What a find in Kansas' heartland...
The small, unassuming community of Assaria, KS, affords a surprisingly delightful dining experience available at the Renaissance Cafe. From its quaint setting in a re-purposed school building to the quite varied menu selections and excellent wine choices, our group of four were wonderfully satisfied. The menu has an Italian tilt but not in the usual way. One of their best sellers is Liver and Onions! One highlight for me was the small serving of palette cleansing Lemon-Basil sorbet offered between the salad and main courses.Yumm!The wait staff was exceptional as well. Knowledgeable, thoughtful and unhurried...we were able to enjoy each course as well as plenty of time for conversation. A real find...
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A fine dining experience in
A fine dining experience in the middle of 'no where', worth the drive!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have always had a fantastic meal when I go here. I have a cousin and her husband that comes from Wyoming to visit. I took them the last time they were here and they were blown away. This was a return visit , at their request, to the renaissance Café and the dining experience was exemplary. They still talk about the food. I go here when I want something special and I always recommend it to my friends.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very good. A
The food was very good. A very nice dining experience, will definitely be back.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
New menu items a hit
We have dined at the Renaissance previously....so sure wanted to try some of the new menu items. We had the pork tratoria and the braised beef tips and polenta. Both were excellent with the polenta triangles fried up and they contained parmesen which gave them a real kick and were complimentary to the tender beef tips. The pork was a nice thick chop wrapped with bacon and grilled then served with a grainy mustard and horseradish sauce. It was great. Two great additions to the menu with a couple more new ones to try another time. The liver & onions was ordered by one in our party and was pronounced very, very good. An unusual item to have on an upscale restaurant menu....but presented with class and great taste.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
After dining at this facility I was impressed with the amazing taste of the food and the ambience. The old school house was beautiful to dine in and the food for the money was great if you get the right pasta! Wonderful experience.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love the old school house and the decerations make interesting topics of conversation. But the food is outstanding. I try something diefferent each time and i'm never disapponted. The red pepper sauce on the salmon was fantastic, my husband even added some to his pasta dish. He loved the 3 different types of pork in his pasta. Wonderful deserts and they even help with your wine selections. Great place ******
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I order two different
My wife and I order two different Ribeye preparations and both were superb!!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quite possibly the best food
Quite possibly the best food in the Salina area, and more than worth the 10 minute drive south to Assaria! We have never had anything which we didn't absolutely love!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dining at Renaissance is always a treat! We love Kevin's menu -- we have our favorites but always want to try his new seasonal items too! The wait staff is very attentive and it's fun that they remember your favorites! It makes you feel special and valued as diners at Renaissance! The lemon souffle that was just added to the menu is fabulous!!!!
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We like to go to Renaissance for their specials. I had the lamb chops served with a port reduction sauce and my daughter had Steak Venato. My meal came with 2 four-ounce lamb chops cooked perfectly medium rare, and the sauce added a bit of sweet that was perfect. The entree came with their usual mashed potatoes that are fabulous, and a green bean, wax bean, carrot medley that is very good. Each meal comes with a salad; I had the house salad (served without veggies and olives this time, which was unusual) and my daughter had the Gorgonzola salad. Both were good. The appetizer sitting on the table when we arrived was smoked salmon on crackers; one per person. It was very delicious.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Special Night
We have eaten at Renaissance several times and have recommended it to friends. Everything was way above satisfactory. It is our "special occasion" restaurant. Thank you very much
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant was fabulous! The menu had many items that you don't normally find in other restaurants. The food had great flavor. You can tell that it was prepared by a real Chef and not just a cook. The atmosphere was great too. All around, a wonderful experience. My husband and I will certainly be back!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Totally great food!
Can't think of a restaurant that serves better quality and tasting food anywhere especially if you like Italian food. The service is usually very good and the atmosphere is very nice. Highly recommended.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food in small town Kansas
If you're looking for a great meal in an out of the way spot, go to the Renaissance Cafe in Asaria, KS!
