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Nel Centro

1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404 (Downtown)
503-484-1099
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Ranked #146 of 3,548 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Italian, Pizza, Contemporary
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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
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Sedona, Arizona
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A new bistro located in the downtown area of Portland located close to the theater district. Menu is Italian with a wide range of choices. We felt his other restaurants were better.

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Aurora, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Nel Centro is one of the finest restaurants in Portland - and it's inside the Hotel Modero. The atmosphere is wonderful - it's classy, yet casual...exciting, yet calm and orderly. There is ample seating inside and out. From their Sunday Brunch to their dinners - to their cocktails and dessert....all is delicious and interesting! Easy to find a parking spot... More

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Wilsonville
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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74 reviews 74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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

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Bloomington, Indiana
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123 reviews 123 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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.

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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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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.

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Portland, Oregon
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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

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Seattle, Washington
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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.

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 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.

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