Great meal with personal service
From the moment we walked into the restaurant, we were treated like family. I've never had the chef come out, sit down with us and plan our meal with us based on our likes and dislikes. Wow! It was perfect. Hubbie had a very nice bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and a veal dish with mushrooms and a nice sauce. I had two seared scallops on two slices of pineapple and then salmon stuffed with crab with a very interesting dill sauce. I never order salmon because it is usually a little strong for me but this tasted very good. It was slightly overlooked but I ate it all. The wine they suggested was perfect. We were on our way to Wolf Trap for a concert and this was the perfect prelude.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding attentive service,
Outstanding attentive service, delicious food elegantly presented. Great romantic ambiance except nose. Only issue is that conversations tend to carry and it can be a little loud.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time at Cafe Renaissance. We chose it after reading good reviews online and thinking it would be an appropriate place to celebrate my birthday. Both the food and the service were excellent. The servings were huge and everything was cooked to perfection. You really feel as if you are getting personal attention as the owner discuuses the specials, takes your order, and brings extras at the end of your meal-port, chocolates, etc. We want to return in the near future and bring others with us.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best service in a long time
We went for our anniversary and while the food was fantastic, I was blown away by the service. The manager made several visits to our table, the waiter was knowledgeable and engaging, and the chef himself dropped in to chat. It felt like we were long time customers at our usual haunt, instead of first timers. I would (and will be!) recommending it to couples.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The place is suitable for special occasions. The staff is hospitable and attentive, but they tried a bit too hard. The food was very good, some side dishes were delicious. The lunch is reasonably priced. I do recommend place for lunch, but not for a fast lunch.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special day made even better!
This was my first time dining at Cafe Renaissance. I wanted to do something special to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and had heard great things about the restaurant. Well, they didn't disappoint. From the moment we walked in, we were treated to very personalized service. The chef personally stopped by to offer suggestions that were superb. Our waiter was just fantastic as was the maître d’. The evening was romantic, the food amazing, and the experience one that we will remember for years to come.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little restuarant. The
Great little restuarant. The wait staff was absolutely the best. My wife and I felt as though we had 3-4 waiters instead of one. The food was very good along with an excellent sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley region. We will return.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Birthday Dinner
WE had a wonderful dinner--the staff including the Chef make you feel so welcomeand the flowers on the tables are gorgeous.
We had a delicious red snapper cooked in parchment and tasty flounder roll with lobster meat. And flaming banana fosters for dessert--what a way to celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Truly Special Experience
We went to Cafe Renaissance for my boyfriend's birthday on a Monday night. We were there for almost 3 hours. We felt like honored guests--we were never rushed, yet the waiter was attentive. The owner came and sat with us and brought us complementary desserts and cocktails to celebrate the occasion. We will definitely be back!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great Dinner
Took my wife for her birthday the food and service was outstanding, The use of real flowers on the table excellent.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mmm. Mmm. Good
Great food,excellent service , reasonable price . The only reason I gave them five stars is it did not go to six.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a special experience
My wife and I have dined at Cafe Renaissance twice so far and we can't wait to return. The food and wine list are excellent. My wife has a couple of dietary requirements, so the chef personally spoke with us and helped us select the items that met her needs. Cafe Renaissance is an outstanding choice for a special occasion, whether as a dinner for two or for a group.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
we had a lovely meal and dining
we had a lovely meal and dining experience at cafe renaissance for our 10th anniversary. somehow, we had missed this local treasure. its appearance on the opentable "top 10" list brought it to our attention. we could not have been more pleased with the wonderful food, wine and service. of particular note was the melt-in-your-mouth lamb shank my husband ordered. i also really enjoyed the hearts of palm salad - simple and elegant. you would not guess this is what you would encounter behind this average looking strip storefront, but you truly enter another world when you walk through the door. they don't harass you to order or hurry you along - and yet the service is perfectly attentive. we will definitely return!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved our experience at Cafe Renaissance. The food was wonderful, the service impeccable and the interior of the restaurant is beautiful.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Marvelous in every respect,
Marvelous in every respect, as always! When at Cafe Renaissance, never turn down a chance at mussels/scallops. My wife loved hers. My lamb shank was beautifully cooked and large enough for two.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant! A must go!!
This is a superb restaurant with a great menu and extraordinary service. I would recommend for all types of occassions. A must go if you're in the area.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would say how amazing the food is, the atmosphere and the service, but then it would be booked up for when I want to go back. But judging from the crowdedness when we went, it's too late. Great date night restaurant. Grow ups only!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great little restaurant. The food is great (French/Italian), the service is impeccable and atmosphere is romantic. Perfect place to take the spouse for a romantic dinner. The staff pays attention to the details and goes out their way to make your meal an enjoyable/memorable experience. It is a bit pricey, but well worth it. I highly recommend this restaurant.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A "Family" experience...
