Executive Chef

Evening Star Cafe, Del Ray’s original dining destination and quintessential neighborhood gathering place is seeking an Executive Chef as we emerge from the challenges of the past year.  If you have a passion for seasonal cooking, experience leading the team in a dynamic restaurant, and--above all--the energy and spirit to coach and inspire a tight knit, family-like team of hospitality professionals, we want to meet you!

The Evening Star opened in 1997 in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria and quickly became an essential gathering place for the community.  Over the last 24 years the restaurant has evolved and expanded to include a wine shop; an additional bar for live music, games, and private events; an expansive outdoor patio called the Front Porch; and a rooftop garden created in partnership with Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture (more on that below) that provides much of the seasonal produce featured on the menu.  The menu highlights the best of regional and hyperlocal ingredients grown on the roof of the building. Tom Sietsema of The Washington Post included Evening Star on his list of favorite places to eat for two consecutive months in 2019.

Job Specifications

Competitive candidates will have experience and proven success at establishments with high standards and thoughtful food and beverage programs.  They will be skilled at managing costs, hiring and coaching employees, working closely with their front of house colleagues, and thinking on their feet.  

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer fantastic benefits including:

  • medical, dental, and vision insurance, 

  • paid vacation, 

  • paid parental leave, 

  • dining credit for enjoyment at all of NRG’s restaurants, 

  • ongoing enrichment opportunities to keep learning, and 

  • closure on most major holidays.

About Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Neighborhood Restaurant Group is a collaborative of independent brands and businesses dedicated to enhancing the communities in which we live and work. The company includes: Birch & Barley, Bluejacket Brewery, B-Side, Buzz Bakeshop, ChurchKey, Columbia Firehouse, Evening Star Café, Hazel, Iron Gate, Owen’s Ordinary, Planet Wine Shop, Red Apron, Rustico, The Partisan, The Sovereign, The Grand Delancey, Slice Joint, The Roost, Cameo, Shelter, and HiFi Taco.  Learn more about all our unique concepts at www.neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com


We’re committed to offering exceptional experiences in our restaurants, but we’re equally committed to giving back to the community.  In 2011 we founded Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the food system in our region.  Simply by working at Neighborhood Restaurant Group, you provide support to this fantastic organization’s programs, and we offer opportunities throughout the year to support Arcadia more actively through fundraisers, volunteer opportunities, field trips, and collaboration.  Learn more at www.arcadiafood.org

Full time
Salary Range
$44,000.00 - 73,000.00
per Year
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Alexandria, VA 22301, US