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Nel Centro

1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404 (Downtown)
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Ranked #138 of 3,554 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Italian, Pizza, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Associated with Modera Hotel
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192 reviews from our community

83% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

From the pizza of the day to the lamb burger to the excellent fries, Duck Leg Confit with Stone Fruit Chutney, good quality wine and beer. This is a go to place for happy hour any day of the week. Nothing is over $7 and plate sizes are quite nice.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Nice hotel restaurant for both appys at the wonderful seating area outside and full breakfast. Really a notch above.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Our stay at Hotel Moderna was exceptional, but the attached restaurant, Nel Centro, was equally good. The place was always hopping-lunch time to late nights. The arugula, gorgonzola and mushroom pizza was outstanding, as was the seared salmon entree. The service was good even though the inside and outside seating was packed.

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Rancho Cucamonga CA
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Stopped here for a quick lunch on our way to boat tour of the Willamette River. The rotisserie chicken salad with hazelnuts and grapes was delicious. My husband ate the steak sandwich with tomato jam and horseradish aoli which was also very good. The server suggested a light white wine for the both of us which paired nicely with our... More

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San Francisco, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I had a fabulous three hour lunch here, after giving a paper at a conference. We shared a bottle of Oregon wine, had the cucumber gin soup, which was awesome; beet salad -- OK, our most lackluster dish; the lamb burger, wh. was very very good. Our waitress, Natalie, was friendly and a real pro. I returned for lunch with... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This place was a surprise! Stopped in for a drink and a small bite and ended up staying for dinner! The sweet corn and crisp prosciutto risotto was magical, the right balance of sweet, and salty, and cheesy. It was awesome. The pork loin sandwich with mostarda was equally delicious. This sammy was perfectly seasoned and came with the best... More

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Sedona, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

A new bistro located in the downtown area of Portland located close to the theater district. Menu is Italian with a wide range of choices. We felt his other restaurants were better.

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Aurora, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Nel Centro is one of the finest restaurants in Portland - and it's inside the Hotel Modero. The atmosphere is wonderful - it's classy, yet casual...exciting, yet calm and orderly. There is ample seating inside and out. From their Sunday Brunch to their dinners - to their cocktails and dessert....all is delicious and interesting! Easy to find a parking spot... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Nel Centro has one of Portland's better happy hours (price, quality, and variety), but sit-down dinner is fine, too. Tough to recommend a single item, although the handmade pastas are tough to pass up (the pappardelle with wild boar ragu was nicely eggy and perfect consistency), but there's a lot to be said for the meat and fish entrees. Full... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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74 reviews 74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Except for one significant issue (see below), we were amazed at the quality of the Sunday evening dinner we had in this sleek cool restaurant in the Hotel Modera. We were on the final night of a nearly two week expedition to Portland and the PNW, and opted for what we thought would be a throwaway meal at our hotel.... More

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