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A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

#105 of 3,462 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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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
11:30 - 14:30
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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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Winnetka, Illinois, United States
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we went with a party of 11 to celebrate our daughter's college graduation. we could NOT have been happier with the entire dining experience. the service was outstanding. mark took care of us all with such flair and humor and we all just thought he was wonderful. the food was outstanding. from the appetizers to the main courses to desert,... More 

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Thank NancyG594
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Dear Nancy and international group "Dining in Italy" and a wonderful meal with a beautiful gathering on this special occasion -you made what we do all worth it Thank you for your inspiring words Eugene More 

portland oregon
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105 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very happy energetic staff Quiet. Food extremely well prepared Branzino, eggplant parmesan, ricotta cheesecake, polenta really all cooked to about as perfectly as possible. Owner on site, neighborhood place, on street parking

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

Dear hAAydon (hope I got that right) "Branziino, polenta, parmesan, ricotta- all sounds like Italy Glad we could tempt your imagination and bring it to reality Your kind to express it and I will pass it on the my team More 

Issaquah, Washington
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delicious food and a comfortable yet lively ambience. Will definitely be back for more! Try the squid!

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

Dear dusty Thank you for your kind words and the squid recommendation One of our favs also More 

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165 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 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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Thank richard g
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Well Richard you made my day When we hear from guest, particularly return guests these kind words they humble us but make us proud and more importantly bring you and your guests into the equation of what made us all happy to be here Eugene More 

oregon
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

'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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Thank ortsofsorts
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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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

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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Thank Andrew C
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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136 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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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Thank Clif S
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 85 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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Thank Jonathan R
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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75 reviews
28 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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89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?