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A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

7742 SE 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202 (Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League)
503.206.3291
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Ranked #48 of 3,547 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
Cross street: SE Lambert St.
Transit: Several on 13th Street
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Sharon, Connecticut
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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our meal dining outside while two musicians played background music just inside the restaurant. We were surrounded by happy people relaxing and enjoyed the delicious food.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We eat at A Cena four nights running during our B&B visit to Portland. The food, wine and service were second to none and this was the very best restaurant of our five week vacation in Montana and Oregon. We did not repeat a single dish and had three courses each night. Every dish was perfectly cooked, full of flavour... More

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Lewes, Delaware
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I held my son's rehearsal dinner at ACena's and could not have asked for a more wonderful experience. Eugene and the Chef were pinpoint on with exactly what I had wanted and asked for. The food was excellent. The service was perfect. It was as if I had had it at my home. I requested family style dinning and I... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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208 reviews 208 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I wanted to give this an excellent rating for the food, but it was so awful uncomfortable due tot he heat and stuffiness -- that the experience in total was not enjoyable. With that said, I would go back in cooler months for sure. The artichokes, the pizza and grilled romaine salad were prepared with care - not slop on... More

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Oregon
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92 reviews 92 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We love A Cena..which means in Italian "an eating place", or close to that. It is a small restaurant but, huge on flavors, excellent customer service, inviting space and very authentic Italian food. Chris (the owner) is always there (it seems), he is very friendly and always seems to know you when you come in. The servers are friendly, knowledgeable... More

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Napa, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

My husband and I rented a house in Portland , sellwood area, and found this great little Italian restaurant. We ate there twice while we were there and both times the food was delicious. The second time when I made the reservation I was asked if it was a special occasion and I said yes, our 52nd anniversary. I was... More

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

In a town full of great restaurants, A Cena stands out for its inventive yet not fussy menu, yummy food, and unpretentious and gracious service and surroundings. I especially loved a braised caesar salad and a pasta dish with sausage and a cream sauce.

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Redmond, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

the food was excellent - appetizer, salad, entre, dessert and wine! and the service was superb. Would go back in a heart beat!

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Portland, OR
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

While their font choice was not wise, the food and service is incredible. You feel welcomed and attended to without having the servers and owner hovering over your lap. The house (Casa) salad was truly farm to fork and prepped you for the dinner course. The housemade corn and mascapone lobster ravioli left you feeling satisfied, but wanting to come... More

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Portland, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We went to dinner at A Cena because of the reviews I saw on TripAdvisor. The place is actually really cozy and nice inside although we sat outside because the weather was so nice. The service was excellent and they were very pleasant without being on top of us. The food was very good and presented very nicely although I... More

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