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Cafe Renaissance
Cafe Renaissance

Cafe Renaissance Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caferenaissance.com
  • Email: info@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: French, Italian
  • 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Surprising gem with great ambience, a menu for everyone and a personable and attentive staff. The owner is a pleasure to talk to and really wants feedback on how to improve the experience..........we couldn't offer any. The physical plant is small and they seem to have a dedicated group of loyal fans. There is plenty of room to have that romantic dinner if you wish. Great time."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Lovely first dining experience, everything was delicious and beautifully presented. A lovely find and easy to drive to and plenty of parking."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We have never had a bad meal at Renaissance. The staff is exceptionally friendly. For the quality of the food and service, it is a bargain."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This is truly one of the region's finest dining experiences. From the greeting, to the way the specials are described, to the interest the chef takes in the table's special needs, to the specialty coffees, it is a experience for all of the senses. The food and presentation are above and beyond...compliments to the Chef!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We have never had a bad meal! I have some picky tastes and they are always willing to accommodate us."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This restaurant was a great find for our small group (3). We enjoyed a fantastic lunch, quiet atmosphere, and wonderful, very knowledgeable waiter. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "You don't expect to find a high quality, personal touch dining experience in a suburban strip mall, but Café Renaissance does just that. It was our first time dining there - on a whim, and now I am regretting missing 10 years of amazing meals. The personal attention from the owner, the server, the sommelier and the chef, joining us at our table and helping make amazing selections for our meal. The ambience is of a fine French café - beautiful décor, and wonderful presentation - and the food was wonderful. We will be back. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Whether you are a party of two or a group; whether you don't want to spend too much, or it doesn't matter; whether you want to dress up or dress down, this is the place. The food selection is good, the food is good and so is the service. The owner and staff are attentive and the ambiance is pleasant. I recommend you try this place. They also have a once a month wine tasting dinner."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "From start to finish, this was a wonderful dining experience. The food was superb, the service was excellent and we were able to carry on a conversation in a normal tone of voice. The restaurant is pricey, but not ridiculously so. It's a wonderful place to go for a special occasion, and we will return!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Very good food although the appetizers where my favorite. Everyone in our party of five truly enjoyed this neighborhood gem. The crab crepes were superb. Next time I'll skip the bone-in rib-eye and just have the crepes. lobster bisque and banana's foster for the PERFECT meal. It's easy to get carried away.....don't let the exterior fool you. Once you enter the doorway you will know you made a very wonderful choice. Perfect for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Mattie is an excellent waiter. He made good recommendation, and our meal was of the finest quality."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were regulars there before we moved south. Now we're regulars when we're in town. As usual our host treated us like family. The food was outstanding as usual and the service was terrific. Mahti made us (me) an Irish coffee after dinner at the suggestion of Saeed (owner) - the show was terrific and the coffee even better; catch it on Utube. Everything from start to finish was first class and then some. If you want to have a bad experience there you're going to have to work very hard. It has been the best overall dining experience we're had the pleasure of enjoying on many occasions without one disappointment. And the chef - a reincarnation of Elvis, will most often come by to see what you like, what you would like and make your night."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We returned to celebrate the birthday of my friend. We were treated royally. The chef recommended our dinner choices and made us a special dessert upon request. The maitre d' and the chef stopped by our table many times to check on our experience. This restaurant is truly special! I did not think they could top our first visit but our second visit was even better. Great food! Great ambience! And super great service!!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had a great time and would go back for sure. It gets a little loud but very cozy."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Always the best choice for an exceptional dinner in the metro D.C. area."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have dined here several times, and have never been disappointed. The service and food are outstanding. With so many delicious featured dishes, we don't order from the menu. It was a lovely dining experience."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our waiter and the chef were VERY accommodating and we felt very taken care of. They arranged for us to have a plate of appetizers so that we could try a few. A couple of them were cold, but the flavor was excellent. The squash soup was to die for. One in our party was treated to something off the menu - trout, which was delicious. I ordered the lamb shank with risotto, but it arrived with linguini instead. The lamb shank was delicious. I had asked about the special with the risotto. The waiter said that it was the lamb shank and that it came with risotto or linguini. I did not choose, but thought he understood that I wanted risotto. Oh well. Not a big deal, but... I might go back if in the area, but there's so many others to try! :)"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "As always dining at Cafe Renaissance is an exceptional experience. The friendliness of the owner and staff is top drawer and the quality of food is outstanding. Additionally, the presentation of offerings adds a special dimension to a truly enjoyable evening. This restaurant stands out above all others in the area. My wife and I have never been disappointed with a dining experience over the few years we have frequented this wonderful restaurant. We also bring friends and adult family members to this impressive dining facility on a regular basis."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We went to the restaurant for my birthday and were greeted by name at the door. Since our table was not quite ready, the owner bought us a glass of wine while we waited. We were pleasantly were surprised by the warm welcome and were treated like we were regulars already. The restaurant is small but cozy, and the service was fantastic. The food was great and was served at a nice pace. The portions are plentiful (had to bring half my main home), and the wine was flowing. The staff is very social, friendly, and welcoming. We will definitely be going back again for dinner (no huge feast). It's a great place for a date night or just a nice meal out where everyone, including other other diners, are relaxed, happy, and full of good food!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Celebrated our anniversary at cafe renaissance. Don't be alarmed by the fact that the restaurant is at a strip mall, the inside certainly does not reflect the outside. The staff is very friendly, the manager greets you, the chef comes by and asks you what he can make for you, all very friendly. That was a first to me. The food is great, although I did have better filet mignon in other locations. Price typical for fine dining."