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About a Cena Ristorante

At a Cena, we share a love for simply cooked meals enjoyed with friends and family. We value fresh ingredients, local Portland area farmers, handmade pastas and cured meats, daily prepared breads, consistency, a well-matched wine list, and a seasoned and personable staff. With these elements, we strive to offer our guests a fine-dining experience with the comfort and warmth of an Italian country kitchen. Salute!

7742 SE 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday-Thursday 5-9pm
Friday-Saturday 5-10pm

Lunch:
Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-2:30pm

Cross Street:
SE Lambert St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 206-3291

Website:
http://www.acenapdx.com/

Catering:
Most of our menu items and other creative items designed between our chef and the client

Parking Details:
Ample street parking

Public Transit:
Several on 13th Street

Executive Chef:
Gabriel Gabreski

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

a Cena Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (50)
Neighborhood Gem (50)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
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Romantic (41)
Fit for Foodies (41)
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Cozy (34)
Authentic (32)
Notable Wine List (30)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Local Ingredients (23)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Worth the Drive (17)
Fun (15)
Seasonal (14)
Casual (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Business Meals (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Groups (5)
People Watching (5)
Healthy (4)
Organic (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Was able to get a table on short notice and the food was pretty good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was good, but our waitress only came to take our order, give us our drinks. They never asked how the food was or if we were ok. Only towards the end a gentlemen asked if he could box our food. The area we sat was cold. Due to the door being consistently being opened.

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 (Portland)·Dined 3 days ago

Unfailing excellent. Oh and that Octopus appetizer was new to me and spectacular. This place is what a restaurant should be but often isn't in Portlandia. Attentive, warm, personal service, consistently excellent menu, unpretentious ambiance. A gem.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

This restaurant is fabulous. Each of the dishes was beautifully executed and delightful to the eyes and the tastebuds. The portions was solid and the flavors well balanced. I would highly recommend this place for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a seasonal menu and the food is terrific. Over and over.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Casual, Hot Spot, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 4 days ago

We enjoyed a quiet dinner for two in a lovely atmosphere.

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

I've eaten here twice before and it was excellent. However my meal this time just simply wasn't good and it was very expensive at $32. I'll still return but won't be ordering seafood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great as always! Unpretentious, attentive, friendly and knowledgeable service. Delectable food! And we’ve had virtually everything!

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a great seat and enjoyed the meal. The service was incredible from sit down up until we left. The staff was friendly and the food was wonderful!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything was delicious! The entire menu sounded good and it was hard to choose what to order. The Short Ribs were a great choice!

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food and service. Highly recommended. Italian specialties were excellent!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

The ambiance is very nice. While we did not have pasta, perhaps that was an error as the meal I had was only partly good. The fish was well prepared and tasty, but the vegetables were not. The fennel salad was 30% shaved fennel and the rest arugula. A weak attempt at a salad that should enliven fennel with good olive oil and a touch of salt. Not a good presentation of both for $42.00.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had the most wonderful New Years Eve dinner at a Cena. Top marks on all fronts.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service and food were as always, the only surprise is that for some reason we were in a quiet corner or something, the place was full up but it was easy to conduct a conversation, both among ourselves and with the staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

After the tearful closing of Iorio on Hawthorne where for many years we celebrated family milestones, we began the search for a new place to hang our birthday hats. We found A Cena in Sellwood and after a few date nights and a New Year's Eve celebration we feel that we have finally found our new go-to with family and friends. Thus when we ushered in 2018 at A Cena, which in Italian is the call "to dinner", we felt that we had begun a new tradition of celebrations. The food is daring and delicious and it is served in an atmosphere of "abbondanza" and good cheer. Yes it is a special place to be served a special dinner. Godere!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Organic
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Visiting from Florida for the Holidays, we chose A Cena for our New Year's dinner in Sellwood. We weren't disappointed and had a lovely dinner of grilled Mediterannean Sea Bass and Eggplant Parmesian. The service was perfect and we will happily dine here again.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is a lovely restaurant and I wanted to like it more. It’s very pricey for the neighborhood and the pasta was not al dente, but undercooked on the late afternoon of New Year’s Eve. The waiter and owner were great, the salads awesome, but doubt if I’ll return.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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food3
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The fennel salad, steelhead, and pistachio ice cream were delicious!

