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A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca

7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348
+1 503-206-3291
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lobster” (29 reviews)
“agnolotti” (13 reviews)
“pasta” (47 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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7742 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202-6348
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Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I recently had dinner with another couple at a Cena, one of our favorite neighborhood PDX restaurants. Unfortunately, since they were so busy (Saturday night), they were not able to honor our request for the quiet table & location we had enjoyed...More

Thank umpquatraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked into a warm,cozy, and buzzing atmosphere on a cool evening weekend before last. Went with another couple, on their recommendation, (although we've eaten here before) and had a very nice evening. Couple #1 had whole fish and the lobster/pasta special. He complained that the...More

Thank farquhar4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I have been to A Cena several times. The service has always been very good, and the food excellent. The grilled romaine salad is great, and the the lobster pasta is fantastic.

Thank PDXTraveler110
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

hi PDXtraveler110 thank you for your loyalty and your kind words. Hope to see you doing the holidays.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I took a date here that is a foodie & has some experience in the restaurant industry. She raved about the calamari & the scallops. She kept saying how pleased she was with how well they were prepared & how delightful the tasted. I enjoyed...More

Thank Bryan K
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Bryan Thank you for your kind review. And thank you for the back story on your date night. It made me realize how important a meal is at times. Again thanx for sharing. We hope to see you soon and to hear more from...More

Reviewed 5 November 2017

We wanted to have a delicious final meal in Portland to end a visit to the area - based on reviews we chose this restaurant. This was an unfortunate mistake for our party. The food was way too salty (everyone had this complaint about their...More

Thank FlorianaMonceau
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Hi Floriana I was sad to hear about your disappointing meal at our restaurant. We take great pride in our authentic preparation of our entrees. We will definitely examine our use of salt and as your visit was “not what you expected”; we did not...More

Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Food was outstanding and service was friendly and attentive. We had the grilled romaine salad, branzino, a salmon special and Brussels sprouts. This was our first time here and we'll be back!

Thank Tara K
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

Hi Tara Thank you for your kind review The team and I are pleased that you enjoyed your meal and very importantly that you will return. Keep in touch My best

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I found ourselves in Portland for our anniversary. We didn't know the restaurant scene so we made reservations A Cena cause of its great reviews. When we get to the restaurant on a Sunday night and waited about 5 minutes for anyone...More

Thank Patrick C
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Hi Patrick It does sound like a rocky beginning We are not in the habit of keeping our guests Waiting or not being greeted properly Thank you for hanging in there I will definitely use your review to reintegrate a Cena’s commitment to a fabulous...More

Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

So many things to live about this gem . My only regret is that it took us 10 years to discover it. To start with, they take reservations and the lighting and noise level are low so yiu can have a conversation. Excellent service as...More

Thank portlandtripper
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Dear portlandtripper Your clear, concise and generous words are so appreciated. I will share them with my team. I know they will be delighted .. Thanx

Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We came here for dinner- can't say enough good things about it. Their pasta- especially the lobster one- is amazing. Made fresh, melt in your mouth. The area of town is super cute to walk around in as well. Highly recommend!

Thank Robert J S
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

hi robert thank you for your care words. as always i will pass this along to our team. your recommendation is highly value i hope we will get to see you soon. our best eugene

Reviewed 23 September 2017 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
Eugene M, General Manager at A Cena Ristorante y Enoteca, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2017

Thank you dear friends from the UK Your loyalty has helped us to keep ourselves balanced and authentic. From all our staff and myself, a Cena is grateful for your words. We hope to see you soon and we'll have some familiar and some new...More

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John Z
20 August 2016|
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Response from David G | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have air conditioning
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
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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, 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
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.
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