Castagna Restaurant
Castagna Restaurant

Castagna Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.castagnarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (503) 231-7373
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:30pm to 9pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10pm
    Chef's Tasting Menu available until 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Justin Woodward
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SE 18th
  • Public Transit: Trimet bus line #14
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Castagna offers a parking lot located on the corner of SE 18th and Madison. There is also street parking available.
A word from Castagna Restaurant
Our dining experience at Castagna Restaurant offers 2 options to choose from. The first, a Prix Fixe menu and the second is a Chef's Tasting Menu. This is not to be confused with Café Castagna located next door.

Castagna serves as a clean, calm, modern canvas on which to showcase an artful presentation of food; a series of tastes that elevate the senses and reinterpret local cuisine. Executive Chef Justin Woodward imagines an edible landscape where diners become part of a cycle of abundance: not only tasting, but feeling, smelling, hearing, seeing, and, ultimately, understanding the food.

Chef Woodward offers two tasting menus each night. Diners can choose between a 5 course menu or explore the 10 course Chef’s Tasting Menu. Vegetarian options are available for the 5 course menu only .

The 10 course Chef's Tasting Menu is available until 9pm.

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Castagna Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (57)special occasion (53)romantic (39)notable wine list (28)neighborhood gem (15)hot spot (7)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Molecular Gastronomy in Portland!
    Jacaranda
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The Prix Fixe and/or Chef's Choice tasting menus will blow you away with a parade of colors, textures, aromas and overall delights for the senses. Perfect balance of edible art and satisfying morsels of spiced perfection. You will leave satiated more by the completeness of the flavors than the volume of the food. Come prepared to splurge and forget your preconceived notions of ordering "entrees" at a "restaurant." This is a production - culinary theater. Sit back and enjoy the show.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Castagna Merits Michelin Stars
    MangiaBene
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at many fine restaurants located all over the world. Of those, eight have been awarded Michelin stars. We believe, without reservation, that Castagna is comprable to at least half of those starred restaurants and significantly better than the others. In our estimation this is true in all categories: The food is truly exceptional. It is delicious, attractive, inventive, and sometimes even playful. The wine pairings were incredibly adroit, and more often than not they were intriguing selections from vinyards with extremely small production. Service was impeccible--both on-the-spot and unobtrusive. Ambiance was elegant and understated. We can only conclude that the only reason Castagna has not been considered for a star is because of its location in Portland, Oregon!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    melikefood
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had the Chef's Tasting Menu. I think we were served about 21 small bites. Some were more notable than others, but they all looked amazing, and I would be happy to eat any of them again. The artistry and presentation of the food makes it a really fun experience. The dishes were visually appealing, complex, and tasty. The dish that looked like a terrarium wasn't my favorite, but it was really fun to try out, looked absolutely beautiful, and tasted pretty good. The service is exceptional. I would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Exceeds Expectations
    ShazamVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our table of four had the prix fixe menu with wine pairings. This may be the best meal I've ever had! We ordered each choice and swapped plates halfway through so we could taste all the menu items, which turned out to be a great idea. Everything was beautifully presented and tasted just as good as it looked. Very creative menu, very talented chef, and the service was superb! I'm glad we went for the wine pairings--worth every penny. The restaurant itself is beautiful, sparely decorated but not stark, warm and tasteful. A very memorable experience from beginning to end, and one to repeat next time we're in town.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    JohnM
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My wife & I have dined in NYC, Italy, France & this was our best dining experience ever--amazing food, wine, presentation and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Every bite I had was wonderful! Each dish was so artistic and beautiful and delicious. I can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portland Wow
    Parentsnightout
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Fabulous ambiance, attentive but friendly and approachable service, visually striking food and most importantly fabulous unusual flavour combinations. Highly recommend. Deserving of the raves. Wine pairings were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for foodies
    Eric
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    One of the tops restaurant in America for Foodies !
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive dining
    ShankarFamily
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It was our first time at the restaurant. We were promptly seated and our request for strict vegetarian food acknowledged. Friendly service and excellent food.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    BleedCubbieBlueVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Had the smaller of the two tasting menus. Sharing some different choices allowed us to have almost the full menu without being overstuffed. At $75 it's actually a good value for the number of courses (including 5 starter snacks) and meticulous preparation. Chef lets the ingredients shine!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A true gem!!!
    2foodies
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Simply put: we love Castagna. Dining ther is an adventure that takes you and your palate to different galaxies each and every time. The courses are full of surprises, always optically stunning and delicious beyond description. From the little amuse bouches to the actual 'food'; amazing. And they never disappoint. We have been there many times and each and every time it's new!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food experience
