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Roma Portland

4.6
4.6
608 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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

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What 608 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Notable Wine List

  • Maine

    Romantic

  • Maine

    Special Occasion

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  1. a

    annalieseb

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I just loved our dinner here. The pasta was not only classic, but also artful. Chef Sid is a treasure. He creates truly authentic sauces with complex, layered flavors using just fresh, simple ingredients. We really savored and appreciated every bite. You can't get brown butter sage sauce just anywhere. And olive oil cake with fresh blueberry jam! Yum. Matt provided great service with wonderful suggestions. The warm atmosphere added to the experience. We can't wait to return to Portland for a visit.
  2. R

    Robbie

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A taste of old time Italian American cusine. Chicken Parm was dry. Otherwise pastas were excellent cooked correctly. Service excellent.
  3. A

    Anthony

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful experience all around.
  4. BW

    BackWoodsFoodie

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've visited there multiple times in the past year and never been even slightly disappointed. The Roma is my favorite restaurant in greater Portland and that is saying something.
  5. RT

    RobertT

    New England

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Went for Father’s Day and 51st anniversary. The appetizers and entrees were excellent. What was very disappointing was the desserts. My wife and son had the flourless chocolate cake that had been just taken out of the fridge and was so cold the chocolate was brick hard. My dessert was also served too cold. Would have given a higher rating but for the dessert!
  6. RO

    RimaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, unique cuisine. Classy, peaceful atmosphere. Excellent service.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Solid and unique atmosphere. Great interior space with complimenting food to back everything up.
  8. DS

    DotarSojat

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A small and quiet place (we ate at 5:30), dining is in a large room in an old building, very warm atmosphere. I'm not an amateur or pro chef like many people seem to be but the food was excellent and we loved every aspect of it: quality, quantity, from wine through desert. Service was prompt but relaxed: no feeling of being moved along or rushed. We will definitely return.
  9. DS

    DianeS

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a gem! Have noticed Cafe Roma for years, it’s been there since 1924! Finally visited and we were delighted! Very friendly staff; excellent, generous food; nice wine selection with a great recommendation from our knowledgeable server.
  10. M

    Miles

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They make all their own pasta, and know how to cook it perfectly. Wonderful and subtle flavors make a simple tagliatelle short rib ragu absolutely delicious. A twist on typical carbonara, as it's served with rigatoni - and it's lighter, not heaped in sauce, and just delectable. Lovely server. Lovely space.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A bit too warm in the room. The chicken was 4 star...not 5 but the Ragu was out of this world.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food, beautiful atmosphere and our waitress was so sweet and kind and gave great suggestions. For our anniversary they gave us complimentary proseco and because I was pregnant she gave me a non alcoholic option which was greatly appreciated. Would recommend and will definitely go again.
  13. CG

    CameronG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Matt, is the best! He remembers us…and had our drinks on the table in a flash. The food is consistently wonderful.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Focaccia was not fresh. Watermelon on salad is interesting, and wouldn’t recommend as an Italian salad. Main dishes were good.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was good, but the portions were very small.
  16. JU

    JULIEW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Matt our waiter was very attentive.
  17. M

    Matt

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great evening in this small, intimate restaurant.
  18. A

    Alleycat

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and not our last! Pleased with everything across the board!
  19. C

    Caprice

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice food and service was excellent.
  20. LR

    LaurenceR

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    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.
  21. FN

    FrankN

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was top notch. Service was excellent. My wife and I will return
  22. 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!
  23. 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!
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
  26. 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!
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place with excellent food.
  32. 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.
  33. HC

    HCT1977

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner, food and drinks were amazing!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adult Siblings & spouses night out.
  35. 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!
  36. 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.
  37. 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!
  38. E

    Erin

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 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.
  39. 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
  40. 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.

FAQs

Roma Portland is rated 4.6 stars by 608 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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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