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Cena Restaurant

125 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5710
+1 920-830-7820
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
125 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5710
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We got another chance to stop here for dinner and were able to sit right away since our visit was during the week. After hearing about the specials, we decided to try the gnocchi for our entrée WOW! They hit it out of the park...More

Thank smurf2001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cena is such a wonderful place to drink, or dine, or enjoy live music! It's cozy, warm interior with original brick and a stamped steel ceiling, great wait staff and tantalizing menu make it a favorite among Appletonians in the know. First time in? Try...More

Thank Applal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We get together once a year with school friends. I chose Cena Restaurant. The food was awesome. Great service with our large group.

Thank DebRoy1950
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always pleased and satisfied! If you want to take someone to a place that the food is exceptional, this is it. Everyone seams to care about taste and presentation! Also the Manger Brian is accessible, on hands and the best.

Thank Amy W
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I had the scallops (great) with the risotto, which was very undercooked and cold. My daughter in law ordered her steak medium, it came out well done. Fairly pricey for the area, but not worth it, in my opinion.

Thank Laura K
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Cena is the kind of place that serves a small but Fresh and local menu. You can start with appetizers and if you want more, just order it. It's a nice place to drink wine and hang out with friends, relax and enjoy the food....More

Thank Babettedoll
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere and absolutely delicious food. Everything is creative and unique, sourced with local ingredients, which we absolutely love. Waitstaff and bartenders are super friendly too. Definitely recommend!

Thank Sara B
Reviewed 21 July 2017

I have enjoyed two meals at Cena, both were excellent. Very innovative and delicious approach to the very freshest local food created a top-notch dining experience. Highly recommend!

Thank Faye B
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This is an excellent, very quaint restaurant on College Avenue. We enjoyed our meal (a tad slow getting from kitchen to table, but worth the wait) very much! Portions were "Wisconsin generous." Love the atmosphere! Highly recommend.

Thank Voice1234
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Cena belongs on a shortlist for my favorite restaurants in Appleton. It is unique, Old Fashion I got was wonderful had the lamb and it was very good. At the price point though I want "amazing brag to your coworkers about it on Monday" Worth...More

1  Thank Zach C
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Questions & Answers
16 November 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Beachlovingirlie | Reviewed this property |
There is no dress code, but I would recommend nothing less than business casual and would strive for date night out. ;)
Brian C
29 September 2015|
Response from Brian L | Property representative |
There typically is ample parking on College Avenue. There is parking near the rear entrance of the restaurant in soldiers square and the YMCA ramp.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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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