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Restaurant and Bar


About Cena Restaurant and Bar

Cena is a bistro-style restaurant and bar offering fine food - including a weekly special entrée feature - and a stellar selection of wines, beer, and spirits.

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.

Our kitchen is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5pm to 9pm - Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 10pm.

Reservations are highly recommended on Friday and Saturday nights and holidays.

Cena Restaurant and Bar is a multiple winner of Fox Cities Magazine's Golden Fork Award for Best Live Entertainment. Join us for live music each week.


Wisconsin Cheese Plate A selection of Wisconsin artisan cheeses served with house-made jalapeño jelly, house-made pickled cucumber and carrot, and lavash crackers.

Poutine French fries, house-made sausage, bacon and duck fat gravy, veal demi glaze, beer-battered cheese curds, and local maple syrup.

Mediterranean Nachos Braised lamb, cherry tomatoes, red onion, tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, and fresh cilantro with fried lavash crisps.

Braised Chicken Crouquttes Breaded and deep fired, served with honey mustard aïoli.

Meatloaf Cupcakes Stuffed with cheese curds, frosted with garlic mashed potatoes, served with veal demi glaze, black pepper and balsamic cherry, and toasted wheat berry sprinkles.

Flatbread Appetizer Chef's choice of fresh ingredients. Pictured... Cream cheese, onion, cherry tomato, Parmesan cheese, bacon, scallion, and balsamic reduction.

Smoked Sweet Corn Crab Cakes Served with chipotle pepper aïoli and hominy salsa.

Tomato Basil Bisque House-made.

Soup Du Jour House-made.

Cena Salad Locally grown lettuce, cucumber, cherry tomato, red onions, and croutons with our house dressing.

Kale Caesar Bread crumb crusted baby kale with house-made Caesar dressing, cherry tomatoes, and shaved red onion.

Appetizers range in price from 4 to 15 dollars and are subject to change to ensure freshness.


Roasted Rack Of Lamb Served medium-rare to medium with chipotle raspberry glaze, mushroom and red pepper risotto, and roasted root vegetable.

Pork Osso Bucco A braised pork shank served with balsamic reduction, gorgonzola mashed potatoes, Italian sausage, haricots verts, and gremolata.

Choice Tenderloin With fingerling potatoes, aged white cheddar yankee grits, veal demi glaze, seasonal vegetable, and smoked onion horseradish cream.

Grilled Shrimp With andouille sausage and crawfish Creole étoufée and long grain rice.

Penne Pasta With Parmesan, riccota, and fresh mozzarella, vodka sauce, roasted cauliflower, and roasted chicken.

Roasted Cornish Game Hen With fingerling potatoes, portobello mushroom, sautéed spinach, and balsamic vinegar mustard sauce.

Seared Sea Scallops With asparagus and shrimp risotto, grilled asparagus, and shaved Parmesan cheese.

Portobello Mushroom Piccata Almond-crusted, with lentils, roasted tomato, and goat cheese.

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa, cranberry, and mushroom pilaf, topped with pure maple syrup reduction.

Special Feature - TBA

Entrées range in price from 17 to 35 dollars and are subject to change to ensure freshness.



Scotto Family Cellars Old Vine Zinfandel (California) Cherry and blackberry fruit wtih light oak and a long smooth finish.

Silver Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (California) Raspberry, blackberry, and spicy notes with a dry finish.

Restivo Malbec (Mendoza) Big and bold with lush berry fruit notes, well structured tannins, and light acidity.

Gougenheim Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza) Full-bodied, soft, and rich with blackberry flavors, moderate tannins, and light spice.

Ercavio Tempranillo Roble (Spain) Dark fruit with earthy and spicy notes and a long and complex finish.

Silver Creek Merlot (California) Rich plum and black currant flavors with light tannin and vanilla notes.

Rickshaw Pinot Noir (California) Raspberry, cherry, and blueberry flavors balanced with a light acidity and mild earthiness.

Tilia Malbec/Syrah (Mendoza) Black currant and subtle oak with earthy espresso and mocha notes.

Yalumba Shiraz Ripe berry fruit with spice and floral overtones.

Lunatic (California) Rich and complex red blend with blueberry and black cherry notes.

La Tremenda Monastrell (Spain) Rich black cherry and blackberry fruit, finely balanced tannins, and a long finish.

Wines range in price from 6 to 9 dollars a glass - 20 to 36 dollars a bottle.


Selbach Incline Riesling (Germany) Ripe apple and pear with a hint of mineral and a lively acidity.

Perseverence Chardonnay (California) Unoaked. Bright and clean with apple and tropical fruit flavors.

Daniel Gehrs Chardonnay (California) Ripe apple and citrus with a lively residual acidity.

Silver Creek Chardonnay (California) Apple and tropical fruit with light oak notes.

Kris Pinot Grigio (Italy) Pear and white currant flavors with notes of lime and mineral on the finish.

Ranga Ranga Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) Tart and crisp with citrus and herbal flavors.

Three Muscateers (California) Blend of muscat alexendria, muscat blanc, and orange muscat. Ripe pear with floral and citrus notes.

Lunatic White (California) Rich and complex blend of Malvasia, Gewurztraminer, and Arneis. Apricot, citrus, and honeysuckle flavors.

LaPlaya Viognier | Chardonnay (Chile) Stone fruit and floral notes balanced with a bright tartness.

Portal del Calcada Vinho Verde (Portugal) Citrus, apple, and pear notes with a touch of minerality.

Green Eyes Grüner Veltliner (Austria) Apple, melon, and citrus flavors with pleasing acidity and mineral notes.


White Manhattan Jacob's Ghost white whiskey, Yzaguirre Blanco Reserva vermouth, and orange cream citrate.

Café Combier Coffee infused George Dickel No.12, Combier Liqueur D'Orange, and Bitter Truth Xocolatl Mole Bitters.

Blackberry Buck Uncle Val's Restorative gin, Pimm's Blackberry Elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer.

High Tea Earl Grey tea infused gin, Domaine de Canton ginger liquer, and lemon juice.

Blood and Sand Blended Scotch, Cherry Heering, Yzaguirre Sweet Vermouth, and orange juice.