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Cafe Renaissance
Cafe Renaissance

Cafe Renaissance Details

  • 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: 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "The waiter was intrusive and unkempt, the wine glass on the table was filthy, and the white rose in a freezing cold vase had now turned brown from being reused and refrigerated too many times. The waiter insisted on telling us which seats that we needed to sit at at our own table. "You sit here, You move there." Then the waiter comes to table and abruptly interrupts our conversation and demands that we give him our undivided attention so he can read a litany of specials. When my eyes glanced down to the regular menu, he reprimanded me for not paying attention and that I must put the menu down and only listen to him. The waiter was rude and he ruined what was supposed to be an elegant and expensive dinner."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent environment, fresh flowers, great service! A great experience for a friends 85th birthday! Thans."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "If you want to spend an hour or two having great food and a friendly and romantic atmosphere, this is your place. The menu features bold combinations that really bring out the flavor of the food. The wine list is very good and wine by the glass gets you a full 8-ounce. My wife and I went for our 34th anniversary and enjoyed it very, very much. Recommended the mussels in pesto and basil sauce appetizer, parmesan-crusted cod entree, and lobster in avocado appetizer. Their espresso coffee is excellent for those of us who like the staining-cup type of coffee. The desserts are also very good; we got a plateful for free since it was our anniversary (did I mention that we loved the service?)"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This is a great special occasion restaurant. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Chef even came out to see how we enjoyed everything. Food was extremely good. I would definitely recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The dining experience was outstanding. The entres were superb and the personal attention of Mahti? (server), personal visit to the table by the Chef (Ocean) and Owner (Saeed) were an added pleasure to our dinner. Truly an exceptional evening."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "As usual, my wife and I had a great experience at Café Renaissance last Saturday evening. Excellent service and appropriate attention during our stay and, of course, the food was outstanding. From the mussels and scallops appetizer, to the great salad and then the succulent rack of lamb and cod entrees followed by a sampling of tasty desserts, it was an adventure in culinary delights."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "When my wife and I showed up for dinner we were greeted at the door by the man who served our table. The whole staff was very professional while also maintaining a down to earth and "normal" attitude. Our waiter made it a point to talk to us and get to know us. It was more than just a dinner experience. The food was great as well. I had the pepper steak which was cooked exactly how I asked and my wife ordered the rigatoni...which I finished for her since she was full. It was also delicious. I look forward to returning even though it was about 30 minutes from where we live."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • " My wife and I chose Cafe' Renaissance to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. As noted by many reviewers, the meal, ambiance, and service were superb (don't let the location or the façade fool you). Enhancing the experience was the cast of ethnically diverse characters who welcomed, charmed, and served us: the owner, Iranian; the waiter, Bulgarian, and the Chef, Turkish. Their interaction with us and - other patrons - was both helpful and engaging. The wife insists that this is our new "special dinner" place; she won't have to twist my arm."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Bunch of unprofessional people are running this place. they think they are friendly But I think kissing hand of customers female companion, hugging them and kissing them in front of their man by Owner, waiters,chef is not considered friendliness. it is disrespecting your customer which makes most customers uncomfortable. it gives the customer the feeling of being Surrounded with bunch of old dirty man. specially when females customer being checked out from behind up and down by Restaurant chef who is wondering between kitchen and dining room is surly not friendliness. owner and chef help themselves to pull a chair at you table and sit at your table and cheat chat with you while checking out your companion or even your wife."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I received a gift card for this restaurant and decided to try it out. I'd actually never heard of it, but I was quite pleasantly surprised! The atmosphere is relaxing and romantic, the servers are so helpful and friendly, and the food is DELICIOUS! Will definitely go there again!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Sayid and his team dis another excellent job. We have been visiting Café Ren for years and have yet to have less than a phenomenal evening. If it is on the list of specials, please try the veal chop. Mine was delightful. The other diners had chateaubriand and were quite impressed. Service was, if anything, better than usual."