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Cena is a modern, fresh and simple Italian food served in a contemporary and stylish setting. Located in the Grand Central building at the heart of the vibrant Channel District of Tampa, Florida – Cena is dining from the roots – great ingredients, traditional dishes, and attentive service. Join us.
Cena – “dinner” or “supper” in Italian.
Tampa, FL 33602
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday-Saturday 5 -10
Kennedy and Madison in the Grand Central
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
For catering inquires please contact Kate Hardy, General Manager, at 813-374-8840 or email@example.com
There is a parking garage for the building, free for the first two hours and two dollars after that. Parking in the west garage is easiest, parking on the up ramp taking the "stageworks" elevator down.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
Cena Ratings and Reviews
First time here and definitely will be back.
Delicious food, excellent service from Nate, comfortable dining and fabulous dessert.
The Calamari fra diavolo special was very tender, but could have used a little more of the diavolo sauce.
The Octopus salad was excellent with a mix of cauliflower, olives, herbs and cheese in a spicy tomato-sticky sauce.
The pan fried Pecorino Sardo was crusty outside and pleasingly sharp, salty and smooth underneath.
We shared the Bolognese and thoroughly enjoyed the pork and rib blend sauce, with the hearty, perfectly al dente, calamarata rings and ricotta topping.
We didn't dare leave until we sampled the "Best of the Bay" awarded tiramisu "that is pretending to be an ostrich egg". WOW!! Very glad we didn't leave that out. It was so good that we nearly finished it even though we were very full from dinner.
Very enjoyable restaurant.
I live on Harbour Island and this is my new favorite restaurant. This time I invited my son, his friend and my son's girlfriend. Every item bursts with flavor. We tried the cheese board with all the available items for $50 and could not finish it. I had the Cena house salad and seafood risotto which I highly recommend. We had a nice bottle of wine and carrot cake with a creative twist for desert.
Some of the best food in Tampa. Our server, Sierra, was knowledgeable and attentive. My wife and I are anxious to return. Two must dishes, the eggplant appetizer and the tiramisu. We are harsh food critics and demanding in tastes, but there simply are no negatives to note in our experience at Cena; only superlatives to describe our first try here.
The food was excellent. It was weird getting there at 4:40 and not being able to wait inside for our 5:00 reservation. Went to bar acrross from Cena. Very nice place. The only thing that needs to improve is their bar. Looked disorganized and did not have a great variety to choose from. Mixers were not of good quality.
I've never had a bad meal at Cena. In fact, I've never had anything but outstanding food at Cena. The service, though, can be a little quirky. Saturday, the waiter described the special of the day as having a Puttanesca sauce and only when questioned about the lack of anchovies did he admit it wasn't Puttanesca. There were other odd encounters with the waiter as well. Why did he take the French presses away when there was still obviously some coffee in them, for example? Our only disappointment with the food was that the gnochhi with mushrooms and truffles only had about three bites where the truffles were evident. It was still outrageously good, however. And that risotto with scallops, wow!
I will never have enough outstanding things to say about Cena. In a world of diluted ideas of what Italian cuisine is; Cena represents the true tradition that can be found in the heart of Italy. It is almost mandatory to order the tiramisu. I do not say that lightly. You will be very happy with this advice. From there plan your courses. I enjoyed three amazing plates which included and octopus salad, pork belly and eggplant. I was pleasantly surprised with quantity on each plate. I had enough for my guests to try. Service was incredible. We had Ivy who worked at our pace and had great recommendations. This is a great restaurant for dates, occasions or just a casual dinner. I wouldn't say this is a child friendly environment due to the size of the dining room. I cannot wait to go back!
My husband and I were visiting our daughter and son-in-law for the weekend. Cena is a favorite of theirs and it was a great choice! We felt welcome from the minute we stepped through the doorway. Overall, the food was fabulous with one exception - the pasta carbonara was dry. It really needed something to make a bit of sauce. To be honest, our server told us that it was made with just egg yolks - no cream - and that's what we got. Despite the carbonara, all the other entrees were great and we will return!
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