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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
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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 (54)
Good for a Date (50)
Special Occasion (50)
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Quiet Conversation (46)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Cozy (27)
Notable Wine List (27)
Worth the Drive (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Authentic (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Business Meals (14)
Fun (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Great for Brunch (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
 (Richmond)·Dined on February 25, 2011

This restaurant is absolutely outstanding, a perfect evening. They pay attention to every detail. The food is delicious (so is the dessert), the service is fantastic, and the overall ambiance is beautiful. I highly recommend Cafe Renaissance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 21, 2011

Excellent experience,the food was great, the atmosphere special and owner and waiter were great. Highly recommend it. Don't be put off by facade of the restaurant- the inside is beautiful.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2011

The food and service were outstanding! Cafe Renaissance is on our list of favorite resturants.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2011

The lamb and the fish were good. Good food portion. Reasonable prices for a french restaurant. However the salad wasn't fresh to my fiancé's standard.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2011

We always enjoy our visits to Cafe Renaissance. We've never been disappointed by service, food, ambiance or any other aspect. If you haven't been there you are missing a great experience. If you have, you don't need me to tell how excellent it is. The printed menu is wonderful, the specials are always fantastic. If you aren't sure about what you are thinking of ordering, ask questions. If the service staff isn't sure of the answer Chef Ocean will certainly be available. Your host (and the owner), Saeed Abtahi, has only one plan - to make you and every other guest happy, and he has been doing it for years.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2011

The food was wonderful but we felt like second class citizens compared to other diners. We were asked what kind of wine we wanted and had to remind the waiter that had not been given the menu and thus couldn't determine our wine choice. Then he spent at least five minutes schmoozing with a couple who were apparently regulars (and we discovered later, apparently big tippers.) While the wine steward couldn't seem to part from the table next to us, he never visited our table. Mind you, we found his fawning attitude obnoxious, but at least he could have pretended we were actually in the room.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2011

Wonderful dinner. The service was top notch, the menu items were expansive. The specials were very good. Overall a very nice experience with outstanding service and food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2011

This is our 2nd visit to Cafe Renaissance, and my wife and I decided we want to become regulars! The service is wonderful and the food is amazing. We highly recommend to anyone looking for a delicious and romantic dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2011

Live violin music, quaint surroundings, very attentive staff, reasonable prices, fantastic Chilean sea bass
Parking lot a bit shady and very limited. Overall we loved it and will definitely be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 17, 2011

I am always the sceptic when it comes to trying new places but dining at Cafe Renaissance was a wonderful experience altogether. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. I would confidently recommend Cafe Renaissance to anyone looking for a quiet, romantic dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 17, 2011

I brought a client to celebrate and wanted the night to be extra special. Chef Ocean delivered! He came to the table to ask what we liked. She began with diver scallops kissed with kahlua and I had shrimp in a saffron broth - yum. He surprised us with a melon soup with blackberry and raspberry garnish. The cool melon melted in our mouth. The main course was rack of lamb for me and lobster for my client. I asked for sauce on the side but ended up devouring it. It perfectly enhanced the flavor of the lamb. Her lobster was out of the shell with a delicate wine sauce. Both entrees were surrounded with fresh vegetables. Dessert was berries in a midori zabayon sauce. Flaming Irish coffee made at our table topped the spectacular meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 15, 2011

We dined at Café Renaissance on Feb. 15, splitting the difference between Valentine's Day and my wife's birthday. We were surprised at how busy the restaurant, which still had Valentine's Day decorations, was on the day after. The food and service were both outstanding, and it was a wonderful evening. We are in the DC area for one year, and we have been trying to systematically visit as many of the fine restaurants here as we can. Café Renaissance is the only restaurant we have visited twice, and it did not disappoint!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 14, 2011

This is our second visit for a special dinner & both times the food was excellent with a wonderful wine list. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous &ly decorated for Valentines Day. The owner was very hospitable offering port at night's end. Sadly, this is the second time the service was lacking--- entrees arriving before the appetizer, the waiter ignoring us or at least showing clear preference for regulars so that they were finished long before ... even though we were there 1/2 hour before them. No making of amends ...one more try perhaps before our patronage is lost...and we go back to L'Auberge...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2011

This is the second time dining at this restaurant and we had such poor service both times. It took 45 mins. to get our salads and they were unflavorable. I had the avacado crab and caesar. We did not have wine so maybe that's why the service was so poor. The bananas foster is what we came for and it disappointed. The bananas were to ripe and no brown sugar! We have yet to find bananas foster like Brenanns in New Orleans in this area. We will never go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2011

Food, atmosphere, and service were excellent. Entire staff were extremely friendly and professional. Highly recommended!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 13, 2011

Although they were totally booked with patrons celebrating Valentine's Day, the Cafe Renaissance staff made a huge effort to please their guests. The service is excellent and everyone makes you feel welcome. We enjoyed the delicious food and the romantic decorations (fresh flowers, candles, and heart balloons). Although most tables for two are very close to each other, we were lucky to have a quiet nook in the side dining room.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2011

From the moment we entered, the restaurant was decorated with spectacular flowers and looked beautiful. We had 11 people that all consider themselves foodies and wine nuts. Only three had been before. One of our party has significant food alergies and the chef was able to prepare something truly spectacular for her. Everyone was amazed at the quality of the food and presenation. Do not miss the presentation of the Irish Coffees!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2011

