Esceptional ServiceFirst time at this restaurant and it will not be the last. Service and food was very good. Even though the table were close to one another you did not feel as though everyone was listening to your conversations. Everyone at the restaurant is very cordial and attentive.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMRomantic dinnerWe had a wonderful time here for our anniversary. The ambience is romantic and perfect for a special occasion. The chef came out to our table to sit with us and plan a personalized menu according to our mood. The shrimp, scallop, snd lobster appitizer was so fresh and delicious. The chateau briand was tender, savory and perfect. They upgraded us to a more expensive wine at no extra charge as a gift and a beautiful dessert with two different cakes. The presentation of the dishes was a work of art. Every person that came to our table was polite, personable, and friendly. I'm only surprised we have not taken advantage of this gem in our town sooner. The food was amazing, the service impeccable. We will be going back and recommending it.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA cut aboveAlways an interesting meal and conversation. This is what all restaurants show aspire to be.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe lhave been there severalWe lhave been there several times and it's been a treat each. Wait staff and chef are friendly and engaging. Service is outstanding. You are made welcomed as if you were going into a friend's home. Highly recommend over very expensive restaurants where they haven't learned the lpersonal and relaxing way to run a restaurant.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMService & decor excellent.Service & decor excellent. Food overall was very good. A little more emphasis on cream sauces on vegetables than I prefer. Tart dessert was only fair - dough was soggy.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMRepeat performanceI've been here several times and always love this restaurant. Our friends had never been here even though they live fairly close and they were very impressed. It's usually very quiet but that night there was a large table of ladies celebrating an occasion and we could still converse very easily. The waiter had a lot of personality and was very entertaining without intruding on the four of us. The whole experience made for a very wonderful evening!6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA true gemExcellent food, outstanding service and nice wine selection. Staff seemed to know every pattron that walked into the door and I can see why they get a lot of repeat business!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is one of the best restaurantThis is one of the best restaurant s in DC area..
Always have ambience and the best food!!!!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat DinnerWe had a delightful dinner. We had questions about one of the entrees and the Chef
came out to answer them--when does that happen anymore?
The snapper cooked in parchment paper was truly outstanding as were all
the sides (served French style). Veal with Port wine sauce
was also excellent. Service as always was great. Flowered decor in the restaurant
is beautiful.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent.Expect the chef to personalize your menu. Totally a different yet fresh approach. Very enjoyable. Service first rate.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMVienna's little secretDon't be fooled by the storefront. Behind it is Europe. The staff here are professionals at making you feel welcome and pampered. But they also have a sense of humor so if you play a joke on them, they can take it. These people are creative and delightful, think of all kinds of ways of making your evening enjoyable. Will return whenever I get a chance.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThe BestWe always return to the Ren for its food, service, and wonderful Old World atmosphere. It is also one of the few restaurants that serve Perrier Jouet Champagne. And the host is wonderful. What's left to say except this is a restaurant par excellence.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMMy dinner left something to be desiLovely restaurant. Great wait service and everyone quite friendly. With another couple. Everyone left clean plates except for me. I had the lobster special. Sounded great but lobster, out of shell, was quite dry. Veggies were over cooked. I might try again but be more careful as to what I ordered.
As I said everyone else left a clean plate.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWho you will meetThe owner will great you at the door and make sure your table has everything you need all night.
The Chef will come by your table and interduce himself. That night I did not order from the menu, the chef created a master piece just for me that melted in my mouth with every bite.
Westly your waiter will take care of you for the night and if you would like
entertain you with a life time of stories.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMIt doesn't get much betterCafe Renaissance rates near the top of "best restaurant" on OpenTable nearly every week. Once you've been, you'll understand. The food, the service, the ambiance, and all for a quite amazingly LOW price. Where else can you go for fine dinning where the waiter and/or chef pull up a chair at your table and engage you in wonderful conversation. They treat you like good friends of the family. Chef Ocean himself came out to our table to chat, and ended up selecting and bringing out our entire dinner personally. Simply amazing., and delicious.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMHappy Birthday To Me!It was my birthday and my third time at Cafe Renaissance and once again Team Renaissance performed extremely well. The food, the ambiance, the personal service is some of the best that I have seen anywhere! I will definitively be back!5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely a fantastic placeAbsolutely a fantastic place to dine for any occasion!5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMFive stars to the Cafe RenaissanceFive stars to the Cafe Renaissance for making a personalized menu for five of us for a special lunch.. The soft shell crabs were excellent and the fish tower not only beautiful but delicious.. The mussels were a huge portion for lunch. All the dishes were created for us by the chef who came out to greet us and ask what we wanted for lunch offering us a custom menu. None of our meals came from the menu directly, but all outstanding. The chocolate fudge cake and the fruit tart were outstanding. We will all return for the old world charm of the restaurant and the wonderful food.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, great serviceMy fiancé and I recently dined her and enjoyed every second. Our fish was cooked perfectly & all the sides were great. We both noted they don't overdo dishes with sauces and extras, rather the flavors are very "clean" and characteristic. There are beautiful cut flowers throughout the restaurant and all of the servers and wait staff are incredibly friendly! Truly a wonderful experience, we will certainly return!5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat decor and many specialsYou wouldn't expect such a nice setting in a mall parking lot. The decor is over the top but that's what I like about it: paintings, fancy drapes... The waiter had a bow tie... The chef came out to every table to meet the customers...
