Cafe Renaissance

4.7
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2636 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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.
What 2636 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipnone
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful! We will be back!

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KarenL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful meal, great service and I'll be back.

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theblakes
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Another excellent trip/dinner to Cafe Renaissance. My wife had Hanger steak and I had the Colorado Lamb Chops - both done perfectly! Vegetables were also prepared to perfection. Will definitely return in the future.

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JanK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've been going there since it opened. The ambiance, service, and food is always the best. Their menu is extensive, and the specials never disappoint. Seriously cannot say enough positive and wonderful things of this incredible restaurant, It still remains our favorite after all these years!

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vipGeorgeO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful experience and outstanding food and service.

JM
JeniferM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the restaurant, food and staff. It’s a true dining experience!

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vipJoanne
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely, lovely restaurant with excellent food and service. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to celebrate a birthday.
Thank you.

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Dorothyexnyc
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating a special birthday and the food was fantastic! Had been here several years ago and better than I remembered.

A very special place with superb god and service!

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momdoc
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is the first time I have dined at this restaurant and was very pleasantly surprised. The staff treat you as if you are family, the food is great, and its so nice to have a restaurant like this outside of the city. I've eaten at Clarity down the road from here, prices are similar but Cafe Renaissance is much better for the money in my opinion.

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Birthday
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The halibut and hanger steak were prepared perfectly! Great place for a business lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dining at CAFE RENAISSANCE is always and ever a pleasure. Excellent food, ambiance and cordiality. It is tops on my list! It is a treasure tucked away in a small strip of stores and all at once there is Cafe Renaissance!

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vipDick
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this small French restaurant in a small strip mall. The outside is completely unassuming but inside it is lovely and relatively quiet. And the food is excellent. The proprietor and the chef come out from time to time to greet the guests and it is friendly with good French cuisine.

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Momof2
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I don't know why we waited so long to come back.

We'd visited this restaurant several years ago for our anniversary and decided to make a reservation for a belated Valentine's dinner. The only problem with making it two days after Valentine's was that they'd run out of many items on their menu so their menu was more limited. I was really looking forward to some escargot!

The only hiccup with this visit was that we had to wait 10 to 15 minutes to get a menu. They promptly filled our water and took our drink orders but after not receiving the menu, we asked for one. Other than that, the service was attentive and excellent.

The food was great. My husband had Salmon Wellington and I had Lamb Shank. For dessert we had the sampler platter which I highly recommend!

Overall, it was a great meal and a nice date night. We'll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Saeed is an awesome restauranteer

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed an after Valentines Day dinner this evening. The owner Saeed is always so friendly. His staff are all very professional and competent. The food is always delicious. The presentation is so special. His wife makes a frozen nougat dessert this is out of this world! This is definitely the place to go for special occasions!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, friendly service, old world ambiance. My fiancee and I believe this is the best restaurant in Northern Virginia.

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RonaldR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Totally old school french restaurant, with excellent food and service.

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vipPete
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal. Delightful venue that has been there for 25 years. Friendly staff - the chef came and talked to the patrons. All on all a great evening

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vipFairfaxFoodGuy
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine’s Day! Love this “gem!” Split a Irish coffee made table-side! UBER home....

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richakn
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Went here for valentines day and had a pretty disappointing experience. The place is very kitschy for a start. The servers were friendly, but we were told they needed the table back by 8pm (we were on the early sitting at 5.30pm)... which is fine, but we were in and out within an hour, in part due to the huge rush the staff seemed to be in. We rushed through ordering, appetizers were out within 2 mins(always a good sign right?!) and the pretty quickly into the main. The quality of the food was pretty ordinary, I felt I could have cooked to that quality at home. Pretty unsophisticated too. Overall a very disappointing experience and definitely won’t be back.

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vipskabootch
Washington DC
226 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was delicious and beautifully prepared. Ocean and Sayeed always do a great job. The value might have been improved had we been able to use the regular meu, but it was a special day.

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JohnT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We LOVED Cafe Renaissance!!! I wish we had discovered it earlier. We will be repeat customers. Great place.

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outandaboutCL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

First time experience. I enjoyed my fried liver tremendously with side vegetable perfection. Add the beautiful chocolate cake with raspberry mousse, Valentine's Day, heaven! PS the house wine list, was really good and they don't gouge on the prices. Yes, will definitely return..even our Bulgarian waiter warmed up after a while!

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moi2
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again, a wonderful evening at Cafe Renaissance! Delicious meal (rockfish amandine for me, halibut for my husband) with excellent service.

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vipbeebee
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One always feels special, well taken care of and leaves with a fantastic meal experience which includes table cloths, fresh flowers, and elegant ambiance. Cherries jubilee fixed table side makes a perfect conclusion to a delicious meal.

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vipDesiree1
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service (servers are amazing) and food (steak Diane & escargots, & calfs liver) and the complimentary port was a nice touch. Interior was visually pleasing. Great place to celebrate an occasion.

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moi2
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our evening at Cafe Renaissance was perfect. Excellent food, excellent wine, and very attentive service.
We had seafood (flounder with a crab cake, and Atlantic cod) and both were delicious. The starter, cream of mushroom soup, was excellent. Our dessert assortment was just right.

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StephanieK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I'm never disappointed when we come here, from the second you walk through the door they make you feel part of their family, and the food is always amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful as usual. Great food and service.

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Geezer
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Love the Renaissance Cafe- only French restaurant with reasonable prices in the area. Beware of the chef- he likes to get friendly

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JuneRose
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Café Renaissance is an elegant place to dine. I met two friends for lunch there, and we enjoyed the beautiful ambiance and the tasty food. All of us had the braised fish with shrimp garnish, one of the menu specials. The wine sauce was fabulous, as were the accompanying veggies cooked to perfection. We were not rushed into making our menu choices, and we lingered on to chat well after the final coffee. The owner did not seem to mind that we were the last to leave that afternoon.

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DennisR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Owner, chef, and waiter all very personable. Owner sat down and chatted with us for awhile - interesting conversation with lots of laughter. Excellent service and food.

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ChristinaB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Birthday celebration for girlfriends. Staff was extremely friendly and attentive. Every need anticipated. Food outstanding.

Facilities a bit dated and worn.

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vipLu2dine
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal and a beautiful presentation. Very polite and courteous staff. Lovely environment to relax and enjoy a 5 star dinner.

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Cindy
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe Renaissance is a special place to us because we sort of 'started' there, but if we didn't have that connection we would still consider ourselves very, very lucky to have found it: food is consistently outstanding and well-priced (they aren't giving it away, but it's a very good value), and the owner (and staff, who I think have been there since our first visit in the year 2000) could not be more friendly and welcoming. I could not recommend it more highly.

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DebraO
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe Renaissance is a rare gem to be found in a strip mall in Vienna. The dining room is beautiful. The food is delicious. The service is attentive. The owner is a gracious host.

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Heather
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for the special four-course NYE meal (9:30-midnight) and had a blast! I’ve raved about this restaurant before On Open Table but they continue to up the ante. It’s always such a fun, delicious experience with outstanding service (and on NYE great live music as well). They can take all my money I don’t care. PS - DO. NOT. MISS. Irish coffee!!!!! It’s ruined Irish Coffee for me anywhere else. We were with out of town friends and they had an amazing time - highlight of their (month+) long trip.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New Years Eve 4 course with live entertainment and champagne toast was outstanding!

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We haven't been there in a few years and this was the first time we brought our sons. We need to come back and dine there more often!

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vipshipdriver
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner was celebrating an anniversary and two birthdays and we couldn’t have made a better choice. We’ve dined at Cafe Renaissance many times before but this dinner exceeded them all. From scrumptious appetizers to delicious main courses (my salmon was UNBELIEVABLE) to an incredible dessert sampler, it could not have been better. Five stars only because I can’t give ten!

FAQs

Cafe Renaissance offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 938-3311.

Cafe Renaissance is rated 4.7 stars by 2636 OpenTable diners.

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