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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.
Vienna, VA 22180
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 5pm to 9pm
$31 to $50
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Cafe Renaissance Ratings and Reviews
We love the care the owner takes to beautify the entrance by planting lovely flowers. It gives it a nice old European feel. Once inside, the atmosphere is quiet and refined. It seems that there was no piped-in music. If there was, it was unobtrusive. This allowed for low volume and relaxing conversation.
The atmosphere continued to be relaxed as we were seated and offered drinks. The martinis were perfect. Only after we enjoyed the martini a bit, were we offered the menu. We each had the special, veal masala and a fish (forget the name of it). I loved the fish because, although it had a sauce, it was very little and not at all overpowering. Veggies that went with our meal were good. Loved the large chunks of sweet carrot. All in all, a good meal. All in all, a good evening. We will certainly be back.
Owner Saeed greeted us and came personally to make sure that everything was going smoothly. Saeed's wife, Soraya also came to greet us when she came in and cook Ocean (hope I spelled it right) introduced himself and made sure everything was to our liking. Dessert was on the the house because it was our anniversary. The menu is basically European with a French flair. Seafood was fantastic. The oysters Rockfeller were out of this word and so was my crepe filled with carb meat topped with shrimps, scallops and a secret sauce. My husband had the Dover sole with Farro/cranberries, roasted potatoes. Great wine selection too. Very special place.
We've been living in Vienna for a long time and finally decided to try this place. The food was truly excellent with wonderful appetizers and seafood dishes. The servers were extremely friendly, but be prepared for take things at a slower pace. The clientele is principally comprised of the "Greatest Generation", but my sense is the restaurant would very much like to expand its audience. Overall, it was a wonderful meal and we would certainly go back.
I didn't personally attend, but scheduled a dinner for my superiors. All I heard back was amazing feedback about the restaurant being the perfect place, that the food was wonderful and a great value for the price, that the alcohol was decent, and that they are thrilled it had a private room. I had positive feedback from everyone who attended.
Good food though a bit uninspired in a Victorian looking dining room in a strip center. Badly needs a refresh -- new paint, carpet, and furniture. Pricing was fair. Service very friendly but slower than one would like. While we did not have a bad time, we will not be returning -- too many other good choices available elsewhere.
Cafe Renaissance is an excellent choice for a quiet and memorable dinner. Be sure to ask about their specials and don't hesitate to put your selections in the hands of your knowledgeable waiter. If food quality and imagination are important to you, you won't be disappointed in this fine restaurant.
Hidden Gem in Vienna !!! The outside does not look like much and the surrounding area is safe but very bland. We would have NEVER GUESSED a great restaurant like this existed in this corner of Vienna, VA
Very romantic. Ambiance was perfect. Service wonderful. Food delicious. We highly recommend for a special evening out.
However, it does get crowded I'm told for special events like Valentines Day, Mothers Day, etc. When this happens the place is just too small for large crowds. We recommend going when no one else is there (Mon-Thur)
We dined at Café Renaissance for Mother's Day. They had a special menu and the selections were excellent. All of us had a difficult time selecting which of the entrees to try because so many of the listed entrees sounded so good. What I especially appreciated was the flexibility of the chef because I combined my salmon dish with the sauce from another entrée. The result was excellent. All of us at the table agreed that we need to frequent this restaurant more often.
This past weekend the Cafe Renaissance again proved why it is our default destination for a fine meal. Despite the packed house for Mother's Day, the kitchen maintained its usual high standards of quality and promptness. We all gravitated toward fish entrees, and all three (salmon steak topped with a crab cake, parmesan-encrusted flounder, and pan-fried rockfish) were everything that one could hope for. The wait staff was extremely attentive, so much so that one would not have known that every table was filled. Definitely a great value for a superb meal and a wonderful experience.
We were recommended this restaurant by my husband's parents as they both know that we enjoy old French fine dining. I was optimistically hoping for something similar to La Grenouille, but in the end the experience left me uncomfortable.
I made us reservations for 2 , we were sat at a table for four, and it was assumed for at least an hour that we were waiting on another couple--we weren't. The first thing I noticed was the wine glasses on the table were mismatched, and both were covered in fingerprints. Mine still had the waxy imprint of lipstick on the rim. The glasses were 'clean', but not polished. We were not offered a wine list, instead recommended 3 generic white wines--no region, flavour profile, vintage.
The gimmick of this place is that the chef will make his rounds to certain tables--those with larger parties, people celebrating special events, regulars--and make the table something 'special' for the night. We were given menus and no such treatment. The menu as a whole was of dubious French origin, no souffles, fishes and meats in heavy cream sauces, uninspired vegetable 'garnish'.
We were having pleasant conversation, and our waiter was attentive and personable, so I cannot fault him in the least for what followed. We ordered dessert, which ended up being the best part of our meal. Around this time I excused myself to the powder room. The chef for the first time that evening noticed us. This is where things went from an enjoyable evening with somewhat mediocre food, to uncomfortable af. What started as a simple compliment from the chef ended with inappropriate, intrusive assumptions prying into our personal lives. The conversation went further into something that was downright xenophobic .
We finished our dessert and digestifs, paid our check, thanked our waiter, and left. One of the strangest, most uncomfortable ends to an otherwise pleasant night out with my husband. I doubt I'll ever be able to bring myself to patronize Cafe Renaissance again.
I really didn't know what to expect because this restaurant has been around for a very long time and the menu is quite dated. However, it turned out to be delightful. This is essentially your classic 70's French restaurant with really excellent food preparation. So you can get crab meat on your fish, classic sole dishes, etc. The menu emphasized fresh fish and beef and I don't recall any lamb. Every dish we had was carefully cooked and presented.
The wine list was long with some really nice wines. What a pleasure to have a really good Brunello di Montalcino with my Filet Mignon.
The restaurant is incredibly welcoming. I was met by the host who greeted me by name before I even made it though the door. At various times the host and the chef sat down and talked with us. The service is friendly but not intrusive.
The restaurant was quiet enough for us to speak and length without having to raise our voices.
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