Cafe Renaissance

4.8
2765 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.



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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 2765 people are saying
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Birthday
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner for my wife! Courteous and professional wait staff. The menu and wine selection are superb. Everything was prepared perfectly. This local gem should be the next restaurant you go to!

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Jennifer
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate a special anniversary, and the food and service were wonderful. They go above and beyond to make you feel special, including a selection of complimentary desserts, and we still ordered the bananas foster!

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moi2
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! We had a lovely meal (pompano for my husband, veal scallopini for me), with delicious appetizers and dessert. The owner is a generous and gracious host

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ALMWM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From starters to the drinks and food, the selection is great, and the service is excellent.

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vipaklambet
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday was fantastic!

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vipJosephB
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, service was very good and owner was very friendly. A very good french restaurant.

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Betro
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This rare gem is tucked away in an urban shopping center and is therefore a very pleasant surprise. All the aspects of a great restaurant are there in spades. Delightful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as always! Everything about Cafe Renaissance is top notch quality. The staff

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SusanW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Superb staff! Thank you!

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GordonC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu with wine was excellent. The appetizer and salad was particularly good, the wine selections were spot on, and the food and wine portions were generous.

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DeeJ
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding dinner at Cafe Renaissance! You can't go wrong with any entree items whether you choose filet mignon or seafood. Especially appreciated is the vegetable medley (mashed potatoes, green beans, cabbage, and carrot) that is included with your meal.

A special thank you to everyone for the special desserts for my 70th birthday (a glass cakestand with two different types of mousse and a slice of chocolate cake topped with a sparkler).

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Amazing service and ambiance!

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cherrich
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to the restaurant many times. Food is always of high quality and service is always very good.

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Cory
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at CR about once a year. It is always a wonderful experience with great food. Ocean is an amazing chef!

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Diner1
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Staff is friendly and funny. Attentive and helpful. Best choice for a romantic evening of French cuisine.

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vipEYKB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had something last minute to celebrate and could not have chosen a better place to go! Food was terrific, service was excellent, and the owner was quite engaging interacting with diners. Not sure why we haven't been here in so long! We will be back.

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BrianR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! Service was fantastic and the food was as well! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (five of us and all happy campers).

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Loretta
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner. The food was delicious and the ambience warm and inviting. The staff is extremely courteous and friendly. The owner and the staff make you feel totally at home and relaxed. It’s very much like going to a dear friends house for dinner. Our entrées were delicious - the rack of lamb and the seafood pasta dish. We would definitely recommend Cafe Renaissance and we will be returning soon.

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vipDrTed
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great.

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vipdotglo08
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Christmas dinner from the always dependable Renaissance staff. It’s not where to go for a value meal but for a leisurely dinner with amazing flavor. In that sense it is value on another level. Thank you

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Highpockets1
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had wonderful birthday dinner last evening... Said greeted us and made us feel welcome at once. Our waiter, Henry was first rate and the food by Chef Ocean was spectacular... We had a delightful time and those around us were joyous and eager to share my wife's birthday joy. thanks for a memorable evening. Bob Smith

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moi2
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Excellent food, attentive service, and friendly atmosphere. We chatted with people at the tables near us, and everyone was enjoying the holiday season. We love this restaurant, and the owner, and the chef!

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vipMichaelP
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Interesting place. It's in an old strip mall and doesn't stand out at all as you pull up but has a cozy feel on the inside that's very appealing. We went on a pretty slow night and by the end of it, we felt like we had become friends with our server and many of our fellow patrons. Food is a little pricey -- and that would be my one complaint -- but can't knock the quality.

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ChristopherK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Horrible experience/ quality of food disgusting…. DO NOT RECOMMEND! Read the previous reviews, and looked at the online menu which all presented well and sounded just like what I was looking for. Unfortunately though, hands down is and was the worst meal I have ever had in my life. Ordered the salmon and filet and presentation looked ok upon arrival….. now the worst part: taste was a completely different story. The black pepper sauce on steak( if you even call it steak) was more of a rough pot roast cut, not even seared, only cooked through sous vide method then drowned in a nasty bitter sauce that tasted spoiled and beef was over cooked as was ordered at medium rare. Not only did it not get eaten it sat on the plate for 45 mins, as attempted to eat the salmon which as well was over cooked and dried out. Neither plate could be finished and I believe around 3 bites of steak and half of salmon eaten. After sitting/ waiting for awhile, the waiter just asked us if we wanted a box. Had to ask for the check, as I just wanted to get out of there. Paid the high price for the meal, and went out to another restaurant to fix the evening. I would like to try to chalk it up to busy or something, as I am a very understanding person w vast restaurant experience as a co-owner but we were the only ones in restaurant, and very disappointing evening to say the least.

Cafe Renaissance
Responded on December 22, 2021

We respect your opinion and thanks for sharing it. You should have stated that the time of your visit was 4 PM. By 7 PM we had full house.

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vipMarion
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best veal in Northern Virginia!

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vipW2R137
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service, and value!
A great place for a diner meeting with close friends and associates.
Thanks for a great experience.

GS
vipGSCMJOE
Washington DC
208 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Yes, I drive all the way from NW DC to enjoy superbly prepared French cuisine in an unpretentious restaurant. Excellent wine list that will not break the bank, martinis made to order, French onion soup and baked cod, me, she superb green salad with lamb chopped cooked to order. I shall return!

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AustinH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing experience from start to finish. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saeed and the whole team treated us like we were dining in their home. That are so attentive to any need. We had the red snapper, salmon and scallops for entrees and each was prepared to perfection. The onion soup is to die for! And the dessert sampler was, as always, exquisite. A special occasion or just Friday night, we’re always treated special at Cafe Renaissance!

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DianaC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful evening! Food and service were outstanding. My husband, who was a French chef and restaurant owner for many years, said it was the best birthday dinner celebration he could remember. He said everything, food and service, was perfect!

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vipNReview
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Classic elegance service and food. Delightful

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MarkW
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for date or special occasion or just a nice night out. Rockfish was over cooked but out of 6 meals the others were outstanding! Would go back.

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SkipB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for the four us. Nothing “nouvelle “ - classic French cuisine that hits the mark.

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vipFlashattack
Washington DC
280 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating a birthday with friends. Service was cordial and friendly plus efficient. Food was excellent - no matter what you choose.
Dessert was special due to the birthday celebration.
It has that old world charm for a relaxing dining experience.

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vipMurphy
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service - very welcoming with great food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very enjoyable evening. Excellent service. There was some miscommunication on wine service but handled well by the staff. Recommend.

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vipAndrewC
Savannah
26 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A quiet Monday night and loved it. Great food as beef tenderloin is fantastic. Deserts and Carrots are ridiculously wonderful

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LovelyHolidayDinner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at Cafe Renaissance. The food was excellent (lamb and veal entrees) We were given complimentary desserts to go with the flaming Irish coffees we ordered. So much fun and wonderful friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the service by Saeed and his coworkers was exceptional as always. The Irish Coffee is a great ending!

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vipSealtest
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Wonderful food and owner is terrific.

FAQs

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

Cafe Renaissance is rated 4.8 stars by 2765 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.