Nostrana
Nostrana

Nostrana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nostrana.com/
  • Phone: 5032342427
  • 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 WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Nostrana reviews from OpenTable diners
195 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (137)special occasion (106)neighborhood gem (103)notable wine list (74)great for outdoor dining (69)good for groups (56)romantic (49)great for lunch (40)hot spot (30)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (12)great for brunch (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Birthday lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I took a friend to lunch and had great food and service. We split the radicchio salad, seasonal pizza and chocolate dessert with no problem. We even split the second glass of wine for a just right meal. The imaginative menu is prepared with skill and care. Friendly wait staff too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We were given a table that was small for five people. When I pointed it to the host his answer was "we normally seat 6 on this table". This was particularly annoying, considering that the place was far from been crowded and there were empty tables around ours. I brought an expensive Champagne to celebrate my birthday. Despite the fact that our waitress did not open it properly and spilled a big amount on the floor, we had to pay the corkage fee anyway. Finally, we ordered and expensive 10 year old Italian wine. Waitress was a bit surprised when I asked for a decanter, but that's OK. She poured the wine into the decanter and served it right away! I would have expected better knowledge in a city with a strong wine culture.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great Italian
    napoleon
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food was great - short but well thought-out menu, wine list is good. Moderately priced, but totally worth it. We sat outside, but the inside is very cosy as well. Great all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'd go back for the bread alone
    lettuceat
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Wow, Nostrana's bread--and pizza crust--are super delicious. Sour and chewy sourdough crust, soft and spongey inside, dipped in olive oil. Yum! The salad, while it appeared simple enough, consisted of fresh and flavorful crunchy veggies--what a delight. A delicious chianti. The albacore tuna with aioli was served with yummy buttery corn, scrumptious Lil's peppers. While the fish was good, the veggies were the stars. I ordered a side of crispy polenta with salsa verde, and it lacked something. Keep working on that one, guys; it's almost there. The espresso gelato was so good, it didn't need the chocolate sauce, but we ate it anyway. My partner had pizza and loved it. The atmosphere was comfortable and competent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservation
    Rmsrvce
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I made a reservation for 2 for a birthday celebration. The restaurant had very few people when I arrived and was given a table that was ok but not a desirable location. I then observed many others be kin seated in much more desirable locations without a reservation. That was disappointing. The food, as always, was perfect and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dave & Leen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Of course, Rob Roy is a friend of ours too, but Michael, our waiter, went out of his way to give us a an exceptional dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Margarita Pizza in Portland
    TheExperienceVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Love Nostrana! Big open, high ceilings, wood burning pizza oven that also prepares fresh fruit crisps for dessert! Always changing seasonal menu! The margarita pizza is the best we've had since we left Italy! They have a 2 kilo steak like they serve in Florence! Pasta seasonal and changing..What's not to like? Have a reservation as it is always busy! Parking is in a lot or street, but sometimes can be tricky! Great wine list from all over Italy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Nostrana
    NWin
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As people who do not dine out very often, heading to Nostrana is a real treat. Our experience this week was good, but not great. The food was delicious, service was fine, but we didn't get sat for our 8:00 pm reservation until 8:30 and people who ordered after us received their entree well before we did. Our entree arrived at about 9:30 - well after what we anticipated would be a reasonable time frame with an 8:00 pm reservation. The restaurant was packed, they clearly are not lacking for business. We'll be back again, but we'll aim for an earlier reservation next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Nostrana
    MVdiningout
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Catching up with a friend @ Nostrana was an excellent idea! Our waiter helped me pair an excellent wine with my pasta dish. All of our food was delicious, came at a good pace, was nicely seasoned, and was easy to share. One of my favorite spots, always a good choice for dining out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food.
    Aussie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had a very nice dining experiance on the front patio. Service was excellent and the food was outstanding. What a variety of tastes. Great selection of Lambrusco's also. Well recomended for the adventerous foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Italian food
    mtf419VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I dined at Nostrana on the recommendation of Eater PDX, which usually doesn't steer me wrong, even if it occasionally contributes to undeserved hype. I didn't love the strip-mall location or the cavernous, brew pub feel, but that's not really what good food is about anyway. Nostrana has really inventive, not at all boring, Italian food. It's the kind of place you'd bring out of town guests who aren't into the "weirdness" of Portland. The pasta dishes were very flavorful, and if you like spicy thin crust pizza, it's definitely worth ordering. The prices seem just a tad on the high side for Portland, especially given all of the reasonable and stellar eating options, but it's hard to complain (I'm certainly not) when the food is this good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BAD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I had res for 5:00 and they would not let us in until 5:15. The food was expensive and I thought it wood be great for that price but it was very very disappointing!! Will not go back.
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  • Just the Place
    Thumbs
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Nostrana is the place for all of our varied family celebrations. It also serves as the mom-dad-get-away-from-the-kids-and-sit-at-the-bar-place. Great space. Great cocktails. Great salads and steak.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a memorable meal
    cb3pdx
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a great time, the food and service were outstanding...next time, I'd love to try the pizza and a cocktail. The three of us split the 2.2# Bistecca, perfectly prepared, and had a lot of it left to take home. The heirloom tomato salad, Nostrana salad and pappardelle were excellent too...sorry we had no room for dessert! Great wine selection as well, wish I had seen the wine flights, would have loved to have tried that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Outstanding place to bring out-of-town guests. They were very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful night out.
    happymom
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Took my daughter out for her 17th birthday and was very pleased with everything. Dinner was amazing loved the atmosphere. Totally impressed with Everything!!!! Food, service, everything. Even impressed my daughter and friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mama Mia's is better
    luv4mamamia
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were curious why this restaurant was rated higher then mama mia's so we decided to try it out and we will definitely be going back to mama mia's. The food was okay at nostrana, but nothing special.
