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Cena Restaurant

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125 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
+1 920-830-7820
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Located in historic downtown Appleton, Wisconsin, Cena features exposed...
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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  • 59
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A true Gem!

I've had the pleasure of dining here twice within the last few months and am still telling people about dining here. The atmosphere is very laid back and not snobby. The food is amazing and will excite your tastebuds. The cheese plate is a good starter with the Moody Bleu cheese as my favorite! We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
smurf2001
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Service was extremely slow. Ordered a shrimp dish, had a strong ammonia taste and smell. Kitchen told server it was from the shells being grilled. Ummm, I grill shell on shrimp, and they do not taste like that. Sent back the shrimp, and had them bring something else, which came a half hour later. Sad thing was the restaurant was... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Some food was wonderful; some was not so great. Bread was still frozen inside even though it took a long time to get it. Not sure I'd go back on a busy night.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I've had the pleasure of dining here twice within the last few months and am still telling people about dining here. The atmosphere is very laid back and not snobby. The food is amazing and will excite your tastebuds. The cheese plate is a good starter with the Moody Bleu cheese as my favorite! We had the scallops on one... More 

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Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Beautifully plated, creative entrees which were delicious! We all had something different and everyone enjoyed their food. I had carbonara and pork belly, which were both very tasty!

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Mold, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We so enjoyed our meal last time we were staying in the area that when we found we would be passing near Appleton again we decided to stay a night specifically to revisit Cena. Another superb meal, an imaginative menu (changed since our last visit) and excellent food with delightful presentation - for example meatloaf cupcakes, meatloaf rounds piped with... More 

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Menasha, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

When my wife and I don't have a group to share dinner with and we want something special for just ourselves we pick Cena. The people are very attentive and the food is inspired and nothing like you expect from chain restaurants. The menu is understandably limited but still varied enough to fit almost anyone's dining requirements. The bare brick... More 

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Baraboo
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We were visiting from out of town and had not made reservations for dinner on Saturday night as we weren't sure where we would be/what we would be doing. After being told that our hotel restaurant was booked until 8:30pm, and deciding against an empty and overpriced Lombardi's Steakhouse, we stopped in at CENA. The owner said they were also... More 

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Bonduel, Wisconsin
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Great little place, if you don't look carefull you will pass, it like we did. Very friendly, had reservation and table was ready for us right away on a Friday night even with the PAC musical that night. (Which we were going to) We don't usually eat at the chain resturaunts we like originals and this one is a winner!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My husband and I have been coming to Cena for years. It is our favorite restaurant. The food is always amazing and that is impressive considering they change their menu regularly with what is seasonal. I actually appreciate their timing of service. When we go to Cena we are going for a date, to spend time with each other, to... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My husband and I were thinking about trying Cena for some time when we finally made reservations on valentines day... When we arrived we told them the first and last name and they were immediately rude stating that they had a reservation in my first name as well as my last and they would now be losing out on business... More 

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Brian L, General Manager at Cena Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm terribly sorry to hear of your unsatisfactory experience. I believe that all feedback is positive: allowing us to improve, or continue working with our strong suits. I assure you the collected staff is now aware of your complaints and concerns, and we've taken appropriate measures to prevent similar breakdowns in service. I only regret that you took nearly a... 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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 125 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Appleton
  • Phone Number: +1 920-830-7820

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: American

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.
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

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