    TGF58VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Castagna offers a truly unique food experience. The prix fixe menu offers an assortments of unique combinations yet well integrated flavors. The presentation by itself is very interesting, all to deliver a truly different food experience. Favorites included the beet chip (those should be sold in bags!) and beef tartare as well as the beef zubaton. And the portion size are reasonable so you can enjoy some great deserts too. Although the atmosphere is definitely formal, the service was still warm, friendly and attentive. Kudos.....well worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always awesome!
    Likegoodfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love this restaurant. The little bites between courses are awesome. I can't recommend enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another amazing meal
    PenguinoVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    On Friday we went to Castagna for our 15th anniversary dinner. It's been a while since we were there and I'd forgotten how good the food was. I think that Castagna might be the best food in Portland - better than Noisette Le Pigeon or Beast - my other favourites. It's a real occasion with multiple small courses and great wine pairings. Go for the Tasting menu. The staff are wonderful and attentive and complete the experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous meal
    elephony
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went on a whim for a Friday night date dinner. Had the prix fixe menu with wine pairings, and everything was delicious, with many surprising combinations working beautifully. I could have eaten both the beet chip with beef tartare and the peaches with lime curd and brown butter sorbet as much as they would let me.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I dine at Castagna during a business trip in Portland. I have had many pre-set course menu in my life in some of the top restaurants all over the world, I consider myself a gourmet, and this one has to be on the top of the great culinary experience I have ever had. The food was incredible, beautifully presented and the timing between each dish perfect. The wine selection in the pairing were incredible as well and the pour were generous. The staff was attentive and friendly. What an amazing experience... I can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Simply Outstanding
    gsuarezVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    fantastic food, taste, creativity, wine pairing. everything is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Unique Event
    LuckyMe
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Everything served tasted fresh and wonderful! The creativity of the chef is fascinating. The staff were attentive,timely and welcoming. This was a very enjoyable evening! Plan on 2-3 hours for enjoyable dining. A wonderful restaurant for lighter sized dishes with extriodinary flavors and fabulously paired wines. Expensive and fun!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely fabulous
    OperaFanVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    After an absence of a few years, a friend and I were delighted to celebrate her birthday at Castagna this week. We could not resist the "Chef's Tasting Menu" with an incredible variety of courses (including a parade of wonderful "snacks") and the accompanying wine pairings. What a marvelous experience! Inventive and delicious dishes, all beautifully presented. Truly superb. Well worth the price and the four + hours it took for the entire meal. Very few, if any, local restaurants can equal this. Cheerful, attentive, efficient, helpful servers added to the extreme pleasure of a terrific evening. No complaints whatsoever!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Portland's top notch restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very creative and delicious food. A restaurant to impress. Good service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cooking
    Pinotlover
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Truly fabulous cooking here. Up there with world's great dining experiences. Well done
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with exceptional service
    Luvfood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our chef friend recommended it and we were not disappointed. Amazing service, great food and excellent wine pairings. Definitely try the Chef's tasting as they gave us at least 6 courses that was not on the menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Saturday Dinner
    Threediners
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had an early reservation, were promptly seated and enjoyed a nice meal. We chose the family style option off the menu and were very pleased. By 6:15 every seat in the house was filled. Reservations are a must. Very good food, great service. A bit loud for my taste.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising find!
    dolphdancer
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    What an amazing find! We were in Portland for the first time and for only one evening. Our friends, and former Portland residents, suggested Castagna as one of the best dining experiences in the city so we tried it. We were very impressed with the tastes, flavors, presentations, especially the "snacks" that were offered. Coming from San Francisco, we are not limited in our options for great cuisine, but our dinner at Castagna ranks with any dining experience we have had in the Bay Area. Our only regret is that we didn't get a menu to help us remember each dish.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant tasting menu
    foiegrasandhotdogs
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Castagna ranks with the world's best for a brilliantly executed tasting menu. Interesting combinations of flavors and textures. we liked: -that they put some of the in season fruit and veg first, not overly relying on proteins as the stars of the plate -a potato skin dessert that was refined and sophisticated -the onion terrarium course (yummmm) could be improved: -the pours for the wine pairings were too small - i've been to Noma, French Laundry, etc - i speak from experience. at $60 for pairings you could give more. Or, charge me more but give me a proper pour - doesn't have to be a full glass -when you substitute a shellfish course for someone with an allergy, a piece of grilled romaine is a slap in the face.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HalT
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Portland has real gem here, can compete with anybody, anywhere.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • very lengthy tasting menu!
    Amyw
