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
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.
A family of 5 adults dined here on a Sat ...
A family of 5 adults dined here on a Saturday night and enjoyed the over-the-top French ambiance, the attentive service and the pretty authentic French menu. Moderately priced for the DC region, too. Very hospitable owner, as Persians often are. Vienna-McLean can't have enough good quality restaurants where adults can have a conversation without shouting. Alors, bon appetite. Luke
Enjoyed anniversary dinner; Saeed, the o ...
Enjoyed anniversary dinner; Saeed, the owner, welcomes all guests; inventive chef selects interesting specials, along with a comprehensive menu every day. service was unobtrusive and efficient. Ambiance is artistic, comfortable. Go here soon!
What a wonderful experience. Yes the foo ...
What a wonderful experience. Yes the food is good but these owners and staff LOVE you. Not their favorites or the locals but everyone walking in the door. They make you feel at home and relaxed. They pour from bottles and tell great stories. That's original in this town.
Outstanding restaurant. Love entertainin ...
Outstanding restaurant. Love entertaining at Cafe Renaissance. Everything is always perfect.
Food outstanding. Owner Saed, is always available and very cordial. Chef often visits our table.
This is a MUST GO to restaurant, that you can always count on. Superb service. Wonderful interior decor....beautifully presented. Now doing Brunch on Sunday, which I can't wait to try as well.
This is truly one of my most favorite restaurants in the Washington area.
Always enjoy Cafe Renaissance. Frequent ...
Always enjoy Cafe Renaissance. Frequent at least once every month or so. Excellent Chef. Great ambiance. All staff and owner engage with clientele to assure a wonderful dining experience. Rated number 1 restaurant in Northern Virginia. Found it by accident looking for something new. Located in a strip mall corner, walking from the parking lot to the restaurant, you enter a new world of slow dining at its best.
Cafe Renaissance is superbly above par i ...
Cafe Renaissance is superbly above par in overall service. The dining experience is truly exceptional. Both the owner, Saeed Abtahi, and Chef Ocean Joseph came to our table and made my spouse and myself feel like family. They do everything possible to make this a very positive dining experience. This luxurious dining adventure will take about 1.5+ hours of your time to fully develop your meal as this is a totally luxurious dining experience. Treat yourself. You will become a regular patron. Nothing else compares.
Every thing about the meal was absolutel ...
Every thing about the meal was absolutely outstanding. The entire staff was friendly and engaging. I have never been to a restaurant where the waiter and the chef were as personable and helpful. It was a unique experience
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.
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