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Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro
Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro

Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rendezvouscafebistro.com
  • Phone: (510) 527-4111
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Rendez-Vous offers you great bistro dishes from all regions of France,
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Counter Seating, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kains Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro
Rendez-Vous offers you great bistro dishes from all regions of France, prepared with simplicity and passion. Rendez-Vous is a great place for special occasions and any occasion.
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was average but service was good. We went for dinner, maybe this is better for lunch."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Love the steak and other dishes are good too! Nice reasonably priced wines. Owner greets everyone warmly. It is our go-to place in our neighborhood for a good tasting and reasonably priced dinner."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We eat here before or after a movie at the Albany or just for a casual lunch or dinner and it's always good. This time it was a lunch meeting for 6. Had the steak sandwich--delicious! Everyone enjoyed their meal and the prices are very affordable."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times in the last couple of years, and we enjoy it--sometimes before a movie (next door), sometimes not. We have brought guests here, including our son and 2-year old. Looking over the reviews online for RVCB, I am surprised by the rating and comment extremes. We find it consistently good: moderately priced, good food; nice wines, family-style service (the same two servers are there regularly. One is not trying to charm the customers. The hands-on owner is charming): informal, atmosphere. It is casual French and the atmosphere is unusually comfortable. Sometimes music."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "food was okay, but the three piece musical group undoubtedly believed they were playing well. Mostly they were unbearably noisy and this coupled with the already intense noise level in the restaurant made our meal very unpleasant. We were happy when "the band" took a break, but for fear of their return, we decided to leave and have dessert at home. I will go back if its a music free evening."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We were at the restaurant at noon on a Sunday. Busy. Too noisy. Later, around 12:30, after people left, we were able to hear each other talk. The food choices were great: five of us each found something we loved, and we all have different favorites. I would recommend that the lamb stew come with bread for dipping the sauce. The restaurant was easy to find. The booking online was very convenient. Wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If I lived close by I would eat here at least once a week!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Rendez Vous is a great choice for last-minute brunch plans. Our party had a mix of breast and lunch items, and they arrived together and all at just-cooked temperature. Service was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "the food is flavorful and not too salty. The serving sizes could be a little larger. The real gem is the décor of the restaurant and charm of the owner and staff."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I've been coming here for a long time, but the two times I've come for brunch have been miserable failures. The first time they served me raw eggs, and when I sent them back, they came back overcooked. Last weekend on Mother's Day for brunch, the service was abysmal. No bread to start, forgot part of our order, over a half hour to get simple food. Asked for crispy bacon, came undercooked, probably because they forgot that part of the order, and then rushed to get it out. Salade nicoise had many problems: old tough lettuce, raw beans, overcooked hard boiled egg, tough tuna (how is that possible?). They must have a different cook on Sunday, so I won't be back for brunch. I'll give it another try for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Seating was prompt, despite it being Friday night. Order was mixed up but owner promptly redid the fresh veggies as we had requested. Staff seemed a bit rushed. Filet meuniere was excellent. I suggested offering more organic. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We always enjoy dinner at Cafe Rendevouz when we're going to the movies next door at the Albany Theater. It's very convenient and the food is quite good. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We prefer less sauces (i.e., on the chicken and potatoes) the grilled sole was mushy, the green beans limp and tasteless. But to be fair, our tastes run to the simpler, fresher, less complex meals. Service had several mishaps: 3X forgotten items (coffee, dessert, and a salad) each for which we had to remind the waitperson, and one of the entrees came significantly after all others. For an expensive meal, we expected more. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro worked out really well for our family brunch. Our group included kids; since the ambience is on the casual side, both parents and kids were relaxed and happy to be there, no worries. Everyone, including the pickier eaters, was able to find something on the menu that he or she loved to eat. The french toast looked gorgeous, I wish I had ordered it (my warm goat cheese salad was also delicious!) The wait staff was friendly, efficient and attentive. All of our food came out at once."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great spot for quick lunch before movie at next-door Albany Theatre. The $12 lunch menu includes iced-tea, soup and one of many entree choices. Excellent sandwich options in pleasant setting with fun decor and open space but not too noisy. Also has a nice little patio outside on the sidewalk with bistro atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The Renzey-Vous offers an inviting, romantic, low-key evironment with a wonderful, unpretentious and affordable menu. The service is always thoughful and there is live music on Tuesdays - a talented vocal, guitar and bass trio that fits the theme of the bistro perfectly. This is a gem of a spot on Solano Ave in Albany. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "First time here. Nice waiters, quiet enough for a conversation on a Wednesday nite. The nite's special, seafood paella, was a long time coming, but at least you know then it is made from scratch. There were mounds of well-prepared (i.e. not overcooked) seafood - but the rice was a disaster, soupy, with no relationship to the sofrito prepared, slightly toasty (because you put it in the oven at the last minute) Spanish dish. The prices better than many restaurants. I would go without high expectations for the food, this after only one try. My bias: I like to cook so am often disappointed in restaurant quality and walk out thinking about what I could have made for a third the price."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "This little low-key restaurant unfailingly turns out the BESt food in town--flavorful, abundant, perfectly prepared. I drove over almost every month from Marin; it's always worth it."