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Nel Centro

#118 of 3,668 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Downtown
Italian, American, Pizza, Contemporary
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1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404
503-484-1099
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Associated with Modera Hotel
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene

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Visitor rating
  • 102
    Excellent
  • 88
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Service staff need training and oversight

Nel Centro is a convenient dining option for those staying in the Hotel Modera. Kitchen staff are doing an outstanding job, because the food quality was good (although pricey). Service staff, however, need training and oversight. I ate here several times during my stay at the Modera, and each time... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Inge1854
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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227 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Nel Centro is a convenient dining option for those staying in the Hotel Modera. Kitchen staff are doing an outstanding job, because the food quality was good (although pricey). Service staff, however, need training and oversight. I ate here several times during my stay at the Modera, and each time experienced poor dining service that was a result of server... More 

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Sharon, Connecticut
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86 reviews 86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Had dinner here for large family reunion with multiple "special dietary" needs. The staff did a wonderful job attending to our needs and it was delicious and seamless service. The atmosphere here allowed us to enjoy our dinner as well as our visit with our family. We will return again.

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Lake Oswego, OR
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93 reviews 93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I had a perfectly good business lunch here. The space is nice, service professional, decent choices at lunch beyond soups, salads, and sandwiches, but you won't be blown away, nor likely disappointed. My "Char" special was very good.

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Auburn, Washington, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The title says it all. We didn't eat here for dinner but returned daily for their happy hour menu. Get there early as this place fills up fast.

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Vancouver
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We loved the food, the drinks and the atmosphere of Happy Hour. We also had breakfast and dinner there on a couple of occasions. The food is quite innovative and tasty. I'd eat there again if in the area.

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South Bend, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Good food, good service, nicely presented. A bit too "hip" for my taste. But I'm sure that it's a fave among the Portland glitterati.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Best on warm weekday afternoons, when you can sit outside by the fire and enjoy wonderful food at happy hour prices.

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Seattle, WA
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We popped in for happy hour on Valentine's Day and were seated immediately. The Happy Hour Menu had an excellent selection and the quality was impressive. This restaurant stands heads and shoulders above any restaurants we have visited within hotels (excepting the Georgian in Seattle). The food was excellent, service was friendly and timely, and the value for the quality... More 

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Safety Harbor, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

I flew to Portland for business and was very hungry when I arrived. I checked into my hotel and immediately looked for a restaurant. Google told me that Nel Centro was the closest Italian restaurant, so I walked there. The atmosphere was nice, and the bar area was about half full at 5:30 pm. I ordered shrimp pasta ($20 on... More 

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Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I've yet to be disappointed by eating at Nel Centro. Whether I'm enjoying happy hour in the outdoor patio space, having lunch with colleagues or enjoying dinner before a show. Everything I've tried has been good. It's a good mix of "normal" food and more interesting cuisine, so both picky and adventurous eaters will find something on the menu. It's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 503-484-1099

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Pizza, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene

Description

Associated with Modera Hotel
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?