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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Great food! Service was terrific! Only gets low marks because it was so loud you had to shout at your dinner companions. Even the waiter commented on how loud it was. I will go back, but at an off peak time when it may be quieter. They are celebrating their 20th year in business. Please do something about the noise!
Went there for a Sunday evening meal with a friend. We chose to sit outside since the weather was good. The waitress seemed a little slow with service. However it didn't detract from the experience too much. We had to wait a little too long to give our order. The food arrived quickly and was quite tasty. Definitely recommend.
What an outstanding experience! I came into town to visit my son and we chose this restaurant based on its reputation. We were not disappointed! the food was so fresh and full of flavor...it knocked our socks off! I am a die-hard foodie and I enjoyed every single dish from appetizer to entrée to dessert, one of the best meals I have had in a long time! thank you so much Chef Keith for a unique, fresh and DELICIOUS meal!!!
We were there for friday night meal with business friends. I had been there several times but a few years ago where I was enamored of the interesting menu, tastes and variety...place was surprusingly empty, only 3 inside tables had guests at 7 pm.staff was friendly and attentive.
Menu is quite limited but more uninspired. Not much of the formerr imagination or special chef combinations which made a meal here interesting.
We had the shrimp fritters, very good. Also the hummus which was average.
We shared the chicken fricasse, which was heavy on garlic but otherwise greasy, and had a minimal amount of anything except the chicken and overdone biscuits and it was $55 entre. I expected pricey but not uninspired. No longer recommend as a special experience.
I thought that the menu did not seem like a spring menu when I first looked at it. However, the salmon with turnips and brussels sprouts was absolutely delicious. My friend had a cocktail which was also wonderful. The chocolate semifreddo that we shared for dessert was terrific. This was my first trip back to Evening Star Cafe in quite a while, and I was very happy that I had chosen this place for the birthday celebration. I will be back!!
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