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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
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.
Renata was bustling with celebrating tables on Saturday night. Great cocktails. Small but terrific wine selection. The service was one of the best in Portland... all the waiters were attentive, knowledgeable and very friendly. The food took a long time to arrive, but it was delicious and creative. I would say it was more Northwest Cuisine than Italian, but it was terrific either way. The fresh pastas were perfect. Fantastic use of local seasonal produce. Had a great time- thanks!
We had been taken to dinner at Renata by friends a few days before this visit. The manager recognized us, greeted us, and remembered what kind of wine we liked. That first positive impression this visit continued as he visited our table with some wine recommendations.
Our dinner this time with a friend included great service, a very efficient wait staff, and good food. We came early, sat at the bar and found the bar guy well informed and a good conversationalist. Good experience - would go there again without a doubt.
Delicious food. We were visiting and will return to Renata whenever we are in Poertland. The high ceilings and spacious design were better for groups than couples. Noise level was high, so not so cozy or intimate. The food was wonderful and will bring us back again and again. We also admired the floral design. Apparently she is a forager which gave the centerpieces a wild springtime feel. Highly recommend !
The asparagus appetizer was just incredibly delicious. We had 2 appetizers and one entree which was a perfect amount of food to share. Everything was delicious, well composed and served timely. The wine we had was an excellent accompaniment. $120.00 for a delicious dinner for 2 was a deal!
Renata has an interesting selection of Italian influenced items. There are 4-5 pastas, 3-4 pizzas, and some roasted items. The pasta is very good, had the agnolotti in the mustard sauce- excellent and a nice sized portion. The carbonara pizza is different, but also very good, and very rich. The wine list features Italy, and has a number of interesting choices. The rest of Europe and the US are also well represented. My only quibble is the wine pricing seems a little high, but then maintaining a diverse list has its costs
Definitely recommended and we're definitely going back
Noise level was so high we could barely hear one another. There is so little fabric , no tablecloths , or whatever to absorb noise. The food was fine, but not for the price , service was very good. Restaurants that join PDX dining month should shine and allow folks to try new places for a set price. I won't go back, mediocre , there are too many great places in Portland that are less money, better food, with more ambiance.
Very busy place with good food. We loved the crostini with ricotta and broccolini, and the pork agnolotti. Desserts were delicious and artfully presented. Service did not match the great food. We were seated 15 minutes after our reservation time and it took another 10 minutes for someone to take our drink order. Service improved as the evening went on which is why I gave it 3 stars instead of just 2.
Sadly, this was a disappointing dining experience. We had high expectations, but the food was overpriced and not very flavorful. I love the simplicity of good Italian food, but this restaurant couldn't pull it off. I had the pappardelle, which was totally bland and the noodles were heavy. The pork agnolotti was overwhelmed by the mustard sauce, making it difficult to taste anything else. The pizza was good. And the roast chicken was a small portion but pretty tasty. The crab appetizer was tart and lacked flavor as well. The crostini apps were delicious.
The service was not very good either! We were a party of four and we were there during Portland dining month, so you would have expected them to move things along in order to get through the waiting line. We arrived at 5:30 and didn't leave until after 8pm! We had to ask for refills of bread, wine, and water multiple times. Dessert was tasty but it took forever. We left feeling sleepy and somewhat frustrated.
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