Evening Star Cafe

4.4
1289 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We are currently open for outdoor and indoor dining - thank you for your support!

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 Jonathan Till, 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.

Experiences

  • Indoor Dining at Evening Star Cafe

    Multiple dates available

    Join us in our jewel box of a dining room at experience the classic spirit of one of Del Ray's longest-tenured restaurants! With distanced, limited seating available nightly and during brunch, join us for an intimate dining experience for parties of 2 to 8 maximum.
  • Front Porch Beer Garden

    Multiple dates available

    Join us and dine in our turf lined, true al fresco area in our front porch and back yard areas! This section includes two tops viewing the street (great for people watching!) and our more secluded turf-lined back yard beer garden. These tables are in the center of our outdoor area and are truly outdoors - we have limited umbrellas for this area but we cannot guarantee weather-proof seating. **Please note that this reservation does not include Private Cabana Dining.**
  • Private Cabana Dining at the Front Porch

    Multiple dates available

    These gorgeous distanced cabanas are perfect for parties of 2-7 guests. Covered on four sides with billowing canvas, these are the ultimate private dining seats - with a view of the entire beer garden, enough space to view the projector on movie night, and spacious room to spread out or grab a high chair for the kids. These seats are weather resistant, but not truly waterproof - so dress for the forecast!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1289 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Burger was horrible. Covered in cheese sauce and butter. Way too rich.

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Belle
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal - great food and service at a manageable price!

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katiec
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

highly recommend their brunch! very cute spot. great service. i had a lovely time with my gals

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vipDoyle
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome in every way!

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DavidB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Really nice service. Good food. BRING BACK THE SHRIMP AND GRITS!

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Mary
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We have tried to support this neighborhood restaurant during the past year. It was previously, consistently good, and we could count on this when we dined there regularly, and even brought family and friends. I do know that it is still a difficult time for restaurants, but there is really no excuse for the quality of dishes, such as wilted salad, when costs have not been lowered to reflect the lack of interest in providing service and quality food. We have had attentive runners who delivered food, but no one returned to check of our dinner.
I hope that efforts will be made to find a focus for this neighborhood restaurant.

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vmarsha
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We sat on the front porch. The greeter was awesome and super friendly and the ambience outside was great (except for a few cicadas) i love the system of ordering and paying through the app at your table. I was disappointed In the service I put conflicting information in the app for my order so instead of the waitress being willing to make it right it was an attitude of “too bad” you selected “no egg” and “scrambled”... so no egg for you! Also there were other elements of my dish that were listed but i did not receive. When I inquired about those items i was told there would be an extra charge. I was like .. just forget it. I was very disappointed in the lack of customer service.

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stephenF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Awesome music, drinks, food, and outside patios space

KJ
KJones
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The ambience is great, but the food is meh. When you combine the okay service with the hefty price tag- it seriously isn’t worth it. Why is their food so damn expensive?? It seriously isn’t that great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service for such a busy night and the food was perfect! Highly recommend the fried cauliflower and the pork belly with clams

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DunnLoringDiner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food very salty. Very little wait staff interaction. Was told 10 minutes after being seated that it was last call to order food for brunch. Dining took nearly empty except for staff cleaning. Bathrooms absolutely dirty and gross.

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Suzeq
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ability to sit outside on a gorgeous day, mostly in the shade! Felt COVID safe with their distancing and protocols. The food was great and I appreciated the ability to get brunch a la carte (& the mimosas by the bottle of champagne!) It was a lovely experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Using the app was cumbersome. Staff was not available to help. I don’t mind the automatic 18% service charge but there was NO service. The few times we saw someone they were fine. It just took forever to track someone down. App makes it hard to order drinks and food in stages. We went with another couple. It really was a disappointing experience.

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Elaine
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a nice evening with good drinks, but they need more vegan options on the menu.

