Cafe Renaissance

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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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Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most wonderful evening at Cafe Renaissance. From the moment you walk in, the owner, maitre'd and cook made us feel welcome and like an old friend. There was a great selection of meals but we had the Chilean sea bass. Each item on the plate was beyond expectation. Even the potatoes and carrots were the best I ever had. Flavors that will long be remembered. As it was a birthday celebration, they provided a terrific trio of desserts with a candle. We can't wait to go again.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal here. The wait staff were some of the most attentive I have experienced.
This was special because I was visiting family that I don’t get to see very often.
The ambiance was wonderful with cloth table linen, candles, and a beautiful table setting with giant red wine glasses.
Again the wait staff was phenomenally wonderful.
Bread and appetizers came quickly and were yummy.

The food took a while to show up but I had good company so it was okay. When the food did come it was beautifully presented. My niece and I both ordered entrees but wanted to split so we each got to try both dishes. The chef was kind enough to do this before the plates came out.

We shared the halibut and crape . Both were wonderfully prepared and incredibly good.

Although the portions were on the smaller side, we were satiated and declined dessert. Nevertheless, the waiter brought us a lovely dessert that was exactly the right portion and flavor combination.

This was one of the most enjoyable dining experiences I have had in the area.

It was wonderful.

DO
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food. Amazing service.

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

If I could - I would have left no stars to this place. Food lovers - stay away from this place. While customer service is good - friendly hostesses, nice ambiance - this doesn't compensate for the terrible food. To begin with, we were served wine in dirty glasses. We ordered two salads to start, which came not as described, super small portions (Caesar salad with no parmesan?!) When ordering main dishes, I was asked to rethink my choices, getting no clear answer as to why. I went with Host's recommendations. Two dishes came in - per menu were very different meals, lamb and veal, risotto and mashed potatoes. Instead - we got the same sides - overcooked rice, dry cranberries, old brocolli and parsnip, which was actually dirty! When asked where is risotto - Chef personally came out to defend his yellow turmeric colored rice for being a risotto. I won't even begin on the freshness of veal scallopini and lamb shank. Tasted like old, previously frozen meal that was microwaved. The worst dining experience I have ever had. If you respect your taste buds, do not go there.

LM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family went his evening for a joint birthday dinner for my son and husband - wonderful! We had the best time and loved the food and service. We are looking forward to the next time!

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

Amazing as always. We'll definitely be back.

PK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience at Cafe Renaissance and it was fabulous. Service was impeccable, ambiance was perfect, and the owner and chef made rounds to each table to speak with the guests. Everyone was very personable and friendly and it felt like being served at your home dining room. The food was very good, but not excellent, and the wine menu was very deep. We would like to see more dessert options on our next trip.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always outstanding service, food, and ambiance.

TW
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever a special occasion comes up for a wonderful gourmet meal, Café Renaissance is always my preference. The Café is beautiful, romantic, the food is wonderful, and the service is perfect. Highly recommended for anyone who desires a special meal for a special occasion...or at any other time... Treat yourself and those you love...

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great food and service. Will come again often. They treat you like they care. Very warm and relaxing.

B
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Renaissance has become one of our favorite restaurants. We go there with friends who appreciate fine dining in a completely comfortable setting. The wine list is extensive and contains selections for all tastes and cost levels. We plan to return to Cafe Renaissance soon.

e
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If it is delightful french cooking you crave, then this is the spot. Quiet, small, intimate and tucked away in a small cluster of retail shops in a busy part of Vienna, Cafe Renaissance was a wonderful discovery for this group of NOVA residents. Staff was extremely accommodating and quickly made us feel truly welcomed. Highly recommended for anyone craving a well prepared meal in a small restaurant in a quaint french village.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beyond wonderful service. Took my father in law out for his 75th. Everyone had a great time. Highly recommend the beef tenderloin, thick and cooked perfectly.

BE
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was awful - I could not eat mine - it is a shame because it is one of the few quiet restaurants that is in a convenient location.

