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
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.
2pan steak meal
One of the best steaks I have ever had. Perfectly cooked and extremely flavorful. Green beans were done just right and the fingerling potatoes were excellent. Also a perfect size portion – two pieces of 3 ounce steak.
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!
Nice atmosphere, great food, great service, nice clean place
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!
Always a treat
One of the best non-chain, upscale restaurants in the Salina area. Nice menu. Hard to pick just one entree. All enjoyed their choices.
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.
The Renaissance Café was delightful. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was wonderful. I would definitely recommend and we will be back.
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.
Out-of-the -way, but worth it!
Great food and service. Good menu options. All food fresh and made in house. Server did a great job with food and wine recommendations. Would definitely return and recommend to others. Something different for the Salina area!
Know there is a new chef
Not as big a variety for entrees on the menu Pasta overcooked fatty steaks
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!
Renaissance cafe was great! I took my wife there for our 8th anniversary. Would and will going back!
Continues to be outstanding
This was our first visit since the new chef started and we weren't disappointed. Every entree was fabulous. Love the quaint ambiance as well.
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.
Valentine's Special menu
We visited this restaurant for our anniversary dinner. While it was a four course meal, some of the courses were less than stellar. The lobster frittata was a bit dry and lacking in flavor, however the wild salmon roe was a nice touch. The salad was delicious. Our main entree of choice was the beef tenderloin which was rather chewy but quite flavorful with the black truffle filling and rosemary pan sauce. Otherwise the roasted fingerling potatoes and green beans were okay. The dessert was delicious and I am not a fan of frozen/semi frozen desserts usually. I am not sure this meal lived up to the $55 price tag.
Lovely way to celebrate our 45th anniversary. Delightful menu. Good atmosphere. We enjoyed being there from the time we entered to when we were leaving. My husband even had fun finding a puzzle piece for the "community" puzzle while waiting!
Great venue, not so small prices.
The restaurant was amazing, lovely setup. The live classical guitar was amazing. I loved everything about this place except for the "surprise menu". I came expecting about $20-$25/person for a meal from what I saw on the website menu. However when we arrived they had a special Valentine's menu which was $55/person that was no expected.
Tries but fails to be fine dining
Interesting venue, which used to be a high school gymnasium. Chairs were not comfortable. It was too bright, especially a Flourescent light from a cooler kept shining in my eyes. Food was good quality and well prepared. Staff seemed inexperienced and over committed. Needed to be more attentive for the price point. Cost was on par with a much fancier restaurant in Kansas City.
In Business Again
The R.C. was closed after Chef O'Brien moved on to another phase in his life. He had been there about 9 years I think. After some time it was announced that a local Chef, Shana Everhart from the very good Swedish Crown, was taking over the R.C. Yippee! Our recent meal was excellent. Saltimbocca by one diner was excellent and the romaine salad was very good, served on obviously new elongated plate...new wine glasses also. Two diners had pasta dishes, both were pronounced excellent with very nice presentation and ample servings as both requested boxes. The other diner had the stuffed pork tenderloin was very enamored with the marscapone mashed potatoes it was served with. He opted for the seasonal salad which was excellent. Lagniappe? You bet. Dipping oil with balsamic to use with our olive bread.....a small lettuce and tuna starter (gratis...both) and then a meyer lemon sorbet as a palate cleanser prior to the entrees. Very classy, very good. We think the R.C. has risen again and are excited to have it back in operation. Good job Chef Everhart.
Well worth it!
The food, service, atmosphere was all amazing and well worth the cost!
We read on MSN that The Renaissance Café ...
We read on MSN that The Renaissance Café was one of the best places to eat in Kansas. We found that hard to believe as it is located in the absolute middle of nowhere. But we decided to make a day trip of it and ride out there for dinner. The Venue is super cool....old gym turned restaurant - very unique and interesting. The food...not so much. No dressing on the salads, soup that tasted from a can...very small filet mignon with a heavy gravy and gummy mashed potatoes.. dry chicken breast with flavorless spinach and butternut squash. We didn't bother with dessert. We found out listening to the few others that came in that the Chef is new. She did come to the table, but she didn't introduce herself and just asked if we enjoyed our dinner. We didn't want to ruin anyone else's experience, so we didn't talk with her about it. I did tell the servers that they might want to consider sending the plates back to the kitchen before dumping them so that the Chef could actually see what is being uneaten. As it is now, they scrape the plates into the trash on the outside of the kitchen , so she knows nothing about how much (or little) her customers are eating. It is a shame that they don't make more flavorful food. Kansas is pretty barren as far great food goes and we are always unhappy when a place with potential just doesn't live up to it.
Remote but worth it
I travel somewhere almost every week. My sole entertainment is eating out. Many fine dining establishment have good food. What makes it special is that the little things add up. Presentation, attentive service, food freshness, quality place settings. Other than distance I found there was value for the price. A non house wine was less than $6. I recommend the drive. Richard Oertle
first time----EXCELLENT food and service. awesome
i would go there again and again for special occasions. impressed with the service and the quality of the food. the atmosphere was wonderful. love the old school setting. decor was very nice. wonderful option for us for my husbands birthday!
Renaissance Cafe was better
Everything in the Renaissance Café was just fine. We had very few problems with the portions or the flavor. I believe it was a bit better last year. All in all very good restaurant for the short operating week.
Excellent dining experience!
The food was outstanding at this unique quaint location. The food presentation was beautiful and so delicious. The waitress was very attentive and helpful with describing the menu items. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special dining experience.
A little disappointed in the overpriced ...
A little disappointed in the overpriced and very limited menu. With these prices, salad/soup should be included. Would like nothing more than to see the Renaissance Cafe succeed, and I will patronize if evolution takes place. Good ambiance and potential.
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