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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (58)
Good for a Date (56)
Fit for Foodies (50)
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Special Occasion (49)
Authentic (46)
Romantic (41)
Cozy (40)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Notable Wine List (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Local Ingredients (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Fun (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Casual (18)
Business Meals (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Great for Lunch (11)
Seasonal (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We have been to A Cena many times. It is one of our favorites. The food is always amazing and the service is extremely friendly. We love the warm and elegant environment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

It was good but not as exciting as we had hoped. It was a little heavy and rich and our stomachs felt a little funny all night after. We also felt that even though the staff was great, our server was really trying to turn the table. Everything came out too fast.

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 (Portland)·Dined 4 days ago

Some of the best pastas I have ever had. Short rib over papardelle was amazing. Tiramisu was different than the typical slice and really delicious as well. Quite a rushed pace of a dinner but it was very good overall.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined 4 days ago

The place itself is very nice, warm and welcoming. The prices are very high and unnecessarily so. $12 to $15 for salads. $30 for a bolognese and $40 for spaghetti frutti di mare. My husband’s dish, garganelli alla norcia, was very good, according to him, but mine, caramelle, was not. The ends of the “knots “ were chewy, hard and thick. I would suggest making the caramelle smaller to avoid cooking the center but not the ends. The wine was great and the prices for a glass were reasonable. Not a fun, satisfying dinner experience for me, unfortunately. My husband and I commented that we wouldn’t go back, especially because of the prices, compared to other similar Italian restaurants in Portland.

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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

Second time there. Food and service were both excellent!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Delicious meal, great service, fabulous bottle of Brunello!

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The service was exceptional and the food amazing. It is nice they have half portions as well.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Have loved A Cena for many years

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was great and service was great.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food and fine service. I’ll be back for sure

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Salads very good, house and apple, risotto mediocre, desserts not memorable(cannelloni)

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My wife and I shared the lobster agnolotti which was amazing -- one of the best things I've ever eaten. We also shared the scallops, also wonderful. Wine list is great, and cocktails too. This is one of our favorite Portland restaurants -- the food is always great. It can be noisy on a busy night, so not ideal for a quiet conversation. The staff work hard to keep up on busy nights but the service is good, and never too long a wait to be served.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had an excellent meal and lovely evening. Would recommend getting rid of the canned pop music on the speakers, however, as it was distracting.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Absolutely awesome food. Great wine list and wonderful staff!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It’s like eating in Northern Italy. Food, ambiance, and wines. Fantastic experience from start to finish.
Consistant, always a terrific experience.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A Cena is one of the best restaurants I've been to. If I lived in Portland, it would be a regular. My friends will be making frequent visits to this restaurants. It's on their list for having great food.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This was a quiet birthday with close friends on a quiet Sunday night; nice wine, quick service and most of the food was very good. Wonderful breadsticks and focaccia with olive oil,fresh lovely salad with pears, halibut special with firm flaky fish, creamy mashed potatoes, lovely spinach and chanterelles. Lamb tagliatelle must have been great as our friend who ordered it refused to share and ate it all. House made salted Carmel gelato and dark chocolate Sorbetto were attractively served and delicious. But tonight's tiramisu was a puny bite of cake; served in a bowl mounded with whipped cream and sprinkled with cocoa powder. Despite including birthday candles for the guys, it was a disappointing dessert for the couple who shared it.
A Cena has been one of my favorite Italian places, hope it can continue to be in the future.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Our waiter, Donlon, was attentive, quick and knowledgeable. It was a wonderful experience and one to repeat! The octopus appetizer was delicious and how about the lobster agnolotti...superb!

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always enjoy our meals at a Cena. Good solid restaurant with a dependable kitchen.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great all around. Lovely atmosphere, outstanding service and delicious food. Rather generous portions for a boutique restaurant.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The chef Gabe is wonderfully creative; the food is delicious; the flavors are wedded and delightful to both eye and taste. If you have been to Veneto you will recognize the tastes as authentic. Favorites remain on the menu for returning diners, plus there are always new items to be savored.
Don't leave without a sip of Nocino, made in house walnut flavored spirit. The owner Chris, greets each diner with a smile and perhaps a suggestion for beverage or dish.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary there. Service was superb, friendly, and informative. The food was interesting and tasty. If I had to choose any one blemish, I'd say my lobster Agnolotti was a tiny bit on the sweet side. However, I have nothing to compare it to, since I've not had it anywhere else! So, overall a great neighborhood Italian spot. I look forward to visiting many more times in the future!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 23, 2017

