Del Ray Restaurants

Evening Star

2000 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
703-549-5051

American


 

$$
$23.71
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Del Ray's Evening Star has been one of DC's great neighborhood places for years. It recently got a makeover and new chef, Jim Jeffords, but has kept its essential spirit. The wine shop next door, Planet Wine, has the same owners and any bottle on their excellent list is available for a small corkage fee.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (1/29/2012)
Tom Sietsema finds this restaurant "serving the Del Ray neighborhood since 1997," has taken on a southern flavor under chef Jim Jeffords, whose menu includes "something for everyone: surf, turf, rabbit food and a little shout-out to vegetarians." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (3/25/2008)
Washingtonian's outdated review from before the restaurant and menu got a makeover. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A previously fantastic neighborhood restaurant with a world-class wine list, renovations and chef change made." See 3/23/2011 Review…»

Del Ray Cafe

205 E Howell Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
703-717-9151

French


 

$$$
$26.22
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
This charming café inside an old white house serves three meals a day, seven days a week. It's a neighborhood favorite, thanks to simple French and French-accented food that's well prepared and beautifully presented.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (10/31/2012)
"The owner of Del Ray Cafe knows that kids rule when it comes to families deciding where to eat. Laurent Janowsky also understands that parents want their kids to eat well. … The neat, two-story restaurant could have been whipped up by Martha Stewart. … Tonello was the head chef at La Bergerie for seven years, which explains the depth of flavor in his French onion soup, a model made with caramelized onions and beef broth, and sputtering snails lavished with parsley, garlic and butter. Working from a semi-open kitchen near the entrance, the chef slips fresh herbs under the skin of his pleasing roast chicken…." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A charming, renovated house, well-made North-African influenced French classic cuisine, friendly service, older clientele welcome."

Market 2 Market

116 E Del Ray Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
571-312-3010

Sandwiches


 

$
$7.99
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This deli and market has a full selection of Italian style subs, classic hot and cold sandwiches, and sides, plus a nice assortment of craft beers. It's mostly a take-away operation, but there are a handfull of tables inside and out front.
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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A deli with good subs and sandwiches, prepared foods, and 125 craft beers available for off-site purchase."

Cheesetique Wine Bar

2411 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
703-706-5300

Wine Bar
American

 

$
$11.54
 

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Cheesetique is known as a great cheese shop, but it's also got a nice menu of light fare, with great mac and cheese, and a good selection of wines by the glass.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (11/5/2008)
This outdated mini-review of the original location notes "a casual wine bar with elegant cheese and charcuterie boards plus salads and sandwiches." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Leave it to cheese obsessive Jill Erber to transform a gooey crock of French onion soup into something even gooier—a sourdough grilled cheese spilling with Gruyère and deeply caramelized onions. At her twin wine bars, each fronted by a gourmet shop, she raids her sprawling cheese cases for pretty much every dish on the menu. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Cheesetique itself is one of our city's treasures, a truly great cheese store."

Bombay Curry Company

2607 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
703-836-6363

Indian


 

$
$12.01
 

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Many in the neighborhood who were crushed by the loss of the original Bombay Curry Company in 2011 rejoiced when it reopened in a new location three years later. The latest incarnation picks up where the former left off, with solid Northern Indian cooking and spiced tandori chicken wings that win raves.
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Unrated (12/25/2005)
"A plethora of new Indian restaurants has kept me away from Bombay Curry Company, a small storefront operation whose gentle prices and generally appealing cooking continue to lure loyal neighbors and fans of Indian food. So I was pleased to return recently and find the kitchen cooking as well as ever. Among its seductions are onion bhaji -- four fat onion-and-potato cakes that will set you back a mere $2.50 at lunch ($2.95 at dinner). The piping hot appetizer offers waves of flavor -- coriander seed trailed by dried red chilies -- and comes with a pale green dip of yogurt, lemon juice and fresh cilantro to cool things down." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (1/2/2009)
"With its carved-wood screens and well-spaced tables, this little restaurant is an ideal spot for a catch-up. Curries are especially well done—we like the Butter Chicken in its tomatoey brew ($9.95), the fish curry (usually cod) in a creamy coconut gravy speckled with fenugreek seeds ($10.50), and the dal wali murgee, a spicy marriage of lentils and chicken ($9.50). Other pleasures: fiery tandoori chicken wings ($4.95), crisp samosas ($1.95 for two), onion kulcha ($2.50), and rice biryanis of lamb, chicken, or vegetable ($9.95 each) fragrant with cardamom. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Sunday for all-you-can-eat buffet brunch." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Simple northern Indian cooking, good breads, fantastic chicken wings, reopen after being closed 12/20/11-06/30/14."
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
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Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).