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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
a Cena Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
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!
Our business guest had a serious dairy a ...
Our business guest had a serious dairy allergy. I was impressed with how well our waitress knew the menu and immediately recommended a couple of choices and described how the kitchen could accommodate our guest's needs. Very gracious and accommodating.
All the food was excellent: we had salad and then the scallop dish with butternut squash and risotto and our guest had bucatini without the cheese, with the scallops served over spinach/greens instead of the risotto. The ambience was perfect for this occasion; we were able to converse easily. Highly recommend for business or a special occasion.
Dinner at a Cena is always a special ple ...
Dinner at a Cena is always a special pleasure. From the intial greeting to the time you walk out the door — happy and satisfied — the service, food, wine and atmosphere are all memorable. We live in Roseburg and get to PDX often to enjoy the wonderful dining landscape in the city. A Cena is among our favorites and worth a visit as often as we can. Thanks to all who work so hard to make it all possible.
Paul and Lory, Roseburg
We had a warm and wonderful evening at A ...
We had a warm and wonderful evening at A Cena. The food is excellent, perfectly seasoned with accompaniments that hit the mark. Well selected wine list, and either Chris or Jonathan can steer you to what's drinking well right now.
It's a great feel in a good Sellwood loc ...
It's a great feel in a good Sellwood location, you can tell it's been there awhile, they have confidence in what they are doing. All the food options were great, lots of lobster in the pasta, the steak was perfect, seafood very fresh. The apple arugula salad is terrific.
While equally expensive to many PDX spots, the high quality helps all that match. We would certainly return for a special evening out.
Our server was very nice and we were sea ...
Our server was very nice and we were seated immediately. The food overall was good I was just disappointed with the ravioli. We couldn't get even a hint of the black truffle and the crab meat inside was quite dry. The chicken meatball spaghetti was great and I would recommend it.
The food was basically perfect. If you ...
The food was basically perfect. If you want hearty, bold, rich food you will not be disappointed. The crab artichoke ravioli was loaded with crab, homemade pasta was of high quality,cooked correctly. The sausage ravioli was also as good as it gets! Although we are probably 10th degree black belt gastronauts, once in awhile we just want good food that isn't pushing the envelope of ridiculous. This was a nice break from the ultra trendy food scene that can be a bit esoteric and pretentious at times. Anyway, off topic rant, but try this place, was awesome, we'll be back.
This is a small, upscale but friendly re ...
This is a small, upscale but friendly restaurant with great wait staff and good, mostly Italian or mediterranean food. My only complaint was that it is a little dark and that made it hard to read the menu - but the waitress was happy to tell us about everything.
This is our second time and we enjoyed i ...
This is our second time and we enjoyed it just as much as the first time! The food is still authentic and reminds us of our trip to Northern Italy. Everyone is very friendly there, food is delicious, wine menu is great, and corkage fee if you bring your own wine is very fair! One of our new found favorites!!
Whenever I'm in town, I try to visit A C ...
Whenever I'm in town, I try to visit A Cena. It has authentic Italian food and is a small restaurant in a good neighborhood. There is side street parking. They have a good selection and if the eggplant wasn't undercooked, I'd probably given them 5 stars. My companions had the Osso Bucco and spaghetti w/meatballs (or sauce) and said they were quite good. The seafood appetizer with scallops and calamari was very good as was the cannoli. Make a reservation if it's a weekend night.
Our fourth time here, likely the last. I ...
Our fourth time here, likely the last. It's not the same anymore. 1) they don't accept Open Table award certificates. 2) Plates were small (had the main scallop dish) 3) Server not once came back to fill our wine glasses, btw - we had a $75.00 bottle. 4) Server did not ask how our food was.
Went here for a late dinner. Nice, easy ...
Went here for a late dinner. Nice, easy atmosphere. Food was well prepared- risotto and ravioli de zucca. Fairly good wine list. Like the small/larger plate option. Would recommend this place for just about any occasion, just not a large group as it is a fairly intimate space.
Went for a special occasion. Food was ex ...
Went for a special occasion. Food was excellent, even had a lot of choices for vegetarian guest.
Lobster Ravioli and Brussel Sprouts were a hit, overall food and service were great.
We have to travel an hour to get there but it is definitely worth it. Definite repeat place.
Good Italian place that makes their own ...
Good Italian place that makes their own limoncello and has good gluten free options for those who need it. A little pricey but a solid option if looking for somewhere with a good atmosphere, good food, and friendly staff.
We had a lovely evening meal, starting w ...
We had a lovely evening meal, starting with the friendly greeting at the door and continuing through all the pleasant exchanges with the wait staff, and fantastic food and drink. Our only small complaint was that we were sitting under a cold air vent which cycled on and off. Off was good, on was chilly. We like the vibes there.
What a great dining experience! Service ...
What a great dining experience! Service was wonderful, atmosphere was great and the food.....oh my sooo good! We had the lobster pasta dish and i think it is the best thing i have ever tasted. It was our anniversary and they went out of thier way to make it special. We will be back and bring all our friends.
We have ALWAYS had excellent meals at a ...
We have ALWAYS had excellent meals at a Cena. I consistently get the lobster agnolotti - DIVINE! It's pricey, but luckily the smaller portion always fills me up. The main dining area near the kitchen is often breezy/cold, so we sat in the bar room, which was more quiet and warmer. We always end the meal with affogato with Frangelico - YUM!
Marvelous time. Took my wife for her bir ...
Marvelous time. Took my wife for her birthday with a bunch of friends. The food was outstanding, the place was vibrant, a little loud, and the service was awesome.
Though not inexpensive I was very happy that they had gluten-free pasta options. And I was told, that they make the pasta in house. Love it ! I will be back !!
The attention received by all of the tea ...
The attention received by all of the team was fabulous, very welcoming. The food was out of this world. Really a special place. A little spends but well worth it. This is a city for foodies and this is my new top place. Reservations a must
Over the years, a Cena has gone from ups ...
Over the years, a Cena has gone from upscale dining to casual neighborhood bistro. Food is still good. Get one of pasta or risotto dishes; it's what they do best. LOUD when they seat large parties, especially those with kids.
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