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Evening Star Cafe

4.3
4.3
1414 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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 James Kirby & General Manager Andrea Hughes, Evening Star combines friendly, gracious service with a seasonal, American menu featuring produce grown on our rooftop garden and by local farmers throughout the region.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 549-5051

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Derek Colglazier

  • Catering

    We offer chef-driven catering through Neighborhood Provisions. If you're looking for thoughtfully curated home experiences, chef-made holiday spreads, or delicious meals for your corporate clients, we're the foodie's favorite one-stop shop. We'll even pair your meal with rare beers, hard-to-find bottled spirits, wines, and custom cocktails!

  • Private party facilities

    The No. 9 Lounge is a wonderful space for private parties! Equipped with a full-service bar, we can accommodate all types of events--casual birthday bashes to seated full-service dinners, wedding parties, wine tastings, & more! We also host more intimate private Farm Table Dinners in Planet Wine. Come celebrate with us!

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (703) 549-5051

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    E. Howell Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking on Mount Vernon Ave or cross streets

  • Public transit

    Ten minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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!

Popular dishes

What 1,414 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. d

    delray5a

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat out a lot, so I don't really write reviews, but I feel that this experience should be noted. We live in Del Ray and have gone to Evening Star in the past. The food was always good, but the noise level was a little more than we like. But this past visit on a Thursday was perfect as the restaurant was only about half filled. I ordered the cauliflower to start and then the scallops and my husband ordered the salmon. The food was excellent all around! We both had beers, but the beer I got was not at all to my liking. The staff was very attentive and rectified the beer order immediately! For the whole meal, the service was excellent! All said, I would highly recommend this neighborhood gem. We will definitely be back soon!
  2. MF

    MirandaF

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great evening at the Evening Star. Great food and even better service.
  3. CC

    CollierCulinaryCritique

    Washington DC

    170 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    170 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a quaint and cozy place. The food was creative and yummy. The server was thoughtful and attentive. I'd definitely come back again
  4. D

    Diner360

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It's a jewelbox of a neighborhood place. Great service and wines.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Star is such a comforting old friend. The transition back from all outside service to back to table dining seems to be going very smoothly. Our servers were really lovely and very attentive even though the place was packed. The burger is fantastic, steak frites very solid. The beets were also great. The grandma slice for dessert was the best thing. Glad we saved room! We love that they pay equal special attention to cocktails, wine and beer here and really all the NRG places.
  6. RW

    RichardW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was excellent, the service was very good but the food came quickly, and the drinks came slowly...
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had been before but not in a l
  8. BS

    BarbS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The Brussels sprouts and sweet potato small plates were amazing, as was the meatloaf entree. A truly great meal.
  9. JB

    JaniceB

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We love Evening Star for brunch and lunch, but dinner was something of a let down. Limited choice and ingredients we didn't recognize. The service was outstanding, though.
  10. MH

    MichelH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This evening at Evening Star Cafe was fabulous! The fish dip starter was incredible and the steak frites even better. We had wonderful attentive service outside in the quiet garden next to the fire pits.
  11. CH

    CherylH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Time to make Evening Star a regular spot! Had a lovely time.
  12. TB

    TheBeez83

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was a little slow but overall great food and environment
  13. i

    idonthaveanickname

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Warm, welcoming atmosphere, and our server Kevin was a delight. Food was good, nice selection of unique dishes. Could use some more by-the-glass wine choices.
  14. JS

    JohnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A local favorite of ours for years. Never disappoints. Worth any meal, anyt time--always a pleasure to dine here. Will be back!
  15. DB

    DavidB

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    Obviously under staffed. Inattentive service. Mediocre food.
  16. JS

    JamieS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot for Saturday afternoon brunch! I enjoyed the French toast with berries, and my friend has the chicken and waffles. Our server was wonderful. Just the right amount of checking in and letting us talk. 💕
  17. BB

    BBgirl

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I want to particularly noet that when we were not happy with our table because of nearby noise and because there was no room the gifts we brought to celebrate each other's birthdays, the staff reacted quickly a chose a perfect spot for us. In addition, the food was delicious and the staff was wonderful.
  18. C

    Comic1989

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience5
    Once the order was taken we never saw the server again, after the food was delivered noone came to check on us, had to track down our bill and ask for a carryout container, after waiting 20+ minutes...will give them another chance as we were told staff did not show up
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    No thanks, I decline to write more.
  20. MK

    MicahK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Perfect night. Ambiance was warm. The restaurant busy and lively, but conversation was easy to make. My date and I had a great time!
  21. BH

    BonnieH

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an outstanding experience. The restaurant was mostly empty early on a Monday night. We had a table in the window on a beautiful fall night. The food was delicious and the service excellent. One of the few times we chanced eating indoors in a restaurant since the start of the pandemic. Felt very comfortable.
  22. j

    jke8977

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    wish they would have some bread, even if one had to pay for it; a little on the expensive side but food was good
  23. B

