We often are leery of restaurants in hotels, but this one in the very chic Hotel Modera is a credit to the place. They know what they are doing. Dishes are fresh and well-prepared and authentic.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food in relaxed atmosphere
Fabulous food. Green minestrone soup was delicious. Try the pineapple upside down cake... Unbele
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tuff order: dinner for 12 as happy hour was concluding on a Friday night. Outstanding job; attentive and professional service. Mussels were spot on as well as light tender calamari. All members of party were pleased with their dinners. My roasted pork was a revelation, perfectly cooked, tender and flavorful with perfect chutney counterpoint. Overall, highly recommended for both service and food.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great experience.
We had a great experience. The staff was aware we had a show to get to and did a great job of keeping us on track. The milk braised pork was one of he best things I've had in a long time. I'll be returning!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid and consistent
Nel Centro remains one of our favorite choices when dining out. Among the things we like: consistently good food - lamb tangine and beet-ricotta salad!, attentive service - host noticed immediately and from far away that we needed something, a vibrant and changing crowd, and multiple seating areas give different atmospheres
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great seasonal menu
Always changing menu matches seasonal Northwest foods nicely. Late spring desserts with fruit are delicious.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We consider this our "local". We can always count on good food, good wine pairings, and a lively atmosphere. The June special menu was the house green salad (really enough for two), Gnudi with gorgonzola sauce and sorbet or panna cotta with strawberry sauce for dessert. As always, the salad greens were outstanding. My only complaint about the gnudi is that it was too much of a good thing--the sauce is very rich and there were a few too many gnudi. That does not mean I left any behind, however. My husband, on the other hand, would have eaten more. The panna cotta was a perfect ending to a good meal with friends.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always have a great breakfast at Nel Centro. The vibe is casual enough to stop by last minute and the spinach omlette is my go to item. Others get the hash or eggs Benedict and they atre always good.
Good cappachinos and other coffee items as well.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Convenient downtown restaurant
The food and service at Nel Centro were excellent. It is located in a small downtown hotel near PSU and is a convenient venue for concerts at Lincoln Hall or Keller Auditorium. Although the rooms lack a theme or mood, the ground level restaurant is light with large windows and views f the city. The interior is simple, clean and pleasant. We celebrated Father's Day there and had a lovely evening.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is outstanding and
The food is outstanding and the staff very friendly and helpful. I feel welcome and comfortable
The food is outstanding and the staff is friendly and helpful. I felt very welcome and comfortable.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The steak burger sandwich was very tasty. I had the grilled tuna Niçoise salad, which was delightful.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Has never disappointed. Is
Has never disappointed. Is most often #1 choice, especially for lunch.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice outdoor seating
This restaurant has a contemporary vibe with a nicely designed garden and patio. The Sockeye salmon special was very good.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pleasant Evening at Nel Centro
We took advantage of the Portland Restaurant Month special, and everything was delicious.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A table of 6 @ 6PM on a SAturday
A table of 6 @ 6PM on a SAturday evening------service was a little slow to take orders, but after that everything was A-OK
Everyone enjoyed their dishes.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect arts dining spot
I frequent Nel Centro before and after concerts at PSU or the Old Church, and I appreciate the bright modern atmosphere, the fresh and delicious Mediterranean-style cuisine, and a reasonably good selection of wines. It is a wonderful place to bring a group before or after a concert because the booths encourage conversation, and there is a broad range of foods that please most palates. This is definitely one of my favorite restaurant for concert nights!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nel Centro Doesn't Disappoint
A group of 5 of us decided to try out Nel Centro on a whim Saturday night and were handsomely rewarded with a fabulos dining experience. Due to ample outside dining as well as a spacious dining room, the restaurant isn't plagued by long lines or waiting lists on weekends, an oddity in Portland. The food was amazing. The menu offered a good array of Italian pastas and entrees, vegetarian dishes were well represented. The wine list is substantial. The star of the evening was the dessert made with pineapple and brown sugar ice cream. Words fail me. Just crazy wonderful. The perfect ending to a great experience. We will be back.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still love this place
My wife and I use Nel Centro as a wonderful place to celebrate occasions and augment going to music events or the museum in Portland. We've only had one questionable meal there, and that was both of us on the same night. Our last experience was the best so far, with the food being exceptional: I had the beef tenderloin and she had the pasta. Our server was very attentive and friendly and mentioned that it was nice to have customers partaking of each course. I was surprised that not everyone has the appetizer and salad course before the entree.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and patio
How lovely to lunch on the patio on the occasion of a retirement lunch for a long standing colleague. Nearly all had salads which were well proportioned including a gjood size serving of protein. Service was attentive, but not over the top, and always friendly. One of the nicest outdoor spaces for dinning in Portland.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A favorite lunch spot!
