a Cena Ristorante

4.6
2108 reviews
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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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Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous. Great service and atmosphere. Food was terrific.

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TM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 4

We went here for our Anniversary dinner, and at first were having a nice experience. We tried ordering an appetizer and were told they had run out, so we picked something else. After the appetizer we were asked to move tables because a large party had come in and they wanted to put tables together. This wasn’t going to be a big deal, but the manager made a comment about our slow pace. We had ordered and were still waiting for a half size pasta plate ahead of our main course. We received our pasta and it was fantastic. Then things took a turn for the worst. Once our server took our empty pasta plates away another server randomly asked us if we still had food coming. We said yes and he walked away. Then our normal waitress came back with dessert menus but we hadn’t ordered our main course yet. We told her we still planned to have dinner and she took our order. I ordered the Risotto with Scallops and my Husband ordered the special with the Ribeye because they were out of the lamb. While waiting for our food the hostess came up and asked if we still had food coming. At this point we were getting annoyed about being rushed through what was supposed to be a special dinner. When our food came I was given the risotto off of the pasta menu. When I asked about the mix up our waitress said they were out of the scallops. At this point we were done being rushed and tired of having to reorder food, so I asked for a box and a check. While we were waiting for a check a 5th person came up and asked if we still had food coming. It was clear they are more interested in turning tables than creating an experience. It was a very disappointing anniversary dinner. We will not be back.

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SU
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The service was outstanding. The servers were very friendly and knowledgeable, and seemed to love their jobs.

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RP
Edinburgh
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great dinner at a Cena! Our server was extremely attentive and the food was delicious. I recommend the lemoncello for dessert!

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CB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything! It was quiet, great ambience, good lighting, soft music, excellent food. I recommend the Caprese salad. Lovely evening.

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JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous! First time visit and though it is a bit of a trek from Tigard, we will definitely make it a point of dining at a Cena again.

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GB
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Over priced. Mediocre Italian food. No worth what I paid at all.

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ZC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A little pricy for portion size and ambiance. Lovely food and service.

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KH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day dinner was remarkable just as I expected. This is one of my favorite restaurants and it did not let me down. I had my favorite appetizer (Polipo) and it was just incredible. Then we had a special which was the Dungeness Crab ravioli. It was so good. Our wine was delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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CJ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food even with it being very busy when we ate there last.

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FM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very delicious. Excellent service. Large portions. Rich food.

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DD
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food! Not too noisy; we could converse! Staff pleasant! A bit pricey but we would go back. We had a very nice family dinner!

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Responded on May 12, 2019

hi DonD Thank you for your five stars. Thank you for your comments, also. We are a very family-oriented team. 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
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, love the consistency here! Took a friend from Italy, she had the scallops with risotto, and she loved her food and the whole experience!

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Responded on May 12, 2019

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.

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OT
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. Fantastic staff.

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J
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful meal at a Cena. One of us has a food allergy, and the waiter was very attentive to that. The food and drinks were delicious. The decor has obvious attention to minimizing sound echos, which really helped with the noise levels. (So many restaurants in Portland are just too noisy... at a Cena, we could hear some of our neighbors' conversations, but at least we didn't have to shout to each other to hear our own conversation.) The final bill was not cheap, but well worth it.

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SC
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, we enjoyed our dining experience at a Cena very much -- a special treat after a Portland Baroque Orchestra concert at nearby Reed College. I recommend both.

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Responded on May 4, 2019

hi Susan Thank you for your five stars and especially your loyalty. And thanks for mentioning Reed College, concerts and all- we have a special place in our hearts. for Reed 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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AS
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a Cena is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. The calm and cozy atmosphere makes it a very romantic date spot. The service is friendly and quick; we received all of our food and drinks within 45 minutes to an hour of being there. As a vegetarian, my go-to dish is the eggplant parmesan; it is delicious! Make sure to save room for dessert, because the tiramisu is worth it. All in all, amazing food, service, and atmosphere -- all at a reasonable price.

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Responded on May 4, 2019

hi Alexandra Thank you for your five stars and especially your loyalty. Your "calm and cozy", "friendly", and "amazing food" comments make my eyes light up. This is what we aim for and you hit all those key points, thank you. 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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JO
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love a Cena and they accommodate my vegan diet with dishes that are delicious!

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Responded on May 4, 2019

hi JulieO Thank you for your five stars. Thank you for mentioning our vegan items. We strive to accommodate all dietary needs. 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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PK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic pasta and a great setting A wonderful restaurant!

