A Cena Ristorante

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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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M
Portland
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night.

AP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

r
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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?

IP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
Portland
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the folks at A Cena never disappoint! Even on a crazy night like Valentines! Mark had a million tables and handled everything very smoothly. Thank you!

JH
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal send evening as usual. Salmon was outstanding, tender and flavorful. I highly recommend!

BH
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Made a reservation on Valentine's Day because it was considered "romantic." Unfortunately we were seated in their "additional" space which required us to go back outside and down the street next door. Ambiance wasn't as nice as main restaurant; felt like we got relegated to the "kids table." (There were multiple tables of kids in this area.)

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Sadly they messed up my order twice! And never came with my Brussels sprouts at all. Food was ok, not what I was expecting based on the high reviews. I will be looking for a different Italian restaurant the next time I travel to Portland. This certainly wasn’t worth the near 60-min drive all the was into Sellwood (from Vancouver).

j
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Staff were great , the food was exceptional and reminded us of our trip to Italy.

This is our new favorite Italian spot.

GA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was overpriced for the quality. The Eggplant Parmesan was thin and the sauce tasted more like canned tomato sauce. The Tiramisu was on layer of Lady Fingers with a ton of Mascarpone. I cook better than this! You won't see my face again!

OT
Portland
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great choice for an early Valentine's Day dinner. Excellent grilled romaine salad, lamb shank with polenta and a generous serving of bolognese, with perfectly cooked pasta. Very attentive service.

k
Portland
122 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

While we’ve had excellent dinners here, lunch was not up to par. Service was slow despite there being few lunch-goers. Food was generally good, not outstanding. The bread was superb.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, the food was superb. Highly recommend the octopus appetizer but our lobster on the ravioli seemed a bit chewy and overdone. Service was a perfect balance of attentiveness and aloofness. We went on the Sunday before Valentine's so it was slow and quite quiet but we've been there when it was a madhouse. This is where my husband and I first met and it never fails to deliver.

s
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Food, our wonderful waitress and the atmosphere!

c
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious! Every last morsel. If I lived closer I'd certainly come more often!

AB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a very nice evening with excellent food!!! Going to A Cena is always an amazing experience.

CM
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in the Portland area. The best food, romantic and unpretentious, and great service and value.

SE
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and very nice waiter. Tables a little crowded but makes it feel a bit more like Italy. Be sure to check your bill closely, as we were charged for a glass of wine that we didn't order. However, we would go back in a heartbeat.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great ravioli and homemade penne pasta. My wife loved the tiramsiu.

G
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and the food is fresh and delicious. We will definitely be back

KS
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They have the best dish I've ever tasted. I. Love. This. Restaurant.

SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find!! I will be back again.....And again, and again.......

W
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice lunch with friends. Waiter was spot-on with letting us know about specials, he accommodated a special request, he was efficient, and everything came out exactly as ordered. The food was delicious and portions were just the right size for lunch. We enjoyed desert too! Thank you, A Cena!

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t had Petrale Sole since moving from SF years ago. It was not only good but harked back to good times. My wife had scallops always a test for the kitchen. Very nicely prepared and no grit! Good job.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled octopus was unreal and I’m still dreaming about the sweet corn and lobster pasta.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!

K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with great service - lobster corn ravioli was incredible. Will return for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious inspired Italian food. Great lobster agnolotti. Great capeese. Great Tuscan wine.

F
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

First time back in 9 years and it remains a "go to" when in Portland!

MS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the lobster ravioli

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Great experience for dating, wife and I had a great server named Josh who always checked in on us. Would recommend to my friends.

PD
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had another great dinner experience with A Cena.

D
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice restaurant. great food, great service great atmosphere. Just a great restaurant.

l
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on January 25, 2020

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.

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CW
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

k
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were wonderful. Enjoyed our evening.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on January 25, 2020

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.

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p
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on January 25, 2020

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.

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