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Caffe Allora

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504 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 445-4612
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 9
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Really great italian food in the northwest

This is just like a "real" italian restaurant in a big norther italian city. It is small;run with few staff; BUT fantastic. pasta is ala dente;fish terrific;drinks reasonable;deserts great and given the small room with a nice upper level very pretty. A must go if in downtown Portland

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Washington DC
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23 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Washington DC
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is just like a "real" italian restaurant in a big norther italian city. It is small;run with few staff; BUT fantastic. pasta is ala dente;fish terrific;drinks reasonable;deserts great and given the small room with a nice upper level very pretty. A must go if in downtown Portland

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Vancouver, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Very enjoyable casual but elegant Italian restaurant in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon. Delicious food--small intimate dining. Lunch was very good. Sidewalk seating also is very nice on this quiet street in downtown Portland.

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Loved this restaurant! Reminded us of an actual restaurant in Italy. Food was excellent! The spaghetti was fabulous as was the Italian wine!

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california
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82 reviews 82 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I have read reviews of this place and had certain expectations of quality of food, service etc... but my experience was not good. The menu they have is rather limited, so is the wine list. It is a small place that has a few tables at street level and a few more upstairs. We were a party of 4, ordered... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I've eaten here five times in the past six months or so. My favorite higher end but simple Italian place. The Carbonara. The Caesar. The Puttanesca. The meatballs. Then last Friday. Every time I get seated upstairs I get the shaft. Ask me about Little Bird. Forgotten. Others seated much later get their drinks and entrees first. The minutes tick... More 

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Oregon
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100 reviews 100 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is truly a local neighborhood haunt. It's actually difficult to spot and is on a street that doesn't appear to have much of anything on it (unlike the others in the Pearl that are teaming with life). The restaurant itself is super small inside - maybe 10 tables - but it's cute. I'm glad we had reservations. Anyway, the... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

When things go right here, you love the place and vow to become a regular. But then there are nights when nothing works. Pastas are normally just perfect. The fish stew is reliably very good. Some salads are better than others and can be overdressed. They don't do meat well here but the fish special is often very tasty. One... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I used to go here frequently, enjoying the ambience and the food, though with increasing snse that customers don't really matter here. Today is my last visit. The service was at best haphazard...with interminable wait between my caprese and bowl of soup. And I was charged $2.00 for a tiny serving of bread. The attitude that seems to permeate this... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Some secrets are just too good to keep. Imagine a warm, friendly trattoria where as soon as you sit down you become a regular. Caffe Allora, or as some call it “Paolo’s Place” (after the exuberant chef-owner and host), in the Pearl District of food- crazy Portland is that place. Some people want fancy; Allora is simplicity at its best.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We had a lovely meal at Cafe Allora. The owner was a riot. From the moment we arrived, we felt like we had stumbled upon the perfect local dining spot in Italy. We had two good friends recommend Cafe Allora in recent months. Finally, we had a night out and Paolo offered the perfect mix between rustic italian and fresh... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 504 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Pearl
  • Neighborhood: Pearl
  • Phone Number: (503) 445-4612

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 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?