Cafe Renaissance
Cafe Renaissance

Cafe Renaissance

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caferenaissance.com/
  • Phone: (703) 938-3311
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday 5pm to 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, French
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Renaissance
For lovers of food, wine and romance,
Cafe Renaissance is your first choice in
intimate dining. Located in the heart of downtown Vienna, Cafe Renaissance
offers a quiet and charming ambiance
that will complement any lunch or dinner.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Cafe Renaissance reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (103)romantic (99)neighborhood gem (79)fit for foodies (69)notable wine list (63)good for groups (18)great for lunch (15)late-night find (11)hot spot (8)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Delightful find!
    Terri
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This cute little restaurant (and it is tiny which makes it quaint and appealing) is a great find. Heard about it from friends who have frequented; it lived up to their reviews. If you are looking for special attention that includes a terrific wait staff and visits to your table by the Chef, then this is your place. Our waiter could not have been more attentive. Loved getting the menu after cocktails - made for the beginning of a leisurely dinner. Food was delicious - the crab crepes appetizer are to die for. Best ever. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening!
    KaimiVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Absolutely delightful evening from the time we entered the restaurant until departure. Friendly, if a bit quirky staff. Superb service. Excellent food. Had the chateaubriand for 2 -- it was both beautifully presented and delicious. Lots of attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service! Food Good Not Great.
    JustAnotherDiner
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Cafe Renaissance is a nice neighborhood gem with an upscale and somewhat romantic ambiance that make you completely forget it's located in a strip mall. The service was outstanding and definitely the most notable and memorable part of the meal. The manager/owner (not sure which) made sure to stop by the table several times, as did the chef. We received a complimentary sample of crab ravioli from the chef, as well as a glass of dessert wine from the manager. We ordered 1 special, salmon stuffed with crab meat, and the filet mignon with shallot red wine sauce. There was not much to say about the salmon, but the filet mignon was a little tough, bland and lacked flavor. It didn't ruin the meal, but it was not worth the cost. Very good overall.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • leonardo
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Everything was superb, as I have, over the years, come to expect. Nothing else compares when you want a night out to remember or to impress someone dear to you. I have bragged to many of my friends about our most recent visit to our favorite fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not good for open table reservation
    BillVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Got caught in DC traffic causing us to run late. Out of courtesy to the restaurant I called in route to let them know we were in traffic. They took it upon themselves to go into open table and change the res and reduced my reservation from 1,000 points to 100. When we arrived there was only one couple dinning. Arriving a little late didn't cause them any problems. Will we return? Not sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    europeantaste
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The service was exceptional; we were greeted as soon as we entered, the maitre d’ was very friendly and addressed us by our last name and we have never been there before. We were seated immediately and offered the wine list. He also made recommendations based upon our taste preference. We were offered the main menu however it was not needed as maitre d’ made several very well explained recommendations for all courses. At no time did we feel pressured to choose or finish our selection; we were checked on periodically but not over done to where I felt my privacy was imposed upon. We had a fantastic dinning experience and would recommend The Cafe’ Renaissance to anyone for most occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch - Beginning to End
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great service, great food, great wine choices, great ambience -- 'hidden gem'. Couldn't recommend Cafe Renaissance any more highly!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It is hard to quantify just how great of an experience this restaurant represents. You can probably order anything and the chef and his team will figure out a way to prepare it. Their menu options are always great but any allergy or preference will be satisfied. Don't like the combinations offered? Merely offer your own. It is such a throwback to decades when the owners, chefs and staff actually cared if you had a great experience. You won't spend more then any other fine establishment but the quality of the food and spirits, service and flexibility of the staff to satisfy your requests is equalled by few other restaurants anywhere on the planet. My wife and I have dined at wonderful places on multiple continents and this is top five.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Excellent food and service. The seafood is fresh and the ingredients are mostly, if not all, are made within the premises. The appetizer, main course, dessert were of exceptional amount and quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    JandM
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We dined at Cafe Renaissance to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary at the suggestion of a friend. We thoroughly enjoyed the great service, nice ambiance and delicious food. We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Renaissance
    Enjoyedthemeal
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I went to this restaurant with a group of friends. We were seated in the small room near the windows. The noise level was perfect and we were able to carry on a lively conversation. Also, we had excellent service. We had lovely evening with delicious food. I had a properly prepared haddock with at least five vegetables. A few ordered lobster and some ordered chicken. All present were very happy with their meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pghfanVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Special occasion, birthday dinner for 15 year old granddaughter. What a great experience and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem in Vienna
    sakeloverVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Service was superb and manager on duty even offered us a complimentary dessert sampler and a glass of moscato with it. However, when my friend and I ordered sea scallops appetizer (wrapped in a mixed nut crust with citrus Beurreblanc), the waiter assertively suggested we try a mixture of mussels with scallops instead so we just went along with it. The scallops were not as described on the menu and mussels were dry and not all too fresh. For my entree, I had Cappelini Renaissance, and the mussels in that dish were also dry and not very fresh. Maybe it was my selection of main dish but I was not thrilled with my overall dining experience. I am very picky with my seafood and probably would not hurry to return here anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Two couples chose this spot for a mutual celebration of wedding anniversaries, and it was certainly a nice find! The dining room is elegant, with food presentation and flavors to match, and we didn't even have to go downtown! We were very happy with our choices and the good attention and advice from the sommelier, waiter, and even the chef who stopped by! Our only possible complaint is that the service was almost too good; our waiter spent so much time at our table chatting that we celebrants hardly had enough time to visit among ourselves. Our meal was pricey, but not outrageous, especially considering our wine choices. We would certainly go again to Cafe Renaissance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like Family
    AnneE
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We had last been to Cafe Renaissance in October for my birthday, but they remembered us and greeted us like we were family. Everything was perfect, service and food were both superb. When we told them we were celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary, they gave us free desserts and a free glass each of sparkling wine. While it is on the expensive side, this restaurant is definitely worth it. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Romantic Gem
    Duchess
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This lovely restaurant is hidden in an unassuming strip mall. Murals and paintings help create a romantic atmosphere while the charming and friendly staff ensure that you have a delightful experience. The food will be prepared exactly as you choose, which is perfect for people who are sensitive or particular. The experience of eating here is as good as the food. The price is extremely reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DowntoEarthFoodies
    DowntoEarthFoodies
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Enjoyed a lovely evening and dinner at Cafe Renaissance. It provides a nice atmosphere with a bit of bustle as staff quickly accommodate all patrons. The food was good but the entertainment even better. The staff was fun to watch as they provide service to all and they were nicely attentive. Thank you for a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The service and the food was fabulous! We always enjoy the welcome we receive when dining at Cafe Renaissance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Renaissance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We have been dining at Cafe Renaissance for over 15 years and it continues to be the best. The food is outstanding and the staff is extremely cordial and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Self
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mothers Day. Food underwhelming. Good service. Downhill from a year ago.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • P176VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Soups wer unacceptable. salad somewhat dry. main dish good. overall OK but not worth the trouble to go for dinner. maybe we were in bad mood.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Reasonable Pricing
    MrThrifty
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was excellent! Although the reservation was done through Open Table and I received confirmation of the reservation, Café Renaissance did not have it in their system. Fortunately for us, there was a table available (near the kitchen) and we were quickly seated. The staff was professional, engaging, and funny. My wife enjoyed her Mother's Day with her children and husband and it was well worth the $300 dinner tab (including tip).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The restaurant is romantic, has great service, and good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Renaissance
    TWS1115VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Once again, I had one of the most enjoyable meals ever at CR. Everything comes together here - the ambiance is outstanding, the warm service is impeccable; the food and drinks are of the very best quality, the owner is friendly and accommodating ensuring the everything is perfect... I look forward to the next dine here and all of the many dines here that we will enjoy in the future... Thank you CR for such a wonderful dinner; everything was perfect...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • aherndon
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    GREAT martini's, excellent list of specials including outstanding fish selections. Waiters are very polite and very helpful. Manager is charming. We always enjoy Café Renaissance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The service here was exceptional. The wait staff was very attentive and helpful. We had the oysters special with a cream sauce, lobster, chateaubriand and bananas foster, all were delicious. The wine was also exceptional, with which they were very generous. We got free wine, port and sambuca and great advice from the sommelier. I will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food & amazing service
    sahilt88
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Every time I come to this restaurant, I'm blown away by the food, service, and (relatively) reasonable prices. The owner is very friendly and comes by to chat, the waiters are exceptional, and the food is always incredible. It's beautifully decorated, has an excellent wine list, and is very romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall Experience
    JohnPVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    For a nice quiet and romantic dinner this restaurant is the best. The noise level is very low and your conversation is not heard by everyone in the restaurant nor is it so loud you can't hear your dinner partner talking. The food is very good and the variety makes it hard to choose. I would recommend to anyone except families bringing children.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • How would have known?
