Renata has two private dining spaces and a patio conducive to cocktail receptions or seated meals. The striking space also lends itself to full-scale weddings and corporate buyouts.View Private Dining Details
We have been to this restaurant 3 times with this visit. Each time we remember how bad the wait staff is. We keep going because the pasta is great.....but this will be the last time we go . There are plenty of great restaurants in this town.
A couple examples:
We received our cocktails after 10-15 minutes - not our server's fault probably because they were flat out busy. When she delivered the drinks one creative cocktail piled 2" over the rim with ice. The waitress commented - oops you need a straw for that. 1)After 5+ minutes I went to the bar to get one and she was headed our way with one.
2)Our friend asked for pepper for their dish. We waited a good 10-15 minutes and I started to try to flag someone down. I couldn't do it! People running by and no one looking our way so after a while I spotted our waitress and raised my hand. If looks could kill? She did not want to be stopped! I asked for the pepper and she apologized. Of course our friend was nearly done with her meal by this point.
3) I am a bread guy and seeing generous plates going by asked about some bread and if it was complementary. They were out of bread. Nice. It would seem by 7:30 they would still have some in the house.
We had a great time. Our waiter Baxter was knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. I highly recommend the Fried Olives as an appetizer. Handcrafted drinks were fantastic. We went to the bar after dinner for some post-dinner celebration. We'll be back!
Service and good excellent.
Best food ever. Healthy options AND delicious. And I love the ambiance. Definitely top of my list.
Great food and great service. Shared the pasta dishes and they were incredible. We will be back.
Menu looked good; actual food seemed less than promised. Noise level rose significantly while we were there, and the acoustics of the room help that along. Service was cursory; I got the feeling that we weren't ordering enough to make them happy. Some dishes weren't quite as promised. And to add a final touch, after the meal, I got a notification that our $150+ tab didn't qualify us for Open Table points.
reservations don't mean much here: had to wait 30 minutes passed my reservation time.
We had a variety of dishes here, and everything was great. They did a half and half on the charcuterie and fromage plate (not on the menu), and it was an amazing way to start. Great bourbon flight. My wife had the black truffle pasta and it was delicious. I had the pork chop, also delicious. The service was great, even by Portland standards (which I consider high).
Excellent, especially the pork chop but pasta portions too small for the price.
We came here for my mom's birthday. It had both good reviews on Yelp and was close to Helium comedy club (which was the original goal).
While the menu is small, the quality and flavors are high. The side order of cauliflower is ridiculously good and their pizza? Forget about it - my favorite part of the meal (but seriously, that cauliflower was a close 2nd). When I go again, I want to try their pasta as well.
I had the halibut which was exceptional. My sister had the lamb plate - also excellent. My mom had the pizza and my husband had the rabbit. While the rabbit was quite tasty, the mushrooms on the plate were far superior AND the rabbit portion for the amount asked was a bit small. That was the only downside.
Server was knowledgable, friendly, and prompt.
We brought our own wine - $20 corking fee (expected). My husband and mother also had some of their mixed drinks which they said were good.
I love this place - took 2 of our friends for their 50th. Food is delicious! Loved the pizzas and the beet ricotta salad!
The ambiance was great - loved the two bars - and it’s spacious. The high-beamed ceilings are nice but make it very noisy. The wait staff we had were great. Food came fast and they were on the spot. I guess I’d say that even though the food was good it was spendy for the portions. I don’t need a plateful of food, but something that at least seems like a meal. The duck pasta dish I had was excellent and filling. But my husband had the halibut dish and I swear two bites and it was gone. The beet salad was very good as was the ice-cream dessert. Might like to go back to sit at the bar.
Excellent service and terrific food. The noise level is very HIGH!! I definitely recommend this restaurant. The wine was delicious and the server's suggestions re: drink and food were appreciated. A fine dining experience except for the NOISE!
Food is terrific, service good. Wine list is brief but excellent advice from server. Terrific cocktails
Servers filled our water glasses so many times, even when we hadn't taken a sip, that it became a joke between us. Odd expediter situation where the tall man kept raising his hand, disconcertingly, for a food runner (we think). They really need a better system that is less disturbing to diners. Food was good but overpriced. We wanted to like it because it's fairly close to where we live, but we won't be going back.
My wife and I had a lovely Monday evening dining at the bar to celebrate our 14th anniversary. We met at 6 and left at 8 and thoroughly enjoyed the service, food, ambiance and setting sun. My wife had the chicken- very flavorful and nicely mostly deboned. Asparagus and Cauliflower sides were probably the best part of our meals! Complex, perfection! I had the Denver 10oz steak- it came out nearly bloody, but when it came back it was much better.
Really good drip coffee to follow it all up. We will be back (before our 15th anniversary!)
First off, the customer service was FANTASTIC. We were catered to and taken care of from when we walked in. BUT the food was horrible. The pasta dishes were of small portion but also, the taste wasn’t there at all. I would not recommend the food for this reason.
Food wonderful, service was okay. Restaurant loud difficult to have conversation
A little spendy, but totally worth it. Professional & friendly servers; amazing cocktails, extensive wine list (though could do with a more generous pour on the individual serving). The chicories salad is delicious. All the pastas are to die for, and the risotto was outstanding. Great ambience and vibrancy to the place. Unusual combinations of foods that all seem to work really well.
