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Nel Centro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Italian, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404
+1 503-484-1099
7:30 am - 12:00 am
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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
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Milwaukie, Oregon
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124 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were "tourists in our adopted home city" Friday after work and stopped in for dinner after enjoying the Portland Art Museum. The food, I suppose "innovative Italian" is accurate, was perfectly good if not quite up to the expectations set by the menu description. The wine list is varied and manageable, the service reasonably prompt and thoroughly friendly. The... More 

Thank Jeremy S
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here two nights in a row while staying at Hotel Modera. Food was very good. Service was excellent even though it was very busy with the theater crowd.

Thank Debi V
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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153 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had both lunch and happy hour snacks during out stay at the hotel. Soup was excellent for lunch, especially on a cold Portland day!

Thank David P
Houston, TX
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108 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed the food at Nel Centro but felt the atmosphere was lacking in aesthetics. The restaurant itself was bland in decor and reminded me of a Luby's. I hate to say that, but I was a but disappointed. They made up for it with the service and food though! I tried the rotisserie chicken, squash soup, and Brussels sprouts.... More 

Thank rlbtx3
Portland, Oregon
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161 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a delight to partake of an excellent happy hour.. At many restaurants often it is greatly scaled down dinner menu. The so-called happy hour prices then are no "bargain." Nel Centro has a specific menu, and the dishes are anything but pared down. I was going to have two items when I saw my neighbor's pizza (about 10").... More 

Thank dick_mary
Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit to Nel Centro. The service was fantastic. I enjoyed the beet salad and the duck was done perfectly. Sundiata the manager made our night special. We will all be back!!

Thank Sarah D
Portland, Oregon
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111 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

We had a birthday group with a deadline to get to the theater, so Nel Centro was a known and reliable pick. (There is also a Happy Hour at the bar). Good and varied menu with excellent, share-able, starters - and main courses. Nice house wines, too, and a really terrific Myers rum cocktail. (My wife lived in Barbados and... More 

Thank Michael W
Manor, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

Oh the food and service are excellent. I still taste the pesto in the pasta, in a good way. Reasonable with good portions, too.

Thank Andrea S
Abbotsford, Canada
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443 reviews
382 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

We were staying at the hotel. It was a wet and miserable night out and we didn't feel like bundling up to go for dinner. The room is beautiful and I really like the bar area as they had many tables that did not require climbing up on high stools. You could really make a meal off of their happy... More 

Thank vbrother
Portland, Oregon
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75 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

We have eaten here several times before concerts and have always had excellent meals. The service is friendly, prompt, and if they know you are on your way to a concert or show, they make sure to get you there on time.

Thank Doug G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
Italian, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 12:00 am
7:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 503-484-1099
Fine dining in Theater District of Downtown Portland. Adjacent to the Hotel Modera. Close to Portland State University.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?