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Nel Centro

#108 of 3,658 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Downtown
American, Italian, Pizza, Contemporary
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1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404
503-484-1099
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Today
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/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
  • 100
    Excellent
  • 84
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Valentine's Day Happy Hour

We popped in for happy hour on Valentine's Day and were seated immediately. The Happy Hour Menu had an excellent selection and the quality was impressive. This restaurant stands heads and shoulders above any restaurants we have visited within hotels (excepting the Georgian in Seattle). The food was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Undrwtr
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Seattle, WA
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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220 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Seattle, WA
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We popped in for happy hour on Valentine's Day and were seated immediately. The Happy Hour Menu had an excellent selection and the quality was impressive. This restaurant stands heads and shoulders above any restaurants we have visited within hotels (excepting the Georgian in Seattle). The food was excellent, service was friendly and timely, and the value for the quality... More 

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Safety Harbor, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

I flew to Portland for business and was very hungry when I arrived. I checked into my hotel and immediately looked for a restaurant. Google told me that Nel Centro was the closest Italian restaurant, so I walked there. The atmosphere was nice, and the bar area was about half full at 5:30 pm. I ordered shrimp pasta ($20 on... More 

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Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I've yet to be disappointed by eating at Nel Centro. Whether I'm enjoying happy hour in the outdoor patio space, having lunch with colleagues or enjoying dinner before a show. Everything I've tried has been good. It's a good mix of "normal" food and more interesting cuisine, so both picky and adventurous eaters will find something on the menu. It's... More 

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Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went for Valentine's Day dinner. We've been here a couple of times before and found the food to be really good. This meal was no exception. We started out with the crusted goat cheese appetizer and the Carmen cocktail. I had the roasted beet salad and the rib eye steak with gnocchi and cauliflower. I think I'm still swooning over... More 

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We've been to happy hour a couple times, and enjoyed it. We spent Valentine's day at the Hotel Modera and dinner at Nel Centro. Dinner was quite good, but oh my gosh, the desert was amazing!

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Manhattan Beach, California
Top Contributor
297 reviews 297 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

the cauliflower bisque was perfect, the pizza as delicious. The staff efficient and pleasant. Highly recommend for a quick or casual bite.

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Last night I had dinner at the bar. The place was packed. Apparently, it was opera night. The food was amazing. I came again for breakfast. Everyone is very kind and personable. Danielle took care of me this morning and even moved me and my food because the couple next to me was rather loud. Thank you for great food... More 

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Redmond, Washington
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Had drinks and dinner here last night. The bartender made a mean long island ice tea. The food options are ok, though not many for vegetarians (I am not a vegetarian). The price seems to be a bit high. Good ambiance.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
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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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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: American, Italian, 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?