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Roma Portland

4.7
4.7
589 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

The Roma is a throwback, classic American Italian restaurant located in the heart of the West End on Congress St, that pays tribute to the great American Italian restaurants of decades past. The Roma will serve classic Italian-American fare in a relaxed and comfortable dining room. Love for comfort food.

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Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 761-1611

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

Popular dishes

Menu

Antipasti e Insalate

  • Local Celery Root Soup$9.00

    Chili Oil, Croutons, Olio Verde

    • Citrus Salad$12.00

      Blood Orange, Radicchio, Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette

      • Salt Roasted Beets$9.00

        Goat Cheese, Radicchio, Pepitas

        • Fried Brussel Sprouts$12.00

          Spicy Whipped Feta, Caramelized Onions, Shallot Agrodolce

          • Grilled Chicken Caesar$15.00

            Grilled Romaine, Cured Yolk, Crispy Bits

            • Grilled Sweet Potato$11.00

              Salmoriglio, Fried Capers, Artichoke

              • Meatballs$14.00

                Beef & Fig, Marinara, Focaccia

                • Giaveri Osietra Caviar$50.00

                  Italian Caviar, Accoutrements

                  Primi

                  • Tagliatelle Bolognese$26.00

                    Herbs, Ricotta, Parmesan

                    • Squash Agnolotti$24.00

                      Roasted Butternut Squash, Pea Shoot Pesto, Pepitas

                      • Squid Ink Tagliatellini$26.00

                        Octopus, Greens, Chorizo

                        • Local Lamb Pappardelle$29.00

                          Lamb Ragu, Rosemary Bread Crumbs, Pea Shoots

                          Secondi

                          • Half Chicken$24.00

                            Gremolata, Sumac Carrot, Garlic Confit, Grilled Bread

                            • Crespelle$22.00

                              Mushroom Ragu, Mascarpone, Puffed Farro

                              • Strip Steak$34.00

                                Celeriac Puree, Braised Caraflex, Demi-Glace, Fried Shallots

                                Dolci

                                • Goat Cheese Cheesecake$12.00

                                  Graham Cookie, Meringue, Orange Marmalade

                                  • Zeppole$9.00

                                    Lemon Curd, Cinnamon Sugar

                                    • Affogato$11.00

                                      Chocolate Fig Biscotti, Vanilla Ice Cream

                                      Last updated: February 4, 2022

                                      What 589 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                      4.7
                                      4.7 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4.6Food
                                      • 4.8Service
                                      • 4.8Ambience
                                      • 4.5Value

                                      NoiseQuiet

                                      Loved For

                                      • Boston / New England

                                        Special Occasion

                                      • Maine

                                        Notable Wine List

                                      • Maine

                                        Romantic

                                      • Maine

                                        Special Occasion

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                                      1. LR

                                        LaurenceR

                                        New England

                                        6 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        There were four of us on a Wednesday evening and there were only four tables occupied. The maitre D' served as our wine steward and waiter. The atmosphere was very friendly. We had as an opening course some very well prepared brussel sprouts. Two in the party had eggplant parm, on had the cod and one had the short rib. All well prepared. For dessert we had canolli. Everything was very good. We will go back.

                                      2. FN

                                        FrankN

                                        Austin

                                        6 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food was top notch. Service was excellent. My wife and I will return

                                      3. LM

                                        LisaM

                                        New England

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great food and drink, great atmosphere and great service! They did an amazing job!

                                      4. KG

                                        KenG

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 25, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        So consistently good - service, handmade pasta, absolutely standout flavors. Always a winner!

                                      5. WS

                                        WendyS

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Perfect small cafe for amazing food. The Short Rib Ragu is outstanding!

                                      6. N

                                        Nene

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 9, 2022

                                        overall3food5service2ambience2

                                        Food was great, as expected. Really loved the fried brussel sprouts w feta as an appetizer. I got the cod, my partner got the chicken parm. However, seating is really, really close, and it was a major buzz kill for us. We were honestly seated about 18 inches away from the table of 4 next to us. Felt like we were part of their group, actually. Won't go back for that reason alone. Too risky.

                                      7. JJ

                                        JustJoe

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 7, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        We enjoyed this beautiful venue. The caesar salad was very good, with fresh bread and oil and parmesan. The meatballs were cooked perfectly, very flavorful as was the sauce. The risotto was delicious. The service was spot on, very knowledgeable on menu and wine list. I really found this to be a gem!

