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Cena – “dinner” or “supper” in Italian.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
Coffee chocolate cookie ganache, white chocolate mascarpone mousse, cocoa
Braised Oxtail Gnocchi
tomato braised oxtail, parmesan potato gnocchi
escarole, white beans, roasted peppers, garlic lemon olive oil
Food was on point. Service was on point. And the Chef whipped up custom soup from scratch! Just go and enjoy!!!
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
Pasta was perfectly cooked. The meatballs were very unique and the fried artichokes were a tasty appetizer.
We had an awesome first date night out post quarantine!
Outstanding as always
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!
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.
Incredible food, friendly service, and the chef delivered our meals! We will be back to try the rest of the menu!
Waygu carpaccio was amazing
1st time we have been out for dinner since March. Great experience. Food and service was outstanding .
Outstanding as always. Some of the best food in town!
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!
Highly recommend. Everything was delicious, staff was incredible.
We enjoyed our dinner and staff was friendly will go back
Always a pleasure
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
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.
Amazing dinner. The Chef is the best in Tampa and the service is impeccable.
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!!
Superb food elegant atmosphere not to be missed in Downtown Tampa
The best Italian food in the area. Always a favorite for us!
Thank you so much Dennis!
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.
We Love to hear this! Thank you for coming!
Amazing food!! So fresh and the staff are impeccable!!
Thank you for your kind words!
So good! Best restaurant in the neighborhood. It’s a must try.
Your note is so sweet! Thank you!
Chef and staff did a great job with food and service. I highly recommend Cena.
This is so kind ScottB!
Dinner was Great!!! The veal marsala was done with cutlets and cooked to perfection.
Everything else was amazing as well.
Thank you so much!
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.
All courses were incredibly tasty.
The food was delicious and fresh. The ambiance was not inviting. The service was adequate, but not enthusiastic.
The young lady who served our table was outstanding. The food was excellent, good atmosphere. We will definitely be back.
Great food, excellent service
Always fantastic environment, food and service!
We are visiting Tampa. We were very pleased with Cena: quick walk from our hotel, very knowledgeable and pleasant service, fantastic food and cocktails.
Great dinner and great service! Squid ink pasta was awesome.
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!
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.
Wonderful food and service. Best new-Italian restaurant in Tampa.
Loved the fried artichokes and both of our pasta dishes. Gourmet Italian, so delicious.
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.