Perfect for dinner before a show at the Keller Auditorium or Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Nel Centro will make your special night out even more memorable. Join the power lunch crowd at Nel Centro for an array of scrumptious salads, innovative pizzas & fresh market fish.
Nel Centro features a full scratch bar, swanky patio, private dining rooms and one of the city's premiere wine lists. Come visit and experience the luxury of the Riviera in downtown Portland.
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Went for my birthday and it was wonderful! Waitstaff was pleasant, helpful, and friendly without over doing it. Food arrive fresh and warm and drinks were yummy! Very nice interior and good ambiance!
Nice relaxing afternoon sitting outside enjoying lunch.
Food was outstanding! Only complaint is that 2 members of our party were gluten free. The waiter was aware and when desert came around we asked if anything was gluten free. He said the chocolate budino could be served without the graham crackers so we ordered it. However as we were eating it my daughter said she thought there might be graham crackers in it! Yup sure enough. We told the waiter and he apologized. For a restaurant of this caliber I fully expected it to be taken off our bill since he recommended it as gf. However it was not. That was a bit disappointing.
Food was reasonably priced, fast, and delicious. I would recommend to anyone who wants delicious Italian food.
Our overall experience was outstanding. Our server, Russ, was very knowledgeable, very attentive and entertaining! We will definitely ask for his section again! The food was wonderful and well priced.
Food was really good. Server got stuck serving a big party simultaneously with us and could not be very attentive but he was really nice. They could use a better hand off system with other wait staff for these situations.
Great lunch spot. The food came quickly and both the food and the service were excellent.
Our entire experience was incredibly subpar and disappointing. Really poor service, small portions and over priced. I’m ok with a pricey meal, but it has to be something I can’t just make at home. Additionally, the fact that they only give five raviolis for the price they charge seemed insane. Not a place we will return to. Plenty of other good options in the city.
The service was excellent. The cocktails were delicious. The food was way too expensive for the amount you got. I paid $20 for 5 tortellini stuffed with cheese and tomatoes. I can't imagine they were that expensive to produce. All-in-all a nice place but not worth the money.
Outdoor seating was relaxing and fun. Calamari was excellent. Meatballs were tasty. House red wine was very good. Good value for good price.
Very nice dinner, attentive staff and great food. Will go again.
This first time we had less than friendly efficient service.
One of our favorites! We always enjoy both the food and the service.
Once again, Nel Centro was outstanding. This time a catch-up lunch with a friend. Other times, pre-theater dinners, happy hour, breakfasts...you name it, you can depend on Nel Centro for superb food, excellent service, a most pleasant setting, and all-around satisfying experience!
Good food. Would have preferred to sit outdoors but we didn't ask when we arrived so oh well. We want to come back for happy hour outdoors this summer.
My friends and I enjoyed our meals. The choices are varied and one can choose two "starters" and a salad and that makes for an economic and pleasing meal. The service was mostly good, but our server got a bit confused and added the cost of my dish of polenta (delicious) to the bill of another one of our group. Not a serious faux pas, and we shared that cost in a group decision, but more care would have avoided the error. However, we always enjoy dining at Nel Centro and will certainly return.
It's a lovely place -- excellent food and service -- our only complaint is the noise level.
It is really difficult to find a good restaurant that is quiet enough for conversation.
Awesome service but very loud environment. Kitchen handled the crowd well as did servers.
I was very happy with my simple order of a burger, fries and a beer, but am pleased to report that that the menu offerings go far beyond the simple to some very elegant creations. I chose a 1:00 time slot to avoid the noonday rush and was rewarded by an unhurried experience where I could easily hear the person sitting across from me. The waiter was very knowledgeable and cheerfully accommodated our requests. Nel Centro is one of my favorite places to meet people for lunch. There are less expensive places in the vicinity but the overall dining experience makes it worth it.
Great visit with attentive staff and really wonderful meal. Will definitely be back!
Great place for a delicious meal, amazing service and great location. Walking distance to the Keller!
We love Nel Centro. We always go there before or after a Keller show. We love the pizzas - it was so nice that the waiter offered the list of pizzas from the bar. We had a mix up on our order. They brought two salads and we thought they were shared salads since we all thought the salads in the past were much larger. We must not have been clear when we ordered two and said we were going to share (we were thinking 4 people) he heard 2 people. We also ended up with the wrong pizza since we were talking about the arugala salad and he heard arugala pizza. They instantly remedied the pizzas. Also, we we had plenty of food. The wait staff was very gracious and caring in all their interactions with us. I must admit the lemon drop I got was pretty small for $16. and I've had better - but that may be that I was not used to the liquor I requested. I learned on that one. We also love the outside seating - I'd forgotten about it.
Upscale dining experience. The place just flat out looks nice. Service is excellent and food quality is outstanding. I had one of the specials that night, salmon, and it was nicely prepared and delicious. We shared two desserts, a cheese cake and a version of s'mores that were both excellent, rich but not heavy. Recent visit was our third time and we will be back again.
Our waitress was very informed and offered a great suggestion for wine. My husband and I both enjoyed our dishes and shared a delicious dessert. Very happy and will return!
We ate right when they opened, so we were only offered the brunch menu. We all found something on the menu,but wished the whole menu was available. That being said the service was awesome and the baked polenta dish was freaking fantastic.
Lovely, light, and airy ambience. Delicious, well crafted food (if not overly adventurous). Attentive but not intrusive service. Good spot where a party of eight could enjoy one another's company without shouting. I'm a regular here and on their lovely patio in summer. Great a salads, pasta, pizzas, love the calamari.
Kirsten was fabulous and took great care of our table.
Great service; was very accomodating to my keto diet; was sensitive to the fact that we needed to leave in time to attend an event.
Great food, great atmosphere, really had a great time and will visit again soon!
The shrimp risotto was the best I have ever eaten. Ditto the short ribs. We had a wonderful meal and will be back often!
Shrimp Louie covered with goopy bad dressing. Shrimp should have been undressed. Toast was warmish bread. A real mixed bag.
Excellent as always. Wait staff was phenomenal. Good drinks, great dinner
Very nice spot. A little long on the service - went for lunch and waited about 20 minutes before someone took our order. Other than that, risotto was good (a little salty) and the space is beautiful.
Yes- the special seafood risotto was great! Service was very attentive and we really enjoyed our time at Nel Centro
We had a late breakfast and it held us until early dinner! Flavors were outstanding and eggs were cooked perfectly.
The food was beautiful and tasty. The handmade pasta was wonderful and hearty. We had probably the best halibut we have ever had. The mushroom soup was decadently rich. The restaurant is modern and lovely. Its open design makes it a bit loud, though it seemed the patio and the room near the hotel were quieter. Overall, it was a treat for a night out.
A special dinner out before our daughter moves to Texas.
Halibut special was amazing, tomato bisque soup, perfectly seasoned, rock lobster risotto served steaming hot.
Ravioli of the day was delish but portion seems small.
Smore’s dessert was a perfect five nite ending to a wonderful dinner.
Great service and food is delicious. We love coming here for breakfast. It’s rarely crowded, yet the food and cocktails are great. Service is outstanding and friendly.
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Nel Centro and we will definitely be back. It was our first time there and have to say from the moment we walked into the door we were treated with exceptional service. The food took us on a little trip to northern Italy. Quality over quantity. Thank you to Gavin and all the staff.