Cafe Renaissance
Cafe Renaissance

Cafe Renaissance

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caferenaissance.com/
  • Phone: 7039383311
  • 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
131 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (98)romantic (94)neighborhood gem (76)fit for foodies (56)notable wine list (50)great for lunch (18)good for groups (15)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Fairfax
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    First visit to Cafe Renaissance - nice atmosphere, lots of guests on wine night, excellent menu, gracious and personable service! In our group the fish was the best selection, but we had a wonderful pinot noir that won the evening for us! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The restaurant was nice, but the waiters and staff didn't seem to know how to handle younger diners. The ambiance is overall very formal, but the restaurant was practically empty and the waiters were overly present, which left me feeling like I couldn't have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    Efoster13
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We love to try new places, but we also have a one year old daughter, so eating out tat nice restaurants can sometimes be a challenge. Cafe rennaissance was very accommodating and friendly. The staff was so nice, the food was delicious and we now have another neighborhood spot to return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More Like "Cafe Overbearing"
    AuthenticFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • diner1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Excellent environment, fresh flowers, great service! A great experience for a friends 85th birthday! Thans.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The staff is very friendly and the owner personally treated us to a complimentary dessert because we were celebrating a special occasion. It is a lovely restaurant once you go through the doors of the strip mall in which it's located.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service ever
    TonyB
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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?)
    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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • August 7, 2014 Dinner
    Lu2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Usual Excellence
    TomCVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romance with International Warmth
    JohnnyMo
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Matt
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Food & Great Service
    Lov2Eat
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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!
    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.
  • skabootchVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Special
    CinciinDC
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    we came here on our anniversary and it was really an amazing dining experience. service and food were impeccable! great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent menu and better service
    EduardoVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • review
    casey
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
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  • Lu2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • leonardo
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    An outstanding and delightful lunch with old friends. As it should be at the best dining facility in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    gfff2
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Class Dinner
    JimmyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good cooking, not so great menu
    SandCVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Upscale Dining in Vienna
    n2dsouth
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    JackVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WaltVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    On all counts, a single descriptor applies: Superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aherndon
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 17-yr hiatus
    2575WOC
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints!!!
    TenneesseeJulieVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was outstanding!
    luvtodine
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.