About Cafe Renaissance
Vienna, VA 22180
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.
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
My friend and I have been going to the R ...
My friend and I have been going to the Renaissance every Christmas time for many years. It is always delicious and fun. It is the perfect restaurant to have conversations with friends. Classical music, a fabulous mouth-watering gourmet menu, warm and friendly service from the owners and staff, a lovely, classic decor with gorgeous flower arrangements made by the owner herself, all make this dining experience unforgettable!
We had a wonderful dinner and experience ...
We had a wonderful dinner and experience on New Year's at Cafe Renaissance!! We there for the second seating, so we had music, with champagne, hats, and noisemakers at midnight. We have been to Cafe Renaissance many times before for birthdays, Valentine's Day, and other special occasions when we want a very nice dinner with very good service and ambience.
It's our favorite restaurant for special ...
It's our favorite restaurant for special occasions. The food is always very good, and service is excellent. Even with a full restaurant for New Year's Eve the service was great, and the food came out hot and in a timely fashion. Someone is always checking to make sure that everything is good. One of the best in the area.
Cafe Renaissance is the favorite restaur ...
Cafe Renaissance is the favorite restaurant of a close friend. The staff treated us wonderfully - offering a table that was easy to access with her wheelchair. The owner remembered her, and a server who recognized her from over 20 years ago, stopped by to say hello. She was most pleased and had a wonderful time.
The food, it almost goes without saying, was incredible. . .from the the bread basket to the appetizers to the entrees. . .all was wonderful.
Thank you for taking such wonderful care of our friend. . .it meant a lot.
Warm, romantic setting. Exceptional foo ...
Warm, romantic setting. Exceptional food. Top notch service. Located in the back corner of a strip mall. Recommend reservations, but not required. Definitely trying the Irish coffee the next visit based on how we observed their preparation and YouTube videos of their presentation. Baked oysters are among the very best. Ask for grated parmesan cheese to dip with their superb olive oil and butter with their wonderful baked bread. Best continental food in Northern Virginia. What a treat!
Charmingly elegant surroundings - you'd ...
Charmingly elegant surroundings - you'd never know (and won't care that it's in a strip mall). Kind, attentive service--they make you feel like family. Food is reliably good & very reasonably priced wine list. Makes for a romantic date night meal & good place for special occasions & holidays.
We went here on a date and greatly enjoy ...
We went here on a date and greatly enjoyed it. Good, classical French food. The wine list is quite varied -- just in the Bordeaux we had a choice ranging from $45 to $600 for a bottle (no, that's not a typo). We chose the $45 bottle; it was a 2011 vintage, and it was perfect (looks like they pay attention to their wines). The food was excellent, and the service was just right. We were even given a free dessert of cranberry sorbet with flourless chocolate (similar to a thick hot fudge, only creamier) and creme Anglaise. Delicious!!!
Excellent dinner. Chef prepared Salmon W ...
Excellent dinner. Chef prepared Salmon Wellington for my spouse from scratch - it wasn't on the menu, and I had Swordfish. Both excellent. Cafe Renaissance is a great place for an everyday or special occasion dinner, and terrific for lunch or Sunday brunch as well. Special wine dinners are wonderful too. Maadi's new outfit (he's been our server for years) is great. Nice to see something other than a tux. Ha
The tables are so tight that you can exp ...
The tables are so tight that you can expect to be bumped and jostled while the staff attempts to noisily clean/clear tables. The food was good but not outstanding and they have a good selection of wine. I felt the waiter could have been more on top of clearing the table, keeping water glasses filled, and overall checking on us. I will admit that they were busy, but I expect a certain level of service when I am spending this kind of money.
Tucked away in a suburban strip mall, Ca ...