    Barbara

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love, love, love the outdoor cabana dining experience! And the food and service as always was great!
  24. P

    Phil

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Had the hamburger. Not a 17 dollar hamburger. Wife had the salmon. She left still hungry.
  25. AL

    AngelaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Will likely return and recommend to others.
  26. M

    Muks

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I used to live in the neighborhood before the pandemic and often went here and this was my first time back in several years. The menu items were less interesting — and too many of the same ingredients used in the craft cocktails. I wasn’t offered wine with dinner (had to ask when my cocktail was done) and wasn’t offered a dessert menu. All in all a bit disappointing but will try again.
  27. MB

    MattB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    I love this restaurant but they are understaffed right now and they have challenges keeping up with both indoor and outdoor dining. The food is always great and as are the drinks.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I had the swordfish, which looked like a small portion but was actually perfect. Wife had the steak and fries with a delicious green sauce. I was a little amazed that she didn’t ask for hot sauce like normal. Outdoor dining was perfect.
  29. NI

    NINJA

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a thoroughly enjoyable dinner at Evening Star recently. The food was delicious and service well done. The restaurant is a bit noisy, but not prohibitively so. Not inexpensive, but worth the price for a night out.
  30. K

    Katie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The ambiance and the food were both great, but the service left a little to be desired! When we arrived (early!) they said they had already sat someone they thought was me. They were still able to seat us right away by the window though. Our apps and wine came quickly (it wasn’t the correct bottle, but that was fine- we still liked it). However 45 minutes after we finished our apps, we had to flag down our waiter to order entrees. I wanted to order another drink, but couldn’t flag down anyone to do so and gave up! I think we were just in a service black hole, because it seemed like the rest of the restaurant was being very well taken care of. Hopefully just a bad night!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Cute environment, reasonably priced cocktails, and food was delicious.
  32. JW

    JenniferW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious whitefish dip!!! Mmmmm! Took some friends visiting from out of town. We always enjoy the menu!
  33. PC

    PeterC

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Been a while since we dinned at the Evening Star. Very happy with this experience. The food was great and the service outstanding.
  34. I

    Isid

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    I had a slightly disappointing experience at my latest visit to Evening Star Cafe. I have had multiple good experiences prior to this, but this last visit has unfortunately put me off revisiting for some time to come. During our latest visit, many things went well. My party was seated immediately, food and drinks were provided with little delay, service was warm and personable, and everything tasted quite good. Under most circumstances, this would make for a lovely visit. Unfortunately, Evening Star Cafe has a real and serious problem with pests in their back patio. Do not get me wrong - when you eat outside, there is always a chance that some insects and critters will be about. It is always good to expect this and to just roll with it; after all, we all share nature. But during our visit, we easily had over a dozen flies and multiple bees constantly hovering around our table, landing on our food, and just generally being a nuisance. It got to the point where they were unavoidable and we were not able to finish some of our food due to multiple bugs landing on everything. I am not sure what could be done about this, but I do not believe I will return to Evening Star Cafe unless I am eating inside - a real shame, since their back patio creates a fun atmosphere. If you choose to go, know that you will find good food and a great staff; just make sure to stay indoors.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I’ve updated my review based on outreach from the manager, which I greatly appreciated.
  36. S

    Skigirl

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food2service2ambience5
    Service is not as good as it used to be. The coffee and food were cold when brought to the table. Staff is always nice but everything was very slow.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Restaurant was way understaffed to support their indoor and outdoor tables. Took more than 20 minutes of being seated before even a drink order was taken.
  38. e

    elissab

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food And ambiance. First visit. Will definitely return
  39. C

    Cwelton

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Pretty underwhelming experience. The food was subpar. I don’t know what happened. It used to be delicious
  40. EK

    EileenK

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, love the interior decorations and ambience. Great server - helpful and concerned for our happiness with the food. Highly recommend!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Evening Star Cafe using the Order Online button. Evening Star Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 549-5051.

Evening Star Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 1414 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Evening Star Cafe

2000 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E. Howell Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking on Mount Vernon Ave or cross streets

  • Public transit

    Ten minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Derek Colglazier

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 549-5051

  • Catering

    We offer chef-driven catering through Neighborhood Provisions. If you're looking for thoughtfully curated home experiences, chef-made holiday spreads, or delicious meals for your corporate clients, we're the foodie's favorite one-stop shop. We'll even pair your meal with rare beers, hard-to-find bottled spirits, wines, and custom cocktails!

  • Private party facilities

    The No. 9 Lounge is a wonderful space for private parties! Equipped with a full-service bar, we can accommodate all types of events--casual birthday bashes to seated full-service dinners, wedding parties, wine tastings, & more! We also host more intimate private Farm Table Dinners in Planet Wine. Come celebrate with us!

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (703) 549-5051

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