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About Cafe Renaissance

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.

163 Glyndon Street, SE
Vienna, VA 22180
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 5pm to 9pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 938-3311

Website:
http://www.caferenaissance.com/

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Details
Daily 5:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 9:00PM

Cafe Renaissance Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.6

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (35)
Special Occasion (31)
Quiet Conversation (30)
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Good for a Date (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Worth the Drive (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Cozy (15)
Authentic (14)
Business Meals (11)
Great for Brunch (7)
Fun (6)
Local Ingredients (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Always a great meal in a lovely setting. The owner and staff are very welcoming and provide excellent service. The food is delicious and prepared to perfection . It is an all around fun evening that is worth a visit.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

GREAT food. The chef is friendly and gives his personal touch to each patron’s order. The waiters are well-dressed, personable, and impeccable. The wine list is very good, and well-priced. We had a 2001 Barolo for $95. In my opinion, that’s awesome.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

The owner is always on the floor making sure everybody is happy and feels at home. We had a wonderful chat with him, learned about his life and the restaurant history. There is always a large bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers in the center of the room and equally beautiful in the restroom. The interior looks classy and festive, a contemporary version of an old French restaurant. A rare stylish place you would want to dress up for and feel special.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I Celebrated our anniversary. We had an excellent experience. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was gorgeous, we actually took pictures. The staff was incredible, it felt like we were family. I highly recommend this place. We will definitely return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Went there for date night. Very calm with comfortable surroundings. Wine list was very good. One of the best waiters every. Very friendly. Fish was outstanding, not very exotic, but fresh and prepared very well. We should go back more often

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The service including personal attentiveness was exemplary.
Indoor ambiance was nice.
Food outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

As always, our meal at Cafe Renaissance was outstanding. The owner, Sayeed, was truly made for this business - although we don't dine out as often as we used to, every time we go, we are greeted warmly and details are remembered ("oh, it's your husband's birthday, I'll start on the bananas foster" [which, by the way, I highly recommend]).

My husband and teenage kids ordered the filet mignon - quality-wise, it is on par with what one would get at a high-end steakhouse, but it is considerably less expensive. I always go for the fish dishes. My favorite is the loup de mer - I got the special this time (tomatoes, capers, and olives), but the menu version I've had other times is equally as good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We have been to Cafe Renaissance many times over a period of years. It is consistently a wonderful restaurant. The menu items are consistently good; and, there are specials every day.
On this occasion, we visited for Sunday brunch. The meal was, as usual, top notch and a great "value for money" (i.e., soup or salad, choice of three different entrees, dessert and coffee for about $20 per person).

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The ambiance in this restaurant is wonderful! The decor is gorgeous and the French cuisine is excellent. Also, the service was old-style elegant and very friendly at the same time. I can't wait to go back!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Spectacular service with exquisite French cuisine. Perfect for taking my wife out for a fine meal and romantic setting. The chef comes out and talks to everyone, even if he is super busy. The service and food is the best I have ever experienced.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was superb. We all left clean plates the food was so delicious. The service could not have been better. The staff even went out of there way to sing Happy Birthday to our friend.
Thank you! Suggestion: in the private dining room I would continue to keep the room warm with the bottom half of the windows covered, but would select something more attractive to match the rest of your beautiful restaurant. We will be back to celebrate other special occasions.

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Perfect in every way--the food, the staff, the atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The hosts were most gracious, charming, and attentive. The flaming drink was outstanding. My appetizer of crab and avocado was delicious. My entree of capellini with seafood was a bit heavy. There was quite a number of people there for a Monday night. I had not been there in a few years.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I always enjoy my dining here. The maitre'd even treated each of us to a yummy dessert on the house. Chef came out to my husband and personally told him they were or of mussels for his pasta fish dish but would add extra crab.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Top notch restaurant! My husband and I took an out of town friend there for dinner and she is still talking about her memorable night at Cafe Renaissance. Excellent wines were recommended by owner Saeed and a fantastic dinner was made for us by Chef Ocean. Our meal was delicious and wine was excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Very good as usual. Fine food, good service. Quiet night. Allow 2 hours for dinner. The pace can a steady dinner cruise but it is as it should be. No problem but don't be in an unhealthy rush. I would recommend a night here and I will return here. You can discuss "life" with your waiter if you want to. I feel good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our favorite restaurant for social occasions. They always make you feel so welcome from the minute you enter, and the food is always excellent. We highly recommend it if you are looking for a special restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was delicious. And the ambiance was warm and romantic and quite. The waiter was very new and could not answer questions about the menu. He was nice but just needs more experience. Overall it was very nice evening.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful evening, delicious dinner, attentive service, and friendly staff. Look forward to another dinner visit soon