Kevin is a great Chef and my personal favorite is the Liver and Onions!
Absolutely wonderful menu of high quality and tasting entree choices....
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food as always
Me and my husband eat here every few months, it hands down the best food in Salina area. The ingredients are always fresh and cooked right before serving. My husband usually gets steak and I love they're pastas. Normally I watch what I eat but not here it makes me feel better knowing the ingredents are fresh not over processed and frozen. The service was good as well. They also have an email that goes out with monthly specials, you can find it on their website.
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best food in the Salina KS area!
I've gone to the Renaissance Cafe three times now, and each meal has been excellent. I am a foodie, an amateur cook, and I've dined at top-rate big city restaurants. The meals at the Renaissance are as good as any I've eaten anywhere in the US or Europe, for much less money. Hard to believe this can be found in a small town in Kansas. I only wish my visits to Salina could be more frequent so I could return to this restaurant more often. Three times in nine months is not often enough.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere and delicious food
This is a wonderful place for dining. Great service and food. We recommend to all our friends! A lovely drive from Salina and perfect location for special night out.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best restaurant in the area
As always, a great dining experience at the Renaissance. Everything was delicious, the cream-of-roasted-garlic soup, the gorgonzola salad, the special of the night--blackened pork, and the delicious chocolate tort for dessert.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great eating experience. We
Great eating experience. We will certainly try Renaissance Café again.
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a Repast!
It was The Meal to celebrate 33 years of marriage. After ordering drinks, we enjoyed liver pate appetizers, then the Calamari steak fries, and ordered Gazpacho. This was followed by a delightful and unique orange & basil sorbet.
I ordered a half order of Tender Beef Tips over Parmesan crusted Polenta with a red wine sauce. OMG! And thank goodness I only ordered half! My husband had the beef liver and onions with caramelized onions and bits of pancetta. Extremely tender, and with a flavor neither of us have ever experienced!
We declined a dessert [so full!] but did receive two Amaretto cookies with our check. Another OMG was exclaimed over these little delicacies, so light and melt on the tongue good! All of this for [sigh] only $47
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Gem tucked away in rural midwest
Excellent service, fine cuisine, reasonably priced.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We eat out several times a week..The food prepared by Chef Kevin at the restaurant is superb..Our other evening dining spots often include area country clubs that have good interesting food choices, but nothing that compares with the food here !!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
You can't find a more flavorful dining experience than the Renaissance Cafe in Assaria, KS. The service is always professional and pleasurable with a touch of humor that leaves no questions unanswered. The food is well proportioned and each meal has an interesting flair of Italian herbs and spices. The dining areas are intriguingly quaint for two, and spacious for larger groups with a historical decor. Reservations are easily made online from your computer or portable communication device with a confirmation e-mail. You don't want to miss a great evening out with your spouse, family, or friends.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
An extremely comfortable atmosphere, marvelous menu, and excellent service. The chef, Kevin, took time to come out to visit with us. The service was just right--there when we needed it but not bothersome.
The food was wonderfully prepared--a lovely tomato soup full of flavor but light, one in our group had the gorgonzola salad with salmon and raved about it, another had the pasta with the crispy pork and two had the salmon dinner with a tomato sauce that was not typical but turned out delicious.
