La Cena Restaurant

4.5
209 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
La Cena Ristorante has been in the heart of Bensalem, PA for 25 years and we are still going strong! We offer delicious and authentic Italian food that is made with only the freshest ingredients. We offer a full bar that comes complete with live entertainment and, we also offer delicious daily specials in addition to our traditional menu. At La Cena we are proud to offer a fine dinning experience at a great price. Simply put, we aim to please!

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Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 8:00PM

What 209 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here several times now and it is vastly becoming my go to spot. Really enjoy the food immensely.

p
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great upscale restaurant with great atmosphere and service. Life music on Saturday nights is very moderate sound and pleasant, even so we were sitting right next to it. Food is excellent and beautifully served. Little pricey then we would like. Could be a little cooler inside, but we were told there was a problem that day. We definitely will go there again. Everybody were very friendly and made us feel special. And best of all it's only 10 min from our home. Very recommended.

RW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place...food, service and ambience wonderful. It’s a shame I didn’t know about it sooner. Will definitely be back.

JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seeing a show at the Parx Casino and wanted something away from the Casino - fine dining. There were six of us and each and everyone of us raved about the food. It was amazing. The Grouper, the homemade pasta and marinara, appetizers were wonderful. The wine was out of this world - we had two bottles of Amarone. Delicious. The waiter (Stephen) was great - took extra special care of us and was so friendly and nice. We will go out of our way to go back. Thanks for a great meal and a wonderful dining experience. The entertainment was great too BRAVO!!!

h
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was average to below average service was ok

A
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Told the server we had 2 birthdays. Told them who. Desert came and they did not use candles or acknowledge it one bit. We were one of two tables in the entire restaurant.

RH
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great music and entertainment! Overall great experience!

TF
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our first visit to La Cena. We were seated relatively quickly, although the hostess was on a phone call, and did not acknowledge our presence until she hung up. The food was quite good. I had the seared shrimp and scallops, and my wife tried a veal dish. We were both very satisfied with the food quality. Service was a bit spotty. Our waiter only showed up to take orders and deliver them. That seemed to take some time, and the place was not at all busy when we were there. We might go back, but it likely would not be a first choice.

RT
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going here for years, including some New Year's Eves. The food and service are always excellent!

MK
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

This has always been one of our favorite places to go. We especially liked it for special occasions. We were celebrating our 52 Wedding Anniversary. When I made the reservation I requested a table AWAY from the Bar and music. If we were seated any closer to the bar we would have been on it. The menu has changed drastically since we were there last. It very limited in its selections. We both ordered Veal dishes extremely disappointed in flavor and texture in both dishes. Sadly to say it was not one of our happy Anniversary dinners. We won’t be going back .

PK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and amazing food. The singers are extremely entertaining and make dinner a wonderful experience. We have dined here several times and have always had a great night out! Highly recommend!

NE
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was extraordinarily good, nicely presented, unique tastes. Prices were also reasonable. A great find.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were the only table in the restaurant as we had quite an early reservation. Our table was lovely. The server was fantastic. He relayed the specials information and we both ordered specials. My wife got filet Mignon stuffed with sautéed spinach and prosciutto. She enjoyed it but there was a sauce with a very overpowering amount of whole peppercorns. I got the caprese salad which was very good, made with a smoked mozzarella for lots of interesting flavor. It did take 50 minutes for our food to arrive and we had a show to get to in Philadelphia by 7:30. We felt a little rushed once food came. The cocktails were lovely, very nice recipes and variety. Pretty and tasty. We were visitors from out of town and located this restaurant on yelp/trip advisor.

KS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the service was very friendly.

JH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great place for a weekday business dinner. The staff was professional, the meals were great.

RW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time here. Was a great experience. The food, service and atmosphere were all wonderful. I never knew this restaurant was there and ai have lived in this area my entire life. Found out about it from Open Table. Will definitely be returning and will spread the word about it. Great find!

QB
Philadelphia
109 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, beautiful restaurant. Went for late lunch and totally enjoyed the food. Lunch specials were priced we and nice selection of choices. This was our second visit, the first was for dinner. We found a new favorite and can't wait to go back.

NH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food, decor, music, and ambience. Service was a bit lacking in that we had to wait to get someone to notice us to take our order while another larger group who arrived after us was served first. Things improved after that initial hiccup however. The food was top notch with a decent every day menu and delicious daily specials on offer. I'll definitely be back.

QM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was very crowded (good for the restaurant), food is much better than it used to me.

Service was fairly good considering the crowd, not the wait staff fault. The bus boys are very

attentive, We will return.

JS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and our server was first rate. I highly reccomend this restaurant!

JT
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! I didn't know what to expect pulling up, but once inside it was very nice and classy. The food was great, service was great and we enjoyed it. I will come back again.

VU
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outsatanding from start to finish. The staff was very accomadating. Our server, Steve, was very personable and added to the meal. The food was spot on in flavor and preparation.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been going there since they opened. Have had several parties there also.Great atmosphere. Food is always good,as well as service.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time here. Food was delicious, a little on the pricey side. Ambience was good. Music (duo) was an added benefit!

TB
Philadelphia
174 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and drink are to be found at this hidden little treasure. Their live music is good, and we'd like it even better if La Cena would have it on even more fine evenings !

N
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Found it recently and had to come back. I had a scallop special that I will try to duplicate at home because it was so amazing. Can't wait to come back

w
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Mike was outstanding and the food came out hot and delicious.

PW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was with 5 other women on Saturday for our friend who is moving.Everyone enjoyed their food,drink and dessert. The waiter Michael was so nice and very professional. Exveptional food and service.I cant wait to take my husband there soon. I was there at my girls Christmas luncheon in December and also had Michael . I really enjoy your restaurant and look forward to coming again real soon.I will recommend LeCena to all of my friends.Thank you for a great evening .

GW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This visit was to celebrate a birthday.
My girlfriend had a great time.
Her salmon was good, she definitely enjoyed the dinner entertainment.
She has already requested another visit.

JY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went here for our wedding anniversary. It had a fun vibe, the staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious! He had veal parmigiana, I had the penne alla vodka and it was perfect!

MB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was superb. We loved the atmosphere, too -- the live musician was very good and played selections totally appropriate to the environment.

DL
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the staff are friendly. Nice neighborhood gem! My wife & I will definitely return!

MI
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Date night with my wife was great, food was cooked well, a bit loud near bar though

OT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a phenomenal time.

K
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both my husband and I ordered the specials and were not disappointed! Excellent dinner.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, server was awesome and the band they had was so good!! We had a really enjoyable time. Will definitely be back!!!

CD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m always impressed with the way this restaurant is run from the wonderful hostess to the wait staff to the bus people!!
In addition, the food is delicious!!

TB
Philadelphia
174 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice live music at this good restaurant, on selected evenings .

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Made reservation and told it was a mistake by open table. Seated at a high top in the bar area which was fine. Brought bread and water. No server comes over for drink or good order. Waited 15 minutes then told we had to get our own drinks at the bar. Decided to leave at this point. First bad experience here ever.

1
Philadelphia
90 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

SATURDAY NIGHT, BUSTLING, NICE PEOPLE, DECENT FOOD, BIG MENU, FOOD COULD BE BETTER, 1980'S FEEL.

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