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
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Cafe Renaissance Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
This is a neighborhood gem, for authentic French food. The service was very attentive. I had the lamb shank, it was excellent. My friend had the barramundi special, he said it was outstanding. The prices were very reasonable. The place was old school, with fresh flowers everywhere, even in the bathroom--very beautiful flowers. The wine list was good, some decent values. Everyone was very happy with their food and I will definitely come back.
We celebrated my wife's birthday at Cafe Renaissance and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our experience, from the outstanding gourmet meal, to the service of the warm and welcoming staff, and the classic fine-dining experience. Cafe Renaissance is now on our short list of favorite restaurants.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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