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 Food
Cafe Renaissance reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (92)romantic (84)neighborhood gem (74)fit for foodies (63)notable wine list (59)good for groups (18)great for lunch (14)late-night find (12)hot spot (8)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Very friendly service. Relaxed,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/10/2009
    Very friendly service. Relaxed, comfortable pace. Great food. Try the Irish Coffee!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've gone back several times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/31/2008
    We've gone back several times and it is an excellent and special place. Service is great and setting is romantic! We'll go back again . . .
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a GREAT little find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/27/2008
    This is a GREAT little find in Vienna. Intimate and a wonderful wait staff. It is getting so popular that reservations are now required but well worth making the phone call.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was wonderful,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/26/2008
    Everything was wonderful, other than the waiter was a bit hard to get the attention of. It seemed we were looking for him every time we needed something instead of him coming to us. When we ran out of water or were ready to order, we had to wait for him to look over and then sort of flag him over to us. It was our first time there, and other than that everything was great. The owner even came over and said he thought the lobster bisque was only 80% that night, and he didn't want to serve anything that wasn't 100%, so he recommended one of the specials that was wonderful. For appetizers we had oysters and shrimp, both good. Dinner we had veal and filet mignon, and both were perfectly cooked and tasted wonderful. Puff pastry desert was avg.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This restaurant, located in
    WindowSeat
    Dined on 12/25/2008
    This restaurant, located in an unassuming strip-mall off the town's main thoroughfare, is a gem. It features a cosmopolitan staff, French food, and beautiful Florentian Renaissance decor. The service is personal, understated, and superb and the food is very good. An excellent place for celebrating special occasions or for an elegant evening out with friends.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant has a good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/25/2008
    The restaurant has a good and varied menu. They aslo offer to prepare off-menu meals to your tastes. It's preparation and quality rates this restaurant very high on our list. It is also a cozy, not too large to be managed well, restaurant located conveniently for local clientele.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The ambiance of the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/24/2008
    The ambiance of the restaurant was very good. Tables were far enough apart to feel you had your own space. The wall murals and table cloths added to a romantic atmosphere. Service was good but a mix-up with the wine order was problamatic. Food was OK but not the special cuts we expected. Plate presentation was uninspiring with a middle-eastern flair. The chocolate souffle' was most disappointing. If you have had a good souffle' don't order this one. All the negatives aside, this really is a neighborhood gem; a family run restaurant with good results. We should support it to keep it around for future generations. Don't expect more than it is and you will have a great time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Renaissance is one of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/22/2008
    Cafe Renaissance is one of my favorite 'quiet spots', with excellent food, and service. I have been a 'regular' since the beginning and always exicited to try another of Ocean's new dishes. Definately a neighborhood keeper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was our first visit,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/12/2008
    This was our first visit, which came from a recommendation from a friend. Cafe Renaissance was fantastic. Great food, great service. They did everything imaginable to make my wife and I feel welcome and treated us like we had been coming there for years. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • elegant excellence, wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 12/11/2008
    elegant excellence, wonderful service, delicouse food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was an enjoyable experience
    Daniel
    Dined on 11/29/2008
    It was an enjoyable experience and the menu on the website represented the menu in the restaurant well. The service was very well attentive, and able to accommodate any special requests we had. The food was good, but I have had better for the same price in the Northern Virginia/D.C. area. Very friendly staff, and eager to please.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I took a friend to lunch at
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2008
    I took a friend to lunch at Cafe Renaissance for her 50th birthday and it was just wonderful. As always, the food and service was superb. The waiter even brougth over a special birthday dessert that totally complimented the lunch. Cafe Renaissance is one of my favorite places to enjoy a delicious meal, alone or with family/friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Though we had made reservations
    RegularDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2008
    Though we had made reservations for the 3-course fixed price dinner, that option wasn't offered to us. We didn't request it, since we rarely confine ourselves to the limited menues offered by restaurants during Restaurant Week, but we were negatively (see below)
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a fabulous evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/21/2008
    We had a fabulous evening - all elements in place!! And what a selection (off the regular/specials menu) with a few exceptions - and for that reasonal price honoring a restaurant week deal! More great reviews and advertising should be done about this special place in Vienna.....tops Bazin's in ALL areas!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have been there for diner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2008
    I have been there for diner, but this was the first lunch. It was a very pleasant experience, and would go back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have been coming to this
    Fulltimetraveller
    Dined on 11/20/2008
    We have been coming to this restaurant for special occasions for years. We absolutely love it. They always make you feel special and the food is outstanding. I've never had a dish I didn't love. You can't go wrong coming to this restaurant for any occasion or just for a romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very pleasing evening; nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/19/2008
    Very pleasing evening; nice menu and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, quiet, romantic atmosphere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/8/2008
    Great, quiet, romantic atmosphere. Service was welcoming and the food was not bad. Selects limited but a accessible romantic restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service and quiet.
