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A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

#120 of 3,382 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
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7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348 (SE Lambert St.)
(503) 206-3291
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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
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Sylva, North Carolina
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we made an error when making our reservation, we were seated promptly for a late dinner. Nice wine selection, and tempting menu. Our octopus and grilled romaine starters were excellent, as were all three of our party's main courses. We'll definitely return the next time we're in Portland. The only thing that detracted from our meal was less than... More 

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

thank you for your kind words and for a goal to improve our attentiveness When you return to portland please visit again. our menu changes frequently and I'm sure you will find another favorite. More 

Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

Everything about the experience here is top notch. Friendly , professional staff, great Italian menu and the kitchen delivers the goods. The wine list is extensive . It's easy to find a wonderful, ( and fairly priced) Italian wine to compliment the food. Delightful place for an intimate dinner for two or to share with good friends.

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Thank Twochefs66
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Thank you for your thorough review. You covered all the aspects that a Cena strives to give to our guests. I cannot be more pleased than to know that the team has accomplished our goals. You have made our day. I will pass you good words to my team. More 

New York City, New York
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Visiting PDX from NYC and a friend recommended A Cena what a great place. Had the spaghetti & meatballs which was awesome. Nothing like homemade pasta & sauce!

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

I'm so happy for your great review. I take it that you were on vacation. I hope you enjoyed all of portland's special places Thanx More 

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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

It's a nice time of year to sit outside. We had the scampi and pizza. We also enjoyed a beautiful bottle of Super Tuscan that went perfectly with our dinner. The staff was professional as always and the owner sat with us and always made sure everyone was happy.

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

Hi Laura It is a wonderful time of year for outdoor dining and we at a cena feel blessed to have a wonderful area where you can enjoy good company and our food. Hope to seek you again soon Chris More 

Montesson, France
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

This place is a cute little Italian neighborhood restaurant and simply the BEST ITALIAN food I got to eat in Portland. No word to describe it, you have to taste it. Dinner was delicious from appetizer to dessert. The wine list is also very good. And our waiter was very attentive and knowledgable. This restaurant is a pearl, you will... More 

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

The best Italian in Portland? Audrey, I couldn't ask for a higher compliment! I'm thrilled to hear that your waiter took such great care of you and that you enjoyed every bite of your dinner with us. Hope you'll join us again soon! - Chris, Owner More 

Portland, Oregon
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71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

I had dinner here with a group of co-workers. The food was outstanding; everything was good including appetizers, salads, pastas, and everything else! The service was very good and overall we were all very happy with this restaurant. Don't overlook this option in Portland.

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

David, I'm thrilled that you and your co-workers all enjoyed your dinner with us recently! It's also great to have our team's service appreciated, too, and I look forward to passing your compliments on to them. Hope we'll be seeing you all again soon! - Chris, Owner More 

Portland, OR
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100 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

We had an excellent lunch in this charming neighborhood gem. Service was very attentive, and the chef made a special dish for one of our friends who wanted a simpler meal. Everything was delicious and well-prepared. It was quiet enough for conversation on the day we went. We'll go back.

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

I'm so pleased to hear that you and your friends enjoyed your lunch with us recently! Always happy to accommodate different tastes when we can! I hope to welcome all of you back again soon. - Chris, Owner More 

Grimes, Iowa
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We do not know where to start. Incredible in-house made pasta!!! The Agnolotti !!!!!!!!!! Unbelieveable!!! Desert out of this world. The whole staff made us feel like family. We brought a wine from our wine tasting earlier in the week and they didn't bat an eye!! For us a "hidden gem" in Portland. Incredible.

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

As soon as you walk in, we consider you part of the family, Richard, so it makes me smile to know you and your party felt welcome. Our Lobster Agnolotti is our most popular dish, and I'm also thrilled that you're a fan now, too. I'm already looking forward to welcoming you back again soon! - Chris, Owner More 

Portland, Oregon
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

My husband and I have been to this restaurant twice, and we'll be back again. This is a great place for a quiet dinner with exceptional service and delicious food. A Cena offers a wide variety of Italian dishes. There are pastas, seafood, hearty meats, and of course pizzas. The pizzas are lovely and they are exactly like the delicious... More 

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

Quiet dinner, personal service, and authentic food -- that's exactly what we're all about, and I'm pleased to hear it's been a hit! What really made me smile was reading that our pizza was comparable to the ones you had in Italy. That's the way it should be! Can't wait to welcome you and your husband back for another meal.... More 

Hillsboro, Oregon
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

We met out of town family and was presented the most delightful dinner. a Cena Ristorante was clean the food was absolutely wonderful and the service was exceptional.

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

I'm so pleased that we could provide the perfect atmosphere to meet up with your family, Warren! It's wonderful to hear that our service and our food left a great impression on you, and I hope we'll get to see you again sometime. - Chris, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$30 - $30
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic
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
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: (503) 206-3291
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?