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Would be a 5 star but got looked down upon due to the fact that the group was in most casual clothes.
Outstanding. The perfect expression of Spring. Wonderful service. A memorable and splendid meal.
We had a very enjoyable dinner here. The food was wonderful: well-crafted, seasonal, and creative without crossing the line into silly as some of these tasting-menus can do (I admit, I was wary of the “snacks,” but everything was on point).
The two things that really stood out for me, though, were the ambiance and the service. The decor is understated and modern, without a touch of the “I’m in Portland, so let’s instagram this trendy spot” at all. So refreshing! There wasn’t even a succulent in sight.
Service was impeccable, but down-to-Earth. No pretension at all. I would absolutely come back to Castagna.
Creative and wonderful! This was my first trip to Portland, and I was looking for a special restaurant with excellent food and a creative approach to local cuisine. In Castagna, I found it. All of us had the chef's tasting menu, and two of us had the accompanying wine pairings. Every dish was interesting, and most of them we all loved. I would definitely return on a future trip back to this city.
Castagna is a fabulous place to have a special dinner. On weekends, they offer a 'small' 7 course sampling menu and a 'Chef's tasting' menu with I-can't-recall-how-many courses.
The portions are all very small - really just a bite or two of each dish. And occasionally the time between courses is long - or not so long, depending on your company. Our dinner lasted about 3.5 hours, which might have been a bit on the long side... we definitely were not rushed.
We were there to celebrate our 35th anniversary - so you can tell already we're not millenials. We splurged and did the Chef's version ... a bit on the spendy side, but it was absolutely one of the best restaurant experiences we've had in Portland.
Each dish was an adventure in creative combinations, flavors, textures. All were somewhere between delicious and to-die-for. I especially liked the lamb loin. And the duck. And the huckleberry muffin with foie gras. Whodathunk that would be so scrumptious??
I definitely take responsibility for not doing my research on the fixed menus and what we were signing up for. For the price we had higher expectations, mostly on portions, tastes of the food and wine pairing. There were a few too many lulls of no food or wine on the table in between courses and some of the items were amazing, and a few were mediocre and the group left happy but a little hungry and dissatisfied given the price. I’ve had so many lovely meals at the cafe and really like the owner. Given the price point I just don’t think we (two couples in 40’s, mid level income) are the right target audience, others in the restaurant seemed quite happy. Hope this helps.
Lovely restaurant! Glad we chose this fancy restaurant as the dinner place during our stay in Portland. We chose the chef’s menu with wine pairing. Every dish was an art, good looking and tasty! Wine with many varieties was nice too! My favorite one was the pink Chandon and my boyfriend’s favorite one was the lemon taste one comes with the dessert. The whole dinner took around 4 hours. A wonderful evening for us. :)
There is no other restaurant like this in Portland. Our new special occasion go to.
Portland’s best dining experience each and every time. Every course is a blend of ingredients and concepts put together by one of the best chefs in America, Justin Woodward. Fantastic!
If you are a vegetarian, this restaurant offers nothing other than small bites of vegetables that look pretty. They don’t have ANY protein alternatives for vegetarians whatsoever and it is basically a series of disappointing salad like items. Even though we gave them a hint and asked if they have any vegetarian form of protein, they just politely said that “they only offer dishes that are vegetables and don’t have any protein alternatives”. It is notmal to enhance a meal with flavorful vegetables but very disappointing if all you eat is vegetables for $165 meal. The saving grace was marginally OK desserts which at least had a few calories.
It was a special birthday night for my wife and everything about our experience was exceptional. The food, the cocktails and the staff made it such a great evening. The tasting menu had about 15 different perfectly prepared courses with my favorite being the muscovy duck.
Chef Justin Woodward is in a level all his own in PDX right now. This is a world-class restaurant that's perfect for people who travel for special meals. Just be prepared – the aesthetic is quite minimalistic, and extends to the dining space. However cold the decor may be, the service is extremely warm and thoughtful. First-class, thoughtful, thought-provoking cuisine.
My wife and I did the multi-course Chef's Special . The courses were all very creative and fascinating. It took three hours , which we felt was a bit too long. The pacing should have been a bit quicker. Although the servers announced each course, they did so very quickly. Although we dine out frequently in higher-end restaurants, their too-brief explanations required us to ask many questions, which were fully answered. Still, a very good experience.
Castagna offers a rare experience in food. With over 20 bite-size samples of perfectly prepared, exquisitely presented, flavor-filled courses, you will wonder why you bother to cook at all. This is a perfect "event" dinner for two or four — with close friends or intimates, (the experience is 3-4 hours). Just sit back and enjoy. You are in for a real treat!!
In laws in town
Wow, just some of the best food in Oregon. Must wine pair with the meals !!
The best restaurant I've been to in Portland! It is on the expensive side, but worth it for a special occasion.
A spendy set menu for our Valentine’s Day dinner ($200/person and an additional $85 for wine pairing) but the food, wine and service combination delivered the best dining experience we’ve had since The French Laundry.
We enjoyed he staff and the wine pairing was great. The food wasn’t the best. For this price point, I would expect a little better prepared dishes. We probably won’t be back with the other choices in the area.
