Castagna Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd

    Portland, OR 97214

    Cross street: Southeast 20th Avenue

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  • 503-231-7373

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Eating dinner here is an experience to be had. Really inventive and unique presentation. Probably the best steak I've ever had. Plus how can you not like a place that has a pre AND post dessert. Serivce was even better than the food.

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★★★★★

Eating dinner here is an experience to be had. Really inventive and unique presentation. Probably the best steak I've ever had. Plus how can you not like a place that has a pre AND post dessert. Serivce was even better than the food.

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I thought I was going for a casual evening dinner with a good friend; little did I know that we were both in for the best meal of our lives. We tried the 4 course dinner for about $65. Most would think of this as an expensive dinner, but

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★★★★★

I thought I was going for a casual evening dinner with a good friend; little did I know that we were both in for the best meal of our lives. We tried the 4 course dinner for about $65. Most would think of this as an expensive dinner, but

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The Castagna meal was probably the best meal I have ever eaten! Every dish was unusual and creative. This is not your routine recipe driven restaurant. Matt Lightner is doing new things that you simply will not see anywhere else. Four of

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★★★★★

The Castagna meal was probably the best meal I have ever eaten! Every dish was unusual and creative. This is not your routine recipe driven restaurant. Matt Lightner is doing new things that you simply will not see anywhere else. Four of

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I couldn't believe the variety coupled with the level of excellence of every dish we tried at this restaurant. The chef is doing things that no one else is trying and hitting a home run. We like maximizing our tastes so we were able, with

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★★★★★

I couldn't believe the variety coupled with the level of excellence of every dish we tried at this restaurant. The chef is doing things that no one else is trying and hitting a home run. We like maximizing our tastes so we were able, with

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Last night had a phenomenal experience here--fantastic, creative, delicious food that actually was ART. This young chef is a genious and I feel so lucky to be able to have access to such quality here in Portland. My favorites were the

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★★★★★

Last night had a phenomenal experience here--fantastic, creative, delicious food that actually was ART. This young chef is a genious and I feel so lucky to be able to have access to such quality here in Portland. My favorites were the

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Oh so saddened by the bad reviews. Don't believe them! It is for adventurous and curious diners and for those who are really interested in some of the creative, inventive and yummy things that can be done with food. If you have other

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★★★★★

Oh so saddened by the bad reviews. Don't believe them! It is for adventurous and curious diners and for those who are really interested in some of the creative, inventive and yummy things that can be done with food. If you have other

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First, I would suggest that you are an adventurous eater to dine here. The menu changes - it's short and I always like that. However, they insist on listing nearly every ingredient in the dish. Including the mysterious parsnip milk. It

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★★★★★

First, I would suggest that you are an adventurous eater to dine here. The menu changes - it's short and I always like that. However, they insist on listing nearly every ingredient in the dish. Including the mysterious parsnip milk. It

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This is a first time bad review of a restaurant for me.

My husband and I had dinner at Castagna on October 29. We had been there previously and it was a favorite. But that was before the new chef, Matthew Lightner. The room is still

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★★★★★

This is a first time bad review of a restaurant for me.

My husband and I had dinner at Castagna on October 29. We had been there previously and it was a favorite. But that was before the new chef, Matthew Lightner. The room is still

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...not in this lifetime or the next. Oh, where to start?

The ??good?: beautiful presentation of food, very artistic.

The ??okay?: Service -- adequate but nothing to stand out. Pleasant ambience.

