About Renaissance Cafe
Authentic Northern Italian Cuisine. Including in house made breads, pastas and desserts. Exciting menu of steaks, chops, seafood and other surprises.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
$30 and under
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine
Renaissance Cafe Ratings and Reviews
A jewel truly in the middle of nowhere. ...
A jewel truly in the middle of nowhere. We went for our second time, and were concerned about the loss of Chef Kevin. While I was disappointed to not have the delicious sausage/mushroom polenta from our first visit, the chicken carbonara was very good. Each of the four of us had a different entry and no one was disappointed. Very unique experience, we'll be back again.
Service was exceptional my glass was nev ...
Service was exceptional my glass was never empty. Great recommendation on wine pairing with meal. Loved the seasonal salad made with heirloom tomatoes. The ambience was exceptional. The food selection had fare for all taste buds. We had the steak each piece was tender melting in you mouth like butter. We were on a low sodium diet so the crab bisque was a little salty for our liking. Very smooth texture. The cucumber sorbet cleansed the palette between our salad and entree. The cheesecake was not overly sweet and a great conclusion to a great night. Thank you nice to have a place of this caliber in centtal ks.
We made our reservation and when we got ...
We made our reservation and when we got to there before our scheduled time, we were told the chef left for the day. We had to drive over 30 min to get there. Very disappointed. Why have reservations if you don't honor them?
The Renaissance Cafe is a real jewel. T ...
The Renaissance Cafe is a real jewel. The food is top notch and the setting is like no other restaurant I've ever been to. We started with the antipasto platter; I had the chicken carbonara; and then dessert was the most unique: upside down rhubarb with a pistachio brittle. It was all excellent.
It's a great place for a special occasion.
My partner and I were pleased to finally ...
My partner and I were pleased to finally find in our home county food that could be called outstanding. It is expensive , with most of the pasta dishes costing near $20, about three times what an equal amount of food would run at the mediocre (but very popular) Italian restaurant in the the county's largest city, Salina. (The Renaissance is in a small town about 10 miles away.) But we will come at least on special occasions, and maybe more often. We greatly enjoyed everything that we were served: the appetizer, the main dishes, and the dessert.
I have two minor and constructive criticisms. We could hear, coming from the side and not "piped in" and ambient, music at a volume that was loud enough to be annoying, but not loud enough to enjoy hearing. I think that contrary to what most restaurants seem to believe, people don't eat out for the music. Look at them: do any appear to be listening? Why don't you turn it off, and let them fully enjoy the two things that they obviously come for, good food and good conversation.
The other problem I had was with our waitress behaving much like the wait staff at that mediocre restaurant: returning to the table far too often, aiming to give good service, but, for people wanting to relax and take time enjoying an evening, making herself a nuisance. I barely had the first fork of the main dish in my mouth when she approached and asked, "How was it?" -- yes, in the past tense. This was so bad that we laughed. She also pressed us to order, asked about dessert before we finished the main dishes, and tried to take my plate while it was still half full and I still had fork in hand. This was all while around us stood empty tables. A waiter or waitress should be a good observer, come to the table when the diners appear to be ready for or need something, or at least give them time, and once the food is served, leave them alone.
But for those things, I would rate the Renaissance Cafe at 4-5 stars across the board.
The Renaissance Cafe. Worth the drive. ...
The Renaissance Cafe. Worth the drive.
I am realizing with each positive review i(darn) it might be that much harder to get a table. Yeah.
It's THAT good.
The seafood bisque (soup of the day) was outrageously good- I wanted to take a quart home! The Yellow fin was done perfectly. Should mention- the place is charming! Can't wait to go back!
This is a nice little out of the way pla ...
This is a nice little out of the way place for some elegant dining, although no need to dress up.
We ordered the Yellowfin Tuna and Pork Chop. The chop was somewhat dry but the Tuna was perfect.
The prices are a little high but they do serve some surprises with the meal that are included.
We are planning on going back and getting the home made pasta
Have dined there several times before,th ...
Have dined there several times before,this time was very disappointing both the food was not of good quality and dishes were ill prepared and the service was terribly slow. We had reservations for 7 and our food arrived at 9. The food quality and selections have certainly declined with loss of their past chef.
We had a wonderful evening/experience. ...
We had a wonderful evening/experience.
The food, service and ambiance were to perfection. Our server, Adrian had a complete knowledge of every food and drink on the menu.
We often dine at outstanding restaurants NYC. I would place The Renaissance Cafe on the same level.
We will return.
First visit with new chef
We've gone to cafe many times, it's our go to for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. I have to say this time was the first we left a little deflated. We all loved the cranberry salad that they've taken off menu. The strawberry salad was not good, very little dressing, bland. We all ordered something different pasta, steak, salmon and everyone was pleased with meal but not overjoyed as in the past. I hope menus continue to be tweaked.
Excellent food and service.
This restaurant is on par with some of the more upscale places we have eaten in Washington DC, Chicago and New York City. The chef has done some amazing things with the food parings and offerings. They are only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday and reservations are a must. Will be making reservations again and definitely try the specials if you can tear yourself away from the regular menu items.
Worth the drive from Wichita to celebrat ...