JT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good except for (surprisingly) my Caeser salad: I've tried better salads in cheaper restaurants. But we loved the eggplant appetizer! Wines (I tried white and red) were not bad but I guess I expected a little bit more WOW. Inside was really nice and the atmosphere was very cozy BUT our service was a bit disappointing: our waiter could have made more of an effort to be pleasing and what was with slamming or almost throwing cutlery on the table??? So overall not bad but I expected a bit better

J
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Renaissance continues to be one of our favorite restaurants. Anyone who dines there will be as pleased as we have for the last 10 years.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Renaissance is true Vienna treasure. The food is awesome and the service makes every meal an experience to remember.

SZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Always go there for important occasions.

T
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best all around in Vienna especially when cerebrating elderly birthday. The owner makes everyone feel like family.

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for a special occassion. We celebrated our anniversary there and were given complimentary port after dinner. It was non-rushed and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening out. A very nice place for such an event.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is gracious and from another era. White table cloths, flowers - just lovely. Owner is a delight. Menu is rich and varied. Food is excellent - good classic French cuisine. Not Michelin Star but very good and fills a niche at a very reasonable price. Worth a weekly visit.

JI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We have never had a bad meal there. The halibut I had was superb.

SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Renaissance is our favorite restaurant. The staff is warm, generous, and wonderful. This time, we were there for our anniversary. Our daughter is a fussy eater, plain foods only. Cafe Renaissance usually serves foods with delicious sauces, though they've made absolutely plain, excellent beef for her each time we've visited--except when she's ordered plain pasta!
Along with a dessert, courtesy of the house, the manager also brought a round of port afterwards which he shared with all the diners. The flourless chocolate cake is superb.

FF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always!

FU
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service is not professional, other than that is an Ok restaurant.

FF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out celebrating a birthday! Couldn’t have been better. Great food, and friends. What else do you need?

M
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the warm personal greeting at the door through an amazing series of wonderful examples of the chef’s art to the heartfelt farewell at evening’s end, this was an experience to savor long after it ended. The cafe is small and beautifully decorated, and on this particular evening was uncrowded and delightfully quiet for conversation. The maitre d’ was ever present but never hovered unnecessarily; his banter and sense of humor added much to the enjoyment of the evening. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. I’m eager to return.

SB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Renaissance was a very pleasant surprise.
The place is very stylish.
The food is excellent.
Stuff doing excellent job to make you feel at home there - something very unique.
Definitely will visit again.

RW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very relaxed atmosphere and people were dressed for the occassion (no jeans/polo shirts, etc). Great food options and both the halibut and lamb shank were outstanding. The chocolate raspberry mousse bomb ended the evening very well.

GR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm cordial staff. It was not noisy and we could actually carry on a conversation. Thoroughly enjoyed the food and the thoughtful anniversary surprise dessert!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. The food is amazing and the staff is the best. I save this place to impress my guests but We also come for everyday treats. Amazing wine, ambience, and service.


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a
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food, and ambiance are excellent. Great place for any family occasion. Try the Dover Sole.

TT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cafe Renaissance for special occasion dinners. It is small and elegant with beautiful paintings and furnishings. We are always treated like we are the only ones in the restaurant. The food is consistently delicious and the service is outstanding. The squash soup with crab and the seafood crepe were refreshingly different from the usual fare available in most restaurants. We have recommended Cafe Renaissance to others who are looking for a quiet, romantic dinner. We even witnessed a marriage proposal once and another couple in the restaurant bought them champagne!

DO
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was fabulous.

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

Delicious spontaneous birthday dinner! Food was great as usual. Ordered the Irish coffee for the first time and enjoyed the show - and the coffee. Owner and chef circulated all evening, checking on everyone, refilling wine glasses, and making jokes. Pace was perfect - attentive and leisurely. We will definitely be back.

KK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I would recommend a friend if they wanted Italian or mock-french food in a restaurant owned by a
nice Persian/American man with a Bulgarian/American head waiter. We were looking forward to a
French dinner....which this was not. But we enjoyed the evening.....

PP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Café Renaissance. The food is fresh, hot and beautifully presented. Saeed takes great care of his guests. Order the Irish Coffee even if you do not like it. Saeed puts on quite the fiery show preparing it!

AL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a pleasant place to enjoy a great meal with friendly service.

DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was superb!

ET
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful on all accounts! Food was excellent and the service was perfect.

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