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Date
Fri, 4/20
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11:00 PM
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Cafe Renaissance

4.7
2282 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 5pm to 9pm
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Phone number
(703) 938-3311
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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What 2282 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Very attentive management, chef and wait staff. Your satisfaction is their main concern

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We love talking to the owner and chef. It makes the experience so special.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I found this fantastic French restaurant on Open Table when I put in a search for Romantic (my wife and I were celebrating our Anniversary).

I am very familiar with Maple Avenue in Vienna but had never noticed this restaurant before....I wish I had!

We had a WONDERFUL meal and time.

From the moment we walked in we were warmly greeted by Saeed the Owner and made to feel at home.

The food was great but the service was even better. My wife and I were pampered throughout the night, we were never rushed and we received little goodies and treats after the meal.

The restaurant was quiet (it was a cold Monday night) and we found it very enjoyable and relaxing. The prices were very reasonable for the quality and authenticity of the food.

We talked all the way home about how much we enjoyed the experience and my wife was still talking about it this morning.

We would definitely encourage others to try this little gem in Vienna. We will be going back!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Sayeed provided another lovely evening. If there are soups on the menu, try them. All three, French onion, lentil and gazpacho, were of high quality. I can personally recommend the lamb, as it has always been delicious and was certainly excellent on our most recent visit.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always a delight! Brunch was delicious. Beautiful plus great food.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Nice, quiet ambiance for dinner; cuisine superb but not overly memorable; friendly yet professional - quite enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food and service - Reasonably priced - good value

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This restaurant is not close to us but we go out of our way when we want to have a relax dinner where you are not rushed. It is also the place selected by our friends when a group dinner is planned. The food and service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful experience at a very friendly and professional level. Fantastic cuisine. Definitely a class joint. Neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

excellent choice for a special occasion or just dinner; food is excellent and the organization is very people oriented and friemdly ..

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We loved our dinner at Cafe Renaissance! Our hosts were attentive, friendly, and really took care of us. The food was great and clearly prepared with love. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

As usual my wife and I had a marvelous dining experience. The personal attention by the owner Saeed and Chef Ocean is special. The highlight of the evening was the flaming Irish coffee. An extraordinary birthday celebration!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

The service is friendly and professional. The food is wonderful. The ambiance is spectacular.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great service. Lovely flower arrangements! Lovely atmosphere!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This is a unique restaurant because it is not a chain. I went years ago when they had someone playing the violin and it really added to the ambiance. They don't do that anymore. They also used to make you bananas foster for your birthday which they did not do this time, so disappointing.! We ordered it anyway and the bananas were not cooked. I sent it back and it came out with melted ice cream. It was still really tasty but could have been a lot better. The food is OK but the presentation is very nice. We had three dishes. The seafood crepe: The crepe was very small and just mediocre but the scallop and shrimp on top were very good. The Filet de Cabillaud en Croûte de Parmesan-Miso sake marinated and Parmesan crusted Atlantic cod with vegetable risotto sounded so good but also just mediocre and I didn't recognize any of the flavors suggested in the description. I did not try the Escaloped de Poulet Flambée au Calvados- Pan seared chicken breast with apples, Calvados brandy & pistachio dusted wild berry saffron rice, but the feedback was that it was good, not great. They do have some nice flaming after dinner drinks which are very nice, This place reminds me of old time elegant restaurants that focused on specialties like the bananas foster and flamming drinks prepared tableside but the food is not as good as I remember it being.

As for service, they are very attentive but the head waiter doesn't know when to stop talking.
He gets too involved in your conversations and his own and this takes away from the ambiance which could be a nice romantic evening or a fun time with your friends.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

My friend and I had a charming lunch at the Cafe. It was a quiet afternoon and so we were able to chat with a very attentive staff. Food was outstanding and the atmosphere was perfect. We will go there often.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Friendly, warm atmosphere. Excellent food, excellent service. A definite "We will be back" kind of place.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Disappointing... very ordinary food and NOT inexpensive.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

This was a wonderful location for a dinner date. All of the staff were extremely friendly, courteous, and helpful, and went out of their way to make it a special meal.

Maybe only one other couple at 6pm on that weekday, and a few more after an hour or so.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Excellent food, service, and ambiance, as always. Try the lamb shanks if they're on special. Melt-in-your-mouth, fall of the bone! My birthday friend loved her lobster and shrimp, too. Even the bread and butter is uncommonly good here! If you drink, please don't miss the one-of-a-kind Irish Coffee!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Cafe Renaissance is a charming restaurant with lovely atmosphere and delicious food. One of my favorites in Vienna

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great place to relax and enjoy a meal with family and friends. The owner is hospitable and the staff is professional. The service is based on your pace. You don't feel pressured to pay the bill and leave. The desserts are delicious and the Irish coffee could not be better.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

This spot is not to be missed.
Romantic, casually elegant, fine food, great atmosphere.
Flavor is an indication of the essential character of something.
Great flavors created at Cafe Cafe Renaissance.
The entire staff is your family there to create a time and place for you to enjoy meal.
Let it go.... Take your time .
We had the Chateaubriand for 2. It was very very good. Ate it all. The chef checked for our approval of his use of brandy in the sauce. It was fun to have input.
Allow 2 hrs for a a fine dining experience that you will want to repeat.
bon appetit....

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great place, great food.
You'll have a good time and a good meal.
The staff is top drawer. They show you how....
A real treat.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Brunch opens at 10:30. We got there at 11:00 and had the place to ourselves. (We learned most folks come after 12:30.) The fresh flowers everywhere we're gorgeous. There is a $20 special which includes choice of soup/salad, choice from 4 entrees (we had chicken marsala and sole with champagne sauce) and miniature desserts. Everything was done impeccably. We have now been there for brunch, lunch, dinner and the monthly wine dinners and have always left feeling satisfied. It is an experience.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This is the fourth time we have dined at Cafe Renaissance and it was another perfect experience. Menu was great, wine list was great, service great and the food was wonderful. The lobster and rockfish were done to perfection. Cafe Renaissance is at the top of our list for dining experience and value.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Always great !!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This was a family gathering and, as usual, the service, attention to detail, friendly ambience and outstanding food made a special occasion even more special and memorable. We never miss a chance to get there when we're in town.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great birthday dinner with my wife and son.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Be ready for a fine time. The experience of being transported to a local gem of a European cafe not in France or Italy as your senses tell you but in Vienna, Virginia. Tell your friends if they go, surrender to to atmosphere. The wonderful staff will make it a first class tightly knit fine meal for you. Get to know them....Let them take you away. Bon appetit.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Always and ever the best.....you can't beat Cafe Renaissance, the warm and welcoming host and staff, outstanding food and beautifully imaginative floral arrangements. We lovd it!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My husband and I have visited Cafe Renaissance for about 5 years now. It has never failed when it comes to friendly service and having a romantic ambiance. I would recommend this neighborhood gem to everyone. It's not completely visible from the main road but it's well worth the drive. The food is delicious and well priced for a couple to dine out for a date night.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The service was excellent and the food was superb. We will be repeat customers.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Cozy, warm French restaurant with lovely staff and outstanding food

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We enjoyed a relaxing, romantic evening at Cafe Renaissance on Valentine's Day. The wine recommendation was excellent. The food was high quality, the service attentive but not intrusive. We will return for a date night soon.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Authentic French kitchen with classy, stylish service and atmosphere.

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