We've been fans of Saeed since before he opened Cafe Renaissance (at another restaurant close by). He has the curious ability to make a more formal, romantic restaurant setting feel casual and relaxed. Service is the best you'll find at any price and the food is always excellent with a long list of evening specials. The wine list leaves little to want and the chef will adapt his offerings to your particular needs or desire for that evening. The only problem: Once you go there, other dining experiences will be different, but always a step or more down. But go ahead, you can always go back, just to make sure it was as good as you remember....and it will be.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
My 16 year old daughter and I wanted a girls' night out. We live near Cafe Renaissance but had never gone, so decided to give it a try. We loved everything. Planning to go back soon to celebrate my birthday.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, dining at Cafe
As always, dining at Cafe Renaissance is an extreme pleasure. The personal attention by the staff, primarily the owner, Saeed and chef Ocean, is particularly noteworthy. My wife and I took her sister to dinner that evening. It was her first visit and she was very favorably impressed. Cafe Renaissance is our favorite restaurant which we will continue to frequent and occasionally bring guests.
Richard A. Morgan
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful restaurant gem in the heart of Vienna. Outstanding food, attentive service.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Dining Experience in Years!
This place was recommended to us by friends and we were not disappointed! It is fine dining at its best. The service was individual and intimate; the food was sublime; and the wine list extensive. This is a place to take that special someone for a special occasion. Fantastic, we will absolutely return!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a nice atmosphere and very attentive service without hovering. Our every need was anticipated and met. The staff was professional and caring and the owner stopped by to make sure we were happy.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Café Renaissance remains at the top of our very short list of favorite places to dine. The food and service are unsurpassed. The servers and chef pay close attention to every detail. It's a perfect place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or any time you want an excellent meal.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful place, fine dining in a strip Mall on 123 you wouldn't believe you were not downtown from the inside.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has been around for 20 years and I only just discovered it! We went for an anniversary and I was warmly greeted by Saeed, the owner who was so attentive. His wife does all the floral arranging in the restaurant and it is just lovely! I never saw the menu as the chef came out, sat down with us, got to know us, and offered to surprise us with his creations! Of course it was lovely and relaxing. I never felt rushed and it is definitely a place I will return to for other events! A definite must on your dining list!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Cafe Renaissance. The food is wonderful, the atmosphere sublime. But the service has gotten a touch too bizarre of late. Our waiter interacted with us in a way that made one member of our group particularly uncomfortable. He seemed more interested in telling us how he writing a book on quantum physics or something of that ilk than in helping us to understand the specials, navigate the wine list, get our check, etc., etc. At one point, he even left his iPhone with us for us to read about this book. At first we thought it was just a bit pleasantly quirky but as the night went on, it just got downright weird, down to the end of the evening when he brought us free port (how nice!) and then promptly ruined it by pouring Hennessy on top.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
As usual the dining experience
As usual the dining experience at Cafe Renaissance was particularly enjoyable. The food quality and presentation, attentveness of the staff, and personal visits by the owner and chef was truly appreciated. The complimentary dessert and port wine after dinner added a special touch to the evening.
Richard A. Morgan
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our wedding anniversary with friends and family. We enjoyed every moment of it. Everybody loved the gourmet food and the wine was affordable. The ambiance was romantic and elegant. Although we were 7 persons, the waiter was very patient in explaining the menu, and the different "re-orders" that were selected.
We had a memorable and very relaxed evening.
I have already recommended Renaissance to friends and family.
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and service.
Wonderful food and service. We never felt rushed the entire staff was outstanding.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went on a Monday because my husband and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary. We had a wonderful time at Cafe Renaissance. Everyone was friendly, respectful and treated us special. Food was fresh and delicious and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. We had a wonderful anniversary. Thanks to everyone there.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
As usual, we continue to enjoy
As usual, we continue to enjoy our superb dining experiece which seems to be a trademark of Cafe Renaissance. Our out of town guest also commented that her visit was particularly rewarding.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of the finest restaurants that I have ever eaten at.. That is why my wife and I have taken so many of our friends to the Cafe Renaissance.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very personable! Great food. Small and quaint. Attractive Ambiance. Even had a chance to speak with the head chef. We will return again…
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Haute Cuisine in a Strip Mall???
Cafe Renaissance is located in a neighborhood strip mall amongst barbershops and take out restaurants. So, it was a wonderful surprise to step into a high class, seemingly free standing restaurant !!!!
The service and cuisine were outstanding, as were the wine selections.
Truly a special occasion/ romantic restaurant worth the higher prices!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Dining Experience in years!
