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Evening Star Cafe

4.3
4.3
1362 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 James Kirby & General Manager Andrea Hughes, Evening Star combines friendly, gracious service with a seasonal, American menu featuring produce grown on our rooftop garden and by local farmers throughout the region.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 549-5051

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Derek Colglazier

  • Private party facilities

    The upstairs No. 9 Lounge is available for private parties and is equipped with a full-service bar. Full menu and catering are available.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (703) 549-5051

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    E. Howell Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking on Mount Vernon Ave or cross streets

  • Public transit

    Ten minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Indoor Dining at Evening Star Cafe

    Multiple dates available
    Join us in our jewel box of a dining room at experience the classic spirit of one of Del Ray's longest-tenured restaurants! With distanced, limited seating available nightly and during brunch, join us for an intimate dining experience for parties of 2 to 8 maximum.
  • Front Porch Beer Garden

    Multiple dates available
    Join us and dine in our turf lined, true al fresco area in our front porch and back yard areas! This section includes two tops viewing the street (great for people watching!) and our more secluded turf-lined back yard beer garden. These tables are in the center of our outdoor area and are truly outdoors - we have limited umbrellas for this area but we cannot guarantee weather-proof seating. **Please note that this reservation does not include Private Cabana Dining.**
  • Private Cabana Dining at the Front Porch

    Multiple dates available
    These gorgeous distanced cabanas are perfect for parties of 2-7 guests. Covered on four sides with billowing canvas, these are the ultimate private dining seats - with a view of the entire beer garden, enough space to view the projector on movie night, and spacious room to spread out or grab a high chair for the kids. These seats are weather resistant, but not truly waterproof - so dress for the forecast!

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What 1,362 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. SL

    SamoryL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We had a great meal. The ambience was great. The service was a little slow.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was great and the Sunday brunch was delicious! It filled up very quickly after 11:00 so I was glad to have a reservation. It also gets quite noisy in the front restaurant as large groups fill in. I enjoyed the variety of mimosa options and the Salmon Benedict was a must have dish.
  3. f

    foodie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a lovely spot with delicious food. The prices are a bit high and the portions are small, but we had a great dinner.
  4. JZ

    JoZU

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We made reservations for a birthday for the back porch outdoor seating which was really charming. We loved! the atmosphere. Umbrellas, a lot of breeze and a big fan on the corner kept us cool, we loved being outside...it felt very Europe. The whitefish salad was excellent, as was the swordfish entry, and the fish sandwich. The Cab was very very good, with a generous poor, that did not go un appreciated. Overall, an excellent, and we would come back. Attached wineshop is one of the best in the area, we got some ciders.
  5. R

    Ronnie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good, good service and a nice atmosphere. The outside space is nice and shady so it stays pretty cool even on a sunny, warm day
  6. R

    Rkidd

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous service and food was delicious. Loved sitting outside.
  7. CR

    CarloR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Brunch food quality very good, portions large. Salmon Bene and Corned Beef Hash recommended. Cold Irish Coffee sweet, hot Irish weak. Service a bit slow but friendly. Online menu not updated.
  8. B

    Barbara

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner in one of the cabanas outside. Food was terrific, as was the service. This is why Evening Star has long been one of our favorite neighborhood joints!
  9. NA

    NANCYV

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A variety of small plates such as crispy ribs, wings, and veggies were a very substantial meal for three.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    There appear to be major systemic service issues here, including communications with customers. We ended up going elsewhere to get dinner.
  11. j

    jke8977

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Pleasant seating outside, very good food
  12. AK

    AdKo

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Cute spot, easily fit a group of six for bunch out back on a Sunday morning. Dishes were simple and straightforward, no frills, nothing super exciting. Servers were attentive.
  13. P

    Pickyeater

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Chill atmosphere. Attentive staff. Great choice
  14. LS