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JeanD
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Loved dining in the cabana on a beautiful day, especially with my dog in tow. We liked the concept of a contactless app to order service HOWEVER ONLY if it actually works. My mimosa and food came out at the same time and far before my companion’s order, but I know now to put in drink orders separately if I don’t want them at once. My companion never received her drink after they brought out the wrong drink (a bottle instead of a single glass was brought to the table), and after we both requested a server come to the table via the app which never happened. We also asked for a water refill which we also never received. By the time we were able to flag down an actual person, our 90 minute table limit was up and all that could be done was to refund the drink. I’m guessing staffing is down because of the new contactless ordering, but it seems additional staff is needed to support.

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FrankB
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was not the Evening Star I remember from before the pandemic. I understand many things have changed but this was most unusual. The host did acknowledge we had arrived by making snide comment to please not touch the reservations ipad. The ipad was sitting on the table facing the public and I simply pointed at it. I am not a child and had no intention of touching it. He disappeared and over 10 minutes passed when we saw him delivering drinks to a table in the back area of the outdoor seating. All the while I am seeing no other wait staff. Again he passed by, did acknowledge we were there but we were still not seated. Shortly after another man arrived and took us to our table. He explained that all ordering was via the app. On the app we found that we needed to push a button even if we wanted water refills. The menu was more like bar food than I had recalled from many visits over the many years Evening Star has been there. In the time we were at the table we saw no wait staff in the dining room at all. We did not stay for anymore of this experience. Had a great dinner across the street. Very sad to see Evening Star is not what it once was.

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CharlesD
14 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect! We were seated under a pergola draped in white canvas, looking at the other tables. Ordering was through the phone, no problem with splitting the bill or handling credit cards. Through the app you could ask for more water, extra silverware, just about everything. And they were super fast and responsive. Bravo!

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Chris
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good and drinks were great as usual. The volume of outside music was a bit loud. Overall it was a good experience and we will be back.

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viplucyfromboston
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mother’s Day brunch!

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vipRestaurantGoer
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Non-existent service! Everything is through the app. No one Checks on you; you have to seek service through the app. You even pay and tip before you get your meal. It is a ridiculous system. Will not be back until they change their format.

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ScottR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

There was no indoor seating, which was fine, but the heater at our outdoor table did not work well and when we mentioned it to the staff they just told us that they ran out of gas.

The restaurant was not busy, but it still took an hour and twenty minutes to get our food. The food was very good, but the wait was not worth it.

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JuliaW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great covid accomodations. yummy brunch. the BEST coffee

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HeidiH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My sisters, mom and I had a lovely brunch on Saturday in one of the cabanas. It was our first time dining out since being vaccinated and it was an incredible treat. We had grapefruit mimosas and my sister had a bloody mary that we all tasted and thought was really good. The host and waitress were very friendly and we didn't wait long at all for our drinks or food. The only downside is that I wish there were a few more vegetarian options on the menu. I should have checked the menu before booking, but 3 of the 4 of us are vegetarian. What vegetarian option they had was delicious though, so it was no problem. Thank you for a wonderful meal out!

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BobB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Great food. Only issue was that I had reserved a cabana and did not get one, and there were no heaters where we were seated.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is lovely, food is great, and I love their online ordering system!

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vipAlexandria
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I love Evening Star Cafe, even though it's been a while since I've been. The food is great, as always. The service was meh... and we discussed with the manager at the end of our visit. She was lovely! Some of the other staff ... meh.

Was not apparent when we sat down that it was total touchless ordering with the QR code. As in, no one to take our drink order (must do via app), or appetizer order, or entree. We ended up ordering separately on our devices. Our apps came with my entree, and my friend received nothing for about seven minutes, while my entree was cooling off. And minimal check ins to make sure we didn't need anything additional. In order to summon a server or staff member, you must "order" through the app. And you pay when you order, including the tip. The whole thing was a bit offputting.

They believe that they will return to "regular" or near regular ordering soon. I really hope so. I like the restaurant, it's a local place, and I'm glad that it has survived for so long. But I probably won't return until I can talk to a server - with my mask on. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. We eat here a lot. We would like to see the new app ordering system incorporate a way to have the starters come out before the main course.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic COVID protocols with great outdoor space for distancing. Food just as good as prior to the pandemic. The online ordering system was easy and worked well.

