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About La Cena Restaurant

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!

2233 Galloway Rd.
Bensalem, PA 19020
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

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!

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 639-9969

Website:
http://www.lacenarestaurant.com/

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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Details
Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 8:00PM

La Cena Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (6)
Live Music (6)
Special Occasion (6)
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Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Cozy (3)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Authentic (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

The food and the service are top notch if you haven’t check out La Cena you are missing a great experience from beginning till end! Our waiter Mike was outstanding the hostess was so friendly and the food was fabulous ! I will go again and again !

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

There are too many tables near the bar, and I had a hard time getting moved to a better one - even though the place wasn't very full at 6pm. Plus the hostess - younger than myself - referred to me as "honey." Our salad was served with a few flys buzzing around, and the menu selections were not overly appealing to my lady friend and myself. We agreed that the experience did not merit another Groupon purchase.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great find! We went for our 10th anniversary and couldn't have found a more appropriate place. Food was very good, service like I have never had, ambience was cozy and romantic, there was a duo (herb smith and a woman singer) that were terrific. They played a set that went from right after we ordered until we paid the check. They play a smooth jazzy type but with hit songs from 50's through the 80's.
There was a all seats occupied bar with what I thing were regulars, because they all seemed to know each other. You can eat at the bar too, although there was no trouble getting a table. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Live Music, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Good food. Good service. Live music too noisy.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food excellent. Terrific for birthday celebration. Waiter Mike was top notch

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Seems like an old restaurant. The chicken parm was a bit tough. The bread on the table was nothing to write home about. All in all disappointing for sure. Price wasn't bad, but still felt like it was something from the 80's including the tray the dessert came out on.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

SERVICE WAS OVERWHELMING. FOOD WAS MOST ENJOYABLE, AND THE BREAD WAS GREAT. ALL IN ALL A WONDERFUL AND COMFORTABLE EVENING.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Live Music, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

The food was good, service was great! My husband and I went to La Cena on a Monday evening for a dinner date. The restaurant was very quiet. Perfect for an understated night out without the kids. I will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2017

My husband and I went to La Cena for our wedding anniversary . The food and service are always outstanding! I would recommend it to everyone that loves food and the staff makes you feel like family ! Can't wait to go again !

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I had forgotten was a gem La Cena is. The food is great. The service was wonderful I'm so glad we were able to visit a long ago favorite.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 24, 2017

First time at La Cena. The food was very good. There was live music even on a Wednesday night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Made reservations for my wife's birthday for 4. Needed to add two more guests and the hostess and staff we're very accommodating. First class!
Great live music on Thursdays.
Oh, and the food was great too.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Excellent food and atmosphere. Service was exceptional good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 7, 2017

La Cena was great! The food was delicious! The service was great and the people are very friendly. Steve, our waiter, could not have been better. And, Sean, the manager came around to make sure everything was great. The atmosphere was fun with a live band. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Great restaurant for a special date; I chose this restaurant for our anniversary and the staff and food did not disappoint me or my wife.

The staff are very professional and friendly without being obtrusive.

Great overall experience and local gem and will refer family and friends to it.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Authentic, Disabled Access, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 1, 2017

this was fantastic. food great , service fantastic

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Had lunch here for a birthday. Wait staff was very accommodating and food was delicious. One of the special appetizers was oysters on the half shell, but the birthday girl wanted fried oysters instead (not on the menu). No problem! Chef whipped up a batch of fried oysters just for us! Our table also had the flounder special, Salmon Livornese and Veal Con Parciofi. All came with delicious mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach. La Cena just may become our new spot to go for lunch!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 6, 2017

The food and atmosphere were wonderful. We were celebrating a retirement, even though is was a quite night the staff was very attentive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Always good food an fantastic atmosphere. Live music on weekends is a plus. A shopping center restaurant that would fit in as a downtown classy place!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We chose this place for a convenient location and came in Saturday night for a b-day celebration, I ordered Proseco they brought me a glass of flat Martini Asti (which was replaced after I complained). The food was mediocre at best, service was abysmal. We had about 3 drinks each, the glasses were never cleared from the table. Wait staff is very inexperienced and not very knowledgeable. Prices are not low for what they are serving. I do not recommend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Celebrated a birthday, great value and they allowed us to bring a cake which they served without a cutting fee. Left a $50 tip on a $150 tab.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Good food, great service. Older crowd.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great service and food was excellent!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Generally a good meal. This time the service was excellent but the food was poor quality

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Large bar crowd so music was loud. Not conducive for dinner conversation. Not many diners on a Wednesday night. Food was very good though it I will not return because of the noise level

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

This was a find for the area it's in. Never knew it existed. Much larger than expected with live music later in the evening. The singer was wonderful. Our meal was delicious with excellent service. We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2017

We had a wonderful meal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Restaurant was quite for an early Saturday Evening Dinner. We were the only diners (party of two) in the back room. Our dinner conversation was intermittently drowned out by staff conversations being held outside the kitchen in the prep/bus area. Only one exuberant "Holy F**king Sh*t" experienced but it was one too many. Manager walked through rear dining area but never engaged with the customers. When I went to the front to address this issue at the end of the meal, the manager meekly apologized and that was it. He did not state that he would address the situation. He never reviewed our check or offered us a coffee or dessert.

Too bad... Meal was good, but manager & loud/inappropriate staff conversation made this a "do not return" destination. CM

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2017

We had trouble holding our reservations, for various reasons, but when we were finally able to, we were not disappointed, in the least, by La Cena. Hostess was friendly, spacious seating area, friendly waiter and a excellent food! We'll definitely go back!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Husband and I have been to La Cena a number of times.
Good food ,very friendly,nice service.
Big bar, with the music up behind it.
We have only gone on Wednesday or Thursday because
we love the music on those nights.
A must try!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Cozy, Disabled Access, Live Music, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Always consistently great food and service! We brought 6 colleagues there after being in all day meetings, and they really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 10, 2016

La Cena has been a local favorite for years. You can tell a good restaurant by the fact the waiters and waitresses are very friendly and appear to enjoy their job. Even some of the younger workers seem to stay and come back to work during their breaks from college. Food is always cooked to order and fresh.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2016

typical dining at la cena. very good neighborhood restaurant and bar

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2016

This was our second time to La Cena the food was over the top cooked exactly how we wanted it and the service was the same always there when we needed something a real neighborhood gem we will be back
Thank you

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Didn't realize this restaurant was even in our neighborhood! We thought it was great and will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner at La Cena. I noticed how long it had been there and knew we would not be disappointed. We were warmly greeted and there was lovely live music. The food was very good our party of four really enjoyed it. I am a vegetarian. And there many options for me too. We will definately be back

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2016

i sent my boss here twice. bensalem, pa mostly has chains. She hates chains and this is not one. You feel like you're in Italy when you walk in...w the beautiful piano music and possibly a frank sinatra-ish live singer. they were very accommodating with her diet as well...she eats vegan and GF and they were kind enough to change a couple entrees and salads to give her options.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Bensalem's best kept secret -- which more people would consider dining at this well known spot on Galloway Road. Been to LaCena a few times between funeral luncheons and Birthday Dinner celebrations. Keep up the great dining options.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Notable Wine List, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Always a terrific dining experience!!! Staff is always very attentive, entertainment is awesome and the chefs can accommodate any food requests without any issues

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2016

We have never had a bad meal. The service was a little slow but there was a large party in the other room. They could have used servers for just that party instead of doing both.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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