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Come hungry if you do the tasting menu! It had lots of surprises and the wine pairings were an excellent value. The food was great and adventurous. Fit for serious foodies!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food-
    mpp123
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We did the chefs tasting menu and it didn't dissapoint. Truly terrific food. Only con was that initially the courses came out pretty quickly, then there was quite a lull between some of the later courses. They did bring out rolls during that time, but we think it was likely a flatware/ silverware issue. The owner and the chef both introduced themselves to us.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    SEPortland
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Chef Justin Woodward displays much imagination and creativity to produce a menu of exceptional delights. Excellent! Would be a strong 2 Michelin star restaurant if Michelin covered Portland.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional food
    pdxeats
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food at Castagna once more was stunningly good. The combinations of ingredients was amazing, presentation was amazing, and it tasted wonderful. The service was knowledgable about the food and wine, they where attentive and friendly. What a wonderful place this still is.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Overrated and over-priced
    WildLupine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I'm easy to please, so it is rare for me to dislike a restaurant. But Castagna disappointed on several levels. I took two visiting business colleagues, thinking it would be a safe bet. Instead it was a bust. The food was hugely over-priced for the quality. The bread rolls were completely ordinary. My vegetable dish was comprised of one tiny undercooked baby artichoke and two tiny tomatoes. For a city drowning in local produce, it feels ridiculous to pay such sums for things I can eat from my own garden. The room was nothing special. The noise level was moderate—we were able to have a conversation, which was pleasant.
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  • Would definitely recommend
    Paul
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had the prix fixe and my lady did as well so we each ordered opposites to try everything. It was incredible. The wine pairings were fantastic too. In particular, the little chip with the tartare stood out as well as the beef entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prix fixe 75 / Wine pairings 40
    d2i2k2w
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Grilled sturgeon entree was disappointing to say the least. Although my wife's fish was firm, mine was so "mushy" I sent it back. However, the second attempt was no better so I sent it back, too. The Sylvaner riesling paired with the grilled sturgeon was mismatched because Alsatian wines are too fruity for such a delicate fish (when prepared properly). An Oregon Williamette Valley pinot gris would have been better.
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  • Perfect Reunion
    anonVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This past week two old college friends came to the area to visit. I took a day off. I sent them links to menus to a few places I like, including Castagna, and this was their choice. The food was brilliant as always. They loved the creativity and flavors of the snacks. I have to say the quasi molecular deviled egg was my personal favorite. But the buckwheat cracker with beef tartar was another favorite. We chose the dinner menu. The onion custard dish was spectacular in flavor and texture. Between the 3 of us we ordered everything and shared most of it. My friends loved the food and will remember this meal for a long time. Service was great and leisurely enough to let us continue our day of reuniting after many years. Bravo.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 348 reviews are from the Castagna Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Good for a food "experience"
    Megtexas
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was an interesting dinner. I am an adventurous eater but I can't say the food was as delicious as it was interesting, experimental. The portion sizes are incredibly small, which I liked, but my husband left hungry. For four people at the prix fix menu, we left with a $600 bill, which would put this in the "very special occasion," if ever occasion, dinner.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    MNfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Exceptional dining experience. I rarely write reviews but was blown away be their creative presentations. Ever bite imparted a wonderful combination of flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eat before you go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Huge disappointment! The food quality was excellent there just wasn't much of it and it took a very long time to get. In a city with many eating choices Castagna would not be a place I would recommend. We took a guest from San Francisco to Castagna and both he and my husband were still hungry afterwards - we ended up at the restaurant next door where they order steak, hamburgers and fries. Our guest commented that he could always find pretentious restaurants in SF and he did expect to find one in Portland.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant dinning
    pickydiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The dinner was unlike anything I had had before, it was quite delicious. The whole dinner was quite an experience. The snack part was brought out in single decorative sections that you almost didn't want to eat, but once you tried it it was quite tasty. I did the pairing which was good, some wines I didn't care for but others were quite good especially with the food it was served with. The atmosphere was pleasant. When we arrived the place had a few diners. As it filled I noticed the temperature became quite warm, I took of my jacket and was still quite warm, I don't know if it was because we were near the kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular
    JPortland
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Beautiful, innovative dishes prepared perfectly every time. The consensus amongst our table of four was that Castagna is the best restaurant any of us has ever been to. Dining here was a very special experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Food Experience
    PortlandDiner
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Dining here is a top-quality "food as entertainment" experience. Each dish is beautiful with unusual ingredients, transformed textures, and surprising juxtapositions. Wine pairings are wonderful. Plan on spending the evening.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet