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Nel Centro

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1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404
+1 503-484-1099
06:30 - 23:00
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Sun 08:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 06:30 - 23:00
Fri 06:30 - 00:00
Sat 07:30 - 00:00
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New York, NY
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71 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I ate here while staying at the Modera during a particularly rainy night. I had the kale pesto pasta and a salad, which were both surprisingly tasty for a hotel restaurant (although the salad was a tad overdressed). Although I was eating by myself, the wait staff was as pleasant and helpful as could be. They didn't forget about me,... More 

Thank profc
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201 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Don't plan on having a decent conversation here unless you have a bullhorn. I don't understand why restaurants over spice their dishes and don't tell you how spicy the food is. I had the Chitarra with Manila Clams, 'Nduja Sausage & White Bordeaux. It had so much black pepper in it that I could taste nothing but the black pepper.... More 

Thank Steve K
Halstead, Kansas
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451 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here several times and everything was wonderful. It has a great patio with fire pits and lots of seating. The food is good and the servers are great, too.

Thank beth ann k
Tel Aviv
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been in this restaurant for breakfast and dinner. The food was very good, and the service was perfect.

1 Thank Katrin T
Portland, Oregon
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79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nel centro is a good dining spot at the edge of the cultural district. We have enjoyed happy hour, dinner and brunch there on many occasions. The patio is truly fabulous in the warmer months. The food is good, reliable, and inventive. The service is always good and the bar and patio are super busy at times.

Thank Mary H
Cleveland, Ohio
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108 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this place twice in the evening on a recent trip to Portland. Their happy hour is excellent. They had great pizza, appetizers and beer selection. We really enjoyed eating outside and enjoying the fire pits.

Thank mrwamw
Portland, Oregon
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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had lunch twice this week at Nel Centro which is located on the edge of Portland's cultural district and which is close to Portland State University. The food was good and the service was quick and efficient. This is a good restaurant for dinner before a performance at Keller Auditorium which is only 3 blocks east of the restaurant. The... More 

Thank Bill R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have never been here. Recommended by Kathy at the visitors center. She sure hit the nail on the head!! Bright open inviting dining room. The rotisserie chicken and pork osso bucco were PERFECT. Our salads were amazing!!! Attentive waitstaff. The lemon verbena sorbet was a perfect ending.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Medford, Oregon
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130 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in to ask the hostess to see their breakfast menu. We're guests of the hotel. She acknowledged the request and then promptly ignored us -- serving three other people right next to us ... after which, we walked out. That's how easily snooty service-workers can cost a business it's customers. If you'd like a modicum of respect to be... More 

Thank Harry B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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124 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Menu is Italian style with many local ingredients and a good selection of local wines as well as Italian ones. Good service although on Sunday night wasn't full. Has great black cod on wild rice pilaf and squid ink pasta w local crab.

Thank cjmike2016

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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
US$31 - US$50
Italian, Bar, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, 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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201-3404
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 503-484-1099
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?