Castagna Restaurant

4.7
775 reviews
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At Castagna, we offer two dining experiences.
Our Explorative dinner series: Green Menu and Our Chef’s tasting menu
A Vegetable version of our Chef's tasting menu is available with 24 hours advanced notice.

The Explorative menu is $75 per guest
The Chef's tasting menu is $165 per guest

Please specify in your reservation which of the two menus you would like.

Dietary Restrictions
We can accommodate most allergies and dietary restrictions on the Chef's tasting menu with advance notice. Please list your restrictions in your reservation notes.
We cannot accommodate most allergies and dietary restrictions for the Explorative dinner series menu. Please list your restrictions in your reservation notes and we will contact you to let you know if we can accommodate.


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Portland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

CJ
Portland
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

CG
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

T
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

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

OT
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

O
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

L
Portland
83 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

RP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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).

D
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Family diner for special occasion. Great venue and diner. Fine dining at its best!!

BL
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was definitely one of the best dining experiences ever!

NO
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food pairings. So creative! Excellent dinner; highly recommended to any foodie in PDX.

PD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our meal at Castagna! The food was beautifully presented, delicious, and the service was well orchestrated so that as soon as we finished one dish...they brought the next for us to enjoy. We did not feel rushed and with all of the food in the chef's tasting menu...we were quite full by the end of the meal. My husband has a hearing loss and the restaurant was quiet enough so that we could communicate without any problems. We would highly recommend this restaurant for a lovely dining experience.

DM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second visit to Castagna and my family and I were not disappointed. This visit was for my wife’s birthday but I wish I could go there every week. However, special occasions will have to do.

CN
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was such an amazing experience, one we will never forget. The food was both beautiful and delicious, and the service and ambiance were superb.

P
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This experience was great! For many of us this was a first taste of a fine dining experience. The staff was very friendly. The pace was spot on, did not feel rush or seem like it dragged on. Suprisingly I thought I would still be hungry but I left feeling quite full and content. We had a great time and i would reccomend coming to this restaurant.

JP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have wanted to try Castagna because they’re highly rated for their food. We booked a reservation for our anniversary and were informed it would be a tasting menu. When we arrived at the restaurant, we saw the price of $165, which we assumed would be for two people and continued with the experimental epicurean experience. When we got the bill we were shocked! Not only was the cost per person, they charged an automatic 20% gratuity/service. We were kicking ourselves that we didn’t ask more questions, because it wasn’t explained by their staff at time of booking. Although the tasting choices were a clever experimentation, it wasn’t worth the price. I’d love to try their regular menu but it will be some time before we’re back.

MS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Castagna is one of the best fine dining experiences in the PNW, Chef Woodward has been nominated for best chef (PNW) by the James Beard foundation for 5 consecutive years, and with good reason.
A dinner at Castagna takes a minimum of 3 hours and consists of about 15 courses, I’ve been two times and probably will go again soon.

JP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite expensive but worth it!! Small bites, perfectly timed, an amazing variety of food exquisitely presented by very knowledgeable staff. I am lactose sensitive but they were able to do substitutions when necessary. We had the restaurant to ourselves for the first hour. Only a few other people came in after that so it felt very exclusive. Definitely a place to celebrate a special occasion.

G
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We generally have the always wonderful tasting menu but Chef Woodward has introduced an Explorative Menu that brought fewer courses but the same consistently adventurous and seasonally in-tune dining we've come to love about Castagna. We were happy to have another splendid and memorable dining experience. Cocktails and wine were great, too!

B
Portland
34 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My hubby and I thought we’d treat ourselves to a dining experience. Castagna did not disappoint! The service, the presentation and overall quality of food was impeccable!
Wine pairing outstanding as well. Please stay in business as you are a neighbor/PDX GEM!

SB
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The Explorative dinner was disappointing. The selection of various courses seemed mismatched, and with a couple with too much salt, and one too much fat.

