Accanto

4.6
1238 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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Accanto is a lively cucina, enoteca, and neighborhood gathering spot located in Southeast Portland. Offering antipasti, small plates, housemade pastas, farm fresh vegetables, locally sourced meats, and the freshest seafood -- all meant for sharing -- Accanto’s menu changes throughout the seasons. Accanto's wine list is Italo-centric but also draws of course from the Pacific Northwest. The beverage list features classic handcrafted cocktails using spirits from local distillers, as well as Italian grappa, amaro, and chinato. We hope that you will join us.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sun - Thurs 5:30pm - 9:30pm
                 Fri & Sat 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun 10am - 2pm
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Phone number
(503) 235-4900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sean Temple
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
SE 29th ave
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Parking details
Ample street parking.
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Public transit
Tri Met Belmont #15.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Portland
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We wanted to bid farewell to Accanto and the regretted Genoa since Chef Erik Van Kley decided to abandon ship. Apparently, it's reported, he had lost interest. Alas, this neighborhood bistro has long been beloved by many. Unfortunately, this last meal was marred by the same tragic over-salting that made Chef Erik's menu at Tailor Railworks so unpalatable. Two of three dishes were Dead Sea salty. We appreciated that the waiter comped us one of those. RIP Accanto!

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TI
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We ordered Tapas for a relatively quick meal. The server arranged it into multiple courses with breaks in between. Dinner took forever.Getting the server’s attention was difficult. A few dishes were interesting, but overall average food. Would not go back.

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TS
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sad this restaurant is closing. Their impact on the neighborhood has been beyond measure. I am going to miss their divine menu and impeccable service! Thank you for everything! May you see so much success in your next endeavor 💗

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Portland
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

Really disappointed by this experience. I’ve been to this restaurant many times and never had a bad experience here until this evening. Everything was great until the check arrived. First, we asked it be split and then it was returned woefully low (half price). We told the manager of the issue. Then it was over based on bottles of wine billed a third higher than quoted. The manager then tried to negotiate that we pay 50% higher than quoted due to error. We said absolutely no. Manager was than extremely rude. This was one of my favorite restaurants in Portland, but never again. Horrible attitude for a loyal return customer and just bad service. They’ve lost my business forever...

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K
Portland
28 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sad they are closing!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

pasta waaaaaay too salty

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m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I reserved a table but arrived early, so I ended up at the bar. No matter, the bartender served me, providing expert advice on wine and food. My eyes were glued to the chefs who work behind a section of the bar. Accanto has lovely, creative Italian food. I love the strozzapretti ("Priest-stranglers") with a lamb and goat cheese ragu. I also enjoyed excellent gelato and a smoked rose that was almost too red to be rose. A lovely treat!

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RG
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Innovative, wonderful ambiance, inventive food and well priced for dish sizes and quality. Highly recommend.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, friendly service. What more do you want?

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional - from the martini, to the peach, tomato ricotta salad, to the goat cheese gnocchi. Start to finish a delight along with excellent service

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PJ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we’ve had in a restaurant in a long time. We had the peach glazed pork shoulder and the albacore tuna. Both were very flavorful and delicious. Will definitely go again!

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r
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have always enjoyed Accanto, and this time was equally good. Menu has been changed to offer small plates which were wonderful. Only thing I would change is quieter music.

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NT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A consistently high quality dining experience

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p
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Portland! Creative take on Italian food.

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EO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing server who had perfect recommendations. Delicious meal! Can’t wait to go back.

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l
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Accanto never disappoints. Their creativity is only exceeded by their flawless execution. The bartenders are not to be overlooked because their cocktails are delicious. Enjoyed my dinner immensely.

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OT
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Order the Pasta!!!!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was slow, food was okay and servers were disconnected

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T
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I had eaten here before and remembered it as a fairly quiet place with excellent food. This time, the food was excellent as well, but the noise level (of which the music was a big part) was high, making conversation difficult. I had read that it changed hands in the past year or two, which might explain it. The staff appeared to be on the young side, and in my opinion, the music in many of these restaurants is for the benefit of the staff, not the customers. Maybe it gets them energized when their shifts start, but diners aren't there to get energized -- they're there to relax and enjoy the experience.

