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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

5
4
3
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (55)
Special Occasion (49)
Good for a Date (48)
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Quiet Conversation (47)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Notable Wine List (26)
Cozy (25)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Authentic (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Business Meals (14)
Fun (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
People Watching (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I went to Cafe Renaissance for Valentine's Day. For the occasion, the restaurant had a fixed, 3-course dinner. We had a choice of about 6 appetizers, about a dozen entrees, and then a dessert sampler. A wonderful dinner! And, even though the restaurant was completely full, we could still carry on a conversation or enjoy the background music.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

From the greeting we received as we came through the door until we left after dinner, the experience was characterized by friendly and responsive service, a warm ambiance and scrumptious food. The mushroom and leek soup was outstanding as were the braised beef ribs—then the limoncello cake—wow!!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Friendly, welcoming place with good food and a pleasant atmosphere. We went the evening before Valentine's Day to beat the rush. Neither of us found it quite as good as some of the reviews we'd read led us to believe, however. My flounder with saffron sauce and a small crabcake, one of the specials that evening, was pretty ordinary and the sauce quite bland. My wife had a thick filet mignon with a Dubonet glaze. It was tasty, but the glaze/sauce was insufficient for the size of the steak. We liked the assortment of accompanying vegetables. It was our first visit and we will probably return to try something quite different to see if we can discover what all the fuss is about.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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food3
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service and great ambiance. We appreciated the meals served very hot and the personalized service from everyone starting with the maître d’ through to the chef.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Authentic French kitchen with classy, stylish service and atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Top notch food, service and experience. Staff was outstanding.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Enjoyed the evening with my wife. Great service, excellant food. Very friendly Owner/Manager.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had the flounder with a lobster sauce — fantastic! Food always delicious and service excellent and friendly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful evening out! Great food, attentive service, overall a terrific experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent in every way. Not only is the food and service outstanding, you'll walk out of there having truly made new friends.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

This place is nothing to look at from the outside, but once you get inside it's pretty great. The staff is attentive and very nice. The food is really excellent. I don't even like oysters and I ate 2 of them from my wife's oyster appetizer plate. Anything done tableside was really quite a show. We didn't try the Irish Coffee but it looked amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The food and service were excellent at the Cafe. I had the monk fish special with a pureed orange pepper sauce; my two friends had the vegetarian lasagna. The monk fish was tender and tasty, and my friends said they liked the lasagna which had egg plant in it. We all had delicious chocolate mousse for dessert. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. We lingered on about an hour after lunch, drinking tea and chatting. They didn't try to hustle us out.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Delightful. Charming. Quaint. Very friendly. Great service. Old time stellar European service and cuisine. Menu emphasizes on French seafood. We enjoyed all of it. We will definitely go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was splendid, the wait staff attentive without being intrusive, the ambiance relaxed without being too informal. The great show of the owner making our Irish coffees at the table was wonderful. Outstanding evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Cafe Renaissance is always a very nice place for brunch, lunch or dinner. Once in a while an entree can be a bit off the mark. Brunch fish entree in Marsala sauce didn't exactly make it this time, but the restaurant will get many more opportunities with us to succeed.

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food4
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This restaurant is the best of the best. Food, service, atmosphere, experience is the best of the best. We’ve been going here for 20 years and it is always top notch.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I enjoyed ourselves and the service was excellent. We both thought our entrees were just “satisfactory “. Not terrible but not terrific either. The restaurant is nicely decorated and quiet.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Have been going here since they opened in late 80’s. The food is consistent and service is excellent. The owner is a gem and is most gracious. They will accommodate your culinary needs whether you are on special diet or vegetarian.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2018

This is our new favorite restaurant that we will go to time after time. It's great for a fine intimate dinner for two or to go with a small group of friends. The food was excellent as was the service. I also liked the busboy/helper who let us linger over our dinner and made us feel at ease. The waiter was friendly, most knowledgeable and attentive. After dinner the owner stopped by to offer us some port wine in appreciation for our being there and because he was gracious to his guests. Don't let the location, in a small strip mall, put you off. Go inside and enjoy a great meal.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Lots of wonderful personal touches and the chef is great. He went around and talked to all the guests.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Based on a friends recommendation I had been wanting to try this restaurant for some time.Food was very good. Service was great. The best part of the email was the dessert. Expected more authentic French dishes on the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I have eaten at Cafe Renaissance over 50 times, and this last week was every bit as good as all the other times I have been there. Sayed & Ocen never miss a beat.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

This is my third time eating at Café Renaissance and as with the previous two occasions, I was impressed by the overall quality of the dining experience. The staff is super friendly, warm and welcoming. You feel more like you are dining with old friends as opposed to being a patron in a restaurant. (Since I've only eaten there at lunch, I cannot say what it's like when it gets busy at dinner - but I would think the individualized service and ambiance would be similar.)

The food is wonderfully prepared and the selections are quite numerous. Even the desserts are a cut above and served with a flair.

Café Renaissance has become one of my "go to" favorites and I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a fabulous meal at a reasonable price.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Cafe renaissance is our "GO TO" restaurant for FINE dining with a splendid ambiance. We have celebrated our wedding anniversary there for a number of years and it is ALWAYS a delightful way to celebrate!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Cafe Renaissance was terrific as always. The food, service, staff and atmosphere are first class.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Without question, one of the very best restaurants in the Northern Virginia area!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is an excellent special occasion restaurant. Food and service are always excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Lovely New Year's Eve menu, friendly service. Very nice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place. Romantic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Café Renaissance always delivers a first class dining experience from the attentive and knowledgeable wait staff to the delicious and diverse menu selections to the always fabulous Bananas Foster and Irish Coffee preparation display. We love it!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We've been here several times and have always had a wonderful time. Everyone who works there goes out of their way to make sure you have a great time and they're all very personable. The head chef also came out to talk with us. I highly recommend it. We always have a great time and the food is exceptional.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very good service. Very personalized. They aimed to please the patron. The chef came out to make sure we were happy with the meal.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 26, 2017

First time and truly enjoyed it. Visiting in the area but will be back next time we are near. The owner was a delight. Food was excellent. Finally a quiet restaurant!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were disappointed with our Christmas dinner at Cafe Renaissance. It was not a pleasurable dining experience. It was a restaurant meal. The food was good and well presented, the service was adequate, but it did not qualify as a very nice evening out for dinner. It was noisy and crowded. At a 7:30 seating already two of the limited number of entrees had been sold out. Our waiter didn't seem to understand a leisurely dinner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went Christmas day hoping to have a nice dinner for my family of 4. Hands down the worst food I've ever tried to eat including McDonald's. The food was clearly prepared well on advance and reheated. It wasn't worth $5 and they charged around $30/plate. I don't mind paying for a good meal, but this was absolutely disgusting.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful dinner

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Charming with tasty food and excellent service. Will definitely come back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Cafe Renaissance continues to provide pleasure within a meal there. The owners focus on pleasing the customers' desires for a memorable experience. And they succeed!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

A warm and welcoming establishment. A very attentive and professional staff with a quiet romantic setting. Food was simply to die for. Put it on your list and keep it there when thinking about upscale restaurants.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

What a pleasant surprise! We stumbled upon this hidden gem and it surely will be a keeper. The food is definitely top notch and created artistically. The owner is very friendly and even offered us a handcrafted cocktail, sat down with us and talked about how he opened this restaurant. We left very happy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date
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