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
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
a Cena Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
Our first date was at a Cena and we've c ...
Our first date was at a Cena and we've come back on our anniversary every year...as well as many other times. We love a Cena. Best Italian restaurant in Portland. The tier one food, service and warm feeling are always present.
A Cena continues to be one of our very f ...
A Cena continues to be one of our very favorite restaurants! The appetizers and small plates make wonderful light meals, and their entrees are great if you want a full-on dinner. Yummy wines and desserts, too. Attentive and informative service, friendly and warm atmosphere.
We were delighted to hear of delicious d ...
We were delighted to hear of delicious daily specials, which we sampled with relish, then had a nice variety of options for the 5 of us, including a nice selection of wines. I liked that several dishes could come in half sizes for shared tasting. Everything was delicious!
This was our second visit. Enjoyed the ...
This was our second visit. Enjoyed the food and the service was attentive but not intrusive. This is a busy place. So, it can get noisy. If you're looking for a quiet place to converse, I would not recommend a Cena.
We ate outside this time - a first for u ...
We ate outside this time - a first for us. I was worried that the traffic, etc. would detract from the experience but we were seated on the side street and there was no problem. It was quieter outside. Food, wine, and wonderful service were as outstanding as ever.
Chose this restaurant for a date night. ...
Chose this restaurant for a date night. The food tasted fresh and I can say for sure that it was some of the best Italian that I have had in Portland so far. All of the staff were very kind and attentive. The manager/owner? even went so far as to offer to take a photo for my girlfriend and I. I would definitely recommend a cena. LGBTQ friendly!!
I have had many very good meals at A Cen ...
I have had many very good meals at A Cena but this was not one of them. The kitchen must have had a off night as most of the dishes were just plain disappointing. We started with the Fritto Misto which was quite tasty but the grilled romaine salad was really overdressed, the Bucatini was undercooked, had no spice and was just plain bland, the Salsiccia pizza crust was completely under cooked and the $46 steak while cooked perfectly was tough. Our group had a great time and the waitress had some great wine recommendations so I will chalk it up to the kitchen having a bad night.
while some of the food was good, it was ...
while some of the food was good, it was inconsistent and EVERYTHING was cold (even though I specifically asked the server to make sure dinner was hot after the pasta appetizer came out cold). Desserts were fabulous.
a Cena was a great place for my wife and ...
a Cena was a great place for my wife and I to have a birthday dinner! The service was great and the staff did a fantastic job.
My only knocks would be that I had a question about my reservation that I entered in opentable, but didn't receive a response until the day of the actual reservation. It wasn't hugely pressing, but I was hoping someone would've followed-up a bit sooner.
First time but not last time. Staff is ...
First time but not last time. Staff is very friendly but over worked. We got lots of apologies. The food is very good. I would recommend that everyone who is getting a pasta dish as an entree get the smaller portion because it is plenty of food, and a great value.
We enjoyed our meal so much at A Cena! E ...
We enjoyed our meal so much at A Cena! Everything from the focaccia bread on the table to the cannoli for dessert was just absolutely delicious. The go to dish is their Lobster Angolotti, it will haunt your dreams for months! We tried a few of their specials, the fried artichokes were delicious and the duck confit cannelloni were top notch! Great service and staff as well very attentive!
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.
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