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A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

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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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161 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As soon as we walked in, the smell of the cooking was so wonderful that we knew we would have a great dinner. Listening to the specials, looking at the wine list, we knew we would experience another amazing meal. We loved the restaurant, the ambiance, and definitely will go back for more food but also to walk around Sellwood... More 

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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

'best Italian restaurant I have been to in the US and better than any tourist place in Italy. If you think Olive Garden is a good Italian restaurant, then please ignore this review, but for everyone else, this place is fantastic. We went with friends who love this place so we expected good food, but were overwhelmingly surprised. Raviolini with... More 

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

WOW I will share your comments with our executive chef and the whole team. It is an honor for us to be recognized with your kind words and please do return, even with the long drive. My best More 

Portland, Oregon
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great service in a casual neighborhood Portland restaurant is practically unheard of, but a Cena (literally, 'to dinner' in Italian) offered it in spades at our last dinner there. There is an actual busboy, so our water glasses were always filled and dirty dishes cleared promptly and without fuss. We had two servers that teamed up to help us make... More 

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

We are always thankful for kind words of recognition of our commitment to excellence. Thank you sincerely and hope to see you soon More 

Springfield
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133 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner in this small neighborhood restaurant this weekend. Everything was good from service to ambience to food. The four of us began with the antipasto which included really nice thinly sliced sausage with a kick and homemade mozzarella which were both great. The cheese bread sticks were the best I've ever had. Our entrees included chicken... More 

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

It is always a pleasure to thank someone for taking the time to write about us, I really was happy that you tried a variety of things and please accept my thanks We would love to see you back soon More 

La Paz BCS
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218 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Came in for a quick easy bite with our cousin, Shea, who has always raved about this little neighborhood place. One thing led to another and soon our table was filled with some of the most incredible Italian dishes we have ever had...and we never even got past the small plates and appetizers! Head's up...this is not your usual pasta... More 

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

Jonathan Thank you for your kind words and I will be sure to thank Shea the next time I see her More 

Portland, Oregon
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71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Lots of great pasta options, but only a few pizza choices. Salads seemed to be the only gluten free options. It appeared to have an extensive wine list. Service was great and the candle-lit atmosphere would be great for a date (we were with family).

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

Dear Nospeen Thank you for your kind words and I will stress to our team to make sure that they explain that we can adapt several of our dishes as gluten-free We do make gluten-free pasta So come back soon More 

Bellevue, Washington
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83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

This restaurant fit us in when we arrived early after a very stressful day. Their service and wonderful food both refreshed and relaxed us—thank you. This City neighborhood restaurant reminds me why Portland values its neighborhoods and is a town for foodies. We will return the next time we are in Portland—this was our favorite restaurant of all that we... More 

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

dear garden visitor thank you for your kind words. it is always enlivening to receive an affirmation of our work. i, too, love this neighborhood and its uniqueness and am inspired by the talent that emerges from this city. see you soon. More 

Portland, Oregon
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181 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Totally enjoyed our time at Cena's. Good food and excellent waitstaff. Even on a Thursday the place was packed by 7pm. Highly recommend!

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

hi chris thank you for your recommendation and i will pass on to our wonderful staff your comments. you make it all worthwhile. More 

Portland, Oregon
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123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

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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Thank maruruss99
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

hi maruruss sounds like you did a full round meal and i am delighted that you had room for dessert. thanks for your words. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 January 2017

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

hi walter grazie. your comments warm my soul. they are wonderful to hear and i promise i will not tell grandmama. caio 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, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?