A Cena Ristorante
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wonderful atmoshpehere, amazing food, and very nice staff. was a great place to spend our anniversary in a very nice neighborhood setting. prices were decent for the quality and experience. only complaint really was being seated by a window that needed to rechaulked. was a bit drafty.
I've been to A Cena several times, but for some reason on Sunday they were off their game. The service was attentive until more diners arrived, and the food was just ordinary. Not up to A Cena usual standards.
Tasty variety of appetizers and pastas and good wine selection. Will be back!
Food is good albeit a bit pricey. This is the second time we went and each time we ate in the annex, which is somewhat sterile but calmer and quieter than the main restaurant. Our waiter seemed easily offended yet often got our orders wrong. Not sure what was going on there.
My only complaint was a parsnip purée my fish was served on. It lacked genuine parsnip flavor and was paste-like. One itty bitty disappointment did not spoil a thing. It was a beautiful meal which everyone enjoyed with fabulously attentive staff and a delicious Paper Plane cocktail. Every meal and starter was shared and relished. Beautiful evening!
Everything is always spot on. Service, food, ambiance, they nail it every time!! When I know a dinner has to be special, we go to A Cena!!
My friend used to work at A Cena and she has always gon on and on and on about the people and how great Chef Gabe is... So my son is back from WSU for Thanksgiving and I ate there. It was sublime!!!!
The Octopus was tender and paired with capers and roasted peppers and olives on top of a bed of squash puree... The challenge was to get them all on the fork at once for the perfect bite. ;)
The Lobster Angliotti were great, but TBH there wasn't enough lobster pieces to go with each 'ravioli' but the bites that were complete, were incredible! The bolognese pasta was a tad underwhelming, but I do make an award winning bolognese, soooooo... The kids said the same thing!
My Scallops were great, my youngest got the trout and I am not even close to exaggerating when I say he ate the entire meal in 2-3 minutes and he was constantly making noises and telling us how great the dish was. My oldest son had the short ribs and gnocci... it was one of the best beef dishes i have ever tasted, hands down, it was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had.
Guess what? The people and service were even better! Thanks Brittany!!!!! Great recommendation. Thank you!
My husband and I have been here many times over many years it is always exceptional. Every guest we have brought raves. Go here.
The atmosphere is perfect for a wonderful dinner out or a date night. Delicious!
Always outstanding. Our waiter was just wonderful. The food was delicious. Great date night spot!
We love your restaurant but I repeat myself. We brought old friends of whom one is a chef! You all got high marks.
What a lovely experience! Comfy and intimate, with impeccable service. We had a very tender grilled octopus, and a well balanced beet salad for our first courses. The Bolognaise was somehow light but still so flavorful (the house made pasta was amazing), and the beef short rib with gnocchi was perfect. Portions were just right, and the meal was supported by a great and thoughtful wine list. The dessert was good but not quite as good as our main courses. We had a milk chocolate mousse 'bombe' with a thin cake base (can't recall the name) with chocolate sauce and Italian marinated cherries. The stiff texture of the cake took away from the rest of the dessert, which was quite yummy.
Mark, Luanne and Chris are always welcoming! One of favorites. Great specials and wine selection.
Always such a friendly staff and amazing flavors with all of their menu selections. Will definitely be going back! :)
This was the third time I've been here for dinner and it's consistently excellent. This is the Italian restaurant you want in your area; delicious and well executed.
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.
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.
Best restaurant in Portland!
Dinner w my parents, came in early before restaurant was busy. Food excellent, slow to be served desserts. Great wine & dinner.
Seated timely, everyone is always welcoming. Great service, great food. This restaurant never fails to deliver!
My favorite place and a must stop for every trip to Portland!
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.
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.
I’ve gone A Cena a few times, with friends and also with my sweetie. It’s is dependably delicious.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Exceptional, as always! Especially enjoy their octopus and salads. Fresh ingredients, excellent service and lovely wine selection. A neighborhood gem!
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.
Love this place. Relaxed atmosphere, excellent service, great bar, amazing food. Highly recommend it to anyone.
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.
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!
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.
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!
The food was outstanding, and the service perfect. Our whole party was very happy we found this wonderful restaurant, and will definitely return!
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.
Tried this restaurant for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Have been twice so far and enjoyed both times. Good food.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Great service and the meal was fabulous