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“POOR Service”
Review of Nel Centro

Nel Centro
Ranked #67 of 4,320 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Italian, Pizza, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Cuisine of the French & Italian Riviera. Fine dining in Theater District of Downtown Portland with spacious year round patio. Adjacent to the Hotel Modera. Close to Portland State University.
Portland, Oregon, United States
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“POOR Service”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

We called ahead to try to get a reservation for a group of 20 for a celebration. Although they don't take reservations we were assured over the phone that they would be able to handle our group. When we got arrived there were only chairs for 3 people. The wait staff did nothing to try to help us out, so there was just a lot of people standing around wishing they had chairs to sit in. I went up to the hostess if that's what you want to call her and explained our situation. She just told us that we never should have been told that they could accommodate us. I asked if there were extra chairs and was told that if there were no chairs available that meant that the place was at full capacity.

There was a whole section of empty tables,but you could not sit there if you were ordering from the Happy Hour menu. Seriously? They were ALL empty.

I was totally irritated that they did not even try to accommodate us. I will never go back there again.

Visited July 2012
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Vancouver, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
269 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 915 helpful votes
“Fantastic Food, Great Bar and Patio”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

Portland is a foodie mecca and the idea of eating in your hotel would often be deemed as sacrilege. No so with this stylish spot at the Modera. We had dinner and breakfast and both were superb. Great service. The risotto was amazing and the New York steak also outstanding. Very reasonable pricing, great, spacious bar and patio (which rare for Portland, with all of its rain). I would go to this place even if I was not staying at the hotel.

Visited August 2012
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Portland, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Happy hour 4 to 6 week days.”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

This is a neighborhood restaurant for us, with indoor restaurant and in and outdoor bar/happy hour seating. They serve good food and drink as well as personable service. During chilly weather there are outdoor firepits to cheer you and keep you comfy. Prices for happy hour are reasonable. Meals are more spendy.

Visited August 2012
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Corvallis, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Contemporary Italian”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

Great food, service and ambiance. Homemade pasta everyday. Beautiful covered outdoor patio with fire pits.

Visited July 2012
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global
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very good food and fire pit courtyard”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

Wood fired oven has its own chef for delicious meats or pizza. I've been here 5-6 times and always got superb food, pasta al dente, fish, salads, soups... and good wine choices, professional friendly waiters. Friday nights live jazz, too!

Visited July 2012
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