Cafe Renaissance

4.9
2731 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 2731 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.9based on recent ratings
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4.8
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLucmama
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food at Cafe Renaissance is delicious, unsurpassed. The chateaubriand for 2 was expertly prepared, as was the salmon. The restaurant has a lovely Old World charm. Unfortunately on this visit there were large gaps in the service making for a very long evening. Hopefully not the norm.

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shaq
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and awesome service. The food was excellent.

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vipJackieH
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most delicious and delightful dinner here on Friday June 11 2021. The food was perfection and the sauces incredible. The service was impeccable too. We were celebrating a birthday and were given a great extra dessert course. This place is remarkable. We will be back when we are in VA. Hidden gem.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a beautiful dining room with an interesting menu and great service.

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KarlG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little hidden gem. Nice people and great food.

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Midsummer
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal in a nice setting. Waitress gave us some desert items seemingly in honor of our anniversary.

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vipScottJ
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful night for a wonderful dinner outside. We went with the tasting menu that was a huge amount of wonderfully prepared food. Apps, fish course and meat course with a trio of desserts. Already making plans to return.

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BrianH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took our out of town family for our son's high school graduation celebration. The cuisine was delicious and service was efficient and welcoming. Thank you for making my son's celebration an extremely enjoyable one.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner was excellent. He took time to talk to each table and ensured everyone had a wonderful evening! So thankful for the entire staff they made my brother graduation a wonderful celebration! Would recommend this place to anyone looking for good food and pleasant evening!

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vipJjLt
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

What a nice find. We moved to Vienna during COVID-19. Now that we are vaccinated and restaurants are reopening, we are exploring our new neighborhood. We discovered Cafe Renaissance through OpenTable. It does look like much from the outside, but inside, it is a classic French restaurant. My wife had the escargot and the short ribs, our friend had the lamb shank and I had the duck confit. All were served on fabulous dishes with vegetables. Our only regret was that we were too full for dessert or the Irish coffee. One more thing. They have an excellent wine list at reasonable prices.

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JimW
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first post-pandemic dining event to celebrate an anniversary and Cafe Renaissance was a great choice! Great food, wonderful service and just a grand overall experience.

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vipRobertP
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our recent return to Cafe Renaissance, after the covid crisis, was like coming home. Family and I have been there quite a few times, always with a sense of pleasure and satisfaction. It's old world hospitality writ large.

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JenniferL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful good and service. A hidden gem in Vienna for a special day occasion.

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TammyH
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Excellent food. Nice atmosphere. Just lovely.

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nancyp
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect. We couldn't decide between the filet and scallops....he made us a surf and turf. Fabulous . Baked oysters for appetizer was so delicious

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JohnV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service outstanding. Super satisfied.

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ALMWM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food, good service. The owners are very friendly and aim to please their patrons.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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RobertS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful traditional-type French restaurant - very nice Mother's Day price-fixe menu.

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vipCarterS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just had our 17th anniversary there and Saied and team were awesome as always! Great food and fantastic experience.

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vipBamBam
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
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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Kevin
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and the food were outstanding. The selections on the menu were excellent

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vipmandp
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
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!

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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
12 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRobertM
Washington DC
10 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. This place does not disappoint

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Mike
Washington DC
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
3 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service, loved the ambiance

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colleenb
Washington DC
6 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
12 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.

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 2731 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.