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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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4.3

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4.4

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4.0

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3.9

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 7, 2016

Love the food at Evening Star - it's not a fancy place, but the food is really tasty. Love the wine store next door, and the restaurant lets you purchase from there and for $10 will open that wine. It's a family oriented neighborhood and there were lots of kids in the dining room.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2016

Very loud due to room acoustics!! Hard to hear person sitting across from me. Waiter needed more training: forgot to replace used/removed silverware and meal arrived with no way to eat it except by hand; forgot re-order of beverage until meal was nearly finished; one visit to table and then disappeared repeatedly until had to return to table; generally other waiters brought food and drink that had been ordered when waiter remembered to tell them to do so. Food was so-so, not at all at the level of previous visits. In general, go someplace else, but if you must go here, be prepared for some frustrations and for food better done elsewhere.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 1, 2016

My husband and I went on a date to Evening Star Cafe and absolutely loved it! The service was excellent, our waiter was able to make some great drink suggestions as well as food suggestions. He was very knowledgable of the ingredients in both the cocktails and the meals. We had the spicy cauliflower bites as an appetizer- I could have just eaten that for a meal! And then I had the fettuccini Alfredo and my husband had the pork. Such a great experience!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Nice place, good food, neighborhood gem. Worth a visit.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 22, 2016

Chef Keith Cabot is Amazing. Gnocchi, chicken fricassee, chocolate semifredo, tomato watermelon salad, and shrimp hush puppies were all favorites at our table. We can't wait to go back soon.

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

First not great meal I've had here. I had steak and it was not cooked well with lots of gristle-not a good cut. The side did not pair well. What's with dumping a bunch of pork on a side served with beef?!? My friend had the tuna and she weighs 110 pounds and was starving when done. Said dish was mostly sauce and collared greens. What's up Evening Star?!? You're better than this!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 25, 2016

I wouldn't go there again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2016

I don't like writing bad reviews and this isn't a bad review... it just isn't a good review. The meal was good but not great. I did like that the portions were smaller than most restaurants so we didn't feel stuffed when the meal was done. Prices were about what you would expect for the area. But the bad part of the dinner was the environment. We were seated in one of the window alcoves which kind of felt like sitting inside an aquarium. The seats had to be the most uncomfortable seats I have ever sat in. It may have been because we were in the front windows area but it was so loud that I couldn't maintain a conversation across the table. Had it not been for the chairs and the loudness, I would go again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 3, 2016

I've eaten there a dozen or so times in the 20 years I have lived in Del Ray and have never had a bad meal. Love the place

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 1, 2016

#1, I love the Evening Star. The design is great, the service is wonderful, and the food is even better. I've been there many times over the years, and look forward to the next. This visit I had their shrimp hush puppies, and their shrimp fettuccine Alfredo. Both me and my wife can't stop thinking about the shrimp hush puppies, they were so good. My wife ordered their beet salad and a chicken roulade. The beet salad was awesome and had two different types of beets. The presentation was lovely, and I wish I could post a picture here. I will be back soon! Don't wait, grab your friends and go have an amazing meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2016

The ambience was cute and our waitress was delightful, but I didn't think the food was the best. Seemed a little overpriced for the quality to be totally honest.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 20, 2016

They have an outstanding local and craft beer list, good wine selection, and inventive food choices. The server was attentive, yet not intrusive, a perfect balance. The bar is in the back, keeping the dining area relatively quiet. I'd definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 20, 2016

Wonderful service on the patio! What a relaxing evening. The Korea.n Cauliflower appetizer was amazing and I loved the house made fettuccini with shrimp.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2016

We've lived near Evening Star and have frequented the restaurant many times over the years. We've been especially pleased with the new chef and look forward to trying new menu items each time we come. Tonight was no disappointment! Each item we had was delicious, the wine list was very good, and the service was wonderful!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 2, 2016

The food was great! The Crispy Pork Belly app was fantastic! The service was cheerful, attentive and professional, which is hard to find. We had a great time!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 22, 2016

We used to love dining here but it is a totally different restaurant now. Mediocre overpriced food and ok services.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Wanted a nice, thick, juicy steak that was tasty and cooked just right. We got it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 16, 2016

Have eaten here many times. Last time was so bad we had to return the food. Never again

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 3, 2016

Can't go wrong here

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2016

Amazing place with amazing Service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2016

The first of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group restaurants, Evening Star Café is small and intimate and features a southern-inspired menu. Ingredients are local and sustainable where possible, and the quality of the food is what one would expect from a member of NRG. Portions are also reasonably sized ... Not so large that you can't finish but big enough for the very hungry. The setup is diner-like, with booth-style seating in the center and along the walls. The only criticism of this set up is that staff whisking by in the circular aisles can become a little distracting at times. Service is good, wine comes from the wine shop next door, and the prices are reasonable for a dinner out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2016