You almost don't have to go beyond "home-made pasta!" The pasta was amazing--from the texture to the taste, everything was perfect about it. We also had the seafood risotto, and there was plenty of seafood in it! The food was excellent, the service great, and the atmosphere was perfect for our romantic date. I definitely recommend a Cena!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We had an excellent dinner - the option of getting a half portion was great, as this already provides plenty of food. Great atmosphere and ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Portions were VERY small for the price. Service was slow, took forever to get our order and the place was not busy. Food was fine not exceptional and again high price small portions. If i am going to spend 100.00 for dinner I better be stuffed and take home leftovers. I would recommend the Italian restaurant in Troutdale first.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Amazing as always!!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food and service. Felt like we were eating at a place we came to often and it was our first time

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and service. Interesting wine list with many good choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was outstanding. We had the Branzino, a salmon special, Romaine salad and Brussels sprouts. Service was quick, attentive and friendly. This was our first time here and we'll be back.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were celebrating a special event with a dear friend and had a wonderful evening. It was pouring down rain and the restaurant was not as busy, so we were able to really relax and enjoy each course to the fullest. The food was amazing! The cocktails superb. The service perfect. Thank you for a fabulous experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Absolutely never been to a better restaurant. Fantastic food, service and ambiance!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 16, 2017

overpriced and under seasoned. However the restaurant did not charge for the entree my wife did not want when it arrived and neither did I (wasn't worth the culinary experience to pick out all the fish bones).

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 16, 2017

This was my third visit to A Cena. I come for the food, which is fantastic - although I love their Agnolotti so much (Raviolini filled with corn and mascarpone, and topped with lobster) that it's hard to convince myself to try other offerings. However, bites from the plates of my companions, as well as my varied antipasti and desert selections have been equally tasty.

The service is excellent (one problem with bus staff removing our plates too quickly was easily resolved), and the wait staff are quite knowledgeable about the wine list and dishes. The atmosphere is perfect for small groups of friends - not fancy or romantic, but comfortable and welcoming. I highly recommend A Cena.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent food, beautiful surroundings, attentive service. I had a great moscato wine. My husband enjoyed his beer. I had candy-shaped ravioli which was good. I’d love to try the eggplant Parmesan.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Having lived in Europe for many years, quite a few of those within easy reach of the Italian border, I took advantage of the opportunity to eat true Italian cuisine many times. A Cena is as authentic as any I have had since returning to the US, and as good or better as quite a few places I ate in Italy. We had a wonderful meal at A Cena and overindulged ourselves. It was not inexpensive but it was worth every dime. We will return, with friends.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Based off reviews, I was expecting a cozy romantic Italian restaurant experience. Instead, it felt more like a neighborhood cafe. The music that was being played sounded like Italian pop music with some fast paced electronic music thrown in. It didn't fit the vibe of the restaurant at all and set the tone of our whole experience. The service was friendly and very fast, too fast actually. Our whole dining experience lasted no longer than 35 minutes, which I guess I can't fault them for, but I was expecting a slower pace and more hands on server attention. Fortunately, our food was very delicious and was indeed the highlight of the evening. However, a Cena seems to charge fine dining prices but delivers an ambience and experience that falls more in line with a casual neighborhood cafe.

Ultimately, my experience at a Cena was a victim of my own expectations rather than anything the restaurant did wrong. If you live in Sellwood and want delicious Italian food, you can't go wrong here. But don't make my mistake and book this place for a special occasion or date.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

we’ve been here several times and it never disappoints. the food is fresh and fabulous, the servers are attentive and knowledgeable. i recommend that someone at your table order the Agnolotti (corn & marscapone ravioli with butter poached lobster in a sweet, creamy sauce) get the entree size since others at your table will be eating from your plate :-).

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Normally, this is best in food, service and ambiance. It was a busy Friday night and the restaurant was packed, full of noise and understaffed. Our wait person was exceptional to us, but run ragged. Our home made ice cream was not good and very icy, just not expected in this restaurant. It still a favorite, but will stick to week day dining.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have been to A Cena many times. The food is consistently very good as well as the service. It does get quite noisy as the evening progresses. We usually come early as it is quieter then. Great for special occasions or a very nice dinner out as the prices are fairly high. We have always been pleased. Good drinks also!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

On a double date, all four of us raved about our entree choices, even the appetizers and sides. Not a single dish, including desert, wasn't fantastic!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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