Renata is located in the heart of the burgeoning Central Southeast Industrial district of Portland, Oregon teaming with local artisans, hip eateries, trendy shops and readily accessible from every area in the city. Quickly becoming recognized as one of Portland’s top dining destinations, Renata remains true to its welcoming family-centric roots and neighborhood ethos. Every dish retains the authenticity of its Italian origin, layered with thoughtful and playful interaction from Sigler’s deft hand.
Fire and wood are transformative elements in the cooking process and in the atmosphere of the restaurant. Renata’s open kitchen with its stunning hearth and Italian pizza oven anchor the expansive dining room creating a warm and welcoming focal point for diners. The west side of the restaurant is flooded with
natural light from striking wood cladded accordion doors that in warmer weather, open up onto a large patio, where diners can enjoy alfresco dining inside and out.
Italian, Northwest, Sicilian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 4-6pm
$31 to $50
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Renata Ratings and Reviews
Great atmosphere and attentive service. ...
Great atmosphere and attentive service. Terrific pizza (perfectly baked), delicious and light escarole salad (not bitter at all!) and comforting vegetable sides. The attempts on seasonal offerings were at times too earnest this time around, BUT that's also my personal light aversion to fall flavors. Killer cocktail menu. Overall a wonderful spot for dinner.
I enjoyed that the menu choice are uniqu ...
I enjoyed that the menu choice are unique compared to other Italian restaurant in Portland. While I thought this would be a small restaurant in an older building with street parking, Renata in a newer building and a small parking lot. I also thought the value was very good and not over priced at all.
I surprised my husband on his birthday. ...
I surprised my husband on his birthday. We love the open restaurant. The food is superb and the service over the top. The ragu with pasta was to die for. We will be back because there are so many things to try. This is one of our new favorite Italian restaurants in PDX. Thank you SFO for letting go of the this talented group. The Renata owners, chef and staff have it going on!
My husband and I love the Portland food ...
My husband and I love the Portland food scene and were anticipating a lovely evening. Our experience at Renata left us disappointed though. From the beginning our experience was poor. We sat for what seemed to be a long period of time before our waiter greeted us. He was quick and short to get our drink orders. As he was walking away, we had to ask if there were any specials not listed on the menu, which there were. It took an even longer time to get our drinks.
We ordered a cheese board as an appetizer and when it was brought to us, the waiter failed to tell us about the cheese selection - we had to ask for the information again.
I ordered bread with my dinner but the bread never arrived. Once I finished my dinner, the host, not the waiter, came and apologized for not getting the bread to us in time.
The only nice thing about the evening was the bread we ordered, but never ate, was removed from our bill. Our bill came with two scoops of ice cream as an apology. We thought that was nice as well. Overall, Renata left us underwhelmed and disappointed. We won't be back.
For two, order a salad and pizza to shar ...
For two, order a salad and pizza to share then split 2 pasta entrees. That way you get to try a little of everything. The staff was attentive and willing to help. I would highly recommend sitting at the chef's counter.
A little spendy, but a great date night spot or for special occasions. The service and food is definitely worth it.
Everything was great except for 1 dish t ...
Everything was great except for 1 dish that was way too salty. I sent it back and did not want another; having filled up on appetizers and pizza. Nice place, great service. Not sure I would go back because of the 1 dish.
Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with a ...
Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with a upscale decor. Great menu to share dishes to try a variety of Italian food. All the dishes were very good including the deserts. The personnel was very friendly & attentive. They seemed to work well together. I would highly recommend Renata.
Beautiful restaurant. Really kind, know ...
Beautiful restaurant. Really kind, knowledgeable
Waiter. I loved every bite I took. Gorgeous food, beautiful flower arrangements. Perfect nice date spot. Pasta was mind blowing. They crafted an off the menu incredible dish for my vegan friend which was SO kind. Only annoyance was they really push the shared plate thing-- we wanted to order individually bc we had a few people with dietary restrictions in the group and they repeatedly put our food in the middle of the table, and the food came out at staggered times. Totally fine, just something to know when you go there
Our first time here. Wouldn't return. ...
Our first time here. Wouldn't return. We were asked to move tables because hostess told us they wanted table to pair with adjoining table for 4. That didn't happen. An hour later a party of 2 were seated. We couod have stayed. Servicecwas extremely slow. Took 15 minutes to get wine. Had to order food when the bottle arrived or we would have been forever waiting.
Salad was very good. Both pastas were oily.
Server didn't seem interested in our table.
Ava Gene's would have been better.
