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Genoa Restaurant



2832 Southeast Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214

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(503) 238-1464

Hours

  • Sunday: 11:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 11:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday: 11:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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Cuisine: Coffee and Tea, Italian Restaurants, Sandwich Shops

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4.1 of 5.0 from 23 reviews


price range:more than $50

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Blogger Reviews of Genoa Restaurant

  • 50 States of Wine on Nov 29, 2013

    Every dish held a surprise or a taste that went well beyond expectations. While we had hoped to have Oregon wines with our dinners, the mostly Italian options proved more than adequate. Presentation and information were top-notch, with everyone from the wait staff to the bus boy to the Sommelier helpful and knowledgeable; clearly, training is an integral part of the Genoa business plan.

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  • Kovas50StatesOfWine reviewCerebral food with equally thoughtful wine pairing make this a great destination to be treated royally. Food presented very simply but nothing simple about it.

    55555 by Kovas50StatesOfWine


  • Ralt reviewNot only does each dish arrive with a flair of presentation on china selected to accent that course, but the food itself is always full of happy mouth surprises. The exterior of the restaurant offers a poor advertisment of the experience inside. Wine selection is good. Staff gladly toss bottles of inferior wine that become evident on opening. Service features verbal descriptions of each course that entices while educating customers of the choices they face.

    44444 by Ralt


  • coriedale reviewWhen the wait staff would prefer to chat about various employees in tones the entire restaurant can hear, rather that rescue your wife from her shushi style squab there's a problem. Dessert should never be the highlight at this level of establishment. Nothing detracts from a dish with mushrooms more than continuing to bite in to grit because they weren't properly cleaned. With the praise heaped on this restaurant, one expects to be amazed; that simply was not the case. I could go on, but what's the point, things like this don't happen in a truly outstanding restaurant.

    11111 by coriedale


  • misteropus reviewExpensive, but worth it! Some of the wait staff have been there for years and are very experienced.

    44444 by misteropus


  • stephen2 reviewNext time I'm asked the question `what was your most embarassing moment ever?` I'm going to recount the evening that my partner and I had at Genoa. David just wanted to have a quiet meal there to celebrate his 46th birthday. He had been to the Genoa before years earlier and had fond memories. After arriving promptly for our reservation, the waitress asked us if there were any dietary restrictions that she should know about. I reminded her of our reservation for two vegetarians. She left and came back and said that the `salad` had trout in it, and `was that okay?` (No!) I alerted her I also didn't eat eggs but did eat cheese. Then the maitre d' came over. He talked about the food they had available for the evening. He said since I didn't eat eggs I could have their four-course meal. We agreed. Then he came back and started talking about the vegetarian entrée, which was a soufflé. I reminded him that I didn't eat eggs. He went back to the kitchen. David started to look like he was going to cry. (I would have gladly paid $99 for a microwaved potato just so David could have his fricking birthday meal!) Anyway, we're sitting there drinking our San Pellegrino water and the Maitre d' returned and said: “it doesn't look like they have any main course available.” I said that if they could just throw together a big salad that would be fine. He went back to the kitchen and returned a minute later to say he was sorry, that “the chef was mulling things over in the kitchen and just didn't feel that he could prepare a meal -- even a salad -- that would meet the standards of the restaurant.` He said they should have been warned ahead of time that I was `vegan` not `vegetarian` so could have been better prepared. I don't know when an egg or a trout became a vegetable – but I’m just the customer! Then, clearly inviting us to leave, he said `the water is of course complimentary,` and as David was leaving, clearly upset, the waiter called out `oh, and happy birthday sir!`

    55555 by stephen2


  • stephen2 reviewNext time I'm asked the question `what was your most embarassing moment ever?` I'm going to recount the evening that my partner and I had at Genoa. David just wanted to have a quiet meal there to celebrate his 46th birthday. He had been to the Genoa before years earlier and had fond memories. After arriving promptly for our reservation, the waitress asked us if there were any dietary restrictions that she should know about. I reminded her of our reservation for two vegetarians. She left and came back and said that the `salad` had trout in it, and `was that okay?` (No!) I alerted her I also didn't eat eggs but did eat cheese. Then the maitre d' came over. He talked about the food they had available for the evening. He said since I didn't eat eggs I could have their four-course meal. We agreed. Then he came back and started talking about the vegetarian entrée, which was a soufflé. I reminded him that I didn't eat eggs. He went back to the kitchen. David started to look like he was going to cry. (I would have gladly paid $99 for a microwaved potato just so David could have his fricking birthday meal!) Anyway, we're sitting there drinking our San Pellegrino water and the Maitre d' returned and said: “it doesn't look like they have any main course available.” I said that if they could just throw together a big salad that would be fine. He went back to the kitchen and returned a minute later to say he was sorry, that “the chef was mulling things over in the kitchen and just didn't feel that he could prepare a meal -- even a salad -- that would meet the standards of the restaurant.` He said they should have been warned ahead of time that I was `vegan` not `vegetarian` so could have been better prepared. I don't know when an egg or a trout became a vegetable – but I’m just the customer! Then, clearly inviting us to leave, he said `the water is of course complimentary,` and as David was leaving, clearly upset, the waiter called out `oh, and happy birthday sir!`

