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Evening Star Cafe

4.6
992 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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 Keith Cabot, 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Beginning nightly at 5:30 PM
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00-2:30 pm
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Phone number
(703) 549-5051
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Keith Cabot
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E. Howell Ave.
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Public transit
Ten minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro.
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Entertainment
Please note that our downstairs bar opens daily at 4:30 PM. The upstairs bar, No. 9 Lounge, is open Wednesday through Saturday at 5:30 PM. You can find the full calendar of bands playing in the No. 9 Lounge on Wednesdays and Thursdays here: http://ow.ly/om8GN. Shows in the No. 9 start at 8 PM and there is no cover charge.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 992 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I had a wonderful evening on our first visit to the restaurant. The menu offered many choices for both myself as a carnivore and my wife as a vegetarian. We plan to go back and I’d highly recommend the restaurant.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Took my girlfriend to this restaurant for our anniversary on the recommendation of a friend who raved about how great it was. I came away disappointed because it didn't live up to expectations at all. Previewing the relatively small number of entree items on the menu, I figured they would all be really good because the kitchen was able to focus on just making their specialties. Unfortunately, the food we got was just average at best.

The ambiance was particularly poor as the cafe is connected to the bar area and with the bar especially packed that evening, it felt more like you were eating in a bar than having a quiet dinner where you could hear each other talk.

I won't go so far as to say the experience was bad but with so many great restaurants in the DMV region, patrons can do better than having to settle for an average dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was well thought out and prepared. A lot of fresh in every plate almost a chefs salute to spring. The three of us enjoyed every dish. Evening Star is back and back in our rotation of ‘must visits’.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

What a great find! You would never choose it from the outside or even after viewing the menu. BUT - everything is so cool inside! Its perfect for a date because it's cute, quaint, and cozy. The selection was interesting (very different recipes/ingredients) and the food was Scrumptious. I would definitely recommend this as long as you have the money. Its not cheap ~ but worth it. Also the location is great to walk around Del Ray and lots of activities go on there.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Out of town guests.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

I lived in this neighborhood for 13 years and was a frequent guest at ES. I have never had a bad meal there yet this was my first visit since I moved to Colorado in 2013. Wilton was our attentive server and this was a gathering of my friends 3 of whom had never been to ES. It was great! Food, service and atmosphere. Wilton told me there was a newer Chef and related that this person moved up through the ranks, which is always nice to hear. We had a surprise guest which made our party of 4 a party of 5 and the staff didn't blink. We all ordered different menu items and we shared those for a full experience! I especially enjoyed the shrimp hushpuppies! We had such a good time we were there almost 3 hours and all tried the terrific desserts, something I do not always do on previous visits to ES. This restaurant was integral in the Del Ray renaissance and it is good to know that many years later things are just as good and reliable as ever! I couldn't recommend ES any higher- it is a true neighborhood and NOVA gem!!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was bland. Served in unappealing fashion- more what I would expect from a typical restaurant that had no imagination. Collard appetizer had so few collards it was hard to justify its name- and in a bland vegetable mix with no hint of a fresh herb that could have given it brightness. Beef stroganoff had finely minced beef which very much gave the impression of hamburger- hardly what I would expect from an upscale restaurant. Come on Evening Star, you can do better than this.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Chef was very flexible and allowed us to shift the vegetable accompaniment to the shake fish dish 3 different ways. Eachwas delicious in the sauce with perfectly cooked fish

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

From start to finish it was superb. The staff is amazing, friendly and easy to talk to. The food as always was delicious. The steak and salmon were cooked to perfection. The Gnocchi was outstanding. Our friends arrived late yet, we never felt rushed.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

The Evening Star has a small selection of good food paired with a good selection of wine and a full bar. The ambience is quaint and lively, not too loud but just enough noise to have a good conversation without over hearing others or others hearing yours.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Delicious food. Cozy booths. Attentive servers. It was a nice and easy meal.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The Evening Star Cafe is a neighborhood favorite for special meals so it was a natural choice for Valentine's Day. We're pretty familiar with the current menu, so it was a treat to discover they had a special menu for the holiday. Since it was also Ash Wednesday, it was nice to have special fish options. Everything was delicious, the service attentive and the vibe as always fancy but comfortable.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

A really special Valentine's Night meal. We made reservations only a day in advance, because we weren't sure about being able to go out early, and it was lucky that Evening Star had availability. Their Valentine's menu was also nice, with some special choices as well as being able to order from the regular menu, something that isn't always available on a busy night. We liked that there wasn't just a set menu for choosing, and it was a great meal. Both of us enjoyed our entrees, our bottle of wine (we got something different because they were out of what we originally ordered for wine, but they were nice about allowing us to taste their suggestion first) and we even retired to the back bar for extra drinks and Olympic viewing later. The one thing that probably could have been more smooth was the service to our table. It was busy, but nobody seemed to know who was serving us, and we didn't see our server much except to check in once and then bring the check, after her original greeting. We tipped well and chalked that up to Valentine's Day busy-ness, but there was plenty of help to go around when we arrived at a later hour, and it would have been nice to get checked on a bit more. Still, we'd go back in a heartbeat--wonderfully cooked meal, delicious salmon dip appetizer, one of the best things in the DC area that is made in a similar way--yummy, try it. We'll be back more often!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