We will return!!!!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Road Trip foodies ride again
The hungry eight from Wichita ventured out on a road trip seeking a great Italian Restaurant! Did we find one in Assaria! Great location, super food, great service, good wine and the price was right! This is well worth a few highway miles.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you find yourself in central
If you find yourself in central Kansas it's the only place to dine.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and reasonably priced
I was expecting a small, romantic dining venue. It isn't. It is extremely interesting. The food was delicious. The complimentary appetizer was very tasty. The homemade rye bread is good. The citrusy cross between a sorbet and an Italian ice was a delightful and effective palate cleanser. The main meal surpassed my expectations! I had a perfectly cooked and seasoned steak. The flavor was excellent and it was so tender. The vegetables were also quite good. Overall, it was the best restaurant meal I have had in Kansas. Everyone was friendly and the service was very good. The cost was extremely reasonable given the quality of the meal!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the Drive
My wife and I drove from Wichita to eat at the Renaissance Cafe. I expected the ambiance to be unique, but when the location was combined with outstanding service, thank you Kelly, and the expertly prepared food this road trip dinner became the first of many. My wife had the spicy sausage and gnocchi which was amazing, and I had a steak which was perfectly cooked throughout with an outstanding sauce. The sides were excellent, and the lemon soufflette was delicious. We will drive over an hour to eat here again and again.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girls evening out
I went out for a nice relaxing dinner away from the kids with a girlfriend of mine. We both very much enjoyed the atmosphere, food and the overall mood/tone of the restaurant. I would love to come back to try the chefs new creations! Maybe next time it will be a romantic dinner with my honey instead!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and a friendly
Great food and a friendly atmosphere. We particularly enjoy the well trained staff.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special occasion favority
Renaissance Cafe is really the only restaurant in the Salina area of high caliber. It has become a favorite spot for us for special occasions. We spent 3 hours there recently chatting with our friends, enjoying great food and a bottle of wine. Great atmosphere, service and, of course, food!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can always count on fresh food cooked to perfection with very professional service. I always tell people that it's the best restaurant in Salina even though it's 7-8 miles south in Assaria.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is always excellent, and the staff is always friendly including the chef. Be prepared to enjoy an interesting atmosphere of an old school as well. Just go, you will love it!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful evening dining with family and great food. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This proved to be a great local choice for celebrating our anniversary. Care was evident in the food preparation and in our service. A very special place!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Saturday Night dining
We certainly enjoyed our dinner at Renaissance Cafe. The food was excellent, the desserts to die for. We had a good
waitress but she was a little overwhelmed because there seemed to be a lot of tables she was responsible for.
We had guests meet us there and they thoroughly enjoyed it. We will be back.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed ourselves very
We enjoyed ourselves very much. It was our first time eating at your restraunt. Waitress was very friendly and observant . Served each item on time and fresh. Food was fantastic very good flavor to all. A little pricey but well worth a good meal. We will be back for more!!!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best dining in the area
In an area of Kansas with few "fine dining' offerings, this restaurant is a delight. I've never found it lacking in either service or quality. A gem!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the experience
I loved the entire experience from the appetizers set on the table to the last sip of coffee with dessert. Where else in this area would I get tuna properly cooked? It was dining experience, nor just a meal. Thanks!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have had several items at this restaurant from liver and onions, steaks, salads and desserts. Every time the experience has been awesome.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always order the steak venato and it is always fantastic, but this last time it was very salty. I hope this time was a mistake and the next time it will be fantastic again.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very accommodating with excellent service the food is wonderful with a changing menuand selections that you don't find anywhere else
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Enjoyable Evening With Friends
We enjoyed the quet atmosphere. The four of us could carry on a conversation and be heard without raising our voices above a noisy background. Our server was helpful with suggestions and available when needed without being intrusive. The fresh rye bread with the herb butter started the evening off on the right foot. When we left we were relaxed and felt like we had "gotten away" for the evening.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and great service.
Great food and great service. The building is unique in that it is an old school house.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can sit and eat and not
You can sit and eat and not feel rushed. You can also visit and hear the conversation. Thoroughly enjoy it everytime I go.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Who would have "thunk" it?
This hidden gem is known to locals but not well advertised or travelled. Open three days a week for 4 hours, it is an exceptional place and reservations are needed. The menu was apportioned, and wine list outstanding. The service was exceptional. This is a must go....
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
By far one of the best restaurants
By far one of the best restaurants I have eaten at. We always go here on special occasions and are excited when we find friends that have never been so we can take them.
Kevin and his staff are excellent!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Something unexpected in small town Assaria. Dining on the mezzanine level of an old school house overlooking the basement gymnasium. Food SO good!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service!!!!!!!!!
Excellent food and service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM