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
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.
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.
Renata is exceptional...from the first g ...
Renata is exceptional...from the first greeting at the door, through fabulously creative food in a memorable space, to the last goodby as we left..
Chef Matthew presides over a remarkably well trained and friendly staff who cheerfully describe and serve his astonishingly fresh local dishes. Each plate offers a unique assemblage of ingredients that surprise and delight!
Excellent meal. Love how the food blend ...
Excellent meal. Love how the food blends so many flavors & textures. Portions just the right size--you leave pleasantly full but not over-filled. Wait staff was very attentive & knowledgeable about the food menu & the wine menu. Only issue was the noise level; there weren't that many people (early reservation time), but everything seemed to echo & bounce around.
Food was better than ordinary but lacked ...
Food was better than ordinary but lacked finesse and sometimes too salty
The music played was not appropriate for dinner conversation - who wants rock, pop or alternative while fine dining? - also, the acoustics are terrible ....too much clattering noise
The service was OK - fairly knowledgeable but not much of a professional presence - we never were completely sure who our server was.
Renata is always a great experience. Ser ...
Renata is always a great experience. Service is perfect and the food is interesting and well prepared. Presentation is superb. While it leans a little toward the precious, we have never thought they crossed the line and the overall experience is exceptional.
I was fortunate to get a same day reserv ...
I was fortunate to get a same day reservation for my friend and I. We were warmly greeted by Sandra, and were accomodated at a requested window table. Our server was very pleasant and helpful in making recommendations on the menu. The cocktails were a perfect beginning. My Italian style Manhattan was perfect! EVERY item on the food menu we ordered, was delicious and well timed. We would highly recommend Renata to all, and will definitely return for another wonderful dinner night.
Great place for a gathering. We had 1 ex ...
Great place for a gathering. We had 1 extra person and they were gracious and very accommodating. We tend to stick to the pastas because they are unique, fresh and delicious. We haven't enjoyed the main courses as much. Cocktails are original and always good. Having the warm kitchen in view adds to the warmth and atmosphere , especially on rainy cold evenings.
Excellent food and excellent service. Th ...
Excellent food and excellent service. The food was prepared with care and attention to detail. One of the dishes was their margherita pizza. I have had this style at many Portland landmark restaurants, and this one was the best by far.
The food definitely lived up to the hype ...
The food definitely lived up to the hype. Every dish we had was excellent and enjoyed by all. We took the waiters advise and ordered several dishes and shared them family style. The most unique dish was the deep fried olives that were an excellent appetizer. The salumi board was very good but one of the meats had only 3 pieces so tough to share with four people. Guessing someone mis-counted. The funghi pizza was unusual with the drizzled honey but subtle sweetness worked well with excellent crust. Although the pork chop was flavorful between the bone and more than expected fat, the portion was much less than what was presented. That is probably the American in me that is used to large portions. We were all plenty full and finishing the night with their in-house made limoncello was perfect. My only real complaint would be their wine pricing is definitely too high.
The food was very good, but the service ...
The food was very good, but the service was slow and inattentive even for typical Portland service. We had great cocktails and received a nice wine recommendation. The pork sampler was delicious. It just took way too long.
Great as always. Pasta is always and imp ...
Great as always. Pasta is always and impossibly perfectly cooked. Same for risotto. Main courses are always solid. Flavors are creative and keeps the palate wanting more. Bar program is one of the best in Pacific Northwest. Service is alway great, sets the bar high in Portland. This level of service is quite refreshing.
Renata quickly turned into our favorite ...
Renata quickly turned into our favorite Portland restaurant. Everything that comes out of the kitchen is ridiculous. All of the servers we've had are uniformly professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and detail oriented - without ever being intrusive. Love the atmosphere.
The menu didn't look like much on line, ...
The menu didn't look like much on line, but every dish was interesting and delicious. I ordered bread to sop up every last bit of sauce. Though I don't generally get dessert, the budino looked compelling and tasted even better. Go for Renata. You'll be glad you did.
I live out of state and look forward to ...
I live out of state and look forward to Renata every time I travel to Portland - it is just that good. My friends and I love the delicious food, warm ambiance, lovely outdoor seating, friendly folks, great service, delicious and innovative cocktails.
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