Cena 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 wine, beer, and spirits.

Located in historic downtown Appleton, Wisconsin, Cena Restaurant and Bar 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 recommended on Friday and Saturday nights and holidays. Please phone us at (920) 830-7820. An 18% gratuity is added when serving parties of 8 or larger.

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.


Cena Cheese Plate Chef's selection of artisan cheeses served with house-made pickles and lavash crackers.

Oyster Mushrooms Mignonette Deep-fried prosecco-battered oyster mushrooms with house-made mignonette sauce and toasted sesame seeds.

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

Braised Pork Croquettes Deep-fried and served with red pepper aïoli, old-style mustard, and herbs.

Flatbread Appetizer Chef's choice of fresh ingredients. Pictured... mornay sauce of Widmer's 4-year aged cheddar and house-made hot sauce with chicken, bacon, red onion, red pepper, sport pepper, white cheddar, spicy aïoli, and micro cilantro.

Mussels Served in andouille sausage, garlic, butter, and white wine sauce with cherry tomatoes and cilantro.

House-Made Chicken Liver Pâté Served on crostini with pickled onion, candied pecans, cornichons, peppadews, and old-style mustard.

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.

Local Organic Beet and Goat Cheese Salad Locally grown organic beets and Spring mix with red onion, candied pecans, goat cheese, and house-made citrus vinaigrette.

Appetizers range in price from 7 to 16 dollars and are subject to change to ensure freshness.


Roasted Pork Loin On a bed of farro with butternut squash and kale, braised fennel bulb, and almond crumble.

Dry-Aged New York Strip With rustic mashed potatoes, chef's choice of fresh vegetable, and smoked soubise sauce.

Grilled Shrimp With bucatini pasta, a mildy spicy Italian sausage puttanesca sauce, and micro basil.

Spaghetti Carbonara With guanciale, duck egg, pepper, house-cured duck egg yolk, and Parmesan cheese.

Milk-Braised Veal Shank With creamy cannellini beans, mirepoix, pan gravy, and toasted herb bread crumb.

Seared Sea Scallops With smoked corn, white cheddar, and pepper risotto, caramelized Brussels sprouts, and beurre blanc.

House-Made Ricotta Gnocchi With wild mushroom and herb cream sauce, toasted pecans, and fried sage leaves.

Chicken Fricassee Skin-on chicken breast in a stew of crimini mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, roasted red peppers, fresh herbs, and crème fraîche.

Special Feature - Arctic Char

Entrées range in price from 18 to 39 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.

Ocasa Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza) Full-bodied, soft, and rich, moderate tannins with light notes of wood and spice.

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

Oak Lane Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa) Rich plum and currant with light tannin and vanilla notes.

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

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

The Crusher Petite Sirah (California) Rich and jammy notes of dried fruits and hints of baking spices.

Dialed In Red Blend (California) Rich and fruit forward without being overpowering.

Ridge Crest Sirah (Washington) Plum and blackberry fruit with moderate tannins and a peppery finish.

Wines range in price from 6 to 9 dollars a glass - 20 to 34 dollars a bottle.


Dr. Thanisch Riesling (Germany) Ripe tropical fruit and floral notes with a pleasent balance of acidity and sweetness.

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

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

Emile Beyer Pinot Grigio (Alsace) Pear and stone fruit with a surprising richness.

Albamar Sauvignon Blanc (Chile) Tart and crisp with herbaceous flavors.

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

White Knight Viognier (California) Full-bodied and lightly acidic with stone fruit, melon, and floral flavors.

Millenio Prosecco (Italy) Dry and well-balanced with a light honeyed note.


Limited Feature - Cheeky Negroni Our twist on the classic Negroni, blending Aperol, Uncle Val's Botannical Gin, Lillet Blanc, and a slice of fresh grapefruit peel.

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.

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

El Mazacalero El Buho Mezcal, Cherry Heering, Yzaguirre Sweet Vermouth, and fresh orange juice.

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