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Cena Restaurant

125 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5710
+1 920-830-7820
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Gluten Free Options
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125 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5710
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with a group a family members and everyone enjoyed their food. The new chef, James Dudley shows his influence with French/Northern Italian cuisine. Definitely try the Mediterranean nachos. Delicious. Nice mixed drink menu. Wine list okay but a bit overpriced. Wait staff very friendly...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was visiting a client and none of the three had been there before. I have lived in the NYC area and other larger metropolitan areas and this is a really great find in a small city. Very reasonably priced with a decent selection of...More

Thank Marc H
Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

I wasn’t even aware this restaurant was on College Ave. the atmosphere was a 10+ seriously loved the ambiance. The drink was so so and that’s why they lost a star. I’m a foodie and no one should put a garlic olive in a drink....More

Thank Joie P
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Cena is a great place for dinner in Appleton. We loved the classy atmosphere, with brick walls and dim lighting. The food was spectacular in both presentation and taste. I would recommend ordering the veal; it's so delicious and flavorful. Hats off to the chef....More

Thank Miranda B
Reviewed 6 December 2017

I went to this restaurant having heard that the young cook was very good. And in fact, the food was delicious! And the choice of wines was very good, too. I will continue to go to this restaurant knowing that the menu will be interesting,...More

Thank RichardSHuerta
Reviewed 23 November 2017

The problem with positioning your establishment as the finest of dining opportunities in the area is that your food has to live up the high bar you've set. There is nothing wrong with expensive faire unless it doesn't impress or reach the high water mark....More

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

We have eaten at Cena before, but have not been back for a couple of years. No matter, same warm atmosphere, friendly staff and creative food. I ordered the Fish special, which was Corvina (like Haddock) with Purple Rice, and Seaweed accent. The Fish was...More

Thank woodboatchick
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I ate here with friends of ours, we were in a hurry to get to an event and they were great with trying to get us out in time. I was surprised to see that they only open at 5 pm, would...More

Thank tksheb
Reviewed 11 October 2017

My friend & I enjoyed a delicious meal at Cena! I ordered pan seared sea scallops with risotto, and it did not disappoint! When it was served, I thought the portion was on the small side (3 scallops), but it more than satisfied my appetite....More

Thank Jeanne N
Reviewed 3 October 2017

A midweek evening at this marvelous bistro & bar in the heart of Appleton had it all: fun cocktails, welcoming, friendly & attentive waitstaff, great food AND Jazz performed by local University music professors! Starters: Shrimp & Bacon Bisque is wonderfully rich & flavorful; Tomato...More

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Questions & Answers
15 November 2016|
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Response from Beachlovingirlie | Reviewed this property |
There is no dress code, but I would recommend nothing less than business casual and would strive for date night out. ;)
Brian C
29 September 2015|
Response from Brian L | Property representative |
There typically is ample parking on College Avenue. There is parking near the rear entrance of the restaurant in soldiers square and the YMCA ramp.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5710
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Appleton
  • Phone Number: +1 920-830-7820
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Located in historic downtown Appleton, Wisconsin, Cena features exposed brick walls, wood flooring, and a pressed tin ceiling. The building was designed by famed Wisconsin architect William Waters.
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