    33333 by stephen2


  • pamcarsten1 reviewGenoa has been in business for over thirty five years, and it shows. This is a restaurant that has not evolved to suite fine dining of today. You are suppose to have a choice between a three to seven course meal, but you are never asked? I guess your suppose to know how this old school restaurant works when you make your reservation, but it did not work for me. Over priced, and uncomfortably long...over three hours of sitting and continuous eating, oh my. An inexperienced wait staff that seems better suited serving at Stanford’s and an atmosphere that really could be improved upon, considering the price. The food was good, very fresh, and presented well. I would not return to this restaurant, and I would advise others to specify when making a reservation to inform them of exactly what you want other wise bring a sleeping bag.

    22222 by pamcarsten1


  • johns2 reviewI recently visited Portland, and having heard about Genoa thought I would give it a try. It was food - certainly nothing that lived to the expectations placed upon it.The courses started with a few plates, including a mediocre beef tenderloin. My veal, which I had been anticipating, was well undercooked - even cold in the middle. Dessert was the highlight of the meal, simply wonderful. However, I agree with the other reviewer that a restaurant supposedly at this level should not hold its best course for the last.The wine list is impressive, and would be even more so if they actaully carried all the wines listed.The wait staff was knowledgeable and courteous, but not so outstanding as to make up for the food.

    55555 by johns2


  • johns2 reviewI recently visited Portland, and having heard about Genoa thought I would give it a try. It was food - certainly nothing that lived to the expectations placed upon it.The courses started with a few plates, including a mediocre beef tenderloin. My veal, which I had been anticipating, was well undercooked - even cold in the middle. Dessert was the highlight of the meal, simply wonderful. However, I agree with the other reviewer that a restaurant supposedly at this level should not hold its best course for the last.The wine list is impressive, and would be even more so if they actaully carried all the wines listed.The wait staff was knowledgeable and courteous, but not so outstanding as to make up for the food.

    22222 by johns2


  • johns2 reviewThe food is wonderful. Never have been treated better then here. Nice and quiet place to go

    55555 by johns2


  • johns2 reviewThe food is wonderful. Never have been treated better then here. Nice and quiet place to go

    22222 by johns2


  • Mouse reviewI went a while ago for my birthday and it was by far the best Italian food I've ever eaten and if it werent for the fairly high cost, i would go over and over again. If anyone is considering eating dinner in Portland and don't mind spending a little extra to experience the best, then visit Genoa Restaurant.

    55555 by Mouse


  • Mouse reviewWe have been eating at Genoa for over 25 years. We have been around the world and eaten many fine meals. Genoa remains the place by which all other restaurants are measured. We are so fortunate to live in Oregon and have Genoa available to us. We have reservations next week. Larry

    55555 by Mouse


  • stephen2 reviewan excellent romantic choice for those in love

    55555 by stephen2


  • stephen2 reviewan excellent romantic choice for those in love

    33333 by stephen2


  • stephen2 reviewam 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)

    55555 by stephen2


  • stephen2 reviewam 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)

    33333 by stephen2


  • Kovas P.Get the wine pairing with your dinner

    55555 by Kovas P.


  • Rian M.If you really appreciate good food, this place is fantastic! It is an experience, though, so plan on being there a while.

    55555 by Rian M.


  • Brittany W.The most phenomenal service I've had in Portland. You will not be disappointed!

    55555 by Brittany W.


  • EaterThis storied Italian spot serves up five-course stunners featuring complex, polished pastas and even more elegant service. Get the rack of lamb. [Eater 38 Member]

    55555 by Eater


  • lydia l.Go to Genoa with your loved ones, you won't regret it. $55 pre-fixe 5 course rotating menu will not disappoint. Such a special and delicious place a must for a guaranteed memorable night out.

    55555 by lydia l.


  • Jason L.Get the wine pairing with your courses. You won't be sorry.

    55555 by Jason L.


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