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“have no idea how to cook fish”
Review of Nel Centro

Nel Centro
Ranked #69 of 4,293 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: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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.
eugene
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“have no idea how to cook fish”
Reviewed May 16, 2014

We like staying in the Hotel Modera and thought we would give Nel Centro another try. We ordered the fresh halibut to share. Rarely have I had a piece of fish so overdone. It was dry and hard. The chef should be jailed for murdering a fine piece of fish.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank shelly c
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
New York City, New York
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100 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great Hotel Restaurant”
Reviewed May 16, 2014

I was staying at the Modera where this restaurant is located and ate various meals there. . . all DELICIOUS, innovative and fresh ingredients. Don't miss it!

Visited April 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Hotel haven”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

Nel Centro is the restaurant of the chic Hotel Modera but maintains a nice separate identity. Having eaten breakfast, brunch, snacks, dinner and late-evening meals there on several occasions over the past 2 years, I totally recommend its contemporary Italian cuisine and the friendly, but never intrusive, staff. Be sure to sample the beet salad which comes topped with warm ricotta and pungent arugula. The pastas are lovely too, and for breakfast/brunch the smoked salmon with poached egg is divine.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Mary H
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Edmonton, Canada
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“okay-nothing brilliant”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

arrived here late after a hockey game had a light meal that was good. Service is fair-we are older "seasoned folks' not hipsters-perhaps if we were younger ..

Visited May 2014
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Thank dadiohead
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North Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazinngly good. And great value too.”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

The food was delicious, well presented and good value. The service was very friendly and efficient. The special of the day was especially good.

Visited April 2014
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Thank Shirley R
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