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A Cena Ristorante

4.8
2665 Reviews
$31 to $50
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. Consistent with our mission, we take the Coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously, and we are closely monitoring the situation to ensure that we take the necessary, preventative steps to mitigate risks and protect our guests and employees.

The safety, health and well-being of our guests and employees are our highest priority, and we are working diligently throughout our organization to ensure the highest possible standards of precautionary health measures for everyone.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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CherylB
Portland
44 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really, really nice dinner experience. Service phenomenal, not hovering, but on top if it all. Food was fresh, savory, nice portions. I think everything was made there? Hard to beat.

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Murph
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, wonderful service. On a Sunday evening parking was easy on 13th Ave, so don't let that worry you.

The only spoiler to our evening was the two people at the table next us, one of them talked virtually non-stop through her and our meal with occasional full-volume cackles.

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vipJanetS
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had to send both our mains back because they were not hot.
Lots of staff, but not efficient. Next to us a party of 5 or 6, seated after us, ordered and were served before us. It was a birthday and I expected romantic from descriptions; we did not find it so.

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KenH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Our party of 4 thought the tables were very close together

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BumbleBrieJ
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We are visiting Portland from Northern California for a few days and in our foodie driven research, had heard that A Cena Ristorante was worth checking out. October 31st happens to be my husband and I’s “dateaversary”—the date of our very first official date, now 7 years ago. We always try and do something special on this day, and A Cena felt like a good spot to celebrate one of our personal milestones. We started with an Antipasto appetizer, a tray of yummy pickled veggies and accoutrement, and probably hands down the best burrata we have ever had. Firm, rich and not mucous-textured or watery. My husband got the hangar steak, and I got half portions of two different pasta dishes since I couldn’t quite decide. Our waitress was very nice and cordial at the beginning of our visit, but both my husband and I sensed that by the end of our dining, she was a bit cold and what we described as “bored” of us. Our interactions with her had been nice, enthusiastic, thankful, appreciative—and we did not linger at the table longer than it took to eat…so I’m not quite sure why she seemed to be disinterested with us by the time we finished up desert, paid the check, and left. Other than that, I’m glad we now can say we’ve tried A Cena Ristorante, and can cross it off our culinary bucket list.

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Jess
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Everyone was really friendly and the food was amazing. Happy we were finally able to come by and try!

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KarenP
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all loved it!!! Have always wanted to try A Cena as we loved Assagio years ago. It was worth the wait!!!💕

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KathyC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at A Cena Ristorante and we will definitely return! We tried 2 appetizers (Formaggio e Funghi and Vongole) and then 2 small sized plates of the Agnolotti and a braised beef papardelle. We enjoyed everything!

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Rmsrvce
Portland
58 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First visit. Enjoyed dinner

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Masd
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my daughter. Everything was wonderful and the service excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Highly recommend.

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NormanW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant I have been too in quite some time. The food was outstanding. I am not one for Octopus because it is usually a chewy meat. The Octopus was absolutely meld in you mouth and tasty. I could go on about every dish we had, Beet Salad, Lobster Ravioli, Penne and sausage, and their special ravioli for that evening. Desert was Tiramisu and it was the best I have had.

Service was outstanding, attentive, friendly and the timing was absolutely perfect. Not rushed in any way and nothing was brought out before we were ready nor did we have to wait for the next course.

The only negative, if you can even call it that was the noise level was a bit high, but not to an annoying level.

We went there as a celebration dinner for our 20th anniversary and the experience was one we will remember for the next 20 years.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 2, 2021

hi NormanW Thank you for your five star review. Norman, you have highlighted the elements that a Cena is known for and put into what I like people to know about. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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MarkE
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific all the way around. The octopus appetizer is fabulous. Best I’ve ever had. The entree’s were perfect for all 4 of us. The owner stopped by the table 3-4 times, what a nice treat. Outstanding experience all the way around.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 2, 2021

hi MarkE Thank you for your five star review. The octopus is one of the highlights of our menu, I so happy you loved it. The owner will appreciate your comment, as he is a hands-on person in all that we do. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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vipDantabulous
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A Cena is always outstanding. Very consistent high level of Italian cuisine. Perfectly cooked octopus (very hard to do) beautiful pastas and a Budino fit for Caesar. Bravo. Highly recommended.

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Kathy
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

As always the food was great! Can’t miss the agnolotti!

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vipHollyH
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!

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Sylvie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this cozy neighborhood spot with exceptional food and great service.

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John73
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to A Cena since before Covid and we'd forgotten how good it was! Great meals, soothing atmosphere and wonderful service. Thank you A Cena.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 2, 2021

hi John73 Thank you for your five star review. Much thanks for your return. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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Annie
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner. Food was excellent. Service was great. Very comfortable to be there.

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vipMingLee
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Highly recommended

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Lynne
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Kind and friendly staff and an intimate setting. We enjoyed our evening so much! I really appreciated that some of the entree's were offered in half portions. My husband ordered a full portion of pasta (which was good sized) and I ordered the smaller portion which was plenty for me (as I ordered a salad and we shared an appetizer). We plan to go back and try more from the menu. We would definitely recommend this restaurant!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 2, 2021

hi Lynne Thank you for your five star review. You have outlined what we try to accomplish everyday to deliver an excellent experience at a Cena The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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vipGriff
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magic. We experienced A Cena the first time last night, but it will be a standard whenever we’re in town. Whether for a special occasion or getting together w friends, or, or, or. This is the full package.

