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Lena's Cafe

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2000 8th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602-2204
+1 814-943-9655
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this sauce. We discovered this place when it was mentioned in an article in the Washington Post. It's a little difficult to find if you are not from Altoona because it doesn't look like a restaurant from the outside. I'm not a big fan of red sauce but I tried the sauce with homemade spaghetti. It was fabulous.... More 

Thank AltoonaHoney
Altoona, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in on a Saturday evening and although we were not anticipating anything all that great, our meals turned out to be quite delicious! The pasta was fresh and the sauce was stellar. The salads were very fresh and the service was excellent. This visit was so much better than our previous times we were here!!

Thank foodie2121
Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want some of the best old-school,Italian food in Central PA, this is the place to get it! I have had the pleasure of eating here over several decades and it still is just as good as it was the first time I ate there. I still try to go a few times a year. I still remember the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten there numerous times and have never had a bad meal. Great Italian food almost everything is made from scratch. The lasagna is great and is made without meat. The wait staff is fast and courteous and very helpful with eating decisions as to what is on the menu.

Thank Robert Y
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

The food served at Lean's Cafe never disappoints. They offer a variety for dishes ranging from sandwichs, steaks and a host of authentic Italian dishes made with fresh pasta. And the coconut pie is to die for🤗

Thank Ruby4312
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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

There are many versions of red sauce in the world of Italian cuisine. This is my favorite ever. Great meat balls, they actually taste like a meatball not bread crumbs, Chicken parm is a must try and the same with the stuffed rigatoni. The prices are great neighborhood pricing and the portions are large.

Thank John D
Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Food is excellent, service is good. A great meal, friendly service, makes a great night out. Décor is dated, which is part of the charm.

Thank fjp99
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Lenses has specials everyday along with a nice variety on the regular menu. The eggplant parmesan and lasagna are really good. Fresh bread and butter and you can ask for a bag to take your leftover bread home.

Thank leftmyheart
Austin, Texas
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I came here on the recommendation of some local people i had worked with today. It's not fancy. Very much a local place. The salad is mostly iceberg - but the dressing is made in-house and good. And the food itself is quite good. I was told that i should make sure to get the homemade noodles--i did, with my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

A group of us went here on the recommendation of our customer who we had been working with all week. Small non descript building - inside reminded me of a VFW club. Food was incredible - home made bread, home made salad dressing and home made sauce. Not a huge menu but suited 4 people with different tastes. Definitely a... More 

Thank Jennifer R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2000 8th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602-2204
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Altoona
  • Phone Number: +1 814-943-9655

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?