Tucked away in a suburban strip mall, Cafe Renaissance endeavors to provide a fine dining experience, but you're only likely to think it succeeds if you're in your 70's and/or don't get out much. The room is charming and cozy in an over-the-top spinster-aunt sort of way. Huge murals of ballerinas decorate the walls (check photos on-line). The menu is pretty traditional French. There were quite a few specials when we were there -- too many to easily remember. When I joked to the waiter that in the age of laser printers they really should just print the list of specials, he said that it would be too expensive because they had an ink jet printer. Huh? The food was solid, but neither inventive nor particularly well excuted. A rack of lamb was properly cooked. Parmesean crusted cod was moist and a quality piece of fish, but the "crust" lacked texture because of the sauce that had been put on the dish. Sides were pretty disappointing. A vegitable "risotto" that came with the cod lacked creaminess and was essentially rice with veggies. Everything else on the plate was steamed veggies, which to me suggest a complete lack of effort by the kitchen. Our server was weird. Strange body language. Not dressed like the other servers. Just plain awkward. I had the sense that he might have been family with the owners. If you live in the area you might give it a try, but given that entrees are priced in the mid-30's, I'd burn a little gas a go elsewhere.
I went here with my daughter in order to ...
I went here with my daughter in order to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the passing of my sister. I wanted to do something nice and something that I would enjoy. I was completely satisfied. The hosts were attentive but not too much so. The food was very tasty and very well-presented. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone wishing to share a quiet meal with a special loved one.
We had a wonderful dinner and had a priv ...
We had a wonderful dinner and had a private room to ourselves. The food was fantastic, service was the right pace and the surprise Baklava for dessert was one of the best I have had. The chef visited with us and our food was fantastic. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough and look forward to our next visit.
The restaurant was very nicely decorated ...
The restaurant was very nicely decorated and the service was excellent. Very attentive staff and friendly. The wine list was decent. The food was good, but it was not worth the price. For the entire dinner, we paid almost as much as we would have paid at a more high-end French restaurant like L'Auberge Chez Francois, but the food was not even in the same class. My wife ordered an Australian Sea Bass and it did not taste fresh. My filet mignon was average - not the best I've ever had. My son ordered lobster ($40) and it was very tough, so I believe it was over cooked.
Based on the reviews that I read online, ...
Based on the reviews that I read online, I took my wife and our close friends for her birthday dinner instead of Chez Francois (BIG MISTAKE!!!). I was planning on ordering the group dinner #4 (the most expensive pre-fixe dinner). I was told that I had to pre-order that. Tthe waiter offered to make us a special 4-course meal plan instead albeit at a higher price than the highest priced group dinner; $70/person. He said that there would be plenty of food and that he'd take care of our large group. The first plate was a seafood sampler consisting of one shrimp, one scallop, one lobster ravioli, and one piece of pasta with some sort of creamy topping. As noted in some other reviews, the presentation was non-existent. It was just food plopped on a dish. The second course was a typical house salad. I was expecting a seafood salad with lobster meat (like in their online menu). I was told that there was NO lobster that night. For the main entree, I got the sea bass and my wife got the filet mignon. My sea bass was dry and her filet was bland. Then our dessert came... It looked like they took 4 pieces of dessert and just divided them up and literally threw them on a plate for each of us to have another "sampler". Terrible. Total bill with tip came to $1190. Not worth it. Never going back.
Cafe Renaissance is a great french resta ...
Cafe Renaissance is a great french restaurant tucked away in a small shopping center in Vienna, VA. The service is outstanding (and friendly), cocktails are perfect (especially martinis), good wine list but best of all is the food. We were two couples Saturday night and had lamb chops, tuna, pasta and lobster. All were excellent. And, at Cafe Renaissance, don't leave without having their famous Irish Coffee. It is delicious but the presentation is VERY unique...lots of fireworks. Best in the entire Washington metropolitan area.
Complicated review, hang in there with m ...
Complicated review, hang in there with me. Aging parents love it, my spouse and I in our 40's do not. We've been dozens of times, our go to for the elderly. Why they love it. Dated ambiance, lots of personal attention, very quiet and classically prepared food. Why we don't love it. Dated ambiance, lots of personal attention, very quiet and classically prepared food. We'd prefer a more modern and inspired approach while keeping the spacious feel. My biggest complaint is their personal attention. I know, odd complaint. The chef sits down and chats, the waiter is overly personal and the conversations don't stop. While most people might appreciate this, I often leave feeling exhausted, unrelaxed, like I had to entertain their very kind staff. I'm not sure my husband and I got one word in with each other because of their overly chatty interruptions. Again, incredibly kind staff.
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