Outstanding dishes. very complex set of ...
Outstanding dishes. very complex set of ingredients. Pizza out of the ball park great. Halibut cheek made our table of 8 very quiet for a bit until that plate was empty. Pasta choices were very good but overshadowed by the other offerings like the juicy pork chops.
This is must do visit when we are back in town.
Food was incredibly salty to the point w ...
Food was incredibly salty to the point where three of us couldn't come close to finishing our meals. We had leftovers as such which brings up another disappointment in service. We didn't get our leftovers delivered to the table upon finishing; moot point since we all were parched from salt overdoses.
service was outstanding as was food. Stu ...
service was outstanding as was food. Stuffed olives, green salad, pizza and ravioli. All wonderful. I would like to see more Oregon, Napa Valley wines. Noise level was a real distraction for us, the noise level from the family style dining is more than enough noise without adding music at full blast. Not good for a 2 person conversation, we couldn't even hear each other, but we now know all about the other strangers at our table. I will not return for that reason. Take a lesson from France and cut back on the music, I can go to a dance club for that.
Have been several times and it's always ...
Have been several times and it's always a pleasure. The hiccup this time was the server who relentlessly tried to upsell to the point that it was laughable it was so obvious. He did recommend an excellent bottle of wine.
My partner and I have dined at Renata tw ...
My partner and I have dined at Renata twice. Both times we left feeling somewhat disappointed by the experience. The food is fair -- not great, not bad. It's just nothing to write home about. The service is where Renata is truly lacking. On both occasions the staff that we interacted with were somewhat condescending and rude, which took away from the experience. We were there to spend a fair amount on a nice meal and we expected to be treated with more hospitality.
First of all the food was amazing! I wou ...
First of all the food was amazing! I would honestly return for the food alone, however I found the wait staff to be pretentious and over bearing. We had 3-4 waiters at one point. They where very attentive until dinner came. It took over an hour after we where done eating to get a coffee menu let alone to be acknowledged by anyone.
The tables feel like they where on top of each other. I could clearly hear the conversations on both sides of us and felt like I had to more or less yell at my date. Frankly I would not return due to this alone.
Overall I would say it's an acceptable dinner location of your into this form of atmosphere. I found the place by looking for a top restaurant list in Portland. I am not to sure who rated this place as 3rd best in PDX because that's a crock. I would much rather go to nonna emilia any day of the week.
We dined outside. It was a beautiful ni ...
We dined outside. It was a beautiful night and very enjoyable. Our waiter was very attentive and had many great recommendations from cocktails to wine to how and what we should order for food. The food was fabulous and the service was great.
We chose Renata because it was listed as ...
We chose Renata because it was listed as the top Italian restaurant for 2016 in Portland. While we did enjoy our evening overall, we were not as thrilled with the food as we had hoped to be. First, the positive: the cocktails were interesting and very well made, and the wine list was extensive, offering good choices by the glass as well as by the bottle, though fairly marked up in terms of price. The trout salad and the crostini appetizers were delicious. The service was excellent - the waiter took extra time to explain the small plate concept and offer suggestions. However, the main courses we chose were a little disappointing. The pasta dish - a large, single "raviolo" had too many different flavors going on at the same time, and the pasta itself seemed underdone and doughy. The roasted chicken was much better, both moist and flavorful, though trying to carve it into shared portions was a little messy. Finally, we ordered a grilled peach dessert and a sorbet. The peaches were not great - again too many flavors and textures at once and not even attractive to look at. The sorbet was a ginger-blueberry, but you could only taste the ginger.
Overall, I think they are in that mode of trying to be as unique and experimental as possible, but sometimes simple is better. I'd like to give it another try, possibly just having a drink and appetizer at the bar.
Renata is a beautiful restaurant with gr ...
Renata is a beautiful restaurant with great atmosphere and delicious, creative food. Fabulous patio dinning when weather is favorable. good size bar if that is what you want to do. Always an enjoyable experience.
Casual elegant dining. Menu is small, b ...
Casual elegant dining. Menu is small, but turns over frequently. The staff is helpful and very about both the food and wine selections. The meal is usually served family style at your table, which is a nice change from the norm, though they will happily bring you individual plates if you wish. The food is simply outstanding in both ingredients and execution, and the service is phenomenal. The one drawback is the noise level can make conversation at the table harder than you might want. It isn't cheap, so make your peace with what the bill may be before you go. We had a wonderful meal for 4, including a great bottle of wine, and dessert with coffee, and the bill was about $250...and we're already making plans to return.
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