Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro
Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro

Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro

  • 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
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)great for lunch (18)great for brunch (16)fit for foodies (13)kid-friendly (12)great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (7)late-night find (4)romantic (4)special occasion (4)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • good inexpensive food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This bistro is truly French, the menu is varied and the food excellent. It is quite busy but the service keeps up. The wine list is short but very adequate. There is always parking to be found in a parking lot on a side street in the same block. If you like mussels the Moule Mariniere are excellent. The Daube is a rare treat and among the deserts I fancy is the Crepe Tatin, an apple tart on a crepe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good try but no cigar
    BunkyVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food is ok, not great. My chicken dish too saucy. Even though it was late Sunday night the service should have been better. Pedestrian "French " food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Deborah White, Ph.D.
    debo
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Rendevous was recommended to me as a good place to take a new colleague where we could eat well and have time to talk. The food is inventive but not intimidating and the price is quite reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood best!
    vinoveritas
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This is one of our favorite neighborhood spots - always good food, gracious hospitality, and a nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sunday Brunch
    VirgocookVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    There's something for everyone here, whether you want eggs, pancakes or waffles or a croquet monsieur. Also have salads and quiche and traditional sandwiches. Really good croquet monsieur!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, reasonable price
    Margot
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    love the food and ambiance. not enough servers sometimes. reasonable price. too noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good!
    SonofSid7of9
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We come here quite often and it has never disappointed us. The menu stays relatively the same but that's okay because the do a very good job with all of their favorites. If I had a french grandma this is what she would be serving me with the same homegrown care!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Spot
    DaddyDog
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I always recognize at least two or three Berkeley couples and we visit each other's tables and catch up. Kids love the wait staff and Laurent, the owner, always comes by to see if you're happy. Oh yeah, and it's good country style French food. Try the mussels appetizer with a glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and value.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Love Rendez Vous Café. Have only had brunch on several occasions, but will have dinner here soon, the specials sound great. We've always had terrific service and the food is exceptional for a little neighborhood spot. Also, the quality and portion sizes received for the price is an excellent value. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Good service, great food, and menu offers a variety of food. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 244 reviews are from the Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First and last visit...
    Loves2eatVIP
    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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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