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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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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Usa
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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88 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 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
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 8 helpful votes
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
Reviewed 14 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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71 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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
Duncansville, United States
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 April 2016

This is a hidden gem. The appearance may be rather plain, but the food is outstanding. Pretty much everything is home-made and wonderful. I highly recommend it

Thank Clint S
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

I've been to Lena's numerous times because the food is fabulous. However, we waited by the door (to be seated) and was TOTALLY IGNORED In EXCESS OF 10 MINUTES by the entire wait staff & the manager. Too rude to even acknowledge our presence. The restaurant was busy, and I have no problem waiting on a busy Saturday night at... More 

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a working lunch with colleagues. Had the ravioli and a meatball with sides of bread and a small salad. Others had spaghetti with a meatball and also side of bread and small salad. The portions were good, house dressing was also good. Sauce on the ravioli was sweeter than my liking, which was disappointing. The atmosphere is... More 

1 Thank JSabs11

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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
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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?