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Cena Restaurant

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125 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
+1 920-830-7820
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I showed up shortly after opening last Thursday and grabbed a seat at the bar. From the start, the bartender Ben was outstanding. He made some killer cocktails and helped us decide on the poutine appetizer...which was by far the best I've had. We weren't sure how much room we had for dinner, but my first bite... More 

Thank SchootsWest
Appleton, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here has always been fantastic though the service waxes and wanes. Barkeep Brian is one of the nicest guys in the valley.

Thank Mike1sMike
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67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cena has it all to offer. When you walk in you know you're in a unique establishment where you can expect more than your run of the mill predictable food. The setting has a warm quality with vintage decor of the older Appleton buildings well preserved. The bartender and waitstaff are extremely personable and attentive. The alcohol selection from wine... More 

Thank soleil2jours
Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

A group of ten of us had dinner here last night and waited over an hour for our food with little attention in the meantime from our waiter. That was a negative in an otherwise very positive experience, as the food, once it came, was absolutely wonderful. The offerings were imaginative but also worked really well. I had the scallops... More 

Thank Lesley B
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Stopped in with some work friends on a business trip. The food was very good and the ambiance was cool though I wish they had more artwork on the walls. The waitress was a bit unknowledgeable, but overall this was a good place for dinner.

Thank Holly J
Brian L, General Manager at Cena Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Holly. Thank you for dining with us and for your feedback on your experience. Your server was fresh off vacation, and as a result, was a bit unfamiliar with some menu changes during her absence. (not to put this at the feet of the server by any means, she needed to be more prepared for her return and for... More 

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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Very cool urban atmosphere and fantastic food. Everything on the menu looked great. My husband and I both picked the fresh fish of the day, which was a rainbow trout with sweet potatoes and carmelized brussel sprouts. The flavors were great. We will be definitely be back!! The acoustic guitar player added to the ambiance... it was a great Friday... More 

Thank Natalie P
Menasha, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

My husband and I were looking for somewhere new to eat today. I'd heard of Cena and we decided we should try it. Both the food and the service were fantastic. We split a Poutine appetizer (not your ordinary french fries, gravy and cheese curds!), he had the blue marlin dish (with pearl couscous and a pomegranate and blood orange... More 

Thank Kimberly M
Cincinnati, Ohio
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is pretty special. Based on others reviews, we started off with the meatloaf cupcakes & we were not disappointed. Pretty phenomenal for some balls of beef, cheese (curds), & mashed potatoes. :) We both ordered the sea scallops for our main course & they too, were quite delicious. Our server was very accommodating & provided just the right... More 

1 Thank Beachlovingirlie
Asheville, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Looking for a farm to table, non-pub food dinner, a bit later on a Thursday night (8 ish), we found Cena in Downtown Appleton right on College Street. Even though the "mile of music" event was in full swing, we got a table and had a really good dinner; crab cakes and beef tenderloin. Both were prepared very well, perfect... More 

1 Thank dcray56
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

We are Brits who visit Oshkosh Airventure every year and make a point of dining at Cena as often as we can during our stay. The food is without doubt the best you can find in Appleton and it prepared to perfection. We sometimes order Steak Tartare which is not on the normal menu but the Chefs take great pride... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Appleton
  • Phone Number: +1 920-830-7820
Located in historic downtown Appleton, Wisconsin, Cena features exposed brick walls, wood flooring, and a pressed tin ceiling. The building was designed by famed Wisconsin architect William Waters.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?