a Cena Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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Italian
At a Cena, we share a love for simply cooked meals enjoyed with friends and family. We value fresh ingredients, local Portland area farmers, handmade pastas and cured meats, daily prepared breads, consistency, a well-matched wine list, and a seasoned and personable staff. With these elements, we strive to offer our guests a fine-dining experience with the comfort and warmth of an Italian country kitchen. Salute!
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TF
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't recommend this place enough. The food is amazing, the staff is warm and welcoming. The service wow, can't speak highly enough about it. Your mouth will thank you, go, go now!

SS
Portland
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, and the service perfect. Our whole party was very happy we found this wonderful restaurant, and will definitely return!

MG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tried this restaurant for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Have been twice so far and enjoyed both times. Good food.

CD
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I were well attended from the start. The wait staff were welcoming and entertaining. We enjoyed two of the nights specials and throughly enjoyed them. Great value of the money. We will be back.

JM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This meal was delicious! I really appreciated the lovely gluten free housemade pasta😋
They serve a great Negroni also. I highly recommend their Brussels Sprouts & also the meatballs. We are looking forward to visiting again & try their Manhatten cocktail with more pasta. The service was great too!

K
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whether you’re going for a special occasion or a quiet dinner for two, aCena Is such a delightful place. The food is wonderful and the servers are attentive and knowledgeable.

c
Seattle
58 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far my favorite restaurant in Portland. The homemade cheese breadsticks are to die for! They use seasonal ingredients, and always have something to satisfy everyone's palates and dietary needs. Our service was exceptional. Just a great place to dine!

M
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the meal was fabulous

JD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. Staff is friendly. Could not ask for more.

D
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor service- mediocre meal

RP
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always have a good time at a Cena. They treat you like they really care that you're there. The food is terrific. And now I'm dying to know their recipe for ciabatta - so good!

JC
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! One of the best Italian restaurants in Portland.

a Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 10, 2019

hi JamesC Thank you for your five stars. Thank you for your kind words. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.

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Y
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a Cena is a great neighborhood restaurant. I have always enjoyed their excellent service and menu. The ambiance is very nice whether for a romantic dinner for two or for special family occasion meal. You can't go wrong. This is my fourth time visiting the restaurant and I have enjoyed a different menus item each visit.

a Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 10, 2019

hi Yogi Thank you for your five stars. It is especially heartwarming to know you can go anywhere for dinner out for a special occasion or a romantic supper but that you choose a Cena. THANX Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.

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OP
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall fantastic. Celebrated my wife's 50th birthday with our 17 year-old foodie. We were looking for authentic Tuscan flavors with local ingredients and we found it here. The only thing we were disappointed in was the lack of quality Brunello on the wine list. Check that, they were on the list but out of stock. Food-wise though, the dishes were fresh, flavorful, and perfectly prepared. We will be back!

a Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 10, 2019

hi OregonPaul Thank you for your five stars. Thank you for celebrating such a special event with us and for your wine list suggestion. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my moms birthday and it was a great experience!

AF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish that we ordered was totally delicious. Service was great. Plan on returning for another dining experience in the future. Thanks!

LO
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and the service was excellent. We had several courses and the employees were amazing at keeping our table cleaned and renewed each time a new course came out.

KS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If I ever need a last meal, it will be the Agnolotti. I had to close my eyes while eating so that I had no distractions from the sweet and salty flavors. Scrumptious! The ambience is semi-formal, but the servers were both attentive and friendly, which made it seems more relaxed and casual. Folks were talking between tables to find out what others were eating. Overall it was a wonderful evening with great food and great folks.

a Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 10, 2019

hi KimberlyS Thank you for your five stars. What a great way of declaring our Agnolotti to be "divine". We also appreciate the cross-table discussion and the planning the next meal. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.

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RW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place exceeded our expectations by leaps and bounds!!!! We are considering purchasing a home in the area and because of this experience alone, we have pushed this potential home way up the list. These people are fantastic!!! The food was excellent and plain and simple this place gets it!!!!

a Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 10, 2019

hi RichardW Thank you for your five stars. Thanks for your expressive and kind words. I don't think that I have heard that a Cena could be in a sales pitch for our realtors. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.

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m
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very disappointed. The grilled octopus was excellent, but everything else was lackluster. The risotto was boring and had mushroom pieces that were too chunky. Unpleasant texture. Flavor was nondescript. The tiramisu was watery and had nothing going for it except sweetness. Service was mediocre. The dining room lights kept flickering and going from extremely dim to glaringly bright. Noise level was high, so we had difficulty hearing our conversations. Overall, this was not the restaurant I remembered. Will not be returning.

