We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Nel Centro

1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404 (Downtown)
503-484-1099
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #140 of 3,546 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Italian, Pizza, Contemporary
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Associated with Modera Hotel
Reserve with OpenTable
Nel Centro is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Write a Review

184 reviews from our community

82% Recommend
    81
    72
    24
    5
    2
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Wilsonville
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Nel Centro has one of Portland's better happy hours (price, quality, and variety), but sit-down dinner is fine, too. Tough to recommend a single item, although the handmade pastas are tough to pass up (the pappardelle with wild boar ragu was nicely eggy and perfect consistency), but there's a lot to be said for the meat and fish entrees. Full... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Orleans, Louisiana
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Except for one significant issue (see below), we were amazed at the quality of the Sunday evening dinner we had in this sleek cool restaurant in the Hotel Modera. We were on the final night of a nearly two week expedition to Portland and the PNW, and opted for what we thought would be a throwaway meal at our hotel.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bloomington, Indiana
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We ate at this restaurant several times while staying at the Hotel Modera. The food is very good, the service is fine. For those who like outdoor seating, this is a good location.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, Oregon
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stayed at hotel Modera and wanted breakfast in the morning so we checked out Nel Centro which we have been to before for dinner and it was great. We walked up to the host stand and it took 5 minutes before someone greeted up. One of the servers had to go find the hostess. We then got seated and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Honolulu, Hawaii
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The best ambience ever...fire pits all over, very hip vibe. The food was good, and there was a good selection of beverages. Public transport right in front of the hotel where this bar is located. Must visit if you are in the area.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were seeing a play at the Keller Auditorium, and we went early and stopped in for drinks during happy hour at Nel Centro. We had drinks and a happy hour menu item, which we enjoyed very much. There were a lot of people enjoying the outdoor sitting area that has large fire pits, and we were a bit surprised... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Seattle, Washington
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Just had a quick snack- meatballs and fries. I have eaten for breakfast too and have always been pleased.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Williamstown, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

While staying at the Modera for a conference, I had drinks and dinner on a Friday night with a group of business associates. Everyone found something they liked on the menu, including two vegetarians. My steak was excellent, and the berry dessert was fantastic. I'd definitely go back again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We had craft beers and pizza on the patio. Beers were great, pizza was delicious, decor was lovely. The fire pits around the tables seem like a cozy way to spend an evening. Relaxing vibe.

Was this review helpful? Yes
corte madera
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Easily reached with public transit outside the door, this restaurant serves food all day, has a lively bar scene and a very caring staff--get in there!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Been to Nel Centro? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Nel Centro, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing