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 Restaurant, Wine
Renaissance Cafe Ratings and Reviews
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.
Not your everyday restaurant. Enjoyed the menu.
The scallop special was extraordinary and I would order it again if offered. There's not much of a man's menu although there was a special steak offering which my husband tried. Although the flavor and presentation were excellent, the steak was tough. I would recommend finding another distributor. Talk to the former chef. His steaks were always exemplary. The restaurant is close to home so I wish we could visit more often. Upscale has been taken to a new level, however, and the cost of almost all dinner items makes it nearly impossible to visit as often as I would like.
Great ambiance, misleading online menu
Our exprience was very good, but we had looked up the menu online on opentable.com and it turned out to be the old menu. The new one was much pricier and had less options. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and is nice for special occassions. My only other complaint was the server seemed annoyed with us and didn't have much patience in the begginng. She became nicer as the evening went on, but it was never completely genuine.
Worth the drive.
I must say the food was good, our server Laurie was great and accommodating, and the atmosphere was fun and comfortable. HOWEVER, the prices for that part of the country were too high for pastas! I had the cannelloni and my husband had the pappardelle, and both were very good. The seasonal salad with fennel was unique and delicious. It was worth a drive and glad we found a place to eat around Salina other than chain restaurants. But not sure we would make a second trip unless it was for a special occasion.
A quiet getaway
We so enjoy the Rennisance. The food is perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. The specials are always wonderful. You need to make your reservation early if you want the feature of the evening because it is often sold out later in the evening. We have never been disappointed at Rennisance whether it is a quiet evening for the two of us or a time to entertain guests or a gathering of f friends, we have always enjoyed our evening and meal.
This was our first visit since Kevin left. It was disappointing. The menu selection is much smaller and there is no option for half portions of the pasta dishes. The prices have increased. The food was nothing special. The waitress was distracted and our service was really slow.
New chef, new menu,
With a new chef and a new menu Renaissance Cafe still lives up to its reputation for the best food in the area with a unique venue. We've been here twice since the change in chef and haven't been disappointed. Soups are still amazing and all entrees we've tried have been terrific. The staff is down to earth and professional and it's a great place to meet friends for dinner or go for a night out with your sweetie.
Valentine's Day at the Renaissance Cafe
My wife and I enjoyed our dining experience at the Renaissance Café, the wait staff were all friendly and efficient and the food was excellent. The presentation of all courses was very good, although we did feel a bit rushed by how quickly our food was brought to the table for each course. A trivial complaint at best and certainly not enough to detract from our experience. Fine dining in the quirky atmosphere of a school gymnasium, certainly an unexpected pleasure.
Disapointed on Valentines Day
We've enjoyed the Renaissance Café very much in the past but this last time was a big disappointment. We went over Valentines weekend and it wasn't up to par. The appetizer was a lobster frittata but it was small and dominated by asparagus. Couldn't taste the lobster at all. The homemade bread was not the same as in the past either. Very bland. The salad consisted of greens and walnuts. I thought based on the description that it would be accented with walnuts, but it was absolutely loaded with very finely chopped walnuts and tasteless greens. For our main course we chose the beef tenderloin, fingerling potatoes and green beans. It was fine although my wife's tenderloin was tough. The dessert was a very small, thin slice of raspberry ice cream with a cream topping. Now we knew going in it was $55 per person, but we both felt like it was extremely overpriced considering the quality of the food and the quantity as well. Worth maybe half what we paid. My wife commented the next morning that we paid $55 a head and "they served us ice cream?" We also felt that at that price it should have included a glass or two of wine. Again we have eaten here before and have been very happy, but what a let down this past time. We will go back and give it another try, but if we have another experience like this we wont go back again. What a shame, have loved this place before. One more note. Before we were served our appetizer, the couple next to us sent their main course back. Not sure what the problem was but we heard the waitress say "its on the house" and she was very sorry. Not a good omen.
Usually we love this restaurant however ...
Usually we love this restaurant however they have hired a new chef and the food was not good at all. The food was cold, small portions, and lacking flavor. We paid 143.00 for two people which the food was not worth. Normally we leave very satisfied and impressed. With the new chef and her menu we will most likely not return.
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