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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4.7
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TonyK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was amazing...the food, the ambiance, and the owners. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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EricW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kudos for a really nice restaurant, great food, great service, great management. We will be back again with friends.

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RickT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service were exquisite. Great experience. A must for food aficionados.

LG
vipLG68
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was OK, but overpriced. Ambience very nice for quiet conversation.

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vipRobtAtHome
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were pleased that the restaurant is open again. We had an excellent dinner with good wine. The peach salad was special and the entrees were well prepared in generous quantity. We have be going to Cafe Renaissance for about 15 years and never have been disappointed.

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ScottA
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to see this outstanding restaurant operating on a superior level after the forced closure due to the pandemic. The staff was welcoming and the service was over the top. The food was unbelievably excellent in sight, smell and taste. The safety protocols were enforced and easy to adhere to and we felt comfortable and safe. We didn't want to leave.

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Wilson
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We dined outside Saturday night in pleasant weather. The owner and staff are extremely friendly and accommodating. Service prompt. Meal was excellent, took lots home for later dining....
A very nice evening out.

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vipViennaDad
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful evening that very much exceeded our expectations. What was intended as an off-the-cuff date night turned out to be a lovely experience in which we were fawned over and made to feel at home.

The outdoor seating area, while temporarily set in an adjacent parking lot, was filled with plants and very quiet and pleasant. We were abundantly distanced from other diners and felt very safe.

The food was very nice and well presented, but the standout was clearly the host. He stopped by frequently to check in and chat, but was never overbearing or unpleasant. His warmth and friendliness instead seemed like that of a host at a little town restaurant in Europe.

We will return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was beyond incredible! Makes for the perfect date night

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vipnone
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Carryout dinner from Cafe Rennaissance was wonderful. The salmon entree and salads were delicious. The Limoncello and Flourless Chocolate cake were excellent. Saeed and the restaurant staff are wonderful. We are always treated like family!

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KarenL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal, great service and I'll be back.

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theblakes
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another excellent trip/dinner to Cafe Renaissance. My wife had Hanger steak and I had the Colorado Lamb Chops - both done perfectly! Vegetables were also prepared to perfection. Will definitely return in the future.

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JanK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going there since it opened. The ambiance, service, and food is always the best. Their menu is extensive, and the specials never disappoint. Seriously cannot say enough positive and wonderful things of this incredible restaurant, It still remains our favorite after all these years!

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vipGeorgeO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience and outstanding food and service.

JM
JeniferM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the restaurant, food and staff. It’s a true dining experience!

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vipJoanne
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, lovely restaurant with excellent food and service. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to celebrate a birthday.
Thank you.

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Dorothyexnyc
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a special birthday and the food was fantastic! Had been here several years ago and better than I remembered.

A very special place with superb god and service!

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momdoc
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the first time I have dined at this restaurant and was very pleasantly surprised. The staff treat you as if you are family, the food is great, and its so nice to have a restaurant like this outside of the city. I've eaten at Clarity down the road from here, prices are similar but Cafe Renaissance is much better for the money in my opinion.

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Birthday
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The halibut and hanger steak were prepared perfectly! Great place for a business lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at CAFE RENAISSANCE is always and ever a pleasure. Excellent food, ambiance and cordiality. It is tops on my list! It is a treasure tucked away in a small strip of stores and all at once there is Cafe Renaissance!

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vipDick
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this small French restaurant in a small strip mall. The outside is completely unassuming but inside it is lovely and relatively quiet. And the food is excellent. The proprietor and the chef come out from time to time to greet the guests and it is friendly with good French cuisine.

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Momof2
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I don't know why we waited so long to come back.

We'd visited this restaurant several years ago for our anniversary and decided to make a reservation for a belated Valentine's dinner. The only problem with making it two days after Valentine's was that they'd run out of many items on their menu so their menu was more limited. I was really looking forward to some escargot!

The only hiccup with this visit was that we had to wait 10 to 15 minutes to get a menu. They promptly filled our water and took our drink orders but after not receiving the menu, we asked for one. Other than that, the service was attentive and excellent.

The food was great. My husband had Salmon Wellington and I had Lamb Shank. For dessert we had the sampler platter which I highly recommend!

Overall, it was a great meal and a nice date night. We'll be back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saeed is an awesome restauranteer

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service, old world ambiance. My fiancee and I believe this is the best restaurant in Northern Virginia.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an after Valentines Day dinner this evening. The owner Saeed is always so friendly. His staff are all very professional and competent. The food is always delicious. The presentation is so special. His wife makes a frozen nougat dessert this is out of this world! This is definitely the place to go for special occasions!

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RonaldR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally old school french restaurant, with excellent food and service.

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vipPete
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Delightful venue that has been there for 25 years. Friendly staff - the chef came and talked to the patrons. All on all a great evening

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vipFairfaxFoodGuy
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day! Love this “gem!” Split a Irish coffee made table-side! UBER home....

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richakn
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Went here for valentines day and had a pretty disappointing experience. The place is very kitschy for a start. The servers were friendly, but we were told they needed the table back by 8pm (we were on the early sitting at 5.30pm)... which is fine, but we were in and out within an hour, in part due to the huge rush the staff seemed to be in. We rushed through ordering, appetizers were out within 2 mins(always a good sign right?!) and the pretty quickly into the main. The quality of the food was pretty ordinary, I felt I could have cooked to that quality at home. Pretty unsophisticated too. Overall a very disappointing experience and definitely won’t be back.

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vipskabootch
Washington DC
226 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious and beautifully prepared. Ocean and Sayeed always do a great job. The value might have been improved had we been able to use the regular meu, but it was a special day.

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JohnT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED Cafe Renaissance!!! I wish we had discovered it earlier. We will be repeat customers. Great place.

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outandaboutCL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

First time experience. I enjoyed my fried liver tremendously with side vegetable perfection. Add the beautiful chocolate cake with raspberry mousse, Valentine's Day, heaven! PS the house wine list, was really good and they don't gouge on the prices. Yes, will definitely return..even our Bulgarian waiter warmed up after a while!

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moi2
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, a wonderful evening at Cafe Renaissance! Delicious meal (rockfish amandine for me, halibut for my husband) with excellent service.

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vipbeebee
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One always feels special, well taken care of and leaves with a fantastic meal experience which includes table cloths, fresh flowers, and elegant ambiance. Cherries jubilee fixed table side makes a perfect conclusion to a delicious meal.

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vipDesiree1
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service (servers are amazing) and food (steak Diane & escargots, & calfs liver) and the complimentary port was a nice touch. Interior was visually pleasing. Great place to celebrate an occasion.

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moi2
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening at Cafe Renaissance was perfect. Excellent food, excellent wine, and very attentive service.
We had seafood (flounder with a crab cake, and Atlantic cod) and both were delicious. The starter, cream of mushroom soup, was excellent. Our dessert assortment was just right.

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StephanieK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm never disappointed when we come here, from the second you walk through the door they make you feel part of their family, and the food is always amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. Great food and service.

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Geezer
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love the Renaissance Cafe- only French restaurant with reasonable prices in the area. Beware of the chef- he likes to get friendly

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

Cafe Renaissance is rated 4.7 stars by 2646 OpenTable diners.

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