    Eatsoutalot
    Dined on 11/4/2008
    Excellent service and quiet. It seems to cater towards a more senior crowd. The food is sometimes very good, sometimes okay. It is convenient for us and we've been dining here many years.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had a great solo lunch at
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2008
    I had a great solo lunch at the Cafe Renaissance! The service is wonderful and so is the food/atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely French restaurant,
    jgronerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2008
    Lovely French restaurant, excellent service, almost a throwback to an earlier era of fine (but not fussy) French food and good service. Quite enjoyable. Excellent French and Italian red wines.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service I think I've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/1/2008
    Best service I think I've ever had. Food was spectacular and reasonably priced, absolutely charming atmosphere with just the right touch of ambiance. I would go there every night if possible...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I walked into this place with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/1/2008
    I walked into this place with tea from Starbucks next door and asked by the receptionist immediately if I had alcohol in my cup, I stated no it was green tea and that i did not drink alcohol. He wanted to inspect my cup which I gave willingly, already a uncomfortable situation because it was not like i was a walk in off the street, i had made these reservations a few days earlier. The place was loud, not romantic as reviewed, the curtains I was sat next to were filthy and laden with dead bugs. The food was dry when it should have been juicy (meat) and the sides were wet mush. The food was over priced and the service was questionable at best. I will never eat here and recommend you go to McDonalds before stopping here and wasting your money
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My wife and I celebrated her
    Buble
    Dined on 10/22/2008
    My wife and I celebrated her birthday; and were so very delighted with its food quality, preparation, and value. It offers a romantic atmosphere with kind and genuine staff. It was a real treat. They've been there over 14 years and we had never heard of them! What a find - its tucked away in a strip mall of sorts, but go inside and enjoy a great dining experience! My wife and I had the Lobster special and also enjoyed a crab appetizer and wine. Knowing it was my wife's birthday from the message I sent on OpenTable, the host made a special dessert just for us to share. He seated us in a room away from others for privacy. It was truly a wonderful experience - we will be back. The menu has a wide range of options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was alright, we went
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/11/2008
    Food was alright, we went for our anniversary. We were annoyed by the owner or host with his paternalistic attitude. We are in our mid 40s, when we walked int he average age in the room dropped like a stone. Lots and lots of elderly people. We had read that this was the msot romatic restaurant in Fairfax. I would not say romantic, I would say geriatric. We will not be back and in the future will dine in Arlington or the district.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Renaissance continues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2008
    Cafe Renaissance continues to provide a memorable experience in dining. The quality of the food, and its presentation are consistently high. The wine list is excellent, with many good bottles at $40 or less. The Restaurant is quiet, conducive to easy conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A return to Cafe Renaissance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/1/2008
    A return to Cafe Renaissance is always a highlight for us. Their flaming steak Diane is hard to resist and this time as always it was superior. We always feel very special and attended to when we dine at Cafe Renaissance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Every party that arrived was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/29/2008
    Every party that arrived was treated with the same gracious welcoming greeting whether a frequent diner or a first time visitor. That says volumes for a restaurant! The sample of the pureed pea soup with crab was wonderful. The chicken and veal dishes are consistantly good; and, because it was a Birthday celegration we were treated to a complimentary Banana's Foster desert which was not only delicious but fun to watch being prepared. We'll go back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent. The owner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2008
    Food was excellent. The owner stopped by took the order. The flambe desserts are great. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food, lovely dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/11/2008
    Delicious food, lovely dining room, and exceptionally warm atmosphere (thanks to the welcoming and attentive owners and servers) made for a fun evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I think this place is best
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2008
    I think this place is best for seafood. anything that was seafood was out of this world good and eveything else was just g00d. Very classical French style that was very appealing. They even decanted the wind for us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very very Old fashion food.
    yumchaVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2008
    Very very Old fashion food. Loaded with butter( way too much) Escargot had no flavor just buttery. Fish and scallops were so oily, potato had more than enough garlic to kill 10 vanpires. Very old building with old decor! Smelled mildew! Just very old fashion home style meal. Not going back there again
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Because of the distance from
    WaltVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2008
    Because of the distance from our residence we do not dine here often, but this quaint, romantic restaurant remains among our top dozen Northern Virginia places to dine--particularly on special occassions. Tucked into a small shopping strip on Vienna's main street, don't be deceived by its exterior; Cafe Rennaisance is a true neighborhood gem. Warm and hospitable, the food is consistently well prepared, nicely presented and ample--but never too much. The waiters are pleasant, professional and do not rush you to leave, even after you've clearly finished dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cafe Renaissance is a neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/13/2008
    Cafe Renaissance is a neighborhood gem offering a wide range of Italian and French dishes, prepared and presented with the gastronomic flair of a restaurant that cost five times as much. The ingredients are superior and the wine list is fantastic. The owner is very attentive and will happily respond to any request or resolve any concern. The Irish coffee may actually be the best in the world... i have had none better... and it is prepared in a manner that is both dramatic and romantic. Table side preparations are performed exquisitely. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We always enjoy Cafe Renaissance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/21/2008
    We always enjoy Cafe Renaissance. Because this is an expensive restaurant (for our budget, at least), we usually reserve going there for special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries). It is a very nice restaurant and is among our top three for special occasions. The food is always excellent and service is very good. Once, a few years ago, they had a young violinist playing among the dinner-time diners, and it was quite memorable and entertaining. My only recommendations for improving the experience of diners is to use warm plates for the hot food on and to warm the otherwise-excellent bread. We will return, for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's a small place and can
    Panzone
    Dined on 7/14/2008
    It's a small place and can get noisey, but given the quality of the food and service, not a problem. I onced lived in the area and found the Cafe Renaissance a great place to have business meetings or just a great meal with my wife. I moved away 5 years ago and this was my first chance to return; this time for meeting a couple folks for business discussions. Still a superb place to eat. The service is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The staff are all wonderful,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/12/2008
    The staff are all wonderful, a perfect small location for birthdays and romantic evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate