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. Or 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.
Wonderful! Food was delicious and service outstanding
This was our 2nd visit to Nel Centro, the first time we had happy hour at the bar because the place was packed. And we were impressed with the level of service on that visit, but were blown away for our visit this time for our anniversary. I had booked via OpenTable and had either clicked a checkbox for Anniversary or put it in the notes. When we arrived our menus (that they print themselves) said "Happy Anniversary" on them and 2-3 wait staff said happy anniversary to us as well. Big delight factor! :) So we were sure this place must be newly open with that level of service, but when we asked they said they'd been in business for 11 years. Wow, I've never been so impressed. Thier tiramasu bom is da bomb and their house red wine is better than most restaurants' non-house wine. Can't wait until the summer months when the back patio area is open. WE WILL BE BACK.
Our waiter Rory was fantastic!
We started with the mixed green salad, which was properly dressed. We all had fresh pasta dishes that were delicious. The service was excellent and the wines by the glass were very good.
The dining month menu was disappointing. The salad was right out of a Fred Meyer mixed greens package. The panacotta was not inspiring. Pasta was good, but not enough to save this lackluster experience.
Nel Centro has always been one of our favorite places and Saturday night's experience was another home run. From the exceptional food, great cocktail menu, excellent and friendly service to their well decorated dining room, they hit it out of the park yet again. And there were seven of us heading to a show - they were prompt but they didn't rush us at all!
Lovely space and perfect before a show. The food was fresh and delicious. The wine list was fairly extensive but we didn't need to worry about that with our knowledgeable server. We will be back again.
Overall, a nice dinner after a theatre matinee. Happy Hour drink prices seemed high and bartender kept asking if we needed more drinks. Chef made it clear to waitstaff that substitutions are not available for side items. Food quality and pricing seemed reasonable.
Service was prompt and cheerful, food was extremely well prepared and the ambiance was very energetic (maybe a little too noisy). All in all, a very nice experience.
Loved this experience! Perfect wine, great service, delicious food. We each ordered just an entree, which was a small portion. Best to get a starter or salad if you are looking for a full meal. Love this restaurant. The environment is so warm and lovely. Makes for a charming night out!
Delicious food and fabulous service. 👍
It was great! Would come back, wish it was a little busier.
The hostess was fantastic, getting us a booth instead of a table. Very sweet! And the waitstaff works as a team...we had a specific waiter, but many others saw to us. It was very nice.
Service was awesome, food great. Was a busy night, but food was delivered quickly. They validated Valet parking plus discounted our meal because we were attending a concert at the Schnitzer. Will be back soon!
One of our favorite places for dining before a concert at the Schnitzer or Keller--and David Machado has been a great supporter of the performing arts. This time we had the charcuterie plate (just right size appetizer for three), the salmon special and the pork osso buco, all excellent. We'll be back many times.
We had brunch here with my grandkids and it was just great. Food was very good, service very attentive and it was a lovely, quiet restaurant.
It was our 34th Anniversary, and we wanted a special restaurant before the Ballet. The waiter was a real all-star, and timed the meal to precisely correlate with curtain time at the Keller Auditorium. The food was superb (crab pasta and short ribs), the salad inspired and the dessert amazing (tiramisu and a chocolate moussey thing). The remarkable thing was that someone (we suspect a couple of young ladies at the next table) bought our dinner anonymously as a gesture of kindness! If you’re reading this, we wanted to thank you for the lovely, and generous gesture. All in all, probably the nicest dinner we’ve had since we moved up here 3 years ago. Top notch all around.
The menu has a diverse selection with some really good appetizers, and fresh made pasta selections are all excellent. The service here is always first-class, and one of the reasons we keep returning.
Nel Centro can be somewhat loud, and unless you are in a booth you may find it hard to have a private foundation. Wait staff is awesome.
Business lunch was great - food and service efficient and unobtrusive. I can bring clients to NC and have a great meal AND discussion. Thanks much!!
Nel Centro is one of my favorite places. The food is excellent, service is outstanding.
Would love to have a child’s menu.
Great food and service. I wish they had a little bit more on the menu for selection.
We all 4 ordered different entrees and each one was delicious.
Dinner at Nel Centro before a show at the Keller. The service was outstanding. Food and wine pairings were spot on. Would definitely return!
The food is beyond delicious, the service is outstanding and the ambiance is warm & elegant. Considering how amazing everything is, the prices are SO reasonable!
Absolutely fantastic, food was delicious and the ambiance is stunning.
This has been our favorite restaurant in Portland for years, especially if we have an event at Keller Auditorium. The food is always excellent, the service impeccable and the price very reasonable. Outstanding place.
We got married on 2/14/20 at the Mult Cty Courthouse and came to Nel Centro for lunch with our wedding party. This will go down as one of the best dining experiences we've ever had.
Nel Centro coordinated with my wife on dropping off our cake prior to the ceremony and they even showed us the table. When we did finally arrive, they moved us to a different table as a large truck parked itself outside the window and really ruined the view, ambiance & lighting for photos...this move was prompted by staff and not us. It was so very thoughtful.
They took our order and let us dine in the restaurant during their off-peak hours. They served our cake and even boxed up all leftovers for us.
We are eternally grateful to our hostess and wait staff. They made a very magical day even better.
-will & ruth
Great food, enticing specials, courteous and knowledgeable staff.
The food was excellent with appropriate portion size. The server was very helpful and engaging with great recommendations.
Really good food
We had a great time
I usually go to Nel Centro for happy hour when the weather is nice and we can sit on the patio. Their happy hour menu is good, I'm particularly a fan of the mushroom gorgonzola pizza. I went this past weekend for brunch, and it was really great. My friends said their bloody mary was one of the best they've ever had. I haven't had a bad meal at Nel Centro. The service can be a bit slow for the happy hour, but other than that, it's usually my go-to.
Pasta dish was oversalted. Osso bucca was tough and flavorless. Drinks were good. Duck appetizer was good.
The service was outstanding! It really elevated a delicious dinner into a perfect night out.
Business lunch, nice booth, very busy room, Matt was charming and perfectly described everything we asked about! Everyone delighted with thier choices and I LOVE NEL CENTRO
Outstanding as always. They are so accommodating of folks getting out to see the theater show at the right time.
Rory was a highly competent and pleasant server, and service was seamless during our stay, despite our unusual situation of having a guest join us a while after we sat down. I ordered the tagliatelle for my meal, and though the portion could have been a little bigger for the price, the quality was outstanding. Overall, a superb experience. I will be back.
The food was excellent. Enjoyed the Rockfish special. Perfectly prepared & wonderful presentation. Service was excellent as well.
Great food. Superior service. Reliably good.