The ??everything else?: My husband took me here for my birthday, so we were hoping for a special dinner, based on some very good reviews. My first inkling of impending doom was when I looked at the prices --- $14 to $18 for appetizer-type offerings, and around $30 for entrees. Pricey, but I supposed it was do-able if my socks were going to be knocked off. From the appetizer-y portion of the menu we ordered dishes with crab, with scallops; with matsutake mushrooms, and with spaghetti squash. My husband ordered a beef entre. We were also served some bread-like objects (rock-hard and grease-soaked ??rolls? ?? the first of many ??WTF?? moments of the meal)

Now I need to make clear: I am not a big eater. I often get a salad and an appetizer, or a salad and just have a few bites of my entre (and take the rest home for lunch the next day). When our food arrived, my eyes grew wide and my jaw dropped. Not in a good way. There was approximately 1 tablespoon of crab salad on my husband??s plate and a few tiny leaves of herbs. My ??scallop? dish consisted of 2 paper-thin ribbons of carrot and yellow squash, 2 paper-thin slices of daikon and beet, and a few little nubbles of not-very-fresh-tasting scallops. Bleccch. The mushroom dish was about one-third of a seared mushroom stem, with a few raw mushroom slices on top, surrounded by a ??beef gel? that tasted like the Campbell??s Beef Consomme from my childhood. Bleccch again. The spaghetti squash dish had perhaps two tablespoons of squash topped with uni (which was actually very fresh) and some oversalted broth. The flavors did nothing at all for each other ?? the whole was definitely NOT greater than the sum of its parts. *sigh* The beef entre was small but had good flavor. Not nearly enough aioli to enjoy with the meat.

I do not recall ever walking out of a restaurant still hungry, but this was a first. I actually stopped to get a bite to eat on the way home. The cost for this alleged ??dinner? for two with drinks and tip was $150. I have never paid that much for dinner in my life.

To reiterate: Never again.

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★☆☆☆☆

...not in this lifetime or the next. Oh, where to start?

The ??good?: beautiful presentation of food, very artistic.

The ??okay?: Service -- adequate but nothing to stand out. Pleasant ambience.

The ??everything else?: My husband took me here for my birthday, so we were hoping for a special dinner, based on some very good reviews. My first inkling of impending doom was when I looked at the prices --- $14 to $18 for appetizer-type offerings, and around $30 for entrees. Pricey, but I supposed it was do-able if my socks were going to be knocked off. From the appetizer-y portion of the menu we ordered dishes with crab, with scallops; with matsutake mushrooms, and with spaghetti squash. My husband ordered a beef entre. We were also served some bread-like objects (rock-hard and grease-soaked ??rolls? ?? the first of many ??WTF?? moments of the meal)

Now I need to make clear: I am not a big eater. I often get a salad and an appetizer, or a salad and just have a few bites of my entre (and take the rest home for lunch the next day). When our food arrived, my eyes grew wide and my jaw dropped. Not in a good way. There was approximately 1 tablespoon of crab salad on my husband??s plate and a few tiny leaves of herbs. My ??scallop? dish consisted of 2 paper-thin ribbons of carrot and yellow squash, 2 paper-thin slices of daikon and beet, and a few little nubbles of not-very-fresh-tasting scallops. Bleccch. The mushroom dish was about one-third of a seared mushroom stem, with a few raw mushroom slices on top, surrounded by a ??beef gel? that tasted like the Campbell??s Beef Consomme from my childhood. Bleccch again. The spaghetti squash dish had perhaps two tablespoons of squash topped with uni (which was actually very fresh) and some oversalted broth. The flavors did nothing at all for each other ?? the whole was definitely NOT greater than the sum of its parts. *sigh* The beef entre was small but had good flavor. Not nearly enough aioli to enjoy with the meat.

I do not recall ever walking out of a restaurant still hungry, but this was a first. I actually stopped to get a bite to eat on the way home. The cost for this alleged ??dinner? for two with drinks and tip was $150. I have never paid that much for dinner in my life.

To reiterate: Never again.

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Actually the service was initially good from everybody in the restaurant.

They helped us to chose a (very) good wine, which we enjoyed while waiting, and with our rather tiny-portions, but interesting dishes.

Everything was fine until a lady that looked like a manager, yelled at one of our two children who crossed her way. She was actually rude, and that annoyed me quit a bit. When i asked her for an explanation, it turned out she was the manager, with an unapologetic request to "control" our daughter.