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We always enjoy a wonderful evening - the food, service and ambience are superb!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Where else will the owner and chef both come to your table, sit and chat to make your evening so personal? They treat you like family and in an elegant, romantic setting. And the kitchen will make your meal virtually any way you want it. Service and food very consistent....top notch during several visits...and it is quiet here, a rare find in the DC area. Jack"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This restaurant never disapoints food is always fabulous service is beyond compare reccomend highly"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "My wife and I shared entrees of Dover Sole and Branzino that were perfectly cooked with tasty sauces and beautifully plated with a very delicious array of green beans, mashed sweet potato & white potatoes as well as delicious red cabbage. Fished with a delicious dessert sampler and flaming coffee!!! A great way to celebrate---thanks to all at the restaurant who made it a very memorable dinner!!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This was our first time at this restaurant. We will definitely go back"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food is great however, what's more impressive is the service. We came here for my girlfriend's birthday dinner. The entire staff welcomed us and upon learning that it was her birthday, they gave us some excellent surprise dessert alongside a birthday song. The staff is very attentive as my water level never dropped below half glass. As we were leaving, the manager told us that he had more desserts for us and was hoping we could stay a bit longer. He packed us the cake and chocolate as we are heading out. This is among the best service i've had in a long time."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "No complaints here at all. My lady and I were personally greeted at the door with a handshake and a smile. Romantic ambiance, even though the location is tucked into an otherwise unremarkable strip mall. The food was well-worth the price."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Intrusive service, under seasoned and over oiled food. Salad excellent but too much dressing. Beef tasted reasonable but left terrible grill-like after taste. Dessert unmemorable. Probably won't go back. It was a disappointment because a friend recommended it very highly and we were looking for a place to take a special group. Now we have to keep looking."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Cafe Renaissance continues to stick to its exacting standards in all areas. As if that weren't enough, they cap it off with the personal touch by the wait staff and the chef, who on this occasion sat down at our table and planned the complete dinner to suit our tastes. We can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My husband and I once enjoyed our dinner at Café Renaissance. It was our anniversary dinner and they made it special. Where else can you go where the chef will come and sit at your table to discuss what you'd like to do? When we told him what we were considering for an appetizer, he told us he'd make us something unique and special instead - scallop with an apricot glaze served over grill pineapple. Delicious! I had my favorite dish for an entrée - the cappelini renaissance pasta with seafood. We finished with an incredible Irish coffee, made table-side with a fiery show. All in all, it is such a great spot for a special occasion. They always take the time to make sure everything is just as you like it."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Guys, take your wife and girl there. The place caters to the women. And, the food is great."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Celebrated my wife's Birthday. The staff was attentive and our "Captain" was fantastic. They made this a very nice night and even gave a sampling of sweets at the end of the meal as a gift. If you go for a romantic evening, I suggest you ask for the side room as it has only a few tables and is more intimate."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is a very nice restaurant. The wait staff is very attentive (probably too attentive actually) Lots of specials, particularly fish. I usually stick with the filet mignon though."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Cafe Renaissance is a real gem. Attentive, old-school service with an extensive menu, served in a beautiful setting. This is my go-to spot when visitors come from out of town, or when my wife and I just want a quiet evening of great food."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I celebrated my 3 2nd birthday here. We were a party of five so they had to put a few tables together for us when we arrived. While we waited we were given a glass of wine which really goes to show how they take care of their guest. The food was great. We enjoyed every bit of it. I will definitely be back and have recommended others to check this place out as well."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable dinner at Cafe Renaissance to celebrate my birthday. The service was excellent and the waiters were knowledgeable, pleasant and friendly. The interior was very nice and the table was beautifully set. If they could frost the windows, it would make you completely forget that this restaurant is in a strip mall. All of our food was delicious. My husband said it was the best lasagna he has ever had. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We have been going to Cafe R since it opened and have always had an outstanding dinner. It is a a special enjoyment to have dinner at this restaurant. Saeed and his staff make you feel special and attend to all your requests."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "As usual, every aspect of our experience at Cafe Renaissance was outstanding with one little exception. The food was excellent as well as the usual first class service. For the first time in several years, our party of four was seated in the small annex room which has but three tables. We missed the larger room and its exceptional ambience. This is a minor nit pick and it will not deter us from frequent resrvations at this, our favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Nice food and attentive and unobtrusive service. There seemed to be enormous flexibility in choices of specials. Great seafood choices and nice guidance from our waiter toward a delicious burrata salad and away from a more mundane menu item. Wine was reasonably priced, given typical restaurant markups. Ambience was intimate without being overcrowded. Our waiter brought us complimentary birthday cake and the maître d' offered us complimentary after dinner drinks. They seemed to genuinely care that we enjoyed ourselves. Don't be fooled by the exterior or location in a strip mall. This is a hidden gem."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My wife and I dined here on 2/22/14 for a date night. Overall experience was positive and we plan to return. I will start with the one negative aspect, the food was under seasoned. I had lobster bisque as an appetizer and it was bland. My wife had shrimp and scallops in a tomato sauce which was oddly flavored and the scallops were over cooked. My entrée Maine lobster and crab over fettuccini was also bland and I honestly did not discern any crab meat and the lobster was also bland. However, My wife had the Branzino and loved it, devoured the flourless chocolate cake, and declared the irish coffee the best she ever had. The wait staff was very good and attentive and extensive wine list. We had a good time, I just wish the food was seasoned."
    Dined on 2/22/2014