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About Renaissance Cafe
Authentic Northern Italian Cuisine. Including in house made breads, pastas and desserts. Exciting menu of steaks, chops, seafood and other surprises.
Assaria, KS 67416
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
$30 and under
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine
Renaissance Cafe Ratings and Reviews
One of the few places in the Salina area where a person can go and feel like they are not at a restaurant in the rural Midwest. Wonderful combinations of flavors--prosciutto-wrapped asparagus to start, and dayboat scallops with a lump crab risotto and some romaine in a very light citrus dressing with a few grapefruit segments for dinner. So good! And there is no restaurant within many miles that serves a palate cleanser--watermelon sorbet--between courses. Service is the place where one is reminded they are at a restaurant in the rural Midwest. It's not bad, but always just a little clunky. Definitely not as elegant as the food. That being said, I would definitely recommend this place for a special occasion.
This restaurant is a gem on the plains of Kansas. Off the beaten path but worth the little bit of extra effort to get there. The food stars here. A small amuse bouche greets you at the table - on this night a savory bite of roasted garlic mousse on tender house made cracker. The seasonal salad choice is always good and the soup of the day very solid. The menu has enough depth for everyone from steaks to fish to house-made pasta. The twin filets are always fantastic and as good as you will find anywhere. All well presented with a wonderful mix of flavors. To finish -
when in doubt order all of the desserts to share at the table. Our table of 7 could not reach consensus - each one had a fan or two and one person refused to name a favorite! The setting is a little quirky with the tables surrounding the old school basketball court. That lends to the charm of the place, but is a lot of hard surface so the noise level is a little high if the seating is full - but not as loud as an actual basketball game!
We have been to this restaurant many times and have always been happy with the food, the service and the dining experience. However this time was different. Our waitress was abrasive, and the meals were not up to par. We were served bottles of beer without glasses, this is not in keeping with the atmosphere of this establishment. My husband and son had the Ahi Tuna which was the special for the evening. We have had this dish before, but the portion of tuna shrank and the vegetables did not increase. I had the pork tenderloin skewers and the meat was quite dry, and there was no sauce served with this dish to offset the dry meat. Everyone has an off night, this was one of them. We will likely go back, but it will not be soon.
Wonderful supper out! Food was very good! Our waitress was really friendly and attentive. We had a great experience. The only slightly negative was that the accoustics are not the best. Table next to us got a little loud and that was amplified. But would definately go back!
The waitress and service was incredible. Food presentation was great. Salad was awesome, bread fresh and hot, however our entrees were barely warm and therefore not tasty at all. The plates were cool touch . Very disappointing. I would hesitate to return. In the past, we always enjoyed the meal. So disappointing.
We had a group of 4 (two couples) celebrating a special occasion. The service was impeccable and the food was very good. I hadn't been there for a number of years and didn't remember it being as 'formal' as it was. However, that did not take away from the evening. You don't want to be in a hurry and fortunately we weren't. Very glad we made the trip up there again and would like to go back.
This was our first visit since Shana Everhart came on as Executive Chef. Everything was just as wonderful as it has always been. It's the classiest place in the area and there are many nice touches -- including the sorbet to cleanse the palate between courses and the olive oil and Balsamic vinegar dip for the bread. Our server was outstanding, the food choices were creative and delicious, the restaurant is charming. The dessert choices looked great, but we were just too full. Renaissance Cafe will continue to be our favorite local pick for special occasions.
The setting and the building itself are outstanding, which is why I gave the top rating for the atmosphere...This was our first visit (to celebrate wife's birthday) based on a recommendation from a colleague. We were NOT impressed with the service (had to wait to get empty water glasses refilled, even though restaurant clearly wasn't all that busy, and we were never asked if we wanted to get a second glass of wine; no big deal, but given the prices charged, we expected exceptional or at least very good service). We were also not particularly impressed with the entrees; I had the swordfish (basically tasteless), and my wife had the penne. Both of us felt sick after returning home, so doubtful we will return to try one of the other entrees! The best part was the little appetizer at the beginning!
We met my favorite cousin there and spent the entire evening reminiscing about everything..they were so gracious..we were the last to leave. Our waitress was Renee and she was stellar!!! We hadn't been there in a long time and the New chef is fabulous..loved every morsel!!!
Indeed we will return!!
As far as I can tell, the best place to eat in at least a 60 mile radius. Wonderful ambience with the opportunity to try some dishes that aren't easily found in central Kansas. Nice effort, and we would not hesitate to take any friends or family members to experience this charming eatery.
This is the to go place in Saline County. California 4-Star quality. The service is always attentive, suggestive, and pleasant. Food will always surprise you with the quality and special touches. A little expensive, but well worth it for those special occasions.
One word... Amazing. The space is so unique and beautiful. The entire staff was friendly and you can tell that they genuinely LOVE what they do. The food is unforgettable. ALL four courses with perfect wine pairings! Please treat yourself with a visit. You won't forget your time spent there.
Rene, our server, was personable and knowledgeable--very pleasant.
My wife and I are part-time residents of Lindsborg and visit the Renaissance for dinner at least four times each year.
The menu, while limited, with small portions, is excellent.
We, oftentimes, bring friends and/or relatives with us to celebrate a special occasion.
We look forward to our next visit.
This is a cute cafe outside of Salina Kansas. We have been there before and liked it enough to go back. This time the service was terribly slow. The mouse that ran across the dining room and stopped next to our table before someone kicked it into the servers area was not acceptable. The servers nor management mentioned it our apologized. I will not be going back.
Arrived early, we worked on a puzzle and had our drinks while we waited. Menu is always changing and the selection is wonderful. Meal was great, and the atmosphere was amazing. Our wait staff was very friendly and very helpful. This was our 4 visit to the restaurant in the last 2 years. We will be back. This is the place to have a special meal for any reason!
Wonderful experience. Our waitress was excellent and very informed on the menu. The meal was delicious. We ordered the porterhouse for 2 and the meat was a little grisly but overall very good. The dessert was scrumptious. Coffee cups were refilled endlessly! Loved that!
Very nice place and quaint!
This was our first time there and the menu was exquisite. The special of the evening was the orange and rosemary marinated rack of lamb in an espresso bourbon cream sauce served with mascarpone whipped potatoes and roasted seasonal vegetables. The lamb was so tender you could cut it with a fork and cooked to the perfect medium rare. Renee was always attentive and energetic about the food, chefs, and foodie environment. The small bite appetizer of crab mousse on a herbed shortbread wafer was the teaser of the whole meal and the earl grey/meyer lemon sorbert as the pallet cleanser could have been served anytime on a hot summer day.
We have eaten many places around the world, but this was by far one of the best meals we have had in a while. To think this little gem is in a small town in Kansas which has converted an old school house into a five star restaurant. We will definitely be coming back over and over again.
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