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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.
Alexandria, VA 22301
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Beginning nightly at 5:30 PM
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00-2:30 pm
E. Howell Ave.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Ten minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro.
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
I had never visited because I thought it was a "cafe". Not so. It's a very nice restaurant with EXCELLENT service and EXCELLENT food. The menu is not very large, just a handful of options, but these are done very well. It is also not the cheapest restaurant in town, but for the quality of service, food, and drinks, worth every penny.
I think our waiter was new. Inattentive and a little careless. I asked for a taste of one of the wines. My date was already anxious about how long it took ust to get his attention. He brought out a full glass of wine and did not wait for me to taste it. I didn't like it :(
Every thing else was fabulous and perfect for my date. I highly recommend this place for intimate and memorable dates.
Unfortunately, the food was great but the service was terrible. We had a slim male waiter who seemed annoyed to be there. He was rude and disinterested in us. We had someone in our party with celiacs disease whose husband called the day of to inquire about what could be made gluten free. The restaurant was super helpful then. Our server was not and would say things like "you can't have any of that" and "no not that either". At a basic level, I even had to ask other servers for more water. I was frankly embarrassed we took guests there.
We dined at Evening Star on New Years Eve with their special menu with wine pairings. We ordered one of everything available on the menu since there were two options for each course. Overall, we thought the food was good, but not life-altering for the price. The wine pairings were ok too, but they weren't the most familiar (like sherry for one course and Maderia for another---very similar and not that great to be honest). We will be back again for regular dinner, and if we come back next year for NYE, we will most likely not do the wine pairing with the menu. Also for a note: we are wine drinkers and know quite a bit about wine, just weren't impressed with about half of the wines on the menu.
We had a fabulous 5 course meal for New Year's Eve. Choices were Smoke Beets or Belgium Salad; Bacon & Eggs or Pastrami Swordfish; Grilled Creekstone Farm Beef or Seared Royal Sea Bass; and Lemon Custard or Opera Cake. We had one of each. Everything was delicious.
The waiter did a very poor job of explaining the menu to us before hand. Only after we receive our entrées did we noticed that the server did not even offer one of the courses. We were still charged the full amount for the New Years Eve Dinner and we left feeling somewhat cheated. I would not repeat at this restaurant
The server was friendly, but the food took a very long time to come out and then came out at different times for the 4 diners. Even though some of us ordered appetizers and salads as our main course, we were very clear with the server what was to be delivered as our main course along with the main course that one diner ordered. But the meal for the diner with the main course arrived very late. The food was not good: the marinated delicate squash tasted like eating a Christmas tree and there were only 2 tiny pieces of squash with lots of lima beans, all in a very unpleasant thick sauce. The beet salad was very average and had none of the greens that the menu listed. The fried oysters were very good but were not hot enough. It is very unfortunate that the food was such a disappointment because the atmosphere is wonderful.
Eating at Evening Star is always a nice, relaxing way to end a day, or even begin it at their weekend brunch! The staff is always attentive and you can order wine from adjacent Planet Wine for a $10 corking fee, nice deal! The menu changes seasonally and the cuisine is modern american. In good weather, the patio is fun for people watching and always seems to catch the breeze. For more casual times, the Front Porch serves a paired down menu in a fun are to the right of the wine shop.
The ambience is very nice and the staff were accomodating when I expanded party from 6 to 10. but server was very slow and I think overwhelmed. A "manager" was walking around smiling at folks and I asked him to assist us as the drinks were taking so long and he did nothing! The food was very good, but I think they need to attend to the service a bit more.
Had not been to the Evening Star in a few months. This night out was somewhat different. The food was good as was the service but something was off. We did not receive nor were asked if we wanted the plate of bread/muffins that are usually provided. Nor were we offered the extensive wine menu from the shop next door. Two things that we feel make the restaurant stand out. Also for a Saturday night we were amazed at the number of empty tables. Will probably give it one more try before taking it off our "must go" list.
My meal was terrible -- I was really disappointed. I have loved going to Evening Star for years, but it has changed. It was difficult to find something that sounded yummy on the menu and then, when I took my best shot, it was awful -- it tasted very "Fresh" and "Green" but it was like grabbing a handful of yard and eating it. So disappointing.
