A Cena Ristorante

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Italian
At a Cena, we share a love for elegantly cooked meals enjoyed with friends and family. We value fresh ingredients, local Pacific Northwest farmers, consistency, and seasoned and personable staff. We proudly serve handmade pasta and cured meats, daily prepared focaccia bread, a well-matched wine list. Our aim is to offer our guests a fine-dining experience with the comfort and warmth of an Italian country kitchen. Salute!

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C
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfair really due to virus affecting everything right now. We were disappointed. Food nothing like our first and only time their six years ago.
Waitress abrupt and distracted but she left and a man was nicer...too late. I believe this can all be blamed on the virus as it was the night before they closed. Maybe will try again..we live an hour away so it's risky. Our hearts go out to all those affected by virus.

I
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant offers delicious foods prepared to perfection. Fresh ingredients lovingly prepared will result in a mean you won’t soon forget. The service is attentive, and perfectly timed. Thank you for a wonderful experience, A Cena staff and chef!

B
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent service, best Italian restaurant in town, always a great experience.

RB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!! So glad I decided to come here with my friends and family.

TG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service in a friendly environment.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place, it never disappoints!

B
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to a Cena, absolutely one of the best restaurants we have ever been to in Portland.
Service was extremely friendly and helpful, excellent food , best Italian food in Portland. I look forward to our next visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the dishes were excellent. And service was also very good.

DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark is great, the food is great, and the vibe is great. It's all just great!

CY
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was nicely done. Noisy and cramped seating. The waiter was attentive.

JA
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Cena is one of the great Italian/Mediterranean restaurants in town--specifically situated in Sellwood. Their food is always great, the owner always greets us and we get fabulous service. It's quiet, romantic and fun to bring friends to and the prices are very fair. If you haven't been, it's a must do.

H
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The thrill is gone.......................................................................

AH
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty good food, like the homemade pasta. Would have liked a kids menu with crayons for them to draw on the paper topped table. Seems silly that those things are missing from a place that touts being family friendly.

E
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Amazing food!

P
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent food and service!

IW
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food quality is always amazing, get the lobster agnolotti. The attentiveness of their staff is also fantastic. However, the lack of wine knowledge from servers always leaves me baffled. Twice they have simply reiterated exactly what’s on the menu and walked away. Sometimes it’s just nice to talk wine at dinner, especially at an Italian restaurant. Not a big deal really, but to the discerning customer it can make a large difference between a 25% tip or a 50% tip.

KT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an exceptional Italian Restaurant in the Portland, the food, service and ambiance is outstanding even when compared with the other amazing places in the Pacific Northwest. This was our first visit and will certainly be on our go-to list going forward you will not be disappointed!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on February 29, 2020

hi KeithT Thank you for your five stars. Your comments made my day and week. You were very generous in expressing yourself and I really am touched. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. I will share it with the entire staff. We hope you will return soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food, great service, great experience. We will return

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on February 29, 2020

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

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JV
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good as always and the service was excellent, great wine recommendation!

PR
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Two pastas, both poorly prepared. Way under cooked penne and soup like fettuccine.

MO
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had our usual good food at A Cena. The service was prompt and efficient. This is one of our favorite places to go for special occasions.

M
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night.

AP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time visiting A Cena. Wonderful food, and great atmosphere. Very busy for a Sunday night, so the service was a bit slow. But not enough so that it would dissuade us from returning in a heartbeat!!

KB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were top notch. The on street parking was a challenge but doable if you
do not mind walking a bit. Over all a gem in Sellwood.

IP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date! Went here after valentines day for and loved it. Food was fantastic and so was the service.

r
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Warm and wonderful. Staff at all levels were engaging and helpful without being intrusive. Felt like a regular on first visit. Food delectable. Lovely presentation. A crush of people but what would you expect?

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was a little cramped- but I understand that. The “prawns” were more like cocktail shrimp honestly but they still tasted delicious so if you can count that as a complaint that’s my only one. We both got the lobster agnolotti and it might have been the best plate of food I’ve ever eaten, and she agreed. Absolutely planning to return.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on February 29, 2020

Thank you for your five stars. We will share your review with chef, especially your "best plate of food I've ever eaten" comment. 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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a
Portland
16 reviews