Great menu selection. The Braised boar dish was delicious. Cocktails were well balanced and very enjoyable.
as a restaurant that is listed as a top 10 by the Oregonian, and listed by others as the best Italian in Portland, our expectations were high. And it was good, perhaps very good but not as good as all that. Parking is surprisingly available. The restaurant is loud which lots of people like, I guess. the crostini was exceptional. Of course no other bread was offered, sigh. The chicken and pasta were good, but not out of this world good. The desserts were good too, but tiny portions. With so many great places to try it will be a while before we come around again.
Evening started off well, but 20 minutes between starters being cleared and entrees hitting the tables, as well as woefully inattentive service once the dining room filled up put quite a damper on the evening. Additionally, overcooking pasta at a place that's specialty is pasta seems odd.
I love coming to Renata, the food is always amazing and the staff is friendly
The service was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was excellent for dining month.
While food was great and flavorful, the pasta portions were very small. Especially considering the $20+ price. They also don’t bring bread with oil or butter as one would expect from an Italian restaurant. You even have to purchase sides separately. That all adds up pretty quickly. I had high expectations and was a bit disappointed.
Sit by the kitchen and watch your meal being made!
We went to Renata for "Portland Dining Month." Everything was delicious, and the service was great.
Food was fabulous, we were there for Portland dining month and everything was fresh and the perfect serving size.
I was disappointed with Renata. I took my teenagers there for a special meal during Portland Dining month. The food was very ordinary, but overpriced. The service was incredibly slow. The staff were polite, but inattentive. We left hungry and didn't feel like our special meal was special at all.
First visit to Renata during Portland Dining Month. Service was ok but did not think the food was that special. For starters I had the salad which was just baby lettuce with dressing and cheese on top. My husband had the crostini with fried kale which was delicious. My main course was the pasta dish which I feel was baked macaroni with bolongnese sauce and cheese on top. Tasty but nothing that was special enough to want to eat again. The other entree was a roasted chicken leg and warm arugula salad. Menu price 25.00! For a chicken leg! Did not taste very Italian either.
The dessert was very good. Kind of chocolate mousse but better.
Based on this experience I do not think we will go back to Renata in the near future.
I have had several meals here now and they have all been wonderful! The portions are not huge but they aren't skimpy by any means. The pizzas are awesome and the pastas taste incredibly fresh. The cocktail menu is creative and the staff is knowledgeable about the wines. Make sure to save room for dessert! I love the gelato.
We had the Chitarra pasta (Dungeness crab) and it was excellent, as was the service. There is a reason that this is one of Portland's top Italian restaurant. We highly recommend Renata for lovers of Italian food.
The boar pasta was the winner of the evening. The Bolognese was also great, very bright and tangy, both served with fresh made pasta. The wine list is impressive, and anything you get on it is a winner. The margarita pizza is made on a very thin crust, lots of sauce, but the crust can handle it - and a great vegetarian option.
And then top it all off - we had the most delightful service. Our server was observant, engaging (without being too much) and had some excellent recommendations.
Great food, service, and atmosphere. Upscale, but not pretentious. Fun for a girls night out.
We haven't dined at Renata for over a year so decided to go back during Portland restaurant month. Our experience overall was excellent. The dining month menu was delicious, although the margarita pizza was delivered at the same time that our pasta was and we should have eaten the pizza first. It was cold and soggy and not as good as we expected based on prior reviews. We sat at the open kitchen bar which was a much better choice than the two top in the food delivery path that was offered to us initially. Our server was excellent. She was very knowledgeable professional, friendly and efficient. It was a cold evening and even though we were seated at the other end of the restaurant, it was very cold each time someone entered or exited the restaurant or went into the restroom area. The wine list is extensive but the prices are very high. The corkage fee is $20 and we will take our own bottle next time we dine at Renata. And, based on the delicious food and the great service, we will definitely be returning to Renata and we won't wait a year to do so.
A bit pricey but given the ambiance and the absolutely delicious food and kind, helpful service, well worth it , just not as an everyday experience for us.
Continues to be one of Portland's best. The servers staff, by all is so accomodating.
My only complaint is the noise level. Have been to Renata several times, sitting in
different spots..........there has to be some way to dim the noise level.
Started off at the bar and was happy to find a great Barolo by the glass, we ordered a bottle with dinner as well. The staff was friendly and genuinely warm and welcoming. We started with the fried olives and house-made Salumi, shared a Margherita Pizza (One of the best) and mixed and matched pasta. The dessert was a Vanilla Panna Cotta. The excellent food was matched by the service and the only thing better was the conversation with good friends.
Mediocre overpriced food, small portions, wait staff seemed annoyed to be serving us and gave us incorrect information about the dishes. Too many great restaurants in Portland to ever go back
This was our first visit to Renata and the star of the evening was most definitely the food. The menu is small, but nicely curated and care seems to be taken with each item offered. My spouse had a glass of wine and I had the Renata version of a Manhattan with some marinated olives to begin. Wine was excellent and while the cocktail had the lovely and interesting twist of having vernaccia in it, I'm not a fan of the enormous ice cube that seems to be the fashion these days (I know others are). We shared the lentil and Endive salad, followed by a margherita pizz with arugula for me and a pasta with wild boar sauce for my spouse. The pizza was one of the best I've had in Portland - amazing thin crust that was crisp all the way to the center with a lovely puff of crisp dough around the edge. They do a very Italian take on the amounts of red sauce and mozzarella - perfect! My husband's pasta was also excellent and we had nothing to take home. We then shared a affoggato corretto. The cinnamon ice cream was very good, but I personally love mine with just a rich vanilla. Servers were discreet and professional. There is a hum of activity and conversation, but not so much that you cannot hear your dinner companion. Prices are high, but quality is good. We very much enjoyed our meal.