Delicious meal and fun drinks!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2016

This restaurant has a great bar and wine list and the food is outstanding. The dining room is not very large but the service is great. We shared a steak and had two other dishes. Well prepared and served.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2016

Evening Star is one of my favorite restaurants. I can always rely on finding something new (they change their menu to stay in season) and delicious. This time, my favorite was the hushpuppies - they were delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2016

Good food well prepare but a little too noisy for our taste. Parking is also problematic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Lovely New Years Eve dinner with wine pairing. Only critical comments are that the portions were a little on the small side for $69/pp and the dessert was lacking. The food was otherwise delicious!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Very disappointed in the New Years Eve menu. Chef was obviously uninspired. Missed the mark for sure.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Food was delicious

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2015

Evening Star has experienced a major upward shift in terms of food quality and interest Great to see a once favorite come back. Congrats to the team!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2015

Love, love, love the Evening Star! The new menu is fantastic and the service is always great. Hit up the Majestic before dinner for an awesome craft beer, or after, or both! Can't recommend this place enough. Love!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2015

My wife and I tried Evening Star after moving into the Del Ray neighborhood. We were pleased to find such a great restaurant in the neighborhood. Food was amazing and wine selection was impressive. We also tried two cocktails that were decent (I wasn't so impressed with the smoked whiskey). However, everything else more than made up for it. Service was friendly and ambiance had an cool vibe. Will definitely recommend giving it a try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2015

From the moment I walked in the door, I was already happy with our decision to come to Evening Star. We've been to several other restaurants within this group and have had great meals and service at each one, so it was great to finally get to Evening Star and have that same experience. The restaurant has a fun atmosphere and great decor. Our waitress was sweet as could be and very knowledgeable about both the beer and foods menus. And yes, the food was great. So glad we got here. Hope to be back again soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2015

evening Star Cafe has always been a solid place for great food, innovatively prepared in a nice location. Usually go there several times a year. Not sure what has changed but was somewhat disappointed this time. Appetizers were wonderful. Wine very good. Entrees (salmon and steak) were a bit off the mark. Overall, the menu seems to have lost some of its flair. Preparation lacking as well. Hope they can get back on track

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2015

We shared a small plate and the family style meal between 2 of us. We knew that we'd have leftovers, which was okay (lunch the next day!!). The small plate was better than the family style entree and sides, which were still good. Our server was fantastic and the overall ambiance was good. We were seated in one of the front window seats, so it was very cold when people were going in and out of the front door. This was our first time at Evening Star, but I think we'll be back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Service was great, but the food (quality, selection, temp) has gone downhill over the last few years.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2015

I HAVE ALWAYS REALLY LIKED EVENING STAR, BUT THE NEW MENU SEEMS TO HAVE STEPPED UP THE GAME. I HAD THE CARAMELIZED SKATE, WHICH WAS INCREDIBLE, AND MY HUSBAND REALLY LIKED HIS DUCK WITH FARRO.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2015

Evening star used to be my go to for a nice dinner or when guest were in town but the new chef has taken it up a notch too far. It was a sort of rustic type fare but now this neighborhood gem has gone a bit to fancy with its dishes. I miss the old evening star with the stellar fried chicken and more casual menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2015

I arrived at the restaurant a little early and the hostess was aware of my food allergy requests through Open Table. This was nice to know they had looked at the reservation carefully. The service and atmosphere was very nice. Our dinners were well presented , however, were lacking the taste and enjoyment I would have liked from my meal. I spent a fare amount of time fighting with the short rib to get it cut . It tended to be fatty and the meat was not tender for the knife to cut. The Skate fish was highly recommended for my co- diner but the fish had an awkward texture and if you weren't familiar with this type of fish it wasn't enjoyable. For the small number of choices on the menu there should have been some more familiar fish choices.

They did bring us a free dessert to try out and not sure if they did this because it was a dessert that fit my dietary restrictions or because we were unhappy with our meals.

Overall, I found the atmosphere very classy with excellent service. I would go back again in hopes the food would be better.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2015

This place has been going downhill for quite a while, and now they have a new chef. The menu has moved in the direction of small plates with only a few entrees and no sides. This chef clearly struggles to put a coherent menu together. I'll continue to come here for the pleasant lounge upstairs, but this place is no longer worth dining at (especially with so many great alternatives in the area).

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2015

The new chef has created some lovely dishes, it will be fun to return as the seasons change to see what he does with the farm fresh ingredients available at the time. The portions were generous and the food fresh and very tasty. They also have a kids menu for those of us who like to dine with the whole family. Reservations HIGHLY recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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