                                      8. CV

                                        CathyV

                                        New England

                                        10 reviews

                                        2.0

                                        10 reviews

                                        Dined on April 5, 2022

                                        overall2food2service5ambience4

                                        Lovely atmosphere, and very pleasant service, but the food was disappointing, and the prices were far too high for the quality of the food.

                                      9. SF

                                        ScotF

                                        Chicago

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great meal in an intimate setting. Great for many occasions and the staff was knowledgeable of the menu and drink pairings.

                                      10. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        2 reviews

                                        vip
                                        2.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on March 26, 2022

                                        overall2food3service2ambience3

                                        Just a hot mess of an evening. Food was tasteless and the tomato sauce was watery. Focaccia was unseasoned and close textured. Service was also a disaster - there was only one server for the entire floor, and he was clearly struggling. Entrées came out wrong, we asked for white wine and got red, etc. A memorable experience for the wrong reasons.

                                      11. AW

                                        AllisonW

                                        Washington DC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 21, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Delicious food, good for a date or a quiet night out.

                                      12. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        10 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        10 reviews

                                        Dined on March 20, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Lovely place with excellent food.

                                      13. RC

                                        RoyC

                                        New England

                                        6 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on March 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        First time in Portland, what a find! Great dining in a neighborhood that is residential and not too touristy. Really great cuisine, service, and ambiance! Will return next time we visit.

                                      14. HC

                                        HCT1977

                                        New England

                                        9 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on March 15, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Anniversary dinner, food and drinks were amazing!

                                      15. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        9 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on March 12, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Adult Siblings & spouses night out.

                                      16. MB

                                        MaryB

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 12, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                                        Great date or meeting up with friends kind of place. Plenty of parking (plus in the West End); intimate without being pretentious. Great food and excellent wine selection. Waiter was busy between 2 rooms, but hostess helped out and there was not a wait for food or drinks or dessert. Wonderful experience - will be back!

                                      17. LB

                                        LBee

                                        New England

                                        9 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on March 11, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Super nice staff, really quite good food. A modern take on. Italian food.

                                      18. DW

                                        DeborahW

                                        New England

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on March 9, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Loved returning to a restaurant we used to go to long ago. New owners, great food, ambiance and service. We will return!

                                      19. E

                                        Erin

                                        New England

                                        8 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        8 reviews

                                        Dined on March 5, 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        Our waiter was great - really funny and personable. I loved the vibe in the restaurant. It was super intimate and felt like we were somewhere special. Was much more impressed with the space in person than the pictures online. The food was good.

                                      20. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Louisville

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on March 5, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We’ve eaten at Roma a couple times but this most recent visit was astounding. The evenings special, a roasted duck breast with cranberry sauce on goat cheese polenta with oyster mushrooms and arugula salad, was by far the best entree I’ve had at any restaurant ever. The flavors were perfectly balanced and the execution was flawless, perfectly cooked duck and the mushrooms were a perfect compliment. Our server made an excellent wine pairing for the meal. Start to finish it was an excellent experience

                                      21. KB

                                        KatyB

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 21, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We took our daughter to Roma for her first "fancy" dinner and had an excellent experience. Our server was lovely, kind, attentive to our needs (our glasses were never empty) but gave us plenty of time and space. Both she and her coworker also made our kiddo feel special which always gets extra points in our book and turned a dining experience into a special memory for her. We'll absolutely recommend it in the future and we'll be back.

                                      22. R

                                        Roberta

                                        New England

                                        16 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        16 reviews

                                        Dined on February 18, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Wonderful waitress and food. We had special with lamb and veal and pasta. Delicious

                                      23. g

                                        glen

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 16, 2022

                                        overall4food3service3ambience4

                                        My friend ordered the beet salad, not so good. But his cod was excellent. I had the pasta carbonara, very al dente and cold. Not the dish you'd expect from an Italian menu.

                                      24. m

                                        mano

                                        Wilmington

                                        23 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        23 reviews

                                        Dined on February 14, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The quality of the food is always excellent here. Service is great. The sever is knowlegeable about their wine and dinner entrees. The ambiance of the small space is great. The tables are soaces far enough apart that you dont feel you are on top of other diners.

                                      25. AN

                                        AllisonN

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 14, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        Loved it! Went for our Valentine’s date! We had such a good time!

