Roma Portland

4.6
460 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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4.7
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4.6
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4.2
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Great Atmosphere and Vibes. We ordered the asparagus Salad (which comes with a whole soft “boiled” fried egg which was absolutely phenomenal) Stracciatella with Foccacia, Pork Ragu, Half Chicken and a bottle of Tenuta Sassoregale Sangiovese (which was suggested and it paired nicely). The 3 staff members on the floor work well off each other, each of them visit all the tables asking if they need anything or if they could pre bus. Great Job Roma, we will be back!

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MeredithS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Half chicken was not cooked fully. Otherwise pork ragu and chicken park were delicious. Matt our server was friendly and helpful. Quaint restaurant tucked into the neighborhood off the beaten path.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, waiter recommendations, and overall atmosphere were outstanding. We started with the focaccia with strawberry, basil and whipped cheese appetizer. I had the seared cod, which was cooked perfectly, two others had the chicken parmesan, and the fourth person had the pork ragu. We all shared the almond cake for dessert.

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MaineDiner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved all 3 meals at our table! Great service and beautiful room. Can't wait to go back.

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RandallF
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were tremendous. Give this a try - you won't be disappointed!

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience2

Very limited menu. Use of a handful of ingredients that were present in every selection. Food was just OK, glad this restaurant has re-opened and hope it stays that way. I imagine as business grows there will be more to choose from on the menu.

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vipMike
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

We ordered a meatball appetizer and were offended by the inferior quality meat being used. Grizzle had to be removed from each bite and this caused embarrassment as well as an annoyance. The meatballs were dry and not appealing.
Our main course was okay, but just that. The half chicken meal was swimming in some sort of red liquid which made the entire dish soggy and not at all tasty. The chicken parm was unappealing.
The best part of the meal was the dessert, the almond cake. It had a tasty crunch on the outside and a creamy almond taste inside. The prices were extremely high (even in the post-pandemic days when most restaurant owners appear to want to make up for lost revenue in one month). We do understand the hardship that this industry has faced and want to support them. However, the low quality of the ingredients cannot be justified with such high prices. If the food quality was, at least, average, we would have been less displeased. Needless to say, we will not be returning but are happy to look for other establishments to support in this post-pandemic culinary world.

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vipDelicious
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular and the service was excellent. It was my first visit but I’ll definitely be back!

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AnabiriB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and great customer service. Had the meatballs with chicken parm, was the best I’ve had. Will be returning to try other entrees!

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viplaras
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Will go back as soon as possible. The food was delicious, the salad greens incredibly fresh, all combinations great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Roma consistently excellent since my first visit mid-1950 when Dominick Moreo proprietor

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PeterH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This restaurant has been around for a very long time, but seems to have had its ups and downs. In its early days, it was very formal. On a Saturday night when we couldn't get any other reservation in this foodie town, we decided to take a chance on the Roma Cafe. Wow, were we surprised. The food was fantastic - well beyond our expectations. Apparently there is a new chef and we were impressed. I had the clams in squid ink pasta, my partner had a putanesca pasta, and we shared a chicken liver appetizer. We also shared the cronut with goat cheese for dessert. Loved every mouthful. Service was attentive and casual. We'll be back.

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JerryT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Portion size was extremely small. $30 pork ragu pasta was about 8 oz and nothing came with it. Bread was extra. Brussels sprout appetizer was $10.00 and had 6 Brussels sprouts cut in half. Food quality was good but not memorable and totally overpriced. Would not go back.

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SamuelC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We had the fried Brussels sprouts and meatballs as appetizers. The Brussels sprouts were under cooked and hard, the sauce on the meatballs was old. Our entrees were chitarra carbonara, which was watery and not a true carbonara at all. The pasta in this dish was bland as if they forgot to salt the water. The second entry was the squid ink tagliatellini pasta with clams. It came with a whopping four (4) clams for $26 and the pasta was salty. They must have used the salt that was missing from the carbonara in the squid ink pasta. It was a slow night with only three tables occupied when we entered the restaurant so it should not have been difficult to get these meals right. The waiter was kind and attentive, but we will not be back and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Megatron
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We had meatballs, English pea crespelle and chicken parm. The parm tasted good, the chicken was a good size on top of a small portion of pasta.

The crespelle tasted awful to me and had a terrible texture, my partner did enjoy it though. Meatballs were good not amazing.

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vipMenuMommy
Memphis/West TN
19 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice waitstaff and delicious food in a very comfortable beautifully converted old house.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Comfortable, quiet and a beautiful place !!

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SarahG13
New England
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and helpful, our waitress was very kind! The food was delicious - felt like I was back in Italy! The food was prepared quickly and the atmosphere of the restaurant was cozy and inviting!

Would 100% recommend it!

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Rosemarie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our sever was Matt and he was excellent. Gave us some Roma history upon request and made great recommendations

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They brought complimentary champagne for our anniversary. Intimate atmosphere, delicious food .

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Katyg
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and nice atmosphere for privacy. Food was excellent although little smaller portions.

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Cameron
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Roma is a treat. The staff is warm and welcoming. The menu is diverse and the food is delicious. This restaurant is a gem!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scrumptious food appetizer to dessert paired with superb service. Very safe COVID precautions.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 experience. Great wine, great service. I felt very comfortable in the restaurant. Our waiter was just the right amount of attentive and friendly. I hope to go again soon!

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NativeMainah
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Tho it was a birthday, there no mention of our request. Food was delicious. Had to wait 45 minutes for entrees, and we were the only party there, beside another couple.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We were so excited to try Roma - but were sadly let down. The service was impeccable, that could not have been better. Cocktails were delicious 8/10. We ordered the Brussels sprouts with whipped feta 12/10. For entrees we ordered the pork ragu which wasn’t bad not nothing exciting 6/10. The squid ink pasta with a measly 4 clams was flavorless and pitiful 2/10. We also ordered the squash agnolotti and they were just extremely underwhelming. Atmosphere was cute but unfortunately just not worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here twice now - once in August on a double date while on vacation, and again in April for a nice meal as part of a bachelorette party group. Both times the food was absolutely fantastic! Roma has an intimate vibe - it feels like you’re dining in someone’s front parlor. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a nice Italian meal or special occasion dinner!

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vipbrianr
New England
19 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic but I felt the portions were a bit small.

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HollyA
Puerto Vallarta
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time eating at Roma, tables were spaced apart, food was flavorful and the staff was kind and attentive. We will be back soon!

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Mike
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Good food and excellent service.

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LaurieD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional food and service!

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vipEllenS
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Dined there Friday night. Thought food just ok. Would not return. Portions generous but prefer higher quality and less quantity. Clam fritter appetizer barely any clam taste. Chicken parm entree heavy dish which we shared. Dessert of lemon curd and beignets very good + wine pour generous.

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DavidJ
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server, Matt was great and helped us choose the best small plates and pasta dishes. The Brown butter bourbon old fashioned was so good that we're trying to make it at home. We're looking forward to returning soon.

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ChristineS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal at Roma was fabulous. Drinks were great, appetizers were great and entrees were excellent. The atmosphere was quiet and sophisticated but not stuff. Our server was professional and friendly -- attentive but not overbearing at all. It was a fantastic experience beginning to end. It is not inexpensive. Our bill for four was 240.00 with tip.
We had appetizers, drinks, and entrees. We'll definitely go again, but not for an impromptu dinner out as this was.

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noels
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place. Never fails to please.

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JohnW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant
Great food and service was excellent

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JA14
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Having lived in Portland in the late 70's, we used to eat at Roma quite often. We moved away and just returned to Maine this week and decided to try it with our friends from New Hampshire. The ambiance still gracious, the menu pleasing, a nice Italian wine list and the service outstanding. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and delicious. The ambience was quiet and cozy. Overall we had a great experience. We recommend the Grill Sweet Potato, Tagliatelle Bolognese and the Goat Cheese Cheesecake.

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PeterH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Portland. Excellent service, great food and nice ambience.

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AlyssaH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, staff friendly, and the restaurant was quaint and beautiful.

FAQs

Roma Portland is rated 4.6 stars by 460 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.