A Cena Ristorante
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Great experience for dating, wife and I had a great server named Josh who always checked in on us. Would recommend to my friends.
Had another great dinner experience with A Cena.
Such a nice restaurant. great food, great service great atmosphere. Just a great restaurant.
Always a great meal. Chris always makes the rounds and makes you feel at home. Great wine selection. I always have Jonathan pick the bottle to go with dinner. Never disappointed.
lindenjl Thank you for your five stars and for your loyalty. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. It is especially hearthening to know that the a Cena family is there for you. We hope to see you soon.
Food was just what we were looking for--great Italian food. I think a server was sick/missing. The service seemed a little hectic and slow. Loved our experience.
Four friends got together. All got wine and served fast. I ordered the octopus to snack on and share with others. It arrived like warm and way under charred. Rest of the plate is cold also. So not sure if it’s a hot or cold plate.. Topped with a ton of capers.. Very disappointed. No one but me wanted it.
Shortly after we received out main dishes. We all had the homemade pastas. Great flavors and no complaints there from anyone. Great food, if not just little over priced.
For dessert we received their recommendation - canole. Well it was as bland and flavorless as it gets. Plus the Shell was extremely hard that we really had to stab the thing for shell to break. Also, maybe they forgot to add any sugar there.. not good.
One of my friends got a dessert wine, I tried it and asked for a glass as well. We finished our dessert and I never received the glass of wine... they forgot about us until the check came so I couldn’t ask about it..
I also ordered salmon to go for my wife that could not join us. Got home and opened up the salmon to see the over oily piece of meat with ton of capers in the box with like 2-3 pieces of veg in there. Both were extremely disappointed in both looks and quality as well as the expensive price..
Sadly, will not be going there again.
The food and staff were wonderful. Enjoyed our evening.
hi kathleen 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.
A Cena is always a joy. The service is top notch and the wine recommendation was superb. We had two bottles it was so good. Always get the agnolotti and try one other dish.
hi pdxfoodie Thank you for your five stars. Your recommendation of the menu items one must order is a great idea. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.
This may have been a "one off" because I have eaten often at A Cena for many years and count it among my favorite restaurants. However, this visit was disappointing. I took a friend to celebrate his birthday. He ordered salmon that was so undercooked that no one would have eaten it. Our waiter took one look and whisked it away without prompting. We ordered the lobster ravioli to share as an appetizer, and the lobster was oddly rubbery, something I have not encountered in the past. I noticed the owner was not on premises during this visit, and perhaps that may help explain things.
They were slammed, and we didn't get seated for our 7.30 reservation until 8.10. Turns out the drinks we were offered at 8 pm when I asked when we'd be seated were not all comped, which was interesting, and which we didn't notice until we got home and thought about the bill. One of the main reasons we chose A Cena for dinner that night was because it was a restaurant we could get reservations for and not have to wait 40 minutes after signing in. Is this the new normal?
Always love going to A Cena. The food is fresh and delicious and the service is always top notch.
hi Foodfan Thank you for your five stars and especially 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.
Way overpriced for the food and experience. The hostess acknowledged that we were celebrating our anniversary but that's the last we heard of it. For a "special occasion" restaurant this isn't what I expected. We were then seated next to the front window in a little room where we were the only ones seated and this felt kind of weird. The wait staff was all very friendly. The food was mediocre and bland. When we walked in, the menu outside the door had gnocchi on it, but inside we were told that menu was incorrect so we couldn't really order what we wanted. We had the pasta special (bland) and the cioppino. The cioppino was very small for the price, and contained no pasta - it was just seafood in a bowl with a bitter tomato broth and 1 slice of bread. There was a bit of sand in the shellfish and the little calamari slices were SO overdone they were like leather. We spent a lot of money and unfortunately this experience did not feel special...
Our waitress was phenomenal the food was mind blowing. A but spendy but I’ll be back for sure.
hi 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.
Definitely in the upper tier of restaurants in Portland.
hi Dexter Thank you for your five stars. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. I will share your review with the service staff. We hope you will return soon.
One of our favorite restaurants for dinner! First time for lunch and didn’t find the experience as positive.
Agnolotti is superb. I want it again right now.
Hi KateH Thank you for your five stars. The Agnolotti is a specialty of Chef Gabe. We are happy you found it to be superb. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.
First time here, and food was very very good...on par eith the best we’ve had in Portland. Will definitely be back!!
