Evening Star Cafe
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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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.
I highly recommend the food and service. But the noise level is WAY too high
Hi Monica, Thank you for your kind feedback, we appreciate it! Cheers, Geoff
Great flavor , choices . Appreciated greens , spices from own garden .
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!!
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
Super service! Food has gotten better.
Thank you for posting your kind feedback! Cheers, Geoff
Love this place!! Great food and cool vibe.
Hi Deb, Thank you for these kind words! We love the vibe, too ;) Hope to see you soon! Cheers, Geoff
So good. Have all the starters. Mmmmm.
Hi DinerfromDelRay, Thank you so much for your kind review! We appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. See you soon! Cheers, Geoff
Restaurant week menu was generous in its choices. Food was delicious, service was thoughtful and welcoming. The restaurant can be a little noisy when full.
Hi Alexva, Thank you for your review! We appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback! Cheers, Geoff
Service was good, food was excellent, and I highly recommend. Very quaint and low key. Definitely worth a visit
Hi AJM07, Thank you for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time 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
ESC air condition was not working. The temperature inside the restaurant must have been 90 degees on a 94 degree day with high humidity. Management and waiters try to explain it was so warm outside that was the reason ESC was hot. No the air condition did not work.
Hi dcluv2dine, Thank you for posting your feedback! We have taken steps to cool down our dining room, so hopefully it wont be as hot in here on your next visit. Cheers, Geoff
Came for Restaurant Week and although everything was good, felt like the portions were a wee bit...modest. And much as I love Evening Star and have been coming for years, unfortunately the noise level in the dining room makes it almost impossible to have a conversation without having to shout.
Hi erikthefoodie, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. We appreciate your loyalty over the years. We are taking steps to reduce the noise levels when its busy, so thank you for hanging in there with us! Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person. Cheers, Geoff
We ate at an outdoor table and had a very enjoyable evening.
Hi Reva, Thank you, we're glad you enjoyed your evening. See you soon! Cheers, Geoff
Great mea/service—but the air-conditioning for the dining room is substandard. It was a relief to walk outside after we were finished!
Hi Kevin, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback! We're glad you enjoyed the food and service. Cheers, Geoff
Went for restaurant week and the there were many good choices. Our server was attentive and the starters and entrees were delicious. So was dessert. However, the noise level was way too high for easy conversation. Plus, I was disappointed that seating was directly across from the door to the kitchen and, since we were 2 females, were once again given the worst table. But, not knowing, there is a second floor and seeing that it was pretty full, we took the table.
I might go back to give it another chance because the food was good, but I would definitely ask for a table towards the front of the restaurant where it might be a little quieter.
Hi ERay, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback, we appreciate it! I understand it was loud on the night you were here, we apologize for the noise. I hope to see you again soon, and please reach out before you come by - I'd be happy to seat you in a quieter section ! Cheers, Geoff
Evening Star has been one of our go-to places since it opened, so we've experienced highs-- and lows. The current chef gets high marks. The noise level is fierce however, requiring shouting just to be heard over the people (also shouting) sitting behind us. Don't go if you want any kind of meaningful conversation, or if you have old ears.
Hi Nancy, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. We really appreciate it. We are taking steps to quiet down the dining room, so hopefully next time you're in you will notice a difference! Cheers, Geoff
This is one of our favorite restaurants. The menu is not extensive but there's always something we know we'll like. My wife got a glass of substandard wine and thought the vegetable was too salty, which is why just four stars on the food. She loved the duck and I loved the chicken we got for a main course.
Hi Charvakan, Thank you for your kind review! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. Please say hello next time you're, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person! Cheers, Geoff
Ordered white wine that needed to be chilled. Service was OK - not great. If I go back, would order the butter lettuce salad and mussels. The monkfish was OK - not great.
Hi Jean, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. We'd love to have you back to enjoy the mussels or butter lettuce salad...or both! We also have a restaurant wine selection in addition to Planet Wine's vast list, and those whites are already chilled! Cheers, Geoff
This place has had it’s ups and downs. Recently it is definitely on the up side. Chicken fried oysters were truly wonderful. The Bibb salad likewise. The barley with peas are not recommended — what was I thinking when I ordered it My friends had salmon and chicken. I was envious! .
Hi Larry, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback, we really appreciate it! Next time you're in we'll definitely get you the salmon or the chicken, and even some other delicious dishes! Thanks again. Cheers, Geoff
Food and wine were exceptional, the service was wonderful, and the deals were great!!
Definitely going back soon!!
