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About Renaissance Cafe

Authentic Northern Italian Cuisine. Including in house made breads, pastas and desserts. Exciting menu of steaks, chops, seafood and other surprises.

210 North Center Street
Assaria, KS 67416
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.

Cross Street:
2nd St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(785) 822-6750

Website:
http://www.renaissancecafeassaria.com/

Executive Chef:
Shana Everhart

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine

Renaissance Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (27)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Worth the Drive (25)
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Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for a Date (19)
Romantic (15)
Cozy (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Business Meals (8)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Authentic (8)
Local Ingredients (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Healthy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Seasonal (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

This is our favorite for out-of-town guests, who are always surprised at such a place. It is one of a kind, with a lot to look at, well-presented delicious food, and friendly people.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined 6 days ago

We had a great visit! We really enjoyed the environment - what a neat setting! The food was good considering it’s in the middle of Kansas!! We had the tuna crudo and the fish was AMAZING. I encourage the chef to look at the balance of flavors as the fish was so beautiful but the micro greens and harissa overpowered the delicate flavors of the tuna. I ordered the bison and butternut squash ravioli. The pasta was cooked so well, perfectly al dente. The bison was rich while the butternut squash was hardly detectable. The sauce was a bit greasy- but I’m nick picking because we truly had a WONDERFUL experience. Service was friendly and lovely.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Best restaurant for miles around!! Renaissance Cafe is well worth the drive!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I have been a big fan of this place but after my last two experiences I'm re-thinking my opinion! When I find something I like in a restaurant and they take it off the menu it's a deal changer for me!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

This place was great! Definitely would recommend for a nice, romantic dinner!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We've never had a bad experience here, for special occasions or just a night out. Service is good, and the food is creative, delicious, and well-prepared. The wine was excellent as well. It's a little ways out of town, but it's worth the drive every time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Adrianne, our waitress, was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine. Food You won’t find anywhere else in Kansas. Worth the drive!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

You cannot find a better restaurant in the State of Kansas. Amazing ambiance. If you are in the area make plans to eat here

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful setting, so near Salina, great staff and kudos to the chef.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We picked this restaurant as an alternative to eating in Salina. To say we were pleasantly surprised is way understated. The entire experience was so much more than expected. This was truly a wonderful experience. First of all, the idea that a beautiful restaurant could be put together from a former high school gym was very surprising. I had the freshly prepared soup of the day which was a mushroom bisque. It was perfectly seasoned and hot. The entrée was medallions of pork tenderloin and vegetables. I thought the pork was a bit overdone, but the taste was marvelous. My spouse had the Ahi tuna, a potato puree, and veggies. Tuna can be challenging to keep from being too done, but this tuna was perfect. We also shared a chocolate dessert that was one of the best I've ever had along with very wonderfully brewed coffee. I've already asked my brother and his wife to join us next time we make the drive from Wichita.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The scallops were very good but the steak was tough and lacked flavor

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The Renaissance Cafe has great dining atmosphere and the food is fantastic. Out waitress was of the highest quality. She was very knowledgeable of all items on the menu and was very congenial.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The Renaissance Cafe is a jewel in the restaurant world. We are so lucky to have it near us in the middle of Kansas. The ambiance and food quality is top-notch. Delightful experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent meal and excellent service. This is a favorite place for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The Renissance Café is on my list as a favorite place to dine. The food is always excellent; perfectly prepared and presented. It is a true "dining" experience in that you can spend the evening enjoying your meal, companions and surroundings. The staff is cordial, professional and quite well informed about the food and beverage options. It's a place that we sometimes hesitate to tell others about for fear they will be so busy that we won't be able to get in!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Best food in the state. Also, a knowledgeable and adventuresome wine list.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Simply enough one of the best restaurants I've ever been to! The food was great, the staff is phenomenal, and the atmosphere is unlike anything you'll find in small-town Kansas.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 5, 2017

