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Cena Restaurant

125 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
1(920)830-7820
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Ranked #10 of 316 Restaurants in Appleton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: 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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English first
Winneconne, Wisconsin
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42 reviews 42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you don't look carefully, you'll pass Cena, even though it has a great location on College Ave. in downtown Appleton. We had dinner there this past Saturday and we were not disappointed in the quality of the food. We were greatly warmly and seated immediately (had reservations). We started with the "Chase Your Date" appetizer, stuffed dates wrapped in... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Liked the concept of this restaurant. They really try to not do the same old thing. Ordered the scallops. They were served with sweet potatoes and an apple type mixture. Seemed a little off with the sweetness, scallops over done.

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Wisconsin
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100 reviews 100 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The food always has been excellent, and that still is the case. This time, the service was much improved - and we've been coming here for years. They had more wait staff, and we were greeted as we entered the establishment. Eddie Biebel and Vicky Basar were the featured performers - I don't particularly care for country music, but Eddie... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Food was somewhat bland for my taste. My friend, who recommended it, liked somewhat better but aslo said not as good as last time was here. We were seated in the back so a little uncomfortable. The scallops were a little overcooked. Beef ribs were cooked somewhat better but not much spice added.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Please do not let the appearance of this small restaurant/bar discourage you from visiting this establishment. The original woodwork, bar, exposed brick, and radiators add to the charm of this downtown gem, but I can see where some would think it looks rundown at first glance. After a long week at work my husband & I walked to this restaurant... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The waitress from our previous night's restaurant recommended this place and she was right. Great menu, interesting food, friendly service, good price. Perfect!

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Huntsville, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Our hotel recommended this restaurant, and they didn't steer us wrong! It's tiny, with a long bar in the front and a few dining tables toward the back. The food was delicious...everything we tried! The location is great, right on Appleton's Main Street and a short walk from our hotel. When you're there, try it and you won't be sorry.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Food is decent but overpriced and limited selection. Basically not so different from what I prepare at home. Service is a bit slow

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Park City, Utah
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

another time, Trip Advisor steered me to the right place. great bar & bartender. Excellent martini. the food was amazing. Fishcake with wild rice was very tasty, but wholly hell - the scallops with sweet potato gnocchi & brussels sprouts knocked my socks off! big plus was the Tuesday night jazz band.

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Wisconsin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I agree with many of the other reviewers who stated that this restaurant has more of a big town feel. It has a nice vibe overall. There was live music the Saturday night that we went. Food-wise, everything was very flavorful and fairly inventive. We had an appetizer and a couple of entrees, as well as the tomato bisque soup.... More 

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Additional Information about Cena Restaurant

Address: 125 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
Phone Number: 1(920)830-7820
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Appleton
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: American

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