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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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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (28 reviews)
“agnolotti” (13 reviews)
“pasta” (45 reviews)
Closes in 16 min
11:30 AM - 2:30 PMAll hours
CUISINES
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348
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1 - 10 of 191 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My wife and I found ourselves in Portland for our anniversary. We didn't know the restaurant scene so we made reservations A Cena cause of its great reviews. When we get to the restaurant on a Sunday night and waited about 5 minutes for anyone...More

Thank Patrick C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

So many things to live about this gem . My only regret is that it took us 10 years to discover it. To start with, they take reservations and the lighting and noise level are low so yiu can have a conversation. Excellent service as...More

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

Dear portlandtripper Your clear, concise and generous words are so appreciated. I will share them with my team. I know they will be delighted .. Thanx

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here for dinner- can't say enough good things about it. Their pasta- especially the lobster one- is amazing. Made fresh, melt in your mouth. The area of town is super cute to walk around in as well. Highly recommend!

Thank Robert J S
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

hi robert thank you for your care words. as always i will pass this along to our team. your recommendation is highly value i hope we will get to see you soon. our best eugene

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made a return visit to Portland from the U.K. and headed straight for A Cena having found this restaurant in 2014. Still excellent in every way, food wine and service. The owner tried to persuade us to try other places but no. Like the...More

Thank pandpd
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you dear friends from the UK Your loyalty has helped us to keep ourselves balanced and authentic. From all our staff and myself, a Cena is grateful for your words. We hope to see you soon and we'll have some familiar and some new...More

Reviewed 8 September 2017

The service is excellent at this cozy Sellwood restaurant. Some of the food stands out much more than other dishes. The pasta dishes are consistently tasty and you can get them in half sizes which allows you to try more than one. My friend had...More

1  Thank gambino87
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are looking forward to your next visit and we will help guide you to all around success with your choices. Our menu changes frequently and a couple of new recipes of pasta will join our favourites Thank you

Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Loved the space and the service. Two in our party had the steak special and were underwhelmed -- wished they had stuck with the more traditional Italian fare (especially when the bill arrived). Another had a perfectly portioned half dish of ravioli with lobster and...More

Thank TJSullivan
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We strive to fulfill all of our guests expectation and I'm sorry we were not successful with all. I assure you that we will continue that goal. I'm so happy that you may return and we'll try for 100% success

Reviewed 6 August 2017

We had dinner here on a hot August night. Although the restaurant was cozy and inviting, the air conditioning could not keep up. It was uncomfortably hot and humid throughout our experience at a Cena. It makes me wonder if the restaurant would also be...More

Thank Lynne C
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

hi lynne i want to thank you for an honest and thought worthy review yes, it has been an effort for all of us during this heat wave. of, course the kitchen keeps pumping away in order to keep the our food at our standard....More

Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

My favorite restaurant. Consistent high quality. Excellent Italian wine selection with knowledgeable staff. The mark of a good food city is quality neighborhood restaurants. A Cena is proof of this proposition.

Thank Gregory M
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Hi Gregory We are proud to be seen as a neighbourhood gem. Thank you for your kind words. I will proudly let my team know of your review Eugene

Reviewed 28 July 2017

This restaurant has become our traditional location for an anniversary dinner with family. Alas, as much as we like to try different things, we cannot resist ordering the corn/moscarpone ravioli with butter poached lobster. we got the large portion, and the leftovers the next day...More

1  Thank Seth G
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

hi seth there is nothing wrong with being identified with such a wonderful creation as the lobster agnolotti and certainly nothing wrong with ordering every time you come to a Cena i think the solution is to make a special trip to try some of...More

Reviewed 23 July 2017

We had lunch here and I will definitely be reuniting for another meal here. My grandchildren 21 and 16 also enjoyed it, but they do like fancier restaurants and foods. It isn't cheap, but good food isn't cheap. Everything we had was excellent. Can't wait...More

1  Thank 2Travelers4fun
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

thank you for your thoughtful review. nothing makes me happier than intergenerational diners if you can please all it is gratifying see you soon

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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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4 July 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
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Shelley Y
29 November 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 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
  • Neighbourhood: Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
  • Phone Number: +1 503-206-3291
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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