 17, 2019

Thank you! We really appreciate your feedback! Cheers, Geoff

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c
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hadn't been in awhile because it was always so difficult to get a reservation due to it popularity. But we went at 5:30 on a Wednesday and there was plenty of room. Nice waitress, but with a stentorian voice you could hear many tables over. Pleasant meal with friends.

Both parties wound up sharing dishes. My husband and I shared 2 appetizers--creamy mushroom bruschetta and a cabbage salad--and then the roast duck in fennel and a goulash. Quite good. We had the brownie and ice cream for dessert but it was nothing special.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on December 17, 2019

Hi cfuller, 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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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Monkfish special was excellent. However, rest of meal was disappointing. Ordered 16 oz beer that came in a 6-8 oz glass. Acorn squash gnocchi was so salty it was inedible. Steak frites- steak was cooked to perfection...about 10 minutes before I got it. It was COLD from sitting too long before being brought to our table. The fries were old, not fresh, dried out and cold! Service was excellent, but I literally couldn't eat anything I ordered. I left hungry & so disappointed. Walked to Dairy Godmother to make my night better. Very unusual for the 10-15 years we've been eating here. Not sure what's going on.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback, and I'm very sorry for your experience on Saturday. I am going to message you in private to go into more detail about this, I hope that is ok. Sincerely, Geoff

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DF
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lately I've been visiting Evening Star every two or three weeks; it has consistently been a great experience. The food has improved markedly over the last six months and the service has remained prompt and very pleasant. I'd recommend strongly for a nice dinner out.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on December 3, 2019

Hi David, Thank you so much for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback, I will make sure to share this with our entire team. We'll see you soon and thanks again! Cheers, Geoff

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KC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

They should tell you a dish is atomic hot if the menu description does not indicate.

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Responded on November 25, 2019

Hi KCSDC, I'm very sorry for your experience on Saturday. I'm going to message you offline to inquire more about the dish to which you are referring, the more info I can get the better I can address our service moving forward. I hope that is ok. Regards, Geoff

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RK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We'll be back! First time visitors, despite it's long history. Enjoyed the entire evening.

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Responded on November 26, 2019

Hi Rich, Thank you for your post! We really appreciate your kind words. Please say hello next time you're in! Cheers, Geoff

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DC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always an outstanding meal at decent prices for the quality and portion. Service was good but a bit slow. That said the food was outstanding and the manager brought some nibbles to tie us over as the entrees took some time. It’s always a go to place for a nice meal in a more casual atmosphere.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 21, 2019

Hi DukeCrable, Thank you so much for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. I do apologize for the slower service Tuesday evening, but I'm glad we were able to get a little something to your table in the meantime. Thanks again, and please say hello next time you're in! Cheers, Geoff

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old fashioned restaurant where the owners, managers, waitstaff, and chef care about their patrons. Inventive cuisine and a great, affordable wine list from all over the world. Thankfully Sietsema liked their food so they will likely be around awhile, unlike the old Majestic. And they grow their vegetables on the roof.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 19, 2019

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

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P
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Really appreciated that the front door was blocked to keep out the cold.
Very limited menu unless ordering “starters”.

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Responded on November 19, 2019

Hi Parkers, Thank you for your feedback! We really appreciate it. Cheers! Geoff

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C
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Every item that we ordered was well-prepared but nothing was truly outstanding nor exceptional.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 14, 2019

Hi Chic, thank you for the feedback! Cheers, Geoff

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SL
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 14, 2019

Thank you! Cheers, Geoff

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T
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My sister and I don’t have the chance to sit down and have dinner often. We like to use these infrequent dinners so that we have time to catch-up without significant others and my family.

The atmosphere was great. Waitstaff was great. I loved the wine recommendation. My only real disappointment was the serving size for the prices. I’m a Texan so I’m definitely used to some more food on the table but even the bread, appetizer, meal, and dessert left me still hungry after. All the food was very tasty.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 20, 2019

Hi Timmothy, Thank you for your thoughtful feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time to post this. Guest feedback like yours is how we improve and grow, and I can assure you I have shared your thoughts with our entire team. Please say hello next time you're in, we'll make sure you don't leave hungry! Cheers, Geoff

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten here twice since a new chef took over, and what a huge improvement. Delicious food, wonderful service, we couldn't be more satisfied.

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Responded on November 12, 2019

Hi Bsmom, Thank you so much 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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RA
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delicious dinner and wonderful service. Thank you!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 12, 2019

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

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RL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous welcome by the hostess!Natalie, great service by Hollis and very tasty food . Very nice family dinner with
Adult children.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2019

Hi Richard, 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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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken liver mousse is where it's at! Absolutely delicious. The mussels were perfectly cooked and served in a rich broth. For mains everything was on point. We had the duck, burger, chicken and pork chops. Service was friendly and accommodating. Drinks were strong and delicious. This is the perfect spot for the Del Ray neighborhood. It works well for groups, date night, or just grabbing a drink and a meal any day of the week.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2019

Hi Mariah, Thank you so much for taking the time to post your kind words! We really appreciate it. We're glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Geoff

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My steak was served cold.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2019

Hi there, We're very sorry your steak was served cold. I regret not being able to fix this in the moment. Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the chance to apologize in person. Sincerely, Geoff

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