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.
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
The host/owner treats every guest like a ...
The host/owner treats every guest like an old friend (we go there frequently; I think we ARE old friends, but many other diners were treated the same way). Food is excellent, and the chef makes an occasional tour to check on diners' satisfaction.
Very impressed by this place, the atmosp ...
Very impressed by this place, the atmosphere, food, and staff are all fantastic.
Overhearing some conversations from others, it sounds like they routinely come back, and they all recognize them, and remember them by name.
Our waiter was very pleasant, cut to the chase, and recommended the best options for our meals. We did not know what we wanted for dessert, so he ended up going and preparing a dish with small pieces of each dessert they had on a plate. The touch he added was really thoughtful.
I left feeling satisfied, and did not feel rushed at all. I will definitely come back a second time.
This Resturant is above par in service. ...
This Resturant is above par in service. The overall dining experience is top notch. Both the owner and the chef came to our table and made my spouse and myself feel like family. We plan to come back often and have Thanksgiving meal there. This is a very special Resturant. A true dining experience.
We first discovered Cafe Renaissance two ...
We first discovered Cafe Renaissance two years ago and go every few months. It is an intimate, elegant small restaurant. The food is excellent. The service superb. We go both for special occasions as well as simply everyday dining.
My friend and I came for a mid-week lunc ...
My friend and I came for a mid-week lunch in August. As the restaurant had only a few patrons, our waiter gave us lots of personal attention. Although he made unwelcome assumptions of what lunching ladies may prefer to drink and eat, he was personable, we enjoyed the food (especially the mussels that my friend ordered) and the wine, and were able to relax and converse for two delightful hours. The dining room is decorated with romance in mind, so we both decided that we will return with our husbands.
I think Cafe Renaissance is the best res ...
I think Cafe Renaissance is the best restaurant in Northern Virginia. It has the best qualities and no negatives. The owner is a wonderful host and the staff and chef are all outstanding. When my fiancee and I go out to dinner, Cafe Renaissance is always our first choice. We are never disappointed and we are always delighted. I look forward to when we can return.
My very favorite restaurant. Always spec ...
My very favorite restaurant. Always spectacular. Love love love it. You wouldn't expect such a fabulous place to be in a strip mall. What an absolute gem. If it were closer to where I live I would be there all the time. Awesome.
Perfect spot for a large dining party ce ...
Perfect spot for a large dining party celebrating my folks' 50th wedding anniversary. Older folks in party particularly liked the entertaining and chatty servers and special attention from the chef, and they were very good with the 11 year old picky eater. Food was good and ambience is festively formal but not stuffy. Pricey but not outrageous. Desserts were divine ! I'm not sure I'd want a quiet intimate date night here but it was just right for this special occasion.
This is a charming restaurant located in ...
This is a charming restaurant located in a not so charming strip mall...it is a real neighborhood delight. With a European, easy elegance ambiance that is well suited for a romantic or business dinner or special occasion. While the maître d and waiters were in tuxes, it is not stuffy or overly formal; many guests were in fairly casual attire (sport coats to casual Friday). The wine list featured a fairly good selection (country of origin and type of wine) and range of prices.
The menu is extensive with a number of daily specials. A neighborhood surpise, we really wanted to love this place...all things considered we like the place (and will return). The service was uneven and not as skilled as one expectws w/ the ambiance: Our waiter who was eager to please and very friendly but also just very busy w/ other tables. Our orders arrived when they were ready in the kitchen and included serving the appetizer (Oysters Rockafeller) after the soup and salads. The cesar salad was overly dressed. The entrees arrived at roughly the same time, but the main course fish dishes were overly sauced. The dover sole w/lobster was prepared w/ too much cream relative to other ingredients. Desert was pleasant w/ a nice variety of options. A complimentary after dinner drink was offered to us.
The bottom line---do try it, but don't expect a finely tuned operation or attention to detail in food preparation or service.
We have been dining here since mid 2000. ...