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "lovely folks, very helpful. Food was excellent and the wine list superb, with some French and Italian gems. Great atmosphere and a good choice for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "we came here on our anniversary and it was really an amazing dining experience. service and food were impeccable! great atmosphere!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed when we went to Cafe Renaissance. The menu is excellent and the service, either at lunch or dinner time is outstanding."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The service was gracious and attentive. the decor is very european in a lovely way. The food is spotty some of which is prepared way in advance and reheated."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "As always, the dining experience at Cafe Renaissance was particularly enjoyable. The quality of food and personal interest by the manager, chef and wait staff is truly appreciated and an added touch to the wonderful experience this delightful restaurant consistently offers."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "An outstanding and delightful lunch with old friends. As it should be at the best dining facility in the area."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "First time dinner. Very enjoyable from the wait staff, the chef and up to the owner. Next time I am in the area I will return."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This is an older restaurant that could be updated. But everything else was great! The food was delicious and the service excellent. We felt pampered!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Restaurant food, service and ambience all very good. We very much enjoyed our dinners and dining room was romantic. Personally found the server attentive but a little too "familiar", ie. chatty and personal. Some patrons may enjoy that."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My wife and I have dined at the Cafe renaissance many times and continue to be impressed with the delicious meals and the first class service. We drive some distance to dine at the Cafe Renaissance because the entire evening is top shelf at this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "You won't get bad cooking here, but the menu is all over the place and needs to be curated. Gazpacho, veal, ravioli, tuna tartar, this restaurant needs to make up its mind what it wants to be. Music runs the gamut from Clayderman piano, classical, and Moonlight Sonata, what? Strip mall location is a bit dissonant when you are greeted with big vase, molding, and boudoir wall paintings inside. Waiter read us 5 minutes of special, most of it variations on the menu, we were very confused. Treated to a dinner-theatre sideshow of Irish Whiskey flambéed tea-pulling which was more style than authenticity. Mussel in basil cream, squash ravioli, both very good; crab in avocado was decent. Was given apple sparkling wine postprandial, a nice touch."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A hidden gem in the Vienna area, close to both Fairfax and Tysons. Food and service were both execellent. Would recommend Cafe Renaissance to anyone looking for a European dining experience for both special occasions and an upscale evening out."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary and the entire staff really make you feel as special guests. My wife had the trout and I had tuna-both fresh and cooked just right. Entrees are served French style with several assorted sides on the plate-all perfectly cooked and tasty. We shared the dessert sampler that held 4 different desserts-all of which were great! Finished with a complimentary glass of sparkling Moscato making for a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "On all counts, a single descriptor applies: Superb!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We were a party of four and did fish, steak and pasta. All was excellent. Super martini's. And, the Irish Coffee presentation at the end of the evening was absolutely the best I have ever witnessed in the U.S. or overseas. A production that had all the surrounding tables checking it out."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife, a friend and I returned to the Cafe Renaissance simply because we remembered a very positive outcome 17-yrs ago when we once lived in the Vienna area. We needed a place for a celebratory dinner en route to another event. We were not disappointed. the restaurant provides the same high standards of food, service and ambiance that left a lasting impression from our first experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Always a great meal & experience. Lots of people go here for special occasions. Dover sole is my favorite. We always feel welcomed. I wish I lived closer so that I could eat at the Safe more often."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We came for a special lunch after our twins' graduation. The host and waiters were very welcoming and congenial! We had no wait and felt like we were the center of attention! Our graduates were toasted and congratulated by our waiter! He engaged us in delightful conversation with genuine interest and humor! The delicious food was served in a timely manner with special touches such as a variety of appetizers and desserts for us to share. We felt like we were given a "custom touch"...made just for us! The fish, steak, and seafood entrees were very good, along with wine & other beverages. We appreciated the extra touches of freshly grated cheese and pepper. The fresh flowers and wall paintings were lovely!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Great service, great food, great wine choices, great ambience -- 'hidden gem'. Couldn't recommend Cafe Renaissance any more highly!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014