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Genoa Restaurant
Genoa Restaurant

Genoa Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.genoarestaurant.com
  • Email: info@genoarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (503) 238-1464
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Thursday through Sunday from 5:30. Closed Monday-Wednesday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jake Martin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Genoa’s beautifully appointed,intimate dining room shares the same dedication to detail and service that makes Genoa restaurant unique. Our private dining room features a communal table set for up to 18 guest and is equipped with modern audio/visual equipment including a 54” HD monitor.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Garofola (503) 238-1464

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SE 29th Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Genoa Restaurant
Genoa combines its legendary past with a fresh, updated style. Long-time fans of Genoa will be happy to see that the restaurant maintains its remarkable tradition of world-class food served in a cozy and unpretentious atmosphere. Newcomers will find traditional Italian food expertly prepared with the finest ingredients, and served with warmth and grace.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "We celebrated another anniversary at Genoa on 4/12, two years after the last one we celebrated there. The experience was just as good as we remembered. The dining room is perfect --intimate, quiet -- and the food exquisite. Every dish was a work of art AND tasted good. We did the wine pairings, which was a treat because we got to taste some wines we probably never would have tried and they were outstanding."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "If you want Italian food, go to Ava Gene's or Mucca Osteria or even Riccardo's. Genoa No Longer Serves Italian Food. On its website, Genoa states Jake Martin (it's new cook) is "modernizing and elevating the fare at Genoa, but will keep the cuisine rooted in classic, Italian multi-course tastings." What Martin is plating is incredibly pretentious. Martin is out of his element. Martin needs to plant his feet on the ground and get over himself."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I took my wife here for her BD and once again a great night. This is our place for special occasions and they never let us down. We had our 25th Wedding Anniversary here and many other events and the food is always special, the service unreal and a terrific experience. Lee our waiter is the best!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The service was like nowhere else I have been. We were warmly greeted, attended, and felt absolutely appreciated throughout the dining experience. Genoa is an exceptional restaurant in every way: food, ambiance, and service, and they take care to ensure that you feel like a guest in a unique place."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We loved the gorgeous presentation of our small food on large plates and set menu. I find it relaxing to have so few choices to make, especially when everything is delicious which it surely was. Our server seemed not to really have time for us even though the restaurant was not very full. Maybe it had to do with the $29 March menu or maybe he treats everyone that way but it seemed like he was phoning it in. It was a nice experience, overall."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We chose Genoa for one of our Portland dining month restaurants. We ended up choosing the 5 course meal instead of the special. We were not disappointed. A few of our favorites were the first course steak, the Sea Bass, and the coffee dessert. I had the wine pairing with my dinner. It was nice to have each pairing explained to me as the course was served. A few missteps with the food were the tuna (we expected something different than was served), the beet salad lacked flavor and the capellini was overly salty.The service was impeccable. While we thought the price was a little high, we enjoyed the overall experience and would return for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I used to go to Genoa about once or twice a year for the seven course meal, mostly on special occasions. Dining at Genoa was always special occasion in of itself. The food was always of the highest quality, and the service excellent. For a variety of reasons, I hadn't been there in about seven years, but took advantage of March dining month to revisit an old favorite. I was very happy to find that the dining experience at Genoa is still a culinary delight. Every dish was wonderful and the service remains beyond reproach. Perfect. I'm very happy that Genoa seems to have survived the economic recession. In recent years, An evening at Genoa is a somewhat expensive proposition, but never a disappointment."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Annoying waiter. We stood in the entry for several minutes before being approached. Sine it was early and there were few other diners, this was inexplicable. Food was excellent, but the server's attitude put a pall on the meal."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Food was salty, to say the least. The mousse is too strong, not a good starter to a salted meal. Duck was excellently prepped. Women"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I went here on a date during Portland Restaurant month and the food was delicious and beautifully plated. The wine complimented the food well. The ambience was quiet and romantic. The waiters professional. I would recommend it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Although the restaurant itself was lovely, and the service attentive, two of our three courses were not warm. We specially ordered bread, yet, it was not brought until we mentioned it to our server during the second course."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I took our son and future daughter-in-law here last weekend…. from A-Z it was a wonderful evening. We ate off of the Portland Dining Month Menu (3 courses for $29). They offer both a meat and a vegetarian option. Two of us went with the vegetarian option and the other two went with the meat courses. They offer a wine pairing with it….. um…. yes please! The meal was beyond delightful. Service was perfect. Couldn't have been a better experience."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Elegant & formal at once yet comforatable & intimate, attention to all details, world class wine expert, impeccable service, stellar plating of each course and enthusiastically described by wait staff, locally sourced as practical & available, perfect location for any cerimonious dining engagement or for true food & wine (even cocktail) enthusisasts. I marked noise level moderate as there was no auditory/musical distraction from the pure pleasure taking place in my mouth~the vibe was in fact energetic as in: many other pleasure seekers were also rewarding their tastebuds. I have indulged my senses at Genoa more than once and the overall experience makes the bill a worthy investment. I will delight myself by dining here again & again!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "So....having heard so much about this place, my husband and I were super excited. The wine pairing was perfect and 80% of food was delicious. Unfortunately for the price, we could have gone to soooo many other places had better food and spent WAY less. The experience was lovely, but unless you have a large disposable income. I wouldn't waste the money."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The plates were very small; pasta fabulous, the meat dishes - not so much. Wine was excellent. It was Portland Dine Out menu, but it felt like they were skimpy and without a dessert, or wine included - It didn't invite me back. I thought this was the chance for a very fine restaurant to get some of us in who might not come in otherwise. I just didn't feel the love and probably won't go back."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I reserved a table here for his birthday. The prix fixe menu has options for meat-eaters, pescetarians, and vegetarians. Every meal I've had is wonderfully thought out and incredibly tasty. The restaurant was busy but the waitstaff was still very attentive - our water glasses were never empty for long. They even put a little candle on the dessert and wished him a polite Happy Birthday. It could be considered on the spendy side, but, in my opinion, its well worth it for a special occasion. We really enjoy ourselves whenever we go."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Loved our experience at Genoa. It was our first time, and we had heard such great things, we were unsure if it could live up to our expectations. It was even better. The wine pairings with the different courses meant we tried and learned about 8 different wines. Our server was the right balance of attentive friendliness, very well educated about the wine and food, but he wasn't hovering or overly present. We were celebrating our anniversary, so it was just right. We look forward to returning. A note on the food and wine pairings, on one of the courses the wine that was brought was clouding and very different from anything I have had, but I liked it, and with the nettle sauce in my gnocchi, it was brilliant. The sommelier amazing!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Excelelnt food and service, a graeat place for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My fiance and I went here for out anniversary dinner, so we really wanted to enjoy this place. While the cuisine is good, it's way over-hyped for the price. The food is very clean and well presented, but the whole experience was lack luster. The decor is very lovely, though when we were there the lights kept flickering, and the service was mediocre for that level of restaurant. My finace and I chose the typical 5 course dinner; my best description is that the the food is high quality and stripped down to its most basic elements, but does not go beyond that. In my opinion, though Le Pigeon is more of a cramped atmosphere, their food is far superior to Genoa. It wasn't a bad experience, but certainly not worth $100 per meal."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 29 anniversary at Genoa's. We found the atmosphere to be very warm and cozy. We were able to speak in a normal volume and not compete with a loud and noisy restaurant. The staff were very kind and knowledgeable. The were well versed in both the food and wine offerings. They made us feel relax and attended to. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. If you need a quiet evening of excellent service that is only exceeded by the delicious food, Genoa is the place you want."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "An intimate place, great food, and a perceptive wait staff. Quite yummy and memorable."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This is truly a fine dining experience from amazing food to exceptional, knowledgable service!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Genoa in years and we found it even better than it used to be--redecorated so that it is brighter and less dated, and with more selections in each part of the fixed-price menu. The wine list has some little-known treasures, the service is attentive and personal without being intrusive, and the food is uniformly wonderful. This is a special-occasion restaurant--don't try to combine eating there with another evening activity. We spent a delightful three hours and enjoyed every minute. It's expensive but worth it."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food is great. Every dish was just right to the point, beautifully assembled, and tasted perfect. I just cannot have enough of everything!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "So glad Portland Dining Month encouraged us to reach out and try different restaurants. What a magnificent dining experience. Perfect for a special occaision. Amazing dishes, lovely presentation. Loved letting the restaurant set the pace with the wine pairing and couse presentations."