Cafe Renaissance

4.9
2712 reviews
$31 to $50
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 dinner.



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

Featured special offers

Select a special offer by choosing a date, time and party size

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

Cafe Renaissance offers a 3 course signature menu this MOTHERS DAY for our guests. A 50.00 Dollar Deposit is required. Price is 75 Dollar per guest. We start the day at 11:00 AM till 9:PM.

What 2712 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBamBam
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was my first time visiting and it was a wonderful experience. The food, service, ambiance, everything was outstanding! Totally loved the background music. I would highly recommend for a romantic evening!

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vipmandp
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant! Welcoming, personalized service and excellent food! Perfect for special occasions! We highly recommend Cafe Renaissance !

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SusanK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We almost never eat out but wanted to start to do so and found a recommendation in the WaPo for the Cafe Renaissance. The outside is unprepossessing but inside it is to be transported into another world! Old world charm, paintings, mirrors. Saeed and wife Soroya provided wonderful service. The food was delicious, classic french, plentiful. Highly recommend

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LuisO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CR never disappoints. Their service is personable and friendly. The food is always delicious. Saeed, the owner recognizes his patrons and is attentive to their needs. CR is always at the top of my list.

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RandyF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly reception, and outstanding service. A fun place to go for the best meal in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I both throughly enjoyed the surf and turf. We liked the attention given by our the host. Great ambiance!

JG
JeanneG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like an old fashioned French Restaurant. Lots of artwork, beautiful china, beautiful furnishings, crisp white tablecloths and delicious food. My test when I'm trying a new restaurant is based on their Caesar Salad: it was fresh, and the dressing was homemade and perfect. My husband had the lamb shank which was falling off the bone and very flavorful and I had the Filet Mignon which was perfectly cooked. We will definitely be back.

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jonm
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING - Outstanding !! Food, atmosphere. service all of it !

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vipJohn
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply wonderful restaurant - impeccable & personal service and amazing cuisine.

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NotaBene
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place - cozy, quiet, European style decor and ambiance, perfect for a small family celebration or a romantic dinner. Superb chef, nice music, excellent service.

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vipMaryanneW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a warm welcoming when arriving at Cafe Renaissance along with outstanding food and service!

RM
vipRobertM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I'm looking for a retreat from today's madness, I can always count on an old style local restaurant w/good food, service, Which has set up outdoor seating during the pandemic. A great default (even though it can be a bit pricy). Reservations helpful, dinner hours might be earlier than posted.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. This place does not disappoint

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Mike
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food and very friendy staff. We had a wonderful time.

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Mdqtcat
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service, loved the ambiance

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colleenb
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great social distancing. Well priced

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The service was excellent, the staff is so friendly and on top of everything-never an empty water glass (or wine for that matter) The food was incredible. Everything we ordered from the scrumptious appetizers through to sinful desserts. My entree was the best filet I’ve had in years! They are masters at sauces too. I highly recommend! 5 stars!! Can’t wait to go back!!

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vipMurphy
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the wine and tasting menu- wonderful as always

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RichardT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary! We often celebrate our important milestones here.

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moi2
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! French onion soup, Caesar salad, filet mignon, branzino (seafood special), and a dessert sampler. We ate every bite!

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vipItalianinVA
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

What happened to Cafe Renaissance? It was a fine French restaurant and now it's an assembly line of ordinary food made with common ingredients. Garlic oil? Really? Not worth the time or money. Go to Ristorante Banaroti. Much better.

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vipNicoleK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Love Saeed and Wesley. They both make it a special place.

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Shoedog
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and wont be the last. We had the 5 course tasting menu. The staff was super friendly and the food was amazing.

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lorenam
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a wonderful Valentines dinner. Not cheap but very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and fantastic service! Will definitely be back!

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ScottG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wow, this place was awesome. Service was exceptional - very down to earth wait staff, cook, and owner. Kept us very entertained. Food and drinks were great - great value for the money.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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BenC
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Not what I expected. Ambiance was good, friendly neighbors. French restaurant but "local" feel. Food taste was different and not to our liking. Overcharge for basic fish dinner and a Scallop dinner that was barely acceptable level. Onion soup had too strong OREGANO flavor (why is oregano in onion soup?) This is during COVID, they didn't have full menu, maybe their main chef quit, and the assistant was working that day.
Nice people, and I really didn't want to give a horrible review, but just not our cup of tea.... oh we passed on the dessert, but their coffee was good! Maybe they'll get better after COVID is over? Its hard to stay in business so, I'm giving the benefit of doubt and that it must be the pandemic...

Cafe Renaissance
Responded on 24 February 2021

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vipSuSz
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very charming restaurant (rare quality these days!) perfect for a date night. Lovely attention from husband/wife owners and great staff, excellent food (salad with good house dressing, baked oysters, escargots, rack of lamb, duck confit, and dessert sampler). The wine list should be satisfactory to most, and we enjoyed a smooth port with dessert. The restaurant appears to have many regular customers, we plan to be among them.

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vipMaryF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food snd the service was awesome
I would recommend this restaurant

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vipMattJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The closest thing to a complaint I have is the extremely attentive service. The food is excellent, the service top-notch, and the atmosphere nice and quiet - perfect for conversation. The tables are well-spaced so you’re not on top of fellow diners, the pace is never rushed, the wine pours are generous and the menu is terrific. Cafe Renaissance is going to be a regular choice for us!

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moi2
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner. I had fresh fettuccine with shrimp, scallops, calamari, and a crab cake. So good!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saeed and the team made for a superb dining experience! Wonderful food, perfectly mixed cocktails and good service, Cafe Renaissance is truly a neighborhood gem!

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vipGSCMJOE
Washington DC
177 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Café Renaissance can only be described as FABULOUS! From an amazing Duck Confit appetizer, classic onion soup with three cheeses, crisp and well dressed green salad and her entrée, Rack of Lamb, cooked to perfection and my entrée Cod with seasoned vegetables the entire evening was TOP Shelf! Wine list will satisfy the most discriminating taste. Coffee and desserts from Heaven! I must return!! Worth the drive from DC.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Date with my wife.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience! Last minute decision since we were close by. Our first time. Weselin was an excellent host. Beautiful place! Beautiful service. I can’t wait to go back!

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JackJ
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, another spectacular meal at Cafe Renaissance. The food was exceptional, the wine pairing was perfect and the ambiance was excellent. This is truly one of our "go-to" date night restaurants!

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JohnR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. It’s classy, the food is awesome, and the owners are very nice. Highly recommended.

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Mike
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent.

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vipdcsnark
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly superb, personal service. We were kept entertained by the owner hours after close on a Monday. Food arrived hot and perfectly timed, dishes were split plated for sharing. Escargot, duck confit were better than at Le Diplomat.

If you enjoy French food and service, I really cannot recommend this restaurant enough. There is decades of traditional excellence and pride on display here.

Covid masks worn and taken seriously.

FAQs

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

Cafe Renaissance is rated 4.9 stars by 2712 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.