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About Evening Star Cafe

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.

2000 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Beginning nightly at 5:30 PM
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00-2:30 pm

Cross Street:
E. Howell Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 549-5051

Website:
http://www.eveningstarcafe.net/

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.

Public Transit:
Ten minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro.

Executive Chef:
Keith Cabot

Additional:
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

Evening Star Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
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Good for a Date (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Cozy (5)
Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Casual (3)
Great Beer (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Romantic (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Authentic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 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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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 3, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Loved everything about the cafe and the meal was fantastic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fun, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 30, 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 22, 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'.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Omaha)·Dined 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food, service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great food (blistered tomatillos were ... interesting-my date really liked them, me not as much), and great professional service! Burger was phenomenal and beef stroganoff exceptional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

They were very responsive when we were forced to delay our reservation by an hour on a Saturday night at the last minute. They still saved the window table we had asked for!

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food! Service was terrific! Only gets low marks because it was so loud you had to shout at your dinner companions. Even the waiter commented on how loud it was. I will go back, but at an off peak time when it may be quieter. They are celebrating their 20th year in business. Please do something about the noise!

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

We get out very seldom, but really enjoy the ambience of the Eastern Star. It is especially rewarding to see how much our out-of-town guests enjoy the place, too.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I eat here about once a year, and everytime I go, though I want to love it, I am simply not wowed. We had the family style meal and it was unremarkable and somewhat bland.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We love this place! The food is delicious & so fresh, great atmosphere, good drinks etc.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Went there for a Sunday evening meal with a friend. We chose to sit outside since the weather was good. The waitress seemed a little slow with service. However it didn't detract from the experience too much. We had to wait a little too long to give our order. The food arrived quickly and was quite tasty. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I went for restaurant week with my fiance, but I would definitely go back for another dinner or brunch. The food was great, and they have a great bar/drink menu as well. There is a great outdoor patio area as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

I'm a native Alexandrian (grew up in the Del Ray area). It's a great feeling to enjoy such a lovely meal in my hometown neighborhood.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

My friends and I had a wonderful dinner at your restaurant on Sunday. I especially appreciate your efforts to serve organic rooftop and local produce.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

A charming spot that I should have taken advantage of long before now. It was a little noisy at first but the noise calmed down. We took our time with drinks and dinner and the waiter was super polite and accommodating.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was outstanding, Fresh ingredients, amazing flavors, creative cuisine. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great Beer, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Enjoyable evening, but noise level really increased over the time of our stay! Go early, if you want to hear each other talk!

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Unbelievably loud. Lots of hard surfaces that amplify the sound of the bar in the next room. It's a pity because the food was very good. The dining room was almost empty, but the bar was so loud my husband and I had to shout to hear each other.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

What an outstanding experience! I came into town to visit my son and we chose this restaurant based on its reputation. We were not disappointed! the food was so fresh and full of flavor...it knocked our socks off! I am a die-hard foodie and I enjoyed every single dish from appetizer to entrée to dessert, one of the best meals I have had in a long time! thank you so much Chef Keith for a unique, fresh and DELICIOUS meal!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The chairs were extremely uncomfortable. Food was a little pricey for what you received. Service, though, was very good, very nice folks

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Very good restaurant with delicious, though limited, gluten free options. Dropping cornbread off at the table probably was unnecessary since we couldn't eat it but the food was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The beet salad was very good. The cauliflower with Korean Barbeque sauce was very creative, but the sauce was very hot and there was no warning that it would be a hot dish. Also, it was so noisy that my friends and I had a hard time hearing each other.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Really nice neighborhood place. Staff was very friendly. Food was terrific.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Diners in group had the salmon (w/most amazing Brussels sprouts), pork chop and duck confit - all delicious! Wine was good, too - amazing selection. It's a neighborhood spot so give yourself extra time for parking.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Great food they nailed the cook of the salmon everything was as it should be well done

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent food and service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Always great food at Evening Star. One of my favs!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We were there for friday night meal with business friends. I had been there several times but a few years ago where I was enamored of the interesting menu, tastes and variety...place was surprusingly empty, only 3 inside tables had guests at 7 pm.staff was friendly and attentive.
Menu is quite limited but more uninspired. Not much of the formerr imagination or special chef combinations which made a meal here interesting.
We had the shrimp fritters, very good. Also the hummus which was average.
We shared the chicken fricasse, which was heavy on garlic but otherwise greasy, and had a minimal amount of anything except the chicken and overdone biscuits and it was $55 entre. I expected pricey but not uninspired. No longer recommend as a special experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Another wonderful dining experience at Evening Star. Always a favorite for date night dinner and then to the back bar for drinks after.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

I thought that the menu did not seem like a spring menu when I first looked at it. However, the salmon with turnips and brussels sprouts was absolutely delicious. My friend had a cocktail which was also wonderful. The chocolate semifreddo that we shared for dessert was terrific. This was my first trip back to Evening Star Cafe in quite a while, and I was very happy that I had chosen this place for the birthday celebration. I will be back!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on March 30, 2017

We met a cousin here for dinner at her suggestion and felt it was an excellent place to meet and have a good visit with her.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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