I want to explain our children were reasonably well behaved, we saw nobody annoyed by them walking (not running) around the table after dinner. But i guess this was enough for the manager to decide and ruin our night.

We used to go just for the awesome french fries they used to have. Not any more. And really, the dishes are expensive and small.

I am not spending $220 again for hearing a manager to yell at my children.

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★☆☆☆☆

Actually the service was initially good from everybody in the restaurant.

They helped us to chose a (very) good wine, which we enjoyed while waiting, and with our rather tiny-portions, but interesting dishes.

Everything was fine until a lady that looked like a manager, yelled at one of our two children who crossed her way. She was actually rude, and that annoyed me quit a bit. When i asked her for an explanation, it turned out she was the manager, with an unapologetic request to "control" our daughter.

I want to explain our children were reasonably well behaved, we saw nobody annoyed by them walking (not running) around the table after dinner. But i guess this was enough for the manager to decide and ruin our night.

We used to go just for the awesome french fries they used to have. Not any more. And really, the dishes are expensive and small.

I am not spending $220 again for hearing a manager to yell at my children.

Pros: good wine

Cons: service

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Castagna has always been a special restaurant - it's offered Portland a stunning focus on ingredients that no other restaurant in this town has. Pure, distinct flavors beautifully executed combined with a simple and elegant space and great service.

The owner, Monique Siu - who, by the way, is one of the unsung heroes in Portland's food scene, one of the co-founders of Zefiro years ago - did something truly daring last fall. She closed the restaurant to refresh the space and brought on a new chef, Matthew Lightner, to reinvent the menu.

They've done a wonderful job. The space is still simple and elegant, but with a new warmth that's inviting. And the menu is simply stunning - I dream about the crab, the maitake, the oxtail. Still a purity of flavor and ingredient, but with a new inventiveness that's so interesting. It's challenging and comfortable at the same time.

I understand how some people may miss the old menu - it was wonderful. But Castagna's essence is still there - just refreshed, renewed, inspired for the future. It's an exciting place.

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★★★★★

Castagna has always been a special restaurant - it's offered Portland a stunning focus on ingredients that no other restaurant in this town has. Pure, distinct flavors beautifully executed combined with a simple and elegant space and great service.

The owner, Monique Siu - who, by the way, is one of the unsung heroes in Portland's food scene, one of the co-founders of Zefiro years ago - did something truly daring last fall. She closed the restaurant to refresh the space and brought on a new chef, Matthew Lightner, to reinvent the menu.

They've done a wonderful job. The space is still simple and elegant, but with a new warmth that's inviting. And the menu is simply stunning - I dream about the crab, the maitake, the oxtail. Still a purity of flavor and ingredient, but with a new inventiveness that's so interesting. It's challenging and comfortable at the same time.

I understand how some people may miss the old menu - it was wonderful. But Castagna's essence is still there - just refreshed, renewed, inspired for the future. It's an exciting place.

Pros: Great, inventive, interesting, delicious food; great service

Cons: None

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We spent $125 for two people and left hungry and ticked off due to the POOR service. There are many people walking around, filling water and taking plates, but it seemed like there was only one real waitress, who was unfriendly and not attentive. There is so much hype about this place because it's different...but it's totally not worth the money. The old approach was much better.

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★☆☆☆☆

We spent $125 for two people and left hungry and ticked off due to the POOR service. There are many people walking around, filling water and taking plates, but it seemed like there was only one real waitress, who was unfriendly and not attentive. There is so much hype about this place because it's different...but it's totally not worth the money. The old approach was much better.

Pros: crab was amazing

Cons: POOR service, tiny portions, totally over priced

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We have enjoyed many memorable dinners at both the restaurant and the cafe (I won't discuss the cafe here since we continue to love it - we can still get many of the dishes in the cafe that used to be on the restaurant menu). I loved the former restaurant menu with the lightest agnolotti in town and so many other favorites. I wondered if I could adjust to the new approach. We have now eaten there several times since the change of both chef and menu and have not been disappointed. My crab dish was light and delightful, the mushrooms flavorful, the lamb rich and satisfying and the apple dessert out of this world. This restaurant is blazing a new trail and I, for one, would like to continue to explore it.

