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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
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Cafe Renaissance Ratings and Reviews
Celebrated our anniversary here recently. Excellent service and menu with several specials that were very appealing. We selected onion soup and oysters. Both excellent. Dover sole for one main course and salmon for the other. Each came with four vegetables. Just plain wonderful. Special surprise was a desert platter with samples of 5 . Yummy. Excellent service and very friendly staff. We will be returning more often. Just a hidden gem in Vienna, VA.
This was our first visit and we are hooked. My wife was celebrating her birthday and we talked about going to the Inn at Little Washington. This dinner was just as good and it was much closer and much less expensive. Both the owner and the chef sat at our table and chatted for awhile. We are going back for their Easter brunch.
I waited a few days to write the review, because I'm finally coming back down to earth! Fabulous evening. My friend introduced me to this restaurant, and every time we've come, the owners and chef rolled out the red carpet for us as if we were personal friends! A wonderful, warm welcome: on this visit, the service was especially warm because we were celebrating my friend's birthday.
The food was out of this world. We had the chef's specials and we're really glad we did. My friend loved her escargot and flounder stuffed with crabmeat. I enjoyed my baked oysters with crabmeat and spinach-Pernod sauce; but I nearly went through the roof when I tasted the LAMB SHANKS! Unbelievably delicious and tender! They was honestly the most delicious thing I have ever eaten in my life. I'm not exaggerating--they were THAT GOOD.
Because it was my friend's birthday, the chef gave her a complimentary piece of marmalade-Grand Marnier cream cake after dinner. Again, it was sublime: just the right little pop of Grand Marnier without being too much.
And my friend also got the Irish Coffee at the end: it was an amazing, flaming extravaganza complete with a sugar-coated glass--and about 10% coffee... :-).
I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Even the bread and butter were spectacular.
The ambience is intimate and Renaissance-looking: elaborate, yet not busy or intimidating. Just a quiet and friendly environment. And they do not rush patrons in any way.
Cafe Renaissance gave my friend one of the finest birthdays she's ever had (and I loved it, too)..
We had been to Cafe Renaissance before and had a very good meal in their elegant and inviting main dining room. So, for this special Valentine's Day meal, we were greatly disappointed to be seated in a crowded ante room that had none of the ambience of the main part of the restaurant, and a view that was to die for. And I mean that literally! Cheap curtains covered the bottom of the front windows that had a view of several nearby restaurants in the corner of the shopping center where they are located. The service for this evening was cursory and hurried, unlike our other experience. I get it that they were trying to make the most of the day, but it was a day we won't remember fondly for some time to come!
As usual, the food earned top marks and the service was attentive without being clinging. But, it was a pre-Valentine's day evening and the tables were crowded together to allow for more business--understandable for a small restaurant. Unfortunately, the guests at the table next to us were totally unconscious of anyone else in the room and carried on loud and quite personal conversations the entire evening, essentially ruining the otherwise wonderful atmosphere, food and service. Recommendation? By all means, go to this restaurant, just not at a time when they're likely to be busy: Check on that when you make the reservation!
My friend and I an early reservation and were able to have the restaurant blissfully to ourselves for most of the meal. Then a party of four arrived and were seated right next to us, even though the whole place was empty. Made us want to rush to leave. We were disappointed that the online menu was very different from the actual menu.
I don't understand the positive reviews of this place, as we had an awful experience! The food was average and the service was horrible! They had plenty of waiters, all of whom were rude. They didn't like my perch order and told me I should get the special. When I said no thanks, perch sounds great, they brought me the special anyway..... without explanation! Good thing I don't have allergies. The bottle of champagne was the best thing we had that evening, but we had to pour it ourselves three times! The appetizers sounded good, but there was no saffron in the saffron dish and the soup was not as described....No creativity, just butter and salt. When we asked for the check, the waiter refused to bring it, stating we must try dessert. We couldn't leave fast enough, and they made us late for our show....The guy actually brought out the desserts of his choice after we said we didn't want dessert! We like good food and nice restaurants......This is a neighborhood dive for those who don't know any better!
The service was completely slow and inattentive. The food was mediocre at best. They advertised a 2012 Cabernet and actually brought a 2014 to the table. Unfortunately I did not pick up on this until I was already disgusted with the experience and just wanted to finish and leave.
I do not at all understand how Cafe Renaissance has received so many accolades in the recent past. It is not one of the top 100 most romantic restaurants in the US as recently declared on OpenTable. It has an outdated decor in a strip mall. Not romantic.
We will not be back and I will never recommend this restaurant to a friend.
We went for a birthday dinner and had a very enjoyable experience. The service is wonderful, the attendants are attentive, the décor is very nice and tasteful, the food is wonderful, and the wine is very good. You can talk quietly to the people in your party. Everyone came to greet us including the chef and the owner. Wow, what treatment. This is not our first time and we will go back again.
Excellent food - wonderful service. Truly a delightful place that makes you feel at home..... Recommend it to anyone for any occasion.... Very Friendly owner and staff,,, had a very enjoyable time talking to the owner and chef... Always lots of regulars too.
Café Renaissance is a dependable, consistent 5 star winner. I go there when I have something big to celebrate and some extra space around my waist because the desserts are just the best ever. I think sauces and gravies are a particular specialty of the kitchen. I do often recommend it. It is an ideal restaurant for me. Twenty somethings may find it too quiet and refined. There is NO wide screen and no bar seating. I see these as attractions. Just a great place to enjoy your food.
We went for a birthday luncheon. The service was excellent! The menu was fully explained when asked about certain dishes. Our food was great; lots of veggies with my flounder and with the Veal dish. We were treated to dessert and Sambuca. It was a lovely afternoon was my spouse and myself.
Although this restaurant may not have the most appealing curb appeal, the ambiance, food, and service were excellent. The staff was very friendly and a bit humorous. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend Cafe Renaissance, especially for a romantic dinner.
Cafe Renaissance is a wonderful place to lunch or dine the menu and specials offered are all tempting and excellent choices. You are treated like you are the only customer they have even with the others there. This is not a low cost fare, but the experience and cuisine are well worth the price. We were there to celebrate a long delayed birthday lunch and over lunch was very special. I highly recommend you choose Cafe Renaissance as a future dining experience, especially if you have not been before. Reservations are a must.
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