Cafe Renaissance

4.8
2688 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
What 2688 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
1 review
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!

SG
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
8 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
24 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
32 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!

GS
vipGSCMJOE
Washington DC
169 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
8 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.

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David
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was incredible. We came back the very next day to bring my mother to the restaurant.

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NancyS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 3 hour dinner with 2 friends. Only a dinner at our house could have been longer, but without the excellent service, ambiance, and excellent food.

DO
vipDebraO
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is well prepared. The service is attentive. I often dine alone and the staff always make me feel like a honored guest.

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vipDick
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prices are reasonable for such wonderful food not available in many restaurants. The
ambiance and service were both great. Although we live a bit far away we will go back frequently.

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vipViennaJim
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Exceptional service. Beautiful restaurant. Good value.

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vipMurphy
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the tasting menu and loved it!! Great food and service.

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vipJimU
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was friendly. A great find!

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PKFTacoma
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café Renaissance hosted a small wedding dinner for us. Service was outstanding, food was exceptional. The whole experience was fabulous.

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Karen33
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried this for anniversary after seeing great reviews. We were not disappointed. Fabulous dinner! Service was a little slow - probably due to COVID precautions. We didn’t mind though. Food was excellent! Will definitely make this a regular go-to place!!

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vipCeeBee
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful place for a special occasion meal

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Cindy
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Renaissance is our go-to restaurant for special occasions. The food is always well done and interesting, but we probably go more for the owners and staff, who make any visit feel like we're catching up with old friends.

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vipHealthyEater
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food and service were impeccable. They've created a very nice outdoor dining environment and their attention to Covid safety made this very anxious person feel very safe.

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vipredsun33
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

First time, tried the tasting menu with pairing.
Food was good, wine pairings very good and the service was fantastic.

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Olaf
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised at the personal service and delicious Food! Was nice to sit outside and enjoy the evening with a glass of wine and excellent cuisine! Highly recommend

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MIKEY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Very nice staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent a date night here and it was an amazing experience! Highly recommend for anyone. The owner greeted us very well with warm welcome. The interior is elegant. We had rack of lamb and filet mignon. Both great! Filet mignon is juicy and tender. We were treated with a complementary dessert from madam. The dessert looks so cute, not too sweet. Definitely will come back!

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vipgotruach
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a great neighbor place. The service staff is super friendly. The food is excellent. Wonderful.

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RobertaG
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time and we loved it. We will go again. The owner is amazing, his wife cooks delicious and the staff was very nice too

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vipRichard
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Renaissance is truly a neighborhood gem. Although unassuming on the outside in a suburban strip mall, on the inside it is intimate, elegant and quiet. The food is superb, primarily French and with an emphasis on fish and seafood. The prices are in line with up market restaurants in the DC area with entrees between $30-40 but worth it. We go there mostly for special nights out.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful people. Great service. Delicious food. Quiet, relaxing atmosphere. They made our anniversary special!

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lleet
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious and service is five stars. Thank you for the dessert

FAQs

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

Cafe Renaissance is rated 4.8 stars by 2688 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.