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“What a hidden gem!”
Review of Nel Centro

Nel Centro
Ranked #71 of 4,268 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: 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.
Frisco, Texas
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“What a hidden gem!”
Reviewed 9 October 2011

I was staying at the Hotel Modera for the weekend on a business layover. The reason I picked the hotel was simply for price and convenience. Nel Centro is the restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. But it is not a "hotel restaurant". This restaurant could easily stand on its own. I ended up eating there both nights. Yes, in Portland with all the other places to eat, I ate "in the hotel" both nights. My co-worker has even gone back specifically for this restaurant. Good service. Great food. Lovely dinner specials from pasta to fish, followed by awesome desserts. And of course, try some of the local wines that the wait staff recommends. Oregon Pinot Noirs are fast becoming some of the best wines around.

  • Visited April 2011
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Thank texanative
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
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  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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133 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Fabulous Happy Hour”
Reviewed 15 September 2011

We stayed at the adjoining Hotel Modera and ate at Nel Contro with friends. Their happy hour drinks and food prices make it a great deal, especially considering the high quality. We'll be back and I know our friends who are Portland residents are now big fans!!!

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank des124
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Lantzville, Canada
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food and ambience”
Reviewed 12 September 2011

My husband and I went during happy hour on a Friday. Vibrant scene... nice decor, lots of people at the bar, good service. The food was delicious and comes at a great price during happy hour. There's a nice big patio as well for sunny days, also a more formal area for dinner. Definitely a place worth mentioning.

Visited September 2011
Thank Fizzle80
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Seattle, Washington
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great food!”
Reviewed 12 September 2011

Recent visit to Nel Centro was for breakfast....and it did not disappoint! Generous portions came out, perfectly cooked. While this was the first time I've been to Nel Centro for breakfast...I was not surprised at the quality, since I've been to Nel Centro for dinner 30+ times a year since 2007 while in Portland on business.

The food is consistently great...and includes most items on the menu (when you're at the same restaurant so often....you try about everything!). The menu does change somewhat each season...with some selections being replaced entirely and others just updated with more seasonally available items. Either way, you'll be impressed with your selection.

As a side note -- don't be afraid of the "pizza of the day" selections. Despite sometimes sounding like a very odd combination of ingredients....I'm always pleasantly surprised at how good it actually tastes.

Also, even if you're looking for a more casual evening, try out the bar area (and adjacent outdoor seating). Same menu is available, along with a bar menu.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank michael b
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Pittsboro N.C.
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130 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere.”
Reviewed 13 July 2011

Restaurant was very nice with a terriffic atmosphere. Service was professional. Menu was a nice choice of pasta's ,some meat and seafood. Food quality was good but surprised how little rissoto and pasta was on our dishes,they should add some at such a little cost to them.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank plcape
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