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About a Cena Ristorante
At a Cena, we share a love for simply cooked meals enjoyed with friends and family. We value fresh ingredients, local Portland area farmers, handmade pastas and cured meats, daily prepared breads, consistency, a well-matched wine list, and a seasoned and personable staff. With these elements, we strive to offer our guests a fine-dining experience with the comfort and warmth of an Italian country kitchen. Salute!
Portland, OR 97202
Hours of Operation:
SE Lambert St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Most of our menu items and other creative items designed between our chef and the client
Ample street parking
Several on 13th Street
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
a Cena Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
Crowded Saturday night, and our reservation was ready exactly on time. Service was excellent and efficient. Friendly servers and a nice visit from the owner or manager. It was our first time here. We had three different pastas. All were great, fresh, and homemade. The signature agnolotti with lobster was a fine choice. Other dishes were the caramelle (creamy ricotta filling) and the garganelli with white wine cream sauce. We loved the place but felt the price for pasta was a little high. We will return though.
As always, perfect! I took 3 other ladies with me, who've never experienced a Cena, to celebrate one of their birthdays. Food wowed them, service was great, and the whole birthday dinner was nothing but fabulous! A Cena is our go to place to take people when visiting from out of town or friends who have never experienced such wonderful authentic cuisine.
This place is a gem! The food is over-the-top delicious . The staff make you feel like your dining experience is very important. I took my daughter here for her birthday and we had a wonderful time. We were still talking about it the next day. So impressed!
It was good but not as exciting as we had hoped. It was a little heavy and rich and our stomachs felt a little funny all night after. We also felt that even though the staff was great, our server was really trying to turn the table. Everything came out too fast.
The place itself is very nice, warm and welcoming. The prices are very high and unnecessarily so. $12 to $15 for salads. $30 for a bolognese and $40 for spaghetti frutti di mare. My husband’s dish, garganelli alla norcia, was very good, according to him, but mine, caramelle, was not. The ends of the “knots “ were chewy, hard and thick. I would suggest making the caramelle smaller to avoid cooking the center but not the ends. The wine was great and the prices for a glass were reasonable. Not a fun, satisfying dinner experience for me, unfortunately. My husband and I commented that we wouldn’t go back, especially because of the prices, compared to other similar Italian restaurants in Portland.
My wife and I shared the lobster agnolotti which was amazing -- one of the best things I've ever eaten. We also shared the scallops, also wonderful. Wine list is great, and cocktails too. This is one of our favorite Portland restaurants -- the food is always great. It can be noisy on a busy night, so not ideal for a quiet conversation. The staff work hard to keep up on busy nights but the service is good, and never too long a wait to be served.
This was a quiet birthday with close friends on a quiet Sunday night; nice wine, quick service and most of the food was very good. Wonderful breadsticks and focaccia with olive oil,fresh lovely salad with pears, halibut special with firm flaky fish, creamy mashed potatoes, lovely spinach and chanterelles. Lamb tagliatelle must have been great as our friend who ordered it refused to share and ate it all. House made salted Carmel gelato and dark chocolate Sorbetto were attractively served and delicious. But tonight's tiramisu was a puny bite of cake; served in a bowl mounded with whipped cream and sprinkled with cocoa powder. Despite including birthday candles for the guys, it was a disappointing dessert for the couple who shared it.
A Cena has been one of my favorite Italian places, hope it can continue to be in the future.
The chef Gabe is wonderfully creative; the food is delicious; the flavors are wedded and delightful to both eye and taste. If you have been to Veneto you will recognize the tastes as authentic. Favorites remain on the menu for returning diners, plus there are always new items to be savored.
Don't leave without a sip of Nocino, made in house walnut flavored spirit. The owner Chris, greets each diner with a smile and perhaps a suggestion for beverage or dish.
We celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary there. Service was superb, friendly, and informative. The food was interesting and tasty. If I had to choose any one blemish, I'd say my lobster Agnolotti was a tiny bit on the sweet side. However, I have nothing to compare it to, since I've not had it anywhere else! So, overall a great neighborhood Italian spot. I look forward to visiting many more times in the future!
You almost don't have to go beyond "home-made pasta!" The pasta was amazing--from the texture to the taste, everything was perfect about it. We also had the seafood risotto, and there was plenty of seafood in it! The food was excellent, the service great, and the atmosphere was perfect for our romantic date. I definitely recommend a Cena!
Portions were VERY small for the price. Service was slow, took forever to get our order and the place was not busy. Food was fine not exceptional and again high price small portions. If i am going to spend 100.00 for dinner I better be stuffed and take home leftovers. I would recommend the Italian restaurant in Troutdale first.
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