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Cena Restaurant

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125 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5710
+1 920-830-7820
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Massachusetts
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a guest who has quite a few food allergies and were very glad we chose Cena. The menu and the waitress were extremely helpful in working with our guest. The food we had was terrific, unusual combinations and lovely presentations. Great veggie options. We skipped dessert, though were sorely tempted!

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Thank GreenBike
Appleton, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There have been a handful of restaurants at this location over the decades but Cena has got the recipe right. The atmosphere is classic, quiet and warm (exposed brick and tin ceilings). The menu is small but every item is well done (artisanal is how folks describe it). The Bartender Brian (the fixture at the location over the years) truly... More 

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Thank PritzlB
Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an exceptional gem in old Appleton, from the exposed brick and the tin patterned high ceilings and the live jazz band our Valentine's Day dinner was fabulous. Our vegan eating choices were met with great success from appetizers to main courses. The deserts were to die for and i have to admit we had a little dairy in each,... More 

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Thank Blackbird80k
Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2017

Nice people and a lovely meal. We ate at the bar and the bartender was very attentive. The meal itself was unique and delicious. If you are staying in Appleton, I would highly recommend checking it out.

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Thank Jacqueline G
Appleton, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

When I was in Northern Italy in the mid-1980s, I happened upon a tiny restaurant in the small mountain village of Bolzano that left me breathless with it's homey but sophisticated cuisine and candle-lit ambiance. Thankfully, backpackers were welcome and stuttering Italian from an English speaker was embraced with robust enthusiasm. They threw me English; I threw them Italian and... More 

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Thank 868lab33
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2017 via mobile

2nd time to Cena, it can be passed up on busy college ave. However, the craft drinks and hardy food is always a treat!

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Thank WiTrevster
Woodridge, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile

We decided to dine here due to a recommendation from a local bartender. It didn't disappoint. The staff were friendly and communicated well to let us know when our table would be ready. The food was very good (the Mediterranean nachos!), good selection of wine too. Had an upscale, modern, trendy feel.

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Thank philotiff17
Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I showed up shortly after opening last Thursday and grabbed a seat at the bar. From the start, the bartender Ben was outstanding. He made some killer cocktails and helped us decide on the poutine appetizer...which was by far the best I've had. We weren't sure how much room we had for dinner, but my first bite... More 

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Thank SchootsWest
Appleton, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

The food here has always been fantastic though the service waxes and wanes. Barkeep Brian is one of the nicest guys in the valley.

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soleil2jours
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68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Cena has it all to offer. When you walk in you know you're in a unique establishment where you can expect more than your run of the mill predictable food. The setting has a warm quality with vintage decor of the older Appleton buildings well preserved. The bartender and waitstaff are extremely personable and attentive. The alcohol selection from wine... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $35
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?