Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro
Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro

Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rendezvouscafebistro.com/
  • Phone: 5105274111
  • 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
  • Payment Options:
  • 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.
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Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (36)great for lunch (17)fit for foodies (14)kid-friendly (11)great for brunch (9)romantic (5)good for groups (5)special occasion (4)great for outdoor dining (4)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • PamC
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    an extremely reliable low key restaurant for meeting friends and lingering to chat. Food is always excellent. Staff is attentive but unobtrusive. Steamed mussels in wine and garlic sauce are a favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paris on Solano
    BettyN
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A gem of a true French cafe. All the flavors are so good and the unpretentious atmosphere belies the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cute neighborhood place
    Winner
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Nice little lunch place. Easy parking, easy access
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • local gem
    valudiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    we walk down to our favorite local bistro often. the food is spectacular. i usually eat steak frites or one of the french specialities. the mussels are awesome, and the salads are delightful. i love trying the new items and this time the sole meuniere exceeded our expectations. tuesday nights are extra special, thanks to george cole.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice choice!
    Richard
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I arrived right when they were opening, so it was a little hectic; nevertheless, I was seated and served quickly and efficiently. The food was excellent, the price was reasonable. I was sitting "outside," so didn't really get a sense of the ambiance; I probably wouldn't do that again--too much traffic, motor and pedestrian. But I was just working while I ate, so it was OK. I'm from out of town, but I'd definitely eat here again if I were in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and affordable food
    ValueDiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    In a city whose non-Asian restaurant prices typically exceed the quality of the food or ambiance this is a jewel. Wide range of dishes, fish, fowl, lamb, beef, vegetarian with daily specials $15-20 and entrée-appetizer combinations at $26. House wine $7 glass and full carafe $25 is quite good. Service is prompt and attentive. Reservations a must on weekends but less so on week days. The only comparable place we enjoy is Liaison on Shattuck near Hearst.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parisian Bistro
    2diners
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Enjoy going to this cafe/ bistro at least three times a month. Enjoy the music on Tuesday night for dinner. This is what we picture a Parisian Bistro should be if we were in Paris, France.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Friends
    LyndaBill
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We enjoyed the evening, All four ordered something differt and liked our main courses.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First and last visit...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Service was terrific, contrary to reviews from others. Food however was subpar. Everything cooked too much. Fortunately, price wasn't bad, location to Albany Twin was perfect, and service was fast and efficient There are too many better eateries close by.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rate4dine
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food was average but service was good. We went for dinner, maybe this is better for lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite neighborhood place
    TalesToTellVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    goodfoodgal
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm, Fun dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mediatorgal
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JBRohnertPark
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal!
    John
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    If I lived close by I would eat here at least once a week!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 231 reviews are from the Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro reviews archive.
  • great decor and service, food good
    markVIP
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good try
    Redman
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot when going to the movies
    Lola
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nofoodie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • family brunch
    komodo
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic French gem in Albany, CA
    MassPlant
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch before movie
    duhgdiner
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They are trying hard...
    Glory
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Low-Key Delight
    zebrahead
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for before theater!
    Elle
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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!)
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Warm, Friendly Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am a long-time visitor to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I am a long-time visitor to this restaurant, and always enjoy my meals there. This was no exception.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Risotto!
    madamhipsterVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    This place is nothing special, but it is a pleasant unpretentious place for a slightly French breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overwhelming great value
    GratefulDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been going for years
    hiedVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We have been going for years and always love our food and service. Great French food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    tpmorr
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, slow service
    Channy
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant neighborhood place.
    fortunateVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal yet again
    Francophile
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre
    Uninspired
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Comfortable, good food and vibes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.