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.View Private Dining Details
Mediocre overpriced food, small portions, wait staff seemed annoyed to be serving us and gave us incorrect information about the dishes. Too many great restaurants in Portland to ever go back
This was our first visit to Renata and the star of the evening was most definitely the food. The menu is small, but nicely curated and care seems to be taken with each item offered. My spouse had a glass of wine and I had the Renata version of a Manhattan with some marinated olives to begin. Wine was excellent and while the cocktail had the lovely and interesting twist of having vernaccia in it, I'm not a fan of the enormous ice cube that seems to be the fashion these days (I know others are). We shared the lentil and Endive salad, followed by a margherita pizz with arugula for me and a pasta with wild boar sauce for my spouse. The pizza was one of the best I've had in Portland - amazing thin crust that was crisp all the way to the center with a lovely puff of crisp dough around the edge. They do a very Italian take on the amounts of red sauce and mozzarella - perfect! My husband's pasta was also excellent and we had nothing to take home. We then shared a affoggato corretto. The cinnamon ice cream was very good, but I personally love mine with just a rich vanilla. Servers were discreet and professional. There is a hum of activity and conversation, but not so much that you cannot hear your dinner companion. Prices are high, but quality is good. We very much enjoyed our meal.
Excellent service and very good food. A bit noisy, but tolerable. The only minus was the most preposterously over-priced wine list by the bottle I have ever seen.
Great courses for Portland dining month and good service, too.
Great as always. A favorite!
We sat by the entrance for like the 3rd time now. It’s cold, breezy but we do love the food and our waitress was amazing:)
We have eaten here before. We had the roasted chicken. I had the mixed greens salad that was perfect, my wife had a creative crostini. Our son-in-law had a beautiful steak and chose a flavorful, creamy polenta to accompany his steak. All-in-all a great meal. One little thing: the team approach to service works well, but this is the second time we waited for more than 15 minutes to have our check picked up, after the table had been cleared.
Our waiter recommended that we order family style, which was great because we could have a little of everything. The pasta, risotto, salad, and pizza were all great - plus we sat at a bar looking into the kitchen. The food is fresh, well-seasoned, and original.
Renata didn't really live up to the hype. The food was decent and the drinks were pretty good. I've definetly had better wood fired pizza though. I saw the pizza cook put his hands in his mouth and didn't wash them before he went back to touching food. Gross.
Roasted Chicken was bland and flavorless, not even salt. We were there for Portland Dining Month, three course meal for $33. If you one of the combinations to choose was a Misticanza Salad ($10) and a Margherita Pizza ($15) and a scoop of gelato. Anyway it's for a good cause.
I've been wanting to try Renata's for some time, and the Portland Dining Month gave me a good excuse. Ended up ordering off regular menu (instead of special Dining Month menu) but the food was very good, both pasta and pizza, and the service both by the front of the house and the waiter were exceptionally friendly and accommodating. Will definitely not be my last time, and hopefully it won't take me so long to get back.
My wife and I are on a very frustrating streak of mediocre service at really great restaurants. The streak continued at Renata. It was not a busy Monday night yet our party of four sat for nearly 20 minutes with our menus while waiting for our drinks. I finally got up and went to the bar to see if our drinks were there and was told they’d be brought over. By the time they arrived the two cocktails had watered down from the melting ice and my wife’s bubbly...wasn’t. I suggested requesting a fresh glass but she declined.
When we gave the server our orders for dinner, we chose a bottle of red wine. It took another 10-12 minutes for him to bring it. Very likely we would have had a second bottle but the food soon arrived and we decided against it, a loss of revenue for the restaurant.
Thankfully the dishes we ordered were fantastic...two pasta dishes and one pizza plus salad and bruschetta. We shared them with each other happily. Simply delicious. All in all we had a very nice evening and we love Renata. But there was something amiss that night with our server and/or the bar. I sure hope this streak ends!
Renata is one of the very best in the Portland food scene.
The food was amazing and the server was super helpful! My daughter, who has several food allergies, had one of the best dining experiences she has had in quite a while. Our server and the chef worked together to create a meal that was allergy compliant and delicious! It was treat for the whole family!
It was just okay...dont think I would rank it best italian restaurant in Portland. Service was great...pasta was under, small portions, which is fine if it's amazing but it was just okay...nothing to write home about.
This was our second try at this restaurant. We dine out frequently in Portland and just do not understand the raves about the food.
The service was really great and the setting is very nice.
We did NOT eat the March Dining month menu, ordered from all the other choices. Completely forgettable.
