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404 University Dr E, Ste X, College Station, TX 77840-5905
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Bryan, Texas
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77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I wanted a quiet dinner with no crowds or noisey atmosphere. Cenare's Italiian restaurant is such a place. The food is always great, the owner usually greets you at the door, and the wait staff is always friendly and attentive.

Thank Ronald R
Victoria, TX
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128 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nicely done Italian food at reasonable prices with pleasant staff. Worth a visit if in College Station.

Thank DonaldBreech
San Antonio, Texas
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Return to cenare after about 25 years. We wanted to take our kids to a nice place we went to in college. The calamari appetizer was clearly from a vendor's bag and not cooked appropriately. The chicken I had was overcooked and soaked in a lukewarm cream sauce. No one was blown away by the food at all. It was... More 

Thank vodkaman3
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1,125 reviews
736 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,644 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

Because of what may be described as mediocre food and a decline in the quality of service, it has been more than a decade since I last dined at Cenare. Called upon to select a place for a business meeting, I decided to give Cenare at try because of its location, coupled with curiosity to see how this once favorite... More 

Thank CJTravelerTexas
College Station, Texas
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

This is a restaurant that has been here for as long as I can remember but we forget to go. The chains have taken over. We had the Tilapia al Buongustaio (It comes in different levels of heat. We had the spicy with fresh jalapenos and it was excellent. The filet was a nice fat filet. The crab meat Au... More 

Thank Jan H
Sacramento, California
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66 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I was Surprised and rate this as one of the Best Restaurants I have eaten at in all my travels, friendly staff and Excellent Italian food, I tried the stuffed mushrooms and Lasagna and they were among the best and enjoyed them very much even if the mushrooms filled me up and was hard to finish the lasagna The Stormchaser... More 

Thank stormchaserSS
Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

The food and service continues to be good enough though the server from my most recent experience probably wasn't born the first time I ate here. It was a great trip down memory lane.

Thank petr0leumr0x
Friendswood, Texas
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245 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

This was an excellent choice. I would have given a four star in a larger city but for College Station, it was a 5 star. Great service, Great Food and Great Prices. I would definitely eat here again if I were in town.

Thank Rick F
charlotte, nc
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106 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Reasonable food. Decent sauces. Nice atmosphere. A bit dark inside like the Italian places 50 yrs ago. Reasonably priced wine by the carafe. Drinkable, like the stuff in moderate priced places in Italy. Only wine and beer. No full bar. We went back a second time.

Thank trip atkins
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53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

The menu, setting, and employees were so inviting and welcoming. Tilapia was just so delicious that I had to eat the whole thing! Would love to have sampled their tiramisu, which, I hear, is great!

Thank 986madvc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 am
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 404 University Dr E, Ste X, College Station, TX 77840-5905
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  College Station
  • Phone Number: 979-696-7311

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?