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A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

#108 of 3,676 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
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7742 SE 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202 (SE Lambert St.)
Several on 13th Street
+1 503-206-3291
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Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: A Cena is Italian for come to supper. This is exactly what we are inviting...
A Cena is Italian for come to supper. This is exactly what we are inviting you to do at A Cena Ristorante located right here in Portland. When you come to A Cena, you will instantly be transported to a small villa in Italy. We are committed to providing our guests with an experience that will not be quickly forgotten. At a Cena, we share a love for simply cooked meals enjoyed with friends and family. All of our dishes are made with fresh ingredients from local Portland area farmers. We also hand make all of our pastas and cured meats, and daily prepared breads. A Cena offers a robust, well-matched wine list for every meal along with a seasoned and personable staff. All of these elements combined allows us to offer our guests at a Cena a fine-dining experience with the comfort and warmth of an Italian country kitchen.
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Visitor rating
  • 78
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Italian Food

This quaint little Italian restaurant is not your typical spaghetti and meatball Italian restaurant. The food is different and very good. Waitresses are very friendly and helpful with dinner selections. The prices are a little higher, but well worth it -- at least the meal I had was. I would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This quaint little Italian restaurant is not your typical spaghetti and meatball Italian restaurant. The food is different and very good. Waitresses are very friendly and helpful with dinner selections. The prices are a little higher, but well worth it -- at least the meal I had was. I would definitely go back for another visit. No parking lot, only... More 

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Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your amazing compliments on our food! It's great to hear you enjoy your visits here so much. Hope to see you again soon! Chris, Owner More 

Carnation, Washington
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We love Portland! So many distinctive places to discover ... & you can dine haute casual in Sellwood - not just in the Pearl! I had lobster agonolotti - creamy soft corn & mascarpone pasta with real Maine lobster - enough to chew, not just flavoring. The smaller portion was big enough for me ... so rich, and only $21... More 

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Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Michael, I couldn't be happier to hear you enjoyed your meal here so much. Thank you for letting us know about your visit -- your compliments made our day! I hope we'll get to see you for another visit soon. -Chris, Owner More 

Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This is my fourth visit back to A Cena. Because it's tucked away in the Sellwood neighborhood I sometimes forget it when deciding where to dine on date night. For this meal my BF and I split the fried artichoke for an appetizer. Deep fried in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt it was surprisingly delicious. I started out... More 

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Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Wow, Barbara! I couldn't be happier to hear you've had consistently wonderful visits at our restaurant. Nothing means more to us than hearing compliments like yours, so thank you! Looking forward to your next visit, Chris, Owner More 

Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

met a very good friend for lunch, and it was perfect! The grilled romaine salad was tasty, with Gorgonzola and bacon! And their beet ravioli special was wonderful. After our lunch we shopped the darling antique shops on 13 th! Definitely will return!!

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Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

There's no better compliment than "perfect," Mary! Thank you for your wonderful feedback about your visit. We're thrilled you enjoyed it so much. Looking forward to your return, Chris, Owner More 

Milwaukie, Oregon
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

On matter when we dined here or with friends or alone, we have always been met with great service. The grilled romaine Caesar salad is great. The pastas are fresh and tasty. The lobster raviolis are fantastic. Their veal chops are huge with the best flavor.

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Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

I'm so excited to hear that you have consistently great food and service here, Gary! Thank you for letting us know about your experiences. Looking forward to your next visit, Chris, Owner More 

Corvallis, Oregon
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A really delicious Italian fine dining experience. Scallops were beautiful, and definitely our favorite dish. Food was extremely fresh and well prepared.

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Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Thank you so much for these wonderful compliments! They mean the world to us here. Hope to see you again soon, Chris, Owner More 

Scio, Oregon
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This was our first visit here. Street parking was easy to find on a Friday night, just one block away. Our waitress suggested an excellent red wine from Siena. I had the small sized lobster ravioli which was VERY tasty. I had originally tried to order one of their specials and they were sold out of it by 7 pm... More 

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Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Jamie, I'm sorry we were out of the special (it tends to go fast!), but I'm thrilled that you loved your lobster ravioli so much. I'm betting it paired nicely with that red, too. I look forward to seeing you again next time you're looking for a warm, inviting place to enjoy a meal with your friends. Until then, Chris,... More 

Oregon
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

While the food was decent (not extraordinary but good) the experience was ruined by being too rushed. The whole atmosphere was hectic. The couple having dinner next to us felt the same way. We were there on a Saturday night, had made reservations, and ordered salads, pastas and dessert along with a glass of wine. The pastas tasted good, the... More 

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Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Been to plenty of Italian restaurant's around the Portland area. This one was mediocre at best. Service not well developed, constant bad timing interruptions when trying to eat by staff that requires you to pause conversation or wait till you stop chewing to politely answer. The bread, foccacia tonite had no taste what so ever and the olive oil seemed... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Stayed in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, OR in late September, and loved walking the streets in the evenings, peering into some rather unique looking shops. There was always a nice bustle at the tables outside 'A Cena', so a friend and I made reservation for an early evening meal, and had a delightful experience. When you're dining out of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7742 SE 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202
    (SE Lambert St.)
  • Public Transportation: Several on 13th Street
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
  • Neighborhood: Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
  • Phone Number: +1 503-206-3291

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining

Description

A Cena is Italian for come to supper. This is exactly what we are inviting you to do at A Cena Ristorante located right here in Portland. When you come to A Cena, you will instantly be transported to a small villa in Italy. We are committed to providing our guests with an experience that will not be quickly forgotten. At a Cena, we share a love for simply cooked meals enjoyed with friends and family. All of our dishes are made with fresh ingredients from local Portland area farmers. We also hand make all of our pastas and cured meats, and daily prepared breads. A Cena offers a robust, well-matched wine list for every meal along with a seasoned and personable staff. All of these elements combined allows us to offer our guests at a Cena a fine-dining experience with the comfort and warmth of an Italian country kitchen.
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?