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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!
Portland, OR 97202
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
Great food. Loved our waitress. My only complaint was the gentleman bussing the tables would just reach in and grab plates or reach to fill water with out even a word. Would have been nice to have a " can I take that for you" and " can I fill your water" before some close calls of us reaching for something as he swooped in to take a plate or fill our glasses
My first time at a Cena was for a birthday dinner, and I was pleasantly surprised. The service was so far above what one usually experiences at many Portland restaurants, without being overly stuffy. The room had nice, dim lighting, a moderate level of noise so conversation was possible without having to yell. We had two different servers, both delightful and informative. There's an actual busboy too, so our water glasses were always full and our dirty dishes promptly cleared. The food came -- papardelle and a faro side for me, margherita pizza for my date - came out hot and fresh, and perfectly prepared. A wonderful meal. We will definitely be back.
The mood lighting was great, I would have to say that with the tables within the door being so close, the waitress kept serving the tables from between, so her butt was at eye level, and hanging over the table which I thought was inappropriate. The food was great. Also they got our appetizer wrong, had asked for the shrimps, got a salad.
Our last visit was for a 74th birthday. The upscale Italian restaurant is always very good and welcoming. Limited menu, but tasty selection of appetizers, first courses and main courses, with a changing deseet menu. Very much worth the owner,and staff are friendly and capable.
I used to LOVE this place! I have taken many clients here, countless family dinners and always on Mother's Day. This last experience was AWFUL. Our server was very complacent, and overall pretty rude. We never got asked if we'd like another glass of wine, and we were checked on maybe twice. The worst of it was that my husband can not eat mushrooms- so he asked for no mushrooms on a dish- it wasn't possible since it was in the sauce- no big deal, so he ordered another entree. His meal came out and it was covered in mushrooms. He did not check to see how our food was, and then at the end of the meal he came over to see if we needed boxes- and he said to my husband in a very accusatory tone- You didn't like it? My husband said- I can not eat mushrooms as I told you before. The server blew up on him and exclaimed why didn't you tell me? You need to tell someone when it is not right- next time you have to speak up! It was very uncomfortable for us- I felt like my husband was being scolded... See, we couldn't get his attention until my little toddler was squirming her way out of her seat- so we didn't have time to wait for another meal. We were also celebrating his Mom's birthday- so he decided to play it cool and just get it to go for my daughter to eat the next day.
After all of that- the server slammed the bill down and we were on our way- needless to say- we will NOT be back here.
This was our second time visiting a Cena and we have not been disappointed! The food is awesome and from the moment you walk through the door the staff is amazing!
For an appetizer, we ordered Cavoletti di Bruxelles-fried brussels sprouts with pancetta. Not only was it incredible, it also arrived at our table about 5 minutes after we ordered. For our main course, my wife had Garganelli alla Norcia -pasta with house-made fennel sausage, Cremini, white wine, and cream and I had Stracotto- boneless short rRib, horseradish, potato gnocchi Alla Bava'. We finished our meal with coffee and Affogato-vanilla bean gelato with warm chocolate sauce and a shot of espresso. It was a perfect way to end our anniversary dinner. If you love Italian food, you can not go wrong with a Cena!!!
We've been coming here for years and consider it one of the best restaurants in the Southeast Portland area. On a culinary or "foodie" level it's as good as any of them. It's open for lunch, unlike many restaurants of this caliber. On our recent visit we had especially good service, being allowed to take our time with absolutely no sense of being urged to order more; our server allowed us to order only one course at a time in case we found we didn't need another course. The first courses were so good and filling (grilled octopus salad and Brussels sprouts with pancetta) that they could have been a complete lunch, but in the true sense of an "appetizer" these dishes made us want to order more. Our entrees (filet of sole and short-rib ravioli) were as excellent as the first courses, as was the bottle of French Chardonnay we had. All in all a great experience.
Drinks made from handcrafted specialty Italian drinks, and authentic Italian food make this a local gem. Their homemade pasta is fantastic--I had the handmade ravioli which had a unique blend of unexpected flavors. For dessert try to the Cannoli and top it off with the homemade Limoncello --which is a treat.
This was my second time dining here and the restaurant does not disappoint. The service
is outstanding and the entire meal was to die for. The pastas are fresh daily and the Lobster Agnolotti is unlike anything I have ever tasted. Melt in your mouth...heavenly!
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!
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