a Cena

★★★★★
  • 7742 SE 13th St.

    Portland, OR 97202

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  • 503-206-3291

About a Cena

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Hours
Sat: 5pm-10pm, 10am-2pm, Sun: 5pm-9pm, 10am-2pm, Tue-Thu: 5pm-9pm, 11:30am-2:30pm, Fri: 5pm-10pm, 11:30am-2:30pm, Mon: 5pm-9pm
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Nice Italian place, but definitely on the pricey side. The dinner size pasta dishes were $24-$26. The pastas were all good, but the highlight of the meal was definitely the grilled brussel sprouts.

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★★★★★

Nice Italian place, but definitely on the pricey side. The dinner size pasta dishes were $24-$26. The pastas were all good, but the highlight of the meal was definitely the grilled brussel sprouts.

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Nice place, great location, decent ambience.\r
The service was courteous. .. BUT I'm wondering why for 6:30 PM reservations on a Sunday night in a restaurant only half full, the risotto special was already out as was one of only half a

3
★★★★★

Nice place, great location, decent ambience.\r
The service was courteous. .. BUT I'm wondering why for 6:30 PM reservations on a Sunday night in a restaurant only half full, the risotto special was already out as was one of only half a

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A friend and I went their recently for dinner with high hopes. Unfortunately, we found the menu to be overpriced and oddly unfriendly to vegetarian diners. That last part being odd, for a restaurant in SE Portland, where you might expect

3
★★★★★

A friend and I went their recently for dinner with high hopes. Unfortunately, we found the menu to be overpriced and oddly unfriendly to vegetarian diners. That last part being odd, for a restaurant in SE Portland, where you might expect

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The food was absolutely amazing....AMAZING. Everything melted in my mouth and tickled the tastebuds. The calamari was unbelievable. The wine was reasonably priced and when we finished our bottle the waiter opened a new one and topped

3
★★★★★

The food was absolutely amazing....AMAZING. Everything melted in my mouth and tickled the tastebuds. The calamari was unbelievable. The wine was reasonably priced and when we finished our bottle the waiter opened a new one and topped

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I live about three blocks from this wonderful Italian place so I am a rather frequent customer. I think it is the best Italian food in Portland. I have never been disappointed. Their pasta is house made daily and always the perfect texture and taste. The none pasta items are delicious as well, I really enjoyed the fish. My favorite item on the menu has been and always will be the butternut squash ravioli with lobster in butter/cream sauce. It is probably the best tasting thing on the planet. They offer two sizes for entres one is the ala carte size which is great when paired with a salad of another dish and the other is the meal size which is a perfect portion. I have taken my family there along with my two year old daughter and it was fine but it is more comfortable with out children.

5
★★★★★

I live about three blocks from this wonderful Italian place so I am a rather frequent customer. I think it is the best Italian food in Portland. I have never been disappointed. Their pasta is house made daily and always the perfect texture and taste. The none pasta items are delicious as well, I really enjoyed the fish. My favorite item on the menu has been and always will be the butternut squash ravioli with lobster in butter/cream sauce. It is probably the best tasting thing on the planet. They offer two sizes for entres one is the ala carte size which is great when paired with a salad of another dish and the other is the meal size which is a perfect portion. I have taken my family there along with my two year old daughter and it was fine but it is more comfortable with out children.

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very nice and unexpected. the menu offers traditional italian dishes and more creative ones, and everything - finally - make sense, it could come from a restaurant in italy.

3
★★★★★

very nice and unexpected. the menu offers traditional italian dishes and more creative ones, and everything - finally - make sense, it could come from a restaurant in italy.

Pros: creative menu that make sense

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My husband & I always look forward to our meals at a Cena (which I found via the Rewards Network dining program). The food is very fresh & authentically Italian and the space is decorated nicely & gets a lot of daylight (large windows). We

3
★★★★★

My husband & I always look forward to our meals at a Cena (which I found via the Rewards Network dining program). The food is very fresh & authentically Italian and the space is decorated nicely & gets a lot of daylight (large windows). We

Pros: Phenomenal Italian food & vin santo, bright corner space

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waiter spilled food all over husband's shirt. Other staff, including who we think was the owner, saw the mishap and did nothing to help cleanup. my husband and i helped instead. waiters make errors- that's not the problem, it was the

3
★★★★★

waiter spilled food all over husband's shirt. Other staff, including who we think was the owner, saw the mishap and did nothing to help cleanup. my husband and i helped instead. waiters make errors- that's not the problem, it was the

Pros: location

Cons: food quality, poor service

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My husband and I have been to A Cena many times, and we have always enjoyed our experience. But, tonight's dinner surpassed all meals I have eaten any where in Portland in quite a while.\r
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The owner, Chirs, helped us select our

3
★★★★★

My husband and I have been to A Cena many times, and we have always enjoyed our experience. But, tonight's dinner surpassed all meals I have eaten any where in Portland in quite a while.\r
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The owner, Chirs, helped us select our

Pros: Great guidance from the owner, Chirs

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We've eaten at a cena several times. It has always been quite good, but I'm now convinced that the cuisine is getting even better. On our last visit, we shared a bowl of asparagus soup with shaved truffles that was among the best soups

3
★★★★★

We've eaten at a cena several times. It has always been quite good, but I'm now convinced that the cuisine is getting even better. On our last visit, we shared a bowl of asparagus soup with shaved truffles that was among the best soups

Pros: Everything is good; ragu is exceptional

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Since having some great gnocci out of the country last year, I have been searching for a similar taste in portland. I found it at this sellwood restaurant. The place was quiet on a Sunday evening, and the service was very good. Bread

3
★★★★★

Since having some great gnocci out of the country last year, I have been searching for a similar taste in portland. I found it at this sellwood restaurant. The place was quiet on a Sunday evening, and the service was very good. Bread

Pros: excellent entrees, tasty bread

Cons: moderate portion size, relatively high prices

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We went for a celebration. We arrived right after work on Thursday night with plenty of seats available. Our waiter was friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. We started with Calamari which was tender, but about average for a

3
★★★★★

We went for a celebration. We arrived right after work on Thursday night with plenty of seats available. Our waiter was friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. We started with Calamari which was tender, but about average for a

Pros: service, food, pasta

Cons: Romain salad this time at least

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We've eaten at A Cena twice in the past month. Both times we had salads and pasta. All of the salads and pastas we've tried have been superb--fresh, tasty and infused with complex flavors. I'd highly recommend A Cena's pasta dishes.

3
★★★★★

We've eaten at A Cena twice in the past month. Both times we had salads and pasta. All of the salads and pastas we've tried have been superb--fresh, tasty and infused with complex flavors. I'd highly recommend A Cena's pasta dishes.

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I've eaten here twice now and both times had fabulous, attentive service, great wine, great meal, and an overall fabulous dining experience. A great wine selection and inventive chef. A welcome high end, inventive, romantic dining locale

3
★★★★★

I've eaten here twice now and both times had fabulous, attentive service, great wine, great meal, and an overall fabulous dining experience. A great wine selection and inventive chef. A welcome high end, inventive, romantic dining locale

Pros: easy parking, no wait

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I had dinner at A Cena with a party of 4 on a Friday evening with 8PM reservations. Service was OK considering that the place was still pretty full. The wait staff was knowlegable and the food was really GREAT. \r
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I do not mind

3
★★★★★

I had dinner at A Cena with a party of 4 on a Friday evening with 8PM reservations. Service was OK considering that the place was still pretty full. The wait staff was knowlegable and the food was really GREAT. \r
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I do not mind

Pros: Great Tasting Food

Cons: Small Portions

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I went with a date to this restaraunt on a Friday evening... We waited at the entrance with no one greeting us, and it took them a very long time to accommodate us at a corner table request. We were left standing at the entrance for about

3
★★★★★

I went with a date to this restaraunt on a Friday evening... We waited at the entrance with no one greeting us, and it took them a very long time to accommodate us at a corner table request. We were left standing at the entrance for about

Pros: Nice ambience, candlelit, reasonable menu

Cons: Terrible service, Took forever, Burnt food.

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The food here is simply fabulous and inventive. As is customary for my fiancee and I when visiting a new establishment, we ordered the specials and one of the house wines (a Chianti in this case). The word "wow" doesn't do the meal

3
★★★★★

The food here is simply fabulous and inventive. As is customary for my fiancee and I when visiting a new establishment, we ordered the specials and one of the house wines (a Chianti in this case). The word "wow" doesn't do the meal

Pros: Food, Service, Reasonable Price

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Recommend A Cena for a special time. Have been several times and enjoyed the luscious flavors and sauces. It's a bit spendy, not a rush thru experience, but a delight if you want something a little better for a special occassion, or any

3
★★★★★

Recommend A Cena for a special time. Have been several times and enjoyed the luscious flavors and sauces. It's a bit spendy, not a rush thru experience, but a delight if you want something a little better for a special occassion, or any

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I have been to a Cena now a half dozen times. I've gone in groups and alone with my husband; each time the food has been excellent. The wine list is great, featuring fun and interesting offerings. The service strikes a nice balance of

3
★★★★★

I have been to a Cena now a half dozen times. I've gone in groups and alone with my husband; each time the food has been excellent. The wine list is great, featuring fun and interesting offerings. The service strikes a nice balance of

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We love this place and go often. After Assaggio went down hill it is great to have something tasty again in this space. The food is playfull, consistent, and prepared perfectly. The staff is knowledgable and friendly. My wife and I eat

3
★★★★★

We love this place and go often. After Assaggio went down hill it is great to have something tasty again in this space. The food is playfull, consistent, and prepared perfectly. The staff is knowledgable and friendly. My wife and I eat

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This neighborhood place is too pretentious for its own good, and with the high prices, very small portions, and rather limited and odd menu, it is not likely to last very long. \r
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I had the warm beet salad which consisted of six slices

3
★★★★★

This neighborhood place is too pretentious for its own good, and with the high prices, very small portions, and rather limited and odd menu, it is not likely to last very long. \r
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I had the warm beet salad which consisted of six slices

 

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