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was as aesthetically pleasing as it was tasty. Every coarse was a tasty artistic creation. Service was great. All staff is knowledgable of the food and courses. Wine list is great as is the Somalia. I wish that I hadn't given up wine for lent. My wife and I will be going back after lent. Genoa is a gem worth dining at."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Thinking Genoa was a once-in-a-lifetime extravagance, my husband and I were thrilled to be able to sample this restaurant during affordable Portland Dining Month. We went early so it was quiet and intimate. Each of the three courses was a delight. My only disappointment was that you cannot order from both the traditional menu and the vegetarian menu. The traditional menu is so much meat/seafood/duck and NO vegetables. If doing it over again, one of us should have ordered the traditional and the other the vegetarian...and shared. Then we could have experienced six different courses!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We are fairly new in the area and still exploring and found Genoa through the Portland Restaurant March Dining Promotion. While the offer was great ,we noticed an item on the regular weekly 5 course menu that we love, so we decided to go to get that. In my reservation I noted we wanted to make sure this dish was available since it's hard to find (Vitello Tonnato). A while later I received a call from the restaurant that they had set aside two plates for us because actually they were just taking it off the menu. The food was wonderful! The Vitello Tonnato was different than the classical but fantastic and the of our meal followed this quality and attantion. We felt the love of food coming out of that kitchen. We will go back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Though we enjoy this restaurant, the food is not as we remembered it in the past. It was a bit 'out there' this time, where as in the past, it was fancy but not technically complex. We've always enjoyed the richness of the food but our last experience was less than we'd hoped. The prices have gone up and it took us over 2.5 hours to get through everything. We like taking our time but this was a little too long, and we weren't willing to drink ourselves into stupor to pass the time. For the price, it was not worth it this time. We may be back, but we may also spend our money elsewhere since we are spending so much."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I didn't enjoy the experience when comparing the price to value ratio. The first dish was a small scoop of something with a foil of chocolate. It tasted salty and sweet. I'm glad it wasn't a large portion because I really didn't know what to do with it. All the portions were small in quantity. If I got a lobster it was about a quarter inches wide in width and an inch long. I do have to admit the dishes were all pretty visually, but I didn't like how any of them tasted. The service was very good. Each dish was served in style with an explanation of how it was prepared. Total cost $250 for 2. It was my girlfriend's birthday. I would not recommend nor go back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Called the "morning of" to confirm (this was Saturday after the Friday snowfall that shut-down PDX). Knew the occasion we were celebrating. Greeted us by name when we arrived. Best table in the house, right in front of the fireplace. Amazingly gourmet food in perfect, not-too-big portions. Impeccable wine pairings. With an explanation of each wine that, if I closed my eyes and just listened, made me feel as though I was learning history while at the same time visiting the specific regions of France, Italy, and the Pacific northwest that Michael was describing in such vivid detail. Impeccable service. Never too close or intrusive, but always perfectly, instinctively responsive. It wasn't just "dinner"… it was an experience!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Great place, great waiter, food was great but could of had better dessert"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The a la carte menu is a great alternative for those that don't want to spend the money or time for the full five-course experience. We shared an appetizer and a dessert.Staff informed us that they intend to extend the experiment with the a la carte menu. Hadn't been there since the remodel four or five years ago. The new setup is much more open and light. The food was great, but do not expect traditional Italian. Our server was gracious and funny."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "It is sad to say this, but the Genoa has fallen off our 'Top Ten" list simply because the menu and the food no longer reflect the kind of creativity and quality that has sustained it since the first day it opened. For the prices charged, it could be far, far better."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We were very fortunate to get a table at the last minute, and it was one of the best meals, and most pleasant environments, we have experienced in quite a while. Food is innovative but not esoteric in an inaccessible way. Staff are lovely, with both class and friendliness!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had dinner for four. The wait staff were discreet, prompt, and knowledgeable. The food was excellent, and wine pairings were well-chosen."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed it, but when the bill arrived it just didn't feel like we'd got our money's worth, and we don't mind dropping a couple hundred a plate if the food and wine are worth it. This wasn't."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Fantastic food! Very friendly staff it was a great place."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "amazing food with a great presentation, wine pairing was spot on"
    Dined on 5/26/2013
  • "The food was quite good, presentation the best, Jeff our sever was excellent. The wine expert was without personality, often severed the wine pairings with the name of the wine only. This was not a busy night. I then would ask Jeff, who would go into detail about the wines origins, aromas, and taste. He is a real jewel for your restaurant. MJW"
    Dined on 1/4/2014