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A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348
+1 503-206-3291
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lobster” (29 reviews)
“agnolotti” (12 reviews)
“pasta” (48 reviews)
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Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visit Pdx several times a year and have enjoyed A Cena on three occasions. Since we live in the Midwest, we typically order seafood. The halibut and scallops were fantastic. Great wine list and appetizers too! We’ll be back for more on our next...More

Thank G7162THbarbarar
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

hello there many of our staff are transplanted Mid-Westerners and also enjoy the benefits of fresh seafood. the a Cena team appreciates your loyalty and wishes you safe travel and hope for you return soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I recently (5/11/2018) had a very, very nice lunch at a Cena. The color scheme used at this restaurant is attractive, there is some interesting art on the walls, and the noise level is low. Alexander, our server, was pleasant and professional....More

Thank James C
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

hi James i am extremely happy that you enjoyed your lunch. thank you for recognizing some of our wonderful and favorite items on our lunch menu. in particular, thank you for recognizing Alex. i shall show you review to my team and especially to Alex....More

Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

A quaint spot in a lovely part of town, the menu is focused and diverse. Our starter of octopus was very tasty, and nicely presented. The lamb ragu over tagliatelle was delicious and the pasta fresh. The lamb chops were seasoned well and cooked to...More

Thank mjmccoymd
Reviewed March 23, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is arguably one of the best restaurants that I have ever visited. The service is spectacular and the ambiance is very comfortable, but it is the food that makes this place phenomenal. The two appetizers, Brussels Sprouts and the Polipo (octopus), were fabulous....More

Thank tretzingermd
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

My besties took me here for my birthday and we ordered the lobster raviolis (we debated licking the bowl), eggplant Parmesan (I don’t like eggplant and had two helpings) and scallops. We were stuffed but when the dessert menu was offered we accepted. The tiramisu...More

Thank Colette C
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

thanx Colette you and your friends really made my day you mentioned the very menu items that most of the staff enjoy when they come with their besties and there is always room for a little dessert my best

Reviewed February 21, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely delicious. Everything cooked to perfection! Cozy atmosphere. Suggest making a reservation especially on weekends.

Thank June475
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2018

hi june475 thank you for your support we look forward to your next visit and a good suggestion about making a reservation 5032063291 I do not like turning people away my best

Reviewed February 2, 2018

This was our first visit to A Cena. My wife ordered the beef tips over home made ribbon pasta. I ordered the homemade sausage and pasta. Both meals were delicious!!!! Food portions were big. Service was perfect. This a a good place for that SPECIAL...More

Thank Tony S
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2018

hi tony thank you for your kind words. I never get tired of comments like yours. To have your food and atmosphere appreciated by your guests is a good feeling. We hope to see you soon.

Reviewed January 4, 2018

We were looking for a new "go-to" place to celebrate milestones. After a few date nights and gatherings with family and friends at a Cena in Sellwood, we think we have found it! We ushered in 2018 at a Cena with a romantic dinner for...More

Thank 635brk
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2018

Hi 365brk It is always a pleasure to see our goals met with the happiness of our guests You made “a rainy day in portland” bright and sunny with a well crafted review and use of language We hope to see you soon

Reviewed December 12, 2017

My husband and I recently had dinner with another couple at a Cena, one of our favorite neighborhood PDX restaurants. Unfortunately, since they were so busy (Saturday night), they were not able to honor our request for the quiet table & location we had enjoyed...More

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Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2018

Hi umpquatraveler I can only thank you deeply for a comprehensive review. There were many fine points that you highlighted in your review. More importantly to me because my interest is for all our guests to have a wonderful experience are the lessons that I...More

Reviewed November 26, 2017

Walked into a warm,cozy, and buzzing atmosphere on a cool evening weekend before last. Went with another couple, on their recommendation, (although we've eaten here before) and had a very nice evening. Couple #1 had whole fish and the lobster/pasta special. He complained that the...More

Thank farquhar4
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2018

Thank you for a comprehensive review. I know your time is valuable and I appreciate your words. Hope to see you again soon

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John Z
August 19, 2016|
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Response from David G | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have air conditioning
July 3, 2016|
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Response from Eugene M | Property representative |
Yes leased dogs are welcome in our outdoor cafe Hope to see you soon
Shelley Y
November 28, 2015|
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Response from Mary H | Reviewed this property |
A lot depends on where your concert is, but evening traffic can slow things down. I'd recommend downtown restaurants. My go to place is Little Bird, make sure to reserve well ahead. Higgins is warm and small like A Cena and... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348
    (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
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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