Upon arriving we were told it would be a few minutes before our table would be ready. No problem, it was busy as expected on New Years Eve. We saddled up to the bar and ordered some cocktails. When our table was ready we were informed our table would be in their Festa room, two doors down. Wait. What? I booked a table at A Cena based on previous visits, therefore I had no idea what the atmosphere or ambiance would be on our "no holes barred night out" . Our options were...continue to wait (no thanks I have a reservation and a schedule), or roll the dice on the Festa room. We opted for the Festa room which required us to exit the restaurant. The problem was 1) it was raining, 2) we had already removed our coats, 3)we had drinks, coats, purses and umbrellas in our hands. As soon as we stood up from the bar someone sat down. So here were are, arms full, and if you're familiar with this restaurant you know there's very little extra space, so there's nowhere to set things down to put coats back on. Out into the rain we go. When the number one priority getting to the restaurant is keeping your wifes hair dry this was less than an ideal situation. Granted it was a short walk, but that's not the point. We get to the Festa room, which was nice, but our table wasn't rrady yet and it was in the darkest part of the room so it was nearly impossible to read the menu, so we break out the cell phones for some additional light. To her credit our server was prompt, friendly and professional. The food was what we've come to expect and the rest of the evening went pretty well. It would have been nice if the hostess would have mentioned the Festa room upon our arrival so we could have expressed our concerns at that time, giving her the option to ask other patrons seated just before us if they would mind being seated in the Festa room. As it was we were caught off guard without much of an option.
New Year’s eve date night. Annual tradition. Love this place so much!
hi BC62 Thank you for your five stars. It is especially exhilarating to the staff and I to see familiar guests celebrating tradition at a Cena. Your love is appreciated and returned. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.
Wonderful dinner! Our waiter, Mark, was incredible - so helpful with his recommendations. The salads, lobster ravioli, pasta bolognese, eggplant Parmesan and octopus were all delicious!
hi EmilieH Thank you for your five stars. We will make sure your server sees your review. You did cover our favorites. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.
The eggplant parmesan was incredible. I really look forward to going back - what a treat
Nice Christmas Eve dinner. Lovely restaurant. Not all menu items were available but they were very accommodating.
We were so thrilled to see A Cena was open for Christmas Eve dinner. It is one of our favorite restaurants and it didn’t disappoint! Meal and dessert was delicious. The service was good and the ambiance magical. We love coming here for some of the best food in Portland.
hi Tigermama96 Thank you for your five stars. It is a magical time of year and thank you for sharing your holiday with a Cena.Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.
Temp was too cold in the restaurant
Food portions to big
Flavor was good
Incredible pastas. Amazing daily salmon special. This is one special place.
Food was amazing! Eating family style was perfect and let us sample a variety of dishes- the ravioli with lobster was incredibly delicious
hi VickiM Thank you for your five stars. Family style does a lot to getting to taste more than one entree. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.
Wanted to wow guests but unfortunately they found the pasta overcooked and two dishes swimming in oil so unable to finish. They are kinda picky but.....
My wife and I went to dinner at A Cena with another couple. One of us was vegetarian and another was vegan. They had amazingly yummy meals and plenty of options. We got there 5 minutes late for our reservation, and it was crowded. We had to wait another 5-10 minutes, but it went by fast and we had a wonderful night. I loved the Eggplant parm! :-)
hi RonS Thank you for your five stars. We can and will accommodate your dietary needs. The eggplant is one of my FAVS. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.
Really wanted to love it. Ended up just being OK with lots of misqueues. I feel like a Cena was amazing when it was the unknown romantic restaurant. After the expansion, the kitchen doesn't seem to keep up. Quality of food is worse than before.
Incredible meal. Wonderful service.
I enjoyed having a Saturday lunch at A Cena. It was quiet, and comfortable. Wish I knew what kind of black olives were in the fritto misto!
One of our favorite restaurants. The owner always comes by and checks in. Very knowledgeable staff, very inviting, quick service, cozy and delish!
hi BeckyS Thank you for your five stars. We pride our self on being helpful and caring. Thank you 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.
Really good service, nice selection of specials, nice wine list, and the food was delicious
Perfect dining experience. Wonderful service, ambiance and absolutely incredible food. May be our new favorite restaurant!
hi bararar Thank you for your five stars. We are thrilled by 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.
Our first time to this delightful neighborhood Italian spot. We will return!
hi ELISAW Thank you for your five stars and especially 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.
Whether it's for lunch or for dinner a Cena is our favorite restaurant. The food is always outstanding with some interesting and creative dishes added to the menu to complement whatever is available seasonally. The service staff is excellent, friendly and always helpful with menu selections and wine choices. The ambiance is relaxed but elegant. We will be back...
hi phramazoid Thank you for your five stars. We are thrilled that a Cena is your favorite restaurant. You have hit upon those things that we try to achieve; food (with seasonal produce), staff and ambiance. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.
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.
Service and food were amazing! Always a reliably great experience.
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!