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A Cena Ristorante

4.8
2475 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.
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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
What 2475 people are saying
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AnneS
Portland
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service! As always! We will be back soon!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 8 hours ago

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

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Momofthree
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic experience. The food was amazing and the service was excellent.

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SkipR
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Belisimo! The best Italian good in Sellwood, Moreland, Portland.

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eatingPDX
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

A couple of our dishes were 5 stars- the hanger steak and the lamb pancetta risotto. What a Cena lacks is in it's service component. We are die hards of other intimate upscale restaurants like Urdaneta for example. It was strange to have a front end supervisor tell my husband, "Heck if I know" when he inquired about the type of sauce that was under the octopus. He hustled to the back service area and told Jessie "Hey your table # wants to know what's under the octopus- but at that point it was a pretty muted experience.

It was also strange to have the same person barge over to the table when we were first seated and say, "Let's open this bad guy up" when speaking of the 1988 bottle we brought with us to celebrate. Honestly it was just pretty disrespectful the way he treated the bottle and had NO knowledge into what service should look like for such a beauty of a wine.

This place can produce some yummy food- but for us a Cena lacks in what so many other 'upscale-ish' places do in PDX... the intimate experience of 'service'. If that component means something to you and your dining experience I would pass on this place. It's probably 'fine' for most folks but we are both young but old souls for great service.

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Almil
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is wonderful, especially the lobster ravioli, not too mention the lamb chops, which are very tender and juicy. One of our two favorite restaurants in Portland.

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Julie
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is delicious. Don't shy away from the specials!

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Taylor
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

High quality ingredients (e.g., handmade pasta, house made walnut flavoring), excellent flavors, top notch service.

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Thia
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had our favorite appetizer of the Lobster Agnolotti and shared the Mixed Grill special. So much meat, and yes, we loved it! Classic and simple; just like in Italy.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 8 hours ago

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

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DavidZ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesse was an amazing server!!! The owner stopped by and visited with our group, which we appreciated. We sat in their new, smaller venue, called Festa, i believe? And it was a great ambiance.....great value on wine prices for their Pinot Gris——we were not rushed which is important to our family....overall a great outing for us as we celebrated a 30th bday in the group. And they brought out a great cake with a candle on it for her....very nice!!!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 8 hours ago

hi DavidZ Thank you for your five star review and your kind words. We will certainly will "shout out" to Jessie. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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vipChristineJ
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a great place to dine.

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EricH
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the Burratta w/ grilled broccolini, cauliflower, currant & walnut
tapenade and the Olives, each were an excellent appetizer. The Super Tuscan wine was also outstanding. We split the must have entre The Agnolotti - Corn & Mascarpone Raviolini, Butter-Poached Maine Lobster, chive (cannot recommend enough). For desert, the best Butterscotch pudding ever.

Service and ambiance are fantastic. Highly Recommended.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 8 hours ago

hi EricH Thank you for your five star review and your kind words. Your comments will be directed to our team. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night, amazing food and impeccable service. Love this place.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 8 hours ago

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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vipLindaL
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous food and service. Want take the cook home with me every visit!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 8 hours ago

hi LindaL Thank you for your five star review and your kind words and your loyalty. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon. Please don't take the chef, we need him.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Order the arancin antipasti, very good. For entree's the Agnolotte, decadent deliciousness. My partner ordered lasagna that was rich and hardy . Buono!!! Can't wait for nice weather so we can sit outside!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 8 hours ago

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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DanW
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service in a quiet environment (might be related to Covid measures of reduced capacity), perfect for small family conversations. They had some good specials and we enjoyed the cocktails as well. We will visit again.

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vipMichael
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great night, and wonderful to see the restaurant back open. our service was professional, very happy to help with our questions, and the meal was delicious!!!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 8 hours ago

hi Michael 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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Maltonylutt
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. The staff was extremely gracious and everyone was masked and tables were socially distanced. Will definitely eat here again.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 8 hours ago

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

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99Monkeys
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We've frequented this restaurant in the past and appreciated their very good house-made gluten-free pasta.
This time was different and sadly has resulted in our never wanting to return.

