La Cena Restaurant

4.5
163 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
La Cena Ristorante has been in the heart of Bensalem, PA for 25 years and we are still going strong! We offer delicious and authentic Italian food that is made with only the freshest ingredients. We offer a full bar that comes complete with live entertainment and, we also offer delicious daily specials in addition to our traditional menu. At La Cena we are proud to offer a fine dinning experience at a great price. Simply put, we aim to please!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Steak, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: CLOSED. Opened only for pre booked events. Call for details!
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Phone number
(215) 639-9969
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Entertainment
Live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday. Great bands all with their own unique style!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 163 People Are Saying
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EC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, singers are very entertaining! Older crowd

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MS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner w/friends before a show.
We have had dinner here before and have been back a few times.
The food was delicious, our server Stephanie was gracious and professional.
Our only suggestions is to have the people who bring the food know who get what entree instead of asking, "who gets the..." . It is our own personal gripe. We love this restaurant and will be back.

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BP
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner with my wife, grandson, and his fiancé . Food was great! The entertainment (Saturday night) was great! I recommend La Cena highly

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GG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice time out for date-night! Food delicious. Service was fast and polite.
The music was GREAT!

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K
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service.

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RG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there with friends we had not seen in 5 years. All 4 of us were very pleased. The food was superb - all freshly made and we each had a different entree. The staff treated us royally. The hostess and our server, Sam, were outstanding. This is a place I would definitely return to and recommend .

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NM
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Extremely tasty/fresh food. A hidden GEM in Bensalem.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Made a reservations after viewing reviews. We at first were seated right in the front where we asked to be moved away from the bar/music for a more quiet experience. Our waitress rarely checked in and it took over a half hour for our entrees to come out where we than made her aware that we never even received our appetizer. She apologized and tried to reconcile for the mistake. Food was alright but nothing really worth going for again.

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DL
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great staff! Will be back again! The staff was very friendly & the manager remembered my name from the last time my wife and I were there. The live music was excellent!

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NS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the 2nd time we went here... this was for my bday. Both had off the menu specials ... fillet mignon & Australian sea bass. Both were really yummy. (I tried my dates bass...lol)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful except the hostess was listening to something on her cell phone that was so loud that it drowned out the piano music in the backroom which we were not seated in.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

All 4 of our group loved the food and live music!

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TB
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious calamari. Good live music on selected evenings .

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F
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent! It was a bit noisy for conversation.

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TB
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good live music on selected evenings. Delicious calamari, lamb chops, etc .

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MK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

I have a severe food allergy to shellfish,I mentioned to my server. There was a item I was concerned about on the Special I was interested in. The item was a potato deep fried. I asked if it was fried in the same oil as any shellfish. He emphatically told me no. I ordered the Special I was still very hesitant about eating the potato. I took a very small taste and my tongue started to feel funny and I knew there was a problem. I did not finish eating anything and immediately took medication. I think the server should have checked with the chef it could have been quite serious if I wasn’t as cautious as I was. Food allergies are very serious.

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s
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven’t been here for years, stopped tonight and the food and atmosphere were fabulous. I’m generally not much into a bar scene or into visiting eateries where live performers are playing but I have to tell you tonight the two singers were so good, I thought I was in Vegas. The male singer had Sinatra down, so good, the lady had a great voice, add a little sax and it was a great night. They are here Thursday nights, have other entertainment Friday-Sun, 630 to closing. I had the Mediterranean Salad, filled with fresh grilled seafood. Best meal and entertainment, great for a nice quite evening.

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed La Cena. Great food, nice atmosphere. The service was excellent.

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RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good menu and beverage choices. Good food and environment.
Good range. Good service.

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BC
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good dinner; food well prepared and timely. Service was excellent. Overall a good value. Would highly recommend

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JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Would have given higher rating, but waiter misrepresented/mixed up menu item/special, so my husband did not receive what he was expecting to appear on his entree plate. Thought he ordered a whole trout, but was brought a filet. A bronzino was the whole fish on special. The food was prepared well despite the glitch.

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J
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Music at the bar. Very attentive staff.

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CJ
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Arrived for 5:30pm reservations and pretty much had our pick of tables, since it was a Monday. Nice enough area, where we sat, as it was like a plateau that sat next to the bar area.
They offer a Happy Hour but it's only for folks that sit at the bar. That part was kind of misleading on their website. I didn't book with a Happy Hour in mind, but when I wanted to peek at their menu online, I saw it. A little disappointing, as they even have it listed on a marquis type sign by the road.
The menu offers something for everybody and it is very good. My wife had a special of the evening, Chilean Striped Bass and it was expertly prepared, albeit for maybe a punch of salt too much. I opted for an everyday restaurant specialty, La Cena Fettucine that came with shrimp and scallops. Again, it was very good. We split a spinach salad special that came dressed with sliced oranges, dried cranberries, blueberry chevre cheese, and a couple other goodies. Nicely done and extremely fresh.
No draught beer, just bottles and cans, but a nice wine selection.
I would return

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m
Philadelphia
95 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

quality all around. fine italian food with good music and atmosphere

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PD
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Cena is a gem . Exquisite dishes ! Excellent cocktails . Good live music, though the performers use ‘tracks.’ I took my mom for dinner , and we all were very pleased . Highly recommended!

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LH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner before a concert at Parx Casino. We were seated at a table ajacent to the bar where a live band was playing. We were looking to have some nice conversation and asked to be moved. We were immediately accomated to the main dining room which was much more enjoyable. Mike was a great server. We enjoyed good wine, tender crispy fried calamari and warm crusty italian bread to start. Generous portions of chicken parm with fresh pasta and chicken caccitorie with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus were tasty . The pasta was a standout and we would order pasta entrees on a return visit. Mike really made dessert time special having the band sing happy birthday to him. House made tiramisu and cannoli were delicious. We live over an hour away but would return for another special occasion.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Don't let the strip mall exterior or the awkward layout fool you, this place has excellent food!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time- we hadn’t be there in years and remembered how good it was so we decided to share our anniversary with friends there. The food was excellent and the staff made the occasion all that more memorable. Will certainly not let as much time go by before returning and we have already told our friends they must go

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DL
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall atmosphere & great food! The staff was excellent

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JS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had dinner for Mother's Day. Mom liked it a lot. And that's all that mattered. She really liked the special effort of giving all of the moms a long stemmed rose

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice, local Italian restaurant. Good food, nice ambiance with piano and sax music combo.

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KH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place... so glad I used open table to find it... already recommending to friends

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K
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as always. Cocktails were awesome!

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TB
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's great that La Cena has vocalists on Wednesday's, Thursday's, Friday's and Saturday's. Even more days would be good ! Bar area is noisier due to the decent music. If you want quieter there's also an adjacent nice dining room .

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MT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love this place. The food is wonderful and the the people that work here are marvelous. Everyone has a smile on there face. If you need something they are right there to help. Entertainment is a plus.

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MB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent there every week . Great food, great service and good music !! Highly recommended !!!

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RT
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming here for years. Food and service is always great.

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BR
Philadelphia
109 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first experience! We will definitely be back to visit this hidden gem close to where we live! Decent happy hour specials and live music in the bar area. Service was great as was the food. I really enjoyed the veal limone and my husband enjoyed his mixed seafood dish over pasta. Really good arugula beet salad special.

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OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time. Food is excellent!!!! Staff is always courteous and welcoming.

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K
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as always.

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