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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BM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark, Luanne and Chris are always welcoming! One of favorites. Great specials and wine selection.

L
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A love going to A Cena. The ambience, service, and food are exemplary. I went with some girlfriends and we had a lovely time. I recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking homemade Italian food in a lovely setting with great service. I will be back.

AL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A Cena has a nice relaxed feel. The service is attentive and helpful. The food is excellent, especially th pasta with lobster and the octopus. A favorite place to go, especially for a special occasion.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Portland!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner w my parents, came in early before restaurant was busy. Food excellent, slow to be served desserts. Great wine & dinner.

SM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place and a must stop for every trip to Portland!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

hi SharonM Thank you for your five stars and your continued loyalty. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon and travel safely.

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PR
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food was good, but not outstanding. The service was excellent. The ambiance was just OK.

Other Italian restaurants south of the city, such as Nicoletta's, Bugatti's, and Riccardo's are better in all respects except service where A Cena is their equal.

OT
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I’ve gone A Cena a few times, with friends and also with my sweetie. It’s is dependably delicious.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your five stars and our dependability to deliver a stellar visit.. 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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K
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Cena is both a neighbor gem and unique Portland eatery. Tucked into the neighborhood this Craftsmen style house surprisingly seats more guests than one might image. Seating is arranged with each nook and offset so that the guests fill like they have their own special space. I enjoyed a dinner special of venison osso bocco served over creamed mashed potatoes with a delicious rich red wine sauce. The roasted beet salad had a light delightful dressing and was a perfect preview to the main course. The wine list is extensive and full of many options from light to bold reds and crisp and clean whites. While to full for dessert, I hope to try one the next time I dine there. Would highly recommend A Cena for traditional Italian fare as well as for adventuring off the menu for one of their nightly special. I will be returning to explore menu items and dive deeper into their wine list.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

hi Kath Thank you for your five stars. Your kind words are what we strive for. From our ambiance to the floor plan and on to the important attention to yours and every meal and to the service we wish to provide a stellar meal.. I have found that there is always room for dessert. The way to avoid being too full is to eat dessert first, JUST KIDDING. 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 November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the neighborhood, and this is our favorite restaurant to go to! Even if we didn’t live in the neighborhood it would still be your favorite restaurant to go to! The food is amazing, the service wonderful, the ambience outstanding!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your five stars. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. Your kind words are well-received by us. We hope you will return soon and your continued support.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Cena is simply one of the best, least known restaurants in Portland. All of their food is so fresh, expertly prepared and delicious. You can't go wrong. This is a great date night or special occasion restaurant but they are small so definitely make your reservations ahead!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

hi Alisonwonderland Thank you for your five stars. Your words mention the things we try to consistently deliver. We hope that many more Portlanders and out-of-town guests discover us also. 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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DC
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A Cena has excellent food and very attentive service and a comfortable enough setting. The food tastes very fresh and it is clear the kitchen pays attention to detail. This is a a fantastic place to go if you are looking for a thoroughly delicious meal.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

hi DanielC Thank you for your five stars and your very kind words. You hit on all the things we strive to make our restaurant deliver to our guests. 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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B
Munich
85 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A Cena is a nice restaurant. Excellent service. Local ingredients. It is very expensive for this type of restaurant. It is easy to spend close to 75 dollars plus per person with cocktail, wine, appetizer and main course. While the food is very good I would not put it at this value point. You can make it more reasonable by ordering the excellent pasta dishes

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time as always. Food was perfectly done and delicious. We have enjoyed dinners here for the past 10 years and look forward to many more good times here.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Friends Thank you for your five stars. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. Your comments about your long standing attendance and our longevity speak volumes. We hope you will return soon and continue in good health.

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B
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional, as always! Especially enjoy their octopus and salads. Fresh ingredients, excellent service and lovely wine selection. A neighborhood gem!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

hi Bkind Thank you for your five stars and your kind words. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. I'm a fan of our octopus, also. We believe that our Sellwood location is a treasure. We hope you will return soon.

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Relaxed atmosphere, excellent service, great bar, amazing food. Highly recommend it to anyone.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

hi KarenW Thank you for your five stars and for your recommendation . We are happy that you love the place. 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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TF
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

hi ThomasF Thank you for your five stars. Your recommendation and encouragement to others who have not tried a Cena is en-heartening. 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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SC
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Just minor issues -- the table in the nook to the left of the door is a bit cramped -- takes away from the ambiance I so enjoy in the main dining room. My companion did not appreciate my place being cleared while she was still eating. Otherwise, a wonderful dining experience, as usual. Great food!

SS
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

hi SamSaw Thank you for your five stars. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We are also happy that you found us. We hope you will return soon.

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MG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

hi JaimeM Thank you for your five stars. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. You hit upon some of our favorite dishes. We hope you will return soon and we will make every effort to serve another stellar meal.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

hi Kathy Thank you for your five stars. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We agree that you can be a guest at a Cena anytime, special or romantic duo. We hope you will return soon.

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c
Seattle
61 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

hi chairqueen Thank you for your five stars. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. The Parmesan cheese bread sticks are a favorite. We hope you will return soon.

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M
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the meal was fabulous

JD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Poor service- mediocre meal

RP
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your five stars. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon. I cannot copy the recipe for our ciabatta but next time your in I will try to print it for you.

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JC
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my moms birthday and it was a great experience!

OP
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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AF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife favorite place, great food and service!

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