    LeslieS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delightful meal outside. Friendly staff and delicious food.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hidalgo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The burger and chicken sandwich were good, the wine/beer list is top notch, and the ambiance is great. Staff was friendly. We’re out of fries which were part of my top three choices. One man’s opinion but tater tots or a tiny romaine Caesar aren’t quite substitutes. And with the new payment system, I didn’t get to see my total and was just expected to hand over my card. Im sure they’ll figure it out.
  16. B

    Bberry

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saturday at 12:30 was a nice time for brunch. We got the window box so felt like we were outside but had the comfort of A/C. Service and food were very prompt. Food was tasty, especially the flourless chocolate cake. We look forward to going back again!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Food was fine, but we were disappointed to see the menu had changed. The chai spiced brioche French toast with lemon drizzle was gone - slices were a lot thinner and not as good, and some of the staples - like the two eggs meal and breakfast sandwich - were missing. Unfortunately, these items made up our usual order. Took my parents when they came to visit, and we were so excited for them to try our favorite brunch spot. We ended up with three corned beef hash, and it was very oily and not great. We used to be regulars - ordering brunch for takeout/delivery on the weekends, but with these changes on the items we used to order (and LOVE), I think we may be looking elsewhere now.
  19. SM

    SamanthaMarshall

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cabana experience was awesome! Highly recommend.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience5
    The prior weekend my husband and I were in this area for dinner and wanted to try this place but they were all booked. That was a bummer but I totally understood so I said we would come back for my birthday and I’d make a reservation for that cool back area with the cabanas. Made a reservation for the cabana and stated that it was for my birthday. Upon arriving, we checked in and the hostess told us that we made the reservation for indoor, not at the cabana but she could still seat us outside. She sat us down at a table in the middle of everything and when I asked to change tables she said that we could only sit at the non-cabana area. After sitting for a few minutes I decided to double check the reservation. I was right and I made it for the cabana so we showed a different person and she took us there. Made me feel stupid, embarrassed for wanting to move so much and really not special as I stated that I specifically came to celebrate. Our waitress was very sweet but barely came to check in on us. We were so confused how to order our entrees but since we hadn’t seen her in what must have been 30 minutes (or longer) we decided to just order off the QR code. About 10 minutes after we did that she checked in and told us that we were supposed to have ordered with her. So that was confusing and then getting our checks to leave was confusing as well since we ordered apps/drinks with her and then entrees on the QR code. Wish she would have explained up front. Our reservation was at 7 and we did not leave until 9:30, which is absolutely insane to me. Only 1 person asked us how our our evening was and it was the guy cleaning up our plates. He said he’d have the manager come talk to us but they never came by so we left. It was truly a disappointing experience considering how excited I was to try this place. I would not come back. Food was good though.

    Evening Star CafeResponded on June 23, 2022Hi There, Thank you so much for providing us with this feedback so that we may improve our service model. As mentioned in our call, we apologize deeply for our failure on your last visit and we are working hard to retrain our staff and improve our systems. On behalf of the Evening Star team, we thank you for bringing this to our attention and look forward to having you back soon so that we can make things right. Sincerely, Andrea Hughes General Manager

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The dining room is very appealing. It was lovely to sit in the window and see the passers by on the sidewalk. The appetizer was a whitefish salad with crackers - small portion, tasty enough. The Caesar salad romaine was wilted (I wanted to tell chef that all it needed was a quick soak in ice water). We had 3 small plates. Asparagus were a bit overcooked and quite small for this seasonal vegetable. Best overall was the crispy rib - meaty and perfectly seasoned - delicious. Burr at a was served with crackers as well. Bread would have been a nice addition to the meal.
  22. RW

    RedWhiteAndChew

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Servers are very kind but not super attentive. Remote ordering system is easy but confusing with servers and makes it difficult to ask about menu options, etc. But a very pleasant atmosphere and friendly, gracious people. Good apps, salads. Would be fun to offer tots with cheese, bacon, green onions or other toppings. Great neighborhood vibe, and tons of outdoor seating options with different views/setups.
  23. SF

