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a Cena Ristorante

4.6
1732 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
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!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday-Thursday 5-9pm
Friday-Saturday 5-10pm

Lunch:
Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-2:30pm
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Phone number
(503) 206-3291
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Gabriel Gabreski
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Catering
Most of our menu items and other creative items designed between our chef and the client
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
SE Lambert St.
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Parking details
Ample street parking
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Public transit
Several on 13th Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 1732 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding in every way! The food was fantastic and very well priced. Service was outstanding as well.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Once again we were completely satisfied with our meal and dining experience. The staff was great and the food top notch. Missed out on the Tagliatelle but will be back to get it next time :-) Well worth it on all levels!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

All of the pasta is great. The polipo is grilled to perfection. Great place!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

A Cena is one of our favorite restaurants in Portland. The lobster agnolloti is to die for -- one of the best things you will ever put in your mouth. The pizzas are also great. We also had the lamb dish but I would give that a less than perfect review. One of the pieces of lamb was tough and hard to cut. The wine and drinks were great too, and the service excellent. We come here often for special occasions and always enjoy it.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Exceptional and creative food. Professional, attentive servers. Best food in Portland!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Our server was so nice and competent and then blew it at the end with a spill of water that got on our birthday celebrant's cards and gifts (including a book). She managed to wipe it all off, but with some chagrin. We were very pleased up to that point, and he apologized, and placed a new table mat, but the damage was done.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I really liked the food here, the pastas had a slight sweet note to them, which for me felt a little off, but would go back again any day for the lobster angoloti

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I eat there with a variety of friends and occasionally a date. Tables pretty close for conversation but better in the little corners. Food always prepared well, as listed and always willing to accommodate food allergies or issues. Never been disappointed!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great flavors: classic country Italian cuisine. We enjoyed every minute

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I have been here a few times of the years and was a little disappointed in the experience. I wanted to take my boyfriends parents to a nice place that I remembered had good service years ago but was a little disappointed in the service overall. The food was delicious and kind of expensive which I knew going into dinner but was kind of annoyed that we had to really flag down our waiter and wished he was more into us having a good time but it just felt off and I wasn’t a fan of the tiramisu. Overall good was delicious but not sure I would choose this place to celebrate a special occasion next time.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent as always. Very dependable for quality, choice, service & ambience. A local favorite & certainly my favorite.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Always perfection!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The owner Chris is awesome. And wait staff is consistent

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The garganelli pasta was and is always amazing. We’ll be back again for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great service, always being checked on and attentive by both our server and the manager. Food was hot and served in a timely manner and was DELICIOUS! Definitely would recommend this place and we will be back :)

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Easily one of the best meals I have ever had in my entire life! It was absolutely perfect for our romantic anniversary dinner. We would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Sadly, our fish was so full of bones it was inedible Ansel ruined our dinner! That is the second time that has happened there so I will not be back!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Though I've enjoyed the food and service at A Cena many times in the past, this time the service was abrupt, intrusive and inconsiderate. The food was ok, though not as good as I'd remembered. I hope this restaurant isn't slipping.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

It was great! Noise level a bite loud, but the food is amazing and the wait staff is great. It was our second time there and enjoy it throughly.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My favorite Italian restaurant!

Great service, wine list, house made pasta...creative classic menu!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Three couples out for dinner all agreed their cocktails, wines, main dish & dessert were delicious. Wait staff attentive without being intrusive. In my opinion as a lover of Italian food, a Cena is the best of the best in the Portland area!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Fabulous food and nice ambiance.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Very traditional and good sized portion. The ambience is family style homey feel.

We came here for a friend’s birthday and didn’t enjoy our service or food. We will not be returning. Would recommend not attending it you’re on the younger side (the service was dramatically different on the next table...).

If you end up there, order the primi’s at half size. Not full.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Our waitress, Angie, was the bomb! We had the steak special and it was cooked to literal perfection. We also sat at the best table in the house with a very romantic view of the street. This was my first time in Portland and I swear I will come back here every chance I get! You guys have earned a lifelong fan!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Way too noisy on a Saturday evening to enjoy your meal. Excellent -- if high fat -- food but noise and crowds chaotic. Also seemed expensive for Portland. Nice staff. Difficult conditions.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Creative dishes. Attentive waiters and support staff. Be back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Wonderful birthday celebration. Great menu. Will be back

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We love this restaurant. We were disappointing in the servers suggestion of wine. We told him what we liked and we all most ordered the Woodward Canyon that was $81 I believe,but for what we told him what we were looking for,more of a heavier oakey wine,he suggested a Italian wine. It was ok,but not we were looking for and it was $71. He was busy and we did not feel we should bother him,but we will do something next time. When you spend that kind of money you should love it,I think.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

My husband and I had dinner there a week ago for the first time and were really impressed with the food and service. I went back for lunch with couple of friends a week later. More impressed as it wasn’t as crowded as the last time, which was Friday night. a Cena ranks high on my list of favorite restaurants!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Have dined here many times over the years. Food is always good. Prefer lunch as noise level at night can get energetic!but food never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Excellent food, great service nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Without question the best restaurant in Portland. My husband and I are regular customers and have never failed to have a stellar meal every time we visit. The staff is warm and personable, the chef excellent and the owners are regularly on hand, making sure every detail runs seamlessly. This restaurant is a gem with simply fabulous food. Don't miss it!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Best restaurant in Portland. Outstanding EVERY time.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Fab as always!!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I am new to Oregon and so frequently on the search for good places to eat. A Cena is a gem. Met a small group of friends for Saturday lunch there. The service was fantastic, all the staff were friendly and knowledgable and the food was amazing.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I have had A Cena on my list for quite some time to try and wish I hadn't waited to long. I should have known it being housed in the same spot my old favorite Assagio's was way back when was a good sign. Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff. Great menu and location. But you will keep coming back for the food. From the heaven sent cheese plate and honey drizzled figs. To the perfect salads, pastas and pizza, all complemented with their generous wine selection. The highlight was the Tiramisu. I have hunted for years to find a Tiramisu as good as the ones I had while traveling Italy. Some came close but never quite nailed all the elements. A Cena's tiramisu was perfection every bite better than the last. The perfect way to end a perfect meal.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I loved the lamb shank on polenta. I appreciate the sophisticated ambiance and care.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

A Cena never disappoints. We brought some friends who had never been and they really enjoyed it. The fresh house made pasta is always delicious. Great Italian wine list, fresh ingredients. The semi-freddo dessert was amazing.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The service was great and the food terrific. We had the lobster ravioli and it was delicious. We highly recommend the restaurant for any occasion. Our server Laurel was knowledgeable and patient, and she made the evening even better.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Classic and inventive Mediterranean food freshly prepared graciously served. Visited 3 times since early Jan! Yum!

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