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“Rack of lamb for one!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Renaissance

Cafe Renaissance
163 Glyndon St., Vienna, VA 22180
703-938-3311
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Ranked #3 of 119 Restaurants in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $35
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Merida, Mexico
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Rack of lamb for one!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The restaurant is family run, the service is impecable, the food is delicious and beautiful set up, gorgeous fresh flowers everywhere. I couldn´t believe that Vienna, VA had such an elegant restaurant.
Make room for dessert :)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Fairfax, Virginia
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A classic French-Italian dining treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Absolutely the finest owner-managed restaurant in the area! This undiscovered gem is in a class by itself. Cafe Renaissance is a carry back to the "golden" years of class French-Italian dining and ambiance in the DC area. Service and food are outstanding and the management makes every attempt (and successfully) to please and welcome you to their customer base.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fairfax Station
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Outstanding Service and Excellent Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

After 17 years in the DC metro area, I have to say that I have never had a better meal or a better evening of dining. The service was unfailingly gracious from the time we walked in the door. The decor creates an elegant ambiance without being stifling. The food was superb, fresh and tasty. The flavors were complex and nuanced; the plates were all artfully presented. The service from our waiter and our conversation with the owner made us feel more like special guests than just Saturday night diners at a busy restaurant. The final surprise, besides the complimentary after-dinner dessert plate and dessert wine, was that the prices were incredibly reasonable -- better than any other of the fine dining establishments in the DC area. I recommend this restaurant highly and will return whenever time permits. So will our friends who dined with us.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sterling, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Superb Food and Excellent Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Cafe Renaissance is elegant yet comfortable. You will experience a special and memorable evening from the moment you walk in the door. The owner, Saeed, joyfully greets each and every guest and treats all as a special and valued friend. The ambiance is romantic and the perfect place for a nice evening out, as well as for those special occasions. The walls are adorned with beautiful murals, the tables with fresh flowers, all in an intimate setting with ample space between tables and first-class service. The menu has a great selection of specialties and an extensive wine list. The food tastes superb and is artfully displayed. This is our favorite restaurant since we discovered this gem four years ago.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Avoid This place”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

A female friend and I ate at this restaurant last evening. While I enjoy a bit of attention from the staff, this was way too much. The cook came out, sat down with us and hit on the woman I was with. I was ignored. This was not just a brief "conversation with the customers." He pushed what he wanted to serve on her. He then returned repeatedly to converse with her as if I were not there. It was insulting to me and made her uncomfortable. The manger/owner also took time to come over and pay attention to her, discuss the finances of owning the place and again ignored me. If you are male, do not take a woman to this place. Avoid it! the food is ordinary, at best.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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