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★★★★★

We have enjoyed many memorable dinners at both the restaurant and the cafe (I won't discuss the cafe here since we continue to love it - we can still get many of the dishes in the cafe that used to be on the restaurant menu). I loved the former restaurant menu with the lightest agnolotti in town and so many other favorites. I wondered if I could adjust to the new approach. We have now eaten there several times since the change of both chef and menu and have not been disappointed. My crab dish was light and delightful, the mushrooms flavorful, the lamb rich and satisfying and the apple dessert out of this world. This restaurant is blazing a new trail and I, for one, would like to continue to explore it.

Pros: food, service, decor/ambiance

Cons: it's not near my house

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OK. Friday Oct. 30, 2009 turned out to be a sad day for me. Castagna Restaurant has been my personal favorite Portland restaurant for years. I've eaten there easily 20 times. On Friday, I experienced the new menu for the first time, and it was not a good experience. I never would have imagined myself saying this, but it is possible I have eaten my last meal there. I ordered off the menu, rather than the chef's tasting menu, and it is possible that I ordered poorly (crab salad, agnolotti, lamb) but the food just was not that good. I enjoyed the simplicity and great flavors of the old menu. They still use great ingredients, but not to the same effect. The concept is to order several smaller plates (generally priced between $14-20). The crab salad was pretty, but literally 3-4 bites and the lemon flavor was overwhelming. You could always count on the agnalotti on the old menu, but the new version is miniaturized and missing everything that made the old version so great. The lamb was an interesting dish, and the dessert was the best part of the meal and saved this from a 1-star review. I fear the Oregonian review will be the death of the restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

OK. Friday Oct. 30, 2009 turned out to be a sad day for me. Castagna Restaurant has been my personal favorite Portland restaurant for years. I've eaten there easily 20 times. On Friday, I experienced the new menu for the first time, and it was not a good experience. I never would have imagined myself saying this, but it is possible I have eaten my last meal there. I ordered off the menu, rather than the chef's tasting menu, and it is possible that I ordered poorly (crab salad, agnolotti, lamb) but the food just was not that good. I enjoyed the simplicity and great flavors of the old menu. They still use great ingredients, but not to the same effect. The concept is to order several smaller plates (generally priced between $14-20). The crab salad was pretty, but literally 3-4 bites and the lemon flavor was overwhelming. You could always count on the agnalotti on the old menu, but the new version is miniaturized and missing everything that made the old version so great. The lamb was an interesting dish, and the dessert was the best part of the meal and saved this from a 1-star review. I fear the Oregonian review will be the death of the restaurant.

Pros: Same great service, same great minimal decor

Cons: The food

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We had a great dinner there in the past it was the best ever, So we came back to do it agin,they made changes , not good changes, a very short meun. They now have big plates with tiny teaspoones of food.
We won't be back..

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★☆☆☆☆

We had a great dinner there in the past it was the best ever, So we came back to do it agin,they made changes , not good changes, a very short meun. They now have big plates with tiny teaspoones of food.
We won't be back..

Pros: Great service

Cons: tiny bits at big prices

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Castagna has a device in their herb garden which collects and kills bees. I think it is bizarre to grow a garden which attracts neighborhood bees and then kills them. Informed people are aware that there is a serious decline in the world bee population, and that we depend on bees for pollinating our crops. At a time when conscious gardeners are attempting to increase the bee population, Castagna is contributing to the decline. Perhaps this restaurant is concerned with bees bothering the patrons. If this is the case they should not have an herb garden next to public seating. I will not dine at a place that has such a disconnection and disregard for local and global nature.

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★☆☆☆☆

Castagna has a device in their herb garden which collects and kills bees. I think it is bizarre to grow a garden which attracts neighborhood bees and then kills them. Informed people are aware that there is a serious decline in the world bee population, and that we depend on bees for pollinating our crops. At a time when conscious gardeners are attempting to increase the bee population, Castagna is contributing to the decline. Perhaps this restaurant is concerned with bees bothering the patrons. If this is the case they should not have an herb garden next to public seating. I will not dine at a place that has such a disconnection and disregard for local and global nature.

Pros: Beautiful herb garden

Cons: Bee killers

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We wanted to try Castagna Cafe and had fun watching the cooks do their dance in such a small area. The Sicilian appetizers were fried to perfection. Loved the grilled beets as a side and can't wait to return to find out what the spinach is like. Loved the flavors of the black cod over beans and my partner enjoyed the lamb turine that had a surprise of garlic sausage. The almond cake was much like the traditional olive oil cake I make-and it was a perfect light sweet to end the meal. Being a busy Sat the waitress wasn't around too much, but the hostess kept checking in on us. We will return!

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★★★★★

We wanted to try Castagna Cafe and had fun watching the cooks do their dance in such a small area. The Sicilian appetizers were fried to perfection. Loved the grilled beets as a side and can't wait to return to find out what the spinach is like. Loved the flavors of the black cod over beans and my partner enjoyed the lamb turine that had a surprise of garlic sausage. The almond cake was much like the traditional olive oil cake I make-and it was a perfect light sweet to end the meal. Being a busy Sat the waitress wasn't around too much, but the hostess kept checking in on us. We will return!

Pros: All courses tasted wonderful

Cons: magazines at counter/bar not too romantic, noisy

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My husband and I went for my birthday and it was a nearly perfect experience for us. We usually go to the Cafe, but wanted a more soothing and intimate atmosphere. The agnolotti, little ravioli, were delicate gems of deliciousness. Our entrees were amazing as well and we finished with a cheese plate for dessert. The servers know what they are doing and were unobtrusive and helpful. I'm not waiting until my next birthday to return.

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★★★★★

My husband and I went for my birthday and it was a nearly perfect experience for us. We usually go to the Cafe, but wanted a more soothing and intimate atmosphere. The agnolotti, little ravioli, were delicate gems of deliciousness. Our entrees were amazing as well and we finished with a cheese plate for dessert. The servers know what they are doing and were unobtrusive and helpful. I'm not waiting until my next birthday to return.

Pros: ambience, service, food

Cons: none

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This is my first unfavorable review of any restuarant. Reservations at 8:15. Seated at 8:43. Long wait on a hard wood plank. My back still hurts. Appetizers were mussels in cider and squash soup. The soup was acceptable, but not noteable, the mussels were cooked well but, smelt very strongly - aged sea food. Dinner of steak and chicken thigh; the steak was cook as asked, texture and flavor were good, the side of string fries were covered with salted - and I love salt, still too much. My wife's chicken was too salty even for me - almost impossible and unforgiveable. The service throughout was scarse and marginal. The desert of creme brulee was beyond burnt and the armangac was awful. They told us they were out of oysters, but an hour later a party came in and was served oysters. I inquired and was told they had called and requested the last oysters? Phone ahead for your dinner. I hope this review helps the restuarant improve their food and services for your meal. Good Luck.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is my first unfavorable review of any restuarant. Reservations at 8:15. Seated at 8:43. Long wait on a hard wood plank. My back still hurts. Appetizers were mussels in cider and squash soup. The soup was acceptable, but not noteable, the mussels were cooked well but, smelt very strongly - aged sea food. Dinner of steak and chicken thigh; the steak was cook as asked, texture and flavor were good, the side of string fries were covered with salted - and I love salt, still too much. My wife's chicken was too salty even for me - almost impossible and unforgiveable. The service throughout was scarse and marginal. The desert of creme brulee was beyond burnt and the armangac was awful. They told us they were out of oysters, but an hour later a party came in and was served oysters. I inquired and was told they had called and requested the last oysters? Phone ahead for your dinner. I hope this review helps the restuarant improve their food and services for your meal. Good Luck.

