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
I love A Cena and only wish I lived in P ...
I love A Cena and only wish I lived in Portland so I could visit more regularly. The food is creatively traditional Italian, the service is warm but nonintrusive, and the wine list is carefully curated and reasonably priced. A real gem.
Carciofi are in! We have been waiting fo ...
Carciofi are in! We have been waiting for this year's season for 2 months and finally got lucky at this dinner. So good!!! We also appreciated the friendly and professional service by Lauris and her cheerful splitting of the check for each of 3 couples. A Cena never disappoints.
We had a great dinner from start to fini ...
We had a great dinner from start to finish. Great cocktails, delicious appetizers and salad and amazing entree's and oh yes, dessert. We did it all and enjoyed every single bit of it. We had a great waiter - top notch service.
My small group of friends and I loved th ...
My small group of friends and I loved this restaurant for lunch! The menu was authentic and unique. Everything sounded so appetizing that we got several dishes to share, which was a great solution. We got the antipasto platter, which was wonderful. We ordered four pasta dishes that I don't recall seeing on menus elsewhere...each one quite delicious. Dessert was amazing. The service was impeccable. The space was intimate, but with an open feel. We all felt it was a great find in a city known for wonderful Italian choices! Returning soon!!
It was good, but the $100+ bill didn't r ...
It was good, but the $100+ bill didn't really seem to reflect outstanding like I was hoping. We got a few items to try, which were all pretty good. The only bad dish was the risotto which was crunchy and the crab on top wasn't very flavorful. If it's not crab season (or you can't get good crab), then don't put it on the menu! The agnolotti with gluten free pasta was outstanding. Everything was good. I just expected more.
A Cena is a real neighborhood gem of a f ...
A Cena is a real neighborhood gem of a find!! We had four different entrees and everyone thought they all were fantastic. I ordered the thick cut veal chop special. it was 20 oz of the best steak/chop i have EVER had. And that is no hyperbole!! We brought two young kids with us, and we have done that before at A Cena, the staff was not upset, the kids were well behaved and also enjoyed their meal. We will be back to A Cena over and over again.
We were in Portland for vacation and our ...
We were in Portland for vacation and our B&B recommended this place.
The food was fabulous! One of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been to.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone passing through Portland.
The pasta was home made. The antipasti plate was excellent. The service was excellent also.
You are able to choose between different sizes of pasta depending on your appetite or if you want to order other courses. The wine recommendation was great, also!
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
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!
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.
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.
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