The food is refined and there are a number of specials each night (like three or four appetizers and three or four entrees) which suggests a real love of cuisine and making the experience different every time for the customer.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Restaurant in VirginiaEveryone should experience dining at Café Renaissance. It is more than dining, it's an experience. Don't see what you want on the extensive menu? Ask and you shall receive. Don't know what you want? Ask the Chef and he'll ask a few questions and happily prepare a wonderful dish. Don't miss the banana's foster!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMOne Night in Dining HeavenWe are foodies, have been for 30 years or more. Saeed and his staff are second to none, anywhere we've been. French and European cuisine that can't be beat, a wine list that is designed to satisfy anyone, and a chef who wants to meet you and discuss his menu and how he can exceed your expectations - and he does. Service, the best, When we're in the Northern VA area the trip is never a success unless we have at least one stop at Cafe Renaissance.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMIf you want a wonderful diningIf you want a wonderful dining experience visit the Cafe Renaissance. having dined there numerous times I have yet to be disappointed with a meal. The offerings are excellent and the service is supurb.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for a special night!The staff here will make you feel like a dining VIP!
The food is excellent and the atmosphere is lovely.
Great value!5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMLittle gemCafe Renaissance is a quirky little gem. Food is excellent and the staff is quaint and efficient. We will definitely go back!!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightful Mother's Day CelebrationDined here on Mother's Day in a party of 6 that included 3 boys 12 and under. Staff was super friendly to all and made us feel very welcome. Decor is lovely - really appreciated the beautiful flowers on every table. Food was excellent - especially the mussels, mushroom soup and flounder with crab cake. Bloody Mary's were delicious too! Service was terrific - attentive without hovering. All in all a great experience.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWowThis is an excellent little place, very romantic, and great food.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were dining with anotherWe were dining with another couple and were dissappointed that the waiter would not provide two separate checks; instead he simply split the total cost between us. The music got a bit loud at times, otherwise, great service, food, etc. I would recommend it, however if dining with others, I would make sure the waiter understood separate checks!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMa hidden gemCafe Renaissance provides an absolutely wonderful dining experience. The staff is friendly, service is great, and the food is terrific. We highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMje ne sais quoiIt's hard to put into words exactly what this restaurant is like. Outstanding food, personable staff, and a comfortable decor is just the beginning.
I've been to the restaurant twice, and neither time did I even look at the menu! The chef came out to the table on both occasions and made my wife and I feel like we were old friends waiting to see what magic he could put on the table before us. The vegetables were crisp, and the flavors just sprung off the tongue. And I'm not even a huge veggie eater.
I asked for something surf & turf, and what I ended up with was an array of food fit for a king - crab, shrimp, lobster (with apricot and raisin glaze) and a half of filet with my requested bernaise. I could go on, but I've run out of space!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed a lovely eveningWe enjoyed a lovely evening with great food and attention to detail. It made our anniversary celebration very special.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThese folks try harder thanThese folks try harder than any local restaurant to please their dinners.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome experience. OwnerAwesome experience. Owner treated us great, and made us tableside Bananas Foster, which he bought for us as it was our anniversary. The chef even visited our table to say hello. And the food is delicious!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional! It is rare toExceptional! It is rare to have the chef come to your table welcoming you to a restaurant as well as the owner. Their hospitality was noteworthy. The food was presented as a beautiful picture and the taste was beyond expectation. A great restaurant for special occasions. Small private room for that special occasion..4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWe took an out of town guestWe took an out of town guest to dinner and she was particularly impressed with the personal attention shown by the staff and outstanding meal all three of us enjoyed. The table side visit by the owner and chef was special and the preparation as well as presentation of the dishes was beyond words. Additionally, the finishing touch of a special dessert and port wine made for a perfect evening. Cafe Renaissance stands above other first class restaurants in the area and has become the favorite dining place for me and my wife.
Richard A. Morgan4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Birthday ExperienceI booked a reservation at Cafe Rennaisance for April 20th, 2013, in celebration of my girlfriend's birthday. It was a good choice. The owner/manager was very courteous and a gentleman to both of us from the outset. The waiter was attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu and winelist/pairings. The food was excellent (I had the filet mignon and she had the rack of lamb) and a great value. If this restaurant was located in DC, I could see them charging double. We were both pleasantly surprised when the staff came out to sing my girlfriend "Happy Birthday." With them they brought a custard-ish dessert that ranks amongst the best I have ever had. We will be going back.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat timeA warm and solicitous staff greets you and stays with you through the entire evening. Personal touches like the chef, personally explaining that he will create any dish you want start the evening well.
