Cafe Renaissance

4.8
2743 reviews
$50 and over
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 2743 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TracyT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Celebrates our anniversary there, great food & drinks, nice service and pleasant place.

Definitely come back again!

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MAGGIANOSTYSONSCORNER
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very nice experience. Staff was attentive. Food was great!

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vipBrad
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff. Secret of Vienna, Va. Everyone you interact with here makes feel at home and they are all more than glad go way out of the way to make your dining experience unique and special with personal attention to your wants and needs. They even will sometimes create a desert at your table, just for your table. Not on the menu as far as I know. This just happens and not every visit..... put yourself in their dining care and enjoy a relaxed meal with friends you bring and the friends there to serve you. Plan at least 2.5 hrs meal time for your experience at the Cafe Renaissance!!
You (I) will return.

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vipGlenH
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Saeed and his team were amazing. Such a special night with wonderful food and amazing service. We felt like family. We can’t wait to return!

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Joan
Naples
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Romantic dining experience. Easy parking.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Solid food with a nice wine list. great service, super welcoming staff.
This place has been around under same ownership for many years. A meal at Cafe Renaissance is more like going to your local neighborhood cafe than fancy French restaurant and this was best part of the experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Birthday
Very accommodating

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vipMoonbeamMcSwine
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

They offer a nice variety of seafood, excellently prepared, and served quite well. It's a little "spendie" but seems worth it.

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vipNoVAfoodlover
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As nice as it was before the pandemic. Great food and service. This is one of the real serious restaurants in Northern Virginia.

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MichaelMcVicker
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant. The owners are friendly and professional, the food is outstanding, and the atmosphere is beautiful and quiet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Classic French brasserie style restaurant with a menu to match - it’s all about the sauce. Leans more to seafood than meat, but the filet mignon and veal scaloppine are every bit the rival. The extensive wine list is to die for. Well worth the excursion to Vienna to find this gem tucked into what looks to be a string of restaurants off the beaten path. An exquisite find that won’t disappoint.

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Marilyn
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have enjoyed Cafe Renaissance for many years. They have a tradition of superb service and excellent cuisine, and every experience met these criteria.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Excellent food. Interior is dated. Service is good but a bit slow as the host also serves as the only waiter.

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Responded on 6 July 2021

We had 5 staff tending the floor.

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vipWalt
Washington DC
166 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

COVID protocols prevented us from visiting for the past year. Yet, for more than two decades, this has been one of our preferred dining spots. The setting is intimate, food is nicely presented, you never feel rushed, and host Sa’eed goes the extra mile to ensure you are getting your money’s worth. Our anniversary provided a great excuse to resume our patronage. We were not disappointed—nor will you be!

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GeorgeT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. Quiet place and everyone was very friendly. Can’t wait to go back.

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SaraR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a fun atmosphere. Great staff, great food.

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vipSienaItaly
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our party of 5 all had different dishes and they were all outstanding. The food is among the best you will find in the DMV.

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KateB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, very accommodating wait staff. The decor is gorgeous, will definitely be back.

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LailaS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Going to cafe renaissance is an experience! My husband and I had the best time! We celebrated our anniversary there, and they gave us a wonderful dessert to commemorate. Expect to spend a long time there, with some long waits, but if you want to take it slow and enjoy your dinner and date, this is the spot. Food, once ordered, comes out quickly and is delicious! We will definitely be going back on our next anniversary ❤️

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DonaldP
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice environment, relatively intimate, great food, generous wine pour, well spaced tables for COVID-19 compliance, outside dining option if you need it. We like to go there for special occasions. Prices are reasonable considering the quality of food and service.

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vipLucmama
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
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 on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance and awesome service. The food was excellent.

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vipJackieH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
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
15 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
23 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
17 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.

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 2743 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 reservations at the moment.