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Cena Restaurant

125 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5710
+1 920-830-7820
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
125 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5710
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

This is an excellent, very quaint restaurant on College Avenue. We enjoyed our meal (a tad slow getting from kitchen to table, but worth the wait) very much! Portions were "Wisconsin generous." Love the atmosphere! Highly recommend.

Thank Voice1234
Reviewed 9 May 2017 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...More

1  Thank Zach C
Reviewed 24 April 2017

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

Thank Jamie C
Reviewed 22 April 2017

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....More

Reviewed 16 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
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...More

Thank MissWisc
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....More

Thank GreenBike
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...More

Thank PritzlB2
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...More

1  Thank Blackbird80k
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
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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
28 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
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
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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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