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Nostrana
Nostrana

Nostrana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nostrana.com
  • Phone: (503) 234-2427
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Cathy Whims
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th
  • Public Transit: Tri-met bus line 15
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a private lot and ample free street parking.
A word from Nostrana
Nostrana - Literally "ours' - invokes local. Simple food from honest ingredients. Pure. Regional. Italian.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "We were seated immediately. Received our menus quickly. And the food we had was pretty good. But I find the servers so pretentious. I went once before, a few years ago and felt the same way then. So I didn't go back until now. Maybe servers are trained to be curt and impatient at Nostrana. Maybe they're too rushed or have delusions of grandeur. All in all, it was good, but APizzaScholls has better pizza and Caesar Salad - any day."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I have been to Nostrana more then 30 times. Sunday's dinner was exceptionally good and the ambiance was perfect. Sitting outside is a great way to spend a Portland Summer evening enjoying good food and good weather."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Eaten here many times and it never fails to be an excellent meal with fantastic service."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "La Nostrana has food befitting the best Italian eateries in Italy. And not just any particular region, this place has food that represents Italy from the northern Alps to the Southern islands. The meets are all well raised. And the fruits and vegetables are the freshest."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Nostrana continually and consistently delivers: superb cuisine, exquisitely executed, graciously served. We count it as Portland's best restaurant! That might be high praise, but is well deserved."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We choose Nostrana as a frequent go to place. You have to plan for a reservation otherwise it will be a challenge to get a table for a group. The food, wine parings, special drink menu and service are all excellent. They just never disappoint!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "From cocktails through dessert this was a wonderful meal! The squash blossoms and charcuterie plate were scrumptious. The cocktails, delicious. The main course was perfect, as was the wine. And dessert was decadently delightful! Glad we chose Nostrana."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Sorry experience. Pork chops were tough and wait staff said they had'nt had other complaints. We had three orders of pork hops and we're very disappointed. Hope to give them another chance. We'll see."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food prices rather steep for small portions. Butter lettuce salad $14 for a very small plate Service excellent"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food flavors and quality were good. Service was adequate. Food concepts were tried and true, but sound. When looking at menu reminded us uncannily of a restraunt in the Twin Cities named Bar La Grassa. If only food flavor profiles were at the same level this would be a five star rating."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our food was excellent. The pizza crust is always exceptional. Our waiter was fantastic!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "From the tasty Italian bread to the delicious grilled trout, this place is Italian heaven. Very reasonably priced fare in a high-ceilinged bistro atmosphere. The butterscotch budino (pudding) dessert is wonderful."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Pizza was excellent as well as the salads. Attentive server and great at giving directions to out of towers who were lost."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great food, service, ambience...Nostrana has it all. My wife and I celebrated our 36th anniversary there and could not be more pleased. Highly recommend. Try the capellini with Manila clams..and my favorite goat cheese pappardelle."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Everything is amazingly prepared at Nostrana! From fresh sugar snap peas in butter and mint to pizzas like you've never had before! Servers are attentive but not stuffy. It's our favorite Portland restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The ambiance was wonderful. Food was great and service was top notch. We had a great date night and will be going back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband and I were given a gift certificate and made a reservation for Friday the 13th. We ordered Salads first and they came promptly and were delicious. We both ordered different Pizza's. I ordered a "Primavera" with snap peas, spinach, green garlic, chili, crème fraîche, raschera cheese, lemon agrumato and my husband ordered a more traditional "Diavola" with spicy sausage, house mozzarella, provolone, tomato, Mama Lil’s peppers. Both were excellent. The waiter was great. I am sorry I don't remember his name. All the staff worked together very well."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We have been to Nostrana before and it was really good. This time however the food was not good at all. The starters were bland and boring (soup for me, salad for my husband) and the mains were horrible. My husband had a pork chop that was undercooked and fatty and my seafood pasta was bland, cold. The prawns were so small you could barely see them and the clams tasted like they'd been frozen (there were all of about 4 also). We barely ate any of it, it was so bad and when we ordered a pizza after sending back almost full plates the waiter didn't even bother to ask why..... Go figure. We're hoping it's just a "one off" because we have really liked the food previously. Disappointing to say the least!! :("
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I wanted to celebrate my birthday at Nostrana because I always enjoy their menu and cuisine. I was not disappointed. I started with a rhubarb Negroni, which set the tone. My main course was a tagliatini with chopped razor clams in a lemon/garlic sauce and was outstanding. My husband enjoyed oysters, simple and tasty. I had a flight of local pinot noir wines that had a nice mix of flavors and styles. We finished with a butterscotch buddino, one of the best desserts in town. The salty melted caramel toppings sets off the butterscotch pudding perfectly. I couldn't have been happier."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We've been meaning to go here for several years and finally made it! Everything tasted amazing, portions were generous, service was lightning speed quick, and prices were very fair for the high quality of food. One person in our party ordered a pizza and it was huge and so delicious! We will definitely go back, for the pizza and other menu items. I couldn't decide what to order, so need to go back to try other things! The strawberry rhubarb crisp was awesome for dessert. Four of us shared it, which was perfect after our big meals. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Nostrana is a solid, go to choice. It's innovative and at the same time familiar. Every single item on the menu is approachable by foodies and non-foodies. Money well spent."