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Nel Centro

#145 of 3,288 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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Today
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Associated with Modera Hotel

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Visitor rating
  • 103
    Excellent
  • 97
    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
A very happy Happy Hour!

While the food is generally excellent at Nel Centro, the special treat is a Happy Hour menu that beats anything else in the neighborhood. The variety is enough to keep me returning to try new dishes, but the problem becomes one of having too many favorites. It can be quite busy at times, which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
Colophon
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Portland, Oregon
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

While the food is generally excellent at Nel Centro, the special treat is a Happy Hour menu that beats anything else in the neighborhood. The variety is enough to keep me returning to try new dishes, but the problem becomes one of having too many favorites. It can be quite busy at times, which means a wait, but it's worth... More 

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Vancouver WA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Had a very good and reasonably priced meal prior to the Opera. Menu offered so many great options, it was hard to decide (guess we'll just have to go back!). Service was attentive and timely as we mentioned we were attending the Opera. Short walk to the Keller Theater so it made for a very nice evening.

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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We loved the ambiance of this place. We were there for evening drinks just after sunset, and hung outside by the fire pits. It was a nice upscale and hip crowd, drinks were very good, and the service was friendly and attentive. The duck confit was awesome! Definitely go back whenever we're in the area again.

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Portland, Oregon
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10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Great food and great service! I'm glad I live in the neighborhood to walk to this local gem. They have happy hours with yummy apps and drinks for good deal.

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Bend, OR
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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
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68 reviews 68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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228 reviews 228 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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
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129 reviews 129 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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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
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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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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: Romantic, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?