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Cena, Tampa, FL

Cena

4.7
4.7
1110 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Cena is a modern, fresh and simple Italian food served in a contemporary and stylish setting. Located in the Grand Central building at the heart of the vibrant Channel District of Tampa, Florida – Cena is dining from the roots – great ingredients, traditional dishes, and attentive service. Join us.

Cena – “dinner” or “supper” in Italian.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (813) 374-8840

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Buttacavoli

  • Catering

    For catering inquiries please contact Michael Buttacavoli, at 813-374-8840 or michael@cenatampa.com

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Cross street

    E.Kennedy Blvd and N.Meridian Ave in Grand Central building

  • Parking details

    Park in the Grand Central WEST Garage off E. Kennedy Blvd (entrance corner of Crunch Fitness). Go up ramp, take ticket and circle up and park in any spot near the “A/ Stageworks” marked elevator core. Parking on floors 3, 4 and 5 is free for the first 2 hours then $3/hour. Take elevator to 1st floor, go to courtyard and Cena is on the left.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,110 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa

    Fit for Foodies

  • Tampa

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal - one of the best in Tampa!! Jorge is such a great server who remembers our preferences and goes out of his way to ensure an awesome experience also!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was just OK, not to hate but an Italian rest that pasta is in clumps, very disappointing. The meatballs and oxtail were very good, the risotto consistency on the other side was off (too much liquid).
  3. TL

    TonetteL

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The only issue my husband & I had wS the noise level- and there were only 2 other tables w/ patrons (we ate at 5:15) Don't think we could have had a conversation if we had come later when the tables filled up.
  4. j

    jfish

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Cena for a celebratory dinner and everything was exceptional. It's very difficult to choose what to order because everything sounds so delicious! I highly recommend dining here with at least 4 people so that you can order a variety of items from the menu. Wine and prosecco bottles were very reasonably priced too! Highly recommend. Xx
  5. JV

    JohnV

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful! We are huge fans of the eggplant appetizer and lemon spaghetti. Everything is wonderful!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food was great except my steak. Asked for medium well. Got medium. What a waste. The take away: Don’t order a steak at an Italian restaurant.
  7. AC

    AmyC

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Read my Google from July 30, 2022. Poor manager
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good with lots of flavor. The steak was thick but super tender.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They have unique Italian dishes. Great food and service!!
  10. FG

    FoodieGal

    Tampa

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty as always, and enjoyed every morsel. Never tried the crispy eggplant appetizer before and really enjoyed it. Branzino was amazing, apple desert was yummy. Once again, we had a lovely meal and a great time.
  11. C

    Cyntrice

    Jacksonville

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was great. I highly recommend the shrimp and scallop risotto. The service was okay but our server could have been more attentive.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere and intimacy of the restaurant.. Food was amazing ….service was top notch. We will return!!
  13. T

    Toni

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a birthday with the girls. Food was awesome. Loved those meatballs that beat Bobby Flay. Great place for date night.
  14. DV

    DominiqueV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quaint upscale restaurant, great ambiance, great food and great drinks!
  15. l

    luv2eat

    Tampa

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Might be the best filet that I ever had! Really, really good!
  16. CH

    ClausH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Avarage food, slow service and noisy surroundings.
  17. g

    giannas

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I’ve been here twice, and it was a lovely experience both times! The food was fantastic, the ambiance great, an overall fabulous experience! Will be back!
  18. C

    Cynn

    Miami

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Creative spin on dishes. The fried eggplant was our favorite- highly recommend!!! We tried the meatballs which had the aroma of swiss cheese/funky in it, we were not too crazy about. The octopus salad was creative, would been nice if the octopus has it owns light sauce on it or slightly pickled for like 10 seconds in vinaigrette to give it a tang would have been a great contrast to the mix of flavors. We had the short rib gnocchi was good, I like how they fry the gnocchi to give it texture, short rib was very tender. Truffle burrata pasta was super creamy, a little too much for my taste but my brother loved it. The tiramisu had a very creative twist to it, not your original type, prob would try something else next time. Overall a 4.2/5. Would come back again. Little note: tried to order the pizza, but they only allow outdoors and carry out.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Worst Italian in town ….
  20. M

    Mark

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, Greta meal, service and animal friendly outside.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food is good but was overpriced for what it is. There are better traditional Italian restaurants in Tampa at the same or lower price point. The cocktails were ok, not great. The service was friendly and knowledgeable.
  22. KF

    KimberlyF

    Tampa

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Service was slow! Food was great!
  23. LL

    LeslieL

    Kansas City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even though we have lived close by for 2 years, this was our first visit to Cena and we will definitely be coming back. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding.
  24. F

    Foodie

    Tampa

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cena is one of Channelside's treasures. The food is incredible!
  25. KB

    KathyB

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it! Will definitely go again. Their mushrooms risotto was delicious but their OCTOPUS SALAD was to die for!
  26. MS

    MikeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cena never disappoints. Great service and food. Had the scallop and shrimp risotto along with the crispy eggplant. Both cooked to perfection. Great experience.
  27. JB

    JasonB

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  28. YB

    YvetteB

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at Cena and we absolutely loved it! Great service and the food was so delicious! I will definitely be returning!!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend carpaccio and fried artichokes as apps. Lemon Spaghetti was perfect.
  30. MN

    MartinN

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I used to be a regular at Cena when I lived in Downtown Tampa, but that was five years ago. Cena recently popped up on the Michelin Guide recommended list. So, for our fourth wedding anniversary, we made the drive in from new Tampa. We are glad we did as the food was outstanding, and I have to do a special shout out to the tiramisu which is as good as I remember it five years ago!
  31. AM

    AmeliaM

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never been disappointed with our meals here. Beet Salad, Lemon Spaghetti, Meatballs, bread service and wine - SO delicious!!
  32. T

    Tina

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I really wanted to like this place. If a dish can beat Bobby Flay, it must be good, right?! We visited Cens on Father’s Day for a party of 4., with a reservation. The hostess walked us by 3 empty 4-person tables and seated us at a high top table with 3 chairs behind a very crowded and loud bar. I had to chase her down to tell her we are short a chair. This was probably an honest mistake but not a very good first impression. We ordered the crispy eggplant and the octopus salad as appetizers. While the octopus was tender and flavorful, there were very few pieces. The coating on the eggplant overwhelmed the eggplant so you really couldn’t tell you are eating under the batter. There were 3 meatballs that came with the pasta. One out of the two had no taste. The sauce was quite bland. This was the dish that beat Bobby Flay…The wagyu short rib was not tender and the risotto was just ok. I would recommend the oxtail and gnocchi, as the meat was tender and flavorful and the gnocchi was cooked just right. The pasta in the rigatoni cacio pepe was more like calamarata pasta and they were over cooked. We also ordered 2 desserts. While the tiramisu was Instagram worthy, it lacked the espresso flavor. The peach pound cake was good and moist, but again, lacked peach flavor. I had high hopes for this place but unfortunately the dishes simply lacked flavor.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meatballs to die for! Awesome wine selection and friendly staff. Great overall experience.
  34. S

    Satisfied

    Tampa

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in Tampa Bay. The fried eggplant with the crispy eggplant with the tomato marmalade, truffle cheese fondue and parmesan was simply to die for!!!!!!!
  35. M

    Markeyval

    Orlando

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were both AMAZING! Don’t come here for traditional Italian, because you won’t find it ! Amazing recipes from an Awesome chef…. The taste explodes in your mouth ! Wish we lived local ! But will definitely come back !
  36. VM

    VinceM

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and service was excellent. Rebekah was fantastic and created some great drinks.
  37. JK

    JonK

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish this was a perfect experience. Isabella greeted us promptly, made terrific recommendations without being pushy. Her service was flawless. The food was bursting with flavor. Excited to come back and try some new things. Cena is definitely worth a visit.
  38. m

    marrecada

    Tampa

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again Cena delivered a great dining experience!!! Congrats!!
  39. LA

    LATrip924

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Loved the food and corking
  40. TO

    ThomasO

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great dinner and evening at Cena. Drinks, apps, mains, and desserts were all 5 stars! Service top notch too.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Cena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 374-8840.

Cena is rated 4.7 stars by 1110 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Cena

1208 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E.Kennedy Blvd and N.Meridian Ave in Grand Central building

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Park in the Grand Central WEST Garage off E. Kennedy Blvd (entrance corner of Crunch Fitness). Go up ramp, take ticket and circle up and park in any spot near the “A/ Stageworks” marked elevator core. Parking on floors 3, 4 and 5 is free for the first 2 hours then $3/hour. Take elevator to 1st floor, go to courtyard and Cena is on the left.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Buttacavoli

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (813) 374-8840

  • Catering

    For catering inquiries please contact Michael Buttacavoli, at 813-374-8840 or michael@cenatampa.com

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