JB
vipJeffB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Disappointed that the menu did not include more entrees (or any at all).

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Reuben
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

When we arrived, they could not locate our reservation. They seated us anyway, with a nice umbrella over the table. But, I think reservations are supposed to get a cute cabana, and they were all taken. Me and my group ordered separately on the app and our food came at very different times (mine a lot later than my colleagues’). My sandwich bread was burned and you could tell they turned the burt side to the interior so maybe I would not notice. I had a stomachache for an hour after eating but it went away. We did not have a server but I guess that’s what their app is for. It has a flight attendant type call button. The ambience on the back patio was very nice. The tater tots were deliciously crispy but very greasy, with the oil pooling in the bottom of the plate. The sandwiches come with fries, which was not clear from the menu, so I ended up wasting a lot of fries due to the tots. They let us relax and linger for a long time after finishing eating, which was nice. I did not particularly like drinking out of a plastic cup and that is a lot of unnecessary waste. If I’m ever looking for a casual lunch in Delray again I’ll end up going back because better the devil you know than the devil you don’t, but I think three stars is appropriate for the overall experience.

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vipRosieHK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I really like the combination of Evening Star with the Front Porch. The tables are very well spaced out. It is mainly contactless ordering which is more efficient. The food and drinks came out VERY quickly which was fantastic. We were able to pick a nice shaded spot. Has a really friendly atmosphere and looked gardenesque. The food was delicious as well. Good portions for a decent price. Brunch is definitely the move on the weekends. I will definitely come back again!

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DeborahB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you for creating such a welcoming and safe space during this pandemic! So nice to dine at a restaurant again!

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AdamG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best covid conscious experience of any restaurant. Love the ordering system and staff. Could use more things on the menu (food/drink), but what they do have is tasty.

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ADean
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We were there in between Brunch and dinner service. While we were warned that the brunch menu would not be available after 2:30, we were not told that they only offer 2 small apps in between services. We misunderstood, clearly, but as such, I passed on brunch thinking there would be traditional bar-type foods between services. Left hungry!

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vipDCShippy
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Air conditioner was very loud but everything else was terrific

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SophiaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely set-up, wonderful for brunch on a sunny Sunday morning. Food is OK, but a little bland. The fried potatoes were too salty. Waiters very friendly, but the electronic contact request a little burdensome.

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MurphBar
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was crazy good. The entire staff was beyond great from ordering online at the table to the bottle of wine pours to bringing extra silverware automatically when extra guests arrived. Kudos to the staff!

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GaryL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely patio dining, attentive service, and good food. Problem is that there is no prominent notice on this site or anywhere else that menu is limited to glorified bar food. The superb cuisine this place has been known for over the years is gone. I understand why and what is available (a hamburger, a pulled chicken sandwich, a grilled cheese sandwich, and steak frites) is good, it was just not what we were looking for. We will call ahead next time.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on March 28, 2021

Hi Gary, Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughtful words. We really appreciate hearing constructive feedback like this - it helps us to improve our offerings. I've shared this with our culinary team and as we continue to develop our menu, we will take this into consideration. Thanks again and please say hello next time you're in! Best, Geoff

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HeatherE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic outdoors seating, we had plenty of room and the ordering system was incredibly simple to use- plus we didn’t have to fight over who was paying the check because everyone could just pay their own. I hope they keep some of these systems post-pandemic. The menu is a bit stripped down but everything was really good! Would have loved some more vegetarian options - on our visit there wasn’t a vegetarian main course option. But lots of delicious appetizers.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on April 2, 2021

Hi Heather! Thank you for your great feedback and kind words! We're definitely going to keep some type of this system, and have plans to even upgrade to an even more efficient system very soon. And noted on the vegetarian options - this type of feedback is very useful as we continuously adjust our menu! Thanks again and please say hello next time you're in - I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person! Best, Geoff

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, easy, pleasant dining experience. COVID-19 protocols felt safe and comfortable and I managed to impress my date with restaurant choice.

Evening Star Cafe
Responded on April 2, 2021

Thank you! We really appreciate it!

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Evening Star Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 549-5051.

Evening Star Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 1289 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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