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2000 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301-1310 (Howell Ave.)
10 minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro
703-549-5051
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good Food in a Cozy Setting

We have never been disappointed with the food at Evening Star. Even with a limited menu, a meal is intriguingly tasty. Interesting appetizers (brie, mussels 7 pimento cheese lead the way) and good salads set the table for good entrees. (The sweet potato rolls are good but the dinner rolls are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
jeffl499
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Alexandria, VA
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Alexandria, VA
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743 reviews 743 reviews
338 restaurant reviews
297 helpful votes 297 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We have never been disappointed with the food at Evening Star. Even with a limited menu, a meal is intriguingly tasty. Interesting appetizers (brie, mussels 7 pimento cheese lead the way) and good salads set the table for good entrees. (The sweet potato rolls are good but the dinner rolls are surprisingly tasteless.)We both chose the pork shoulder set on... More 

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Bradford, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews 83 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Party of 4 for dinner on a Saturday night. My DH and I like the Del Ray area for dinner - King St has tons of restaurants but is so busy that Mount Vernon Ave - particularly in the area of Evening Star - seems more like Main St USA and the wait times are not as long. So, the... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We enjoyed our appetizer (crispy poppadews with pimento cheese), drinks, and found the waitstaff to be helpful and attentive. Dinner selections were well prepared, nicely presented, and delicious. Excellent Caesar salad, tasty grilled oysters, mahi, salmon, and a killer apple cobbler, enough for three!

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Austin, Texas
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209 reviews 209 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This place wasn't very impressive. Its one of those places that could be great. Funky feel that has kind of seen better days but still trying. I attended a wedding reception there and I have to tell you the food was not good. They couldn't get it out fast enough and it really wasnt flavorful. The buns they had for... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I visited Evening Star, with two friends, for dinner. Sad to say, there is a strange vibe that the "ultra-cool" staff is doing you a big favor by working at the place. A few of them were gathered at the hostess desk, just visiting with each other when we arrived on time for our reservations. We were a party of... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Fool me once, the saying goes, and shame is on you. Fool me twice and, well, you know the rest. Evening Star has fooled us for the last time over the past weekend, and I think is moving in a bad direction. The Star has two types of customers – those that do and don’t live in Del Ray. If... More 

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Bay City
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Evening Star restaurant in Alexandria was A+ all around starting with the sweet potato biscuits served with honey butter. Next we sampled fried green tomatoes and poppadews, a cheese stuffed pepper which one of the most amazing foods I've ever eaten. My entree was grilled salmon served over spicy vegetables and it was so so good! The wine was lovely... More 

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Riverside, California, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you like southern cooking, then this is the place for you. However, the menu is somewhat limited, and I had a hard time finding something that I wanted to eat. If you are vegetarian or vegan, I would not recommend eating here, as there was only one dinner menu item that seemed vegetarian. I ended up ordering an appetizer... More 

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OKC
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is a comfy casual looking neighborhood restaurant with a very promising looking menu. The problem was service was awful (and it was a weeknight and not all that crowded) and the food was mediocre. Alas. Service first. My fault but I ordered a glass of wine I didn't love and wanted to try a different wine. I tried in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We use to live in the neighborhood and must have eaten there 30 times over a two year period. We moved away and were so looking forward to eating there again on a return trip to visit old friends and see the city with our children. it's only been two years but everything was different. We asked the waitress who... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2000 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301-1310
    (Howell Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: 10 minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: 703-549-5051

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?