A big disappointment. Highly touted restaurant which I've wanted to visit for 4 years. Required an overnight. Not very Italian. Cook is Heavy-handed. No finesse. Rib-eye steak blanketed in cracked pepper. Couldn't taste the meat. Service was good. Won't recommend.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I was not happy with this experience because the waitress seemed very rushed. Also, when asked how I wanted my steak I said not gray but not bloody. When the steak arrived it was gray...I did not send it back because it had taken so long to get our food. The couple next to us sat down after us and left long before we did. It was not a very satisfying experience.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The lasagne is one of the best you can find anywhere!!! The trout is fantastic grilled (you can ask if you can have it grilled instead of the breaded & fried version but sometimes they have already breaded them for the evening but it's worth asking)!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Perfect for my mom's 92nd birthday! Everyone made it so Nice! We did miss having the salmon that night. Instead, the fish offerings were swordfish and trout.
Service is always great!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very busy place this day. We weren’t in a hurry, but food wasn’t as good as usual.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Who would have guessed that such a wonderful culinary experience was to be had in a wisp of a town in Central Kansas-- Assaria, Kansas (population 400)? Prior to September 23,2017, I was to be counted among the unaware and uninitiated; those who had not an inkling of an idea of the epicurean delights that are to be found at the Renaissance Café . The food I and my party were served on this initial visit has convinced me that I need to be a regular visitor to this marvelous eatery!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Went for our anniversary and was not disappointed. Atmosphere was warm and relaxing, food was amazing, wine choice was decent, and service was well done. Bit pricey but worth it due to the occasion.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant within 50 miles of where we live. We really enjoy a relaxed fresh cooked meal with friends here. The chef and staff are professional and make it a great experience. This is our go-to spot for most of our special occasions. I usually go with a salad, but decided to try the soup last weekend. It was creamy, and I'll have hard time going back to the salad next time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere, overall great place to eat.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

The evening started out very well. The ambiance (music, lighting, seating) was excellent and set the mood for an enjoyable dining experience. The service also was "just right". The complimentary nibbles were gourmet-ish, the drinks were good quality and the salads were excellent. It was the main courses that were very disappointing. In retrospect, I'm not at all sure my rib eye steak was even a rib eye (very thin, tough and no taste) and my partners pasta was overly oily. I really regret not saying something to the waiter, but I didn't! I do think I might have been offered another option, as the wait staff was so good.
So, I'm not crossing them off of my list, but I will either stick with salads and appetizers, of be more on guard with an entree the next time.
I hope this review is helpful to them, because I would like for them to be successful, as they offer a valuable service to the Salina area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Always a special treat to have a evening out at the Renaissance. Makes you feel special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Service was not up to the usual standards, probably due to inadequate number of servers this night. The scallops were overcooked and the rest of that meal was not hot enough. The baked egg plant was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, People Watching, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Had a wonderful experience at this gem of a restaurant a short drive from Salina. My friend, who is GF, had several options to choose from and ended up with a custom Chicken Madeira that she loved. I ordered the Beef Tenderloin Duo and was not disappointed. Perfectly cooked with two different sauces, both of which were delicious. Salads and veggie dishes were good as was the focaccia bread. Everything was seasoned well and our server was so helpful!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 31, 2017

This might be the best dining experience in the state of Kansas. Ate their on a Thursday evening on the way to a concert in Salina. We have nothing in Wichita that compares to it. To find a truly exceptional meal in a town of about 400 people is unbelievable. Only about 3 miles off of I-135 about 10 minutes south of Salina. Whether you are passing thru or looking for a destination meal, don't pass this one up on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night (with a reservation!)

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 31, 2017

What a little gem. The restaurant was quaint and clean. Everything was so delicious and the waitress was especially nice. Will go back every time I'm close .

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

My second time here. Just as wonderful as the first time. Can't wait for the next time.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

a great meal, as always! our favorite place for date night.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent food in a quaint atmosphere. This was our second visit. The steaks and pasta we had each time were fantastic. The amuse and sorbet were nice touches and were delicious. Definitely worth the drive.

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

2nd time we've been there, was excellent both times. Would recommend to friends and will come back again!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

This was my first time dining here and I was not disappointed. Not a large menu selection but still plenty options to choose from. Staff was wonderful and food was delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 12, 2017

First of all, our server Adrian was outstanding. The effort and care she took to make a classic martini and old fashioned was beyond belief. The setting of this restaurant inside a historic k-12 school is inspirational and nostalgic. And who would believe that you could have fresh halibut in a town of a little over 400 in the center of Kansas, and outstanding to boot. We'll be back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

The our waitress was wonderful. She was very professional and informative. The food was very good, but pricy enough we would probably only go for special occasions. The atmosphere was incredible as well. Overall I'd give it a 2 thumbs up!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Enjoyed this great find S of Salina, N or Lindsborg, in Assaria, KS which we had never heard of & we are Kansans! Unexpected gourmet food served with knowledge & efficiency. Loved it, well worth the drive, interesting atmosphere & photos.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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