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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JD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

M
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing! Always a reliably great experience.

SB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty variety of appetizers and pastas and good wine selection. Will be back!

JV
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

JT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been here many times over many years it is always exceptional. Every guest we have brought raves. Go here.

t
Portland
34 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is perfect for a wonderful dinner out or a date night. Delicious!

JK
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. Our waiter was just wonderful. The food was delicious. Great date night spot!

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love your restaurant but I repeat myself. We brought old friends of whom one is a chef! You all got high marks.

p
Portland
41 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

BM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark, Luanne and Chris are always welcoming! One of favorites. Great specials and wine selection.

JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a friendly staff and amazing flavors with all of their menu selections. Will definitely be going back! :)

JC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

L
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

AL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Portland!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner w my parents, came in early before restaurant was busy. Food excellent, slow to be served desserts. Great wine & dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated timely, everyone is always welcoming. Great service, great food. This restaurant never fails to deliver!

SM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place and a must stop for every trip to Portland!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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PR
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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.

OT
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I’ve gone A Cena a few times, with friends and also with my sweetie. It’s is dependably delicious.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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K
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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DC
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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B
Munich
86 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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B
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional, as always! Especially enjoy their octopus and salads. Fresh ingredients, excellent service and lovely wine selection. A neighborhood gem!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Relaxed atmosphere, excellent service, great bar, amazing food. Highly recommend it to anyone.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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TF
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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SC
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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!

SS
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, and the service perfect. Our whole party was very happy we found this wonderful restaurant, and will definitely return!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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MG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tried this restaurant for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Have been twice so far and enjoyed both times. Good food.

CD
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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c
Seattle
61 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 12, 2019

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.

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