Hi foodNfun, Thank you! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. Please say hello when you're in next, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in public! Cheers, Geoff
the food was a pure delight, played well, innovative and delishous
Hi Wanda, Thank you for your kind words, we really appreciate it! Cheers, Geoff
Took our out of town guests here and they loved it. Everything was tasty, from the local beer to the spicy cauliflower appetizer and mussels, to the seasonal “risotto” and little gem salad! They had a kids menu, which was great since we had an 11 yo with us who loved the buttered pasta entree off the kids menu. Top class service, very (but not too) attentive. The only issue was the noise level- it wasn’t totally packed inside but the noise was LOUD! Wish the acoustics were a tad better, but overall that’s a tiny glitch in an overall lovely experience.
Hi Heather, Thank you for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. You mentioned some of our favorite items, too :) Please say hello next time you're in! Cheers, Geoff
Amazing food, awesome drinks, cute spot, and great service.
Hi there! Thank you for posting your feedback, we really appreciate it! Cheers, Geoff
Had a great night at ESC. My original reservation was for two, but changed suddenly to 7 when a bunch of friends jumped in. They were able to accommodate thankfully, and we were seated on time. Everyone ordered something different and it was all delicious. Some taste trading ensued — we were all in very good spirits. The pre-dinner cocktails - my best Fred — very very good. Wine selection was good. Hanger steak was lean and tender and they get medium rare right! My friend’s monkfish was perfect. Grilled salad was delicious! Thanks Evening Star!
Hi there! Thank you for your kind words, we really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. The dishes you mentioned are some of our favorites, as well. Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person! Sincerely, Geoff
The food, service and atmosphere were excellent! This restaurant is one of my favorite places in the DC area.
Hi crsg, Thank you for your kind words! Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the chance to thank you in person. Cheers! Geoff
Wait staff was excellent - it was our first time here and they helped us explore the menu and did not rush us toblet us enjoy each course.
Hi Carolyn, Thank you for this great feedback! We really appreciate it. Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person! Cheers, Geoff
Our server was fantastic and very knowledgable about the restaurant's different dishes. The food, itself, was fantastic and featured fresh produce. Don't get me started on the apple crisp tres leches dessert . . .
Hi Bunboyindc, Thank you so much for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. I'm glad you liked everything, and yes the Tres Leches is our favorite too :) Cheers, Geoff
While it can only be a testament to it's popularity...the place was way too loud to have a normal conversation. The restaurants wall mounted cooling unit's were also struggling to keep the room comfortable. In fairness is was awfully hot outside (about 90)...but it was too warm inside too. Food solid, service good...but atmosphere and comfort was not ideal.
Hi cp47, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. We appreciate you bearing with us through this hot month. We've taken steps to keep the dining room cooler, so hopefully the next time you're in it will be more comfortable! Cheers, Geoff
My daughter and I had a wonderful meal with a knowledgeable and professional waiter Joe as well as visits by the manager and other servers inquiring how our experience was progressing, clearing plates and refilling water. I would highly recommend this restaurant as the food was fabulous and the staff was energetic and professional. Thank you for making it a very special evening!!
Hi Pete, Thank you so much for your kind review, we really appreciate it! And we're thrilled you and your daughter enjoyed your special night. Please say hello next time you're in, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person. Cheers, Geoff
I remember eating at Evening Star when they first opened back in the late 90's. We lived in the Del Ray neighborhood and it was among the first of a great new set of restaurants within walking distance. We moved away in '99, was back in the DC area for business and had yet another fantastic meal there the other night. Everything was terrific, from the warm greeting when I walked in, to the delicious cold "smoked" Manhattan. The years have been kind, and ES remains a neighborhood gem. And speaking of gems, DO NOT MISS the grilled Little Gem salad - it's great even if you don't like salad. Thanks to everyone at Evening Star for a lovely evening, turns out you can go home again.
Hi acahn, Thank you very 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
A great place to eat and spend time with family and friends. Food and service was top shelf. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice meal and a place to chill with friends and family.
Hi Joseph, Thank you for your great feedback! We really appreciate it. Take care and we hope to see you soon! Cheers, Geoff
Thank you, Kate! Glad you enjoyed your birthday with us. Cheers, Geoff
Like the cafe and everything there (the food, the environment). Was a bit confused by the waitress who pushed a bit too much to order food though we came for drinks. At the end, we ordered some appetizers.
Hi Dmitriy, Thanks for taking the time to post your feedback, we really appreciate it! Cheers, Geoff
Significantly improved with new chef.
Hi JWGross, We appreciate your posting! Please say hello next time you're in so I can thank you in person. Cheers, Geoff
The service was pretty poor the night I went. It took over an hour to get our meal and we never received an explanation of why or a real update on when we should get our food. We kept trying to get someone's attention to check on our food and people (server, manager, etc) would walk right by us. It was frustrating. Once we got the food, it was pretty good...but not worth the long wait. It was a pretty disappointing experience.
A charming, cozy restaurant with a friendly staff and delicious food!
Hi Jody, Thank you so much for your kind review! 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
The restaurant was unbearably hot and humid. Which made for a very uncomfortable experience!