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Evening Star Cafe

4.4
966 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Beginning nightly at 5:30 PM
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00-2:30 pm
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Phone number
(703) 549-5051
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Cross street: E. Howell Ave.
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What 966 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
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RJWG (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

Loved the beet salad, hake, and cornbread. Want to return with a group to try the family style offerings.

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Kupkake (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

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AAAAARRRRR (Washington DC)
4.0
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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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0
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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0
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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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Loved everything about the cafe and the meal was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0
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.

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vineeta (Washington DC)
4.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
3.0
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'.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Beginning nightly at 5:30 PM
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00-2:30 pm
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Cross street
E. Howell Ave.
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(703) 549-5051
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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.
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Public transit
Ten minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro.
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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