We have been dining here since mid 2000. A friend we had taken for dinner recently observed that the name recognition greeting from the staff was like having a country club membership without the dues! The staff is charming, the food is wonderful, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.
fun because it is informally formal. Fo ...
fun because it is informally formal. Food is decent; there was a mixup where the chef did not come out to explain he did not have the ingredients for a food. They made up for it by giving us a drink an dessert. The waiter and owner were so much fun. The waiter KNEW his wine and gave an excellent pairing. The place is quirky in a good sort of way. I dont have lots of words for this place bc it is hard to describe but we had an unexpected blast.
We had a wonderful dining experience at ...
We had a wonderful dining experience at Cafe Renaissance. The food was outstanding as was the service. We were really made to feel very comfortable, like one of the family. The chef came out and sat with us to see how we liked our meal, and was genuinely interested in our feedback. Overall great evening.. We will definitely be back.
My wife and I recently visited for dinne ...
My wife and I recently visited for dinner before a concert at Wolf Trap. We were greeted like old friends and treated throughout the evening like we were part of the family. Fantastic menu and they are willing to go the extra mile to customize your menu selection. When we are in the Vienna area again we will return! Highly recommended!
This was a birthday dinner and the staff ...
This was a birthday dinner and the staff was fabulous. Very attentive and helpful. Food was delicious. Prices are expensive but this is a restaurant for special occasions. The bonus birthday dessert sampler with a free glass of port was a lovely touch to end the evening.
Elegant and most romantic restaurant in ...
Elegant and most romantic restaurant in Northern Virginia. We do not live in Vienna but travel there for special occasions to eat at this wonderful restaurant. The owner is very involved in the restaurant and it shows with the attention to details from the flowers on the tables to the quietly efficient service. The service is impeccable! The chef comes to the dining room to make sure all are satisfied and even will make a special meal based on your palate.
If I lived closer, I would make this a weekly dining option but for now it is our go to place for all special occasions. It is interesting to note that the number of "special occasions" have increased yearly since we found this gem. Go there and you will not be disappointed.
Had never been overly impressed, but rem ...
Had never been overly impressed, but remain loyal due to convenience and desired ambiance (dated, quiet, easy parking out front, fresh beautiful roses) for our aging parents. This time around, however, was particularly good. Escargot, soft shell crab better than Clarity's down the street & desserts excellent. Red snapper was breaded and fried, which I didn't care for, but tasty nonetheless. Our parents are always happy with their dishes and loved being gushed over by the attentive owner.
The Café Renaissance is a great place fo ...
The Café Renaissance is a great place for good food, especially for special occasions. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary there and there were two other couples also celebrating anniversaries. The service was outstanding, as was the excellence of the food. Desert was also a real treat. The staff certainly goes out of their way to make you feel special.
Excellent French Restaurant tucked into ...
Excellent French Restaurant tucked into a shopping center. The food is excellent and well prepared. The wait staff is both friendly and knowledgeable. They make it a special occasion even when it isn't. A great place for a delicious dinner.
Cafe Renaissance continues to be a culin ...
Cafe Renaissance continues to be a culinary jewel in Vienna. The food is unique and delicious. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The ambiance is perfect for dinner and the price is VERY reasonable. This restaurant remains one of my favorite places to eat in the DC area. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
One of the Best Restaurants in Vienna
My fiancee and I stopped at Cafe Renaissance for brunch and it was a first-rate experience. The decor is very elegant with gilded walls, freshly cut flowers, and old world paintings. The food was fabulous and presented well by Chef Ocean. The owner/host Saaed is a delight to be around and will make your experience perfect. The pricing is very reasonable considering the five star quality and service.
Another Vienna Underdog
Everyone should mark down this location as a wonderful place in an understated location (next to Silva's Bakery (also excellent). You get a wonderful, warm and personalized welcome by the owner, and attentive, sincere and friendly service. The wine list is good, and reasonable, and the food is well prepared, presented geometrically on a large plate, and delicious. Prices are reasonable This neighborhood in Vienna boasts several very good eateries including Cafe Renaissance and Pazzo Pomodoro. If you are planning a day in Vienna, try them both!
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