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1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404 (Downtown)
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Ranked #118 of 3,638 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
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
Cuisines: American, Italian, Pizza, Contemporary
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Associated with Modera Hotel
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Portland, Oregon, United States
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The restaurant is attractive and very busy. Great oval bar with space for snacks and drinks. Modern restaurant with superb food, excellent wine menu, and great service. My wife has several allergies and the chef was able to accommodate her tastes and needs.

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Portland, Oregon
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

To be honest, we were skeptical because of it's location in the Moderna Hotel. We arrived early for our reservation so we sat at the bar. We sat at the bar for a drink - the wait staff was friendly, but not intrusive. The atmosphere was very comfortable on a stormy, wet evening. The fire pits outside added to a... More 

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We went with a friend to Nel Centro before a Broadway show at Keller Auditorium. Everything from the reservation process through dessert were excellent. When we arrived they already had the information about us attending the show and were prepared to get us out on time. Everyone's food was excellent and the dessert outstanding. This was our first time here.... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Be it brunch, happy hour, late night the food and drinks are fantastic.. buzzy at night and happy hour is nice and quiet for early weekend brunch which is a great change to queuing up for 45 minutes for average food most other places in PDX! Live Jazz at weekends too! Outdoor seating and fire pits for the spring/fall!

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

On several recent trips from Seattle to Portland we have found ourselves enjoying a late night cocktails and some small plates a Nel Centro. Last night we took the plunge into the deep end and invited local friends for dinner. Simply put: we love this place. The menu and the service can be navigated to create the right atmosphere for... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We've eaten at Nel Centro many times when staying at Hotel Modera. The food has always been excellent. It is great to have such a easy and yummy choice here at the hotel - so often hotel restaurants are subpar. This is not the case at Nel Centro. We ate a late dinner in the bar tonight. It took longer... More 

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West Linn, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

We held our company Christmas party at Nel Centro over the weekend. They took very good care of 30 of us for appetizers, all types of beverages and a multi course plated dinner. Delicious food and drink. Food could have been served hotter. The servers were respectful and we're not intrusive. We had a raucous gift exchange and they were... More 

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

It was a great to meet a friend for breakfast after staying at the Hotel Modera. Outside or inside seating, and we have just wonderful service. At night the outside fireplaces and seating is very welcoming.

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Portland, Oregon
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

You go to Nel Centro for their cozy vibe. While the food is good overall I do think their regular dining menu is overpriced. It's much more worthwhile to go for happy hour and sit outside by the fire pit. Highly recommended items: any pizza, lamb burger, pomme frites, the desserts. Overall, Nel Centro is the ideal place to catch... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Really terrific food and drink menu. The Duck Confit, Gorgonzola & Wild Mushroom Pizza are not to be missed. No room for sharing, order your own, it is that good ! Oh Yes, and let's not forget the wait staff, they deserve kudos for knowing the menu/food and being always present.

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Additional Information about Nel Centro

Address: 1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404
Phone Number: 503-484-1099
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: American, Italian, Pizza, Contemporary

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