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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
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!
While I personally find Cena a bit pricier than my usual dining spots, the food is good and so is the service. They also aren't very lenient about substitutions, charging a $7 upcharge to substitute a pasta listed on the menu for the white beans that came with my meal. I don't go there often and consider it a special occasion when I do.
The manager was awesome, helpful with drink and menu questions and very friendly! Unfortunately the ambiance was lacking and the food was average at best especially for the price. The waitress we had was nice but not even close to stellar in her service skills. I would've expected stellar service from a restaurant of this caliber. I made reservations through open table and wanted a 7pm dinner time but it wasn't avail so I took the next best time of 8pm. When we arrived, the restaurant wasn't packed or that busy! How there wasn't a 7pm seating available is beyond me.
I want to end on a positive note...my friends and I really loved the manager that was working that night!
A bit pricey for Italian fare but you certainly get what you pay for, flavor was excellent as were the ingredients. Service was some of the best I've had in ages. Wine list isn't bad at all but the option to taste the wine before will be from a bottle that's been open for a long while, not a deal breaker but just keep it in mind
Great service and god food. Tasty wines, the house wine was the best value on the list too. Only complaint would be that the carbonara sauce was not a true carbonara, I could not detect any egg in it at all so that dish was a bit of a miss but the homemade pasta was delicious regardless. Their tiramisu will have us coming back, unlike any I have tried, very unique presentation. Try it!
Not your typical neighborhood Italian restaurant even for Downtown/Channelside district - a cut above. Upscale dare I say "gourmet" menu is not inexpensive but you get what you pay for. Great food - a foody destination: appetizers, main courses and desserts were all excellent - very pleased with my 1st dining experience at Cena. Five of us dined before an event at the Amalie arena and all were very happy with their experience. Would recommend to others.
Loved the menu and the food was exceptional. We chose this restaurant to dine at before going to a play at the Performing Arts Center. The service was good. We had pasta dishes and the pasta was freshly handmade and the sauces were not overbearing or heavy. Portion size was just right. We will dine at this establishment again.
Cena is one of the best Italian restaurants in town. The ingredients are the tops, the dishes are both authentic and creative, and the wine list is good. I was with three other people and we all enjoyed our meals. For my part, one of the mushrooms in the mushroom risotto was perhaps the best mushroom I've ever had.
This is one of those places that you forget about, a little off the main road, but after dinner you say, we should go there more often. The carbonata pasta with meat sauce was al dente and delicious, the branzino was cooked perfectly, they ran out of my husbands wine but brought him samples of three others to choose from, the cookie sherbet dessert was the perfect ending.
The fried cheese with figs and honey was very good. The shriml carbanara was light but lackec a bit of flavor. We shared the almond macaroon desser. Just okay. Macaroon very hard and difficult to eat. Of all the times we have been here, and lovef it, this time was not as great food. Service was great!! Will give it another try, but used to be my fave, but food slipped a bit
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