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Lena's Cafe

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2000 8th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602-2204
+1 814-943-9655
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank Aimieey
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Usa
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Had lunch there at work. I don't like to do pasta for lunch so I figured a salad was a good choice. I have heard nothing but good things about Lena's so I was hopeful. Well for $9.75 I got a container of soggy iceberg lettuce, 4 cherry style tomatoes, a handful of fries and 5 or 6 strips of... More 

Thank BJohn2013
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

A groups of friends and I stopped here for lunch between working sessions. We all had the lunch specials for the day which included stuffed rigatoni or spaghetti with meatballs. It came with either a salad or apple sauce and we had fresh bread on the table as well. We all enjoyed the meal, we had a great server and... More 

Thank JSabs11
Ada, Ohio
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Visited on the recommendation of an employee at the Horseshoe Curve historical site. Everyone was friendly the food was very good and servings were substantial. Would go again!

1 Thank Pharmboy82
Three Springs, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Had the special of course spaghetti and meatball, the best in town. It's in the shady part of town, the inside needs updated but the food is the bomb. Staff is family friendly.

Thank bigbirdbard
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

If you are looking for a 'dining experience' Lena's is probably not for you. It is a small, non description restaurant tucked away in a residential/commercial part of Altoona. Seating is tight, its often crowded and there can be a wait. No extensive wine or beer lists, just the basic alcohol choices, but the food is why folks come. The... More 

Thank Bud Y
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67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

I ABSOLUTELY love Lena's....the best homemade pasta, family atmosphere, friendly staff, always neat and clean. Try the homemade pasta, meatballs and house salad for a party in your mouth!!! I have been coming here for at least 20 years and have never once been disappointed. Do your self a favor and stop into this pleasant family owned and operated restaurant.... More 

1 Thank Allaboo1
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

Hidden gem. Nothing fancy, but above average Italian food at an affordable price. Home-made wheat pasta is delicious.

Thank Debi L

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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, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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?