Castagna Restaurant

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$50 and over
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American

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At Castagna, we offer one nightly multi course tasting menu with a focus on the bounty of the Pacific Northwest.
Our Spring menu is $125 per guest.
Wine pairings are $75 per guest

A Vegetable version of our Spring is available.


Dietary Restrictions
We can accommodate most allergies and dietary restrictions with advance notice. Please list your restrictions in your reservation notes.



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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.9
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4.5
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JakeJ
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant start to finish.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the Valentine’s Day special menu. The experience and the food was outstanding.

SJ
vipStevenJ
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre Valentines Dinner date. Will go back again.

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AbbyD
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband really wanted to come back here for a few years now- and it did not disappoint!! The service was great and the food amazing!!! So worth it!

The wine pairings were the best we’ve ever had (and I’m not really a wine person). We loved that the wines we got were not only delicious but unique and ones you’re not going to find in a store and my cocktail was just as delicious.

The only thing I’d say is the lighting was a bit dim for me- I like it to be a little brighter but I’d still go back if I had the chance!

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MattE
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Way too expensive for what it is, very average. For similar high caliber dining I would recommend Beast, Roe, Nodoguro, Coquine.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the new years eve menu. It was all great and fun. Pricey of course but ok for the specialness of it.

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NY Eve dinner, and we loved it. Food presentation was wonderfully fun, and wine pairing was spot on with each course. We will be back!

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Chioggiabeetroot
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the service and the food. The smaller menu was plenty of food for us, but given how good it was, I’d try the more extensive one next time.

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ChristieB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner at Castagna! Service was excellent and the food was wonderful! We will be back!

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vipGreg
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding, adventurous food. Well balanced, perfectly prepared and presented. A first rate meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highlight of my trip to Portland! Food and service were amazing. Definitely lives up to the hype and is the best of Portland!

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Babs
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the very best meals we have ever had anywhere! Each course was an adventure and over the top delicious. Creative food that is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was a birthday celebration. The food was phenomenal. The ambiance was a bit out of character for a high end tasting. The music was a bit loud and the room sparse.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Very tasty, excellent service, but not really worth $200 each. Your mileage may vary.

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Nick
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I give this restaurant the best marks for value even though it is probably the most expensive restaurant in Portland. But the comparison class should not be other restaurants in Portland, but the other restaurants doing the kind of amazing new cuisine in other places, in which case, you can't get a better deal than at Castagna. The presentation is wonderful: spare, rather than the often too frothy and busy presentations one gets at some restaurants of this kind. But the real value is in the preparation and flavor combinations, which are so artful as to be unlike anything you will ever taste anywhere else. The ambiance is also likably simple--maybe a bit too austere give the kind of restaurant that it is. The wine pairings were interesting, and really well-suited to each dish--mostly wines you wouldn't find anywhere else, so they become part of the adventure. But those who want wines as excellent as the food should probably plan on ordering their own. But there is no doubt in my mind that this continues to be by far the most artful and most impressive restaurant and food in Portland, for all of its enviably good food scene. It just doesn't get better than this!

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RoryS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was terrible. We sent back 2 dishes and they comped the meal. Would not return.

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vipAmanda503
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and unique fixed menus with seasonal ingredients

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AnnetteS
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and exceptional food. The wine pairing was unusual and interesting.

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viplive2eat
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Based on an informed voice, we both flew in from out of town to try out Castagna. Given the extra effort to get here, our expectations were very high. Thrilled to report that we had an absolutely blissful gastronomic experience here. After two decades of fine dining around the world, it is really tough to surprise me. But I was surprised in the best sense at least 3 times over 6 snacks plus 9 courses. Chef Woodward is a master of jus and gelee. The geleed citrine wedge 6th snack was both palette cleansing as well as a flavor bomb. The blueberry gelee dome over foie gras paired with huckleberry muffin was another standout. The halibut looked absolutely pearlescent and was world class tender. The final dessert course featured these ultra-thin meringue balloons that were divine!! Service was outstanding from our infinitely elegant and friendly waitress. Minor quip. I know the restaurant is striving for a modern vibe, but I thought the choice of music a bit uptempo for the overall refined experience.

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KayRynerson
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our bill for three of us including one cocktail and one wine flight and the chef's tasting menu was $722. Just so you are prepared. Now let me say that it was one of the best meals of my entire life, one of the other top three being the last time we visited Castagna. WORTH IT.

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Lillian
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We were at this restaurant some years ago and for our surprise was way below our espectations and mainly they served us carbohydrates and poor quality wines.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way!

