Cena

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620 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
What 620 People Are Saying
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Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and service was excellent. Only disappointment was that the dessert pictured online is no longer served there, as they have a new pastry chef.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!! Great wine!!

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This quaint little spot had really delicious food and the best carpaccio in Tampa! A mix of folks on a date and friends meeting, a great atmosphere for different crowds. Compliments to the chef!

CO
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Beef carpacio very good. Fried egg plant was good to okay. Both risottos were a bit crunchy so not very good. Excellent service. I would go back as the menu has more to offer and the reviews say it is good.

CG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating at Cena and we will definitely return. Everything was perfect! Easy parking, menu with good variety, knowledgeable server, quiet atmosphere. Thanks, Cena for a wonderful evening!

L
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Disappointed about the menu change that removed the only Vegan dish, and a Vegetarian dish.
Pastry chef has changed.
New one good but not as requisite as original pastry chef.
Service is always outstanding.

TP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Drinks were spectacular. Food was excellent. Great portions. Loved it!

PM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bday and anniversary

OT
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been three years since I dined at Cena. A lot has changed..the creme decor is now luxuriously warm and inviting blues and beige. They now have a full bar with incredible cocktails. The only thing that hasn’t changed is my opinion of Cena being the best food I’ve ever had. I was hesitant after so long that it would have gone downhill (like so many restaurants do). I was so happy to see that the food was better than ever. Everything was outstanding!!!

JH
Tampa
57 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! It is always enjoyable, food and ambiance are great. Can’t recommend enough!

EW
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet small venue in a bustling court yard.
We especially enjoyed our meals and the service of our waitress. We will definitely make plans to revisit in the future.

LB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Original dishes. Good location. We were in Tampa for the weekend and decided to try based on reviews. Were not dissapointed

C
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food in a good environment. Risotto was the best I’ve had since I lived in Europe.

S
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The hidden gem is worth a visit! The service and food were excellent but it was so loud in the restaurant that we could barely hear the server or each other. Thank goodness the food was exceptional or it would have been a mediocre experience.

CM
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Tampa. Amazing food, super service and comfortable decor.

SB
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! We will definitely be back.

AT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

F**kin Awesome

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reconnected with old friends (and new) who just moved to Tampa. We are all Chicago natives, mostly of Italian decent so we like to think we know good Italian food! We all greatly enjoyed the meal, drinks, ambiance and company. Cena’s was accommodating and friendly. Perfect setting for catching up with our group of 8.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is outstanding. Everyone is attentive to the clients needs. The chef is accommodating and the food is delicious.

MS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at Cena. The food was incredible. Some of the beat we’ve ever had in Tampa. Definitely a hidden gem! Will be going again soon!

b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience. Delicious dinner. Only giving 4 stars instead of 5 because they were out of my favorite w branzino- which they do so wonderfully and hardly anyone else ever has it. Snapper substitute was very good, though. My husband loved the chop and delicious kale caesar. Brought friends who had never been before and they enjoyed dinner also

KH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely loved our dinner. This is our second visit and we will be sure to return. It can get expensive however so be prepared.

JC
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a local favorite - always consistently excellent food and service.

DJ
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome welcome, great recommendations and wonderful talk with the chef.... all before enjoying a great meal

LH
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly one of the best restaurants in Tampa!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New menu items were spot on!

J
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian dinner. Everyone from front door , wait staff , chef were excellent !!

Best around Tampa bay and Florida !

Felt like being in Italy for the night

CH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about my experience at Cena was top shelf. I had the Kobe carpaccio and the short rib gnocchi. Amazing flavors, perfect portions and clearly a keen focus on using the best ingredients. I highly recommend ordering one of Paul’s espresso martinis - hands down the best in the city.

MK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome, service is terrific.

RT
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, great portion size and delicious drinks! Service was spot-on. Will be back again!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food. The service is out of this world!

A
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ox tail gnocchi were absolutely supremely delicious; the croutons especially tasty on the Caesar Salad. Cookies were the best in Tampa. Abundant thanks to the chef and to our attentive, kind and competent waiter, Eric.

DD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite Tampa restaurant! Great food, great staff. Thanks so much for a wonderful dining experience!

HR
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Took my wife out to dinner in Tampa and I don’t want him selected this restaurant everything was fantastic except for the noise level of the restaurant they do need to do some noise dampening to make our experience more pleasurable

j
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef always makes the night a great time with his amazing snacks.... Paul is the drink master....

TG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, pleasant atmosphere, unhurried pace, convenient parking and fully integrated evening.

CP
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice little place on the edge of the new Water Street district. Easy access parking garage in the complex of shops and apartments. Great food (it always is), polished, friendly service. Nice wine list. Long drive from our home in N. Pinellas but worth it. Make a reservation even if you don't think you'll need it - it's small and I've seen it fill up in a woosh with walk ins - you don't want to be shut out.

J
Tampa
85 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and definitely fit for a foodie! Great Italian fare in a super cool atmosphere. Good wine list.

m
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have Eric as a server frequently, and he is wonderful! Always great food!

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