Cafe Renaissance
Cafe Renaissance

Cafe Renaissance

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caferenaissance.com/
  • Phone: 7039383311
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday 5pm to 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, French
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Renaissance
For lovers of food, wine and romance,
Cafe Renaissance is your first choice in
intimate dining. Located in the heart of downtown Vienna, Cafe Renaissance
offers a quiet and charming ambiance
that will complement any lunch or dinner.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Cafe Renaissance reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (97)romantic (95)neighborhood gem (80)fit for foodies (60)notable wine list (55)good for groups (19)great for lunch (19)late-night find (7)great for brunch (4)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Went to Renaissance Cafe on a whim last a friday night - had a wonderful time. The food was superb and the staff friendly, engaging, knowledgeable, and attentive. The somalier provided an excellent recommedation for wine with our meal. Definitely on our list now!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Memorable Event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Whether you go to Café Renaissance for a Special Occasion or for a weekday dinner, a dinner at Café Renaissance is a memorable event. From the moment you are greeted by the owner, Saeed, you are made to feel special. The wait staff and the sommelier are exceptionally knowledgeable and the chef is willing to come out and discuss options in case you don't see something you want. The food preparation is superb and the taste is even better. You cannot go wrong if you dine here.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent choice
    frenchmemory2
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I found this restaurant in website for french restaurant for lunch with my co-workers and they all satisfied so much. I want to go for special occasion since food was little over my limit.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Find
    naging
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Café Renaissance is a long-time favorite restaurant. It is a wonderful place to meet friends and catch up in a pleasant, quiet environment. Food is excellent. Great variety. Service is friendly and very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My Favorite Restaurant
    mb61man
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Another outstanding dinner at Cafe Renaissance. The starters, salad, main course and dessert were all delicious as always. There is always a wide variety of specials and I recommend allowing the staff to offer their recommendations. The service is impeccable, friendly and entertaining. I offer my highest recommendation to Cafe Renaissance and encourage those who have not yet tried this gem to make the trip to Vienna, VA. You will have a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply Amazing
    LoveCRVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    How can you ask a restaurant that does everything so well to do more? ! Always, always an amazing experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a wonderful experience
    MikeandLoVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    From the moment you enter to the time you leave they make you feel like family. Even though we have only visited on a few special occasions, they make you feel like you have been coming every week. The food is wonderful and service is great. We love the Steak Diane and highly recommend it. We were tempted by the Specials.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Renaissance Vienna Va.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Surprising gem with great ambience, a menu for everyone and a personable and attentive staff. The owner is a pleasure to talk to and really wants feedback on how to improve the experience..........we couldn't offer any. The physical plant is small and they seem to have a dedicated group of loyal fans. There is plenty of room to have that romantic dinner if you wish. Great time.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Lovely first dining experience, everything was delicious and beautifully presented. A lovely find and easy to drive to and plenty of parking.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We have never had a bad meal at Renaissance. The staff is exceptionally friendly. For the quality of the food and service, it is a bargain.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of Virginia's Best!
    SienaItalyVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This is truly one of the region's finest dining experiences. From the greeting, to the way the specials are described, to the interest the chef takes in the table's special needs, to the specialty coffees, it is a experience for all of the senses. The food and presentation are above and beyond...compliments to the Chef!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful as always
    rr01
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We have never had a bad meal! I have some picky tastes and they are always willing to accommodate us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in ages
    DeanS
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    You don't expect to find a high quality, personal touch dining experience in a suburban strip mall, but Café Renaissance does just that. It was our first time dining there - on a whim, and now I am regretting missing 10 years of amazing meals. The personal attention from the owner, the server, the sommelier and the chef, joining us at our table and helping make amazing selections for our meal. The ambience is of a fine French café - beautiful décor, and wonderful presentation - and the food was wonderful. We will be back. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Cinzia
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    This restaurant was a great find for our small group (3). We enjoyed a fantastic lunch, quiet atmosphere, and wonderful, very knowledgeable waiter. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Pleasant
    ALMm
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Whether you are a party of two or a group; whether you don't want to spend too much, or it doesn't matter; whether you want to dress up or dress down, this is the place. The food selection is good, the food is good and so is the service. The owner and staff are attentive and the ambiance is pleasant. I recommend you try this place. They also have a once a month wine tasting dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful
    BrendaOntheGo
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Very good food although the appetizers where my favorite. Everyone in our party of five truly enjoyed this neighborhood gem. The crab crepes were superb. Next time I'll skip the bone-in rib-eye and just have the crepes. lobster bisque and banana's foster for the PERFECT meal. It's easy to get carried away.....don't let the exterior fool you. Once you enter the doorway you will know you made a very wonderful choice. Perfect for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    From start to finish, this was a wonderful dining experience. The food was superb, the service was excellent and we were able to carry on a conversation in a normal tone of voice. The restaurant is pricey, but not ridiculously so. It's a wonderful place to go for a special occasion, and we will return!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mattie is an excellent waiter.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Mattie is an excellent waiter. He made good recommendation, and our meal was of the finest quality.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mahti was great!
    MangopopVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We were regulars there before we moved south. Now we're regulars when we're in town. As usual our host treated us like family. The food was outstanding as usual and the service was terrific. Mahti made us (me) an Irish coffee after dinner at the suggestion of Saeed (owner) - the show was terrific and the coffee even better; catch it on Utube. Everything from start to finish was first class and then some. If you want to have a bad experience there you're going to have to work very hard. It has been the best overall dining experience we're had the pleasure of enjoying on many occasions without one disappointment. And the chef - a reincarnation of Elvis, will most often come by to see what you like, what you would like and make your night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Choice for a Special Occasion
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We returned to celebrate the birthday of my friend. We were treated royally. The chef recommended our dinner choices and made us a special dessert upon request. The maitre d' and the chef stopped by our table many times to check on our experience. This restaurant is truly special! I did not think they could top our first visit but our second visit was even better. Great food! Great ambience! And super great service!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversay Dinner
    twohokies82
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. The atmosphere was very old school European. The wait staff was attentive and very informative. The menu was diverse enough and the food came on time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best choice for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Always the best choice for an exceptional dinner in the metro D.C. area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary celebration
    PamK
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We have dined here several times, and have never been disappointed. The service and food are outstanding. With so many delicious featured dishes, we don't order from the menu. It was a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but didn't WOW me.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Our waiter and the chef were VERY accommodating and we felt very taken care of. They arranged for us to have a plate of appetizers so that we could try a few. A couple of them were cold, but the flavor was excellent. The squash soup was to die for. One in our party was treated to something off the menu - trout, which was delicious. I ordered the lamb shank with risotto, but it arrived with linguini instead. The lamb shank was delicious. I had asked about the special with the risotto. The waiter said that it was the lamb shank and that it came with risotto or linguini. I did not choose, but thought he understood that I wanted risotto. Oh well. Not a big deal, but... I might go back if in the area, but there's so many others to try! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    xseadog
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We had a great time and would go back for sure. It gets a little loud but very cozy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always dining at Cafe Renaissanc
    Lu2dineVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    As always dining at Cafe Renaissance is an exceptional experience. The friendliness of the owner and staff is top drawer and the quality of food is outstanding. Additionally, the presentation of offerings adds a special dimension to a truly enjoyable evening. This restaurant stands out above all others in the area. My wife and I have never been disappointed with a dining experience over the few years we have frequented this wonderful restaurant. We also bring friends and adult family members to this impressive dining facility on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent - we will be back
    siena
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We went to the restaurant for my birthday and were greeted by name at the door. Since our table was not quite ready, the owner bought us a glass of wine while we waited. We were pleasantly were surprised by the warm welcome and were treated like we were regulars already. The restaurant is small but cozy, and the service was fantastic. The food was great and was served at a nice pace. The portions are plentiful (had to bring half my main home), and the wine was flowing. The staff is very social, friendly, and welcoming. We will definitely be going back again for dinner (no huge feast). It's a great place for a date night or just a nice meal out where everyone, including other other diners, are relaxed, happy, and full of good food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always enjoy a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We always enjoy a wonderful evening - the food, service and ambience are superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary at cafe renaissance. Don't be alarmed by the fact that the restaurant is at a strip mall, the inside certainly does not reflect the outside. The staff is very friendly, the manager greets you, the chef comes by and asks you what he can make for you, all very friendly. That was a first to me. The food is great, although I did have better filet mignon in other locations. Price typical for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of a kind
    Olli
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Where else will the owner and chef both come to your table, sit and chat to make your evening so personal? They treat you like family and in an elegant, romantic setting. And the kitchen will make your meal virtually any way you want it. Service and food very consistent....top notch during several visits...and it is quiet here, a rare find in the DC area. Jack
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant never disapoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This restaurant never disapoints food is always fabulous service is beyond compare reccomend highly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb Birthday Dinner
    JackVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    My wife and I shared entrees of Dover Sole and Branzino that were perfectly cooked with tasty sauces and beautifully plated with a very delicious array of green beans, mashed sweet potato & white potatoes as well as delicious red cabbage. Fished with a delicious dessert sampler and flaming coffee!!! A great way to celebrate---thanks to all at the restaurant who made it a very memorable dinner!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This was our first time at this restaurant. We will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some of the best service in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food is great however, what's more impressive is the service. We came here for my girlfriend's birthday dinner. The entire staff welcomed us and upon learning that it was her birthday, they gave us some excellent surprise dessert alongside a birthday song. The staff is very attentive as my water level never dropped below half glass. As we were leaving, the manager told us that he had more desserts for us and was hoping we could stay a bit longer. He packed us the cake and chocolate as we are heading out. This is among the best service i've had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    No complaints here at all. My lady and I were personally greeted at the door with a handshake and a smile. Romantic ambiance, even though the location is tucked into an otherwise unremarkable strip mall. The food was well-worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, but...
    FoodLover
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Intrusive service, under seasoned and over oiled food. Salad excellent but too much dressing. Beef tasted reasonable but left terrible grill-like after taste. Dessert unmemorable. Probably won't go back. It was a disappointment because a friend recommended it very highly and we were looking for a place to take a special group. Now we have to keep looking.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vienna jewel!
    MusicmanVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Cafe Renaissance continues to stick to its exacting standards in all areas. As if that weren't enough, they cap it off with the personal touch by the wait staff and the chef, who on this occasion sat down at our table and planned the complete dinner to suit our tastes. We can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, great place
    Tarbush
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Guys, take your wife and girl there. The place caters to the women. And, the food is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attentive service and great food
    Doug
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Celebrated my wife's Birthday. The staff was attentive and our "Captain" was fantastic. They made this a very nice night and even gave a sampling of sweets at the end of the meal as a gift. If you go for a romantic evening, I suggest you ask for the side room as it has only a few tables and is more intimate.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special night
    Texarginian
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    My husband and I once enjoyed our dinner at Café Renaissance. It was our anniversary dinner and they made it special. Where else can you go where the chef will come and sit at your table to discuss what you'd like to do? When we told him what we were considering for an appetizer, he told us he'd make us something unique and special instead - scallop with an apricot glaze served over grill pineapple. Delicious! I had my favorite dish for an entrée - the cappelini renaissance pasta with seafood. We finished with an incredible Irish coffee, made table-side with a fiery show. All in all, it is such a great spot for a special occasion. They always take the time to make sure everything is just as you like it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.