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Cafe Renaissance, Vienna, VA

Cafe Renaissance

4.7
4.7
3022 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.




Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, Italian, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 3:30 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (703) 938-3311
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ocean Joseph
  • Catering
    We can provide catering for your functions .<br />You can visit www.caferenaissance.com and call us for some ideas that we can share with you. We offer reasonable price point.
  • Private party facilities
    Available for your private parties in 2 rooms in our restaurant. Examples are Board meetings, Birthday events, rehearsal dinners, private Teas and Baby showers.
  • Neighborhood
    Vienna
  • Cross street
    Glyndon st and Maple ave ( rout 123 )
  • Parking details
    In front of the restaurant or in the back area of the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    We are located about 2 miles from Vienna and Dun poring metro stations. So a short cab drive is needed from any of the 2 Stations.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,022 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Good for special occasions

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Great for fine wines

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Good for special occasions

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    French

3,021 Reviews
  1. JenniferS

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and good food.

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  2. AlonzoW

    Washington DC

    82 reviews

    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Saeed offers an amusing and idiosyncratic welcome to an establishment which seems a bit of a throwback in time. The music is enjoyable French classics from the 60s and 70s. Service was very hospitable and welcoming for a special event. Food was tasty although creams and sauces were unremarkable. No doubt one of the best choices for Vienna.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dining experiences at Cafe Renaissance are always so wonderful. We have dined here for nearly 25 years and have never been disappointed. The cuisine and service is so pleasant. We are always made to feel so welcome!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a hidden gem. Very romantic, excellent food and service. We recommend to all our family and friends.

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  5. BrigetteF

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was so awesome. Our guests were so impressed, which of course, made us feel that we had made the right choice. From the minute you enter their gracious owner greets you with a warm smile, you take in the lovely ambience, enjoy their wonderful service, indulge in their fine food, and you definitely walk away with a huge smile on your face. Ocean, their head chef is just fabulous. His cuisine is extremely impressive. Don’t miss an eating experience like Cafe Renaissance.
    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on February 18, 2024
    Thank you dears for avoiding Valentine’s Day.

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  6. CuemQ

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service as always. Friendly staff.

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  7. BobB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gracious host, exceptional food, great service and welcoming ambience.

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  8. SusanG

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a terrific French restaurant that is superior to L’Auberge Chez Francois and Bistro L’Hermitage. It is definitely worth a stop.

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  9. AmandaR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Visited for Valentine’s Day. Very disappointed will not return. Cramped location, understaffed. Waited to be greeted to the point of feeling uncomfortable. When we were sat at the table I noticed the napkin and fork were dirty. No one came for over 10 mins to offer water or bread. Finally received water that splashed all over the table. Then someone came with menu, but it was limited selection like a prefix. Still no bread. Also instead of coming to get our drink order first, they waited and came to get entire order at once. There was also no one to speak to us about the wine list. Finally bread came. When the salad came, it was obvious the beats were from a can and the goat cheese was just a sliver. The steak was OK, the green beans were cooked well and whatever potato item was fine as well. I really felt like this place was going to meet expectations of fine dining as it’s advertised, but I’ve had better meals and service at outback.
    Cafe RenaissanceResponded 7 days ago
    1 star for the ambience speaks a volume.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Expensive and mediocre. Escargot and bread were good but entrees were served barely warm. Scallopini was okay, the breading was just a bit gummy. Three courses with a cocktail was $220. Would have been fine if it was under $100, but won’t go back. Meh.
    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on February 16, 2024
    Well said, avoid expensive Holidays.

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  11. Hammer432

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again, Cafe Renaissance has delivered a superb dining experience with their Valentine's Day special meal. The selection of appetizers was magnificent! The butternut squash soup and stuffed crepe with lump crabmeat and a creamy champagne sauce were our choices and they were exceptional. My wife had the exquisite filet mignon in pepper brandy sauce which was tender and cooked to medium rare perfection. I had the Alaskan halibut, and it was melt in your mouth delicious! There was a nice crowd at the restaurant, but the service never suffered. The staff was prompt, professional and courteous. We highly recommend the Cafe Renaissance for your dining pleasure!

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  12. Emma

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just like we remembered. It was great to have our Valentines Day Dinner to Cafe Renaissance.

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  13. Padraic

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Renaissance is noted for "special occasion" dining, but it is much more than that. They provide outstanding French cuisine in an elegant but friendly ambiance. The service is superb and friendly without being "intrusive". A tricky act! The restaurant is not large at all, much like in France, but not crowded.

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  14. JeffreyS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was good. The food was fine but nothing special. I had the lamb shank and it had little flavor. The onion soup was very good.

