A Cena Ristorante
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The food and staff were wonderful. Enjoyed our evening.
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.
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.
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.
Definitely in the upper tier of restaurants in Portland.
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.
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!
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!!
hi there Thank you for your five stars. Thank you for viewing us as the place to go with your "spot on" and "nail it" description. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.
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!
hi JadeTrain72 Thank you for your five stars. We have to give a yell out to our dear Brittany who is a Five Star former employee and friend. Your detailed review will be shared by our entire, especially Chef Gabe. Your review supports what we try to do at a Cena and the team appreciates your support. We hope you will return soon.
My husband and I have been here many times over many years it is always exceptional. Every guest we have brought raves. Go here.
Thank you for your five stars. We especially appreciate your recommendation to others to come to 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.
The atmosphere is perfect for a wonderful dinner out or a date night. Delicious!