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“Good food, great service, moderate price” 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 122 restaurants in Vienna
Price range: $14 - $35
Cuisines: European, French, Continental
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Vienna, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Good food, great service, moderate price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

First we were greeted with a warm handshake for all, then our waiter explained the specials and gave us plenty of time to chat and decide. We all had the branzini special. It was delicious. They even gave us a special treat of Sambuco afterwards.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Falls Church, Virginia
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Restaurant TopNotch, & Irish Coffee is Creme de la Creme”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

My husband & I just returned this evening (7/20/13) from a wonderful dinner from greeting to end. Maddie (sp?) was our principal waiter. While the dinner was excellent (I had the combination seafood platter & my husband had the whole fish special with bruschetta as appetizer (best bruschetta ever), we experienced a memorable Irish Coffee experience that we have searched for that is comparable to an Irish Coffee experience when we were in Barceleona, Spain. This restaurant surpasses previous Irish Coffee experiences in terms of presentation and taste. We have visited this restaurant on the average of 3 times/year and while an excellent overall restaurant, we always must have the Irish Coffee, served table side with a dramatic flourish. This is obviously a special occasional restaurant but we go (reservations a must due to its size) if only to celebrate the weekend. Be aware that when desserts are described the waitstaff may not mention the table side desserts available (Irish Coffee, Cherries Jubilee & Crepe Suzettes)

  • Visited July 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, Virginia
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133 reviews 133 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Very good and Will Return”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Four of us dined here for the first time. Service was friendly, efficient and we were seated immediately for our 630 Saturday evening reservation. Two of us had the lasagna, one had the veal, and the other the risotto, all very good. They had many specials and when we return we should try those as they sounded interesting.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Frederick, Maryland
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85 reviews 85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Wonderful meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Mrs J and I went to this restaurant based on previous experiences with other family members and on TA recs.
We were not disappointed!
From the moment you get there the owner and staff treat you like family and honored guests.
We were ushered to a great table and the owner sat down and went over the menu. After listening to our preferences , he made recommendations that were excellent.
We had crepes with crab meat in a tasty sauce for appetizers and it was heavenly.
I had red snapper with scallops and my wife had a steak she said was heavenly.
And of course since we were counting calories, we had the Bananas Foster which in a blaze of glory was prepared in front of us and was delicious.
Oh, I had proseccos and my wife had an excellent margarita .
If you are going to Wolf Trap or happen to be in Vienna stop by and reward yourself.
Its quiet and romantic and you go away pampered and satisfied.

  • Visited June 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, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“The best place to feel like home! The best restaurant to eat french food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I have been to Cafe Renaissance many times and I can honestly say that i would never go anywhere else to enjoy a real dinner.
First of all the atmosphere is amazing, very romantic but also friendly. When you get inside everybody is well dressed and you could think that this place is only for a certain type of people but the team make you feel like home. Everybody was very friendly, helpful and they would not hesitate to really take the time to explain you everything and to find what would make you happy for your meal.

They call you by your name, which makes it very special for this kind of place.
As a French person, i can truly say that the food remind me our restaurant back home. from the starter, to the entree and of course the dessert. Everything is so raffinated and the portion are important so you can bring the rest at home and enjoy it the day after in front of a movie. Most of the time i go there with my husband and even him can not finish the meal.

The chef will not hesitate to come to your table and seat with you to talk, likewise with the owner and the waiter which make it even more special.

I would recommend this place to everybody, young and older. You will not regret it.

  • Visited June 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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