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Noisy, curt service, definite sense of being hurried for next seating, food was good but nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average lunch
    krasVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Met friends at Nostrana for lunch last week. Though this has become our favorite Portland restaurant in the past year (we've almost always gone for dinner), luncheon that day was just so-so. Nevertheless, we'll surely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nostrana
    11goose19VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    One of my many visits to Nostrana and it has remained one of my go to restaurants for very good italian food, pizza etc. This time was no exception.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FAB
    bdaygirl
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I had a very intimate dinner with my Boyfriend on my birthday. The staff was gracious and the crisp was worth the wait!! I admit to being a food snob and have no complaints. The salad was fresh and crisp, the tuna was cooked to perfection and the desert was heavenly. I will return, that is a promise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dessert, bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I suggest you only go for the Butterscotch Budino dessert. The service is very inattentive and slow. Noise level is high. Food choices are slim.
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  • Always delicious
    Southerntransplant
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Menus set daily to take advantage of what's fresh and fabulous. The pastas are wonderful and gnocchi are light as air. Salads are big enough to share, and that's not a bad idea if you're worried about having room for dinner. Flavors are fantastic, wonderful fresh ingredients, and plating is always attractive. This is fine dining in a nice-casual atmosphere. Give it a try - and if you like salted caramel you HAVE TO save room for the butterscotch bundino for dessert! You will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The service is second to none -- timely, engaging without being intrusive, and knowledgeable. A very nice neighborhood restauarant with neighborhood prices and downtown food. Excellent all around! We visit Portland once a year usually and were pleased to find Nostrana. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SWfromSFVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    As a somewhat spoiled (food-wise) San Franciscan, I have to say I was absolutely blown away and delighted by Nostrana!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner in PDX
    Momfoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food, the ambience and the wine list are all superior to any other restaurant in town
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great! Service very slow & odd
    Jenny
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food was great, service was bad. I hope they just had an off night. I left a long review on their Facebook page. I would recommend this place for the food and hope you don't have the same experience that I had w/ the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Itailian Food
    HappyFoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great Gnocci, pizza, salad and service. What's more to say.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Melinda
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Not my favorite server Brent.. he was borderline rude and over often. ..never had that in 3-4 times a month for over 3 years. Just FYI try to avoid him and have a great experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly disappointing...
    NancyG
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I've been wanting to try Nostrana for awhile. I met a friend for lunch. I ordered capellini with clams. My dish had maybe 7 dime-sized clams. The capellini was a blob, stuck together and dry with a few herbs scattered on top. For $17. For lunch! I won't be returning. Perhaps just a bad day. But unfortunately, it was the day I went.
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  • Delicious Dinner
    Pdxmissal
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Special anniversary dinner and a great place to celebrate. Food was wonderful from the Tuna and Bean salad to the Blackberry Crisp. Our server was attentive without being overbearing and liked that they put the water right on the table in a carafe - especially since it was 90 degrees outside. Patio looked lovely but dined inside. Restaurant was fairly full on a Monday night so noise was manageable but the gorgeous open ceilings might mean it was fairly noisy on a really crowded night if you were in the middle of the room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nostrana - always a treat!
    krasVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Nostrana never fails to provide the freshest, tastiest dinners (or lunches) in Portland, OR. It has become our favorite place to dine. Menu changes often to reflect what's seasonal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Lunch
    Roadwarrior
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Pizza and Salad were Superb! Very tasty and visually outstanding. Service was attentive without hovering. Ambience was excellent for a casual lunch or special occasion. Love the open beams and tall wall of wine. We will look forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Smiley
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We sat on the patio and it was very lovely and quiet. Initially they seated us indoors and it was quite noisy so we asked to change. The radicchio salad was great, the pizza was OK, nothing amazing.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good experience.
    DinnerMan
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Overall our experience here was good. The food was very good, the service was ok, and the ambience was good. The wine pours were very thin, which was disappointing. Overall I'd recommend this place although I don't know if it was remarkable enough that I'd go back (for the price).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I asked for a quiet table because my mother, 87+, had issues with hearing. Thank you for your attention to that detail.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Pizza in Portland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    For fantastic wood fired pizza and the best salad in town, visit Nostrana. The servers are on-point, friendly and gracious. The food is always incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • North/Central Italian Gem
    drdawg
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Outstanding dinner menu with a wine list to match. Very accommodating and friendly staff. At times a little noisy on the street noise, but quieter than inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • July 28, 2014
    Snapper73
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    First time at Nostrana & I was not disappointed. All in our group were pleased with our dining experience and the food. The Insalata Nostrana was very good, as was my tuna entre. Ended with the fresh mint gelato which was excellent. The only downer was our waiter who was very indifferent. Think we will try the outdoor seating area next time.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Night Out
    c8ic8
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My husband and I went to Nostrana for our wedding anniversary dinner. We were treated well by the staff and served a delicious meal. The standout dishes: A tomato salad recommended by the waitress, the artisan bread served as an appetizer, and the butterscotch budino we had for dessert. The entrees were also good--we had a mushroom pizza and a pesto sauced pasta--but slightly over seasoned for our taste. We also waited a bit longer than we would have liked to place our dessert order. Still, it was all around a very positive experience and we would definitely go back for another visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.