Cena

4.5
661 reviews
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Cena is a Italian restaurant situated on the busy high street of Yarm. Serving rustic Italian food from 12pm till late. Visit our website for our latest news and menus.
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MP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent restaurant good service and good food although portions on the average size

well worth visiting

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JD
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always - our firm family favourite for a meal we all enjoy.

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SS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We were disappointed with the food, in particular the pasta dishes, one seafood pasta dish that was on the menu containing clams, mussels and fish had no clams one mussel and lots of salmon. Pizza was expensive. On the plus side service was very good.

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M
County Durham
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food. Tables were slightly too close together.

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PB
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

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CB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always never fails to surprise
Peter is a fantastic host and a friend for over 25 years

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LJ
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Absolutely ridiculously over priced for average quality food. £8.10 for a glass of wine is outrageous. As is £7.95 for a ‘starter sized’ portion of pasta. Won’t be coming back.

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JC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, good service with friendly staff. The smaller pasta dishes are perfect for lunch.

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AL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. The place was buzzing. We took a friend who needs gluten free. He was very impressed by a full separate menu.
Well done Cena!

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PJ
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was exceptional as always just felt a bit crammed in on the table we were at with people having to squeeze past our table/chairs

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SF
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was told my booking hadn’t gone through when we arrived; once I’d mentioned that I had had an email confirmation my table became available. Drinks orders were taken quickly. Food wasn't very hot but was lukewarm and as it was pizza and a busy service we let it go. Service was slightly lackluster and waiting staff looked bored. I appreciate it was busy but nobody worked with any sense of positivity which made the atmosphere a bit tense. When I asked if the cheesecake was vegetarian and gelatin free nobody seemed to know what I was talking about. The waiter walked off and checked the menu at the bar which I’d obviously already done and when my mum got up to ask the chef even he seemed confused by our question. We asked if the cake was bought in as he seemed to not know what was in it and he said no everything is made in house but was still unable to clarify the ingredients. A bit concerning! We’ve been before when the £7 main meal deal has been on when the restaurant has been pretty much empty and everything was fine. I just felt that during a busy service; the customer service and attention wavered slightly.

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d
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Would recommend service was good, clean and welcoming environment.

We booked for the location and for the pizzas. Unfortunately the pizza was returned. Over cooked on the edges undercooked on the base.

We sent it back and it came back even more over/undercooked than before. Eventually gave up and left it.

Although it appeared on the bill the staff did credit it when I asked.

On the plus side, good wine list!

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DB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food with friendly staff and great atmosphere

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M
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Tastefully done out inside, beautifully designed and aesthetically very pleasing on the eye. Food expensive for what it was. Paid £7.95 for a crab canelloni starter which was tasty but poor value for money. Ordered side of Fries which came in little silver bucket but arrived at table not even filled to the top and looked like fries were missing. Margarita pizza was £8.95 which was ok, bit bland and could have done with a minute or two more in pizza oven. Server was very young blonde girl who was cold and unfriendly. Found the interior decoration of the restaurant lovely but portion size and service was lacking albeit steep prices. Better restaurants out there offering much better value for money with a warmer, nicer service and ambiance.

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V
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was bland , and poor quality , it was over priced for both the food and drinks , especially the drinks they were astronomical...and the noise level was horrendous , definitely not a place to go for a romantic meal

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CW
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious!! Staff lovely and lovely surroundings, enjoyed it

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LH
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food main course and starters nice vibrant and lively atmosphere and superb service for My family and I.

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d
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Totally disappointed I booked having been before and it was my daughters birthday. The food wasn’t great the steak was grisly and not cooked how I asked . Tables all squashed in . Don’t think I will be back .

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P
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Really enjoyed the food here and the drinks. Would recommend and revisit again soon.

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B
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love having girlie nights out here. Good choice of food & wines. Will be back again soon.

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C
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with a friend for tea. I had one of the specials- ndjuda and clam buccatini, friend had lasagne. Both nice. For dessert we both had tiramisu it was nice enough but I've had better

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RB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely tasty food, as ever. Staff helpful. Evening sadly marred by the presence of two tables of extremely noisy men. They were rowdy and swore throughout, which spoilt our otherwise pleasant evening. I felt that the management should have dealt with this situation.

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L
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

As always, the service was brilliant. The staff are the reason we return. We were seated upstairs at 8pm on a bank holiday weekend. I expected it to be busy. But the space is small, and when you put close to 40 adults with alcohol in them in a space that small the noise level goes through the roof. I couldn’t hear my husband speak. It kind of ruined the night a bit.

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PB
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service as food

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AR
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, Cena never disappoints. Food is great, staff is friendly and very professional.

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KG
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

When we booked this event through open table, we gave Open Table a specific request that the table should be on the ground floor and should be round. When we arrived we had been given an upstairs, oblong table. Cena had received no instruction regarding our request. Fortunately they were able to reconfigure ad help us.
We had a wonderful experience at Cena, as we have had in the past, and would certainly recommend them to our friends. Thanks Cena.

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A
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but a bit of a long wait between courses. Asked for water a few times and staff kept forgetting to bring it. Very hot inside and was quite uncomfortable. Would have been nice if windows were open as it was a hot day.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great traditional Italian brought up to date. Plenty of choice, good quality dishes with fresh pasta and authentic italian style pizza. Lovely decor and relaxed feel, service could be a little snappier, seemed a bit slow, forgot drinks order, but over all friendly and helpful on the whole very good.

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AR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive staff and a lovely ambiance. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and will be back very soon

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F
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Had better. Have visited a number of times but were slightly disappointed this time. Food was very average and we didn't get asked if we were ok for drinks and food accompiaments

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious & good value for 3 course. Our table wasn’t in the best location.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service and ambience. Had a lovely setting for a first date.

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JS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The wine and beer selection is excellent and as my wife is celiac it was fantastic to see such a comprehensive and well put together gluten free menu. The food was lovely, well presented and flavoursome abound and all for a good price. We will definitely be back again soon and we ate at sister restaurant Muse the week before which was also fantastic.

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E
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The only change I would make is that upstairs is very noisy which made it hard for us to hear one another.

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M
Yorkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a positive experience, a great menu with plenty of choice, great service and food

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JC
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I ordered the pork which is very unusual for me It was delicious although a bit too pink for my liking. The portion was very small so I wish I had ordered sides too as I was still very hungry afterwards. Overall the food was good though but I would recommend sides.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is alway good quality and well presented, felt that portions of main pasta were smaller than usual ( however there was still plenty as portions were large) and there was a lot of oil on it, although this did not detract from flavour. Service was a bit slow at times but restaurant was extremely busy.

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GO
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Not as good as it used to be, perhaps different chef?

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s
County Durham
19 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal again at this great little restaurant. Staff and second to none and nothing is too much trouble. Food delicious and will be back soon.

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SW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good.

The Gin tonic sadly lacking in Gin

The service could be better we needed to ask for drinks twice!

Desert menu thrown at us in passing. We gave up and left after just a main.

It was busy so maybe this affected service.

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