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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SH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as always! One of our favorites.

AJ
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 3 days ago

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

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AL
Washington DC
69 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 6 days ago

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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J
Washington DC
1 review
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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J
Washington DC
16 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.

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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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.

Evening Star Cafe
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
1 review
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.

Evening Star Cafe
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.

Evening Star Cafe
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”.

Evening Star Cafe
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
22 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.

Evening Star Cafe
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
18 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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BB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was excellent.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2019

Hi Brian, Thank you for the kind feedback. We hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Geoff

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Poor food quality, especially for the price. OpenTable reservation system reflected no available table at 6:45 on a Monday, but when we arrived for our 7 reservation, 85% of the tables were open.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2019

Dear Chet, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback, we appreciate it. I will definitely look into the OpenTable mishap, there was no reason you shouldn't have been able to book at 6:45 because as you mentioned, we were wide open. Sincerely, Geoff

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LN
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, excellent fresh food. The Neighborhood Restaurant Group even has its own farm and gardener to ensure farm-to-table goodness.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2019

Hi Leland! Thanks for your kind words! We appreciate it. We'll see you soon. Cheers! Geoff

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VH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have the mussels appetizer. Awesome!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2019

Hi Vicki, Thank you! We love the mussels, too. Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person. Cheers! Geoff

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KP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance, nice cozy spot that will be nice for a night out for two or a few!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2019

Hi Kristie, Thanks for your kind words! We really appreciate it. Cheers! Geoff

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KS
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We started with the mussels, which were ok but overly salted. My husband ordered the fish special, red drum. $28 for the smallest piece of fish I’ve ever seen, maybe 4oz. I had an underwhelming salad of cabbage, apples or pears (couldn’t tell), blue cheese and pecans. On paper it sounded good, in reality it was tasteless and lacked imagination. We won’t be back. Never saw a manager.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2019

Dear Kim, 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 Monday night. I apologize for the experience, and can assure you I have shared your feedback with our entire team, which is how we improve. If you should decide to give us another chance, please reach out beforehand so I can help facilitate a great dinner for you. Sincerely, Geoff

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AS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We keep coming back and are never disappointed. Charming atmosphere, great cocktails and lovely neighborhood.

DW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience, hreat food and fabulous atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this neighborhood gem. Always excellent quality. ❤️

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful cafe atmosphere with delicious and creative food

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on October 18, 2019

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, fantastic place! I have been going to Evening Star for many years but hadn’t been in a long time. We went for a fun Saturday evening date night and were not disappointed! Everything from the flavors to the wine to the service - excellent! The duck I ordered was undercooked and the chef’s manager had them recook it. I got an entirely new plate with a full meal on it (I’d eaten a few pieces of the duck and some of the ratatouille). He even brought out a delicious side salad for me to eat while waiting. That was the best customer service I have had at a restaurant for a long time. We will be back!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on October 17, 2019

Hi there, Thank you so much for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. We really appreciate it! Sincerely, Geoff

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B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was impeccable. Food was very good, however my pork chop was dry. The mussels starter was excellent. Noise level was high and it was difficult to conduct a conversation.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on October 18, 2019

Hi Bernie, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. I'm glad you had great service, and apologize about the dry pork chop. Please reach out next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to facilitate a great experience for you. Sincerely, Geoff

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