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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 and FESTA welcome you to explore our Private Dining option that is perfect for any occasion. Food can be served as individually plated, family-style or buffet.
a Cena Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
This is a close-quarters restaurant on a busy night, but never too noisy. The menu is not extensive, but the wine list is. What the menu lacks in length it makes up for in quality. The service, even though we were there on a very busy night, was prompt and knowledgeable. While it is fairly expensive, it is a good value for the money. Also, whose wishing to be frugal can order the pizza, which equals anything else on the menu.
a Cena is a unique restaurant and one of our favorites that we like to go to on special occasions. The food is always amazing, the service engaging and attentive, and the atmosphere cozy. The menu always has a few delicious surprises and the pastas are outstanding. And the desserts...the best canollis on the planet!
It was Valentine's Day so it was pretty busy. The staff were friendly and attentive. The managers came by to check how we were. The atmosphere was cozy and comfortable. The food was great--fresh pasta and locally sourced ingredients. I am vegetarian and has probably the best eggplant parmigiana that I've ever had! It is moderately priced so with a very tasty salad, two glasses of wine each and a cannoli to share for dessert along with our main meal it was over 100.00 but it was a special occasion so that was OK. Everybody's food around me looked really good as well! The table to the right had the lobster, corn, marscapone pasta dish and it looked delicious! We will return on our next celebration date.
They were well-prepared for my allium allergy restriction. The restaurant is both romantic and quaint, sophisticated, yet relaxed with a Victorian interior. Lots of nooks to dine alone or with someone special. Please leave the little ones at home and just enjoy the lovely music. My server, Lauris Had recommendations at the ready. Even with the appetizer portion, there was enough to take home for my lunch tomorrow. A lovely bread program featuring house-made super thin breadsticks and a light focaccia paired with a fruity olive oil. I took a signature pizza for the office crew. I will return. A very good pick
Delicious pasta, veggies... everything I had! The lobster agnolotti is divine, very creamy with the corn flavor and chunks of lobster. For $45 (large portion) though, I could have used more lobster :)
Everything was really good and the service was great too. Pricey meal, but YUM!! It's nice that you can make reservations online too.
We LOVED our time at a Cena Ristorante! We made reservations (would highly recommend!) and were seated within ten minutes of arriving. Our waitress was fantastic--super knowledgeable, fun, and attentive. Our cocktails were so tasty--everyone got something different and we were all so impressed. We got the Fritto Misto for an appetizer and bread--SO good! Literally ALL of our main dishes were to-die-for. We all passed around parts to share. Oh and the desserts!! WOW. Truly, such a wonderful restaurant with a great atmosphere and AMAZING food! Will definitely be back.
This place is fantastic! We discovered A Cena on our first trip to Portland after reading about it in a VIA magazine. We loved it so much, we make it a point to include a dinner there whenever we are in town. Everything we have ordered has been delicious and the Agnolotti is a must try! Oh, the Tiramisu is the best I have ever had!
A Cena always surpasses our expectations. It is one of our favorite restaurants of all time. The menu is one of those that has so many enticing offerings that it is hard to make a decision. The ambiance is cozy, yet elegant. The wait staff are great... friendly, helpful and make the experience fun. Thank you A Cena!!
As always a Cena is a standout. Easy to reserve, the staff is very friendy, sometimes to include the owner. The food is authentically Italian. some dishes I've not found outside Italy.
You can make a meal of the antipasti list or enjoy pasta or secondi, and then there is dessert if
you have any room left.
Overall good, but not great. Was loud and with inappropriate tinny background music… We were seated in a corner and somewhat landlocked with other diners’ chairs blocking access for the poor waiter.
Our simple dinner for two sans wine approached $120... so not the best value in my book.
We frequently dine at a Cena and are never disappointed. Our favorite, the lobster ravioli (agnolotti) have become quite pricey of late ($45, which is a bit much). A recent dinner for 6 was over $400 including tip, although that included a cocktail and wine as well as dessert. That pretty much puts it in special occasion category for us.
We went to a Cena not knowing what to expect. It had a lot of stars and we wanted Italian. So we went.
Wow, talk about a good pick! It was fabulous. Food and service were both excellent. All four people in our group commented on how outstanding the food was.
Turns out we were the newbies. We talked to some friends after and they told us a Cena is their favorite Italian restaurant in all of Portland. Well, now it’s mine too!
Although we don't go to A Cena often, we were disappointed on this visit. The frito misto was heavily breaded, and about a third of the contents of the serving bowl was only fried breading. We pointed this out to our server, who then "comped" our dessert (but did not remove the charge for the frito misto). The pizza was somewhat doughy, and nowhere near the quality of other places in the city, Nostrana for instance. The pasta with lamb ragu, however was very good. The service seemed somewhat rushed, and on two instances other servers passing by our table called out in loud voices to their colleagues; for example, that they were no longer serving such-and-such dish. Overall, I'd call it a good restaurant, but not one that I'd be in a hurry to go back to given how many choices there are in Portland.
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