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About Castagna Restaurant
At Castagna Restaurant we offer two options: a Chef's Tasting Menu and a 6-course Dinner Menu. This is not to be confused with Café Castagna located next door which features an a la carte bistro menu
Castagna serves as a clean, calm, modern canvas on which to showcase an artful presentation of food; a series of tastes that elevate the senses and reinterpret local cuisine. Executive Chef Justin Woodward imagines an edible landscape where diners become part of a cycle of abundance: not only tasting, but feeling, smelling, hearing, seeing, and, ultimately, understanding the food. Come enjoy this James Beard Finalist Chef and his team while they take you on an amazing journey.
Upon request, we offer vegetarian versions of either of the menus.
The Chef's Tasting Menu is available until 9pm.
Portland, OR 97214
American, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:30pm to 9pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10pm
Chef's Tasting Menu available until 9pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Castagna offers a parking lot located on the corner of SE 18th and Madison. There is also street parking available.
Trimet bus line #14
Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Castagna Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One the finest dining experiences in Portland, Castagna is know for its Chef's tasting menu experience...a fixed item, multiple, multiple course, evening long gastronomic adventure.
Much has been written about this restaurant, so I will just say that everything you may read is correct.
This is not an inexpensive outing, but one gets one pays for, and whether for a special birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion, or whether you are just looking for a really notable dining event, this is one of the top places in town to try.
One of the best meals I have ever had in my entire life. The courses were beautiful to look at, tasted amazing, and paired perfectly with the wine pairing selections. I would rank this actually 2nd only to the Roca brothers' (in Spain), which makes this my favorite restaurant in all of North America.
This is not a dinner so much as an experience. I have lived in Europe and traveled extensively and this meal ranks among the world's best. The chef is to be commended on blending interesting flavor combinations and textures while not overwhelming the more delicate flavors. The highlight, however, was the sommelier. He was by far the most knowledgeable and approachable sommelier I have ever dealt with. He took a fabulous dinner to a whole new level. If you love food and ever visit Portland, Castagna is a must. Shame on anyone who misses it!
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