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Cafe Renaissance

4.7
2306 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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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(703) 938-3311
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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What 2306 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.8
service
4.7
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4.6
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

As usual, all was excellent. Even though we hadn’t been there in 7 years, the staff recognized us and we felt like we were home. The ambiance is wonderful, you are never rushed, and the food is outstanding. It is such a relaxing atmosphere. Always an enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Mothers Day

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was date night with my wife and we had tickets for a show in DC. We live in rural northern VA and getting to and from DC for dinner and a show is a heavy lift. I decided to try dinner near the Vienna Metro. Café Renaissance was a delightful surprise and, as it turned out, we preferred to the quality of the show. They open at 5:30, but, being senior citizens, we showed up 15 minutes early. The door was unlocked and we were warmly welcomed and seated immediately. There is far more to Café Renaissance that it appears from the strip-mall location. We thoroughly enjoyed the interior design and art and we found it a very tasteful luring into a French mood. The menu is lovely and fully satisfying a hunger for French. Our meal was delicious, the wine paired well and we made the show just in time. Two thumbs up from Warrenton, VA.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

One of the only restaurants that still represent what excellent dining was when I arrived in the area in the 1970's.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I took my mom and my daughter here for Mother's Day, and we had a lovely time! The service was just right - friendly but not ingratiating, knowledgeable but not overbearing, attentive but not annoying. The food was simple and good, starting with the basket of fresh bread and ending with the chocolate mousse we all split. My mom had the chicken piccata, my daughter had tomatoes and mozzarella, and I had mushroom soup and a kale salad. We also had a bottle of prosecco, 2 glasses of champagne, and coffee with dessert.
Everything was cooked nicely - seasoned well, but not over-seasoned. It was nice to taste the actual food without a lot of oil, butter, or salt in the way. We were quite satisfied but not uncomfortably stuffed when we left.
My favorite aspect of the evening was that even though the restaurant is fairly open, it wasn't too loud for us to hear one another. There was soft music in the background that added to the ambience and did not overwhelm - unusual in these days, it seemed, and much-appreciated!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Took my mother here for Mother's Day, along with my daughter. Everything was perfect. Thank you so much!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I have never been disappointed with the food nor the service.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

They are always the most friendly folks and make you feel like royalty

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was excellent. The dessert presentations with lots of fire was great! The Style of the place is old fashioned and was perfect for my mother-in-law!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food was perfect, but we found the after dinner options to be exceptional to taste and experience. The creme brûlée was just set and so silky...just wonderful to experience the feeling as well as the flavor. We also enjoyed watching as the staff prepared table side Irish coffee with exceptional flourish and showmanship.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We needed a place where we could visit with a special family member, where everyone could hear the conversation. I knew Cafe Renaissance was the place. The food is always superb and the staff never rushes you and for a special occasion this was simply fantastic!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The dinner was superb! The special oyster appetizer was exceptional. A visit by the Chef and Owner prior to ordering from the menu added considerable value to our dining experience. The Halbut and Beef Tenderloin offerings were cooked to perfection and the generous glasses of wine were truly appreciated. The dessert selections coupled with flaming Irish Coffee capped off an amazing dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Only negative thing, mom and I both ordered a seafood plate but we received each other’s order. I did not realize it until I cut into my food. But we both enjoyed each other’s meal none the less.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Excellent! Limited wine list. Very friendly atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Cafe Renaissance excels in everything. The staff is always cordial and accurate. The food is always delicious and greeat value for the prices. It is always a pleasure to dine there.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We celebrated our son's 21st birthday with his friends on Saturday night and had a wonderful time! The variety offered on the menu was spectacular! The seafood entrees were particularly enticing. The service was impeccable, courteous and professional. We arranged for a birthday cake and what a beautiful cake it was! We highly recommend the Cafe Renaissance for your special occasions or a delicious night out.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

First time visiting even though we live in Fairfax, only a few miles away. We had a wonderful time. We will be back.

Thank you for an excellent meal.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

My problem with many restaurants is that, unless I eat at a very odd hour, I have to sacrifice either the quality of my dinner or the ability to hear the folks I'm dining with. This was, for us, a first try for dinner at Cafe Renaissance, and we were happy. The restaurant atmosphere somehow conflates casual with fine dining. Service is caring but not fussy. Bread basket included baguette and a rosemary bread that was particularly nice. Noteworthy were our main courses: my husband's lamb shank was tender; my halibut a decent-sized serving, was nicely (as opposed to overwhelmingly) sauced. The mango mousse cake was lovely. And we could hear each other.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Nice old fashion European Resturant (French?) - the place could use a face lift but is clean and inviting. Service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

From the special greeting at the door too the excellent service and very attentive waiter and host, it was a delightful evening. Salad and entrees were delicious. The Bananas Foster was prepared in front of us with great skill. Entertaining and delicious. We capped off dinner with a specialty coffee prepared with much fanfare. Looking forward to visiting again. Vienna has quite a jewel in Cafe Renaissance!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We love Café Renaissance... Always gracious, always wonderful food. We feel like old friends every time we go.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Excellent food and wine selection. The owner is hospitable, sits at the table and chats with customers. French wine selection is superb. Highly recommended and the restaurant matches its reputation.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

I can not describe the treatment and service you will receive from the management team, the chef, and server/wait staff. From start to finish, by far the best experience in the area. Always a personal visit from the owner and the chef. They take great pride in what they are serving and making sure you receive what you want. The meal comes with a personal touch. If you have dietary concerns, this is the place for you.

The daily specials were to die for. We had a home made lobster ravioli which made your month water. At the end, you have to experience the Irish coffee and Banana's Foster. I know you will be full, but a must!!!!

We spent our Anniversary there and will spend many more there in the future. At the end of the evening the owner sat with us to ensure our experience was unforgettable. Well, it true was. I highly recommend Cafe Renaissance

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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 on April 16, 2018

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 on April 15, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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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