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Nel Centro

#137 of 3,683 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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 103
    Excellent
  • 93
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 6
    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
Why haven't I been here before? It is well worth a trip

Nel Centro - where have you been all of my life? I'm not sure why I've never been to Nel Centro - but, boy was that a mistake. The place is really good; and, they have a HUGE patio for happy hour drinks or lounging about in the beautiful spring weather we are having in the Pacific Northwest. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Wayne C
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Portland, Oregon, United States
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
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236 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bend, OR
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

My friend was staying at the hotel and we decided to grab a beer. The service took forever for two beers. We had to beg to get our check after sitting there for an hour.

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California
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Had dinner here, good beer selection but the Garganelli pasta was too cheesy and rich (heavy cream and salt). Waitress recommended the dish.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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224 reviews 224 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Nel Centro - where have you been all of my life? I'm not sure why I've never been to Nel Centro - but, boy was that a mistake. The place is really good; and, they have a HUGE patio for happy hour drinks or lounging about in the beautiful spring weather we are having in the Pacific Northwest. I am... More 

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Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

One more dining month dinner, and a birthday celebration too. Another good dining month meal--though we have eaten here--but not dinner. Gave it a go. Started with the duck confit appetizer. Excellent. Moved to osso buco, squash cannelloni and 1/2 a rotisserie chicken. All the meals were well balanced, tasty, nice serving sizes and well executed. Wine and cocktail lists... More 

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Billings, Montana
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We visited this restaurant to discuss business and ended up having dinner. I had a beer and ordered butternut squash risotto. It was excellent. Others in my group had chicken, pork, and steak. All were satisfied with their meals and the service was good - which was expected. I look forward to returning to this restaurant the next time I... More 

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Midland, Texas
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Beautiful patio. Strong drinks. Nice waitstaff. We were guests at Hotel Modera and spent quite a bit of time there. I didn't eat there, though members of our party did and they enjoyed it. Be sure to snag a fire pit seat, especially if it's a bit chilly.

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San Jose, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We enjoy Italian food and have visited Italy a number of times. We find this restaurant offers fine Italian food with a slight but nice American touch. Checked it out twice and were very pleased.

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Piedmont, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

It's rare that you find a restaurant that has a sophisticated - and family friendly vibe. We were there for 2 private events, a dinner and a brunch and the food was really tasty. The dining room was filled with people of all ages and it felt quite welcoming. A nice outdoor space is available as well. Definitely try Nel... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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97 reviews 97 reviews
59 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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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?