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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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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 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: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 39
    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
Excellent Top Shelf Italian

Pretty high standards when it comes to Italian considering we have been to Italy 4 times plus have a long family tradition of excellent Italian/Sicilian food. This place has been on our list for some time and we finally dined there this evening. It did not disappoint. The Gorgonzola cheese salad... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
alexqueso
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Pretty high standards when it comes to Italian considering we have been to Italy 4 times plus have a long family tradition of excellent Italian/Sicilian food. This place has been on our list for some time and we finally dined there this evening. It did not disappoint. The Gorgonzola cheese salad was very silly and nice to split between two... More 

Helpful?
Thank alexqueso
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Coming from someone who knows their Italian food, I'm honored by your high praise, Alex! It's wonderful to hear you had such a great first visit with us, and that our Lobster Agnolotti really hit the spot. Hope to see you and your family again soon. All the best, Chris, Owner More 

Portland, Oregon
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

a Cena in Italian means 'come to supper.' We eat often in this Sellwood hideaway and have never been disappointed. Their dinner specials vary and are always a great choice. They offer two sizes on many entrees so you can share or not over-eat. The owners source local ingredients when available and the flavors are always wonderful. Be sure to... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ken O
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

This was so great to read, Ken -- it's wonderful to hear from a regular! I'm glad you and your wife's meals with us have never been disappointing. Thanks so much for all of your great recommendations! Looking forward to next time, Chris, Owner More 

Loreto, Mexico
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49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

What a great find. We thought we would go out to one of the increasing number of Portland restaurants that make their own pasta. Cheapskates that we are, we split the antipasto which was a salad consisting of arugula (the Obama green) along with apple and onion which I thought was tasty and original but my wife was less entranced.... More 

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

Happy to hear you and your wife had such a great time dining with us -- we know our dishes have a unique flavor, but I'm glad you enjoyed them. I hope you'll join us again for dessert, too, but regardless, I'm pleased that you two could cap off the night on a positive note! Cheers, Chris, Owner More 

Vancouver, Washington
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102 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Serendipity brought us here; there was a line at our intended down the street. Lacking reservations, we ate at the bar. Service was fine; we got a great view of challenging mixology. But the food was divine! Started with arugula, apple and fennel salad; went to the night's special, a lamb ragu on pasta; accompanied by a 'trio' of veggies:... More 

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

Steve, I'm so happy you came in and enjoyed your dinner with us -- serendipity, indeed! We make all our food from scratch, and I'm pleased to hear that everything from your salad to your pasta to your glass of Barbara d'Asti was so delicious. Thanks for dining with us -- I look forward to seeing you again. Until next... More 

Portland, Oregon
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The noise level was higher than I prefer at a nicer restaurant but the food made up for the noise. They offer some wonderful hand made pastas. All four of us had something different and we all loved our dinners.

Helpful?
Thank Doug O
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Flattered to hear all four of you loved the pastas, Doug! I'm sorry if the noise caused any sort of distraction though, but I'm happy to see that didn't keep you from enjoying your evening. We'd love to welcome you back any time. Best wishes, Chris, Owner More 

Portland OR
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

A Cena is nestled in one of Portland's best neighborhoods - Sellwood. It is somewhat dark inside but projects great warmth. The food is amazing. We've probably eaten here 20 times over the past few years and have never had a miss. You cannot go wrong with anything you order. Service is always professional and usually prompt. My only complaint... More 

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

20 times? Knowing this review is coming from such a loyal fan of ours makes it even more special -- thank you! I'm truly flattered to see you can always count on us for an exceptional dining experience. I'm sorry, though, that lunch hasn't always been up to the same standards, and I appreciate the candid feedback. I've definitely taken... More 

Portland, Oregon
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Food is unbelievably good. We just moved to the area so tried this place on a whim. Boy were we glad we did. We split an appetizer (maybe caprese?) it was good but it was the entrees that just blew us away. The waiter recommended the lobster agnoletti, so that's what I ordered. My husband had homemade rigatoni with a... More 

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

Firstly, welcome to the neighborhood! So glad we could make you feel right at home so soon, and it's great to see our server's recommendation was spot on. Hope you're loving that olive oil at home, and when you're ready to have someone else do the cooking, we'd love to welcome you back. All the best, Chris, Owner More 

West Lafayette, Indiana
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

Table of four and we ordered multiple entrees and apps. The roasted Brussels sprouts were divine, as was the tiramisu. Service was prompt and friendly.

Helpful?
Thank csharrison68
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Those roasted brussels sprouts are a real crowd-pleaser, so I'm so glad you guys gave them a try! Thanks a million for your kind words about our service team, too. We're all looking forward to your next visit. All the best 'til then, Chris, Owner More 

Milwaukie, Oregon
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

For those who enjoy a few good wines, A Cena is a nice Sellwood stop. I have dined here for lunch and dinner and enjoyed both. Their cavatelli is a great go to dish with chunks of lamb and delicious sauce. The grilled romaine was a little flat but I would try it again in case they had a down... More 

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

Sharon, I appreciate this review more than you know! Thanks for all your generous compliments. Cheers, Chris, Owner More 

Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

A Cena is, quite possibly, my favorite restaurant in Portland. As a local, this is my special occasion restaurant. It's also my date night restaurant, my spot for visitors, and we should feel so lucky to have a place like this so nearby. I'm always hesitant to order lasagna at a restaurant, because nothing compares to my mother's lasagna. I... More 

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1 Thank Kallie C
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Whoa, Kallie -- favorite restaurant in Portland?! I'm honored, especially that you'll even order our lasagna here. Thanks for these wonderful compliments! Looking forward to next time, Chris, Owner 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 - 10:00 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?