We communicated that we were gluten-free and the kitchen messed up and served our kids gluten pasta. The kids were half done by the time the chef came out to notify and apologize to us about the mess up. For some reason the owner and waitstaff did not see this nor were they informed of this. Not sure how it was missed but there was no further discussion from either of them on it. No attempts to comp those dishes from our bill or anything. We were a bit surprised since this is a pretty serious mistake. While we are not celiac, we do have issues with gluten. On the spot, our young daughter's face started breaking out in red spots. Mistakes happen but it's more how the restaurant didn't address it that is the real issue. Also, if someone from the restaurant reads this, I'd highly recommend that you not make gluten-free pasta that looks like your gluten pasta. It welcomes itself to human error and means even people with gluten-free sensitivities cannot eat at your establishment. Why even serve gluten-free if this is the case.

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Sambuca
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the welcoming friendly servers, food recommendations, attentiveness to details, it was fabulous! Two of us came specifically for the lobster ravioli which did not disappoint. I ordered one of the specials of the evening, a spring risotto which was absolutely delicious! Conversation with the owner was relaxed and fun. One of Portland's best restaurants in my opinion.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 8 hours ago

hi Sambuca 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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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had something from A Cena that was not delicious. I'm obsessed with the Agnolotti for dinner and Budino for dessert.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded 8 hours ago

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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CaroLinaGirl
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessie, our server, was very attentive but didn’t hover. The tables were nicely distanced. The food was delicious and every dish was well presented.

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EvaN
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fabulous dinner and great bottle of wine. Great service and wonderful food.

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kirbyl
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, authentic Italian food. Good wine list and excellent service.

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vipTraciQ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love a cena! Amazing food!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on March 18, 2021

hi TraciQ 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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vipMishpdx
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and the food was really good. We were especially excited about trying the lobster agnolotti, but it was overly sweet (did they add sugar to the corn/mascarpone filling??) The service was overdone - they share tables, resulting in constant attention. And our main server was SO loud... she was yelling and we could hear her at every table. It was too much!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in town. Agnolotti or you are missing out.

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Kseh
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Can’t wait to come back. Fantastic food & service alike.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on March 18, 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my Portland favorites! Chris always a great host!

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jesatt
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food we've had since visiting Tuscany several years ago. Food was the freshest and made with real attention to capturing the essence of Italy.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on March 18, 2021

hi jesatt 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. We appreciate your comparison to our beloved Tuscany.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, A Cena always delivers. Wait staff was cautious about getting too close with COVID, but delightful.

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Homerj
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and ambiance was awesome as usual. Our server was iffy and expected us to cover our face whenever she approached.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal with the crew from A Cena Ristorante. Order everything you won't be disappointed.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on March 18, 2021

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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Agb2281
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst food I’ve had in a long time, let alone the most I’ve paid.
I’d rather pay $90 to get punched in the face than eat here again.

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vipGuyC
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to see this restaurant back open and better than ever. Ravioli was fantastic as was the risotto and octopus. Still consistently one of the best in Portland!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thank you for your five star review and your kind words. You praised some of our classic dishes. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was fabulous, lobster pasta yum and wine delicious, but my cod was over salted and my companions steak was over cooked. I’ll definitely go back and try again.

DG
vipDGoodWolfe
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on March 18, 2021

hi DGoodWolfe 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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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! We had a wonderful evening here

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RichardS
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Considering the 19 restrictions, we thoroughly enjoyed the 2nd experience there. Lamb was perfect.

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vipCiaoBella
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been one of our all time favorites in the past but the food was especially delicious this time! They accommodated my request to bring a birthday dessert and just made the evening very enjoyable!

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 21, 2020

hi CiaoBella Thank you for your five star review, your loyalty and for sharing your special occasion with us. The team at a Cena truly appreciates your visit and we hope to see you soon.

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vipLorieT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Best to all during this new shutdown.

A Cena Ristorante
Responded on November 21, 2020

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

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A Cena Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 2475 OpenTable diners.

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