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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.
Portland, OR 97214
Italian, Northwest, Sicilian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday 5-6pm
Thursday - Saturday 9-10pm
$31 to $50
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Renata has two private dining spaces and a patio conducive to cocktail receptions or seated meals. The striking space also lends itself to full-scale weddings and corporate buyouts.
Renata Ratings and Reviews
We would not recommend this restaurant. We spent over $200 on wine and another $200 on food. We waited at our table after being seated for 15 minutes before any one said a word to us. I had to ask for water. The servers were dressed like they just walked off the street and didn't even have their shirts tucked in. That is fine for tacos on Tuesday but if I am going to drop nearly 500$ on an evening for three people I expect much more.
Would never recommend this place. They have a lot of work to do
There were 6 of us going out for a family dinner. We were seated in the middle of the restaurant at a nice table and the noise level was moderate. Our food server was excellent at suggesting which plates to share, the number of servings adequate for our table and the amounts were perfect.
The wine list compliments the food very well.
Overall it was a nice evening.
We love Renata. The food is really great, usually. However for the second time that we've been there the waiter has either talked us out of what we'd like to order, and then what he suggested was really not great... and we ended up ordering what we wanted anyway. This past trip 3 of the 4 of us wanted the Burrata appetizer, and we were strongly discouraged from ordering 3, and he suggested 2 stating "thats an awful lot of cheese for 4 people to share". OK. So we ordered 2... the dishes came and were such incredibly small portions on giant plates that we all started laughing when they were set down on the table. And we ordered a third. So: food = great. Service = over the top Portlandia.
Simply the best italian food in Portland. They make their own cheeses, cure their own meats, hand make all pastas, have the best wood fired oven. The staff is helpful, attentive, and polite.
The one downside--- you will not be able to stay on your 1000 calorie a day diet.
Overall Renata was a little bit disappointing. The space is great — a cavernous former industrial building with exposed roof trusses. Unfortunately, they have done nothing to deal with the noise, which bounces around the room as if it were an aircraft hanger. They do have a nice-looking patio, but although we had a reservation, we had not specified "patio", and there was no room for us there. The maîte d' couldn't hear what we were saying, so it was quite a challenge to find an inside table.
Once we were seated, it was about 10 minutes before anyone appeared to take a drinks order. We started with a delicious clear, fresh-tasting Prosecco. The salad was great, the pastas so-so. My partner's beef tortellini was bland; my pesto and morel spaghetti stuck together in clumps and had to be cut up with a knife. I also don't think that this is a great combination — the morels were overwhelmed by the pesto. Neither was terrible, but if we had made them at home we would try to improve them next time. For dessert we had the olive oil cake, which had a great flavour, but was served in small chunks in a bowl as if they had trouble getting it out of the tin.
On the plus side, the waiter was very helpful, and they were able to provide nut-free versions of most of their dishes that came with nuts.
Good overall experience. The spring salad and burata plate were very nice. Our main dishes took a little long too arrive, but not so much as to make things unpleasant. My wife had a halibut ravioli whose sauce was so strong with caper and anchovi flavors that it was hard to sense the halibut at all. My bucatini carbonara was delightful. The beef bacon lended a lovely flavor to the dish. Staff was fun and especially attentive to our water needs.
There are few things about Renata, that I just can't get past.
a. Why do the servers push sharing dishes when they are not really small plates but rather traditionally divided up like in any Italian restaurant? Leave it to the customers to share if they like.
b. The noise level particularly if you are sitting close (not next) to a large group is terrible. We were with five people and had to scream at each other. That alone wants me to never return to Renata.
c. The food was okay but not outstanding, the portion sizes were fine but the quality of the food was just okay. The mixed pork plate had maybe two different kinds of pork none of which were really great. The vegetables on that plate were close to raw and way to chewy. The quid ink past was disappointing. The cured sample plate was interesting, there was only very little salmon in a sea of pea purree (or avocado purree) which in itself was good but shouldn't have been the center of the dish.
d. My never ending complaint with Renata. Drink orders take forever to come. It feels like (and we acutually tried that before) you should order your second drink when you receive the first because this is how long it will take!
I have only ever had good experiences dining here and this last time was no exception. The menu changes daily and they are always out-doing themselves with the dishes. The food is amazing and they have a great selection of European wines, which in Portland can be a challenge to find.
This was my second time to have dinner, the first time was very nice and the service was great, NOT SO MUCH THIS FRIDAY NIGHT. As we set down we were told that we had clear the table by 7 PM as another guest would be waiting. That really set the TONE for what was to be a relaxing dinner with out of town quests,it turned into the server coming over to the table to clear it off almost before we had finished our dinners. I would not recommend this to anyone that was looking for a nice place to relax over a meal ,which is what I thought was the point of going out to eat.
The food was amazing, do not skip the cured salmon on the appetizer menu, all of us loved it. Going as a group and getting to taste most things on the menu was wonderful, and highly recommend it for others. Helps overcome the inability to choose what to eat from a wonderful menu.
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