Evening Star Cafe

4.5
1244 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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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 a day ago

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
1 review
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
22 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.

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

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

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on February 19, 2020

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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vipMirandaF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on February 19, 2020

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

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vipCarolyn
Washington DC
7 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!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on February 19, 2020

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

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

Evening Star Cafe
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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SusanO
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.

Evening Star Cafe
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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to have a wonderful meal.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on January 29, 2020

Thank you for your kind words! Cheers, Geoff

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vipCelebrationgirl
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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vipScottH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as always! One of our favorites.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on January 25, 2020

Thank you Scott! See you soon. Cheers! Geoff

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BetsyF
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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AlexandriaJil
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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

Evening Star Cafe
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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vipALT1
Washington DC
74 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.

Evening Star Cafe
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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OpenTable Diner
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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Jojo
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.

Evening Star Cafe
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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vipJudith
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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Friendfamilydinner
Washington DC
11 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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vipAdamM
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Evening Star Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1244 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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