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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
We went there recently on a friend's recommendation, and found it to be an excellent restaurant. We were there with our son, his wife, and 2 teenage son. We found that there was something for everyone on the menu. My son and I had the roasted lamb special, husband had small ravioli with poached lobster, one teen ordered a pizza, other one a rigatoni dish, and daughter-in-law order the tuna. As you can tell there is a nice variety of choices, and that doesn't even include the various appetizers and desserts. We would highly recommend this restaurant
I've been to a Cena 4 times now and each time has been fabulous. The food is amazing. The service is always good. The only complaint I have, and it's a minor one, is that the quaint little restaurant is small so they pack you in a bit. That adds to it's character but it also makes it a bit noisy, which may be difficult for someone with a hearing problem. The food totally makes up for the noise and they are located in the Antique Row district of Sellwood so there's great little shops to walk to before or after your meal. Lovely area and friendly people.
I brought my girlfriend here for a well-deserved date night after both having a less-than great week. The wait staff is on their game with drinks and taking orders. The food was delicious! We ordered Fritto Misto for an appetizer. She loves calamari and I love shrimp, so that worked perfectly and it was very tasty. It comes with a slightly tangy aioli that pairs well with the breading on the food. For the meal, I ordered the Amatriciana. It was perfectly cooked with a nice tomato sauce. She ordered the Spaghetti with meatballs, which is her favorite food (and why I took her to A Cena Ristorante). She said it was the best homemade spaghetti she has had at a restaurant. Meaning that it wasn't the BEST she's ever had, but for a nice restaurant that cannot possibly cater to everyone's individual preference, she loved it. The dessert list looked quite impressive, but we were both very full. The waiter didn't ask us if we would like dessert; instead, he just brought us the dessert menus. In my opinion, I would have rather been asked if I was interested in seeing the dessert menu than to have feigned interest, but that's such a minute complaint. Our waiter also asked if we were sisters when we first sat down, but I think he caught on when we quickly denounced his assumption. No biggie there, either. We laughed about it.
Overall, I say this place is definitely worth it. My partner freaked out about the price a bit since I didn't tell her where we were going until the very last minute, so don't go unless you're absolutely sure you want to pay about $100. There is a very cozy and intimate atmosphere, despite the amount of people there as it was a Friday night. When my family visits for Christmas, I'll be bringing my parents just because my mom loves tiramisu and I'm pretty convinced they do that well since their pasta was phenomenal.
Because we had to wait for our table to become ready the manager was kind enough to
send us complementary appetizers; the service was excellent; all 5 diners found their
dinners to be excellent; we appreciated the 1/2 orders; excellent deserts as well; great
Clearly one of the best restaurants in Portland. The Italian food is scrumptious. I've always had a perfect meal there. My husband is 100% Italian - the son of a chef-it's his favorite restaurant in town. The people are friendly and the service is prompt but not overly so. Prices are reasonable. You can get a "half order" if you want! If this restaurant was in my neighborhood I'd be there once a week.
My wife and I have eaten at A Cena a number of times on our way to chamber music concerts at Reed College and each meal has been excellent. This was a birthday celebration for me. I had an excellent salmon dish, my wife had eaten a late lunch and just had the pickled vegetables. We will definitely go there again.
This is our third visit in 9 weeks. We hardly ever go to the same restaurant that often but it's fine dining at a reasonable price. It always feels cozy, the service has been great and the owner visited to introduce himself on this visit. It's just one of those restaurants you want in your neighborhood. The food is terrific--appetizers, pasta dishes and entrees. Never had dessert because we couldn't eat anymore.
The restaurant sent a message advertising Carciofi alla Judea, a favorite. So I got a friend to join me and we made a reservation. I had been anticipating this delicious dish for days only to find out that they do not have the artichokes (carciofi)! The main course I ordered was ok but not traditional and the gelato we were told would be one small scoop was in fact two, making for a large dish of gelato---more than we really wanted. The salted carmel was far too gooey and not up to standards of others I have had this summer. We were disappointed. In the past I have had excellent meals, but this was by and large a hit and then a miss with some items being great and others being at the other end of the spectrum. Sorry, but that was our experience.
This restaurant has some of the best Italian food I've ever eaten, simply delicious. We have eaten here twice, first as a way to earn extra Open Table bonus points, but, second, because our first experience was so pleasant. The service was impeccable. Our server was both friendly and helpful in making menu decisions. Even though I only ordered a "primi" and the portion was a bit smaller for that reason, I still had plenty to take home for seconds.
The only "down" side to a Cena is that only street parking is available. So parking might be a bit more difficult during rush times.
I would recommend a Cena to anyone who likes good Italian food in a pleasant and relaxing environment.
Always special, we enjoy the true Italian cooking at A Cena and the ability to eat outside (weather permitting) in the lovely Sellwood neighborhood where the restaurant is located. Everything is bursting with flavor, even traditional spaghetti and meatballs, one of my favorites. Desserts are wonderful too. Prices are reasonable and half portions are available. Don't miss this place.
Warm, intimate and bustling! A Cena is one of those Italian restaurants that makes you feel you are truly in Italy, in a local neighborhood hang out spot. The food is great, the atmosphere is wonderful and this is wonderful neighborhood for an after-dinner walk to burn off a few pasta calories. I had the lasagna, took home a part of it and it was even more outstanding the next day for lunch!
This is the second time I've eaten here and it did not disappoint. I ordered lamb chops, rare, and they came perfectly done. The cocktails was great, the wine perfect and no one complained, not even my mother-in-law, and believe me, that's something special.
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