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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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 2 days ago

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
19 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
21 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
16 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
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

DW
Seattle
1 review
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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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wonderful service, great food, make Evening Star one of DelRays very best. Noise level is the only complaint!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on November 9, 2019

Thank you!

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EV
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good - but it took for ever for service at every step of the process.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. I'm sorry your experience wasn't perfect. We are continuously learning and growing after each shift and I can assure you we will take your feedback to heart and improve. Thanks again! Cheers, Geoff

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AV
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Evening Star has always been one of my favorite restaurants, so I turned to it on Saturday for a dinner with friends. I thought that it was a consistently good and safe choice. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The restaurant was uncomfortably warm, the water was warm and not refilled frequently enough, the bread was dry, and the pork chops were salty. Not the “dependably good” experience I expected.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hi AlexandriaVAcitizen, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. We strive to deliver perfect food and service and it sounds like we fell short with your table on Saturday evening. I have shared your experience with our entire team, and I can assure you we will take steps to improve. Thank you again, and should you decide to give us another chance, please reach out to me. I'd love to oversee your visit. Cheers, Geoff

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DE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wished it had a larger menu selection. What we had was good though.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on October 3, 2019

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

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KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. My wife had the fish of the day, which was great. However, the frites with the steak frites were over seasoned and undercooked. The steak was good, though.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hi Kevin, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback, we really appreciate it! And thank you for letting us know about the frites, I have passed this along to our Chef. Thanks again and please say hello next time you're in! Cheers, Geoff

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience at the Evening Star. The waiter was particularly helpful and attentive, and the food was amazing. From the chicken fried oysters to the duck and smoked chicken breast, the selections were done to perfection.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hi Rosie, Thank you for your wonderful feedback! We really appreciate you taking the time to post. Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person! Cheers, Geoff

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JJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We chose a booth and it was almost claustrophobic. Next time we will ask for a table. We are not big eaters and our waiter, Todd was great about splitting our mussels and our entre- tile fish, and dessert apple pie. New napkin and plates with each !great dining experience. We read Tom Sietsema’s review in Post and his recommendation in another column about the mussels.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hi Jean, Thank you for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. Next time you're in we'll make sure you get a larger booth, or a table, whichever you prefer! Thanks again Cheers! Geoff

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I highly recommend the food and service. But the noise level is WAY too high

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on September 10, 2019

Hi Monica, Thank you for your kind feedback, we appreciate it! Cheers, Geoff

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OT
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great flavor , choices . Appreciated greens , spices from own garden .

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful September 3, 2019 Tuesday evening in Alexandria and my husband and I were able to sit outside at the Evening Star Cafe. The chicken fried oysters, tempura zucchini with yum yum sauce and the mussels were spectacular. Our server Roberto is awesome and attentive and answered our questions about our food choices. We would eat at the Evening Star Café more often except for the fact that we live in Herndon and Alexandria is an hour drive away. Dining at Evening Star was a special occasion for us and we truly enjoyed our experience. Thank you Evening Star Café!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on September 6, 2019

Hi Macamen, Thank you for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. We love all the dishes you had, especially the oysters and zucchini fries! I've also passed your note along to Robert! Thanks again, and please say hello next time you're in Alexandria. Cheers, Geoff

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a
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came for dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary as it was where we had met over 6 years ago. The food and service was amazing and they acknowledged our anniversary which was a very nice touch.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on September 6, 2019

Hi acswift, Thank you for coming in on your anniversary! We're glad you had a great evening and loved the food. We hope to see you again soon and Happy Anniversary! Cheers, Geoff

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D
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good was good, but very mild seasoning. All our selections were very fresh. The menu is definitely small. Portions are a satisfying size. Definitely worth trying if you haven't been here before.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on September 6, 2019

Hi Dave, Thank you for your feedback! I've shared this with our team and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers! Geoff

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EW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Server was vary helpful in helping us choose a wine that was just right for our meal. The food was wonderful. We enjoyed every dish. Look forward to returning. Keep up the good work!!

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on September 6, 2019

Hi Earlene, Thank you for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. I've shared your comments with our entire team. Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person. Cheers! Geoff

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