Cafe Renaissance

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2515 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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J
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have recommended the Cafe Renaissance to many folks all of whom have enjoyed their dining experience. Without a doubt this is a first class restaurant. My wife and I have been dining here for 10 years. If it wasn't a "top Shelf" restaurant we would not return time and again.

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b
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are just charming and delicious! When we dine here we always feel so very special. The vegetables that accompany the entree are well prepared and so very appealing - as is the entree.

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JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful eclectic restaurant with an old world atmosphere and truly incredible service. Our server Wes was funny, charismatic, and a joy to speak to throughout the evening. Felt taken care of throughout and will absolutely come back! The food being delicious certainly helps as well

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OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out with hubby!
Always a great meal!

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JS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great owners. Great table. Great Chef. Great food. Great evening. Never disappointed!

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DK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner. Wonderful service. Great place to celebrate a special birthday or spend time with that special someone. Highly recommend.

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JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful personalized service combined with old school attention to detail. Highly recommended.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Staff much too familiar and intrusive. Waiter repeatedly stood behind my friend and put his hands on her shoulders. Chef came and sat at the table, uninvited, tried to talk us into ordering different things. We tipped $30.00 on $129.00 bill, waiter said it wasn't enough. I tasted one mussel from my friend's seafood pasta, and it tasted "off." She was sick all night. We will not return.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and the service! We live nearby and will definitely be going back.

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d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Charming staff that aims to please and entertain. Place reminds of a spirit of another era.

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JC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Cafe Renaissance for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. The restaurant offers excellent upscale French dinners in a convivial atmosphere. The dishes were interesting takes on traditional French cuisine but were lighter in every case. The wine list has great range but the prices are reasonable for what you get. We plan to return for many celebrations in the future!

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PC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We liked the warmest welcoming by the owner . The food / wine was so awesome and would go again

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C
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect of dining at Cafe Renaissance is supereb.
Dining there, yoou feel as if you are dining at a cloase friend's or relative;home.

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SR
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

another outstanding meeting at Cafe Renaissance; not busy on a Monday night, attentive and fun wait-staff (but not overly intrusive); an exceptional menu and wine list and (as always) a flaming dessert.

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r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to the fabulous Chef for a meal that was outstanding. We appreciated the warm hospitality of all those who attended us from the moment we walked in the door. The relaxed atmosphere made us feel comfortable instantly. We will certainly dine at Cafe Renaissance again as it is high on our list. Thank you!

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RG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I ordered the beer salad that was overdressed with dressing. Arugula not fresh and no pecans. Very disappointing. My husband's filet mignon was perfect. My salmon was okay. Vegetables were good.

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m
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

a hidden charm - in a strip center, so didn't expect such a lovely interior
place has been there for 25 years! who knew?
service started great and then got slow; food was lovely - tasty and nicely presented
a great find!!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible from the time you enter the doorway until you exit! Highly recommend for any occasion. The food is superb. The service is the best around! The ambiance cannot be beat!

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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Very European in approach. Go to spend time and enjoy your dining experience. Don’t go if you’re looking for a quick meal. Take your spouse on date night and mellow. Great for an anniversary.

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RP
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

As always Cafe Renaissance is an enjoyable, comfortable restaurant. Food is solid and delicious, service attentive. Chef and management keep in touch with diners to assure their enjoyment. Never disappointed in dining here.

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SC
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We've been happy whenever we've eaten at this small, elegant restaurant. Staff seems to go out of their way to make diners feel welcome and well cared for. Service is careful. Food is nicely presented. My filet mignon was generous; my husband was happy with his rack of lamb. We both enjoyed our onion soups.

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PG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great find! We were visiting a friend who lives in Vienna but who suggested that perhaps we look at Tyson's since there weren't many good choices in Vienna. Au contraire! Tucked away in a relatively obscure shopping center, this gem proved to be everything we could have hoped for. We were warmly greeted by the owner and EVERY staff member, served a wonderful meal, and allowed to enjoy our company without feeling rushed or pestered.

One more comment about the hospitable staff - each one, including the chef, took the time to speak to us. And every table was treated as if it were the only one in the room. I cannot overstate the generosity of spirit this team shares with every diner.

...oh, and the food and the wine were wonderful too!

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DC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love coming to Cafe Renaissance. The personalized service is second to none. The chef, waiters and staff always remember us and make us feel at home.

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BC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening celebrating our anniversary. You feel as thought you have all the time in the world, nothing is rushed. The food was excellent—the butternut squash soup was superb, large glasses of wine. I would definitely recommend this place to others.