New experience in a great location. I would recommend adding some type of HVAC system to control the climate when the door opens. Overall, we enjoyed the Evening Star.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

We went to this restaurant early because of an evening performance at the Kennedy Center. Service was efficient, friendly, attentive but not invasive. The food was delicious and better than anticipated and the wine was perfect that Miles let me try before committing to the whole glass. The portion size was perfect for both my husband and myself. It was early so it was pretty empty and quiet but I have been there when there are more people and the noise level is higher. Overall it was a nice date meal and a good set up for the concert.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Always great food and service

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

My salad was good. The salmon dip was good too, but they gave us only 4 thin pieces of bread to go with a whole jar of dip, so had to bring more later. I find the prices to be too high for what is offered. I really like the location of this place and we had a very nice table by the bay window, but I would hesitate to go back to pay this much again. I am cheap though and always look for good food at affordable prices.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Went for Alexandria Restaurant Week and they offered a dynamite menu for the event. Great value. I had a wonderful beet salad, delicious duck confit and divine chocolate semifreddo for dessert. All for $35! Service was efficient and friendly. The host was a crackup - great guy. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We were there for more than 2 hours and no one rushed us. I'll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We like to come here for special meals. The Evening Star manages to straddle the line between fancy and comfortable; the atmosphere is always inviting. The food is good, the service top-notch and the libations always engaging.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Great restaurant. We went for a date night, but good for a variety of occasions.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Though a bit noisy when crowded, the quality of the food and preparation was outstanding. A lovely neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Charming place, delicious food, prompt service, & friendly staff. We will be back!!!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was delicious! It was a little noisy but not in an aggressive way - the noise was bustling energy from a lot of satisfied customers. It was restaurant week so they were offering three courses for $35. I had housemade stracciatella which was flavorful mozzarella stretched over a crunchy crostini with squash and pine nuts. My husband had pastrami swordfish. Both were a great starter portion and not too filling. We had salmon and beef as our entrees - both proteins cooked to perfection, although my husband felt his beef could have been seasoned more. For dessert, portion sizes were great! I had the chocolate semifreddo. I could barely stop myself from licking the plate - it was scrumptious. My husband had the vanilla cheesecake with fresh raspberries. The whole meal was extremely satisfying and well complimented with the cocktails and the bottle of Vino Nobile. (They have a wine store next to the restaurant and the corkage fee to open some of the wine purchased there is $10). Perfect date night! Would recommend and would visit again.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We had the duck and pork chop. Each component of our dishes were seasoned perfectly. The wine selection was huge and our service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The food and service were just great. Had a wonderful time and will be back soon.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Loved the beet salad, hake, and cornbread. Want to return with a group to try the family style offerings.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Very Good service and well prepared food. Because it was very cold out, no outdoor seating...which tends to make it a bit more crowded and noisy. Since it has the same owners as Planet Wine next door, the wine list is eclectic...and very reasonable....they seem to sell it at retail cost plus a few bucks extra for service. Not the usual double or triple markup. A very good value.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

I enjoyed Evening Star quite a bit. We had two ‘snacks’ and a ‘plate’. We seriously liked the shrimp hush puppies, and the roasted carrots were tasty and surprising. Good service, nice ambience. Nothing really blew my mind, but it was a well put together dining experience.

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Classy but cozy, felt like I was dining at a popular spot in a small town. Great locally sourced ingredients - would definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The service was outstanding, but we were a little disappointed with the food. It should be noted that we went to the NYE $70/ person fixed-menu event, so the regular menu might be better. However we were disappointed to find that there were only cold appetizers available (on a 16 degree night). The other courses were only average, nothing stood out. And the portion sizes left me hungry after the meal was over (my date was satiated, but she weighs half of what i do). May give this restaurant another try on a more normal night, however NYE was underwhelming.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Loved everything about the cafe and the meal was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

You will not find a better restaurant in Del Ray (though there are some other good ones).

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Evening Star Cafe is always inviting from the street, but also is always slightly dissapointing in some way. We only ordered entrees on our most recent visit and there were positive elements. However, most were mediocre at best - while overpriced.

For example, the biscuits that came with the over-salted chicken confit were nearly inedible. No amount of butter could save them. The green bean casserole that came with the dish was good, but slightly under seasoned. The beef stroganoff was "better than frozen." However, the person who ordered that dish proclaimed that it was diner fare at best - which doesn't justify $25.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

The food at the Evening Star is always wonderful, but it was disappointing to learn that the fish were farmed, and not wild caught.
Also, the restaurant has no dairy-free options.

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3.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Took a friend who had never been there before. Food was tasteless this time, sadly. Waiter was terrific. It is difficult to have an intimate conversation because of the noise level though. Just some baffles would help! Hoping the bland food was just an 'off day'.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Hat’s off to Chef Dan. Every dish was delicious. Service was exceptional. We had a great evening. We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Delicious food. Husband had the roasted chicken and I had beef stroganoff. Both were amazing. Great beer selection too. Good price for the quality and we’ll definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in the neighborhood! The beef stroganoff is so insanely delicious and perfect for a cold night. Everything I have here is delicious and the service is always great!!

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Love this place! Perfect when our-of-towners are visiting or for everyday dining. Salads and several of the starter plates are very big and are more than enough for a meal if you’re not a heavy eater. Bacon pimento burger is always hard to pass up, though!

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food, service

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