Highly recommend for food and service. Kept hearing other diners saying how excellent their food was.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2011

Excellent food, service and experience. We would go there again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2011

The sommelier, Kirby, is absolutely amazing. He really took good care of us. The food is very good...I just wish they took some culinary chances. If you're up for old school Continental food, then this is your place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2011

The host/hostess, wait staff, sommelier and owner all make you feel comfortable and ensure that you are well taken care of. The waiters menu recommendations were fantastic. The recommendations of the sommelier were incredible. Everything comes together to make this a fantastic night out.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2011

Cafe Renaissance has been our all-time favorite restaurant for many years. We typically choose this restaurant as a special treat. The food is always top notch and is presented beautifully. Kudos to the chef!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2011

Our first visit to this restaurant but it won’t be the last! Service was outstanding and the food was excellent. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The staff (including the chef and owners) came out and introduced themselves. The owners brought us a sampler of desserts to try at the end of our meal. The dessert selection alone makes this restaurant worth the visit. Lunch portions are very generous; perfectly cooked, prepared, and presented. This restaurant should be on everyone’s list of places to visit!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2011

1st trip since moving to NOVA. A real gem, don't let the outside or location fool you. A truly memorable dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2011

We were treated like royalty for our Valentine's Day Dinner, even though it was on Wednesday... This is my new favorite restaurant for sure!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2011

After a fabulous experience on my birthday, we returned the next week and let Chef Ocean bring us his favorite things. Dinner was even better than the first time. The appetizer of duck breast with pomegranite sauce was delicious; we nearly licked our plates. The salad with blackberries, endive, heart of palm, and arugula was light and tasty. My entree was mixed grill with rack of lamb and beef - the lamb was so fabulous that I took the beef home. The vegetables were crisp and fresh. My husband had flounder with a mashed potato crust and a crab cake. The fish was tender and delicious and the crab cake was all lump crab. Our desserts were flourless chocolate cake and flambe berries - we loved every bite. Service was perfect!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2011

Outstanding service, unique dining out experience in Northern Virginia. Food was fantastic too.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2011

We went to Cafe Renaissance for my birthday on the evening of the Super Bowl. We had the full attention of the staff. The owner sat with us during our dessert. Chef Ocean came out numerous times and prepared special requests - just because we asked. He made a souffle for me and baked Alaska for my husband. The lobster was delicious and all the delicate vegetables on the side were great surprises. Who would expect carrots cooked in Grand Marnier! They made this the most special birthday ever! Thank you!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2011

My wife and I visited Cafe Renaissance this evening to celebrate my birthday. Having grown up in a restaurant family, and having visited many of the famous downtown DC restaurants, this was a special evening for us. From our initial greeting at the door to the warm farewells over two hours later, Cafe Renaissance excelled. The chef visited our table twice; the sommelier was exceptional; the staff was extremely attentive and very friendly. Standouts dishes included the Beef and Lamb Wellington, the Pesto Mussels, and desserts created at our table. It was truly a satisfying, fun evening - highly recommended - we will be back soon!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2011

Always, always the best...second to none

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2011

It was a wonderful relaxing experience. The food was scrumcious. The service was wonderful, warm and friend and the food was timely. I can't wait to comback.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2011

Excellect food and presentation. Staff was
very enjoyable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2011

Sunday evening and Café Renaissance was packed. Four of us were there for my wife's birthday. We began with small salads, they brought four - the second lady really didn't want one so the server took it back. Chef Ocean came out with a plate and asked (jokingly of course), "Don't you like my food?" He offered her a special ravioli with a delicate sauce - she really didn't want it but took a bite - and then almost devoured it. She said it was incredible and, very out of character, "sopped" up the sauce with their wonderful French bread. Chef said he had one beef Wellington remaining - for me. It was terrific. My wife's Dover Sole melted in her mouth. We've been "regulars" at Café Renaissance for years. Try it once and you'll be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2011

Celebrated my college roommate's birthday with friends & it was very nice. My roommate ordered a souffle which was a disappointment, but all the other dishes were wonderful & the staff could not have been nicer with a special dessert plate for us all to share. We all would definitely return in the future. As a note, if you like flaming entrees, desserts & Irish coffee, this is the place to go.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2011

One of the best restaurant in the DC area.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2011

Fantastic all the way around! The food was excellent in taste and prepared with great detail and presentation. The staff was absolutely fantastic. I felt like a very valued customer who was given VIP treatment. They wanted and appreciated my business and went out of there way to ensure we knew it. The wine let was very diverse and extensive. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys fine dinning. The cherry on top was the humble prices they charged for such a great experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2011

A perfect gem for celebrating special occasions. Friendly staff, spectacular food. Veal selections are the best among the area. Highly recommend a reservation, seating area in small.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on January 22, 2011

Cafe Renaissance is a lovely decorated restaurant....fresh flowers on every table and a very pretty dining area. Service was outstanding and management made us feel very welcome for our first visit there. Food was very good with the appetizer of crab meat and avocado the best. Perfect restaurant for a couple wanting a quiet, romantic dining experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2011

We enjoyed our visit very much. The food was excellent, and the ambiance was outstanding. We had dinner with another couple, and we weren't rushed plus we could enjoy conversations due to the lower noise level. They have an excellent, reasonable wine list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2011

You will never be disappointed. Service, food and wine excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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