RB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Must be great, we were visiting Portland and ate here two out of the three nights.

a Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 10, 2019

hi RonB Thank you for your five stars. We really enjoyed your kind words. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will be back soon when you return to Portland. .

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LB
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is not easy to find a good Italian restaurant in Portland. a Cena is probably one of the few restaurants that make the cut- a place that we wouldn't feel embarrassed to bring our friends or colleagues to. Of course, it is expected that the good quality and taste will come at a price tag (sigh)... but that is probably because I decided to order a nice bottle of Italian red. The restaurant is targeting a more middle-aged, affluent crowd, although I did see also some beautiful looking, preppy millennials. The two ladies who usher the clientele were very beautiful. The servers were mostly very professional. The senior manager (or owner?) was visiting some of the tables and giving a good amount of attention to the regular customers. I took a sneak peak at the kitchen area, and it was so wonderfully organized, super clean, bright, beautiful. I rarely see a kitchen that looks so tidy. The chef is truly a person with a holistic aesthetic sense beyond just the culinary arts.

a Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 10, 2019

hi LifestyleBlog Thank you for your four stars. Chef Gabe will see this review so as to appreciate your comment about his kitchen. Organization is one of his top priorities. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife favorite place, great food and service!

TU
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at this restaurant is outstanding. Every dish was delicious. I do have to note that the portion sizes are, for the most part, small. If you go, I recommend ordering three courses. The only large portion among our party of four was a salad that someone ordered. I had the delicious lamb chops for my main course but they were small and thin and there were only four of them.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniverary

TT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed. The food was ok, but not great. The cypress was quite good, but the panzanella and straccoto were disappointing. The bread in the panzanella was simply cut up--not grilled and thus flat tasting, and the short ribs came in a clump. The cannoli filling was leaden--like Philadelphia cream cheese instead of ricotta and mascarpone. We hadn't been there in several years, and it wasn't as good as we remembered.

M
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were great. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. I was disappointed with the ambiance, though, because The food was so good I felt I should be in Italy ! !

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I was surprised by the poor quality of the cooking we had. The seafood (shrimp in fritto misto and lobster in a pasta dish) was overcooked and rubbery. The artichoke appetizer was tough, and a ravioli dish with corn filling was saccharine in its sweetness. I hope this was an off night in the kitchen but we won’t be back for a while, there are too many good restaurants out there. Everything else about the dinner was fine but the food has to taste good.

OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal and service was attentive and gracious! We will definitely be back!

OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Wonderful service. Attention by the owner.

a Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you for your five stars. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. The owner prides himself on the food and our stellar service. We hope you will return soon.

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CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful. love the half size pasta portions, wait staff was attentive and thorough, just a lovely meal.

c
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time that my best friend and I have eaten there and it didn't disappoint. The octopus is off the charts. Perfectly grilled, tender and flavorful. I had the pasta special. The pasta itself was a thin with a bit of chew with a tasty pork sagu. The waitstaff was attentive, but not over-bearing. Our waitress gave a great recommendation for a glass of red wine. All around another great experience.

a Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 9, 2019

hi cheeri14 Thank you for your five stars and especially your loyalty . I am happy that we did not disappoint you or your best friend. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.

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D
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Onion rings to die for. Tuscan Mule is phenomenal. The eggplant parm is perfect crunchy and dressed like pizza. Scallops expensive for only two, but very flavorful. Butterscotch Budino. That’s all you need to know.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food + great service

s
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the Frio Mistook and the Romano salads to share.They are both excellent. For the main dishes we have the lobster and raviollini,the crab pasta and the parmigiana (all dinner size). While the lobster and crab dishes are expensive but there were lots of lobster and crab meat. We also ordered a number of cocktails and drinks. It was a great dinner which every one enjoyed.

PA
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic, rustic and refined thoughtful, delicious food. (Also, great to have gluten free options)

Romantic and inviting ambience + Excellent service. We love this neighborhood spot!

a Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 9, 2019

hi PATRICKN Thank you for your five stars. Chef will be thrilled take you enjoyed his" authentic, rustic and refined thoughtful, delicious food". Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.

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J
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers were friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. I had mezza Luna pasta with braised short rib stuffing and a meat reduction sauce. My wife’s eggplant parmigiana was perfect. Dessert was affogato with homemade gelato. I had budino, an intense butterscotch pudding. The owner came by as we were leaving to check on our dining experience.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We sat outside which was nice. The service was excellent. The octopus appetizer was amazing as was the caprese. Our entrees were nothing special and really lacked the depth of flavor we expected. It was a slow Tuesday so maybe there was a different chef than on busier nights.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal and outstanding service

CB
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service

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