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About a Cena Ristorante
At a Cena, we share a love for simply cooked meals enjoyed with friends and family. We value fresh ingredients, local Portland area farmers, handmade pastas and cured meats, daily prepared breads, consistency, a well-matched wine list, and a seasoned and personable staff. With these elements, we strive to offer our guests a fine-dining experience with the comfort and warmth of an Italian country kitchen. Salute!
Portland, OR 97202
Hours of Operation:
SE Lambert St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Most of our menu items and other creative items designed between our chef and the client
Ample street parking
Several on 13th Street
Private Party Facilities:
Three adjoining rooms allow for separate or joined private dining for 20 to 70 people
Private Party Contact:
Chris Custer: (503) 206-3291
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
a Cena Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
While I appreciate the ability to order smaller portions of pasta at this restaurant, I think it ought to consider mitigating the noise level, with some more sound-dampening surfaces or spacing tables farther apart. The party next to us was quite loud and became rather a nuisance, making our conversation difficult. And one of the four neighbors was swearing loud enough for us to hear. I really don't want to hear the F-word from somebody else when I am eating and trying to catch up with long-time friends.
So disappointed in our Mother's Day visit to aCena. Three of our party had food that was served at a tepid temperature while the fourth ordered the branzino which was piping hot and remained that way throughout the meal (it was delicious!). The pomodoro sauce on the ravioli was thin and tasteless and lukewarm lobster & corn agnolotti doesn't do justice to the flavors of that dish. Additionally, when we booked a table we requested to sit anywhere other than in the front room. Guess where we were seated? Hostess was not at all apologetic about seating us in front when we asked if table was available in back room.
Had a wonderful Mother's Day dinner with my wife and our 22-month old. Courteous, prompt , exceptional service and even better food! I was a little worried about bringing our kid based on previous reviews I'd read, but if you time it right and maybe bring a small snack or other quiet distraction, all should be fine. Food and drinks were fresh and quick, very little wait. The early dinner was just right for our kid, though we came with a small bag of snacks that held her over. [ We were still deciding what to order when she'd realized everyone around was being served food. Cereal to the rescue! :) ] Bread and the arancini appetizer came very quickly after ordering, promptly followed by our main courses. Note, a half order would probably suffice for most, but trust me, you'll be glad to order the full and take home what you don't finish, the food was so great. :) While getting our leftovers boxed up, they brought our daughter a cool tricolor crayon to use on the paper table liner.
For all the parents with young children, this is no Chuck-e-Cheese-type of place to take your kids, but they are most definitely kid-friendly for a nice, and more importantly delicious dinner.
We've been here before and I would go back but this was not a great experience. One of the people in our group had never eaten at a Cena before and we had given glowing reviews so the meal did not live up to that. First of all, the place was not jam packed. Most of the tables were full but not all of them and some of the 4 tops only had 2 people. I've seen it much busier. Our server didn't come over to get our drink order in a timely fashion and once he did it took a bit. Three of the items my group and I were interested in ordering were either out or no longer available and only one of those had a replacement dish so the already small menu was even smaller. We ordered a pizza to start and a bottle of wine. The wine was delicious and we all enjoyed it. My entree came to the table before our pizza or anyone else's food. When we said we had ordered a pizza to start the guy bringing my entree (not our server) looked flustered and took the plate away. Next all of our entrees came out, followed by the pizza that was supposed to be the starter. At that point we ordered another bottle of wine to go with the entrees but it didn't come until we were all pretty much done. Our server was here and there but it was actually a very kind older gentleman, possibly the manager or owner, who checked on us and who apologized for the pizza coming out late. Like I said, I would probably go back but this was a disappointing experience.
Usually go here for lunch, which is always excellent. The dinner prices were a little higher than I remembered, which meant we didn't try as many items as we might have otherwise. Overall, the pizza (sausage) and Aspargi appetizer were delicious. Era molto buono!
The food was very good with the exception of the tiramisu. The service was poor as the waiter was unable to keep up with the tables. We were there celebrating my birthday and when as if we had saved room for dessert I said yes and was greeted with a great I will be right back. When he returned he gave me a tiramisu with a candle in it and said happy birthday, then walked away without getting other guests at my table an opportunity to order dessert. After a lengthy wait he returned to ask if we want any other dessert and had to be told we still had not received a dessert menu. The food I will return for someday but I will not get the tiramisu and not during lunch. Our reservation was for 11:45 and all parties were seated by 12:00 and we still didn't get out of there until almost 2:20 so no a place for a normal 1 hour lunch.
We have been to A-Cena 4 times and each time has been a culinary delight, but the other night we were there with friends and the waitress came up to ask for our drinks and then asked it we were ready to order. We barely knew what we wanted to drink, let alone what we wanted for dinner. So we ordered our drinks and then she was back about 3 minutes later to ask if we were ready to order our food. The bottom-line is it was obvious that she was hurrying us along because the restaurant was packed. When you spend that kind of money, you don't want the feeling they are scooting you out of the restaurant. It was very annoying to all four of patrons.
Lovely, classy and charming. The food was delicious from the appetizer to the entre. Attentive server, made great suggestions/recommendations. It was a relaxed, not hurried lunch for old friends wanting to catch up with each others lives; this was a perfect location with fantastic fare.
First time diners here. Street parking was available! Restaurant is small and cozy. Menu choices were just right! We ordered the Misto Frito which was excellent and generous for two people to share. I ordered the eggplant Parmesan. The sugo sauce was very good. The eggplant a bit too crispy but tasty. My friend ordered a pasta with kale and squash. She said the sauce was lacking so they brought her sugo sauce to liven it up. She was happy
We ended the affogatto and were very pleased.
We celebrated my mom's 90th birthday. She was delighted, as were we, in the food and atmosphere. It was quiet enough for her to hear our conversation but jumping enough to feel like a party. The food, well it's excellent. The "polpi" appetizer is magnificent. Just a wonderful evening.
When we sat at our table it was horribly unbalanced and insecure. BUT one of the employees fixed it stat and it was secure for the meal. The waitress was outstanding , the good as fresh as we've had there. They had a nice 'super tuscan' wine by the glass offering. This is one of those gems in Portland that doesn't get the credit and visibility in things like the Oregonian etc.
Net net: great place with very good good , nice wines and cocktails !
The grilled octopus was delicious, but the scallops were over seasoned and over salted. Friday night seemed to attract a lot of group tables, so the place was noisy with happy chatter. Hard for a couple who expected an intimate dinner setting. The wine was excellent and staff were nice and not at all fussy.
Great food. Loved our waitress. My only complaint was the gentleman bussing the tables would just reach in and grab plates or reach to fill water with out even a word. Would have been nice to have a " can I take that for you" and " can I fill your water" before some close calls of us reaching for something as he swooped in to take a plate or fill our glasses
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