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Asena Restaurant

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2508 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-4634
510-521-4100
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
very tasty, a little quirky, great atmosphere, cordial staff

It's an unusual menu with an interesting and in places adventurous mix of Mediterranean and Californian and Turkish. Run with élan and style with a well-trained staff, you feel like you're in a classy restaurant though the surroundings are fairly informal. Prices are good, food is great, there is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Kiran R
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Alameda, California
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Alameda, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

It's an unusual menu with an interesting and in places adventurous mix of Mediterranean and Californian and Turkish. Run with élan and style with a well-trained staff, you feel like you're in a classy restaurant though the surroundings are fairly informal. Prices are good, food is great, there is a bar and a well-selected wine list. I enjoy the feeling... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Asena has a small but wonderful menu, with lovely light sauces and fantastic lamb dishes. The owners are delightful and very community-minded as well.

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Alameda, California
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5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a place I take visitors knowing they won't be disappointed and the never are'. They know how to cater to their clientele.

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Alameda, Ca
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We go here regularly; We went there last saturday for dinner; we had reservations and were seated promptly; service was excellent; We both ordered the specials and hanger steak was amazing. We always order their Garlic on curry bread appetizer and that's to die for if you are a garlic lover! Their wine list is really good and the price... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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69 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Marilyn and I have been to Asena before and always enjoyed both service and food. This visit seemed special. It was Saturday at 6pm and we called to see if we could get 3 people in for dinner. The owner took care of our request even though totally booked. We parked in the lot across the street (parking is an... More 

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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

As downtown Alameda has become more busy around the theater, Asena has become more isolated. But the place is worth the extra couple of blocks. Great homemade pizza, pastas, appetizers, and entrees. Solid wine list, reasonably priced. Don't miss this if you are in the area

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Vaison-la-Romaine, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Had dinner last night at Asena and as always enjoyed our meal. My only comment would be the lobster ravioli was more salmon than lobster so a little disappointing. Our daughter is gluten intolerant and they always are able to provide wonderful alternatives I.e. shrimp with risotto instead of pasta, excellent. Decaf cappuccinos to finish, excellent coffee.

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fremont, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

my golfing buddies; 7, came to Asena restaurant in Alameda, Ca. For dinner. Very nice Mediterranean quality faire. Each of us enjoyed our meal and experience very much. I started with a Cesar salad, a nice lamb dish in a pomegranate sauce, then finished with a creme brûlée. Others had steak, scollops, or a vegetarian dish. Cocktails preceded our dinner.... More 

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Alameda, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Asena consistently has a wonderful menu and great specials. On my latest visit I had veal ravioli that were possibly the best I have ever had. The appetizer ih humus and fried linguicia was served with triangles if pita bread. The wine list always compliments the food. The host and wait staff are friendly and more than competent. Every meal... More 

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Danville, California
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171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Mustaffa and his staff have catered both of our sons' rehearsal dinners. The food, the service, the working relationship...absolutely everything about this place is phenomenal. The first gig was in Alameda but son #2 got married in Monterey and Asena trucked down the coast and did an equally stellar job far from home base. In both cases, the guests were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2508 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-4634
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alameda
  • Phone Number: 510-521-4100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Californian
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?