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“Best dining out experience in ages”
Review of Nel Centro

Nel Centro
Ranked #99 of 4,419 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Italian, Pizza, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, 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.
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Came across on first night in Portland while wandering the streets looking for a spot for dinner. It turned out to be great. The food was really great. We had a calamari appie which was more than enough for 2 to share, and the sauces were delicious. Our entrees and desserts were beautifully presented, generous portions, and great eating. The food and service were top notch and we found reasonably priced for the quality. We'll certainly make a return visit on our next trip to Portland.

1  Thank Terry M
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Good variety of dishes. Pizza was pretty good but not fabulous. Risotto was a little al dente for husband's taste. Lamb Tagine was a hit with another dinner. French Fries and Calamari were outstanding.

Thank Susie B
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

How can the food be so great - and the service so incredibly bad. It was a Sunday evening and not crowded by any means. I could have understood a Friday at 7:00! Our server had to be asked and reminded many times to bring items we had requested.

It made for a very poor dining experience - but the food was good.
We had a sampling of lamb meatballs, pizza of the day, beet salad, butter lettuce salad. All very tasty - as was the 3 berry Sorbet.

The only odd thing was the plate of bread and olive oil. The bread was dried out - and the small (and I do mean small as in tiny) bottle of oil was really meant for 1 person!

We ate outside on the patio - and while a nice setting, very very noisy with the buses stopping right in front.

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Thank reagangirl70
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Had a business dinner and came away very pleased. So many interesting choices, it was hard to find just one. Service was inconsistent, it took 10 minutes to get a drink and food order for a latecomer to our group. I would go again.

Thank Morog
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

The food and service were impeccable both times we went. They even made some noodles with butter for my son who doesn't like a red sauce. We had Gnudi (gnocchi with ricotta), Lamb Tagine (awesome curried lamb), a delicate Agnioletti (like Ravioli) with beets. For dessert a Rhubarb Cobbler, Cherry Apple Cobbler, and the Tiramisu Bombe (very tasty). Highly recommended.

Thank Dalyman
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