Tampa, FL 33602
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
I've been to Cena many times and every o ...
I've been to Cena many times and every one has been a great experience. Nice, knowledgeable staff, fantastic wine list (lots of Italian stuff you don't find elsewhere) and of course the food is unbelievable. Highly recommend, especially if you haven't tried it yet!
Greeted with enthusiasm, attended to qui ...
Greeted with enthusiasm, attended to quickly with knowledgeable a friendly waiter. Food was meticulously prepared and tasted amazing. We dined on 2 specials and enjoyed their signature dessert tiramisu . Helped us pick out a very nice super Tuscan wine.
Will definitely be back.
We reserved an early seating to accommo ...
We reserved an early seating to accommodate my parents.
The octopus was over cooked.
The risotto was served cold.
The dish was fresh. The wine wa very good.
The bread was outstanding.
If I lived within walking distance I would try again.
4/5 items requested were not available f ...
4/5 items requested were not available from the the short 1 page menu on a Saturday night. The very personable waitress kept coming back apologizing for the items on menu which the restaurant ran out, suggesting alternatives. The Eggplant appetizer tasted only of sugary marmalade, no taste of Eggplant or savory Parmesan cheese. Dishes were under seasoned or too salty. The signature dessert featured in the local newspaper was not available. Instead the chocolate mousse substituted was white chocolate milk chocolate. Pretty pathetic.
We have been at Cena several times and t ...
We have been at Cena several times and this visit did not disappoint. Food was excellent, staff professional and attentive. An appetizer that our friends ordered was not up to par-the cheese with bread and figs. When we mentioned it to the server, it was removed from their final bill. My only criticism of the restaurant is the noise level. Of course this is not completely their fault-but of the parties of guests who feel that their conservation must be heard by the entire restaurant-what ever happen to the saying "restaurant voices".
Cena is tough to beat. Unique, thoughtfu ...
Cena is tough to beat. Unique, thoughtful menu. Nice atmosphere - sort of casual-classy, good service, good wine selection, and consistently excellent food.
Convenient parking in the building with two hours free.
On a nice day sit in the nice outside courtyard and people watch.
Excellent eggplant appetizer and the tir ...
Excellent eggplant appetizer and the tiramisu for dessert is not to be missed! Noisy and not the place for a quiet romantic dinner but a good atmosphere. They follow traditional Italian seating with your table reserved for the entire evening - there is no rush to leave the establishment.
Always love Cena! Their wine selection ...
Always love Cena! Their wine selection changes from time to time and I enjoy trying new wines. Their Italian reds are good and most are well-priced. This time I had the clam chowder which was unique, rich and delicious. I couldn't eat much of it because it was more rich than I like but not a problem because I was able to swap with my husband half way through. Had the Wild Boat. It was fabulous. We'll be back.
Chef Michael is one of the most talented ...
Chef Michael is one of the most talented in Tampa Bay today.
His is a modern Italian, like dishes you might be served in Rome, Milan or Florence in a fashionable place requested by young and sophisticated patrons, is creative and well balanced.
The room is a nice contrast between industrial space, modern art and elegantly modern appointed tables. Service is friendly and professional, familiar with all the dishes.
Our appetizers were flavorful and nicely presented. A pompano special was amazingly fresh and perfectly cooked and the seafood risotto creamy and full of scallops and shrimp.
Love the small and well selected wine list of Italian regional wines from some of the best small producers, all excellent and reasonably priced.
Too full for dessert, which upon leaving, we determined was a mistake as Cena's pastry chef may be Tampa Bay's best!
Just the tip ... Just for second. The a ...
Just the tip ... Just for second.
The ambiance and aesthetic of appetizers led us to believe we were going to have a spectacular meal, however after the first bite we realized it was all just a tease. Although the menu sounded Delicious, the dishes all lacked flavor and especially lacked salt. The kale ceaser was all cheese and the beans with the branzino and escarole were so under - cooked they weren't edible.
This place has potential but needs a more experience chef
We had a very pleasant experience at Cen ...
We had a very pleasant experience at Cena. EVERYTHING we had was delicious! We had their appetizer of the pan fried pecorino cheese with figs as well as a special app of a pasta with brocolli and truffle. So delicious!!!
We have been here a few times, always gr ...
We have been here a few times, always great. Food, especially the Branzino, is always prepared with flavors and style. The special risotto of the day is prepared perfectly, creamy and flavorful. The limited wine list is put together to pair well with the entrée. Will continue to keep coming back.
Cena had amazing service and the food wa ...
Cena had amazing service and the food was wonderful! We are foodies and we loved it. I'm not sure if I would go back though primarily for the location. The view out the window was a chain link fence around an over grown empty lot that people let their dogs run through. The parking was impossible to find and after we found a parking garage, it was not something I would have felt comfortable using after dark on my own. If they added valet parking, I would consider returning but that wouldn't change the view. Again, the food was awesome and our waiter was very attentive!
Relaxing dining experience with superb s ...
Relaxing dining experience with superb service and food. Enjoy a Prosecco while you try and narrow your choices for dinner. You will want 1 of everything! High quality ingredients. We especially enjoyed the Burrata Salad, Braised Oxtail Gnocchi, and the Risotto ( extremely creamy and delicious). DO NOT MISS the Tiramisu, even if you don't normally like tiramisu you will LOVE this. Our server Kim was outstanding in every way. Chef Michael's passion shines thru everything about this restaurant. Can't wait to go back!
The food was excellent and the service g ...
The food was excellent and the service good. We had multiple courses and all were delicious! Very small restaurant, so would definitely advise reservations. Would also advise against bringing kids which made it perfect for a night out with friends.
The food and service were outstanding. ...
The food and service were outstanding. We have been here several times and are never disappointed. Although the menu is not extensive, there is something for all tastes, and each dish is excellent. The dining room is a little noisy, and at sunset a little warm, but those are minor complaints. The good quality is exceptional.
I am Italian, born and raised in Sicily ...
I am Italian, born and raised in Sicily where I grew up enjoing simple and testy food from my mamma's kitchen. I, myself, am an avid cook, therefore picky about food. Since I have been living in FL I have tried several "Italian Restaurants" and I had been disappointed.
Cena, on the other hand, is the first Italian Restaurant I have enjoyed dining at and that made me feel like being back home.
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