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Nel Centro

#189 of 3,354 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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6:30 am - 10:00 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, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Associated with Modera Hotel

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  • 109
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  • 112
    Very good
  • 36
    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 great spot for lunch

Nel Centro is an ideal spot to grab lunch after hoofing around Portland during the morning. You can choose between the bright, modern and airy dining room or the spacious outdoor terrace. No surprise given the name that the menu has a heavy emphasis on Italian dishes. The pastas were very good - we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
John B
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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Palm Springs, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We only had breakfast. It was ok, but could be so much better. Coffee needs to be improved and bigger cups. I would also like to see more local fare and creativity on the menu.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 660 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Nel Centro is an ideal spot to grab lunch after hoofing around Portland during the morning. You can choose between the bright, modern and airy dining room or the spacious outdoor terrace. No surprise given the name that the menu has a heavy emphasis on Italian dishes. The pastas were very good - we had the pappardelle with veal ragu... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Having enjoyed lunch and dinner at Nel Centro on several occasions, we stopped by for Happy Hour and were impressed with the high quality and reasonable prices of the dishes and drinks offered--a salad and pizza both large enough to share and well-mixed Gin Rickeys. In addition, service is fast, friendly, and efficient.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We dined here a couple of nights in a row as our 5yr old wanted plain pasta. Service was friendly on both nights and food good. Only issue was undercooked pork that was quickly rectified. The highlight was the baked alaska that was awesome.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I've been to Portland four times, and eaten at Nel Centro three times. Each time, I have been impressed by the service, the food, and the ambiance. They prepare interesting but not fussy dishes with fresh ingredients. The waitstaff is always knowledgeable about the dishes and very helpful. They knew we were in a hurry to get to a show,... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Nel Centro's happy hour prices allowed us to partake of pre-theatre dining at a very reasonable price. We were unable to book reservations at the top rated eateries in Portland on this Saturday night, but Nel came through for us! The thin crust wild mushroom and Gorgonzola pizza was yum. The calamari was standard, and lacked tentacles, which always makes... More 

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Hemet, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Pork Osso Busso--something more unusual and very tasty. Pasta with crab was less than exciting. Service was fine. More casual dining experience.

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Fairfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Serves a great cup of coffee. The breakfast fruit platter had a nice variety of fruit and generous portions. I love their scones-delicious and not dry or crumbly.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

A terrific choice for a business breakfast or after work cocktails. Friendly prompt service and fresh modern ambience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We've had happy at Nel Centro twice in the last month and would now call it one of our favorite happy hour spots in downtown Portland. They have great daily drinks special, an interesting wine and beer list and a hearty menu including a lamb burger, three pizzas and calamari. Plates are generous (pizza feeds two) and there is a... More 

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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: Bar scene, Romantic

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?