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
A cena was recommended to me by my father to take my Valentine's date (now girlfriend) for a special occasion. The waitress was fantastic helping my novice self through a menu that seems a little overwhelming but in reality makes for a great dining experience. The food was fantastic, I honestly can't remember the last time I've had food equal to or better than this. Granted, it's a little on the spendy side so check the menu and prices first. I will say that the money was well worth the delicious food, atmosphere, and fantastic service. Will definitely be a repeat guest at this fantastic restaurant.
This place is a wonderful culinary experience. The food is always delicious, romantic atmosphere with friendly knowledgeable staff. Have come here multiple times over the past couple years, always tried a different dish and everything has been absolutely delicious. Definitely would recommend.
Had a scrumptious dinner, (I had the eggplant parmigiana), the service was first class, my house glass of wine, a Pinot noir was lip smacking good, and the butterscotch pudding was to die for. Four of us shared two deserts and we loved every bite. We will definitely be back!
This neighborhood restaurant has been here for several years but we had never tried it ( we live in the area) . Picked it for my husband and I to enjoy Valentines Day dinner (although we went the night before). The place was surprisingly hopping for a Monday night! I had the pasta with Boar meat (delicious!) and my husband had the fettuccine with prawns (outstanding!). He had the large bowl of pasta and I had the smaller portion. (both just right for each of us).Even though his bowl was $30. he felt the amount he got and the quantity was totally worth it. Waitress was attentive and very nice. She recommended just the right glass of wine based on the type of wine I told her I liked. Although I was not impressed with the Tiramisu (it amounted to a bowl full of whipped cream), my husband's butterscotch pudding he said was very good.
I would definitely come back again (and get what my husband got!) but it is also a great place to bring friends or for an anniversary. We had one small and one large pasta dish, two glasses of wine and two desserts--with tip it was a bit over $100. While steep, the quality of the food was so good we did not feel ripped-off.
Oh yeah, and the little nuggets of focaccia bread dipped in that olive oil--divine!
Surprisingly disappointed with our meal. We've come here on and off for years. Felt the food has gone down hill the last couple of visits. My pasta w/boar sauce tasted & looked like a ragu meat sauce? I've never seen ground boar? The restaurant is charming and the staff friendly, hope they can pull it together again.
We really enjoyed our lunch at a Cena Ristorante. The staff were helpful and polite, and we were not rushed in any way. It was quiet enough for us to enjoy table side conversation, although one of us is hearing impaired. The food was excellent and the waiter's suggestions ver helpful. I thought that the prices were reasonable also.
I LOVE this restaurant!! The food is phenomenal and the owner is SO friendly and concerned that everyone is satisfied with their meal and experience as well. Wine choices are excellent and of course the food is top notch. I would recommend this restaurant and have to anyone!
Cheers to A Cena 🍷
We celebrated my husband's birthday at a'Cena. It was highly recommended, on Yelp, during my search for "Italian Restaurant Portland." The food was fabulous! The most authentic Italian meal I've found, outside of Italy. The four of us ordered the two highest recommended entrees on Yelp. The mushroom pene and the lobster pasta. Absolutely delicious! Our only complaint would be that our waitress seemed bored, wasn't very engaging, and service was quite slow. Our second drink order never came. It was a weeknight, so we just let it go. Overall wonderful restaurant in a great Sellwood location. Well worth the drive from Wilsonville. We'll be back!
Chicken cacciatore is my favorite Italian dish. A Cena served the worst version I have ever eaten. "Energetic" interpreted as meaning "loud". One of the most disappointing culinary experiences I can remember. Where did they get that picture on their website making the decor appear charming? "Recommend" none of the above. "Expensive" for "nothing" sums up my opinion.
A Cena was a very pleasant surprise. It was not on our radar, but the reviews seemed promising. The food was truly wonderful and the equal of any Italian restaurant in Portland and much better than several of the top picks. The pasta was perfectly prepared and clearly made by people who know their craft. Service was excellent. We will absolutely return. It is pretty noisy, so not a place to have a quiet dinner.
This is truly an authentic Italian dining experience. We celebrated a friend's birthday at lunch this week and we're already planning a return visit. Our service was attentive and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend the Antipasto plate to start the meal. It is filled with high quality charcuterie and a variety of olives with exceptional burrata. Our other favorites were the pasta with house made fennel sausage and the pasta and lobster dish. Prices are fair and the wine choices are excellent.
This restaurant fit us in when we arrived early after a very stressful day. Their service and wonderful food both refreshed and relaxed us—thank you. This City neighborhood restaurant reminds me why Portland values its neighborhoods and is a town for foodies. We will return the next time we are in Portland—this was our favorite restaurant of all that we ate at during a series of recent trips.
A Cena is a diamond in the rough, hidden in Sellwood but a top notch Portland restaurant. The house made pasta is the star but even their salads and mains are really inventive and delicious. The portion sizes are large so be forewarned. The half pasta is big enough for an entree if you get an appetizer or have a small appetite. We will be back!
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.
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.
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