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.
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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.
Nel Centro is one of my favorite brunch spots on the West side and my go-to dinner before shows at the Keller Auditorium. My girlfriends and I shared several dishes and loved our very helpful and friendly server. We'll be back!
Great dining experience! Service was excellent. Food was delicious.
Consistent winner and go-to favorite. Easy to get a reservation. Excellent food and service. Date night hit.
Always a great place for dinner before going to the theater. Food and service were both outstanding.
very disappointed with brunch menue. would prefer more lunch offerings. too egg focused
Short version: The restaurant had a table for 10 set up & waiting for us at our reservation time. Seating was prompt and courteous. The food items matched the menu and were delicious. The service time was reasonable for the food - I believe it was based more on allowing time for appetizers to be consumed and conversation to flow than any particular bottleneck in the kitchen. I'll be back!
The best place to reserve before a show at the Keller. Wouldn’t necessarily go otherwise. But reliable for a decent Italian meal.
Another wonderful dinner at Nel Centro pre-show. They do a great job of making sure you get excellent service while keeping to a schedule to enjoy dinner before the show.
We always enjoy going to Nel Centro. We were never disappointed and that is true this time.
Excellent service and very good food! Only issue was it was very warm in the restaurant which distracted from our meal.
Great food and great service. Very quiet on a Wednesday night but that made our dinner all the more enjoyable. Service and food were both very prompt. They made an effort to make the occasion we were celebrating even more special. which we really appreciate. Would definitely recommend and return.
Love your restaurant. We’ve been coming there for two years now prior to shows at the Keller. Great experience and convenient location. Also appreciate that you validate parking. My one piece of feedback is that in order to get the discounted parking we must go to the hotel front desk to pay for it. Our last few times it has not been a pleasant experience to do this. The front desk does not seem to be equipped to handle this part of the process. We often can’t pay cash because they don’t have money available to make change. And last time the credit card machine didn’t work the first time and we had to re-do the transaction. All of this while trying to get out of the way of people trying to check in, and trying to get to the theater on time. I don’t mind having to go to a separate place to pay for parking, but it seems like there should be a simpler, faster way to do this. Having easy, discounted parking is one of the reasons we choose your facility for our pre-theater dining. Thank you!
As someone who has significant food allergies, they did an excellent job ensuring I would stay safe. And, it was FABULOUS!
Excellent brunch: eggs Benedict over salmon cakes with greens