Super authentic, outstanding preparations and flawless service.

This is the standard by which all other Italian restaurants are going to be measured.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 2, 2021

hi Griff Thank you for your five star review. A special thank you for your mention of our high standards. I do not think that your high praise could be matched with my belief that this is what we try to achieve. I will make sure that everyone on the team sees this review and your more than kind words. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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nancyh
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience at A Cena. It was delightful!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 2, 2021

hi nancyh Thank you for your five star review. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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Jake
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of our meal was fabulous including the food, wine, and service.

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ChristineC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A Cena never disappoints. We’ve been going there for years!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 2, 2021

hi ChristineC Thank you for your five star review and especially for your loyalty. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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JeffL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service!

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ErinL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific Italian food and wine, and the staff is top-notch

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Hypergerl
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A cena never fails to impress. I brought my out of town guests, he LOVED it. great service, and always consistently fantastic.
I am so glad that are back to "normal" operations after covid. Everything was clean, everyone in masks etc. I felt safe and satiated!
Great Job A Cena!!!!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 2, 2021

hi Hypergerl Thank you for your five star review. The safety of our staff and Guests is of the highest priority. Thank you for your loyalty and in particular trusting us with your out of town guests. You are very kind. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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vipXXXXX
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love this restaurant but have not been in 2 years due to Covid. Previous (numerous) dinners there with Lobster Agnolotti brought us back. The lobster used to be big whole claw pieces and a very generous amount of lobster. Last night the lobster wash cut up into small diced pieces and not as much as it used t be. That was a major disappointment, as it is much of the reason for dining there. Service was excellent and all food otherwise very tasty.

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AdrianD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Enjoyed our experience. Not fine dining, but decent for a date night. Food was good. Service was a mixture of staff helping each table. I didn’t know who we were tipping in the end. Maybe under staffed for the night? Overall everyone was very friendly! Don’t skip dessert!

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SimoneV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful anniversary dinner at A Cena. All of the food was delicious (especially the burrata appetizer. the Garganelli, and the panna cotta), the vibe was cozy, and the service was prompt and friendly. The full-size pastas are huge — I had enough left over for lunch the next day. We will definitely be back!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 2, 2021

hi SimoneV Thank you for your five star review and the highlights or your meal. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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patandmaryjo
Portland
27 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose several dishes and asked that they be brought at intervals, with share plates for family style eating. The wine list had some delicious new options and glass pours were generous. Always a memorable meal at A Cena.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 12, 2021

hi patandmaryjo Thank you for your five star review. Also, I'm happy we were able to customize your meal, great idea. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service !!

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TamiP
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely fantastic! Service was good as well. Definitely a favorite.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 12, 2021

hi TamiP Thank you for your five star review and your kind words.The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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vipartshell
Portland
56 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Service was disjointed and slow, which is why our food arrived lukewarm and tired. In addition, the Server forgot to bring two dishes that were ordered.

The primi was really the pasta course of an Italian meal.

The food lacked flavor.

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BradC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing throughout, a favorite of my wife and I. Matt was amazing, great service, fabulous wine recommendation, knowledgeable, and prompt service. The prices here are somewhat higher but worth this level of quality and well within the amount I would expect to pay. Thank you for an epic experience, again.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 12, 2021

hi BradC Thank you for your five star review, very kind words. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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MikeinOakGrove
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was nice to return to a Cena after the long Covid-19 pause. The food and service was as good as always.

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vipGAB4
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been wanting to come here for years. Finally able to go with friends last night and it was delicious. 👌
Service was awesome, but a bit slow on drinks. Not a problem!
Food was fresh and delicious!
Unfortunately they sold out of their salmon, bucatini and bread. Will try next time.
Shared 4 apps with our group of 6. Everyone ordered their own dish for dinner. 3 desserts shared and it was all fabulous. No left overs! We'll definitely be back. MUST TRY!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 12, 2021

hi GAB4 Thank you for your five star review. Your kinds words and descriptions are what we live for, The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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vipplantpassion
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great to get out and eat a real meal, food was delicious and sever was super friendly and helpful with dishes

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CarrPDX
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at A Cena after hearing about it for a few years. We were greeted warmly and seated at a prime table and enjoyed the ambience of the busy dining room. The Negroni cocktail was delicious and a great warm up to the first course caprese salad. I was happy to see Cacio e Pepe on the menu which is a deceptively simple dish to make well, and there’s is exceptional! The hangar steak was perfectly cooked and the well curated wine list offered many temptations. Overall we had a great evening enjoying a fantastic meal. A Cena has been added to the rotation!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 12, 2021

hi CarrPDX Thank you for your five star review. I'm so happy that you became one of our guests and for your kind words. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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vipCarloperatoner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food is always amazing and the service is great. My only comment is to keep Nutella out of your cannoli and just fill it with the sweetened ricotta. Sometimes the classics are the best. :)

The pasta dishes are excellent, try the lobster agnolotti, or the sausage garganelli or my personal favorite the bucatini.

Carlo

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on October 12, 2021

hi Carloperatoner Thank you for your five star review. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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