Cafe Renaissance

4.7
2442 reviews
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French
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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4.7
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BT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First visit and the food was incredible and creative. Nose level was amazingly low for so many patrons who were all engaged in conversation. I would return again.

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LM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Retuarant personnel are very personable and try to make you feel at ease. Food we had was delicious.

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DD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Very much a pleasure to go there, every time.

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BC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, service and environment. Especially nice when the chef came over and sat and talked with us...everything and everyone was perfect...

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C
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Cafe Renaissance always meet the highest standards in every facet of the dining experience.

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b
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch (which we enjoyed this visit)) or a special occasion—. We are always treated as valued customers and the food is delicious

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RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become our favorite restaurant for special occasions. Everything from the food to the service to the staff to the ambience was absolutely first rate. We truly felt we were honored guests. I could not recommend more highly!

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V
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I celebrated her birthday at Café Renaissance. The ambiance was perfect. It was quiet so we could carry on a conversation with ease. The service was excellent; great food suggestions. The food was incredible. We had a cup of delicious soup followed by salmon with a mustard cream sauce and a variety of vegetables. It was perfect. The rum cake with cinnamon ice cream was an incredible way to end the meal. We plan on bringing our friends to a high tea. There is a tea the last Saturday of every month. We can’t wait! I highly recommend this local secret! You won’t be disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly French dining experience!

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D
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Cafe Renaissance for dinner and enjoyed it very much. The food and service were excellent--mostly French with an emphasis on fish and seafood. The dining room is relatively small, the noise level was reasonable so we could talk quietly, and the atmosphere was very pleasant. It was fairly pricey but we felt worth it.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a perfect luncheon with friends from the moment we entered until we left! The food was the best!! Will definitely go back again for a delicious dinner meal!

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Dining experience ever, awesome service, tastie food, warm atmosphere. Would go again!!

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SC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I simply love this cafe for its cuisine, cozy atmosphere, and elegance. It has a very good wine selection.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect was absolutely tops! I love this restaurant and everything about it. Excellent for being able to have pleasant conversations at your table, perfect food, suburb attention to detail, perfect suggestions by the waiter for selections (often custom made!), great service, nice ambiance --what else needs to be said? !!!

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B
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Cafe Renaissance was an unexpected gem for my wife and I. We live right around the corner but honestly I would come over to CR even if I lived 15 miles away. The experience was unique and the food was well priced. Service was GREAT and we even went to brunch 2 days after our 1st experience.

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j
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over fantastic. Food, service and price.
Flexible chef
Great made to order deserts
Mom and dad owners.
Ill be back next week..

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed it. Great food and service

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T
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service were great, and menu items were tasty and also creative. Staff was very attentive to needs and no feeling of being rushed.. The only suggestion for improvement would be to make sure the butter is thawed - the bread was warm but wouldn't melt the butter :-(

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner and staff are very friendly and accommodating. Food was excellent. We plan to go back.

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EM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The servers did everything they could to make us feel welcome. While I pride myself on being able to select my own wine, the server was spot on regarding my selection.

We had a most enjoyable dinner and will come back!!

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C
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I first really connected on a 'friend' date at Cafe Renaissance, which lasted until we needed to move out to the parking lot so the restaurant could close. The physical atmosphere -- elegant, but not precious -- and the very, very warm attention of the owner, and the staff that has been in place since we first went there in 2000, keep us coming back for every wedding anniversary and other times as we're able. Food is carefully prepared and consistently delicious.

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RM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service and ambience are great. It's so nice to be able to converse and not shout CR is a nice neighborhood restaurant. Brunch (bourbon sauced French toast with fruit and omelets) were excellent.

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BM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There is not a restaurant on the planet with a more gracious welcoming staff. Service and attention to detail is meticulous. The atmosphere is luxurious and serene. The food is delicious. An evening spent dining there is a rare and welcoming experience in the DC dining scene.

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M
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service was impeccable. The lamb shanks were perfect as was the duck and the cod encrusted in Parmesan

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KA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It was our first time dining at this reataurant and it was on New Years Eve. We initially had a 6pm reservation and we were told 2 days prior to dining that we needed to change to a different time. Not that big of a deal, an earlier time, since I have a young one going with us. When we arrived, we were greeted promptly and seated quickly. The food was good, some dishes stood out more than others, but overall good. The service could have been better. Server was very attentive, very. The food came out rather quickly after the each course was completed. When I asked the server about what types of scotch they had and the years, he told me that scotch does not go by years? So, I was just give me ...... When we orderd wines by the glass on the "wines by the glass list page" he was unaware that they carried that wine by the glass. It was not the best day. However, the food was good and the ambiance.