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  15. SaidA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent great food great ambience very cozy highly recommended

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  16. PaulC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The owner is so friendly! He actually sat down at the table for us for a brief conversation. The food here is always so good, and the atmosphere is elegant without being stuffy. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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  17. benjiatl

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Cafe Renaissance is clearly a neighborhood staple. We went here prior to Wolftrap, and it was "ok." The whole evening felt a bit rushed and impersonal for being a neighborhood spot. Additionally, the food was good but not great for $30+ an entree. Everything needed some salt, and the fish was overcooked. My biggest complaint was feeling rushed by the waitstaff and receiving zero personal touch from anyone other than the host. The cocktails were good, and the complementary Valentine's dessert was a nice touch and good.

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  18. RichardL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My veal scallopini with capers and lemon sauce was excellent as were the vegetables (broccoli with cheese sauce and potatoes), the onion soup and desert. It was a wonderful meal to celebrate my birthday!

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  19. RichardC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my first experience with Cafe Renaissance. The food was excellent. Everything was tasty and perfectly prepared. Service was also outstanding. I will definitely visit here again.

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  20. JosephW

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Congratulations to the chef! We have eaten "soufflé" in several parts of the world, and his "souffle" is one of the best!

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  21. Skip

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was the same fabulous service and food that we had experienced 15 years ago. Can't wait to go back.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We arrived at a busy time (Sat at 7:30pm) and the service was very slow. It took us three hours to eat our meal, though we only ordered drinks, appetizers, and main course. Understanding the restaurant was full, we still felt it was a very slow service. Likely would’ve ordered more drinks and/or dessert if staff had been more attentive. Food was delicious.

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  23. PaBlum

    Washington DC

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was exceptional! Certainly one of the best restaurants in NoVa.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and very attentive service. escargot was delicious as was the salmon.

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  25. HelenM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful setting. Food was very good: not served hot but warm. Only one server who was very good, but definitely overwhelmed as he had the entire restaurant to wait on and serve. The server did have one person to fill water glasses and tend to the table. Definitely not the place to go for a night of pampering!
    Cafe RenaissanceResponded on January 8, 2024
    Dear lady, the waiter that served you, was not the only waiter in the restaurant. We had a lady waitress in the front section and had 2 food runners and the owner host to assist them.

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  26. Quantum

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were quickly seated when we arrived in an overflow room which was a little cold for my guest. But the service and food were of a uniformly high standard and the maitre 'd provided numerous offers of complementary drinks.

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  27. MichaelM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A wonderful late night meal on NYE! A bit crowded, but worth it.

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  28. CuemQ

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and friendly staff. Nice ambient. Would highly recommended.

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  29. DianeF

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New Year's Eve dinner beyond compare with top-drawer service and wonderful multi-course meal. The team knows how to create a memorable guest experience.

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  30. CarolK

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really love Cafe Renaissance!! Food, service, staff all are excellent.

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  31. FengR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service is superb! We really enjoyed the dinner.

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  32. JeffreyW

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Saeed and the entire Cafe Renaissance staff are the hardest working, professional, and caring people in the business. A dining experience like no other. Cafe Renaissance is our extended family. We wish you all a happy and successful new year.

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  33. MaryAnnC

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent food and service! Such a special place

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  34. EricM

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Any restaurant open on Christmas trends to an older demographic, and there is absolutely a 70s fine dining vibe here. The meal, ambience and atmorsphere is dated, but not unpleasant. First off, my Negroni was the most generous pour I've ever had in a restaurant, and for some of you, that is reason enough to try them out. We had baked oysters, their filet and I had the short ribs. They were all well prepared and we finished all our plates, which is signficiant. Their trio of desserts were very nice as well, not too much, all well done. It has an old school feel, but like many things, its old school because it works.

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  35. ScottC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Christmas Eve dinner. The food was amazing, service was phenomenal! A wonderful dinner and evening! Thank you!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit of many to come! Saeed and his team are amazing, welcoming and attentive. The attention to detail is evident. The food, the cocktails, desserts — all wonderful.

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  37. Norm

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific food and perfect service. What else can I say? Lovely evening.

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  38. conr

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a Our favorite restaurant for special occasions

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  39. AlanH

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An outstanding dining experience from service to food.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food couldn’t have been better. My salmon was melt in the mouth perfection.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

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 3022 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Renaissance

163 Glyndon Street, SE, Vienna, VA 22180

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Glyndon st and Maple ave ( rout 123 )
  • Neighborhood
    Vienna
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 3:30 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, Italian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    In front of the restaurant or in the back area of the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    We are located about 2 miles from Vienna and Dun poring metro stations. So a short cab drive is needed from any of the 2 Stations.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ocean Joseph
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (703) 938-3311
  • Catering
    We can provide catering for your functions .<br />You can visit www.caferenaissance.com and call us for some ideas that we can share with you. We offer reasonable price point.
  • Private party facilities
    Available for your private parties in 2 rooms in our restaurant. Examples are Board meetings, Birthday events, rehearsal dinners, private Teas and Baby showers.
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