                                      26. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 13, 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                        Hello, To anyone who is thinking about eating at Roma Cafe stop think and go! I loved the atmosphere and service. The food was very good as well! Thank you, RM

                                      27. LS

                                        LeaSaber

                                        New England

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on February 13, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The BEST date night spot in Portland!!!!! The food was unreal and the service was above and beyond! Highly recommend

                                      28. DJ

                                        DarrylJ

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 12, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        Great vibe when you first walk in. Staff very friendly and inviting. The Brussel sprout appetizer was was very good with the whipped feta and caramelized pickled onions. The Short rib ragu was delicious on homemade pasta. Everyone enjoyed they're meals and the wait staff were fantastic with suggestions. Will definitely be going again.

                                      29. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 5, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Absolutely excellent! This place never fails to satisfy. Best chicken parm around.

                                      30. BC

                                        BriannaC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food was fantastic. Service was great and I loved the old home this restaurant was in.

                                      31. SH

                                        SaraH

                                        New England

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on January 15, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We love coming to this beautiful dining room! Staff and service are always exceptional. The homemade pasta dishes are always a favorite. Thank you!

                                      32. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Portland

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 13, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        Celebrated our anniversary here and were well taken care of.

                                      33. FF

                                        FreshFoodie

                                        New England

                                        106 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        106 reviews

                                        Dined on January 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Delicious as always. Great drinks. Cod perfectly seared. Pasta carbonara was flavorful and pasta cooked perfectly. The grilled Caesar was great. Loved sitting in the back room. Will ask for that in the future. Very cozy.

                                      34. BD

                                        BrianD

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 8, 2022

                                        overall3food4service3ambience3

                                        We arrived on time 6:00pm and was seated at our table quickly. We were brought water immediately as we got comfortable at our table in the front room. Unfortunately our first conversation was the thought of whether our vehicle would be towed. We parked in the back parking lot because the streets were full, why would a nice restaurant like the Roma not provide parking for customers? As we scanned the menu all we could hear was a group of 4 , a few tables away ranting and coughing about as if they were the owners of the place. We tried our best to ignore them but the sound was to piercing. After 15 minutes my wife agreed to just order and make the best of it. She ordered squash ravioli and I ordered chicken parmigiana. We sipped our wine anticipating our meal’s arrival. Our wine was topped off as our dinner arrived at our table, and our waiter was very nice. My wife was a bit surprised at the small portion of ravioli she was brought, a large bowl with only the bottom containing the food. My wife is not a large person and for the cost, the portions should have been better. I ended up cutting a section of my food to share as we tried to make the best out of our night. When our bill came to the table I was surprised to see we owed $125 + tip… We have been out to many other places and for what we received it was not worth the money. We both grew up in this city and wanted to try a place that has been around for years and had some value, Unfortunately we will not be coming back anytime soon . Brian D

                                      35. JB

                                        JeanB

                                        New England

                                        31 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        31 reviews

                                        Dined on December 30, 2021

                                        overall4food3service5ambience5

                                        I loved the restaurant. The food was good. The service excellent

                                      36. E

                                        Emily

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 28, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The food and service here were incredible. Next time my fiancé and I are in Portland, we will definitely come back here.

                                      37. NK

                                        NathanK

                                        Washington DC

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on December 28, 2021

                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                        Delicious cocktails, entrees, and appetizers! Lovely restaurant setting in a very intimate space.

                                      38. H

                                        Hooner

                                        New England

                                        6 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on December 26, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        All around excellent.

                                      39. LM

                                        LocalME

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 23, 2021

                                        overall5food4service4ambience5

                                        Very nice space and ambience. It felt like we were eating in someone’s home. This is a smaller restaurant, but that is exactly what we were looking for. The waiter was attentive and service was very good. Food was very good as well and they handmade all of their pasta. The cocktails were amazing for a restaurant- on par with the best bars in the city.

                                      40. RE

                                        RobE

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 21, 2021

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        Great experience- perfect setting to celebrate a birthday- warm, inviting and comfortable dining room. We loved it.

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                                      Roma Portland is rated 4.7 stars by 589 OpenTable diners.

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                                      Booked 13 times today
                                      Google Map for Roma Portland

                                      767 Congress St Portland, ME 04102

                                      Additional information

                                      • Neighborhood

                                        Portland

                                      • Hours of operation

                                        Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                      • Cuisines

                                        Italian

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Dining

                                      • Dress code

                                        Casual Dress

                                      • Parking details

                                        Street Parking

                                      • Payment options

                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Additional

                                        Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

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