We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348
+1 503-206-3291
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (26 reviews)
“agnolotti” (14 reviews)
“pasta” (42 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (189)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 188 reviews

Reviewed yesterday 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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

Reviewed 18 July 2017

We expected great food and were not disappointed. The bread and olive oil served were amazing. We were just looking for a delicious light meal and were very happy with the half-sized meatballs and sausage pasta dishes.More

1  Thank mjn212
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

I am very pleased that you enjoyed your meal with us. Thank you for your kind words. I'm happy that you recognized our concept of small or large sized entrees. It is one of our beliefs that enables people to enjoy themselves with smaller entrees...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Spendy but perfect. There were 6 of us - everyone ordered something different but there were a lot of food laden forks being passed from mouth to mouth. We started with shared salad capreses with what appeared to be homemade burrata cheese. And the Fritto...More

Thank trawlerdoxie
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Hi trawlerdoxie - I can only tell you how much I appreciate your generous and kind words. Thank you for the detail, thank you for your spot-on descriptions and thank you for your analysis. It is words like yours that bring joy to the a...More

Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Delicious food, authentic food! A little spendy but so yummy that I will be back! Service was good as well and it's in a very cute location. I had a pasta dish with lobsterMore

Thank Sarah B
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

Hi Sarah I am very happy to hear from first-timers. I think you had the Lobster Agnolotti. It is a rich and satisfying entree and the pairing of our hand-made raviolini and Maine lobster makes it one of a Cena's most unique dishes Hope to...More

Nearby Restaurants
Jade Teahouse and Patisserie
97 reviews
.21 km away
Gino's Restaurant & Bar
103 reviews
.44 km away
Reverend’s BBQ
71 reviews
.04 km away
Nearby Attractions
Tilikum Crossing
62 reviews
1.32 km away
82 reviews
.26 km away
Sellwood Riverfront Park
41 reviews
.92 km away
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
20 reviews
.61 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
John Z
20 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from David G | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have air conditioning
4 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Eugene M | Property representative |
Yes leased dogs are welcome in our outdoor cafe Hope to see you soon
Shelley Y
29 November 2015|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
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
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing