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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

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (9)
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Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Authentic (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Used to love this place, but then it slipped. Hadn't been for more than a year. Good surprise. It's back. Food was very good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Great service, great food, fantastic ambiance. The back bar is is a nice place to hang out before or after your meal. I Really like this place and
Recommend it to everyone.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Sports, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2016

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Amazing salmon! Live the service!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Sean was our server and he was fabulous. Great ambiance and food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Really creative and delicious food with great service. Beet Salad is amazing. Nice bar upstairs with excellent jazz band playing on a Wednesday night. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal, Live Music
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Wonderful food and attentive staff made for a special birthday dinner!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Fun, Authentic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 17, 2016

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2016

I've been here many times this time I thought the good was reasonably good I as not amazed, though. Ambience and service were good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2016

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Hadn't been to Evening Star in a decade or more. So glad we circled back. Love the intimate dining room, relaxed environment and beautiful food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2016

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2016

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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 26, 2016

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Really good if limited menu featuring low country cuisine in warm setting

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Food took over 2 hours to come out, had very limited service interactions.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2016

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2016

Delicious food

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Tuna was yummy! Beet salad delicious and dessert was decadent

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2016

A very reliable option in Del Ray. Though it has changed through the years, it remains a favorite. And the current version of Evening Star may be the best yet.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2016

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.

Pros:
-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

Cons:
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?

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2016

Excellent food, excellent dining experience, as always.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Very disappointed in the service. We asked for a tea refill (when there was no tea left in the glass), her response was "Give me a minute". She acted like she was put out the entire meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on August 12, 2016

First time here and we weren't disappointed. We stuck to the pasta dish -- pesto with shrimp for me & pesto pasta by itself on another order. Also, the salads were good and plentiful.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Solid choice for good food and drink in Delray...never disappoints.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 8, 2016

Disappointed that the menu was so limited. What we had was good, but not enough choices.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2016

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2016

The chef was incredibly accommodating and made great recommendations for a vegetarian. The beet salad was one of the best dishes I've had. The small tasting beers are adorable and a nice treat to try a lot of different unique beers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on July 9, 2016

It had been a while since returning to the Evening Star Cafe, as we moved away. They have a new menu with creative dishes, which are the consequences of their new head chef. Great service and delicious food. What else can you ask for while dining out?

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