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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” (28 reviews)
“agnolotti” (13 reviews)
“pasta” (47 reviews)
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Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348
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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.More

Thank Warren C
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2016

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,...More

Reviewed March 18, 2016

We were treated to the lamb bruschetta with arugula. The Chef knows how to keep regular customers and new ones happy and always coming back to see what's fresh. We also had the margharita pizza and grilled romaine. It's a good light meal. I can't...More

Thank Laura P
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review, Laura! To hear our chef's creations were such a hit is a wonderful compliment, and I'm thrilled that you were so impressed with both our service and food. Looking forward to hearing what you...More

Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Soft, pasta pillows of creamy heaven...with a slight sweet corn flavor, floating in a Creamy butter sauce with giant chunks of plump lobster..... I'm swooning at the memory. Awesome brussel sprouts and try their homemade Nocino- green walnut liqueur... Slightly bittersweet , it's also awesome...More

Thank Crae H
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2016

Wow, this really makes my day! To hear the pasta could make such an impression on you is all I could ask for. Thank you for the wonderful vote of confidence -- I hope we'll get to welcome you back next time you're in Portland!...More

Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

Being from Eugene and road-tripping over to Bend and then up to PD, we just flipped coins as to where we should eat, referring to either Yelp or TA as to what businesses were near enough to us. Hubby and I went on a binge...More

Thank Lori D
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2016

Lori, what can I say? This was absolutely fantastic to read! I'm thrilled that you and your party enjoyed a wonderful dinner with us, and that the service you recieved was equally great. To hear that our recommendations were all a hit means the world,...More

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...More

Thank alexqueso
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2016

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...More

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...More

Thank Ken O
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2015

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

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...More

Thank R B
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2015

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...More

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...More

Thank Steve T
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2015

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....More

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.More

Thank Doug O
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2015

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,...More

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...More

Thank tesspers
Eugene M, Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2015

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...More

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John Z
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Response from David G | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have air conditioning
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Response from Eugene M | Property representative |
Yes leased dogs are welcome in our outdoor cafe Hope to see you soon
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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
Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
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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