The pasta of the dinner month menu wasn’t so good. But the other food is delicious
We went to Renata for the Portland Dining Month menu. The food was rather pedestrian. I might come back for a pizza but it seemed a lot of money for what we got and compared to other places we tried for Dining Month.
I can't believe I have never been here before. I read that this was the 2015 Portland Restaurant of the year. I saw the listing in Portland Dining Month, and the menu sounded good. The food really shined, although my girlfriend does not like real Italian pizza. I envied the couple next to me, who ate about six different dishes. (They all looked really good.) We only had the three course meal. I will definitely return soon.
My personal favorite restaurant in portland, if forced to choose between all the great places in our town.
So many great food choices on the menu, great wine selection and mostly very knowledgeable servers. Adam would probably win our vote for greatest server, and my wife has been in high end food service for many years.
Long drive for us, relatively speaking, but we look for excuses to go all we can.
Make sure you don't get sat at the one crummy table next to the wall of the wait staff/pass area where waiters will accidentally yell in your ear and you are jammed up next to an adjacent table. We luckily asked to be moved, and were, and privacy and ambience were much better.
As a native Italian, I am thrilled to have a restaurant like Renata in town. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, great ambience, delicious food and good prices. I was very pleased and I will definitely go back. It's a very thoughtfully put together concept. Kudos to the owners and the chefs. Also, one of the best (if not the best) pizza in PDX when it comes to the dough.
Compared to other amazing Portland restaurants we were underwhelmed. It wasnt negative but nothing compelling us to return. Food was fine, nothing special, as was service. Very loud, although had a warm ambiance. For better italian and pasta, go to Accanto - super service, great unique dishes, lovely dining area, great wine.
Love the wood fired pizza and the family-style dining, open atmosphere. Food is consistently good and the staff are well informed.
I’ve eaten at Renata a number of times and have always been impressed with the service and delighted with the food. Sadly, this time the service was off. It took our waiter easily 10-15 minutes to approach our table and it was only 5:30 and they were maybe a quarter full. Three of our plates were excessively salty. We told the waiter. I’ll try it again, but may not race back. Maybe just an off night.
The food was amazing. Really worth the trip across the river. The cocktails were delicious; inventive and tasty.
The service was...uneven. Our server was very personable but didn’t even come to greet us or take a drink order for over 10 minutes after we had been seated. Then it took another 15+ minutes to get our drinks. They came after our appetizer arrived. After we got our food we didn’t see the waiter again until our plates were empty, so late in fact that we didn’t get an opportunity to order another drink.
The food was good enough to override the service issues. I hope it’s better next time!
Lovely ambiance and delicious food elegantly appointed!
It was our first time at the restaurant....came in with fairly low expectations (felt like a pizza and pasta casual restaurant but the food was much better than expected and the ambiance was casual but had a good vibe. Looks like it would be a fantastic place for the summer time.
the Valentines Day meal was 3/5 good, so I gave 3 stars. I'd rather have ordered a la carte - but the atmosphere, wine and service was great!
It was my wife’s birthday! We had a great meal, and the service was great! We will be back!
Very professional, great waiter and the food was fantastic!
Great service, excellent food. We go to Renata quite regularly and have experienced consistent quality service each time.
First visit to Renata, a birthday dinner celebration for my husband. We loved every aspect of our dining experience. The ambiance is great, the service was spot on, the food was absolutely delicious and creative. Wine and cocktails were a bit spendy. But we enjoyed both.
The menu was put together with such care. The flavors of everything we tried were well balanced and beautiful. The servings were large and the staff was very helpful and knowledgable. Amazing experience. We will go back for the Burratta. Was sold out. 😀
We couldn’t even hear each other talk. Food was great and this place makes great and interesting cocktails but the ambiance (we were at at a table with a lot of other people) and how loud it was coupled with our servers constantly changing (I for one do NOT like that trend in fine dining today) made this a 3-Star experience.
We had an excellent dinner, and the service was really good. It was really noisy though.
Love this spot. We have the most amazing service every time we go. The wait staff are all really sincerely helpful and friendly
I go all the Time
We enjoyed the loud noise and family style seating.
In the past we have enjoyed Renata and felt that it was the best restaurant in town for pasta dishes. This was the first time we have been there, however, since an executive chef change. We ordered three pasta dishes. The pappardelle with duck confit was good, albeit not as good as pastas on previous trips. The torteli with cranberry beans was a little above average. The risotto was terrible. Mediocre cafeteria, kind of terrible. My god, how can a kitchen with an ounce of integrity serve this, kind of terrible. I'm saying it was not good. Cannot currently recommend this. No plans to return.