About a Cena Ristorante
Portland, OR 97202
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: (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
Amazing service, amazing food. The owner ...
Amazing service, amazing food. The owner Chris makes sure everyone is getting what they need. The entire wait staff checks on everyone. The menu changes monthly with a mix of new dishes and old favorites. Dishes at every price point and generous portions. Can't recommend it enough.
Great place to go with friends - warm an ...
Great place to go with friends - warm and inviting. Good mix of reliable favorite dishes and tasty specials. Nice selection of Italian wines to choose from. The staff is always welcoming and helpful. We are looking forward to returning soon!
We really enjoyed our dining experience. ...
We really enjoyed our dining experience. We are not that familiar with an Italian menu and everything we tried was excellent. The wait staff was helpful and friendly, and anticipated our needs without being obtrusive. We will definitely be back!
Food here is delicious. One person had ...
Food here is delicious. One person had special which was crab ravioli with spinach.f Two of us had the corn marscapone pasta with lobster. Everything is fresh and handmade including sorbet. Service was great! We will definitely be back.
I had the lamb bolognese and chevre pas ...
I had the lamb bolognese and chevre pasta special on New Year's Eve, along with fried brussel sprouts. Both completely wonderful. The downside was that I was seated at a table right next to the kitchen exit that is normally used for serving walk-ins. It was very noisy, with all the servers squeezing by with food and plates all the time. I'm not sure the that table should even be used.
All in all, I would like go back but try to get a better table.
Can't say enough about the delicious foo ...
Can't say enough about the delicious food at a Cena. The staff was very helpful and friendly, the restaurant has a lovely and comfortable ambiance, and again - the food was divine. The best pasta I've had in Portland.
I recommend the seafood dishes. The re ...
I recommend the seafood dishes. The restaurant accommodated my gluten and milk sensitivities when preparing my Fritto Misto and Delicata squash. They were very tasty and much appreciated. Three in my party had seafood dishes and we all enjoyed them.
Simply superb! The scallops were lightly ...
Simply superb! The scallops were lightly and perfectly cooked for this picky about seafood person. The warm spinach salad was exquisite combination of quince, beets, goat cheese and lightly warmed spinach! Excellent Christmas Eve service!
Always enjoy dining at A Cena...food is ...
Always enjoy dining at A Cena...food is excellent! Can be noisy, but we were in the room between the barroom and the larger main room. This in between room is quieter and since we were with another couple, it was easier to have conversations!! Will return for sure!
This place had the most phenomenal food; ...
This place had the most phenomenal food; I am in love. I ordered the trout with brussel sprouts and squash, and it tasted amazing. Everything was crisp, warm, and delicious. There were few bones in the fish, and I found the veggies the most enjoyable part of the meal. The atmosphere was also lovely. It's a quiet place with mood lighting and candles, and it seemed to be relatively kid friendly as well. I went to celebrate Yule with a friend, and it was a very enjoyable experience. The staff did not comment on the fact that I brought my own wassail to the table! Speaking of which, the non-alcoholic drink list was sadly sparse. However, the wine list appeared extensive. The desserts were also fabulous. I ordered the spumoni sundae, and it was delicious. It was a little tart for my taste though, as they use marionberry gelato rather than cherry. It was more expensive than I usually go for, but it was still a nice meal and I think it was worth it. I would highly recommend this place for special occasions.
We enjoyed our visit. The food was good ...
We enjoyed our visit. The food was good though not inexpensive. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The restaurant itself was warm and cozy on a chilly winter night. A good restaurant when you want to live it up a bit.
What an excellent restaurant! The food w ...
What an excellent restaurant! The food was uniformly fantastic, with interesting flavors and great execution. Staff was attentive, if a bit harried, the place was packed! Good wine list, great drinks, and good dessert to round it all off.
Our Meal at a Cena was absolutely perfec ...
Our Meal at a Cena was absolutely perfect from start to finish. Maybe the best Italian meal we've ever had. It was perfect for my husband and I to have a special date night. So romantic and quaint. Will be back again and again!
Always welcoming with excellent food. W ...
Always welcoming with excellent food. We were advised that one of the entrees we had ordered was subsequently not available, but the waiter offered a free dessert to compensate for the disappointment. Was really responsive throughout the meal. Great time.
Dinner at a Cena was meant to be a speci ...
Dinner at a Cena was meant to be a special occasion with a meal and ambience to match the specialness of the evening. We were not let down. The server, I forget her name, really made the experience much nicer. The meal, while completely delicious, was not the most spectacular. But, I've had spectacular Italian food, so my bar is set relatively high. However, the meal, the service, and the ambience set this place apart from some of the spectacular food I have had in very cold and sterile environments. Great food with no soul is overdone. A Cena delivered everything necessary for a wonderful evening with family.
This restaurant has it all and you won't ...
This restaurant has it all and you won't be dis-appointed as the owner was on-site to ensure a wonderful dinning experience. Nice to see a good mix of people including families having dinner at this restaurant. The atmosphere, service, food and staff was terrific. We had a small issue but it was resolved by the staff and owner immediately...we stayed until they closed. I'm looking forward in coming back here again and recommend it to all my friends.
The waiter was excellent as was the back ...
The waiter was excellent as was the backup crew. My daughter and I loved the choices and shared appetizers and dessert plus loved out main dish.
I was part of her Christmas present as she lives in Sacramento Ca and will not be here for Christmas.
Great food! So delicious. My mom loved h ...
Great food! So delicious. My mom loved her spaghetti and the pasta was amazing. Dessert just sealed the deal. Server was super helpful which was awesome because it was our first time there. Can't wait to come back for another occasion!
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