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W
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our 40th Anniversary there on a Sunday night. It's a cozy intimate setting. The staff is extremely friendly and gregarious. Our meal was outstanding. I had squash and sweet potato soup = superb; and Dover Sole which was also excellent. Salad and salmon also excellent. I recommend this restaurant for any occasion for fine dining, especially a special occasion.

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SF
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a lovely dining experience at Cafe Renaissance!

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BL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The halibut with scallop almandine was super delicious. However, the Caesar salad was not so good - the romaine was rusty and past it’s prime - don’t know how that got passed. This is the 3rd time I’ve eaten here. Even if the salad was not good this time, the entrees have consistently been awesome and well prepared.

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SR
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Cafe Renaissance was a wonderful experience - food, service, atmosphere. We hoped the second time would be similar. We booked a table for 4, but the morning of the reservation, two more wanted to go. I called the restaurant, and they said it was a busy night, but they could do it. We arrived, and found out it was a "wine night", with a crowded group of enthusiasts and tastings and presentations. Our table was in a side room, but the servers were attentive, the wine "presenter" came and talked to us (we got a sip of one of the wines) and our night began. We were not disappointed; in fact, it exceeded our great experience previously. Cafe Renaissance is a jewel in the DC area (VIenna), and we now have 6 people planning a visit the next time in DC.

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R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent, my wife had the angel hair pasta with seafood, and I had the lamb shank with risotto.
Service was attentive, and prompt. The owner was very nice, he came by the table and even made our cherries jubilee table side.
We had a great time

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MC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nestled in a non-descript shopping center in Vienna, Café Renaissance is a surprise. Going there is like taking a trip to France without the jet lag. The food is magnificently and creatively prepared. Saeed, the owner, and staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Osheen is an artist as chef. And it is clear they all love to give their best. Over the years as we've taken friends there we've found they've always gone back, particularly for a special occasion, in part to show others their great find.

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TL
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The cocktails were delicious and generously sized.
The French onion soup was delicious. The snails were redolent of oil--and not a good, fruity olive oil, but more like cooking oil--and did not taste at all of butter or brandy, but mostly parsley.
The dressing on the beet salad was bitter.
The protein in the salmon crab special was delicious, but the accoutrements were mystifying. A baked tomato covered in red sauce. Three overcooked asparagus. A potato duchesse (I think--it seemed piped) that was tasty on top but inedible on the bottom, where it was burnt through and could not be cut with even a knife. But the main fault was the muddy, tasteless rice and bean mixture under the salmon. It was unpleasant.
One entree was listed as served with "scallops." Chef came into the dining room to tell our guest that he was out of scallops, and would substitute shrimp. My guest agreed. When his entree arrived, it had one shrimp on top.
When my friend requested a glass of white wine, without choice or explanation, the captain poured, from a screwtop wine bottle, short pours into our wineglasses.
At one point, one of the many servers reprimanded a server who had come to refill our water glasses. We are not sure what went wrong. There are many servers to your table, and they were not organized. We waited a very long time for our entrees though my husband noted later that others had been served long before us. I did not notice that at the time.
We were served complimentary desserts, which was a nice touch.

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T
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were celebrating our child’s caregiver one year anniversary with us and they all kicked it up a notch with food, wine and the caring waitstaff. Even our girl had a great time.

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FF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hesitated to do this review because it may cause me to not get the reservation I desire in the future!

Love this place. Great food (Chef will prepare anything you desire) and they make dessert soufflés, bananas foster, cherries jubilee and an amazing table-side Irish coffee.

If you haven’t dined here, treat yourself. It’s the “jewel of northern Virginia!

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P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely time...welldone

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SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Cafe Renaissance succeeds in delivering excellence, in all categories. If I could go every day, I would.

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b
London
33 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reminiscent of dining in a Parisian upscale neighborhood dining establishment. A spectacular dining experience for those who expect outstanding food and great service.

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JS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful 30th anniversary celebration. The food was great, the service impeccable and the ambience special but not stuffy. Recommend it highly!!

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GO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a wonderful evening and outstanding dinner at Café R.

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RC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are frequent (2-5 times a year) visitors to Cafe Renaissance. The food is always delightful and the staff is attentive. It is a small quiet restaurant which is good for a romantic dinner or just a nice conversation with friends.
If you go for the wine tasting pairing dinner, be sure to have a designated driver as they are generous with the tastings!

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SE
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was my husband and I first time. We were celebrating his birthday and a date night. I let the restaurant know ahead of time of the occasion. When we got there, they gave us a table with a vase filled with natural flowers. They welcomed us in an extra special way. The chef came and sat with us and recommended couple of dishes (he does that with all the customers it seems). The food was very good. Then they got us a plate of 3 mini desserts on the house with a candle. They sang happy birthday. It was a lovely evening.

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