Delightful 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 AMNice in ViennaThe only reason I didn't give this restaurant 4-stars overall is because I thought the price for brunch: $60 pp without drinks was way too high. Food, service and ambience were great but price was over the top.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 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 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 AMHave been going to the CRHave been going to the CR for over 15 years and am never disappointed.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe so enjoyed our dinner atWe so enjoyed our dinner at Cafe Renaissance. Loved visiting with the chef, our waiter and his stories, and the owners making of Bananas Foster. Truly an original experience. Overall experience can be a little frenetic because they talk to you so much and really draw you in to feeling comfortable, but there is still ample time to have conversation and enjoy the meal. Clearly a restaurant with a lot of return business but even newcomers are welcomed.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMCafe Renaissance more thanCafe Renaissance more than met our expectations. The food was superb -- the duck confit was so delicious that I would get it again in a minute. I honestly can't say enough good things about the food, wine, and attention that we received. We will definitely be going back again soon.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMHidden Gemeverything was excellent, the staff was friendly and superb in customer care3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMTHE best customer serviceTHE best customer service I have ever experienced! The owner Saeed was so welcoming to us as first time diners, and he should be proud of his staff for treating us just like regualrs (which we will be!). I really enjoyed the Duck Confit as an appetizer, and the Flounder with Crab Meat as my main course, and my wife's Foie Gras and Shad Roe were the best she has ever had. And finally, the ambiance could not have been better. Well done!3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely setting. Great food.Lovely setting. Great food.
Attentive service. A great find.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently among the BESTConsistently among the BEST restaurants in the DC area--and deservedly so. From Saeed's personalized greeting to service that is attentive--but does not hover--and a talented chef will gladly tailor your meal to make it especially memorable, the Renaissance team is first rate!3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBest restaurant in Vienna!Outstanding food with wide selection. Very friendly staff. Gorgeous arrangements of fresh roses throughout room.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMYou cannot go wrong comingYou cannot go wrong coming to this restaurant. We bring family, friends, co-workers to this restaurant we adore so much and each leaves with the same sentiment - that was the best meal they've ever had (and they know why we talk about it so much).3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMBest of Paris right in Vienna VA!Food and ambiance are world class and the staff and owner never fail to delight! This is a slice of genuine Paris in Vienna VA, I would recommend it highly for your romantic and special occasion evening.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMIt is so rare to find an owner-operIt is so rare to find an owner-operated restaurant these days. Cafe Renaissance has a perfect package and it is because the owners are present, attentive, and very good at what they do. The discretion and quiet calm makes this a perfect place to have an important business meeting at lunch.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food with personalizedGreat food with personalized service. Fantastic for a special occasion3/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThe staff makes you feel specialThe staff makes you feel special and welcome. They are meticulous and take the time needed to explain in detail the items on the menu and wine list. While we were encouraged to try different things, we appreciated the lack of pressure to make choices that went beyond our comfort zone. Most important, the taste of every dish was excellent.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMBEST SCALLOPS IN TOWN!DEFINITELY try the scallops and bananas foster! Hidden gem in Vienna - definitely one of my go to restaurants from now on!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMCafe Renissance: Top of the listAbsolutely the finest owner-managed restaurant in the area! This undiscovered gem is in a class by itself. Cafe Renaissance is a carry back to the "golden" years of class French-Italian dining and ambiance. Service and food are outstanding and the management makes every attempt (and successfully) to please and welcome you to their customer base.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous restaurant and fabulousFabulous restaurant and fabulous experience. I look forward to going again. It was really an exceptional experience in every way possible!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMHidden GemA coworker actually recommended this place to me. When I first pulled up I was a little confused by the surrounding location. However, it was an amazing restaurant tucked away. The staff took personal time with each customer even though the restaurant was nearly full. The food was amazing and the chef even personally came to make sure our meal was exactly how we ordered. We had the filet mignon and the fettuccini w/ salmon. The wine list had a wide variety to choose from, to include reasonably priced bottles. Overall our experience was amazing and we will definitely be going back. This is one place you should give a try!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went there for the firstWe went there for the first time last friday as we live in Vienna and had read great reviews about Café Renaissance. When the Maître D asked us if we were french and we said yes, the Chef came out. We asked what we should try from the menu, and the chef decided to prepare his own menu which was even better! The food was really good and we had a great time. will definitely go back!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI took a small group for aI took a small group for a business dinner. It was not a busy night, and they accommodated us by putting us in a smaller room off to one side, which afforded us privacy and was perfect for us. The menu and wine list are extensive. The regular menu offers enough choices for any diner, and there were numerous specials as well. We liked the wine we ordered, but it was the last bottle in stock, so the manager offered another similar, but more expensive wine at the same price. It was equally good. Service was outstanding--attentive, but not intrusive. The food was very good to excellent. I will go back for sure, with my wife this time for a romantic evening.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb as Usual!One of my favorite places to go for lunch with friends! Great
service, food, and delicious treat for dessert at the end of
the meal.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our 4th visit sinceThis was our 4th visit since discovering Renaissance last year on Open Table and needless to say it has become one of our favorites.
The food is well prepared and served at good temperature. Fish and veal entrees are consistently good. My martini cocktail was an ample portion, but a little pricey for a neighborhood restaurant. My party of four had one veal entree, two fish entrees and I had the calf's liver. Everyone was very pleased and I really enjoyed my liver -- so tender. The presentation of the entree platter is always a
pleasure to the eye -- very colorful and includes multiple vegetables -- usually three. Service has always been attentive3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I had a lovelyMy husband and I had a lovely dining experience at Cafe Renaissance. We have never been greeted more warmly at a restaurant, and the service was impeccabale. Although we both had seafood, the menu was varied. From start to finish,our food was delicious. The sommelier was both knowledgeable and personable, directing us to a very good, yet reasonably priced, wine to complement our meal. It was not a busy night, so the chef stopped by our table--a nice touch. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special evening.3/7/2013 12:00:00 AMA memorable meal in Vienna, VAA wonderful place to dine on Vienna's main street (Maple Avenue). Our service was over the top attentive. The chef even sat at our table to speak with us about our choices. The meals were presented beautifully and were every bit as delicious to enjoy. The Capellini Renaissance was superb with generous portions of mussels, scallops, shrimp and calamari with a lovely vodka cream sauce. The roasted salmon with bernaise sauce was perfectly cooked with accompaniments such as a poached pear along with a nice selection of vegetables. The chocolate mousse with blueberries finished a memorable meal. Generous portions and excellent service make this a place not to miss. We will return!2/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had the flounder toppedWe had the flounder topped with crab which was delicious and cooked perfectly.
The presentation is also very attractive and their multiple sides (French style)
really makes for an elegant tasty dining entree.
The lemon cake for dessert was also great-moist and just the right amount of lemon.1/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have dined at Cafe RenaissanceWe have dined at Cafe Renaissance numerous times and Sayid and his staff always provide a superior dining experience. Don't even bother with the expansive and excellent menu---simply order whatever might be on the list of specials for the evening. You are sure to be both surprised and pleased. My lamb shank was outstanding, as was my wife's Dover sole. Another exceptional evening with Sayid and his team!12/11/2012 12:00:00 AMOutstanding food, selection,Outstanding food, selection, presentation, and service with personal attention from the owner. Wonderful for a special occasion1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM