Genoa Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 2832 SE Belmont St

    Portland, OR 97214

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  • 503-238-1464

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We went last night and the theme was Naples. I am half Italian, from NY and my family has restaurants all over LI. I am so happy with my experience at Genoa. The food was clean and delicious and true to it's roots. My favorite was the Insalata di Mare with prawns, octopus and squid. The cold antipasto featured the softest Buffala Mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and basil, 12 year old balsamic vinagar and olive oil.

I have wanted to go to Genoa for a while but was concerned that with five courses, I wouldn't be hungry by the entree. Each dish was portioned so well that I didn't even feel full by dessert so I got to really enjoy it!

It was $55 for five courses. Delicious!

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★★★★★

We went last night and the theme was Naples. I am half Italian, from NY and my family has restaurants all over LI. I am so happy with my experience at Genoa. The food was clean and delicious and true to it's roots. My favorite was the Insalata di Mare with prawns, octopus and squid. The cold antipasto featured the softest Buffala Mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and basil, 12 year old balsamic vinagar and olive oil.

I have wanted to go to Genoa for a while but was concerned that with five courses, I wouldn't be hungry by the entree. Each dish was portioned so well that I didn't even feel full by dessert so I got to really enjoy it!

It was $55 for five courses. Delicious!

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After alerting our waiter that I have a severe food allergy, each of the first three courses put in front of me were my wife's, and each contained my allergy food. One bite was all it took for me to get very sick. Even after the waiter knew I had eaten something that I was allergic to and had become sick, I still had the wrong dish put in front of me that contained my allergy. On top of it all, they attempted to charge us for our whole meal, including the incorrect dish they served me that made me sick. I would not go back. Too bad, as it used to be a good place to dine.

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★☆☆☆☆

After alerting our waiter that I have a severe food allergy, each of the first three courses put in front of me were my wife's, and each contained my allergy food. One bite was all it took for me to get very sick. Even after the waiter knew I had eaten something that I was allergic to and had become sick, I still had the wrong dish put in front of me that contained my allergy. On top of it all, they attempted to charge us for our whole meal, including the incorrect dish they served me that made me sick. I would not go back. Too bad, as it used to be a good place to dine.

Pros: The remodel looks nice.

Cons: Inept wait staff

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This was our third visit to Genoa Restaurant. We have always wanted to like it but are consistantly disappointed in many ways. Our female server was extremely indifferent and amazingly full of herself. Three entree choices were reduced to one because they were out of the wild boar and neither of us are fond of trout. So our only choice was pigeon.

The Amuse Bouche was boring and undefinable. The potage was rather pedestrian lentil soup, with no great highlights. Our salads were a bit boring and far from unique. The pigeon was well prepared but a bit tooooo rare. The squab was on a bed of greens but the infusion of blood from the rare meat was off-putting and sitting in puddles on the greens and the plate. I like rare to medium rare but this was way over the top. Dessert was a souffle which tasted exactly like something from a cruise ship, where they are feeding 2000 or more hungry eaters. B O R I N G !

My advice is to save a little money, go to Paley's Place or Three Doors Down, and have a much better dinner prepared to order. Or so it seems to me!

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★☆☆☆☆

This was our third visit to Genoa Restaurant. We have always wanted to like it but are consistantly disappointed in many ways. Our female server was extremely indifferent and amazingly full of herself. Three entree choices were reduced to one because they were out of the wild boar and neither of us are fond of trout. So our only choice was pigeon.

The Amuse Bouche was boring and undefinable. The potage was rather pedestrian lentil soup, with no great highlights. Our salads were a bit boring and far from unique. The pigeon was well prepared but a bit tooooo rare. The squab was on a bed of greens but the infusion of blood from the rare meat was off-putting and sitting in puddles on the greens and the plate. I like rare to medium rare but this was way over the top. Dessert was a souffle which tasted exactly like something from a cruise ship, where they are feeding 2000 or more hungry eaters. B O R I N G !

My advice is to save a little money, go to Paley's Place or Three Doors Down, and have a much better dinner prepared to order. Or so it seems to me!

Pros: New clean and bright digs

Cons: formula "cruise ship" mass produced offerings

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We are pleased to announce, that after a one year hiatus, Genoa Restaurant has re-opened its doors. Under the leadership of new owners and Executive Chef David Anderson, Genoa emerges with a fresh new face after a collaborative remodel by Fix Studio, Siteworks and Works Partnership Architecture. Our new five course prix-fixe menu ($55) is rooted in regional Italian cuisine based on seasonality and continues the 38 year tradition that made Genoa one of the city's culinary pioneers and its first farm-to-table restaurant. We are proud to welcome back the devoted fans of Genoa and equally excited to introduce a new generation of Portlanders to a dining experience where comfort and service play an equal role.

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★★★★★

We are pleased to announce, that after a one year hiatus, Genoa Restaurant has re-opened its doors. Under the leadership of new owners and Executive Chef David Anderson, Genoa emerges with a fresh new face after a collaborative remodel by Fix Studio, Siteworks and Works Partnership Architecture. Our new five course prix-fixe menu ($55) is rooted in regional Italian cuisine based on seasonality and continues the 38 year tradition that made Genoa one of the city's culinary pioneers and its first farm-to-table restaurant. We are proud to welcome back the devoted fans of Genoa and equally excited to introduce a new generation of Portlanders to a dining experience where comfort and service play an equal role.

Pros: Attention to detail, first class service, great value.

Cons: a year without you

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Our group of 8 diners chose the newly remodeled Genoa for our annual holiday dinner. We were delighted to discover that the space has a lot of the same intimacy and charm without the darkness and fustiness that it used to have. It is now warm and elegant, which also describes the service there: our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, and funny and engaging without being intrusive. He truly added to our dining experience. The arrival of every course was coordinated and perfectly timed, and the wines we brought were decanted and served to best suit the courses. And then of course there was the food: the pastas were light and flavorful, the salads creative and fresh, and the entrees simply outstanding. And don't get me started on the desserts.
Altogether, we stretched drinks and the five-course dinner to about 4 hours, so Genoa is probably not the place you want to go with a blind date, but it was perfect for a group to relax and catch up and really enjoy wine and food and each-other's company. Thanks again!

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★★★★★

Our group of 8 diners chose the newly remodeled Genoa for our annual holiday dinner. We were delighted to discover that the space has a lot of the same intimacy and charm without the darkness and fustiness that it used to have. It is now warm and elegant, which also describes the service there: our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, and funny and engaging without being intrusive. He truly added to our dining experience. The arrival of every course was coordinated and perfectly timed, and the wines we brought were decanted and served to best suit the courses. And then of course there was the food: the pastas were light and flavorful, the salads creative and fresh, and the entrees simply outstanding. And don't get me started on the desserts.
Altogether, we stretched drinks and the five-course dinner to about 4 hours, so Genoa is probably not the place you want to go with a blind date, but it was perfect for a group to relax and catch up and really enjoy wine and food and each-other's company. Thanks again!

Pros: Food/Service/Wine/Ambiance

Cons: Too pricey to go every weekend!

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Genoa is a very unique dining experience. The decor is very simple, almost to a point. The seven courses were unbelievable in taste and presentation, but I found myself at the end of the night still hungry. A nice restaurant to go to every once in awhile, but not a place I would frequent.

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★★★★☆

Genoa is a very unique dining experience. The decor is very simple, almost to a point. The seven courses were unbelievable in taste and presentation, but I found myself at the end of the night still hungry. A nice restaurant to go to every once in awhile, but not a place I would frequent.

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Genoa is an exquisite dining experience for the adventurous diner. The service is amazing, courteous and attentive. You can choose from a 4 or 7 course prix fixe tasting menu. The portions are perfect so you are able to get through all 7 courses without feeling weighed down at the end of your meal. The tastes and ingredients are wonderful and meant to be slowly enjoyed for a memorable evening.

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★★★★★

Genoa is an exquisite dining experience for the adventurous diner. The service is amazing, courteous and attentive. You can choose from a 4 or 7 course prix fixe tasting menu. The portions are perfect so you are able to get through all 7 courses without feeling weighed down at the end of your meal. The tastes and ingredients are wonderful and meant to be slowly enjoyed for a memorable evening.

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'Tis a sad day in Bridgetown... Genoa is no more. As much as Higgins takes credit for bringing fine dining to Portland, three restaurants had him beat (in more ways than one): L'Auberge, Cafe Des Amis and Genoa. Genoa was the last of the three to shut its doors when it closed a couple weeks ago. For those of you who never got a chance to try one of these three places, I am sorry; now about as close as you can get is Paley's. To those in the know before New York found Portland: Join me in a glass raised to one of the best.

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★★★★★

'Tis a sad day in Bridgetown... Genoa is no more. As much as Higgins takes credit for bringing fine dining to Portland, three restaurants had him beat (in more ways than one): L'Auberge, Cafe Des Amis and Genoa. Genoa was the last of the three to shut its doors when it closed a couple weeks ago. For those of you who never got a chance to try one of these three places, I am sorry; now about as close as you can get is Paley's. To those in the know before New York found Portland: Join me in a glass raised to one of the best.

Pros: wonderfull memories

Cons: It is no longer open

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This place needs remodel so bad! It smells like mold in there, even their glasses, which greatly affects the wine, and if you want to eat there, you'll need to bring a magnifying glass with you...seriously. At the other hand, I've never dined at a place for Elf's, so it was quite an experience! Also, it's way too dark inside. I don't understand all the fuss about this restaurand at all! Maybe 20 years ago?

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★★☆☆☆

This place needs remodel so bad! It smells like mold in there, even their glasses, which greatly affects the wine, and if you want to eat there, you'll need to bring a magnifying glass with you...seriously. At the other hand, I've never dined at a place for Elf's, so it was quite an experience! Also, it's way too dark inside. I don't understand all the fuss about this restaurand at all! Maybe 20 years ago?

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I have been to many fany fixed menu restaurants and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Genoa. I honestly wasn't expecting the many delights that we received. The service was exceptional, the waiter was friendly and intelligent. I have come to expect lack luster service here in Portland and I was very pleased to have such exceptional service as we had.

The food was absolutely outstanding. The only down point was under seasoned venison, the worst part of that was that the venison was cooked perfectly, it was just very mundane. The soup course was a sweet potato puree that was rich and varied in flavor. The pasta course, an orchiette, was made more complex and interesting by the addition of currants. The truly outstanding taste of the evening came unexpectedly in a raspberry sorbet. The sorbet was not just raspberry, it was full bodied and absolutely sizzled on my tongue.

I would highly recommend Genoa to anyone seeking an outstanding dining experience. We will definitely be going back again and again.

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★★★★★

I have been to many fany fixed menu restaurants and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Genoa. I honestly wasn't expecting the many delights that we received. The service was exceptional, the waiter was friendly and intelligent. I have come to expect lack luster service here in Portland and I was very pleased to have such exceptional service as we had.

The food was absolutely outstanding. The only down point was under seasoned venison, the worst part of that was that the venison was cooked perfectly, it was just very mundane. The soup course was a sweet potato puree that was rich and varied in flavor. The pasta course, an orchiette, was made more complex and interesting by the addition of currants. The truly outstanding taste of the evening came unexpectedly in a raspberry sorbet. The sorbet was not just raspberry, it was full bodied and absolutely sizzled on my tongue.

I would highly recommend Genoa to anyone seeking an outstanding dining experience. We will definitely be going back again and again.

Pros: Oustanding food and service

Cons: The decor could use a little updating

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I waited almost 13 years to finally go to Genoa, a place many had said would be the finest dining experience I would ever have in Portland. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Stunned would be more accurate. I could go into detail, but really the bottom line is the food was just not good, the inside is unremarkable, the wait staff is nothing special, and the prices are ungodly. I mean, honestly, I have had more satisfying meals at Elmer's. After reflecting on all this, I have a theory that Genoa is secretly run by the Cacophany Society as a elaborate gag and they really purchase all their ingedients at Hawthorne Fred Meyer. The joke's on us.

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★☆☆☆☆

I waited almost 13 years to finally go to Genoa, a place many had said would be the finest dining experience I would ever have in Portland. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Stunned would be more accurate. I could go into detail, but really the bottom line is the food was just not good, the inside is unremarkable, the wait staff is nothing special, and the prices are ungodly. I mean, honestly, I have had more satisfying meals at Elmer's. After reflecting on all this, I have a theory that Genoa is secretly run by the Cacophany Society as a elaborate gag and they really purchase all their ingedients at Hawthorne Fred Meyer. The joke's on us.

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We have been long time patrons of this Portland Landmark restaurant. We have regularly gone on NY Eve and other special occasions for a number of years, frequently accompanied by a large group. Our last visit was with a group of 8 people on Saturday Sept. 1st. The service was a disappointment to put it mildly. I have a crab allergy which we covered both when we made the reservation and when we confirmed the reservation, but I was served it anyway. It was a crab beignet and luckily my wife brought it to my attention before I ate it. We had also brought 3 bottles of wine. We asked that they be opened to breath and one member of our party suggested decanting their wine. Only 2 of the 3 bottles were opened and none were decanted. One person in our party was served the wrong main course, he ordered the rib eye and was served lamb instead. He said it was OK, but a service oriented restaurant would have made it right. The service definitely spoiled the evening.
What prompted me to take the time to write this review was what has occurred since that evening. I sent an email complaining about the service and was assured it would be forwarded to the owner of Genoa's - Kerry. After over 2 weeks with no response, I called again and left a phone message asking that Kerry call me. Another month has gone by with no response. I can only attribute this to a complete breakdown of any process of communication or an unbelievable arrogance on the part of the owner. As I mentioned in my initial email, I was certain that most people in our party would not return due to the service we rec'd. Needless to say, the automatic gratuity was added to our bill which approached $1,000. One bad experience when handled correctly could have saved us as long time customers. Incompetence or arrogance, or a combination of both, will drive us to one of the many other fine restaurants in Portland for future special occasions. I'm sorry Genoa's has fallen so far, it WAS a special place.

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★☆☆☆☆

We have been long time patrons of this Portland Landmark restaurant. We have regularly gone on NY Eve and other special occasions for a number of years, frequently accompanied by a large group. Our last visit was with a group of 8 people on Saturday Sept. 1st. The service was a disappointment to put it mildly. I have a crab allergy which we covered both when we made the reservation and when we confirmed the reservation, but I was served it anyway. It was a crab beignet and luckily my wife brought it to my attention before I ate it. We had also brought 3 bottles of wine. We asked that they be opened to breath and one member of our party suggested decanting their wine. Only 2 of the 3 bottles were opened and none were decanted. One person in our party was served the wrong main course, he ordered the rib eye and was served lamb instead. He said it was OK, but a service oriented restaurant would have made it right. The service definitely spoiled the evening.
What prompted me to take the time to write this review was what has occurred since that evening. I sent an email complaining about the service and was assured it would be forwarded to the owner of Genoa's - Kerry. After over 2 weeks with no response, I called again and left a phone message asking that Kerry call me. Another month has gone by with no response. I can only attribute this to a complete breakdown of any process of communication or an unbelievable arrogance on the part of the owner. As I mentioned in my initial email, I was certain that most people in our party would not return due to the service we rec'd. Needless to say, the automatic gratuity was added to our bill which approached $1,000. One bad experience when handled correctly could have saved us as long time customers. Incompetence or arrogance, or a combination of both, will drive us to one of the many other fine restaurants in Portland for future special occasions. I'm sorry Genoa's has fallen so far, it WAS a special place.

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Went with a few friends a couple of weeks ago and had to write about it. First off the food is unreal. The artichokes three ways with cherries and balsamic that has been reduced and the whipped like cream is wonderful. The corn soup that is vegan and yet silky smooth and creamy is wonderful. We all fell in love with the agnolotti with braised and then grilled fresh bacon. The shaved porcini mushrooms were awesome. The fish were amazing. To finally have a choice at Genoa from three different fish was just wonderful. The sardines, rouget, scallops, and walleye pike were all meticulously prepared and executed. After that we then had the meat course. Who knew you could get that in Portland. Porchetta with candied olive and smoked blue cheese. Ribeye with shaved beans and balsamic, And last but not leat Lamb Loin with braised squash blossoms and tomato jam. All were mind blowing. Next was and intermezzo of a sage infused lemonade. Who knew!!! The desserts are wonderful, not to sweet but just right. Then we had the cheese course. And finally the Petit Fours which were Toffe Popcorn, housemade of course, and handmade strawberry marshmallows. WOW is really all we can say. The previous remark of resting on the laurels is crazy. This is by far and away the best food in Portland ever. Nostrana, Park Kitchen, and Le Pigeon HA! Genoa has everyone beat on the food side of things.

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★★★★★

Went with a few friends a couple of weeks ago and had to write about it. First off the food is unreal. The artichokes three ways with cherries and balsamic that has been reduced and the whipped like cream is wonderful. The corn soup that is vegan and yet silky smooth and creamy is wonderful. We all fell in love with the agnolotti with braised and then grilled fresh bacon. The shaved porcini mushrooms were awesome. The fish were amazing. To finally have a choice at Genoa from three different fish was just wonderful. The sardines, rouget, scallops, and walleye pike were all meticulously prepared and executed. After that we then had the meat course. Who knew you could get that in Portland. Porchetta with candied olive and smoked blue cheese. Ribeye with shaved beans and balsamic, And last but not leat Lamb Loin with braised squash blossoms and tomato jam. All were mind blowing. Next was and intermezzo of a sage infused lemonade. Who knew!!! The desserts are wonderful, not to sweet but just right. Then we had the cheese course. And finally the Petit Fours which were Toffe Popcorn, housemade of course, and handmade strawberry marshmallows. WOW is really all we can say. The previous remark of resting on the laurels is crazy. This is by far and away the best food in Portland ever. Nostrana, Park Kitchen, and Le Pigeon HA! Genoa has everyone beat on the food side of things.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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I've been to Genoa in Portland 3 times. The first two times were bliss. The third was pathetic.
It's very clear Genoa has lost one of it's main chefs. It's not the inspired cuisine experience it used to be. I wouldn't pay even a 1/3 for what we got last night. And I didn't like the bickering waiter staff either. Really dissapointing. They've done more than rested on their laurels. They've sat down, taken a nap, and haven't woken up. Either Cafe Mingo, Tuscany Grill, or Serratto's would be a better bet now.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been to Genoa in Portland 3 times. The first two times were bliss. The third was pathetic.
It's very clear Genoa has lost one of it's main chefs. It's not the inspired cuisine experience it used to be. I wouldn't pay even a 1/3 for what we got last night. And I didn't like the bickering waiter staff either. Really dissapointing. They've done more than rested on their laurels. They've sat down, taken a nap, and haven't woken up. Either Cafe Mingo, Tuscany Grill, or Serratto's would be a better bet now.

Pros: Fancy low light romantic atmosphere

Cons: Uninspired food with zero zing. Resting on their laurels.

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So after about a year of several of my friends raving about this place, we finally went to Genoa. We did $80, 7 course meal. The service was friendly and courteous, but that was about it. Took them 35-40min to bring out the first course and the evening went down hill real fast from there. Each and every course was very uninspiring, bland and if it had any flavor, it was a disastrous combination of several clashing ones. Most of us ordered either lamb or sturgeon for the entree course and once again when the wait staff left the room, we looked at each other and rolled our eyes collectively in an utter disappointment. The lamb dish I took a bite was one of the worst lamb dishes I've ever had and my fish was cold (despite my plate being hot) and just like the rest of the meal, was below par. Three of my friends who had been here before (several yrs back) were mortified that they had highly recommended (even insisted) we all try this place. They told the rest of us that the food was actually good way back when. When there are so many good restaurants around here, why would anyone go to Genoa and pay $96 (80 + 20% mandatory tip just cuz our group was big) when it's in a dumpy area, a dumpy building and the interior that's seen the better days? More than anything, for the food that's not even worth half of what they 're charging, it must be the hype that keeps this place going. Well, I and my friends will not be the ones to sing any praise of this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

So after about a year of several of my friends raving about this place, we finally went to Genoa. We did $80, 7 course meal. The service was friendly and courteous, but that was about it. Took them 35-40min to bring out the first course and the evening went down hill real fast from there. Each and every course was very uninspiring, bland and if it had any flavor, it was a disastrous combination of several clashing ones. Most of us ordered either lamb or sturgeon for the entree course and once again when the wait staff left the room, we looked at each other and rolled our eyes collectively in an utter disappointment. The lamb dish I took a bite was one of the worst lamb dishes I've ever had and my fish was cold (despite my plate being hot) and just like the rest of the meal, was below par. Three of my friends who had been here before (several yrs back) were mortified that they had highly recommended (even insisted) we all try this place. They told the rest of us that the food was actually good way back when. When there are so many good restaurants around here, why would anyone go to Genoa and pay $96 (80 + 20% mandatory tip just cuz our group was big) when it's in a dumpy area, a dumpy building and the interior that's seen the better days? More than anything, for the food that's not even worth half of what they 're charging, it must be the hype that keeps this place going. Well, I and my friends will not be the ones to sing any praise of this place.

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I am writing in response to the previous posting. To be fair, I will acknowledge that I am the GM of the restaurant. I was deeply saddened to hear that we were responsible for his most embarrassing night ever, but there are some other important things to note which were not included in the letter.

Each time a guests calls, the first question we ask after the name and phone number is, "are there any dietary restrictions?" We are always proactive in accomodating any allergies or dietary needs -including vegans-(no small task in Italian cuisine). There was a note next to Mr. Douglas's reservation stating they were vegtarians. A vegetarian is not a vegan. Our chefs worked hard all day preparing a special vegetarian meal for Mr. Douglas and his partner David including vegetable stocks, pastas, and the aforementioned sformato, a savory Italian custard. We did not learn of the egg aversion until it was 8:00 on a busy Saturday night. At Genoa, we make all of our food fresh daily. There are no walk-in refrigerators or deep pantries. Everything is made to order. There was no way that we could have prepared 7 vegetarian/vegan courses in such a limited amount of time.

Mr. Douglas, we hope you understand that it was an unfortunate miscommunication for everyone involved. We invite you and your partner to have dinner with us as our guest. We are happy to prepare a special 7-course dinner to your specifications. We genuinely hope you accept, but if not, please do not continue to give the illusion that we are unreceptive to those with special dietary needs.

Cordially,
Stephen Satterfield
stephen@genoarestaurant(dotcom)

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★★★★★

I am writing in response to the previous posting. To be fair, I will acknowledge that I am the GM of the restaurant. I was deeply saddened to hear that we were responsible for his most embarrassing night ever, but there are some other important things to note which were not included in the letter.

Each time a guests calls, the first question we ask after the name and phone number is, "are there any dietary restrictions?" We are always proactive in accomodating any allergies or dietary needs -including vegans-(no small task in Italian cuisine). There was a note next to Mr. Douglas's reservation stating they were vegtarians. A vegetarian is not a vegan. Our chefs worked hard all day preparing a special vegetarian meal for Mr. Douglas and his partner David including vegetable stocks, pastas, and the aforementioned sformato, a savory Italian custard. We did not learn of the egg aversion until it was 8:00 on a busy Saturday night. At Genoa, we make all of our food fresh daily. There are no walk-in refrigerators or deep pantries. Everything is made to order. There was no way that we could have prepared 7 vegetarian/vegan courses in such a limited amount of time.

Mr. Douglas, we hope you understand that it was an unfortunate miscommunication for everyone involved. We invite you and your partner to have dinner with us as our guest. We are happy to prepare a special 7-course dinner to your specifications. We genuinely hope you accept, but if not, please do not continue to give the illusion that we are unreceptive to those with special dietary needs.

Cordially,
Stephen Satterfield
stephen@genoarestaurant(dotcom)

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If you plan to eat at Genoa and are strictly vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, or vegan, be very explicit with the reservations clerk as they will not prompt you for details. If the chef cannot accommodate your dietary restrictions exactly at the time you appear for your reservation, you will be asked to leave the restaurant. They do not serve anything less than a complete 7 course or a "mini" 4-course meal.

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★★★★☆

If you plan to eat at Genoa and are strictly vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, or vegan, be very explicit with the reservations clerk as they will not prompt you for details. If the chef cannot accommodate your dietary restrictions exactly at the time you appear for your reservation, you will be asked to leave the restaurant. They do not serve anything less than a complete 7 course or a "mini" 4-course meal.

Pros: Great for meat eaters

Cons: be very specific if you are vegetarian, lacto vegetarian, vegan, or have friends who are

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I've been to Genoa only once, but it was a truly memorable experience. I will be going again next week. I was apprehensive at first about the fixed menu because I have a few dietary restrictions, but they were gracious and accommodating and had alternatives for the vegetarian, those with allergies, or the somewhat "picky-eater." The servers were attentive, but not overly - they were there when you needed them, they were well-educated with the menu and wine list, and never asked a question when you had your mouth full nor did anyone have an attitude. The food was delicious, inventive, and well-timed. I was so completely engaged with my company and the meal that I never noticed the decor - so if it is dated as others had mentioned, I wouldn't know and can't imagine caring because the intimate atmosphere and delicious food are center stage with the service playing the supporting role to perfection. You can count on paying a minimum of $200 per couple for the 7-course meal and a moderately priced bottle of wine. However, they do offer 3- and 4-course meals if you want to experience the restaurant at a lower price. They offer a good wine-list with prices from $25 to several hundred dollars - something for everyone's taste and budget.

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★★★★★

I've been to Genoa only once, but it was a truly memorable experience. I will be going again next week. I was apprehensive at first about the fixed menu because I have a few dietary restrictions, but they were gracious and accommodating and had alternatives for the vegetarian, those with allergies, or the somewhat "picky-eater." The servers were attentive, but not overly - they were there when you needed them, they were well-educated with the menu and wine list, and never asked a question when you had your mouth full nor did anyone have an attitude. The food was delicious, inventive, and well-timed. I was so completely engaged with my company and the meal that I never noticed the decor - so if it is dated as others had mentioned, I wouldn't know and can't imagine caring because the intimate atmosphere and delicious food are center stage with the service playing the supporting role to perfection. You can count on paying a minimum of $200 per couple for the 7-course meal and a moderately priced bottle of wine. However, they do offer 3- and 4-course meals if you want to experience the restaurant at a lower price. They offer a good wine-list with prices from $25 to several hundred dollars - something for everyone's taste and budget.

Pros: Delicious food, outstanding service, very special place

Cons: Pricing limits frequent dining

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Genoa is on track for serving authentic Italian, but it lacks in almost every trait that would make it a landmark restaurant, or must do experience. Whoever wrote the review "Best italian in PDX" is either biased, uneducated in great food, or got lucky (FYI...i'm from New York, and know what "REAL" Italian food tastes like). Beyond the furnishings, the servers, although very friendly, lack the flare to create great ambience. The food was incredibly average and the $63 bottle of chianti also uninspiring. When you pay $250+ for 2, each course of the meal should delight you and have you clammoring for 2nds. Genoa has let itself go....

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★★★☆☆

Genoa is on track for serving authentic Italian, but it lacks in almost every trait that would make it a landmark restaurant, or must do experience. Whoever wrote the review "Best italian in PDX" is either biased, uneducated in great food, or got lucky (FYI...i'm from New York, and know what "REAL" Italian food tastes like). Beyond the furnishings, the servers, although very friendly, lack the flare to create great ambience. The food was incredibly average and the $63 bottle of chianti also uninspiring. When you pay $250+ for 2, each course of the meal should delight you and have you clammoring for 2nds. Genoa has let itself go....

Pros: friendly servers

Cons: overpriced, average food, poor ambience

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My husband and I came here for the whole shebang for our anniversary. After 8 pm, we were the only people in the restaurant (it wasn't a Friday or Saturday) and the service was amazing. We ended up with more wine than we'd paid for and three extra desserts. The smaller plates and soup course were delicious and creative-truly memorable. It certainly deserves its place in the top tier of Portland restaurants. The only negative thing I would say about this place would be that there are so many beautiful restaurants in Portland and this one could certainly use a decorative face-lift. However, what really matters is the food and in that Genoa shines.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I came here for the whole shebang for our anniversary. After 8 pm, we were the only people in the restaurant (it wasn't a Friday or Saturday) and the service was amazing. We ended up with more wine than we'd paid for and three extra desserts. The smaller plates and soup course were delicious and creative-truly memorable. It certainly deserves its place in the top tier of Portland restaurants. The only negative thing I would say about this place would be that there are so many beautiful restaurants in Portland and this one could certainly use a decorative face-lift. However, what really matters is the food and in that Genoa shines.

Pros: food, service

Cons: chairs, decor

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Celebrated my girlfriend's birthday at Genoa the other night. We were both pretty excited and had wanted to experience this much hyped up restaurant for a long time. Overall, we were disappointed.

The food was quite excellent, and the wine list was very good (and surprisingly, well balanced in terms of price). Service, however was pretty terrible by any standard. When we first got there, we received an unenthusiastic welcome, were promptly seated, but then left waiting at our table for about 20 minutes! Throughout dinner, we felt like an inconvenience to our server, who apparently was over her head a bit, because of some early arrivals.

I don't think I will ever go back and would not recommend Geona to my friends. The food was good, but the service and overall experience left much to be desired. Unacceptable at any price, much less $200+.

1
★★★☆☆

Celebrated my girlfriend's birthday at Genoa the other night. We were both pretty excited and had wanted to experience this much hyped up restaurant for a long time. Overall, we were disappointed.

The food was quite excellent, and the wine list was very good (and surprisingly, well balanced in terms of price). Service, however was pretty terrible by any standard. When we first got there, we received an unenthusiastic welcome, were promptly seated, but then left waiting at our table for about 20 minutes! Throughout dinner, we felt like an inconvenience to our server, who apparently was over her head a bit, because of some early arrivals.

I don't think I will ever go back and would not recommend Geona to my friends. The food was good, but the service and overall experience left much to be desired. Unacceptable at any price, much less $200+.

Cons: Service, Decor

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My wife and I went here for a nice dinner and although our dinner was over $200 the atmosphere made it worthwhile. The service staff did a good job of answering our questions about the entrees and wine and they were prompt. The food was decent and the desert was great!

2
★★★★☆

My wife and I went here for a nice dinner and although our dinner was over $200 the atmosphere made it worthwhile. The service staff did a good job of answering our questions about the entrees and wine and they were prompt. The food was decent and the desert was great!

Pros: Good food, Good service, Great deserts!

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After hearing a lot of good things about Genoa's we decided to go here for a romantic diner, well I must say I was a little disappointed. It took a long time to get seated, the waiting room is ok, a nice feature but not special. The service was VERY slow, the food below average. My grandma would probably like it. TOO Expensive though!

1
★★★☆☆

After hearing a lot of good things about Genoa's we decided to go here for a romantic diner, well I must say I was a little disappointed. It took a long time to get seated, the waiting room is ok, a nice feature but not special. The service was VERY slow, the food below average. My grandma would probably like it. TOO Expensive though!

Pros: Waiting room, Friendly Staff

Cons: Service Slow, Food Below Average, Price

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This is THE place to go for a long, leisurely, high-end meal. Authentic, well balanced Italian dishes, including the occasional strange yet wonderful dish (e.g. cantaloupe pasta). Solid wine list, with good pricing, especially on the high-end wine (within $10-20 of retail on $100+ wines). Good service, and, as many have noted, dated decor (although I was there recently and they had updated the lighting, cool slipper shade lamps). I also think it's a bit weird that there is no foyer; you walk straight into the dining room. If you want huge portions or American-Italian staples such as Chicken Parmesan or Spaghetti and Meatballs, this is not the place for you.

2
★★★★★

This is THE place to go for a long, leisurely, high-end meal. Authentic, well balanced Italian dishes, including the occasional strange yet wonderful dish (e.g. cantaloupe pasta). Solid wine list, with good pricing, especially on the high-end wine (within $10-20 of retail on $100+ wines). Good service, and, as many have noted, dated decor (although I was there recently and they had updated the lighting, cool slipper shade lamps). I also think it's a bit weird that there is no foyer; you walk straight into the dining room. If you want huge portions or American-Italian staples such as Chicken Parmesan or Spaghetti and Meatballs, this is not the place for you.

Pros: great food, good winelist, serious dining

Cons: dated decor

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I took my partner to Genoa to celebrate her birthday. The best part of the meal by far was the dessert! The service was slow and not attentive at all. The ambience was nothing special- needs a good remodel. The food was ok - nothing special. We were both dissappointed.

1
★★☆☆☆

I took my partner to Genoa to celebrate her birthday. The best part of the meal by far was the dessert! The service was slow and not attentive at all. The ambience was nothing special- needs a good remodel. The food was ok - nothing special. We were both dissappointed.

Pros: Dessert

Cons: Expensive, Average Food, Outdated

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Genoa will always be a standout in Portland - it's unique blend of classic, old world dining, plus luxurious food and wine, make it an experience like none other - I highly recommend it.

2
★★★★★

Genoa will always be a standout in Portland - it's unique blend of classic, old world dining, plus luxurious food and wine, make it an experience like none other - I highly recommend it.

Pros: classy, leisurely, luxurious

Cons: none

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I've been to Genoa's on several occasions, and my husband recently asked to spend his birthday there. Again, we enjoyed the champagne drinks in the funky waiting room, the 7 courses and mouth watering desert. Of all courses, the soup was the best. The trick is to go to the later sitting so there is no worries about being rushed off your table. Sure, it is expensive, but sometimes it is just fun to feel worth it.

2
★★★★☆

I've been to Genoa's on several occasions, and my husband recently asked to spend his birthday there. Again, we enjoyed the champagne drinks in the funky waiting room, the 7 courses and mouth watering desert. Of all courses, the soup was the best. The trick is to go to the later sitting so there is no worries about being rushed off your table. Sure, it is expensive, but sometimes it is just fun to feel worth it.

Pros: wine list, set meal price, soups

Cons: expense

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My husband and I went to Genoa about 6 years ago and it was fabulous. We were really looking forward to it again. However, our second experience was not good at all. The food was average, at best. The service was good, but when we weren't finished with our 7th course in time (its a long process and we had four people), they kicked us off our table and made us finish the evening in the waiting room. Our bill was $450, you would think that we would at least be able to enjoy it at our table. I'm afraid to say that I think its gone downhill since their old chef, Cathy Whims, left. There are too many superb restaurants in Portland to spend an arm and a leg on this one.

1
★★★☆☆

My husband and I went to Genoa about 6 years ago and it was fabulous. We were really looking forward to it again. However, our second experience was not good at all. The food was average, at best. The service was good, but when we weren't finished with our 7th course in time (its a long process and we had four people), they kicked us off our table and made us finish the evening in the waiting room. Our bill was $450, you would think that we would at least be able to enjoy it at our table. I'm afraid to say that I think its gone downhill since their old chef, Cathy Whims, left. There are too many superb restaurants in Portland to spend an arm and a leg on this one.

Pros: experience, wine list, dessert

Cons: expensive, average food

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Me and my wife were looking forward to a romantic dinner at Genoa after having read about it in Gourmet. The setting was nice and romantic but the food was just average. I expected more for a 7 course $70 price fix dinner. I had a steak which they recommended be served med./rare (which is how I normally like it) but was served cooked through and when I asked the server she said it was med./rare. The wine list was good, but the server seemed to have little knowledge about wine and there is no somelier to help either. I am a fairly avid food and wine guy but always appreciate a restaurant that can guide you in selecting a wine to match to the food and your personal tastes.
Although the experience was "fine", I believe there are better choices for a romantic and/or upscale italian dinner in Portland

1
★★★☆☆

Me and my wife were looking forward to a romantic dinner at Genoa after having read about it in Gourmet. The setting was nice and romantic but the food was just average. I expected more for a 7 course $70 price fix dinner. I had a steak which they recommended be served med./rare (which is how I normally like it) but was served cooked through and when I asked the server she said it was med./rare. The wine list was good, but the server seemed to have little knowledge about wine and there is no somelier to help either. I am a fairly avid food and wine guy but always appreciate a restaurant that can guide you in selecting a wine to match to the food and your personal tastes.
Although the experience was "fine", I believe there are better choices for a romantic and/or upscale italian dinner in Portland

Pros: Romantic, Quaint

Cons: , Poor value, Service knowledge

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My husband and I are totally disappointed by this restaurant. The only good thing was the server: he was very detailed in letting us know the ingredients and cooking methods. The food is mediocre, even if charged at an average price, let alone at this price tag. The pork chop was said to have marinated for a few days - and it was too salty. The restaurant is a big square shaped area, no China wall to block out views from customers who just walk in. My first reaction when I stepped in was: is that it? Decor disappointing. No background music. Never again. Do not recommend to go.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I are totally disappointed by this restaurant. The only good thing was the server: he was very detailed in letting us know the ingredients and cooking methods. The food is mediocre, even if charged at an average price, let alone at this price tag. The pork chop was said to have marinated for a few days - and it was too salty. The restaurant is a big square shaped area, no China wall to block out views from customers who just walk in. My first reaction when I stepped in was: is that it? Decor disappointing. No background music. Never again. Do not recommend to go.

Pros: Service

Cons: , Poor food, adjustment

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Growing up in an Italian-based community on the east coast, I found this place lacking any authenticity to what I grew up loving Italian restaurants for. It's a very nouveau-riche environment, vain, self-conscious, stiff. The food is OK and a departure from traditional Italian, but as for $100/plate price tag...I've had countless better meals and experiences at other Italian restaurants costing 1/10th that of Genoa. Without price factor, I'd rate Genoa as middle of the pack. I left hungry also, as the servings are quite paltry. Service was poor as well.

1
★★☆☆☆

Growing up in an Italian-based community on the east coast, I found this place lacking any authenticity to what I grew up loving Italian restaurants for. It's a very nouveau-riche environment, vain, self-conscious, stiff. The food is OK and a departure from traditional Italian, but as for $100/plate price tag...I've had countless better meals and experiences at other Italian restaurants costing 1/10th that of Genoa. Without price factor, I'd rate Genoa as middle of the pack. I left hungry also, as the servings are quite paltry. Service was poor as well.

Pros: Unique

Cons: , Service, Food

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Eating at Genoa is an experience in itself. It's even more fun with a big group. Be sure to check out their menu in advance and call for reservations as it's sometimes hard to get one on the weekend. Plan on 3 hours for dinner!

2
★★★★★

Eating at Genoa is an experience in itself. It's even more fun with a big group. Be sure to check out their menu in advance and call for reservations as it's sometimes hard to get one on the weekend. Plan on 3 hours for dinner!

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What new can I say? My husband brought me here for my birthday and I was so impressed I almost cried at every course. I can't say much more that hasn't already been said. The place is not cheap but it was worth every penny. I'm in love with Genoa!

2
★★★★★

What new can I say? My husband brought me here for my birthday and I was so impressed I almost cried at every course. I can't say much more that hasn't already been said. The place is not cheap but it was worth every penny. I'm in love with Genoa!

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The Genoa is our favorite spot for special occasion dining. We were treated to a fine meal, as usual, last night on our anniversary. The food was excellent: the service friendly, knowledgeable, and flawless; and the overall experience was exceptional. Our waiter recommended a wonderful wine to go with our dinners. At the table behind us was a couple from MI in town for a convention and they thoroughly enjoyed their dining experience too. Hats off to a place that is ALWAYS firstrate!

2
★★★★★

The Genoa is our favorite spot for special occasion dining. We were treated to a fine meal, as usual, last night on our anniversary. The food was excellent: the service friendly, knowledgeable, and flawless; and the overall experience was exceptional. Our waiter recommended a wonderful wine to go with our dinners. At the table behind us was a couple from MI in town for a convention and they thoroughly enjoyed their dining experience too. Hats off to a place that is ALWAYS firstrate!

Pros: Romantic, Fantastic food, Knowledgeable

Cons: Neighborhood Parking

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Having lived in this area for many years, I have frequented Genoa many times. This is one of the few 5 star restaurants in Portland. This restaurant was started in 1971. To this date, the FORMER waiters/waitresses OWN this establishment. One of my very favorites, Cathy Whims is the current owner. You walk in and you realize it is VERY small. Not too much effort is in the decor, but believe me, it has upscaled 100% over 20 years! You sit down, and your waiter brings you the first of 7 courses, explaining IN DETAIL how everything is prepared. You have no choice in your courses except for the main course - always 3 choices, which again are explained fully. The food is delicate, beautifully prepared with the freshest, seasonal ingredients AND the staff goes to Italy at least once a year to get new ideas..an incredible feast!!

2
★★★★★

Having lived in this area for many years, I have frequented Genoa many times. This is one of the few 5 star restaurants in Portland. This restaurant was started in 1971. To this date, the FORMER waiters/waitresses OWN this establishment. One of my very favorites, Cathy Whims is the current owner. You walk in and you realize it is VERY small. Not too much effort is in the decor, but believe me, it has upscaled 100% over 20 years! You sit down, and your waiter brings you the first of 7 courses, explaining IN DETAIL how everything is prepared. You have no choice in your courses except for the main course - always 3 choices, which again are explained fully. The food is delicate, beautifully prepared with the freshest, seasonal ingredients AND the staff goes to Italy at least once a year to get new ideas..an incredible feast!!

Pros: Soft, dim lighting, Attentive Staff, exquisite food!

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Genoa has excellent food in at least A FEW of the courses, but there are ALWAYS a few that are not so good. For the price paid, this should not happen.

The ambience is, well, what ambience? The restaurant really should invest in some better decor. It looks more like a Brazilian dive in a strip mall than a fine Italian restaurant.

The service is pleasant but not as polished as one would expect for the type of restaurant that Genoa portrays itself to be.

Despite my complaints, I usually go about once a year, because, although expensive, it's not THAT expensive, and there are always some really good courses to be had. Excellent food is hard to find, and this is one place that you can count on to have it.

2
★★★★☆

Genoa has excellent food in at least A FEW of the courses, but there are ALWAYS a few that are not so good. For the price paid, this should not happen.

The ambience is, well, what ambience? The restaurant really should invest in some better decor. It looks more like a Brazilian dive in a strip mall than a fine Italian restaurant.

The service is pleasant but not as polished as one would expect for the type of restaurant that Genoa portrays itself to be.

Despite my complaints, I usually go about once a year, because, although expensive, it's not THAT expensive, and there are always some really good courses to be had. Excellent food is hard to find, and this is one place that you can count on to have it.

Pros: excellent food

Cons: ambience lacking, service

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Just had dinner at Genoa for the first time last night and my husband and I were both impressed (both former cooks, not easily bowled over). Every course was delicious and we left very satisfied. Service team was excellent. We did the full 7 courses and were there 2 hours. We will be back for sure. I'm just sorry we waited as long as we did to try it!

2
★★★★★

Just had dinner at Genoa for the first time last night and my husband and I were both impressed (both former cooks, not easily bowled over). Every course was delicious and we left very satisfied. Service team was excellent. We did the full 7 courses and were there 2 hours. We will be back for sure. I'm just sorry we waited as long as we did to try it!

Pros: Delicious, Good service

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This is an occasion restaurant, so no, "I'm hungry, let's stop at Genoa." Of course it's overpriced, that's the point. All the offerings on the prix fix were delicious; corkage fee is definitely too high. Service a bit snooty, but expected. I'd opt for the seafood as a choice entree.

2
★★★★☆

This is an occasion restaurant, so no, "I'm hungry, let's stop at Genoa." Of course it's overpriced, that's the point. All the offerings on the prix fix were delicious; corkage fee is definitely too high. Service a bit snooty, but expected. I'd opt for the seafood as a choice entree.

Pros: tradition, soups

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Most of the negative reviews here must be skewed. Those people have no idea what good italian food tastes like. They are probably the same people that thing The Olive Garden is good "real" italian food. Genoa lacks in ambiance, but easily makes up for it in food. The entire idea around the set menu is great and as it should be; it's how all great restaurants are. I think Portland has a lack of knowledge and experience when it comes to good dining and great food.

2
★★★★☆

Most of the negative reviews here must be skewed. Those people have no idea what good italian food tastes like. They are probably the same people that thing The Olive Garden is good "real" italian food. Genoa lacks in ambiance, but easily makes up for it in food. The entire idea around the set menu is great and as it should be; it's how all great restaurants are. I think Portland has a lack of knowledge and experience when it comes to good dining and great food.

Pros: inventive combination, quality wait staff, seasonal/NW ingred.

Cons: ambiance, lighting, price

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if you are considering "value" here, you have it wrong. this place starts with a fifth category, say "experience." you're greeted, and sat comfortably, and before you know, your meal has started; lovely, you haven't even seen a menu. the food is probably delicious. if it's not revelatory, it has good depth. i know all the candlelight and stuffed flowers produce a tranquilizing effect, but like opium, genoa is seductive.