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fun, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food is wonderful and the staff makes us feel like family. We are always treated special. Let the chef recommend something for you.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This is one of our favorite places when we all get together to catch up.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

This restaurant is not what it used to be. Food was very Sloppy, I ordered the most expensive dish lobster $40+ was super bland and the sauce was splashed all over the plate as if they threw the lobster off the pan to the plate. Desert was sloppy in presentation also. I think I get better cake from whole food market. In conclusion, the prices went up but the quality of the food declined tremendously. Manager is very charming, he would come over to table and put up a charm. I came to eat good dinner not for the charm. I had guest coming from California and she was even disappointed in the cuisine.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

An exceptional meal from the soups to the lobster. Friendly neighborhood greeting from the owner and the service was superb. The dessert of unique ice cream complemented by a delicious cake culminated in a perfect evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent food for taste and presentation. Service was exceptional.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 18, 2017

This place is a true neighborhood gem! Beautiful decor, wonderful food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Couldn't have picked a better place for a first date. Food was amazing and the staff were even better. I will definitely be returning.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2017

What a timeless little jewel, that refuses to be anything other than an old world restaurant that exudes charm and civility.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wonderful time and superb meal for a party of ten. Excellent personal service and attention to detail. Left stuffed and completely satisfied.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Four of us had brunch at Cafe Renaissance. While we are all "regulars" this was special because we had learned that Chef Jean Claud would be in the kitchen, and we had heard he was a marvelous Chef. The information proved correct. The Brunch was outstanding. While Jean Claud will not be at Cafe Renaissance on a full-time basis, we hope he will be there at other times when we dine.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Exceptional from start to finish. It was worth the drive from DC to be met at the door by our excellent waiter. It is a small restaurant (12-15 tables) and nicely decorated. The escargot were exceptional, as were our lamb, beef & seafood entrees. They prepared a very nice dessert for my wife's birthday. The owner/chef also warmly greeted his guests. The next time I am in DC, I will definitely come again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Good food and service. Webgot there before our reservation time and got a table right away.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Very professional and friendly service. The French onion soup is always excellent, as is the Osso Bucco.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Cafe Renaissance is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is absolutely delicious. The decor is beautiful, cozy and romantic. It has a great ambiance. The service staff are impeccable. Really a superb meal and experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

As usual the food and service were outstanding. Very friendly and welcoming. Best French onion soup in the area. Our fish was so fresh it just melted in your mouth. It's hard to choose from the specials and everyday menus. We are never disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Dine frequently at Cafe Renaissance. It's food is excellently prepared, it's service is superb, and it's ambiance is small, elegant and subdued for easy conversation! Ranked #1 in Northern Virginia.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

This will always be a favorite special occasion place for us. The owner, Saeed, should give other restaurateurs lessons on how to make guests feel welcome!

The food, as always, was delicious. I had one of the fish specials - snapper in a lentil sauce. My husband's had a saffron-ginger sauce, our teenage kids shared the Chateaubriand. All were impeccable. Although I generally avoid dairy, I did make an exception, to have a little bit of ice cream with the flambéed apples.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Outstanding restaurant. We have never been disappointed. Our friends also enjoyed the excellent food (halibut was fabulous), lovely ambiance (fresh flowers on every table) and friendly staff (Saeed was particularly kind with serving flaming tableside banana foster, chef came to table to explain ingredients on menu and give recommendations and waiter was extremely pleasant . A wonderful evening and we will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Great food, service, and experience. Highly recommended.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We've been here several times, and each time reminds me why I think this is one of, if not the, best restaurants in the DC metro area. We went on a week-night, so it was not too busy. The chef and maitre d' came over and spoke personally with us. And one is wise to follow whatever the chef recommends. He is really an artist. Why aren't there more restaurants like Cafe Renaissance? Fine dining seems a dying art. Get here before it's too late!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2017

The quality of the food, the restaurant's ambience and the friendly and gracious vibe from the hostess and server make me want to return and bring more friends.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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