Better to select their regular menu.

E
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing find! Everything was a delight. You have two choices, a seven course or a five course. Then there are the tiny tastings in between! From the presentation, to taste to texture, all were surprises to the palette. It was the first time I have had an oyster, it was delicate, perfectly seasoned and tender. The squid and apple dish was also a perfect pairing. We splurged for a fois gras addition which was served with a huckleberry muffin - tasty! Even the desserts were amazing (yes, there was more than one!) We left stated but not overstuffed.

m
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite for special dinners. Tasting menu is the best in Portland equal to New York - very creative visually as well as for flavor and unexpected.

TS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Underwhelmed. We were excited to partake in the Chef's Tasting Menu at Castagna's. After all, they were just nominated for a James Beard award. In a tasting menu style of service one should expect the acme of the Chef's expertise - a showcase of inventiveness and skill; an adventure for one's tastebuds. One be oohing and ahhing. We were not. About 75% of the courses were OK to Very Good. 25% were Meh with a misstep or two (raw squab). Flavor combinations were neither assertive nor particularly inventive. Our dinner for 4 cost just under $1000. Absolutely not worth the price.

AC
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with great wine pairings.

IK
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is an artistic achievement of the highest order and the service is incredibly professional while still being friendly. The only negative is that we left hungry after spending $200 for one couple without drinks. I’m all for decadent dining experiences but I need to be physically satisfied as well as having my palate wow’d in order to feel I’ve had an overall 5* experience.

t
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had been to Roe Restaurant for its tasting menu the might before and found it too pricey for the experience. Castagna Restaurant was a much better value. We ordered the complete tasting menu and found it very competently prepared and with more than a few pleasant surprises. The foie gras pate was amazing and among the best I have ever had. I felt that the wine parings were across the board acceptable; a couple were outstanding. The meal was paced well and we never felt rushed but would have preferred a few more minutes between courses. Other than that. the service was exceptional.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really incredible meal.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Unique and memorable food.

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DF
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. The food was inventive, fun and spectacular. Great and interesting mix of flavors. The service was spot on, and our wait staff was fun and knowledgeable. We selected the 7 course menu which was perfect. The plates are all small, but we didn't leave hungry. It was quiet, lovely ambience and nice date night for my husband and me. I highly recommend it if you like interesting flavors and a chance to experiment with foods you may not normally order. Everything was superb!

P
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent cuisine worthy of a Michelin star consideration. While Portland Oregon has a great many good restaurants, few can be considered fine dining like Castagna.
Excellent service, attentive but not rushed.
Food is European blended with Japanese influences, artful presentation, many surprising flavors blended together. Delicious. Fish, poultry and beef are part of the menu as well while the dinner starts off with a series of deliciously prepare amuse bouche. I can recommend the wine pairing which is made up out of mostly European wines ie. France, Italy and Germany (a Wonderfull Riesling).
The ambiance is tasteful and clean. The music selection wasn't quite fitting the mood considering you're going on a fine dining journey and music should be more of a background filler.

One small flaw was the fact there is no espresso coffee available, only drip coffee unfortunately. At a restaurant of this level one would expect that to be on offer.

An experience at this level comes at a price but the price value is well balanced.

Overall we enjoyed a great experience and will certainly be back.

Steven Ploem.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. Food is thoughtful and expertly balanced. Also perfect portions for a tasting menu. This restaurant is a breath of fresh air in the food scene. Definitely worth a visit. I live in Seattle and would drive down to Portland just to have dinner at Castagna.

a
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful and very informative. Clearly a unique dining experience in Portland. Each dish was beautifully presented and delicious, creative and high quality. We will continue to support this restaurant as it is an important asset to the Portland restaurant culture.

WR
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tasting menu dinner we’ve had In Portland. Amazing experience

N
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderfully enjoyable evening. Quiet in-rushed excellent service some great wine recommendations and food that tasted as good as it looked.

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