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A Cena serves traditional Italian food with dedication and diligence. The setting is classic Italian and the atmosphere sophisticated. There is a good wine and cocktail list to complement your meal.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

18:00 - 22:00

TUE

12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00

WED

12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00

THU

12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00

FRI

12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00

SAT

12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00

SUN

12:00 - 14:00

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By Andrew M.

I very much enjoyed my meal at A Cena. The food was good and the staff were helpful and willing. I wasn't too keen on the venue though. The decor seems a little old. A Cena is nice enough.


By Daphne B.

Took the family for Sunday dinner and A Cena, the set menu is great value. We paid £25 for three courses and £12.50 for the children's offering. The food was simply beautiful, I had a white bean soup for starters and the most amazing pork chop to follow up!! The best part was the desserts, I had the chocolate and hazel nut truffle which was divine! The kids menu was extremely good, I have quite adventurous children so they had some decent choice. The Sunday lunch was all round fantastic, great food, top service and a very good price!!! Thanks you guys x


By Frodo B.

A Cena is a lovely little restaurant in Twickenham, the food is sublime and the service is first class!!!


By Lucy A.

We wanted to go out for Italian food and we found A Cena, the Sarde Fritte was superb, the sardines were fresh and the flavour was rich and I really enjoyed it. The price is great for the quality of the food.


By Ed H.

I love A Cena I visit at least once a week and take as many people as possible I have never had a bad meal here and my favourite is the lamb rump. It is always cooked perfectly, lunch here is outstanding and I really love going here. The staff are all friendly and do all they can to make you happy.


By Kev B.

Have never really heard of A Cena and usually eat at other restaurants in Richmond, but went here on a whim. Was happy to discover that the food was fantastic and the service was just as good.


By Janet J.

This is the best Italian in the area by far, enjoy it every time, A Cena is my favourite restaurant in the area. Try to go as often as possible and love it there.


By Hina M.

I am so upset about our dinner at A Cena I had to write to you to tell you what we experienced. We are local people and live in Richmond we have tried your restaurant several times recently as we really wanted it to be a good experience. We like to support local businesses. I have to write to you this evening about your manager who was extremely rude. Firstly my husband ordered a Jack Daniels with coke, it arrived with the coke already poured into the glass and a straw! We were really put off as that is not how it should be served. Still we continued with ordering the menu and my husband ordered grissini sticks with Aubergine. It arrived and he had to put the sticks to one side as they were stale. We complained to the waiter who just cleared them away and did not feel it as important. When the bill arrived we reminded the waitress of the issue so she asked the manager to come and see us. He was incredibly dismissive and explained that Gissini sticks should be soft and they were made that way. As we spend most of our summers in Italy we explained that they should be crispy and hard. His retort was simply what do you want me to do. If he had offered to take it off the bill we would be going back but he argued and it really was a very unpleasant situation. I had asked him to give me the owners e-mail address which he had refused to do. I found your name on the internet and as I have my own business I really felt you should know how your customers have been treated. I will unfortunately not be going to the restaurant again.


By Rebecca A.

I went to this restaurant for a quick meal, the food was nice and I enjoyed my meal, however the service was not the best I have had and I was disappointed because the food was good. I hope they improve their service to help themselves and so others enjoy A Cena more.


By Donna G.

I have eaten many times at A Cena but decided to have an evening with the ladies on the cocktails, my friends are both City girls so they are so called experts on this subject. They were pleasantly surprised on the offering, my main suggestion would be to try the Millars Marvellous Marmalade Martini!!


By Ali S.

Went A Cena after reading the rave reviews. Very disappointed. Only vegetable with starter and main course was the ubiquitous rocket. Service very ad hoc and they seem to get you out quickly and buy more wine by constantly topping you up. Wine list very good however, but we didn't stay for dessert. Over expensive and there are much nicer restaurants in Richmond and St Margarets with better quality food and service.


By Ray J.

A Cena was a great when I went with my friends for a meal after work. We were really pleased with the meals and portion size. The price is great for the quality of the food and I would go again for any occasion.


By Stephen H.

Very good standard of Italian cuisine. Sunday lunch special is great value. Service and ambiance are also very good.


By Caroline C.

A Cena, off the busy Richmond Road, offers a calm atmosphere with a gracious mix of simplicity and opulence.

The Venue
A Cena was opened in 2001 by Camilla Healy, who grew up experiencing all things Italian from her mother and previously worked at Giorgio Armani’s first restaurant in England. As you enter from the hustle and bustle of outside, your eyes are immediately drawn to the elegant wooden bar with the striking, beautifully lit silver candelabra. The restaurant, despite only having around 15 tables, is far from cramped and is perfectly laid out with simple white tablecloths and traditional silver cutlery. The fresh white walls are classically decorated with vintage style mirrors, giving the room a sense of perspective, whilst leaving you to feel like you have drifted into a heritage dining room. The only downside to the venue is the pokiness of the ladies toilets, although far from an issue as they are still carefully decorated and little time is spent in there!

The Atmosphere
A Cena creates the perfect atmosphere for any occasion and attracts the kind of clientele that would you expect to find in a smart, well-to-do area like Richmond. The tables are close enough together to provide that cosy feel, but far enough apart to let you embrace in a meaningful conversation. The waiting staff are very much unobtrusive, yet attentive all the same. You are greeted with a smile and nothing seems like too much trouble. A Cena is far from stuffy and all generations would fit comfortably into the surroundings.

The Food
The daily changing menu is small, yet not limited. Most starters are about £8 or £9 and include everything from salads to antipasti to fish dishes. The scallops arrive on a seasoned bed of green beans trickled with a sumptuous, light and salty tomato and anchovy jus. The portions are far from stingy and if anything a little too large. The main courses are exquisite with a price range of between about £17 and £20. You do indeed get what you pay for with delectable and superior food, leaving you satisfyingly full but at the same time yearning for the delights of the next course. The pan-fried breast of Gressingham duck is served on a bed of red cabbage and comes with crispy cubed roast potatoes.

The desserts and cheese list are more than appealing with both traditional Italian recipes and some of the old favourites, such as rhubarb and custard. The homemade honeycomb sprinkled on the top of the rich, slice of chocolate tartufo leaves an aftertaste that you wouldn’t even want to wash away with a sip of Prosecco. All the food is made with exceptional care and precision and leads to a dining experience where disappointment is minimal, if not non-existent. Even the most discerning palate would be constantly surprised at the amazing flavours each course brings with it.

The Drink
The drinks list is well established and boasts a very impressive selection of wines. A bonus too, being the carefully chosen categories the wines have been put into, with the flavour being the priority and not the region. The list comprises over 3 pages with bottles going up to £100 and starting from under £20. This completes the fine dining experience along with a well chosen list of cocktails and of course the optional aperitif of a glass of Prosecco. For the non-drinker or just to round off the meal, the fresh mint tea served in individual teapots is a delightful way to aid your digestion after the rich cuisine.

The Last Word
Whether it be an evening with great friends or a romantic, special evening for two, A Cena is a winner every time.

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