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“Nice restaurant!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nel Centro

Nel Centro
Ranked #62 of 4,238 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Fine dining in Theater District of Downtown Portland. Adjacent to the Hotel Modera. Close to Portland State University.
Kapolei, Hawaii
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

Good food and drinks. Good service. We went there several times. Nice fire pit outside for cool evenings. Wished it was open a little later.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Cambridge, MA
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Memo to Chef: It is not 1986”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

Pasta dishes drenched in butter and cream sauce.
Dessert from an EZ Bake oven: peanut butter fudge on a brownie.
Overpriced and so not worth it.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RomaCambridge
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Oregon City, Oregon
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Happy Hour on the Patio”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

One thing we don't have a ton of in Portland is great outdoor dining. I totally get it - it rains a lot here and I wouldn't want to invest a lot in an outdoor space that wasn't covered. Nel Centro has one, if not the best, patios in Portland. I like that it's not just tables on the sidewalk, the patio is enclosed in a courtyard, and has shady trees and cool awnings. I've only been for Happy Hour. The cocktail of the day was ok, and the pizza was really tasty. The service was really great, even though they were crowded. Overall, it was a very good Happy Hour.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Greta N
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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403 reviews
357 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

we wanted to try this restaurant, as it was associated with seattle's lola. we began with an amstel light, and a expat cocktail. both were very good. next we shared the mesclun salad, mussels, and spinach gnudi. all were excellent...the server was nice and efficient.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Teresa M
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portland
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Place for a Business Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

Despite being very busy, we had great service and an excellent business lunch. The fish special (rockfish) was very well prepared but it was a little skimpy on the portlon size.

Visited June 2013
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