    tomnat
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Came in to DC from LA and met my parents who live in Virginia...we picked a central place that had good reviews and ended up at Cafe Renissance. The three of us were stunned to find such great food. All the positive reviews are reliable abd Open Table came through again. Congrats to the Chef and team at this restaurant, as they have really got something special going on.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely find
    UnimpressedVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Very nice restaurant with excellent service and ambiance. Nice special occasion place (shopping center location was deceiving!). Staff tries hard, food very good to excellent. Will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • vivalavidaVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Nice dining experience for the 4 of us. We plan to return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Intimate dining
    reservationqueen
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Wide variety of food choices. French Onion Soup was outstanding. Entrees served piping hot, so even the last bite was warm. Not rushed at all the entire meal. Waiter encouraged you to relax and enjoy the meal. The outstanding flower arrangements throughout the restaurant added to the evening. Any request for change of item was NOT a problem. Truly a restaurant for an outstanding meal and service.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A genune gem, but...
    Jello
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Excellent food, extensive wine list, lovely old-world classic setting, but servers were not sensitive to diners' desire to talk amongst themselves. Service was a bit of a side-show, which might be entertaining and fun if you're in the mood, but distracting and a bit annoying if you're not in the mood. They should have done a better job of taking cues from us. If not for this, I would have given 5 stars for both service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Went to Renaissance Cafe on a whim last a friday night - had a wonderful time. The food was superb and the staff friendly, engaging, knowledgeable, and attentive. The somalier provided an excellent recommedation for wine with our meal. Definitely on our list now!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Memorable Event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Whether you go to Café Renaissance for a Special Occasion or for a weekday dinner, a dinner at Café Renaissance is a memorable event. From the moment you are greeted by the owner, Saeed, you are made to feel special. The wait staff and the sommelier are exceptionally knowledgeable and the chef is willing to come out and discuss options in case you don't see something you want. The food preparation is superb and the taste is even better. You cannot go wrong if you dine here.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent choice
    frenchmemory2
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I found this restaurant in website for french restaurant for lunch with my co-workers and they all satisfied so much. I want to go for special occasion since food was little over my limit.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Find
    naging
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Café Renaissance is a long-time favorite restaurant. It is a wonderful place to meet friends and catch up in a pleasant, quiet environment. Food is excellent. Great variety. Service is friendly and very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My Favorite Restaurant
    mb61man
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Another outstanding dinner at Cafe Renaissance. The starters, salad, main course and dessert were all delicious as always. There is always a wide variety of specials and I recommend allowing the staff to offer their recommendations. The service is impeccable, friendly and entertaining. I offer my highest recommendation to Cafe Renaissance and encourage those who have not yet tried this gem to make the trip to Vienna, VA. You will have a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply Amazing
    LoveCRVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    How can you ask a restaurant that does everything so well to do more? ! Always, always an amazing experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a wonderful experience
    MikeandLoVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    From the moment you enter to the time you leave they make you feel like family. Even though we have only visited on a few special occasions, they make you feel like you have been coming every week. The food is wonderful and service is great. We love the Steak Diane and highly recommend it. We were tempted by the Specials.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.