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A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

) #103 of 3,458 Restaurants in Portland $$ - $$$ Italian
7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348
+1 503-206-3291
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348
Neighbourhood: Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we went with a party of 11 to celebrate our daughter's college graduation. we could NOT have been happier with the entire dining experience. the service was outstanding. mark took care of us all with such flair and humor and we all just thought he...More

Thank NancyG594
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

Dear Nancy and international group "Dining in Italy" and a wonderful meal with a beautiful gathering on this special occasion -you made what we do all worth it Thank you for your inspiring words Eugene

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very happy energetic staff Quiet. Food extremely well prepared Branzino, eggplant parmesan, ricotta cheesecake, polenta really all cooked to about as perfectly as possible. Owner on site, neighborhood place, on street parking

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

Dear hAAydon (hope I got that right) "Branziino, polenta, parmesan, ricotta- all sounds like Italy Glad we could tempt your imagination and bring it to reality Your kind to express it and I will pass it on the my team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delicious food and a comfortable yet lively ambience. Will definitely be back for more! Try the squid!

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

Dear dusty Thank you for your kind words and the squid recommendation One of our favs also

Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

As soon as we walked in, the smell of the cooking was so wonderful that we knew we would have a great dinner. Listening to the specials, looking at the wine list, we knew we would experience another amazing meal. We loved the restaurant, the...More

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

Well Richard you made my day When we hear from guest, particularly return guests these kind words they humble us but make us proud and more importantly bring you and your guests into the equation of what made us all happy to be here Eugene

Reviewed 23 March 2017

'best Italian restaurant I have been to in the US and better than any tourist place in Italy. If you think Olive Garden is a good Italian restaurant, then please ignore this review, but for everyone else, this place is fantastic. We went with friends...More

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

WOW I will share your comments with our executive chef and the whole team. It is an honor for us to be recognized with your kind words and please do return, even with the long drive. My best

Reviewed 19 March 2017

Great service in a casual neighborhood Portland restaurant is practically unheard of, but a Cena (literally, 'to dinner' in Italian) offered it in spades at our last dinner there. There is an actual busboy, so our water glasses were always filled and dirty dishes cleared...More

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

We are always thankful for kind words of recognition of our commitment to excellence. Thank you sincerely and hope to see you soon

Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner in this small neighborhood restaurant this weekend. Everything was good from service to ambience to food. The four of us began with the antipasto which included really nice thinly sliced sausage with a kick and homemade mozzarella which were both...More

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

It is always a pleasure to thank someone for taking the time to write about us, I really was happy that you tried a variety of things and please accept my thanks We would love to see you back soon

Reviewed 14 February 2017

Came in for a quick easy bite with our cousin, Shea, who has always raved about this little neighborhood place. One thing led to another and soon our table was filled with some of the most incredible Italian dishes we have ever had...and we never...More

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

Jonathan Thank you for your kind words and I will be sure to thank Shea the next time I see her

Reviewed 14 February 2017

Lots of great pasta options, but only a few pizza choices. Salads seemed to be the only gluten free options. It appeared to have an extensive wine list. Service was great and the candle-lit atmosphere would be great for a date (we were with family).

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

Dear Nospeen Thank you for your kind words and I will stress to our team to make sure that they explain that we can adapt several of our dishes as gluten-free We do make gluten-free pasta So come back soon

Reviewed 7 February 2017

This restaurant fit us in when we arrived early after a very stressful day. Their service and wonderful food both refreshed and relaxed us—thank you. This City neighborhood restaurant reminds me why Portland values its neighborhoods and is a town for foodies. We will return...More

Thank GardenVisitor_11
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this review

dear garden visitor thank you for your kind words. it is always enlivening to receive an affirmation of our work. i, too, love this neighborhood and its uniqueness and am inspired by the talent that emerges from this city. see you soon.

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
John Z
Is the restaurant air conditioned
20 August 2016|
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Response from David G | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have air conditioning
Do you allow small dogs on the patio? Thanks
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
Shelley Y
We have Valentine's Day concert tickets and the hotel we are staying at is the Paramount. We will not have a car. How far is this place from the hotel? 808 SW Taylor St, ??
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
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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
  • E-mail
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.