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Nel Centro

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Downtown
Italian, Pizza, Contemporary
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1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404
15034841099
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6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 6:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 7:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene
Description: Fine dining in Theater District of Downtown Portland. Adjacent to the Hotel...
Fine dining in Theater District of Downtown Portland. Adjacent to the Hotel Modera. Close to Portland State University.
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  • 125
    Excellent
  • 128
    Very good
  • 39
    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
Not For A Picky Eater

Great service, great atmosphere, great drinks, good food. On that note about the food, the dish had was amazing however I had to ask what some of the very different and odd ingredients were in the dish. I am not a goody so everything on the menu was new and different to me. Will return again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Komm57
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Pullman, Washington
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant serves really nice Northern Italian cuisine - pastas in brodo, grilled meats, paparadelle in meat ragu - and with nice, manageable portions - we didn't have to throw out half of the food once we were finished. Great wine list too.

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Thank Amy C
Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a birthday dinner in a booth for three.. Delicious. Special attention by handsome Glavin and gracious Robin.

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Thank thomaskN5662VF
Battle Ground, Washington
Level Contributor
65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Happy Hour at Outside Patio area in January.Enjoyed seating around the long gas fire pit.Was surprisingly warm and welcoming.Cocktails and HH food choices were very good.Enjoyed a well prepared Wild mushroom/ gorganzola pizza and Calamari. Service was OK and menu choices were served promptly.Value was average for a downtown HH establishment.

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Thank Michael E
Martinsville, Indiana, United States
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed at the hotel and this restaurant was always busy. That's a great sign. We had small plates in the bar--great variety, great quality. No complaints. The bartender had great recommendations for wine and beer. Great service.

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Thank Lori C
Adelaide Hills, Australia
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A brilliant restaurant attached to the hotel Moderna, the food service & choice was great & the pricing during happy hour was AMAZEBALLS A great restaurant & would love to return.

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Thank 308nburns
Pullman, Washington
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83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service, great atmosphere, great drinks, good food. On that note about the food, the dish had was amazing however I had to ask what some of the very different and odd ingredients were in the dish. I am not a goody so everything on the menu was new and different to me. Will return again.

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Thank Komm57
Eugene, Oregon
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a trendy spot popular with the after work crowd. They have a rather expensive menu in the restaurant that includes salads, pasta dishes and main courses. I wasn't that hungry for a multi-course Italian meal, so I opted for a wood-fired pizza in the bar. Would be perfect for 2 to share with a salad.

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Thank Jen2218
portland,oregon
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121 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We had a 7:00 show to attend so had an early dinner here before the show. My wife and her friend arrived first ( we had 5:30 reservations)and were already seated when I arrived a little after 5:30. (they even had some Glenlivet scotch waiting for me and a healthy pour at that! Dinner was very good; I had the... More 

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Thank travelguy51_9
Cambridge, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Sometimes I feel that a hotel restaurant is catering to a captive audience. Ha. Not New Centro. The restaurant is good enough to stand independently. Do I eat at other restaurants. Sure. This is Portland. But for breakfast, a meal when I am tired, or when it is pouring rain I would not pause a moment before choosing Nel Centro.... More 

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Thank Jeremiah R
Portland, Oregon
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123 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Chic appearance, small but thoughtfully planned menu, decent service. We don't use Nel Centro for those special occasions, but it's a great place when we're ready to go out to eat. Last night I was hungry so split a salad and ordered the pork Oslo Bucco. Very satisfying. My dinner companion had one of their good pizzas. Well become 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: 15034841099

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene

Description

Fine dining in Theater District of Downtown Portland. Adjacent to the Hotel Modera. Close to Portland State University.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
7:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?