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Cena

4.8
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715 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 715 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarkW
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was on point. Service was on point. And the Chef whipped up custom soup from scratch! Just go and enjoy!!!

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RobP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Birthday. I was very surprised at the number of people in this very crowded restaurant not following the Governors guidelines. The food was awesome but we won’t be back until there is a vaccine for COVID-19

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta was perfectly cooked. The meatballs were very unique and the fried artichokes were a tasty appetizer.

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vipKristenD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome first date night out post quarantine!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always

KL
vipKelliL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first time there, would definitely go back! So many things on the menu I wanted to try. Only improvement would be a better wine list!

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vipjanicef
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This small, roomy establishment serves big, delicious entrees. The ratio of meat to pasta was perfect, neither tasted heavy and there was enough for two meals!

Reservations are required. With it's proximity within the Channelside district the restaurant was very busy and we saw many people picking up food to take home. Parking is available in an adjacent garage and is free for the first two hours.

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StephanieW
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, friendly service, and the chef delivered our meals! We will be back to try the rest of the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waygu carpaccio was amazing

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LM55
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time we have been out for dinner since March. Great experience. Food and service was outstanding .

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vipMaryT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Some of the best food in town!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, an incredible experience at Cena. The hostess even came to check on us to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and we had multiple servers take care of us. We always feel like VIPs when we visit and the food is the absolute best in Tampa!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Everything was delicious, staff was incredible.

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JoanneL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner and staff was friendly will go back

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SusieA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our waiter Eric was outstanding and every recommendation he made was spot on. Finding and getting out of the garage was a nightmare and very time consuming. The self pay device was terrible, created a backlog of cars trying to exit. We probably won’t frequent this restaurant except by Uber due to the parking situation

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vipPamW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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Cappy
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always our dining experience at Cena was great. Although the menu is abbreviated because of the pandemic, our selections were spot on and service impeccable.

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vipMcKenzieL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner. The Chef is the best in Tampa and the service is impeccable.

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vipFoodieintheBurg
Tampa
55 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, he experience was flawless, and the food divine. Chef and the team should be proud of the job they are doing after being closed for over 7 weeks. Bravo Chef!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food elegant atmosphere not to be missed in Downtown Tampa

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DennisD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food in the area. Always a favorite for us!

Cena
Responded on May 12, 2020

Thank you so much Dennis!

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DarleneS
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cena is my favorite restaurant and I have missed it so much!! It's the first restaurant we went to after quarantine. They did such an amazing job at adhering to the guidelines suggested. I felt very comfortable. The food was amazing as always and the experience was divine. Thank you, Chef Butta and staff, for working so hard.

Cena
Responded on May 12, 2020

We Love to hear this! Thank you for coming!

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! So fresh and the staff are impeccable!!

Cena
Responded on May 12, 2020

Thank you for your kind words!

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AliD
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Best restaurant in the neighborhood. It’s a must try.

Cena
Responded on May 12, 2020

Your note is so sweet! Thank you!

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ScottB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef and staff did a great job with food and service. I highly recommend Cena.

Cena
Responded on May 12, 2020

This is so kind ScottB!

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JonathanM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was Great!!! The veal marsala was done with cutlets and cooked to perfection.
Everything else was amazing as well.

Cena
Responded on May 12, 2020

Thank you so much!

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TomE
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a beautiful evening. The cacio pepe w guanciale was magnificent as was the bronzini. Service was A+. Cena is easily one of best Italian restaurants in Tampa Bay.

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vipBenW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All courses were incredibly tasty.

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TalkerEater
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious and fresh. The ambiance was not inviting. The service was adequate, but not enthusiastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The young lady who served our table was outstanding. The food was excellent, good atmosphere. We will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic environment, food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are visiting Tampa. We were very pleased with Cena: quick walk from our hotel, very knowledgeable and pleasant service, fantastic food and cocktails.

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RichardM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and great service! Squid ink pasta was awesome.

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vipPMJ1
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal here but I think they've raised it a notch or two. This was the best out of many meals we've had here. Loved the pasta and elk sausage arrabbiata!

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vipFLFoodie
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cena is our favorite restaurant. The quality of the food and wine is amazing but it’s the service that is also outstanding. The restaurant has a small but warm feel. We can’t wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Best new-Italian restaurant in Tampa.

DR
DeborahR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the fried artichokes and both of our pasta dishes. Gourmet Italian, so delicious.

FAQs

Cena is rated 4.8 stars by 715 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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