Pros: On Hawthorne

Cons: Poor Service, Way Too Salty!!, Late on Reservation, Smelly Seafood, Loud.

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We returned for a romantic anniversary dinner. We had not been for a while and had good memories, but we won't be back. We were greeted and invitied to "take a nice seat by the window", without realizing we were being seated next to a table for twelve. What started as a dull roar got louder as the evening and the drinks (and the drunks) wore on. We literally could not hold a conversation over a table for two, and after we left, we both remarked that it was quieter outside on a busy city street than it had been in the restaurant. While the food and the service were nice, the evening was ruined for us. There were plenty of empty tables throughout the evening, so this was not the only seating availble.

If you are looking for a nice quiet, romantic evening - look elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

We returned for a romantic anniversary dinner. We had not been for a while and had good memories, but we won't be back. We were greeted and invitied to "take a nice seat by the window", without realizing we were being seated next to a table for twelve. What started as a dull roar got louder as the evening and the drinks (and the drunks) wore on. We literally could not hold a conversation over a table for two, and after we left, we both remarked that it was quieter outside on a busy city street than it had been in the restaurant. While the food and the service were nice, the evening was ruined for us. There were plenty of empty tables throughout the evening, so this was not the only seating availble.

If you are looking for a nice quiet, romantic evening - look elsewhere.

Pros: nice food, good service

Cons: street parking, noisy, no control of groups

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I'm afraid to say that Castagna isn't nearly as good as it used to be. I'm not sure what has changed but I doubt we'll be back after the amount of money we spent for a mediocre meal. The cafe next door is a much better bet. The atmosphere is beautiful though and service is impeccable.

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★★★☆☆

I'm afraid to say that Castagna isn't nearly as good as it used to be. I'm not sure what has changed but I doubt we'll be back after the amount of money we spent for a mediocre meal. The cafe next door is a much better bet. The atmosphere is beautiful though and service is impeccable.

Pros: Service, pretty atmosphere

Cons: expensive for the quality

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This is a wonderful restaurant with a very stylish look and ambiance (great lighting for dinner). The waiter was friendly and very attentive. Appetizers were the duck raviolis (YUM). For entrees, we had the salmon (perfectly cooked) and lamb chops (again, perfect). The creme brulee and chocolate pots-de-creme was worth the drive alone. Nice wine selection too. Parking can be tough, but where in Portland is it easy ;o) Will definitely go back.

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★★★★★

This is a wonderful restaurant with a very stylish look and ambiance (great lighting for dinner). The waiter was friendly and very attentive. Appetizers were the duck raviolis (YUM). For entrees, we had the salmon (perfectly cooked) and lamb chops (again, perfect). The creme brulee and chocolate pots-de-creme was worth the drive alone. Nice wine selection too. Parking can be tough, but where in Portland is it easy ;o) Will definitely go back.

Pros: romantic, great lighting, fabulous staff

Cons: parking is a pain

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My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at Castagna. The food was excellent and perfectly prepared. We thoroughly enjoyed our appetizers (sea scallops and rabbit pate), main dishes (Muscovy duck and raq (had to misspell because this site won't let me use the correctly spelled word) of lamb), and desserts (seared mascarpone cheese cake with local raspberries and rhubarb Napoleon), as well as some nice French wine. The decor was very nice and soothing, the seating was comfortable, and the staff was attentive. We are looking forward to our next delightful dinner at Castagna.

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★★★★★

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at Castagna. The food was excellent and perfectly prepared. We thoroughly enjoyed our appetizers (sea scallops and rabbit pate), main dishes (Muscovy duck and raq (had to misspell because this site won't let me use the correctly spelled word) of lamb), and desserts (seared mascarpone cheese cake with local raspberries and rhubarb Napoleon), as well as some nice French wine. The decor was very nice and soothing, the seating was comfortable, and the staff was attentive. We are looking forward to our next delightful dinner at Castagna.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

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This is the kind of fine dining we have forgotten to expect. Four of us enjoyed four different entrees, appetizers and desserts. All were exceptional. Fish was cooked perfectly, everything was seasoned with interest and art. Even the side dishes were delicious and unusual. Service was wonderful. The decor is sparse but the food is definitely the crowning jewel. Who needs fancy art? What a treat!

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★★★★★

This is the kind of fine dining we have forgotten to expect. Four of us enjoyed four different entrees, appetizers and desserts. All were exceptional. Fish was cooked perfectly, everything was seasoned with interest and art. Even the side dishes were delicious and unusual. Service was wonderful. The decor is sparse but the food is definitely the crowning jewel. Who needs fancy art? What a treat!

Pros: food, service, wine

Cons: none

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I love Castagna. I've had dishes here that make me want to stand and shout. They make delicious, delicious, delicious food. Now if only we had a town with food critics that knew the difference between bland and delicious, a light might be shining on a path that could lead you to this exceptional place. Take it from me, there are gems you aren't hearing about. This is one of them. Treat yourself to the dining room. The cafe is great, but the chef really shows his stuff on the nice side.

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★★★★★

I love Castagna. I've had dishes here that make me want to stand and shout. They make delicious, delicious, delicious food. Now if only we had a town with food critics that knew the difference between bland and delicious, a light might be shining on a path that could lead you to this exceptional place. Take it from me, there are gems you aren't hearing about. This is one of them. Treat yourself to the dining room. The cafe is great, but the chef really shows his stuff on the nice side.

Pros: food, drinks, service

Cons: Eastside

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This place has predictable dishes, nothing new or outstanding
but made well punctuated an unwelcome impression of being
unwelcome. It was such a bother for the waiter to wait on us
that it ruined the entire experience. What is the deal with
Portland waitstaff?

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★★★★☆

This place has predictable dishes, nothing new or outstanding
but made well punctuated an unwelcome impression of being
unwelcome. It was such a bother for the waiter to wait on us
that it ruined the entire experience. What is the deal with
Portland waitstaff?

Pros: well made dishes

Cons: typical, bored waiter, not friendly at all

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My in-laws were in town a few weeks ago and my partner and I decided for their last night in town we would get a babysitter and take them out for a memorable meal together. We had heard great things of Castagna's Restaraunt (we have been to and enjoyed the cafe several times) and decided to test it out with the parents...... what a good choice we made! The meal was incredible as was the service. We all ordered different appetizers and entrees thinking we could all share little tastes, and little tastes they were indeed because everyone loved their own meal so much, no one wanted to share! We even ordered desserts (unusual for us) because we had to see what would come out next, and we weren't disappionted. I would highly recommend Castagna to anyone looking for an excellent fine dining experience.

2
★★★★★

My in-laws were in town a few weeks ago and my partner and I decided for their last night in town we would get a babysitter and take them out for a memorable meal together. We had heard great things of Castagna's Restaraunt (we have been to and enjoyed the cafe several times) and decided to test it out with the parents...... what a good choice we made! The meal was incredible as was the service. We all ordered different appetizers and entrees thinking we could all share little tastes, and little tastes they were indeed because everyone loved their own meal so much, no one wanted to share! We even ordered desserts (unusual for us) because we had to see what would come out next, and we weren't disappionted. I would highly recommend Castagna to anyone looking for an excellent fine dining experience.

Pros: Good Service, Decent parking, nice atmosphere

Cons: Bit expensive

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food is excellent, location and ambience is average. I do not go there after they cancelled a reservation the day of a birthday event I had planned, saying that their restaurant was closed. the large french fry plate is a little bizaar and not really all that tasteful.

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★★★☆☆

food is excellent, location and ambience is average. I do not go there after they cancelled a reservation the day of a birthday event I had planned, saying that their restaurant was closed. the large french fry plate is a little bizaar and not really all that tasteful.

