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!
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: 5032063291x
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
a Cena Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
Every time we visit Portland, we find an ...
Every time we visit Portland, we find an opportunity to take friends or family to A Cena. The food and service are always extraordinary.
Spectacular meal. As a native San Franc ...
Spectacular meal. As a native San Franciscan I grew up with outstanding Italian fare. A Cena is right there.
Since moving to Portland in March we hav ...
Since moving to Portland in March we have eaten here 6 or 7 times. The food is delicious, the wine list is quite good, and the service has been consistently excellent.
Food was so delicious. My husband got th ...
Food was so delicious. My husband got the which was cooked perfectly. I had the lamb chops and were tender so flavorful.
The food was very good, and our waiter w ...
The food was very good, and our waiter was attentive but not overly so. The biggest problem we had was the noise!!!! It is a small space, with a cement floor, and no insulation in the ceiling. There was a large group behind us, that as the wine flowed the volume level increased, so of course we had to raise our voice. The owner was there, but made no effort to ask the group to quiet down a bit. I appreciated that they were having a good time, .but maybe a little more quietly. I will go back for the food and service
Food is always good there. We hadn't be ...
Food is always good there. We hadn't been in a while due to some bad service a year or two ago. This is an excellent Portland Italian restaurant with a good wine list.
Went to celebrate our daughter getting a ...
Went to celebrate our daughter getting a new job. We split the grilled romaine salad with gorgonzola and pancetta, so good, but glad we split, it was huge! The bread here is awesome, focaccia. Our daughter got the fennel sausage pasta, which was so yummy and rich, definite comfort food! My wife got the seafood past, which wasn't on the menu, but we found out, you just have to request it. It had plenty of mussels, shrimp and calamari! I had the Dungeness crab risotto, which was very good and had a great amount of crab, could really taste it. We were so full we had to take home our tiramisu, which was sinfully delicious! Overall, a wonderful dinner and evening!
Food was delicious, as usual. Love the ...
Food was delicious, as usual. Love the Lobster Agnolotti. Only negative - the dining room was extremely noisy. Service was great.
Excellent food and friendly, knowledgabl ...
Excellent food and friendly, knowledgable servers. Definitely recommend this place. Great for a couple, even better for a group of friends.
Best lobster agnolotti ever! Love the o ...
Best lobster agnolotti ever! Love the owner and staff!!
Great little place with authentic handcr ...
Great little place with authentic handcrafted, fresh Italian food.
I love this place. The food is always e ...
I love this place. The food is always excellent. The duck on this visit was exceptional.
Our second visit after an amazing first dining experience. We were not disappointed!!! It's like stepping into a small neighborhood Italian restaurant!!! Can't wait to go again!
One of our very favorite gems in Portlan ...
One of our very favorite gems in Portland! If you haven't enjoyed a meal there yet, put it on the top of your short list!
Love love this Restaurant
This was my second visit. Food was amazing....pasta was perfect.......I love Italian food and I loved this place. I WILL be back
When dining here, it is always a given that the meal will be superb!
Can't Wait to Go Again
We had a group of 4 and we were all still raving about the food and service the next day. The food was excellent from the appetizer to the salad to the entrée. The wine was fabulous and the service was top notch. We dine out frequently and have to say this is a must. Not inexpensive but well worth it.
The food was fantastic, the staff perfectly attentive (and then perfectly blended into the background). I would highly reccomend the antipasta plate--oh my! the buffalo mozzarella was like something from a dream.
Delicious and great service but too loud
Wonderful service and delicious salads (grilled romaine) and entrees. However, I think we would only return if we could be assured of a quieter table. We don't have hearing issues but could hardly hold a conversation due to the noise level. I believe there were a couple large groups who were somewhat loud and continued to get louder as the evening wore on. We were told to request the alcove or the bar next time.
Excellent food, service, drinks, and c ...
Excellent food, service, drinks, and conversation.
We went to a Cena for our 10th anniversa ...
We went to a Cena for our 10th anniversary based on recommendations from friends. We were not disappointed. The food blended flavored perfectly, the atmosphere was just right for a cozy little neighborhood restaurant, and the service was relaxed but detail-oriented. Our waters were always full, the wait staff was always friendly, and if we got up from the table, our napkin was always refolded and placed back on the table for us when we returned. They may have the best cannoli I have ever tasted. Everything was perfect.
Very good and fresh pasta. Can get loud ...