KJ
KevinJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exemplary service, great ambiance, delectable and unique dishes. Come here if you're looking for a fine dining experience and appreciate quality over quantity.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chef’s Tasting Menu is definitely the way to go. Very creative use of ingredients, with the beet & beef tartare, the crab small bite dish, the steak, the squid, and the duck as particular standouts. Also the desserts were delightful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible meal, if you're in Portland this is a must visit for a high end meal!

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Bagelbear
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My husband and I celebrated my birthday at Castagna at end of August. I picked this place because I had a very good experience here with a friend a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, we were not very impressed this time. Most dishes were a bit dull and not very memorable. The worst part was the beef was so chewy that almost not edible for both of us. We raised the issue but the staff only said "sorry, we'll let kitchen know." For a $400 dinner, we don't feel this is an acceptable response. Portland has so many other fine dining places that offer more interesting dishes with better quality and warmer service, AND often at a cheaper price. I don't think we'll ever visit Castagna again.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Castagna for all our super-special occasions. The wait staff is warm and informative, the setting is lovely, and the food is gorgeous in taste and appearance. In today’s realm of fast dining, slowing down to linger over the chef’s tasting menu was a perfect way to take a breath and enjoy our together time. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars across the board was because another party brought their 5-year-old, who was running around quite a bit. The restaurant can’t do anything about that, but it was frustrating.

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NormanB
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent but very expensive. We did enjoy the experience.

CJ
CJZView
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary here. Castagna is a significantly special place for us. We have shared some amazing memories, moments together and with special friends in this exceptional place. I recommend this restaurant to everyone I know. It is an investment. It is to be shared, experienced and enjoyed. Dining here is consistently an amazingly artful and delicious dining endeavor. Chef Justin Woodward and his staff create art. When you think about art; the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power... and then to be eaten... I can hardly put into words the deep flavor profiles of each specially designed dish. It has to be experienced to know just how incredible it is. I highly recommend spending the money AND the time to experience one of the most amazing expressions of food we have been fortunate to taste.

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ChefGeoff
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, innovative cuisine, beautiful wine list, great service. What more could you ask for? Quality comes at a price however, be forewarned!

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Tony
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience2

No bread except as his neck in the chef’s menu. In a good restaurant you can I have bread and good bread On the main courses, duck and beef, balsamic vinegar was a flavor dominant. I agree the innovative cuisine but it must have the original flavour as dominant not sauces or other dominant. The seating was very uncomfortable
Awesome the desert potato skin but the first one with strawberry and ice cream was not worth. So, for this reason, the value was not the best

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly crafted and creative dishes. Definitely go for the wine pairing. A great dining experience.

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vipOldman
Portland
28 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten at Le Bernardin, Per Se, and French Laundry and Castagna is up there. The food is fantastic and service is very, very good. The wine pairing is spot on. A definite recommend to any foodie who is up here in the Pacific Northwest.

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vipLeafpeeper2day
Portland
86 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend Castagna but with reservations. It is over-the-top expensive with only tasting menus available. Yes, it is a beautiful, exquisite meal, but outrageously expensive. I'm not sure it is worth the price, but it is an incredible meal. I remember when Castagna was a special place with wonderful food, but not outrageous. We were regular diners once, but now it is a very, very special meal for a very, very special occasion only. Sad. I miss the old place -- relaxed and superior meal with wonderful wines at a fair price.

JJ
vipJeffreyJay
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have tried most of the restaurants in Portland and this is without a doubt the best in food ingredients and quality of what is on the plate. The variety of flavors and quality of the preparation are amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing. We’ve dined around the globe. This was fantastic. Tasting menu with wine pairing is a must do!!

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RPerro
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Castagna for my birthday dinner. We did the special seasonal tasting menu (Green) and it was fantastic! The wine pairing was perfect as well, with the exception of the brandy at the end (I'm not a fan).

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Deniseds
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the exploration menu and it exceeded the expectations of everyone at the table. Delicious flavors, a feast for the eyes and mouth, and generous servings for a tasting menu. Worth much more than the $75/pp

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing dinner experience and a special treat for our 18th wedding Aniversary. There were so many unusual and delicious flavors with many creative dishes. Our thanks to the Chief and staff for the three hour tasting experience and the beautiful presentations.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Now that there is no option but the huge Chef’s tasting menu on weekends, there is far too much food and is certainly not suited for a “doggy bag,” so you either overeat to the point of sickness or miss the full balanced menu experience. This problem causes the value to be out of proportion to the very high price. Please bring back the 7 course menu!

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Castagna Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 802 OpenTable diners.