Worth the drive from Wichita to celebrate family birthdays. Food was not the standard Italian fare you find in many Italian restaurants and was very good. We were not rushed and enjoyed a slow paced, delicious meal.
We have eaten here before , however it's ...
We have eaten here before , however it's been awhile and there have been some changes. It turned out to be a very enjoyable dinner. The service was extremely good and the food presentation was nice. One of us had the grilled ribeye and was nice. The rest of us had a variety of the pasta dishes and they were well prepared and nice as well. The prices were a little more than we are used to paying, however overall for a special get-together, it was acceptable.
The porterhouse was cooked well, but ser ...
The porterhouse was cooked well, but served a little too cold. The bowls the vegetables were served in caused them to accumulate oil - they were cooked fine but a bit wet. The potatoes were pretty bland. Overall, the food was good - not fantastic but good.
What an innovative way to recapture the ...
What an innovative way to recapture the charm of the "old school" gym for the benefit of Assaria, Kansas. This is truly a gem in the middle of nowhere and every bit worth the trip. Simple but elegant menu: everything that should be on it and no experiments. Presentation marvelously caps the dining experience. The wine list is similarly simple yet representative of the best brands and varietals: no mistakes, pairings options are precise. Reservations recommended...well in advance. The Renaissance Café absolutely lives up to it's reputation!
Awesome find - good if first taste is excellent
lOur GPS had a hard time finding the café but worth the adventure . our server Shannon was very knowledgeable Food was totally outstanding Ambience was unique How many stars can I give to the Renaissance Café? All in!
Renaissance Restaurant is a Jewel
The Renaissance Restaurant, located in the little burg of Assaria in middle Kansas, is an unexpected delight. The food is gourmet, the wine very good, the dessert is amazing and the service is gracious. We have dined there a number of times when staying in the area and very much recommend it.
Getting better every day
Two people ordered the special and loved it. I tried the Duck Ravioli on the recommendation of our waitress. I will DEFINITELY order it again. It was a delightful taste treat. Thank goodness, the special was my husband's favorite fish--halibut--because he is afraid to order the steak again. After years of excellence, he was disappointed last time when the steak was very tough. He will try it again though just to make sure it was not a fluke. Saw a couple eating the steak for two. Looked like a taste treat, that's for sure. I personally love the menu and look forward already for our next visit.
Delightful evening in the Smoky Valley
We had a lovely dinner here with our two young daughters last night. It was a treat for us all! The bread with dipping oil was delicious as was the blood orange sorbet before the entrees. I had been a big fan of the gorgonzala salad under the previous chef, but the new hearts of romaine salad is a fun new take on things. My husband and I shared the Grilled Steak Fiorentina for two. Loved the rosemary lemon butter on it and the tasty potatoes and snap peas. Having been here many times before, it continues to be one of my favorite places! Now that we have young children it's a little harder to manage. I'd recommend going early, like 5 or 5:30. Our waitress was incredibly helpful. Enjoyed the music playing in the background. All around a delightful evening here in central Kansas. Thank you!!
Hidden gem near Salina
The new chef is extremely talented. Although it was a nice place to have dinner before, she has really raised the bar. The food here is better than any restaurant in the area, including Manhattan, as good as restaurants in KC. A tasty amuse- bouche was served and a refreshing sorbet served before the entree. Pasta and bread are made from scratch, salads and vegetables are fresh and crisp, all the dishes we tried were prepared with interesting flavors. The porcini dusted filet was melt in your mouth delicious, fresh grilled halibut was outstanding and the Italian prawn appetizer was amazing. Service was friendly and helpful. Can't wait to return!
Never judge a book by its cover
At first glance, driving to this restaurant, I begun to question where I was actually suppose to go. It housed in an old school and within a residential area. The exterior is also a questionable however it's not until you get inside that you start to feel the environment. You are greeted by a shallow waiting area that is designed with an old honey feel to it. As you're seated the tables are nicely spaced from each other allowing you to enjoy your evening with your significant other without feeling like you're crowded. The lighting has a nice mellow alluminance and background noise is also enjoyable. Dinner (my experience) was top notch which was served in a three course setting, bread and a tiny nibble to excite the taste buds, a house salad or soup followed by a pallet cleansing treat and of course your entree. Everything I tasted was amazingly delicious and had you wanting just a bit more.
On to the downside, our waitstaff was a bit unexperience that the style of restaurant implys yet we're still always around when we needed something or our glasses refilled. Our service was on a Friday night and while I would highly recommend this location the actually number or customers was rather low given the paticular evening. Pricing was slightly overpriced given the portion size however if you're coming to get stuffed you're in for a rude awakening. That doesn't mean I wasn't satisfied with the portion. It was just enough to settle me but it all tasted so good that I just wanted one more bite :)
New Chef Shines
We have been loyal customers here for 10 years. This was our first time back since the new chef, Shana Everhart, began duties. We had eaten at the Swedish Crown in Lindsborg, where she is also chef, and were always delighted. I can say without a doubt that Shana has brought her culinary skills to an even higher level at the Renaissance. Everything we ordered was perfection and we can't wait to go back. We were also tickled to find that she had purchased more suitable dinnerware, silver and wine glasses than what had been used in the past. This really stepped it up a notch - a big one that was needed! The Renaissance Cafe will continue to be one of my top five favorite restaurants in Kansas.
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