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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.
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.
Really poor experience. The cooking is uninspiring and amateur. The bathroom was dirty and disgusting. Will not recommend it to anyone.
I'm not averse to dropping $500+ on a truly amazing dinner for two, but was not happy about the $300+ bill for this. Service was excellent; food was inventive, but unremarkable and on the skimpy side. Had to hit a food truck on the way home...
Our only disappointment was that we asked to have a copy of the description of the courses which our waitress said she would make for us but did not.
If this restaurant were in San Francisco or New York City, it would have been awarded at least 2 stars from Michelin.
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 restaurants in America and certainly the best restaurant in the Portland metropolitan area.
Creative tasting menu with numerous well balanced courses. Service was outstanding!
Our dinner with wine pairings was fabulous. We will return soon.
Loved the individual snacks and the presentation of the courses. The chicken liver mousse and the beet chip with beef tartare were amazing. Service was excellent.
Always amazing. A splurge, but well worth it. Get the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings.
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.
Every bite is a work of visual and culinary art, and the wine parings are simply genius.
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!