Cafe Renaissance

4.8
2678 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 2678 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.5
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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moi2
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
166 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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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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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!

JR
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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dcsnark
Washington DC
13 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
13 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Exceptional service. Beautiful restaurant. Good value.

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vipMurphy
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JU
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
15 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
56 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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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible service. Highly recommended

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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
85 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.

OT
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

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vipjljinmich
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Cafe Renaissance. The food, the wine and the service were all exceptional, as usual. This is truly one of our favorite restaurants in the DC area.

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SteveT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding in every respect, especially the personalized services. The kitchen is very accomodating to special requests and they made sure everything was perfect.

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TonyK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this place was amazing...the food, the ambiance, and the owners. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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EricW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kudos for a really nice restaurant, great food, great service, great management. We will be back again with friends.

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RickT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service were exquisite. Great experience. A must for food aficionados.

LG
vipLG68
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Food was OK, but overpriced. Ambience very nice for quiet conversation.

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vipRobtAtHome
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We were pleased that the restaurant is open again. We had an excellent dinner with good wine. The peach salad was special and the entrees were well prepared in generous quantity. We have be going to Cafe Renaissance for about 15 years and never have been disappointed.

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ScottA
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great to see this outstanding restaurant operating on a superior level after the forced closure due to the pandemic. The staff was welcoming and the service was over the top. The food was unbelievably excellent in sight, smell and taste. The safety protocols were enforced and easy to adhere to and we felt comfortable and safe. We didn't want to leave.

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vipViennaDad
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a wonderful evening that very much exceeded our expectations. What was intended as an off-the-cuff date night turned out to be a lovely experience in which we were fawned over and made to feel at home.

The outdoor seating area, while temporarily set in an adjacent parking lot, was filled with plants and very quiet and pleasant. We were abundantly distanced from other diners and felt very safe.

The food was very nice and well presented, but the standout was clearly the host. He stopped by frequently to check in and chat, but was never overbearing or unpleasant. His warmth and friendliness instead seemed like that of a host at a little town restaurant in Europe.

We will return soon!

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 2678 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.