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Another pre-theater, or in this case, pre-movie fave. It is literally right next door to the Albany Twin theater, so very convenient for a quick, but nice, dinner before the cinema! Live music some nights can be very loud and distracting if you want dinner conversation, so call first if that's an issue for you. (That said, the music is very good!)"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We really like this cozy, casual spot--especially the vibes--always comfortable. The charming, hard-working owner is always happy to greet guests. Popular with locals. Good food. We especially like the mussels and salads. Next to the movie theater is a bonus."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I am a long-time visitor to this restaurant, and always enjoy my meals there. This was no exception."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Not typically one of my favorite dishes, Rendez vous' Shrimp Risotto was wonderful. Full bodied w/out being "goopey," savory and rich. With arugula and mushrooms and a balsamic reduction, it was perfect. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing. We'll definitely go back to try some their other dishes."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This place is nothing special, but it is a pleasant unpretentious place for a slightly French breakfast, lunch, or dinner."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Rendez-Vous Cafe Bistro gets highest marks because of how inexpensively the establishment delivers excellent French comfort dishes. The food is unpretentious and generous in portion and in good flavor. The service is friendly and efficient, The reception is warm and genuine. We'll go back again and again and again!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have been going for years and always love our food and service. Great French food."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Looking for a French restaurant to celebrate my son's birthday. Found this French restaurant in the East Bay, since everything in SF was booked. More convenient for us, at least. Parking was a bit of a pain - took a few spins around the block to find a spot. Food, overall, was very good. What was disappointing was the service. Not sure if the breakdown was with the food server or the kitchen. First, my son's appetizer was served a good 10 minutes after our salads. Then, my other son's main dish was wrong and we had to send it back. That took another 10 minutes to get out. Not consistent at all. We didn't even bother to have dessert - went up Solano Ave for ice cream instead."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food is delicious. Everything I've tried is high value for price. Nicoise salad is best I've had. However, the service is ALWAYS too slow. Seems like it is chronically understaffed."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Pleasant neighborhood place. Portions were large. Good food but not outstanding. We''re spoiled here in the East Bay. In other communities it would be a fine place to dine."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Just popped out for a Tuesday night meal and then found myself in the midst of what seemed like a party. The whole restaurant was vibrant, great music, excellent food and many happy patrons. This is consistently my favourite restaurant - AND they seem to get better over time!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "The saving grace of our Sunday brunch was the Quiche Lorraine which my stepmom exclaimed "the best I've ever had." I got the sweet potato "hash" which was cubed sweet potatoes and mushrooms, not really "hash" and was a weird addition to overcooked poached eggs. My husband's "big" breakfast which included eggs, toast, hash browns and I think, sausage, was "the worst breakfast I've ever had." Maybe lunch and dinner were better, but this was not inspiring brunch food. I could've done a lot better."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Informal, good prices and delicious French dishes. The murals of Paris are a fun plus."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "We often go to Rendez Vous. We like the owner and staff. The food is good. On a cold night, the French onion soup is just right--and/or the mussels or coq au vin. Comfort food. Love the desserts, too, especially the apple crepes."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Right next to Albany Twin theaters, and we go there for the good food (authentically French) good ambience, and a terrific location. We have been there probably 15 times, and never had anything but a great meal; the daily specials are wonderful and very fairly priced."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Consistently good foot and service. And it always nice when the owner recognizes you and comes by to say hello."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I ordered the signature dish, beef in mashed potatoes with vegetables and it was absolutely delicious. Amazing sauce! Unfortunately, the Malbec wine (from France) I ordered, left me disappointed. Great service and lively atmosphere. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Not sure why this place says it's French cuisine. There's nothing French about it! I ordered the Croque Madame, which I LOVE so much. I figured a French restaurant would get it right—just the opposite. The egg on top should be runny and it was hard. The bread wasn't prepared correctly, the meat and sauces were ordinary. It was like a regular bland ham and cheese sandwich that someone stuck an overdone fried egg on top of. No surprise, I sent it back and ordered something else... The replacement was equally as bad. It was the steak frites, which is a staple if they were REALLY a French spot. BAD, BAD and more BAD... had to send it back too. :( DON'T GO HERE—it's simply the worst French fair (or for that matter, any fair)!"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "the kitchen or the service is VERY slow = even when not crowded, it took almost 90 minutes to be served soup and a main dish."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I've finally learned what to order and what to avoid here. The paella I recently had was awful--barely warm, with dry, overcooked seafood. I've also had bad experiences with other baked or stewed dishes, like the lamb stew and beef daube, but my friend liked her wild salmon on this evening. However, their French onion soup, Caesar salad with chicken and burger with caramelized onions and prosciutto are wonderful, so I will always keep coming back and recommending the place to my friends. I do wish, whether I eat something bad or good, that we wouldn't have to ask for bread nearly every time. It's frustrating!"
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Great food and a great place. The Albany Twin theather is right next door"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Bistro Rendez Vous on lower Solano is lackadaisical -- in its service, ambience, and -- sadly -- in its food. You sense that this is what the average workman might expect to find in any small bistro in France -- but that's no excuse for food lacking flavor, imagination, quality. If you like your foods lightly flavored, then Rendez Vous is for you. In their great location and ample space, I hope this crew will boost themselves and their flavors out of the doldrums and into the potential their nice space and moderately well-heeled community offers."
    Dined on 10/31/2013