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We've been to a Cena multiple times and I tell people it's one my favorites in Portland. I love the cozy atmosphere, and really yummy food. The homemade pasta is delicious. It's small so I wouldn't go without reservations. My husband and I have been there both alone and with our kids (8 and 12, now). This night was with our kids, who eat out a lot, and we kind of joked because when they are with us we seem to get seated at the "kids" table which is one of the less ideal tables in the restaurant. But I get it and it was still a lovely meal. Will look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I have eaten here a number of time. Food is very good. Noise levels sometimes very very high. Service is excellent. Small portions offered. Wine list extensive. Highly recommended.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, People Watching, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We don't make it here often, probably twice a year for a special occasion but we have yet to be disappointed. A reservation is almost always required but we never have to wait for our table, the service is always wonderful, the food is always good and the specials are always unique. Great local spot!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Another magical meal at A Cena! Part of it was the snowy Christmas Eve walk, and watching snowfall as we ate. They had a special dungeness crab bruschetta which was fantastic with the tang of lemon juice and capers, without overpowering the crab. Also had their signature truffles for dessert, and will do so again whenever they're on the menu—only quibble is that they were served so cold as to be nearly icy in the middle, which inhibited the appreciation of the aromatics of the chocolate and liqueurs. The wait staff was attentive without hovering, and in the holiday spirit. It was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

With a reservation for 2 adults and 2 kids, they left us waiting for a table for nearly an hour. When we were finally seated, our server acted as if she was the one who was inconvenienced. The food wasn’t worth the wait or the attitude.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great as always!

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

The food was excellent! The lobster ravioli was to die for.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Highly recommend for upscale casual dining. Just the right seating capacity but, a bit loud, due to seating arrangements. Not a show stopper by no means...we will dine there again. The wait staff could be a bit more welcoming and better personalize the service. But, overall excellent!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Top to bottom very good

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 11, 2017

This is an amazing restaurant with great tasting food and fast service. I would highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always good food. The Lobster Ravioli is my favorite dish!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Got a quiet private window table. Food and cocktails were amazing. The impecable service was the cream. Really a nice spot for foodies and romantics. Reservations recommended.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Omg that lobster agnolotti made me say "Holy Sh?!" upon my first bite. Wow.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Consistently good food. Service is great

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Crowded Saturday night, and our reservation was ready exactly on time. Service was excellent and efficient. Friendly servers and a nice visit from the owner or manager. It was our first time here. We had three different pastas. All were great, fresh, and homemade. The signature agnolotti with lobster was a fine choice. Other dishes were the caramelle (creamy ricotta filling) and the garganelli with white wine cream sauce. We loved the place but felt the price for pasta was a little high. We will return though.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Bellisimo!!! Wonderful time, delicious food, we'll be back

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Truly delicious.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Awsome as always

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Some how we missed A Cena for many years. We were really impressed. The food was fantastic. Didn't love the bait and switch to a more expensive wine, but everything else was really good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Everything was delicious! The lobster ravioli, the sea scallops, the burrata... Mmmm

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 23, 2017

As always, perfect! I took 3 other ladies with me, who've never experienced a Cena, to celebrate one of their birthdays. Food wowed them, service was great, and the whole birthday dinner was nothing but fabulous! A Cena is our go to place to take people when visiting from out of town or friends who have never experienced such wonderful authentic cuisine.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

This place is a gem! The food is over-the-top delicious . The staff make you feel like your dining experience is very important. I took my daughter here for her birthday and we had a wonderful time. We were still talking about it the next day. So impressed!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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