2
★★★★☆

if you are considering "value" here, you have it wrong. this place starts with a fifth category, say "experience." you're greeted, and sat comfortably, and before you know, your meal has started; lovely, you haven't even seen a menu. the food is probably delicious. if it's not revelatory, it has good depth. i know all the candlelight and stuffed flowers produce a tranquilizing effect, but like opium, genoa is seductive.

Pros: like dreaming, depth

Cons: not always astonishin

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I took my wife here for her birthday and I was extremely disappointed, a meal at this price should be exceptional, not just merely digestable. Lack of creativity, presentation and overuse of outside suaces and condiments were the rule of each course. Service was ok, atmosphere was not worth noting.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I took my wife here for her birthday and I was extremely disappointed, a meal at this price should be exceptional, not just merely digestable. Lack of creativity, presentation and overuse of outside suaces and condiments were the rule of each course. Service was ok, atmosphere was not worth noting.

Pros: dark

Cons: Overpriced, No creativity, food

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great atmosphere, food okay, service terrible. Too much time between couses, service inconsistant, it took so long to get to the final couse our water asked if we would vacate the table as they had another reservation waitng. I will never go back again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

great atmosphere, food okay, service terrible. Too much time between couses, service inconsistant, it took so long to get to the final couse our water asked if we would vacate the table as they had another reservation waitng. I will never go back again.

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Expectations! If you have never been here before, don't expect anything like you have had before-- I'm tired of reading reviews from people who complain that Genoas ISN'T like every other Italian restaurant they have been to. I go to Genoas often, and have consistently been extremely pleased with the high quality of food and changing variety of menu options. It is truly a treat each time, and I would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone that is in the mood for something new and different!

2
★★★★★

Expectations! If you have never been here before, don't expect anything like you have had before-- I'm tired of reading reviews from people who complain that Genoas ISN'T like every other Italian restaurant they have been to. I go to Genoas often, and have consistently been extremely pleased with the high quality of food and changing variety of menu options. It is truly a treat each time, and I would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone that is in the mood for something new and different!

Pros: Wide variety of food, EVERY dish is tasty, Cozy atmosphere

Cons: Lack of parking, Update of online menu, Noisy coffee machine

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A very strong restaurant. The food was well prepared and the waiter knowledgeable as well as helpful. They have a very good wine list that matched the type of food they serve well. Not a cheap please, but even given this it ranks as a good value for what you get. Come hungery, becasue the food never stops.

2
★★★★★

A very strong restaurant. The food was well prepared and the waiter knowledgeable as well as helpful. They have a very good wine list that matched the type of food they serve well. Not a cheap please, but even given this it ranks as a good value for what you get. Come hungery, becasue the food never stops.

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What a wonderful restaurant! We celebrate every special occasion here & have never been disappointed. The food is always wonderfully different; the staff is knowledgeable about the food and wine; and the ambience wraps it all up in a delightful romantic bundle.

2
★★★★★

What a wonderful restaurant! We celebrate every special occasion here & have never been disappointed. The food is always wonderfully different; the staff is knowledgeable about the food and wine; and the ambience wraps it all up in a delightful romantic bundle.

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We have heard the legend for years and finally took the plunge. We were sorely disappointed...that we had not gone years early! It was amazing. Every dish was plate lickable. All 7 courses were prefectly prepared, portioned and presented. We were left wanting more of each course, but by the end we were pleasantly satisfied.

Individually, each course was incredible, put together was the best menu we have ever had.

It is a great deal at the price compared to the rubbish you can pay for at other so-called top resturants in town.

2
★★★★★

We have heard the legend for years and finally took the plunge. We were sorely disappointed...that we had not gone years early! It was amazing. Every dish was plate lickable. All 7 courses were prefectly prepared, portioned and presented. We were left wanting more of each course, but by the end we were pleasantly satisfied.

Individually, each course was incredible, put together was the best menu we have ever had.

It is a great deal at the price compared to the rubbish you can pay for at other so-called top resturants in town.

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Yeah, you say you know Italian food..... You need to take a closer look around S.E Portland. Genoa, a long standing restaurant in the Portland community is doning nothing but close to perfection. Some more thought should be put into dishes, the bones in your chicken must be taken out. They don't lend that much flavor to your dish (they aren't getting roasted the meat is). Some dishes make you work to hard for the result. Wine service is perfect (Love the no music part), it makes people talk. Wait staff is very attentive to every need and if you ask just right you might get a specail bottle of wine they have down in that cellar of there's.

2
★★★★★

Yeah, you say you know Italian food..... You need to take a closer look around S.E Portland. Genoa, a long standing restaurant in the Portland community is doning nothing but close to perfection. Some more thought should be put into dishes, the bones in your chicken must be taken out. They don't lend that much flavor to your dish (they aren't getting roasted the meat is). Some dishes make you work to hard for the result. Wine service is perfect (Love the no music part), it makes people talk. Wait staff is very attentive to every need and if you ask just right you might get a specail bottle of wine they have down in that cellar of there's.

Pros: no music, pre fix, secret location

Cons: work to hard for food

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My wife and I dined at Genoa for our 35th anniversary this week. We both found it to be very enjoyable and romantic. I would reccomend Genoa to anyone. The service is very attentive without being intrusive and I like the pre-fixe menu because it limits the work that you have to eat there freeing up time to spend with your party. Overall we had a very nice time and found it to be very relaxing.

2
★★★★☆

My wife and I dined at Genoa for our 35th anniversary this week. We both found it to be very enjoyable and romantic. I would reccomend Genoa to anyone. The service is very attentive without being intrusive and I like the pre-fixe menu because it limits the work that you have to eat there freeing up time to spend with your party. Overall we had a very nice time and found it to be very relaxing.

Pros: romantic, food

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I have dined at Genoa a few times and it has always offered me the finest dining experience and has elevated the happiness of my day. The food is fantastic and the service is the best of any restaurant in the city. Spending an evening at Genoa is quite a dining experience and not just "going out to eat". I applaud Genoa and am very glad that they are here for us to enjoy!

2
★★★★★

I have dined at Genoa a few times and it has always offered me the finest dining experience and has elevated the happiness of my day. The food is fantastic and the service is the best of any restaurant in the city. Spending an evening at Genoa is quite a dining experience and not just "going out to eat". I applaud Genoa and am very glad that they are here for us to enjoy!

Pros: great wine list, attention to detail, wonderful service

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This little restaurant takes itself so seriously it would be difficult not to laugh if the food wasn't so mediocre & frankly unitalian

1
★★★☆☆

This little restaurant takes itself so seriously it would be difficult not to laugh if the food wasn't so mediocre & frankly unitalian

Pros: , cachet

Cons: , hallowed atmosphere

 

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