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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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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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  • 58
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  • 16
    Very good
  • 6
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  • 0
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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
Unique well prepared selections

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
Sue2011Wisconsin
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Wisconsin
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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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37 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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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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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 

Winneconne, Wisconsin
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51 reviews 51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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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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104 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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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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
  • 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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