Impromptu belated birthday dinner with a longtime friend. Had great weather and was able to sit outside. Service was slow but very knowledgeable and great when they were there. Took 15 minutes to get water or put in a drink order as I was waiting for my friend who was late. I was surprised that no one spoke to me until she showed up. I would have been happy to order a drink while I waited. The hush puppies were so good as was the salmon spread for our starters. Put the salmon spread on the hush puppy and it was sublime. We didn't finish the fried pork fritters - good but not great. She got the fresh pesto pasta and I got the Jamaican jerked pork chop. Both were yummy but not memorable. Finished with dessert and coffee - again good but not memorable. Great place for a nice dinner out in Del Ray.
I had been waiting for awhile to try this restaurant, and it always seemed very busy. While my appetizer and dessert were fantastic, the main course left me disappointed. I ordered the salmon; it was a little overcooked (more on the medium-well side) but had this wonderful crispy skin. The entire course was really rather tasteless, in that no amount of salt seemed to elevate the dish.
Enjoyed another fine dinner on a recent Monday evening that featured a rousing yet touching tribute to long-time bartender James Morrison. This is a neighborhood restaurant that touches on classy: food, atmosphere, management. Fried cauliflower was a wower! Salmon, pesto shrimp, and pimento cheese burger pleased everyone. Overall, a comfortable place with a special vibe.
We had been meaning to go to Evening Star for a long time based on the good reviews we had heard. We finally made it there to celebrate our anniversary. I noted that we were celebrating on our reservation and they went our of their way to make it a really special event for us. The service was very friendly and attentive, and when we asked for recommendations they gave some great ones. The drinks were lovely and we enjoyed all our food.
We visited as part of Alexandria's Restaurant Week. Dishes were from the regular menu. The green gazpacho was tasty: cilantro and parsley in a balanced, spicy dish. My guest's entree was slow-cooked lamb with a red pepper glaze; very tender and not greasy with restrained fire. My dessert was a dollop of pureed blood orange, chocolate mousse, and crumbled brownie with nuts. It was a treat to drag brownie into blood orange puree, puree into mouse, a different taste every time.
The waitstaff was very helpful in selecting wine.
It was very difficult to carry on a conversation across the table. We dined on a Friday night. When we go again, I think I will call ahead to find a slow night, i.e. less patrons, less noise.
After having been to the Front Porch and the Majestic Lounge for drinks a few times, we were excited to finally try the food at Evening Star. However, after this experience, I think we'll just go to the Evening Star/Majestic/Front Porch for drinks and appetizers as their selection of beer, wine, and cocktails is the best in Del Ray. For dinners we'll probably go elsewhere.
-Our appetizers were delicious-- green gazpacho (I could eat bowls and bowls of it!), salads, fried cauliflower (so fun!).
-Our waiter was extremely pleasant and attentive.
-The restaurant is decorated really nicely
We reserved a table for 6pm, when we got to the restaurant there were a lot of open tables. We assumed that meant that meal service would be fairly fast. We ordered appetizers and main courses. The appetizers came out quickly and were good. But then we settled in to wait for our main courses. We waited, and waited, and waited. Finally our food came out-- three tuna entrees and a shrimp pasta entree (not exactly proteins that take a long time to cook). Both were OK, very colorful, but the flavor didn't live up to the presentation. We also ordered dessert. You'd think dessert would be easy to plate and bring out, but again, SO MUCH WAITING. We didn't get out of dinner until 7:40-- it took an hour and 40 mins for a fairly standard meal.
Perhaps the kitchen is stretched too thin when it has to service a lounge, a restaurant, and a large outside dining area?
Evening Star has been a favorite of ours for a long time. But it had been a few years since our last meal there. A new chef has brought new, tasty additions to what was always a strong menu. It's even better now. The decor has seen some polish and upgrading, but it still has the same, agreeably intimate, friendly atmosphere. An enduringly wonderful place to eat.
Loved everything about this place. Excellent service, quirky but pleasant decor, relaxed ambiance and most importantly, great food!
For starters we tried the pork croquettes with paprika aioli, which were tasty, as well as a special: pork belly fried "rice" (house grown wheat) that was amazing. Our mains were the ribeye with kholrabi and tasso ham (perfectly cooked MR, flavorful side dish) and the shrimp pesto pasta. The shrimp were tender and flavorful, the pasta fresh and the pesto was creamy, but very light and bright.
Our server Todd was great. He was quick to answer questions and his recommendations were on point, especially when it came to the chocolate semifreddo with blood orange. Simply amazing.
We are new to the area and this place has been one of our favorite discoveries. We hope we can make it a regular spot.
The restaurant was quite hot - didn't seem like they had the AC running. Our drinks were ok, and the food was also ok. Once we finished our mains our waiter pretty much disappeared.
I've been here a few times before and not sure I'll return after this experience.
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