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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 WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "As a somewhat spoiled (food-wise) San Franciscan, I have to say I was absolutely blown away and delighted by Nostrana!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The food, the ambience and the wine list are all superior to any other restaurant in town"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great Gnocci, pizza, salad and service. What's more to say."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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)."
    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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The meal was great except for the Mista Salad which arrived at the table with the dressing ingredients on the side. I don't come to a great restaurant to prepare my own food- I'd rather someone better than me so that!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner and a great place to take out of town company...."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Just incredible. Best take on Caesar salad ever. Pardelle pasta incredible. Pork chop oh so good. Baked chicken yummy. You must finish with the blueberry crisp for dessert. Just delicious. Everything we put in our mouths!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My wife and I (joined by a golfing friend and his significant other) had a wonderful dinner at Nostrana this past Wednesday evening. Rather than have four entrees and few appetizers we shared two appetizers, two salads, a pizza and two entrees. Every item was delicious. The meal was paced nicely so that we had time for a lot of conversation. We strongly recommend Nostrana for a tasty Italian meal in comfortable surroundings."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our dinner on the patio was enjoyable and our server made sure we picked good options from the Summer menu. I have been a regular customer for the past 7 years (4x a month). I must say the greeting staff on my last visit was not very customer friendly. I had a reservation for a Monday night. The new host said that he could not seat us at 1 of the 2 empty 4 tops outside because it was against policy. The restaurant was 1/2 empty. We waited 15 minutes until a server convinced the staff to give up one of tables outside. Our wait would have been 35 more minutes for the next 2 top. I understand that there are policies, but bending the rules occasionally is much appreciated and can only be a benefit for the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Food is good and service was great but restaurant is a bit noisy."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I had the pleasure of dining at Nostrana while on a brief trip to Portland and I could not have had a better time! Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and the ambiance was simply lovely - exposed rafters and an open kitchen really give the restaurant an open, airy atmosphere. My husband had several great beers, while i tried the corsican rose flight which was as refreshing as described. Definitely add an egg to the mushroom pizza - a great call by the manager who stopped by to say hello. the special berry crisp needs to be pre-ordered, but is well worth the planning - it was perfect! I wish i didn't live so far away!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The highlight of our dining on a recent trip to Portland (where there's no shortage of very good restaurants) - everything was perfect, flavorful and fresh. Stands up to anything on either coast."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Salad Mista was blah. Peach-Blueberry cobbler was way way too sweet. Pasta dishes were great."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Really liked the décor here. Super high ceilings allowed for many diners to converse w/o the ambient noise of other places. Service was warm and attentive. Food quality excellent but mostly what I would describe as "blocking and tackling" on basics. We cabbed here from downtown but decided to walk back. If you can get comfortable with the fwy crossings it's a really nice way to burn off the dinner."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We eat here twice a week and this last Friday was the worst food and service ever. There seems to be a lot of turn over in staff. Nobody seems to know what is going on. It took over and hour to get our lunch. Hello Cathy Whimms.... whats the story here? Take care of your loyal customers!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We'd only been to Nostrana for their late-night happy hour, which is awesome. We brought a guest here for dinner and I felt that some of the food was too expensive for the quality. The porchetta was quite amazing, but the chicken wasn't tender or that interesting. Their signature salad was even better than I'd remembered, but the soup was like an $11 nice vegetable stew. The butterscotch budino is still one of the highlights of eating here. I'd come here again for happy hour but I don't think I would for dinner."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We went there to celebrate my husbands birthday. Honestly we are extreme foodies so maybe my expectations were too high. We only went there bc it was open on a Monday and we had been reccomended by a few friends. The service was awful. I asked the server if they did anythin for birthdays, he said they did a candle and dessert. Well he had it sent to the wrong table and didn't appologize. Honestly he was a Grouch the whole evening. If you don't feel happy, stay home. Do t ruin other peoples evenings. It took him probably 10 min to bring out change after paying and forgot to bring back our leftovers. Not to mention he seemed put off When I asked for more bread. I don't write reviews ever. But this one deserved my honesty."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I do love the food...always innovative and delicious. But the snobby waiter totally ruined our otherwise good experience. I have too many excellent food choices in Ptown to risk a good meal ruined by a pretentious waiter. Won't be back for awhile."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I was there on a Friday, which featured their blanco crab pizza........ no word needed aside from perfection."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I can always depend on their outstanding pizza and last visit the Oregon Ahi was delicious tasting and artfully presented. Our waitress was cheerful and fun, taking good care of our group by bringing bread and olive oil right away. Nostrana is the real deal. One of my favorite things is to sit at the counter and watch pizzas being created and baked in the oven. The place has a good vibe and I can go alone and feel very comfortable."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Nostrana is one of my favorite places to go for lunch. Great atmosphere, top service, and wonderful food. The pizzas are consistently terrific."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "If you love gnocchi like I do, then this is a must. On the Thursday night we went there were 5 different gnocchi dishes! We had 2 of them and they were both AMAZING!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Nostrana is consistently one of the Portland's best: excellent Neapolitan-style pizza and a range of choices, including several gluten-free options (the tuna & white-bean salad is one of our favorites, regardless of GF status). The menu shines and the bar and wine list are expansive, including several flights (even after-dinner wines) that offer variety at a reasonable price. We've never had anything less than a very good meal there. Every night has a theme, but the menu isn't contrived, and it's not gourmet - just fresh and really good. In summer, it's tough to beat a cocktail and/or bottle of dry lambrusco and a pizza on the deck. Consider someplace else if you're in a hurry: not due to the service, but this is best enjoyed at leisure."
    Dined on 7/7/2014