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Responded on May 4, 2019

Hi PeterK Thank you for your five stars. Our pastas are made fresh daily, thank you for mentioning it. 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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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there. Great service. The pear salad was a touch too much vinegar and the waitress comped it. I wasn’t expecting that. Waitress was very nice and attentive. The food and ambience is terrific. Best Americano coffee with dessert I have had

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Responded on May 4, 2019

Thank you for your five stars. Thanks especially for your comments. 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
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, authentic cuisine!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration at lunch time. Chris came over and poured our Prosecco. They gave us free dessert and coffee. Love this restaurant !!

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Responded on May 4, 2019

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. That Chris is truly special, thanks for mentioning him.

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s
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good, for lunch and dinner. Would give it a 5 star if you would bring back bread sticks on the lunch menu.
Love the new menu, but the prices have increased and the portion size have not.

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JA
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Tables were too close together. Really enjoyed the food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The appetizer and entrees were all amazing taste and quality. The service was fantastic. Great environment for a special date night. The only reason I didn’t give a full 5 stars was because the house made gelato was meh. I will definitely go back for the raviolis!

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Responded on May 4, 2019

Thank you for your five stars. Thank you for your comments. 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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l
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate here years ago, back in the area and decided to try again. Absolutely wonderful.!

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Responded on May 4, 2019

hi Itmk 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. You have been gone too long.

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SO
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening for the sisters. We always have a lovely time her!

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a
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A Cena is one of those restaurants that you can't help but tell people about! Being Italian myself, and once living abroad in Rome, Italy, it's vedry difficult to find good quality Italian food. This is one restaurant that I know whenever I go, I will not be dissapointed!

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R
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere! Had a wonderful dinner out with my beautiful wife on her birthday!!

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Responded on May 4, 2019

hi Rich Thank you for your five stars. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. Thank you for allowing us to make your wife's birthday special. We hope you will return soon.

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TW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I found one bone in my pasta dish (rabbit papadelle) that night, but wasn't comfortable saying anything. I had leftovers that came home with us, and found at least one other bone in the leftovers. My husband had the eggplant parm and it was just okay but not especially great quality given the price. I think there is better quality Italian for the price point elsewhere in town.

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Sat at table in pathway of servers, half way in kitchen, even though I specifically requested table in reservation away from both. Seated 15 minutes after reservation time because table not ready. Coffee gelato inedible, tasted like coffee grounds. Burrata on asparagus salad had texture of cottage cheese. Not going back.

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LF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible, a bit spendy, but so very worth it! The server was very knowledgeable, great service!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Excellent staff and owner, coupled with outstanding food and wine.

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Responded on May 4, 2019

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.

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B
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dining experience as always. The service is exceptional and the food presented and prepared beautifully. The special was outstanding. Tiramisu is the best!

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Responded on May 4, 2019

hi Bkind Thank you for your five stars and especially for your loyalty. 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
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous menu selection and great food
Looking forward to next visit

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CW
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Sadly it's just not what it used to be. Our antipasta was supposed to be served with focaccia but wasn't. We asked and the server promised to deliver right away but never did.
The agnolotti was over cooked with what seemed to be reheated lobster. This used to be one of our favorite restaurants but just didn't deliver.

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SW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything about A Cena Ristorante was fantastic. The food was not only authentic, but expertly prepared, beautifully plated, and the best Italian food I've ever had. The service was amazing, a mix of posh and casualness that was approachable but still felt classy. The one downside to the service was that the hostess didn't have a table open for our reservation, but hustled and bustled to make it work. I highly recommend this restaurant 👌

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Responded on April 4, 2019

hi Steven Thank you for your five stars. Your kind words are important to us. We do hustle in order to make a great experience work for you. 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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SV
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous Italian neighborhood restaurant. If this was in NYC, it would be packed every night. Don’t miss the clams, octopus, or any of the pastas. 1/2 pasta dishes large enough for one. Appetizers are similarly huge. Wine list is very authentic with great Italian varietals. Slightly too expensive tho for the menu, imo. Found this gem on Trip Advisor

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Responded on April 4, 2019

hi SiliconValleyDad Thank you for your five stars. And thank you for your analysis, you are "spot on". 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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n
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Cena. We went on a quiet Monday night so didn’t need to wait for a table. We were greeted warmly and enjoyed excellent service. First we shared their caprese salad with fresh mozzarella and oven roasted tomatoes, which was divinely delicious! Next we had scallops with risotto, which was also heavenly. My only disappointment is they don’t serve hard cider, which is sad for this non-wine drinker. The food, service and atmosphere were so good though, we will definitely return!

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BG
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Portland! We come here for all our special occasions.

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