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Cafe Renaissance, Vienna, VA

Cafe Renaissance

4.9
4.9
2800 Reviews
$50 and over
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 dinner.



Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 3:30 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 938-3311

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ocean Joseph

  • Catering

    We can provide catering for your functions . You can visit or Google Cafe Renaissance take out menu and order great meals with very reasonable price point.

  • Private party facilities

    Available for your private parties in 2 rooms in our restaurant. Examples are Board meetings, Birthday events, rehearsal dinners, private Teas and Baby showers.

  • Neighborhood

    Vienna

  • Cross street

    Glyndon st and Maple ave ( rout 123 )

  • Parking details

    In front of the restaurant or in the back area of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    We are located about 2 miles from Vienna and Dun poring metro stations. So a short cab drive is needed from any of the 2 Stations.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea.

    $40.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us every last Saturday of the month and enjoy our tea sandwiches along with homemade jam , sconce and variety of different French pastries and mousses.

What 2,800 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Romantic

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Special Occasion

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    French

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Notable Wine List

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Romantic

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Special Occasion

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    French

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  1. CK

    CKSCATES

    Houston

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a wonderful restaurant with such great food. We had a very good waiter… I don’t think I caught his name… from Mongolia, and we made a new friend. Very attentive and cared about our experience. Saeed, the owner, is very welcoming. Even though our anniversary had passed and we really weren’t there for it, they celebrated it anyway. Very special. Great for a special occasion, but it’s also price pretty well for just a culinary night out. Highly recommend.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded todayIt was a great pleasure meeting you very dear Chris Scates. Thanks for the visit & your kind words.

  2. PD

    PeterD

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    there is a real warmth that starts as soon as you walk in and the owner greets you. the food was delicious. I would highly recommend for those wanting a ubique and well done dining experience. try this restaurant

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded todayThank you dear Peter for coming with your lovely family and sharing some time with us. Also I would like to thank you for your kind remarks.

  3. MC

    MarkC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the ambiance was wonderful! The incredibly gracious and generous host/owner Saee Abtahi personally made our experience very special. We are always greeted so warmly and treated like royalty. Cafe Renaissance has become our favorite restaurant and the place to go when we have friends and guests visiting. And it’s always the place that they want to dine at when they return! Bravo!

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded 1 day agoThanks for your years of support.

  4. JE

    JoannaE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    French onion soup tasted canned, which was a disappointment. Overall, I found the menu items over-priced for the portions. The lamb was very good, and the appetizers were good, though overpriced. The complimentary birthday small strawberry tart and the chocolate mousse in the little glasses was a nice touch. Service was very good; maitre'd tried to be very accommodating. Not sure I would return.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded 2 days agoPlease pay attention to Dollar signs, so you do not make a mistake choosing a restaurant. We display a $$$$, so people who are looking for bargain can avoid us. Our Onion soup is time tested and is our best seller. We sent you a cocktail ( non alcoholic ), improved the appetizer that was your daughter entree by adding an item to it and sent hand crafted dessert tray for the table as a way to be more than fair with you.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic service and stellar food!
  6. C

    Cheryl

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Splendid food, service and wine selection! Another great evening!

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on September 14, 2022Thank you very dear for your 2 visits in short time.

  7. BM

    BMS1313

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service and food as always ecxellent. You are made to feel extremely welcome and are appreciated for being a customer. The menu has something for everyone and dishes small or large are nicely portioned and delicious.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on September 14, 2022Thanks for your many years of support.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best services. Everyone is super friendly and nice. I eat out daily and tried many restaurants. Hands down, best services. Henry gave us beyond excellent services. My whole family loves him. Also, food is excellent, great value. Best best soufflé from the exceptional chef. Highly recommend

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on September 10, 2022Thank you very dear for visiting twice in one week. I agree with you, mr Henry is super caring.

  9. RM

    RoniM

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They make you feel like family.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on September 4, 2022Thanks for sharing your special Day with us.

  10. SD

    ScottD

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Not what I was expecting from a strip mall. Will definitely go back

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on September 7, 2022Much thanks for your visit Sir.

  11. B

    Barden

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    My seafood dish was bland. While I generally enjoy angel hair pasta, I left most of it because it was not tasty. I had asked the server whether the seafood had ever been frozen and he assured me it had not been. However, by the taste and texture, I have suspicions the shrimp and scallops were previously frozen, a turn-off for me.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on September 5, 2022Thanks for the feedback, we will try to improve.

  12. D

    Debra

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully decorated with fresh flowers on each table. Each table has unique China and different flowers. The murals are lovely. The Host, servers were friendly and welcoming. The small plate eggplant was delicious. Very good Caesar salad. Drinks very good. Cherries Jubilee was outstanding! Will definitely return to this restaurant for a special occasion.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on September 7, 2022Thank you very dear.

  13. T

    Thomas

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and outstanding food and service. We will definitely return.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on September 4, 2022Thank you dear Sir.

  14. RS

    RobS

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Quaint little place, excellent food. Flaming Irish coffee a real treat.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on September 14, 2022Thank you dear Rob for your kind words.

  15. AQ

    AntonioQ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going to Renaissance for years. It continues to be excellent. with a great chef, varied menu, a welcoming atmosphere with charm and sophistication all the time. WE CAN'T THINK OF A BETTER PLACE TO ENJOY WONDERFUL CUISINE! Antonio and Virginia Quesada

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on September 1, 2022Thank you dear Antonio for your many Years of support.

  16. DS

    DavidS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent evening. A wonderful experience. Reinforcers the importance of keeping a restaurant of this quality during these difficult times.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on August 31, 2022Thanks for your visit and also for your very kind words.