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OT
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is outstanding: the green bean salad was colorfully and flavorfully crafted. The squid ink pasta was savory and more full of flavor accents than other versions of the dish I've had before. The pork shoulder with a grilled peach was a superb seasonal dish.
The staff did a good job recommending wine for the dishes we chose--and the by-the-glass wines are not throw-away experiences. The also did a good job of topping of our glasses gratis when our food was slower than expected. That said, they were quite haphazard in their approach to setting the table and changing tableware at the end of courses.
At Accanto's price point, the presentation at table should rise up a notch.

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love Accanto; the wine is fantastic and their Squid Ink Spaghetti is divine!!

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DP
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Hi there, I mean this not for everyone but for management as feedback. My food was out of this world. My friend's albacore was only "okay" but everything else on her plate was outstanding. My main feedback is why a place like yours with such attention to detail plays such loud music that we had to talk above. It is not romantic or classic or a place for a group because of the volume. I know it's the hipster thing but does it have to be that way. And even the choice of music. Who are you trying to delight or pleasure with that?
Other than that, I love you!

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DP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Italian food including small plates, entrees & pasta

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DL
Portland
30 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was delicious. We loved the cacio e Pepe fritters. The dipping sauce was smoky & yummy. Also, the lumache & the squid ink pasta dishes were very tasty. Our server was very attentive.

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JR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from Canada and staying nearby. It was shocking how good the food was. We were celebrating 17 years of marriage. Just enjoyed the nice atmosphere. Service was excellent too. You won't be disappointed.

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MR
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night, as my wife and I celebrated our anniversary. Pork ribs were perfect, the pasta dish was to die for and the service was outstanding. I highly recommend Accanto for any occasion.

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OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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YH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

特徴的な香りの料理が印象的でした。ハーブを多用しているのだと思います。味は塩加減は多めです。お酒に合うように配慮されているのだと思います。パンは別で注文する必要がありますが、スプレッドも大変おいしく、満足でした。

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F
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very special attention given to the preparation of each dish, from starter to dolce, presentation and taste.

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p
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food ever! Very creative take on traditional recipes.

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TT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a friendly ......and creative effort here, one of our "go to" favorites.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

service was great, but every dish we had was really salty. Wish we could have liked this place more because the ambiance was nice.

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T
Portland
27 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place. Small plates really good. In Europe they give bread. Just saying. Wine list by the glass pretty good

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JP
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great range of menu options and personable service. A little noisy but not bothersome. Will return eagerly.

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N
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening, the food was fantastic (with some unexpected and interesting pairing of flavors), and having the 9PM reservation was really nice as the room was quiet (even with other parties there).

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M
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal at Accanto! One of the best I have had in Portland. and that's saying something. Amazing squid ink spaghetti. cured meats, olives, goat cheese gnocchi. Loved that we could share small plates. Very well done and fun to watch them prepare in the kitchen!.

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A
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had 7:30 reservations for a party of four. Overall experience was good and the food and drinks were delicious. However, dinner took a long time to be served. Drinks and appetizers came quickly, but the lag between appetizers and our main courses was longer than expected.

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OT
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For years this was our favorite restaurant. Under the new chef the menu has taken a decided turn, with many dishes on the small menu reflecting his fondness for spiciness. We don't share that passion and so we now find fewer dishes that we really want to order. We usually start with an order of fritto misto, and it has been consistently excellent in the past, the simple, clean, unadulterated flavors of the seafood and its accompanying vegetables shining through. In its current rendition it has a fairly aggressive heat level and though the elements were nicely crisp and light, the components were indistinguishable from one another.
For my entree I had the albacore with romesco. It was a very generous portion--4 medallions, perfectly cooked, but surrounded by a sea of romesco. I love romesco but it is rich and bold and the dish seemed unbalanced to me, the romesco dominating every element of the dish.
Service was friendly and well informed as always, and the wine selections are good. The summer berry sorbetto was a nice, cooling end to an overly spiced dinner.
We will undoubtedly be back but with somewhat less enthusiasm than before.

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CR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Excellent menu. Initial service okay, another server saved the day. I left her a 20% tip. I was truly pleased overall. I live in the neighborhood but would encourage anyone to make the trip to enjoy the food.

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JL
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can't go wrong with the pasta creations and wine choices. We drove down from Ridgefield, Wa. due to the reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor.

Accanto exceeded our expectations.

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