Very good and fresh pasta. Can get loud cause it's packed
I chose this restaurant because it had many positive reviews. I had a high expectation that dinner would have been a special event considering the reviews and prices. My date and I were placed between two families with young children. It felt as if we were in the school cafeteria. The food was good. But not so spectacular that we could justify spending what we did for dinner. It was mediocre service, mediocre ambiance, we left with no desire to return. We hoped we had found a new and interesting place to eat. It just wasn't. If spending $100+ on dinner for two is something you do everyday this is the place for you. The food was good the experience was average.
Love this place
A Cena provided food at Willakenzie winery. The Lamb Ragu, Mushroom Ragu, Pasta and White Bean Salad, Sausage and Lasagna were so delicious we went to the restaurant for dinner the next night for Mother's Day. They did not disappoint.
Server had her mind somewhere else.
Server had her mind somewhere else.
I've been wanting to try a Cena for a w ...
I've been wanting to try a Cena for a while and finally got there. The six of us were celebrating a family birthday. Excellent service, delicious food, great wine. Our favorites were the osso bucco, rigatoni, and lamb chops. Osso bucco was tender and generous. Rigatoni was meaty and full of flavor. Lamb chops were charred just right- so delicious. We had several appetizers and on a whim, ordered the lobster ravioli. One of the best things I've ever tasted. We were ready to lick the plate. We all voted that a return visit soon was in order.
We consider A Cena one of our neighborhood gems and love recommending it to foodies as well. Waiting outside on a lovely evening for a few minutes on the outdoor bench heightened our anticipation perfectly. Our corner table was cozy and accommodating for 4. We started with salads which were fresh and gently dressed. The Special squid ink pasta was exactly as our waiter described, as was their signature dish of Raviolini with lobster. These are delicious pasta entrees as was the halibut entree (always a favorite). In addition, we appreciated our waiter's recommendation of specific wines by the glass, at our request, to go with each of our orders. Sharing a tiramisu and flourless chocolate dessert was perfect ending for a fine birthday celebration.
Special birthday dinner
Great food, as always. Husband had octopus which he loved and I had the delicious grilled romaine salad and the homemade corn/mascarpone ravioli with lobster. Desserts were awesome, too. All a bit on the spendy side, but worth it!!
Very nice for my wife's birthday
Very nice for my wife's birthday
Every bite was delicious!
Full disclosure- we had never heard of this place, but my husband received a gift card from his place of employment for a special acknowledgement. We looked at the reviews and were excited to try it for ourselves. Every course was wonderful. My lemoncellotini was scrumptious, my husband enjoyed his local brew, the bread was great, our appies....as a Brussels sprouts lover I had to order them as a side. OMG. They were delectable. Worth going back just for those! My husband enjoyed the bass, my halibut and risotto were both creamy and eye-rollingly delicious. Thank you to my husband's workplace as we might not have otherwise found this gem.
Great service, food was also great. Good value.
Nice wines, fast service, and reasonable prices. Busy place and making a reservation really helped.
Another guest's favorable impression
We as local residents are repeat customers and find pleasure to have guests leave our home and walk to/from dining at Sellwood's best restaurant, in our humble opinion.
delicious and freindly!
Food was great especially the lobster ravioli-excellent grilled halibut too!
wonderful service and amazing food!
We came in for lunch to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The atmosphere was perfectly Romantic, and the service was top notch! We ordered the special, soup and salad. Everything was amazing! The home made tiramisu was over the top! thanks for making our anniversary very special!
Great experience! Service, food and ambiance were great. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. The octopus salad was to die for. Two of us had the Fruitti de Mare and it was delectable. A lot of food for a reasonable price. Our next visit, we will order a small plate portion. We eat out often and we give his place a high 5.
A must try...
Excellent food, atmosphere, and service. Looking forward to going back.
BEST ITALIAN IN PORTLAND
Consistently good home cooked Italian food. Menu changes regularly, straight forward Italian without a lot of fuss. Good value and lively atmosphere.
Great food! Knowledgable and friendly s ...
Great food! Knowledgable and friendly staff. A must try for any Italian food lovers.
Best Italian in Portland
Downtown, I like Mama Mia's. If I'm in a hurry and don't know exactly where I'll be, Pastini has locations all over the place (and good food). But if you really want to go gourmet for a special occasion or take it up a notch for date night, A Cena Ristorante is the place. Excellent.
Unfortunately the caprese was served wit ...
Unfortunately the caprese was served with burnt bread. The mozzarella and tomatoes were delicious. Sunday gravy was delicious but Luke warm. Owner took both off the bill though.
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