Nel Centro is one of my favorite spots for a downtown business lunch. Food, service and ambiance are always great! It's also a very popular spot for happy hour!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch for 5
I've been to Nel Centro 2 or 3 times before this business lunch. We were seated right away and staff is friendly. The only minus on this visit was the very slow service. Not sure why-but food was great when it finally arrived. I'm a fan of the grilled tuna Niçoise salad.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellently prepared and exceedingly tasty. The portions large and the prices reasonable. The ambience relaxing. The service attentive but not distracting.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
WE had drinks in the bar and then had a delicious dinner. Pasta portions are not too big maybe a little small for my large husband but the food was delicious.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch with Friends
A couple friends and I hadn't seen each other in quite a while and Nel Centro was suggested to us. Very glad we made the reservation. The food and service were wonderful, and they even let us linger after our plates were removed so we could continue chatting.
We'll be back!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sweet Summer Spot
Even though it's essentially a hotel bar/restaurant, Nel Centro manages to stand on its own merits. Soothing, tasteful, modern decor an inviting square bar area, good service and a fantastic outdoor courtyard patio (complete with several awesome fire pits) makes this a good bet for an evening nosh or a full meal, right in the heart of downtown. Happy Hour is a good one, but the place is jammed then, so I'd avoid that time period; my wife and I went down on a Friday night after 8pm, and had no problem finding seating. We wish the regular dinner menu was a bit more extensive - -it tends to pastas -- but overall, the food we had (flatiron steak and a lamb burger) was outstanding, with very attentive service as well.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wedding Anniversary 2 to the 5th
It was our 32nd wedding anniversary and we wanted to go someplace special. So, we tried this place. The service was just right The food was outstanding. The big windows let in just the right amount of light. We enjoyed the quiet, adult atmosphere that encouraged our quiet conversation with one another. What a great night!
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is not our first trip to Nel Centro, but have never rated it as we used to live across the street and went frequently without an Open Table reservation. Now that we are out of the city I made a reservation for a nice lunch with our son who works nearby. Our food was spectacular, service with a smile, top notch all the way. Loved it and will be back again.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Good Bowl of Pasta
Handmade fresh pasta cooked to a perfect al a dente. The sauces were lovely, no pretensions- just authentic flavors. It reminded me of lovely meals I have had in small Tuscan villages. Service was excellent, the restaurant busy with patrons, which created a bustling energy. Very nicely done!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall Good Dining Experience
Excellent variety on menu, items well prepared, very friendly service, great location for pre theater events at the Keller, booming Fri. night happy hour but seating by the window in the restaurant avoids the intensity of the noise. Definitely a return planned.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My group including a vegetarian, a special-needs dieter, a food-lover, a true NW Foodie and a physician. The menu easily provided an option for everyone. The meal was delicious. Our water glasses were never empty. The staff was extremely accommodating for one who was stuck in traffic, expertly coordinating the timing of his meal with his arrival. Even though we were having a spirited time at our private table, it appeared that fun was had by all who hung out at the bar. We all agreed to try that next time and we can't wait to go back!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nel Centro has great ambience, especially the outdoor dining around the 3 firepits during cool nights. It has at least 3 excellent group rooms plus an outdoor area with a green wall that would be perfect for a corporate event.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was great and service was excellent. Well taken care of but not too obtrusive during a business lunch.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate here before the opera,
We ate here before the opera, hoping to try something new and find a good spot to eat near the Keller. Lots of vegetarian options, very flavorful and nice mix of flavors. we'll definitely eat there again before a show.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Fantastic Foodie Experience
I found this place by a chance search for an Italian restaurant near Keller Auditorium. The atmosphere was inviting. It was chilly outside, but the fires on the patio were nice while we waited. We were seated promptly. Service was friendly and responsive. Food arrived in a timely manner and we had plenty of time to walk to the Keller. Everything we had was amazing. They make their own pastas, so I chose a handmade butternut squash gnudi that was lightly flavored, with chanterelles in a butter sauce that was absolutely delectable. Happy hour menu is very reasonably priced with a good selection of delicious food. We had a hazelnut crusted warm goat cheese platter that was divine. I would recommend making reservations if you plan on dinner.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant was recommended to us by true Portland "foodies" - we were surprised to be one of only 6 or 7 occupied tables on a Saturday night at 8:00. The ambiance is only fair (it feels more like a diner than a quality restaurant), but the food was very good and fairly priced. Interesting to note that a small jazz band played in the bar "section" as the night went on, so this may be a spot for a nightcap as well.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nel Centro still delivering!
