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“Food was okay, place needs serious cleaning” 3 of 5 stars
Review of A Renaissance Cafe

A Renaissance Cafe
1746 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3215
253-572-1029
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Ranked #76 of 596 Restaurants in Tacoma
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Sandwiches, Vegetarian, Soups
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san diego
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88 reviews 88 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Food was okay, place needs serious cleaning”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

I know all the reviews have been good, but my experience was different. The breakfast we had was good, although I didn't expect my veggie scramble to have ham in it. The owner is pleasant, and seems to be the cook, waiter and cashier too. The area where you get your hot water for tea didn't appear clean. Some of the mugs had coffee stains in them, and the tray the cups were on looked unclean too. The bathroom was really bad with stains all over the toilet seat. I guess I would not want the owner to be cleaning bathrooms PLUS preparing my food, so I don't know the answer to how to keep the place cleaner. The big plus in the restroom are the vintage blacklight posters on the walls.
There are lots of interesting books there to read, and very cool wall art, much of it vintage. The place has a real homey feel. I just wish it was a bit cleaner.
Breakfast (eggs) and tea for 2 people was around $18.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Seattle, Washington
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115 reviews 115 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Quirky Comfortable Cafe with Breakfast All Day!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This place is a must. The owner takes your order and serves you and even finds time to come and check on you to makes sure everything is to your liking. If you are staying at any of the downtown hotels or the University or visiting the museums, you will want to skip the hotel and museum food and come here for breakfast or lunch as it is great food at a great price in very comfortable surroundings. Renaissance has been part of the downtown renaissance so it is aptly named and is located in the center of it all so it is sort of a must-visit place. You will be happy you did!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tacoma, Washington
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“A funky breakie/lunch place near Glass Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

I see what others refer to as the "mean/friendly guy", but being from the East Coast originally, if that's a prime criteria to rate restaurants, y'all'd rate many Boston area restaurants as one star since the "what's it to ya" attitude is uber-prevalent there. And, frankly, another skill learned from the East, is to go right back at him, parry and thrust. It's all in good fun.

A friend and I both had the veg chili and salad, with the cookie. The salad and cookie were very good. The chili, not so much, and I wouldn't order it again. Bland, needed some cumin and chili peppers, and maybe some melted cheese on top.

I like the restaurant a lot though, and I'll be back to try other offerings.

It's a real place, proud not to have the wifi or Facebook and good on 'em for that.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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seattle
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“Great expresso milkshake!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Were there for lunch. Keith the owner was dashing around serving rapidly, doing 1.5 servers work with a smile. I opted for chili and a milkshake over a full on sandwich. Chili was not up to the temperature I prefer, but tasty. My wife's taco salad was nice and looked attractive. Salsa was homemade and tasty. Well located in Museum neighborhood of Tacoma, on street angle parking outside if not full. We liked it. Humorous posters and other items decorate the walls, colorful fun place. The milkshake had a pleasingly strong flavor of expresso, not just a hint of coffee. Made with hard ice cream and blended. Better than most if not all I've had for flavor.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Federal Way, Washington, United States
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135 reviews 135 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Fun (slightly quirky) Cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Great location in Tacoma's museum and TWU district for a quick and tasty meal. The owner is a real Tacoma treasure serving up great sandwiches, cookies, and coffee. It's pretty simple and bare bones but a nice comfortable place. We like it! Be prepared to share a table with strangers if it gets crowded (which it often does over lunch).

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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