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A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

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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
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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, 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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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 35
    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 service. Great food. Great neighborhood.

Had friends in from out of town that love Italian food. Found this place and booked a table. The staff was super polite and very detailed in their descriptions of the menu choices. I had steak and potatoes and was quite pleased. Understand the Scallops were the best ever had, but I'm not a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
AuntPaddy
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Had friends in from out of town that love Italian food. Found this place and booked a table. The staff was super polite and very detailed in their descriptions of the menu choices. I had steak and potatoes and was quite pleased. Understand the Scallops were the best ever had, but I'm not a seafood fan so I didn't try... More 

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Kelso, Washington
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We celebrated our anniversary with dinner here, and we were very happy with our choice! The food was excellent, the service was attentive--and the bread basket alone was worth the visit!! The portions were satisfying but not unmanageable.

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Happy Valley, Oregon
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109 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

It is so nice to have a restaurant of this caliber out in Sellwood. All the people who work here are passionate about food and providing great service, and the ambience is perfect for that special romantic dinner with your special someone. I started out with a Limoncello Martini which reminded me of a lemon drop only better. Not knowing... More 

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

Jim, I'm so excited to hear you enjoy coming to our restaurant so much. I really appreciate your kind compliments on our pasta! Hope to see you again soon so you can try out that veal chop! All the best, Chris, Owner More 

Portland, Oregon
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

If you have ever been to Italy this is a place that does real authentic Italian food. The fresh bruscettas are always seasonal and delicious, the pizzas fantastic, homemade pastas and all very fresh and locally sourced as much as possible. It is hard to go and not always eat the agnolloti with Lobster but good news you can always... More 

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

Thank you for your amazing compliments on so many of our menu options! It's wonderful to hear you have consistently great meals with us. Hope to see you back soon, Chris, Owner More 

Laramie, Wyoming
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We took our son and his family to a pre-Mother's Day dinner. A very intimate place with outside dining as well. A somewhat small menu with an emphasis on seafood the evening we dined. Very adequate wine list and reasonably priced. We enjoyed a bottle of pro secco before the meal and a very nice Soave Reserve with the meal.... More 

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

Wow -- I'm beyond flattered by your wonderful recommendation! It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed your pre-Mother's Day dinner with us. Hope to see you again soon! Best, Chris, Owner More 

West Linn, Oregon
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We have been a guest at A Cena many times and always have had wonderful experience. From the welcoming voice of Alex to make our reservations, then additional attention to our favorite place and caring service throughout our meal..it continues to remain our very special place. Although we have had many memorable meals, always...always choose to celebrate our anniversary with... More 

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

Carolyn, it's so wonderful to hear you've always experienced such great food and service at our place. Thanks for your many compliments, and I hope to see you again soon! All the best, Chris, Owner More 

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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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 

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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

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Additional Information about A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

Address: 7742 SE 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202
Phone Number: +1 503-206-3291
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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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?