Small, quiet, personal, romantic and elegant. Exceptional personalized service and chef quality food at a reasonable price. A gem nestled in an unlikely shopping area. An exceptional find.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
From the moment we walked in the door we knew our dining experience would be the best! One of the best if not the best restaurant in the area.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always An Enjoyment
This restaurant is consistently first-class: Good food, attentive services, attractive setting, and just a joy. The preparation of the flaming Irish Coffee is always an event.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our first visit to Café Renaissance - we were referred by friends who spoke highly of their visit. We were very pleasantly surprised. We expected a good experience but got much much more. The place is beautiful, the food and service superb! I would suggest to anyone looking for a nice dining experience to consider Café Renaissance.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Wonderful Evening
We had such a nice evening at Cafe Renaissance. We were planning to attend a concert at Jammin Java and decided to check out Cafe Renaissance beforehand because it was convenient to the venue. We are glad we did!! The staff was so attentive and made us feel really special. The food was wonderful and the wine list was extensive! The next time I am in the Washington area, I will definitely go back!!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great anniversary dinner!
My wife and I are a new to Vienna. As our wedding anniversary approached, I was determined to find a fine dining restaurant in our new neighborhood. We had been to J. Gilbert's & love it, but it doesn't have the romantic feel I was looking for. Our coats were taken at the door & we were wished a "happy anniversary" by the owner, chef, & waiter. As classy as this place is, it was refreshingly friendly & intimate. Superb cuisine: antipasti trio of scallops, crab cakes & curried shrimp. Wonderful Lobster dinners (4 unique sides: sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, & squash. We are not drinkers, BUT we were treated to their flaming Irish coffee preparation (terrific ball of fire light show, juggled between 2 wine glasses). Go!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great experience.
Love this restaurant, extremely friendly staff and fantastic food.
Not the best place for a quick bite, but if you have at least a couple of hours to spend enjoying the interaction with the staff and soaking up the ambience with some great wine, this is a great place to go. On a side note, the Chateaubriand was tender enough to cut with a fork, absolutely amazing.
Highly recommend the Flaming Irish Coffee, Scallops, Crab Cake , Chateaubriand, Steak Diane, Crepe Suzette, Cherries Jubilee, Bananas Foster. Actually, I haven’t had anything that wasn’t superb, or that I wouldn’t recommend.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food, service, ambience - worthy of a return visit!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
a delightful surprise
We tried Café Renaissance based on favorable reviews and we were not disappointed. Very unassuming on the outside, but bright and cozy inside. The main dining area had about a dozen tables. The food and wine were excellently prepared and presented. Best of all it seemed likea terrific value. Must of the menu items were in the $20 to $25 range with some of the delicious sounding daily specials slightly more. Considering the quality of the meal, coupled with all of the side dishes included, it was a bargain. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. We will definitely go back!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite restaurant
We have been to this restaurant many times but this was the first time for Thanksgiving. We brought my 92 yo mother and she loved it. The music is very subtle so it is so great for hearing conversation. The food has always been exquisite and the wine is excellent.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
A romantic find in the strip mall!
I have taken my girlfriend to Cafe Renaissance for several special occasions. The atmosphere is very romantic and the Degas dancers painted on the walls are her favorite, since she is a dance teacher. The service is always exceptional and the staff makes you feel like an 'old friend' every time you go back. The chef is creative and accommodating. If you don't see something that you like on the menu, he will prepare something special for you...talk about service! Great selection of seafood offered also. Cafe Renaissance was busy the night we were there and a bit noisy, as a result. Less of a crowd would have provided a more 'romantic experience' but I am glad the restaurant is doing so well. We will continue to go back over the years.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Spot for Anniversary
A wonderful experience from the greeting at the front door, to the stories from the waiter, to the special attention from the chef.
The food is always wonderful and each guest is made to feel as they were the most important diner of the evening.
The veal chop is big, meaty, and cooked to perfection. My wife's branzino was well sauced and expertly spiced.
Highly recommend this restaurant for a complete dining experience.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a superb Dover Sole with a fine wine sauce served with a very tasty sides
(French style) of red beets, sweet potatoes, green beans, mini-zucchini amd mashed
potatoes--a beautiful plating of the entree. Also had a very tasty hearts of palm salad
and an excellent dessert sampler that we shared. Service by the entire staff really
makes dinner as this restaurant. Also, it is so nice to be able to talk with the Chef..
They also make a great Cappuccino!
Overall a very delightful relaxing dining experience.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Remarkable Dining Experience
This was our first visit to Cafe Renaissance and we were impressed by the personal attention and superb quality of our meal. What a treat to enjoy a meal crafted with fresh ingredients by a masterful chef. The ambiance is relaxed but yet sophisticated. I would highly recommend Cafe Renaissance to anyone wishing to enjoy a memorable and remarkable dining experience.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM