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Cena Restaurant

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125 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5710
+1 920-830-7820
17:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cena belongs on a shortlist for my favorite restaurants in Appleton. It is unique, Old Fashion I got was wonderful had the lamb and it was very good. At the price point though I want "amazing brag to your coworkers about it on Monday" Worth checking out, definitely a cool spot in downtown Appleton.

1 Thank Zach C
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I religiously eat the Chicken Kale salad here, but everything is really good and you cannot beat their old fashions.

Thank Jamie C
Appleton Wisconsin
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there before a show at the PAC with almost two hours to spare, we notified them that we had a show. As we did not have a reservation, we were offered seats at the bar for dinner four 4 which was greatly appreciated. We had great bar service; I was trying to decide between two wines and they... More 

Appleton, WI
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92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Distinctive restaurant and bar on College Avenue nestled in a 19th century building with exposed brick walls. Great drinks, unique menu (try a meatloaf cupcake appetizer) and wonderful ambience.

Thank Hiexpectations48
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243 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Stopped in to get a nice romantic meal with my husband. We were immediately shown to a table and were given the best service by a waiter I've had in Appleton in years. My date had steak, I had fish and both were excellent. Enjoyed the jazz band so much that we moved to the bar after we ate so... More 

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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We had a guest who has quite a few food allergies and were very glad we chose Cena. The menu and the waitress were extremely helpful in working with our guest. The food we had was terrific, unusual combinations and lovely presentations. Great veggie options. We skipped dessert, though were sorely tempted!

Thank GreenBike
Appleton, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

There have been a handful of restaurants at this location over the decades but Cena has got the recipe right. The atmosphere is classic, quiet and warm (exposed brick and tin ceilings). The menu is small but every item is well done (artisanal is how folks describe it). The Bartender Brian (the fixture at the location over the years) truly... More 

Thank PritzlB
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

What an exceptional gem in old Appleton, from the exposed brick and the tin patterned high ceilings and the live jazz band our Valentine's Day dinner was fabulous. Our vegan eating choices were met with great success from appetizers to main courses. The deserts were to die for and i have to admit we had a little dairy in each,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

Nice people and a lovely meal. We ate at the bar and the bartender was very attentive. The meal itself was unique and delicious. If you are staying in Appleton, I would highly recommend checking it out.

Thank Jacqueline G
Appleton, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

When I was in Northern Italy in the mid-1980s, I happened upon a tiny restaurant in the small mountain village of Bolzano that left me breathless with it's homey but sophisticated cuisine and candle-lit ambiance. Thankfully, backpackers were welcome and stuttering Italian from an English speaker was embraced with robust enthusiasm. They threw me English; I threw them Italian and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?