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Cena Restaurant

125 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5710
+1 920-830-7820
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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5:00 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
125 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5710
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I went to this restaurant having heard that the young cook was very good. And in fact, the food was delicious! And the choice of wines was very good, too. I will continue to go to this restaurant knowing that the menu will be interesting,...More

Thank RichardSHuerta
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The problem with positioning your establishment as the finest of dining opportunities in the area is that your food has to live up the high bar you've set. There is nothing wrong with expensive faire unless it doesn't impress or reach the high water mark....More

Thank Seldom-seen-schultz
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have eaten at Cena before, but have not been back for a couple of years. No matter, same warm atmosphere, friendly staff and creative food. I ordered the Fish special, which was Corvina (like Haddock) with Purple Rice, and Seaweed accent. The Fish was...More

Thank woodboatchick
Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I ate here with friends of ours, we were in a hurry to get to an event and they were great with trying to get us out in time. I was surprised to see that they only open at 5 pm, would...More

Thank tksheb
Reviewed October 11, 2017

My friend & I enjoyed a delicious meal at Cena! I ordered pan seared sea scallops with risotto, and it did not disappoint! When it was served, I thought the portion was on the small side (3 scallops), but it more than satisfied my appetite....More

Thank Jeanne N
Reviewed October 2, 2017

A midweek evening at this marvelous bistro & bar in the heart of Appleton had it all: fun cocktails, welcoming, friendly & attentive waitstaff, great food AND Jazz performed by local University music professors! Starters: Shrimp & Bacon Bisque is wonderfully rich & flavorful; Tomato...More

Thank artess1
Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

Staying here for a few weeks of company training and my bride flew in for the weekend, TA provides again, choice for Cena was due to high ratings and reasonable costs compared to the competition. It delivered in all respects. It was quiet when we...More

Thank Bruce G
Reviewed September 19, 2017

We got another chance to stop here for dinner and were able to sit right away since our visit was during the week. After hearing about the specials, we decided to try the gnocchi for our entrée WOW! They hit it out of the park...More

Thank smurf2001
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Cena is such a wonderful place to drink, or dine, or enjoy live music! It's cozy, warm interior with original brick and a stamped steel ceiling, great wait staff and tantalizing menu make it a favorite among Appletonians in the know. First time in? Try...More

Thank Alan L
Reviewed September 6, 2017

We get together once a year with school friends. I chose Cena Restaurant. The food was awesome. Great service with our large group.

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Questions & Answers
November 15, 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Beachlovingirlie | Reviewed this property |
There is no dress code, but I would recommend nothing less than business casual and would strive for date night out. ;)
Brian C
September 28, 2015|
Response from Brian L | Property representative |
There typically is ample parking on College Avenue. There is parking near the rear entrance of the restaurant in soldiers square and the YMCA ramp.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $35
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5710
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Appleton
  • Phone Number: +1 920-830-7820
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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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