One of my go-to restaurants and it was up to expectations on Friday night (11/8/13). Great service, relatively quiet for a Portland Restaurant, and excellent food and wine, still with surprising twists. Kale salad was outstanding even though I had to avoid the creamy cheese dressing; it's still great with the champagne vinaigrette. Fabulous place for group private dining.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special orders don't upset us.
Good food. Went for the first time and brought first timer friends also. Right on the bus line. Special dish request arranged with chef ahead of time. No problem. Calimari was fantastic. Haven't had it like that since Greece and Italy. Wonderful cauliflower soup. Waiter though young, not too bothersome. Good ambience. Bigger space than I thought it would be. About $50 for two people. Would come back for that special evening out. Not a place for rushing, but slowing down.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Though the risotto was a bit dry, the seafood contained therein was expertly prepared. My wife's filet was likewise beautifully cooked.
The service was appropriately attentive.
I will recommend Nel Centro to my friends.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great choice when going to Keller
We had a very nice dinner experience prior to going to the Keller for a 7:30 performance. We made a 6p.m. dinner reservation and were finished in plenty of time. The cocktails were very good! Carmelized onion soup was wonderful and Caesar salad was fine. Service was attentive. Would definitely go back to try some of their other dishes when going to the Keller for an event.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hitting the Keller?
Hitting the Keller? Nel Centro is a great pre-theater choice. At 5ish the day of the show, I was able to snag a table for two via Opentable. Arrived at 6pm, and were able to have both starters and apps (and a few much needed drinks) and still make a 7:30 show with time to spare. Our harried server must have been new, since service is usually so great here.
P.S. Get the wild boar ragu!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious! My favorite place
Delicious! My favorite place to go before a show at the Keller!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gracious for group
Ten of us descended on Nel Centro for dinner before an event. As you can imagine, chaos and indecision reigned. The staff at Nel Centro very graciously herded this group of cats, fed and watered (wined) us, and got us sent off in time for our program. Love this place for happy hour, but the dinner items were spectacular.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great night at Nel Centro
Our party of 6 were treated to a delicious dinner and superb service. We were close to the late night live Jazz that provided a wonderful backdrop to our good times and conversation. Thank you Nel Centro for being there for your fans.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food as always with apps, entrees, wine list and desserts. I've been there many times and plan to keep going enjoying the food and wine.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had the Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragu and it was heavenly! Last time I had the non seasonal Gnudi (not the butternut squash gnudi that is currently on the menu) and that was also devine!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time at Nel Centro
Our first time and brought an out-of-town visitor. A wonderful vibe to this restaurant, which is adjacent to the Moderna Hotel. Drinks from bar were well crafted and delicious. Server was informative, knowledgeable and attentive. A few glitches in food delivery by other wait staff, but all meals were delicious and well prepared. And desserts were unique and memorable. We would recommend this restaurant and will be back again.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The mahi mahi with potatoes
The mahi mahi with potatoes was just wonderful. The bread and olive oil was excellent. The service attentive but not overbearing. We will definitely be back!
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was terrific!
Traveling on business and received a recommendation from a co-worker to go here and everyone loved it. Sturgeon served with mashed potatoes and a huckleberry sauce (very minimal so not overpowering) was absolutely delicious! We had great appetizers, the service was friendly and attentive. Desserts were excellent - we ordered a number for the table of 10 and we all couldn't decide which we liked more! When I go back to Portland this place would be a must go again.
12/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous and consistant
BThe servers in the staff are all excellent at their craft. I recommend Nel Centro because every time I go it's consistently great !!
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good place for lunch
I work across the street and enjoy lunch here, however, it would be great it they changed up their menu a bit. Basically, it's pizza and lot of items made from rotisserie chicken.
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM