La Cena Restaurant

4.5
176 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!

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

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OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a phenomenal time.

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K
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both my husband and I ordered the specials and were not disappointed! Excellent dinner.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, server was awesome and the band they had was so good!! We had a really enjoyable time. Will definitely be back!!!

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CD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m always impressed with the way this restaurant is run from the wonderful hostess to the wait staff to the bus people!!
In addition, the food is delicious!!

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TB
Philadelphia
121 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice live music at this good restaurant, on selected evenings .

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Made reservation and told it was a mistake by open table. Seated at a high top in the bar area which was fine. Brought bread and water. No server comes over for drink or good order. Waited 15 minutes then told we had to get our own drinks at the bar. Decided to leave at this point. First bad experience here ever.

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BU
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

SATURDAY NIGHT, BUSTLING, NICE PEOPLE, DECENT FOOD, BIG MENU, FOOD COULD BE BETTER, 1980'S FEEL.

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LS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, lively on a wednesday night. We had a nice meal and a good time. Will go back.

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CF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were great! We will definitely return.

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A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great location for 4 couples to get together. Great food at good price point. Music volume prevented easy conversation. Will be back but I think music volume should be considered during dinner timeframe

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P
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Expert service. Great overall dining experience.

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looking for somewhere different to eat on Christmas Eve. My son is a vegetarian so it makes it very difficult to find a restaurant that offers a variety of vegetarian options. That being said we thought we'd give it a go, there's always pasta. We arrived at the restaurant and were seated immediately. My son had several choices and the food was amazing. The entire staff was polite and very accommodating. Our family had an enjoyable and relaxed Christmas Eve dinner without feeling rushed. We will definitely be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve dinner

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EC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, singers are very entertaining! Older crowd

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MS
Philadelphia
7 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
16 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
8 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
20 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
121 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
121 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
11 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
33 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
19 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
98 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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