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MW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had a dinner reservation on New Year's Eve. When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed and seated right away. The food is always outstanding at Cafe Renaissance and even on a busy holiday night, the food was spectacular! The lobster ravioli melted in your mouth and the flounder, served with a lemon butter sauce, was delicious and cooked perfectly!

The service is outstanding as the wait staff makes every effort to ensure your dining experience is memorable!

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PH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in DC visiting from out of town and friends recommended this restaurant. Everything was excellent including food, service & atmosphere. The chef came out to say hello and the owner treated us to an after dinner drink on the house. Next time we are in DC again we will certainly be back! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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DD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Cafe Renaissance many times, always welcomed and given a great meal. One of our favorite places.

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S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of four enjoyed all aspects of our dinner. We were greeted warmly and our table was ready. We gave very good marks to our diverse appetizers (French onion soup, eggplant parmigiana, kale salad, & squash and sweet potato soup) and our entrees (veal with cream and brandy sauce and hangar steak). The service was excellent, and the atmosphere was attractive and relatively quiet. The meals are reasonably priced. It adds up to a fine night out.

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KS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a normal day, the maitre d', waiters, and owner pay close, friendly attention and offer a wide menu. - Our latest visit was Christmas day and, although there was a lot more bustle and activity, it was still a very enjoyable dining experience! Obviously the staff couldn't linger, and there was a more limited menu -- but they still offered a nice variety of food choices. I had an appetizer of cream of mushroom and asparagus soup, an entree of Chicken Piccata, and a dessert sampler, all accompanied by a nice pinot noir. -- It made for a lovely Christmas dinner in an intimate setting, with wonderful food, cheerful service, and a cozy, happy ambience. -- This place is a gem!

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CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We dined here for Christmas several years ago and had a nice time. Sadly, our most recent visit, again on Christmas day, was very different and an unpleasant experience. It began as we were greeted at the door. Chef approached to say hello and welcome us, but was swiftly interrupted so we could be guided, as it turned out, toward a table intended for another party. As I followed my sister to the table, one of the staff members a distance away called out to me and in a scolding tone said "Ma'am, what are you doing? Your table is over here!" I'm 53 with a full head of gray hair, a professional, and beyond the stage in life of being scolded! The experience did not improve. Within seconds of being seated, our drink order was taken by the same rude staff member ("Mr. Rude") even though one member in our party had excused herself to use the restroom. Her return and retrieval of her drink order bought us a few precious moments to peruse the menu, before Mr. Rude returned, wanting our food order. No surprise, our entrees were ready in what seemed like record time, the quality of which was mediocre, at best. Dessert was declined--probably the smartest move we made since my husband, a Bananas Foster fan, noticed all the ingredients to it pre-assembled and laid out as he passed by them on his way to the restroom. Lovely. But my review would not be complete without mentioning the appreciation Mr. Rude expressed that we finished our meal quickly enough to give them time before other guests arrived. So glad we could be of assistance, in spite of developing heartburn in the process. Needless to say, we will not be returning to this establishment.

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MU
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Christmas Lunch. We truly enjoyed it. Great food and great service.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Vegan was at the table and waiter tried to hand us the Holiday menu 3 times. There is nothing vegan on it. Usually have outstanding service and although it was a Holiday I was disappointed.

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RI
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner at Café Renaissance! From the warm greeting upon arrival through to the complimentary dessert and port (it was our anniversary) everything was great.

I enjoyed the Dover sole and my wife enjoyed a wonderful filet. The food was prepared perfectly. Great value, too. Even the wine by the glass pours were generous.

Highly recommend

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming host, excellent service, delicious food, good wine, and entertainment by way of table -side flaming Irish coffee!

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PB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love Cafe Renaissance! The food was fantastic (again) and we received a lot of personal attention from the owner, chef, and our waiter.

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PG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Most attentive professional wait staff we've encountered in a long time. Very friendly atmosphere. Nice menu.

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AM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was suburb and the food was very tasty. Want to further explore the menu!

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round

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LC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening spent celebrating a retirement. Service was attentive and gracious.

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