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“Oh, How I Wanted to Love This Place”
Review of Evening Star Cafe

Evening Star Cafe
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Ranked #204 of 755 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Howell Ave.
Transit: 10 minute walk from the Braddock Road Metro
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Oh, How I Wanted to Love This Place”
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 vain to hail our waitress who ignored me each time. When my male companion tried to get her attention, he had no luck either. As for the food, I tried the beet salad with meyer lemon yogurt and pecans. Sounds yummy? Not so much. The roasted beets had the texture of canned beets and the meyer lemon yogurt sauce was all but not there. I had one itsy pecan chip (actually a chippete) on my plate. I tried the rockfish for my main course and it was soooo heavily salted that I stopped eating after about two bites. Since the waitress never came to check on us, I was not able to tell her it was inedible. When she finally came to clear plates she never asked why I left it untouched.

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank OKCokiedokie
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“not so much anymore!”
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 has been there a long time and she confirmed that the old chef left to open a new restaurant in Falls Church. The food was not near as good as it use to be and the menu was somewhat different and not as interesting. Soooooo disappointing! It's just not worth the cost of the meal when there are so many other great restaurants in the area. Use to be one of the best .... now ... not so much.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank David B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Funky Place”
Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

Evening Star Cafe in Delray area is a funky little place with dining area as well as 2 bars. Overall, the place is very small and quite loud. The acoustics are not very good and conversation can be difficult, but the cold beer, good food and excellent service make the effort worth it. The lounge has a nice menu of bar food in addition to regular menu. Something is on happy hour special each day as well. Outdoor seating available as well. We will return.

Thank HappyValley1000
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Cumberland, Maine
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“Delicious dining experience but noisy”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

My dining partner and I went to Evening Star for a delicious dinner. As an appetizer, I had the fried green tomatoes, and she had the Caesar salad. Both appetizers were delicious. For the entree, I had the duck, and she had the pork chop. The plates were well composed, the food was scrumptious, the light smoke flavor of the pork was a lovely element and the sweet potato hash was a perfect compliment to the meat. My duck was perfectly cooked, it was laid out on a bed of hazelnut dirty rice. As a person with Louisiana roots, I would not say the dirty rice was true to its namesake, but it was delicious.

The front entrance was closed due to the cold, and we were routed around to the side to a door with a different name on it. There was confusion about this both for us and for another party that arrived at the same time. The restaurant is noisy and the addition of 3 screaming babies did nothing to help this ambiance. But, the food and the service were wonderful, and I do plan to go back in the near future.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Luvmyredmiata
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Professional service & Good Food”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

enjoyed interesting well-cooked food here early one Saturday evening although we were a bit mystified you had to go through the Majestic Bar doorway to get to the restaurant. Strange unique artworks made of erector sets, lights bulbs and other bits and pieces deck the walls etc.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank TolerantTraveler
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