The wait staff is positively, if not intentionally entertaining. Clearly some boundary issues but in a goofy family way as opposed to an uncaring or clueless way.
We found the food was surprisingly good with a nice presentation and thoughtful mix of ingredients and flavor. Not a foodie place...but great for someone looking for an interesting meal and unique ambiance.
We felt comfortable, cared for and included in a difficult to describe manner. We loved our waiter Manny...and we will return again and could easily see it as a "go to place".4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMCafe Renaissance was a niceCafe Renaissance was a nice surprise. We went to a strip mall location based almost entirely on its good ratings by Open Table users. Once inside we felt we were transporter to another world. The French menu was a bit dated; however, the food was very nicely prepared. There was a long list of specials; however, the waiter was difficult to understand so we mostly ordered from the menu we could read. The service was good but the waiter was too chatty, interrupting our conversation more than necessary. We will probably return.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful EveningA wonderful evening at Cafe Renaissance! Food was very good and the service and ambiance wonderful. Hard to ask for much more.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMA true hidden gemWonderful food, great wine, superb service. Best place to celebrate any special occasion4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMService was very friendly.Service was very friendly. Food was good. I had mussels and they were not great nor bad ,but more than plentiful. We all had desert and coffee. My coffee came out cold. Mind you not cool but cold. They gave me an espresso, which was nice and hot. they also gave each of us a glass of port. A nice touch. Not a great port, but ok.
All in all we would go back.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was fantastic. ServiceFood was fantastic. Service was excellent. Everyone there was extremely friendly. Chef came to table to take order, was very nice. Great evening.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe'll be back!This was our first time at Cafe Renaissance, but it won't be our last. It's not often that every morsel of a meal out is extraordinary, but that was the case here. From the wine to the appetizers to our main courses, they asked what we liked, assured us they would bring something we would enjoy, and brought out selections both beautifully presented and absolutely delicious - even for the vegetarian in the group, whose only guidance was "no meat or fish."
Among many charming things about this restaurant, the most endearing was the fact that the chef came out and talked with us - even on a busy Saturday night! And there were several other birthday celebrations that night besides ours, and each got the same enthusiastic birthday chorus.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a delightful dinner-troutWe had a delightful dinner-trout was cooked perfectly as well as the Dover Sole.
Their multiple (6) dinner accompanyments make for a very special treat. We really enjoyed their dessert sampler --made for a very special finish! The entire staff makes you feel welcomed-fresh flowers throughout the restaurant are always beautiful. Also, they make the best cappuccino in the area!!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and unbelievableGreat food and unbelievable service! Do not be fooled by the strip shopping center location and annonymous entry.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMPlanning to returnIt is a quaint yet inviting restaurant. The outside of the restaurant deceives how elegant it is on the inside. The food was perfectly prepared and the staff provided the right amount of personal attention. The chocolate flourless cake with port was the perfect ending to the meal.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful restaurant, MattyBeautiful restaurant, Matty our waiter was attentive, funny, and took great care of me and my boyfriend. We had so much fun and will definitely come back.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a fantastic first visitWe had a fantastic first visit to Cafe Renaissance. The owner greeted us at the door, the chef sat with us to arrange and entirely off-menu dining experience, we had a great bottle of wine and an even better meal. The staff constantly checked in, talked with us like old friends, and made the experience as if we were going there our whole lives.
We had oysters and duck confit as an appetizers, Chateaubriand for dinner and then a banana crepe flambe for dessert. Fantastic meal, one of the best cuts of meat i've had anywhere in this town.
Highly Recommended4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMPrepare to indulge for hours.Celebrated my father's birthday here with my parents and girlfriend. Restaurant was quiet, we dined on a Wednesday and there were only a few other tables that were occupied. Food was excellent, extremely rich and full of flavor. The Maître D was extremely friendly and treated us like family even though it was our first time dining at Café Renaissance. The Maître D and head chef both sat at our table to chat several times, they made jokes and talked about their families which really added something special to the evening. I probably wouldn’t recommend Café Renaissance for a quick drink and a bite, but if you want to spend an evening surrounded by friendly people with great food in a charming atmosphere, this is a great place to go.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife, son and I left theMy wife, son and I left the restaurant thinking it was the best dining experience we've ever had. The owner was very friendly and sat down with us about 3 times. The waiter was knowledgeable and also sat with us. The food was great and reasonably priced. We thought the wine list was great. We had a couple bottles of a very good cab. When it was time for dessert the owner treated us to a glass of port with some Remy Martin champagne added. My wife wants to go back on Mother's Day, and I'm looking forward to it.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AM