Pros: food, wine list

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the majority of portland diners probably won't understand how truly amazing Castagna really is. The will feel much more comfortable eating at Portland city grill or Manzana, where the service is fake and intrusive. The service and the food at Castagna are genuine and understated. The people who understand the difference make this there home away from home.

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★★★★★

the majority of portland diners probably won't understand how truly amazing Castagna really is. The will feel much more comfortable eating at Portland city grill or Manzana, where the service is fake and intrusive. The service and the food at Castagna are genuine and understated. The people who understand the difference make this there home away from home.

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Very nice people and good food, but the dining room has the appeal of a barren hotel entrance hall... alas.

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★★★★☆

Very nice people and good food, but the dining room has the appeal of a barren hotel entrance hall... alas.

Pros: imaginative cuisine, well spaced tables

Cons: charmless dining room

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There is a sophistication to dining at Castagna that is definitely an acquired taste. I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the food and serenity evoked by the surroundings. Castagna is actually one of the places that I feel most comfortable. Service has always been respectiful and friendly. I think if you enter Castagna with the intent to satisify you palate, you will leave happy. However, as a celebratory place, you may feel disappointed.

2
★★★★★

There is a sophistication to dining at Castagna that is definitely an acquired taste. I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the food and serenity evoked by the surroundings. Castagna is actually one of the places that I feel most comfortable. Service has always been respectiful and friendly. I think if you enter Castagna with the intent to satisify you palate, you will leave happy. However, as a celebratory place, you may feel disappointed.

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If you moved Castagna from the East side to L.O., you might have a winner. But between Ladd's Addition and Hawthorne the stark surroundings and aloof staff are entirely out of place, and not in a refreshing way. The food has the requisite exotic menu, with prices to match, and everything was prepared adequately (I had a decent quail entree). However, the staff matches the austere surrounds, and you can't escape the feeling that somehow you're intruding in the restaurant. It absolutely detracted from the meal. But, if elitism is what you crave.....

1
★★★☆☆

If you moved Castagna from the East side to L.O., you might have a winner. But between Ladd's Addition and Hawthorne the stark surroundings and aloof staff are entirely out of place, and not in a refreshing way. The food has the requisite exotic menu, with prices to match, and everything was prepared adequately (I had a decent quail entree). However, the staff matches the austere surrounds, and you can't escape the feeling that somehow you're intruding in the restaurant. It absolutely detracted from the meal. But, if elitism is what you crave.....

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Sure it's hoity toity and I like great food as much as the next filthy rich portlander with time to burn. The Food was AWESOME, don't get me wrong. But a restaurant with a rep like this one needs to be consistent I think. Cold and Clinical, YES. Romantic? Heck NO !! I would recommend Castagna to anyone who ISN'T hungry and would just as soon watch two hundred dollars float elegantly down the toilet. "But c'mon, it's an art gallery for food!!".
yeah whatever. What a rip off.

1
★★★☆☆

Sure it's hoity toity and I like great food as much as the next filthy rich portlander with time to burn. The Food was AWESOME, don't get me wrong. But a restaurant with a rep like this one needs to be consistent I think. Cold and Clinical, YES. Romantic? Heck NO !! I would recommend Castagna to anyone who ISN'T hungry and would just as soon watch two hundred dollars float elegantly down the toilet. "But c'mon, it's an art gallery for food!!".
yeah whatever. What a rip off.

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The food at Castagna is as simple and elegant as teh room. Service is top-notch. It's a perfect haven for Southeast foodies.

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★★★★★

The food at Castagna is as simple and elegant as teh room. Service is top-notch. It's a perfect haven for Southeast foodies.

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This elegant restaurant features contemporary, creative cooking, now overseen by chef Justin Woodward, the former longtime sous chef. For the prix-fixe menu, diners choose one dish from each of four categories ($65). Wine pairings are…

 

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