    SallyF

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    A very limited menu and the brunch items were not tasty . Service is very good. Ambience aaa eclectic . The choice of menu items and taste of items lacked for a Sunday brunch.
  24. AW

    AdrienneW

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a very pleasant dinner in the evening star back yard area. Perfect for a summer night. We will definitely go back!
  25. ML

    MeganL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We sat for over 30 min at the Front Porch by Evening Star before going up to hostess and figuring out we needed to order food and drink through a QR code. We sat for another 20 minutes to get the wine we ordered. Food was good but not hot. Great ambiance but service needs great attention.
  26. a

    annew

    Miami

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Meh. You order from your phone. Only one server. Salad had lettuce that should have been tossed the day before. Pasta was uninspired. Salmon tasted past its prime. Cocktails were decent. Restaurant almost empty on a Friday evening. Not a good sign.
  27. S

    Sherry

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    All the ordering is done by phone so there is little interaction with the waiters. You have to sign up with a 3rd party vendor in order to use the menu and order. If you need anything else, it can be hard to get anyone’s attention (at one point, we had to go and track someone down which was tricky). The food was good but not for the price (if each dish were $10 or so cheaper, I would say the value is closer to what we received). The atmosphere was quiet and there was plenty of space between tables.
  28. K

    Kflaher1

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Mother's Day brunch with 8 people. We all had a very pleasant time. Food was great! The service was very good.
  29. VC

    VernonC

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great. Limited brunch menu, but that was what we were looking for on Mothers Day. It was too cold to sit outside and I was worried that it would be noisy and crowded but that was not the case. Classics on the menu were terrific, and host was very nice as well. Phone calls got a little incessant, why did I need to verify my reservation four times in four days, including one hour prior to the actual time?
  30. MV

    MelV

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my friends here who are visiting from MD. The staff were very accommodating to us. We reserved a cabana and it’s a really good option for a small group to talk and feel somewhat private.. Food is excellent as always.
  31. AS

    AnthonyS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food was good but the service was very disorganized. Multiple errors in every aspect of the service. We took it with humor but it was actually quite ridiculous. Seems the staff had just started that day.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great service.
  33. C

    Christina

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy Evening Star. The food is unique and delicious, and the staff are friendly and inviting. We took our engagement pictures here. We can't wait to see them! Thank you, Evening Star.
  34. DR

    DelRayDenizen

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We sat outside under a giant umbrella that kept us dry despite the rain. The beer selection is excellent and the food delicious, although heavier than I expected. I recommend the Front Porch - been there many times!
  35. L

    Larkanator

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch! Chicken and waffle and mimosas are always wonderful.
  36. JR

    JRWVA2013

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar service was slow but table service was great. Highly recommend the cauliflower, short ribs and pork chop, but perhaps pass on the salmon.
  37. AL

    ALT1

    Washington DC

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Great neighborhood restaurant- think it still needs some attention- the poached eggs were pre- made which is fine but they should be hot- the potatoes were meh- no love in them. My mates enjoyed the breakfast burger. Service was nice but at brunch someone should be walking around filling up coffee! We always come back and will again- just give it a little love
  38. MH

    MaryH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty dishes, well portioned. Interesting beer selections Service good. A bit noisy.
  39. JW

    JacobW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Service was good, food was good, we were able to get a reservation easily and the area was a nice walk after our brunch.
  40. EA

    ElisabethA

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time visiting abs the food was so good! I left stuffed! A little loud but there was also a big party celebrating a birthday. Looking firearms to when it warms up and we can come back and enjoy the lovely outdoor seating

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Evening Star Cafe using the Order Online button. Evening Star Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 549-5051.

Evening Star Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 1362 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Evening Star Cafe

2000 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E. Howell Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking on Mount Vernon Ave or cross streets

  • Public transit

    Ten minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Derek Colglazier

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 549-5051

  • Private party facilities

    The upstairs No. 9 Lounge is available for private parties and is equipped with a full-service bar. Full menu and catering are available.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (703) 549-5051

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