  17. C

    Cheryl

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and the service was exceptional! You feel like a treasured guest! We will be bringing a group in September.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on August 31, 2022Thank you dear and we are ready for your upcoming visit.

  18. A

    Aherndon

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to have dinner at Cafe Renaissance. GREAT menu (and wine list). The 4 of us ordered from the menu AND from the "specials" of the night. The asparagus was outstanding as was the salmon with crab cakes. I also have to mention the rack of lamb. We had a variety of deserts which were excellent with perfect presentations. AND, the coup de gras was the Irish Coffee which Cafe Renaissance concocts at table-side as no other restaurant in in the DMV. The restaurant is family owned and Mr. Abtahi checks every table to make sure all is going well. Do go to Cafe Renaissance, have the Irish Coffee, and tell Mr. Abtahi that Albert "Einstein" recommended it.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on August 31, 2022It is always a great pleasure serving our friends.

  19. PC

    PaulineC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Café Renaissance delivers. Saeed welcomes all as family, yet gives ample space and privacy for diners to enjoy themselves and feel as comfortable as if they were at home. The excellent menu, service and ambience keep us coming back.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on August 31, 2022It is always a great pleasure, serving our very devoted guests.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great service, little slow. Food was great. Music was a little load for normal conversation. Celebrated 2 Birthdays. Thanks Saaed
  21. MB

    MattB

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience at Cafe Renaissance is always exquisite. The tasting menu was delicious. From the seafood appetizer to the dessert sampler it was delectable. Our server was attentive without hovering. He offered a brilliant wine selection to go with the tasting menu. This is our go to place for special occasions and this did not disappoint. We had a lovely evening celebrating Matt's birthday. Thank you!

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on August 31, 2022Thank you very dear for the visit & also for your kind words.

  22. SM

    SandyM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my husband's birthday and the food and wine were excellent. They brought dessert to the table for all 4 of us with a sparkler in his and sang to him. The halibut was great, and the steak with peppercorn sauce was melt in your mouth delicious. Can't wait to go back!
  23. MD

    MaryD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. It’s an occasion restaurant but not overly pricey. Really some of the best food I’ve had in the US.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on September 1, 2022Thank you you dear for sharing your Birthday dinner with us.

  24. BM

    BarryM

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very lovely evening. Thank you.

    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on August 31, 2022Thanks for your visit.

  25. t

    timd

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner. Outstanding food and service.
  26. DO

    DebraO

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food and excellent service in an elegant setting.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful atmosphere with great service. Good was great. Had a great experience. Thanks for being there for us with such a unique and amazing place.
  28. D

    Diegoh

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a traditional French restaurant. White tablecloths, great food, great service. Good wines. Nest restaurant in the area.
  29. S

    Sara

    Richmond

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service. Amazing desserts. Generous drinks. This was our second time and we’ll be back!
  30. SF

    SeanF

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time eating at this longtime Vienna favorite. We were seated immediately and ordered delicious pre-dinner drinks. We ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings and left stuffed! The appetizer was a combination of four items with sauces, followed by a salad, Alaskan halibut, beef tenderloin and finished off with a trio of desserts. The wines were perfectly matched to the food. The owner is a delightful host and has a great sense of humor. The crowd was a mix of old and younger adults, with most being families. We'll definitely visit again.
  31. DD

    DanD

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous place, always treated as though we are special. Saed is a wonderful host, the chef always prepares something delicious and special and the desserts are always spectacular. We love going on special occasions and when friends visit.
  32. SL

    SeafoodLover

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a wonderful restaurant with excellent food and service. It’s not the cheapest, but I never regret going there. Thank you for a great dinner.
  33. MM

    MichaelM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience all around. It couldn't have been any better.
  34. A

    Alias

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, excellent service and welcoming atmospheric atmosphere, quiet surroundings, a tad pricey, but worth it. Recommend.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place for a celebration! Owners and service is outstanding!!
  36. SB

    SheilaB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place for a lovely meal, lovely staff, terrific owner, & great food! Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy this restaurant & the food.
  37. S

    Smitty

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Renaissance never fails to deliver. Our hosts make you feel as if you are dining in their home, as does their staff. The wine and drink list is extensive and high-quality. The food is superb and you never feel rushed. Perfect for special occasions or just a really great evening!
  38. R

    Roberto

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The variety of the dishes offered is very good. The quality of the food is excellent. The service is efficient. I have been dining there for many years (except during the pandemic).
  39. m

    moi2

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a wonderful evening! Excellent food and personal service. We are moving away and this was our farewell dinner. We will NEVER find another restaurant as wonderful as Cafe Renaissance!
  40. P

    Pete

    Washington DC

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food on a cozy small restaurant.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Cafe Renaissance offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 938-3311.

Cafe Renaissance is rated 4.9 stars by 2800 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cafe Renaissance

163 Glyndon Street, SE, Vienna, VA 22180

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Glyndon st and Maple ave ( rout 123 )

  • Neighborhood

    Vienna

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 3:30 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Italian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    In front of the restaurant or in the back area of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    We are located about 2 miles from Vienna and Dun poring metro stations. So a short cab drive is needed from any of the 2 Stations.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ocean Joseph

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 938-3311

  • Catering

    We can provide catering for your functions . You can visit or Google Cafe Renaissance take out menu and order great meals with very reasonable price point.

  • Private party facilities

    Available for your private parties in 2 rooms in our restaurant. Examples are Board meetings, Birthday events, rehearsal dinners, private Teas and Baby showers.

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