Chef’s tasting menu was an incredible experience - beautiful presentation and an array of tastes and textures.
Our dinner was wonderful and the service top notch. This was the most money I have ever spent on a meal but it was also hands down the best meal I have ever eaten in my life. Come here for the most special of occassions, you will not be disappointed, nothing in Portland comes close, but diners looking for a “cheap” meal will be disappointed.
Every single bite is a delicious combination of flavor and texture.
My 3-star rating scope is within the tasting menu fine dining section.
This would be 5 stars compared to say.......Le Diplomate in DC.
I've only been to handful of Chefs Tasting Menu restaurants and all of them are located in the DC area; this was my first in PDX. Take this review with a grain of salt..im still a newbie.
Castagna comes in last on my short list in this space. 1) Pineapple & Pearls, 2) Restaurant Eve, 3) Komi, 4) Castagna
Servers were fantastic and the decor was simplistic as it should be for this type of dining because the focus is the food.
The time between dishes was too long, imo. I cant remember how many dishes there were for the chefs course (13? The snack course was 3 separate small bite dishes), and the entire journey took 3 hours and 11 minutes.
I'd rate higher if this place offered a non-alcoholic beverage pairing. I believe that's a greater challenge than just serving alcohol. Think of the hundreds of ingredients out there that can be properly matched up in liquid form for each dish. That's why P&P is my #1.
The food overall was delicious, but when you compare it to other like-caliber establishments, it's average. There was something about the duck course that threw me off. The outside was cooked perfectly, but once I really got into it, it was very chewy... My mom spit her out.
This is still a great place for a special occasion for first-timers, but I don't see myself going back.
Oh yeah, their Old Fashioned was on point!
My husband and I came to this restaurant because it was highly recommended by both friends and reviews on the internet but we were very disappointed by the experience. My husband and I have been to some of the most reknowned michelin star rated restaurants and are very familiar to this style of dining but found ourselves trapped on a 3+ hour ride we couldn’t get off off. To be honest it was devistating because it was supposed to be a nice birthday dinner for my husband. To be fair, the wine selection was phenomenal and their froie gras was very good but everything else fell flat and was not fresh. They had a variety of raw fish supposedly flown in from a fish market that they served with no sauce or spice what so ever that was obviously days old (tough and fishy). It literally made us gag. Multiple plates they sent out were like this and so bad we couldn’t take more than one taste. Everything they served was a strange animal part (which is fine if it tastes amazing because I can get over the mental hurtle) but it was ALL gamey or off. By the time we got to dessert my stomach was turning and the baby eclair with matcha that tasted like fish was the last straw so we politely asked for our bill before the rest of the courses arrived. The kicker was having to try and sign our bill of $500 with a pen that kept falling apart that was an advertisement for a birthday performer “Shecky The Clown”. Not to mention the tiny bathroom looked like something you’d see in a dive bar on the coast. So yeah, it was bad. We were supposed to go out for a while longer after dinner but were so torqued we just went home to try and sleep it all off. We just don’t get it.... maybe we hit an off night there or something but it’s really too bad. I know we won’t be back.
Remains to food standard of PDX
Love this place! Food is amazing, each and every bite. Not too much food for so many dishes, just right!
Another fantastic, creative, and fun dinner on New Year's Eve. We really enjoyed ourselves and the fun menu. The service, as always, was first class.
Perhaps the most inventive (if not best) cooking in Portland. The high priced Chef’s Menu is at various points sublime, whimsical, fun and a bit disappointing and uninteresting. But you can’t fault the kitchen or servers for lack of effort to make your time a truly fine dining experience. The wine pairing was excellent and definitely worth the additional charge.
Amazing food and wine pairings, waitstaff super knowledgeable on preparation, ingredients and wine list. The presentation is over the top artistic. Will I go there again? YES
This place is amazing. Food and flavor combinations I’ve never had before. Presented beautifully. Staff is excellent. Knowledgeable about the food and friendly.
Truly an eating experience that you should not miss. There was a fair amount of seafood on the menu which my wife does not care for. They substituted vegetarian options for her and she loved them.
Excellent food and service. Very creative dishes and desserts. Dishes are beautifully designed and decorated, and the ingredients are very fresh. They have very fresh fishes (e.g. Unicorn fish) air delivered to PDX from the Tokyo fish market for their Fish Box sashimi dish. Dessert is top notch. If this restaurant were in San Francisco or New York City, it would have easily received 2 Michelin stars. Too bad Michelin does not come to Portland.
Magical. That is all.
I highly memorable meal. The tasting menu was divine and each course executed to perfection. It was a wonderful evening for my family visiting Portland.
Fantastic dining experience. The duck course was amazing.
The biggest waste of money I've ever experienced. Some people might like quarter sized entres. And some dime sized entres. They just give it some fancy name and even fancier ingredients to make you feel special. It was an experience. But not one I ever want again. I suggest they close shop and leave town.
Truly one of the very best in Portland! Highly creative, exquisitely executed and with superb service. Our “go to” spot for really special occasions.
Went for our anniversary meal and the food was great but too small portions.