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Genoa Restaurant
2832 Southeast Belmont Street
Portland, OR
(503) 238-1464

Grade: A
Price: $$$$

  • Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance -

Fine Italian cooking first dazzled Portlanders in 1971, when restaurateur Michael Vidor opened Genoa restaurant on Southeast Belmont Street. Genoa introduced Portland to the cuisine of northern Italy with a two-hour long, seven-course, prix fixe meal experience.

Genoa quickly earned a reputation as one of Portlandís premiere fine dining establishments. Simply put, it was the place for special occasions. The menu maintained its elaborate seven-course format until November 2008.

  • From the owner: ďWe offer a Five Course Tasting menu that rotates monthly at $60 per person.Ē

From the beginning, Genoa sought out the finest, freshest local ingredients. The superb classic cuisine launched the careers of local star chefs, like former co-owner Cathy Whims, John Taboada, Tommy Habetz and Kevin Gibson. Today, Chef David Anderson embraces the commitment to excellence on which Genoa was built. He has combined Genoaís recipes with his own inspiration and experience to design an updated, five-course menu.

While we probably had the most expensive meal here (per person) that we have had or will have for a long time (thank you Google BTW) it was well worth it. The food is amazing, the wine is even better, and the staff is attentive without being nosy and informative without being intrusive.

Not only are the expected touches there (beautiful and delicious food, and truly amazing wine) but the extra touches were also there.  Even when the restaurant got busy the wait staff seemed personal.  The atmosphere was subtle but romantic, the pre-fixe menu has a vegetarian and meat option (nice for those of us who feel like well cooked vegetables are harder to prepare well than meat), the music was nice but not obtrusive... in other words, it was certainly an amazing way to spend an evening.

  • Liked: Food, Service, Atmosphere, Value

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