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Without too much ado I should point out that I am an Italian food snob. But here I was impressed. I avoided pasta because Americans tend to over sauce their pasta... and went with the porchetta, which was done to perfection. There was a little too much peppery sauce on the dish - which was unfortunate (less is more when it comes to pepper sauces we still want to taste the pork). We had a delicious Sicilian chardonnay - a light, fruity wine with enough acidity to work well with the pork. The service was good, but not outstanding. The restaurant pleasant - but it would be nice to have linen cloth for dinner. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Not as great as I expected it to be. Our waiter was pretty awesome, and the food was good. Desserts just missed the note. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "THe insalata Nostrana is a must! Nostrana's take on a Caesar. Very yummy. The charcuterie plate is the best in town. And the pizzas...perfect! Never disappointed at Nosttrana."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Nostrana consistently has amazing salads and pizza, great service and wine list. We always have an all-around fantastic experience when we eat here. If you haven't been, then you definitely should. If you have, well then you know.:)"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Fresh food, skillfully prepared and presented. It's the perfect place for lunch. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Focused menu allows a European style quality approach featuring well prepared & tasty dishes. Has great neighborhood ambience but still retains feel of a larger city restaurant too (if that's important to you). Dishes we ordered were superb.....but wish there was a little more because it was all so good! Service very attentive & professional but busy early Saturday evening visit means everything took longer wait time than anticipated. That's probably a sign of Nostrana's popularity.... & also reminds me why I stopped Saturday evening restaurant visits around Portland. A great Portland neighborhood restaurant choice you're bound to enjoy."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The asparagus and porcini mushroom salad was divine, as was the turnip soup. Others enjoyed the salmon and the spot prawn bisque. It's quite noisy but not too loud for conversation."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had wanted to dine at Nostrana for some time and got a 5 PM reservation on a Friday night at the last minute. For appetizers we has the razor clams with aioli and the porcini and asparagus salad. The razor clams were perfectly prepared, crispy and with an arugula salad. The porcini and asparagus were raw and sliced razor thin with a lemony vinaigrette, breadcrumbs, a bit of parmesan. The best salad I have had all year. We each had a pasta (it was fish Friday), my husband had angel hair arrabbiata with calamari, I had pappardelle with goat cheese and smoked salmon, both lovely (and not over-sauced). For dessert the Fernet Branca ice cream was amazing. The wine list is mostly Italian and many labels new to me, and many under $50."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Best authentic Italian in town but can at times be overseasoned with salt. Emphasis on fresh seasonally available food. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Been here a handful of times and the quality is always top-notch. Brought our friends from Boston -- a discerning couple -- and they were wowed. So glad to have this gem in our city."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Nostrana's food is always first class. Moderately priced and fun. Try sitting and eating at the bar some time"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This was our first dinner in Portland. I only hope the rest are equally as great. We started with the charcuterie and gnocchi followed by soup and salads then on to Our entrees. I had the absolute best Salmon I have ever eaton. The Other two entrees included the Pork Chop and Roasted Chicken. If this Restaurant was close to our home we would be there weekly. Lastly when They offer you their fresh baked bread politely decline. If you're not careful You could possibly ruin your dinner by eating too much bread. It's addicting. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Our first time at this restaurant for anyone in our party. It was 'Gnocchi Thursday', so most of us ordered that treat - all were pleased. The asparagus salad was excellent - topped with a deep fried poached egg - was a wonderful surprise and tasty. The tomato/kale soup was beautiful as it was presented, and was a treat. The beeswax rooster candle was a nice touch for the birthday boy!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "After coming back from my first trip to Italy, Nostrana did NOT disappoint in my quest to find food as good as the many regions I was lucky enough to visit. I arrived 30 minutes before my reservation and had a lovely drink at the bar. The entire staff was very sweet, and I will definitely be coming back again and again!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The food here is always at the peak of freshness. Everything - the bread, the salad, the vegetables, the entrees - tastes like it leapt right out of the ground, on to the stove, then on to your plate. The service is extremely attentive and honestly friendly, without any hint of stuffiness."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We took our in-laws for Mother's Day. The holiday went largely unacknowledged.we had notified ahead that we had gluten free diners; there was no special effort to accommodate this common condition. And when we pointed out that it was quite common in Italy to have gf pasta available, our waitress argued with us! Wow. For such an expensive restaurant I think they should do a better job of meeting their customers' needs. It felt prideful and heartless. The hallmark of great Italian cuisine for me is not just the food, but the caring put into it. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Nostrana is indeed a neighborhood gem. Staff is always warm and inviting and table service attentive. We've never been to the restaurant when it wasn't bustling, both the tables and the bar. The decor is really cool with an Italian motif including a large mural on the kitchen side of the interior. Of course the best part of the restaurant is its food which is consistently fine, the menu highlighted by many interesting choices yet is not overwhelming in number. We not being conversant in Italian wines (Italian wines dominate the wine list but there is an offering of Oregon wines), the serving staff and wine steward (or was he the manager?) were very helpful in picking a nice red that everyone at the table raved about. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The best late night happy hour around. I like the consistency of quality, fresh ingredients, and wine list. Great to meet with friends or colleagues on a weekday evening."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "So delicious. Whenever we go to Nostrana we always have one of the salad dishes because we know we won't be disappointed. On this visit we tried the asparagus salad and it was fabulous. The biggest surprise that the "crispy egg" was not a fried egg like we expected, but a lovely soft boiled egg that had been coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese and then quickly deep fried! Unbelievable! Add beautifully fresh asparagus and a lovely dressing of red wine, olive oil and bits of pancetta.... yum!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014