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A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

#112 of 3,414 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
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7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348 (SE Lambert St.)
+1 503-206-3291
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17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Portland, Oregon
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167 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a glass of wine (waiter's recommendation) and the lobster pasta. Friend had the clams, mussels, shrimp pasta. Both were delicious and the bread is amazing. We also enjoyed the cannoli and tiramisu - both delicious with coffee. It was a nice, relaxing atmosphere, with impeccable service and food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A Cena is the kind of restaurant you would have if your Uncle Vincente went to chef's school after learning to cook from Grandmama. If you don't like the food here, maybe you need to try a different cuisine. I was raised on this kind of food and it's wonderful.

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Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had heard about a Cena and that it was a great Italian restaurant, but never found the time to go. This Christmas I received a gift card, so we took advantage of it. I have to say, every word we heard about this restaurant were true. My husband had the lobster ravioli. He thought it was a little on... More 

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Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

The words "you can't go wrong with any meal" is the best Christmas gift any of us at a cena can receive. Thank you More 

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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A Cena Ristorante on 13th ave. in the Sellwood area of Portland, is one restaurant you must try if you haven't been there before. My wife and I went for lunch and had their famous dish Lobster Agnolotti, the pasta is filled with corn and mascarpone and cooked in a to die for rich butter sauce and of course an... More 

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Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

You honor our hard work here at a cena with your very kind words Hope to see you soon Happy new year More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant gets rave reviews so maybe it was just a fluke. I ordered their specialty, agnolotti with lobster and the lobster was like rubber- so over cooked. The sauce was very good as where the agnolotti but for $40 I expected the lobster to be perfectly cooked. My husband had the eggplant parmigiana which was very good.

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Thank Wondermore
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

I agree that our lobster agnolotti should be perfectly cooked And we work to achieve that. I am disappointed that it wasn't perfect for you. We take great pride in our signature dish and I assure you that we will do better. I want to thank you for bringing it to my attention More 

Orcas, Washington
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

delicious food, great service, acceptable price, pleasant setting. a great place for a party, an intimate dinner or a fun get together.

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Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely words Happy new year More 

San Jose, California
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37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This place is really good. The server was super friendly, and our food was delicious. This is in a great neighborhood in South East Portland, I highly recommend it.

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Thank Ro G
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

hi Ro just wanted to reach put and thank you for your kind words and your recommendation. We hope to see you at a Cena in the near future. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Definitely worth the visit. The crab ravioli was amazing, the Brussels sprouts were perfect, and the caprese was so creamy and delicious. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Thanx Eric It is more with appreciation than with pride that I read your review. I will share it with my team. Please join us again soon. More 

Sylva, North Carolina
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Although we made an error when making our reservation, we were seated promptly for a late dinner. Nice wine selection, and tempting menu. Our octopus and grilled romaine starters were excellent, as were all three of our party's main courses. We'll definitely return the next time we're in Portland. The only thing that detracted from our meal was less than... More 

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Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

thank you for your kind words and for a goal to improve our attentiveness When you return to portland please visit again. our menu changes frequently and I'm sure you will find another favorite. More 

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Everything about the experience here is top notch. Friendly , professional staff, great Italian menu and the kitchen delivers the goods. The wine list is extensive . It's easy to find a wonderful, ( and fairly priced) Italian wine to compliment the food. Delightful place for an intimate dinner for two or to share with good friends.

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Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Thank you for your thorough review. You covered all the aspects that a Cena strives to give to our guests. I cannot be more pleased than to know that the team has accomplished our goals. You have made our day. I will pass you good words to my team. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348
    (SE Lambert St.)
  • Public Transportation: Several on 13th Street
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
  • Neighbourhood: Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
  • Phone Number: +1 503-206-3291
Description
A Cena is Italian for come to supper. This is exactly what we are inviting you to do at A Cena Ristorante located right here in Portland. When you come to A Cena, you will instantly be transported to a small villa in Italy. We are committed to providing our guests with an experience that will not be quickly forgotten.

At a Cena, we share a love for simply cooked meals enjoyed with friends and family. All of our dishes are made with fresh ingredients from local Portland area farmers. We also hand make all of our pastas and cured meats, and daily prepared breads. A Cena offers a robust, well-matched wine list for every meal along with a seasoned and personable staff.

All of these elements combined allows us to offer our guests at a Cena a fine-dining experience with the comfort and warmth of an Italian country kitchen.

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