Cena

4.8
775 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 775 people are saying
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vipDacheze
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. Each meal is individually prepared to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is excellent and the staff are very knowledgeable and attentive! Our server was incredibly kind and answered my many questions and made some stellar recommendations!

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and nice quiet atmosphere. Great for a night out away from the crazy night life in ybor city unless you want the crazy and sit outside!!!

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DanielleC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside seating area, fantastic food, good portions

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Meritt
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and our service was perfect! 10/10 recommend the bread service to start!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal!

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ArturoS
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good experience, wish it was in a nicer location (as far as environment), but that’s not under the control of the restaurant. It was a very nice dinner celebrating my fiancé Viki’s bday.

Cena
Responded on January 18, 2021

We so appreciate the kind words Arturo!

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vipHallieA
Tampa
47 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Excepted service from Donna...we’ll be back!

Cena
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thanks so much Hallie!

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Awesome service! Would definitely go back!

Cena
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thanks so much Ashley!

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vipLizh
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food as always from Chef Michael! The fried artichoke hearts! Holy cow! And now they have this huge incredible steel and glass outdoor open dining area with retractable roof, full bar, fire pit, tons of seating and heaters. It's a game changer for Covid safe dining.

Cena
Responded on January 18, 2021

Lizh, so kind! We are so glad you enjoyed our new space. Thank you so much!

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vipJohnC
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Tampa

Cena
Responded on January 18, 2021

Wow John, thanks so much!

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vipWendyR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Everything would have been perfect if our bolognese pasta would have been cooked properly. We love our pasta al dente but this was way too undercooked. Very hard to even chew. Sauce was superb.

Cena
Responded on January 18, 2021

Wendy, thanks for your feedback. We are so sorry to hear this. We sent you a PM so we may address. Thank you.

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vipFineDiner
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu is varied interesting and not standard fair. Excellent combination of rich cuisine, presentation and portion size. In short, flavor, art and value. Friendly and knowledgeable service team who asked about our pace and intuitively allowed us to linger without sacrificing attention. The visit by Chef Michael was special, too.

Cena
Responded on January 18, 2021

FineDiner: what a thoughtful review. Thank you so much!

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PaulS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good but the service can be improved. The waitress we had didn’t tell us about the daily chef special. A second waitress would come and ask questions and take orders as if there was no coordination between the two waitresses. We waited way too long to get the check.

Cena
Responded on January 18, 2021

Paul, thank you for your comments. We apologize for any service hiccups. We hope you return soon. We sent you a PM.

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pdbuster
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The execution of modernized Italian was flawless. The flavor profiles worked. Cacio e Pepe was as it should be but twisted up a notch with a stronger pepper kick. An eggplant appetizer showed imaginative effort as did our artichoke app. Thin cuts and crisp edges with sauces that were perfectly married. Then, we found out what could happen to a traditional dish when genius meets inspiration , the tiramisu, molded to a sensuous faberge egg shape with a lush mousse casing that when cut into revealed a second mousse and the requisite soaked lady fingers all surrounded by a hazelnut and chocolate crunch that played off the smoothness of the mousse. Bravo

Cena
Responded on January 18, 2021

Pdbuster, we can't thank you enough for such a detailed review! Come Back soon!

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vipbetterwithbutter
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, waiter and chef very attentive. The best outdoor setup I've seen. Will be making this a regular, even during COVID.

Cena
Responded on January 18, 2021

Wow, what a nice review. Look forward to having you back.

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JSaL
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday Wine tasting.

Cena
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you! Was a fun evening!

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CamronStewart
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place. Ordered the braised short rib risotto, and the black truffle Carbonara. The only negative thing about this entire experience was both of our dishes being slightly under warm. Cold, but the flavor was there and we finished with the deconstructed Tiramisu.. Only disappointment was the entre temps.. which was a bummer but overall a good experience for a date.

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Cappy
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We are somewhat regulars and for the most part always have very good experiences. We always choose the high top for dining and service has historically been personal and of the highest quality. Food always consistently great. This time was a little different. Instead of a dedicated server we were greeted and waited on by the bartender. He was nice enough however his primary duties behind the bar prevented him from providing the kind of service we are used to at Cena, and for that matter expect. We were having to flag down other servers for things throughout our experience. Next time we’ll be sure to request a server other than a bartender.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and that fried artichoke makes me want to come back. Thank you all for a great night

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small and intimate restaurant with excellent customer service. Everything from the bread to desert was flavourful and delicious. Risotto was nice and creamy.

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vipJohnG
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was delicious I had the grilled fish with mussels and shrimp over risotto. We had the ganache and omg it was awesome. I feel that you can’t go wrong with anything you order here at Cena! Awesome food

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vipRobT
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual food was exceptional. Service was great....thanks for another wonderful evening.

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Jigger
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bread platter exquisite, margarita was delightful, oxtail platter to die for and tiramisu was icing on the cake.

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RaulR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall the food was good. My wife and I disagreed on taste on a few dishes where I thought it was great and she thought it was OK. Some food we felt were under seasoned for our taste. I would definitely go back and try out some other items on menu.

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vipluv2eat
Tampa
44 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We might have tried Cena on a bad night. The service was great but the food wasn’t really impressive. We did the whole appetizer, salad, entree and desert. Nothing was horrible but nothing except for the twice baked potato tasted really great.

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RemyD
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The staff are attentive and the food is definitely worth the visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. Perfect for a casual night out.

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Boris
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Started with the Carpaccio which was not inspiring at all. Would not order this again.

As our main entrée we had the Wagyu Braised Short Rib with Gorgonzola Red Wine Risotto. Absolutely wonderful. Amazing favors. We also had the $10 bread service. We were irritated at having pay anything for bread, much less $10, but it turned out to be the best bread service we have ever had . . . worth paying for. They should call it something else besides "bread service."

We will be back!

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katies
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

By happy accident we tried this restaurant and could not have been more pleased. Service was very good, great wine suggestions to pair with our entrees. The eggplant appetizer is a must try along with the tiramisu!

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vipDonnC
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome as always

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JacquelineC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a nice date night restaurant but don’t go hungry. The portions are very small. The food was good but just needs more especially for the price.

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NikkiB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful find! So happy my gf and o decided to grab dinner here. The food and the service was outstanding!

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RebeccaA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since it started to rain, the restaurant was able to seat us inside, even though we reserved an outside table, without hesitation. The food was outstanding. A perfect date spot or celebration destination.

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vipNeenst
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

A little disappointed with the food last night, some of the ingredients on the food I received tasted or smelt old. Overall it was good though, service was perfect and my drinks were nice. We ordered the artichoke, veal, burrata salad, and the octopus. Very little portions of octopus as well but combination of the ingredients were unique. I would give my experience a 3.4 out of 5.

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RonG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Very disappointed with the food! The pasta dishes were actually very poor, and the sauces almost inedible.
We looked forward to this outing and were thoroughly disappointed. I wrote a message with comments since the waitress never asked how the meal was, perhaps afraid since most of mine was left.
Forget this place, not worth the money.

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vipJimmy
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great Italian and great service

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vipTmac10
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beef carpaccio was divine! Kale Caesar salad was on point. Everyone love their dish.

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ThomasO
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal that I’ve had in a long time! Quality ingredients prepared and presented with thought and intention. Depth of flavor and textures in each dish was outstanding. One of the few places that will be added to the regular rotation.

FAQs

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

Cena is rated 4.8 stars by 775 OpenTable diners.

Cena does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cenatampa.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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