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About Nel Centro

Nel Centro, located in Portland, Oregon, offers cuisine inspired by both French and Italian fare. Each meal is prepared with fresh ingredients and fragrant herbs such as rosemary, thyme and basil. Nel Centro has a full bar which features an impressive wine selection that includes domestic, local, French and Italian wines.

Start out your meal at Nel Centro with one of the restaurant�s appetizers such as the fried calamari. The restaurant has daily lunch specials and a brunch menu on the weekend that includes items like French toast and eggs Benedict. Choose from a menu full of vegetarian entr�es, pasta dishes, seafood, steak and more.

1408 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, French, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday: 6:30am - 11:00pm
Friday: 6:30am - 12:00am
Saturday: 7:30am - 12:00am
Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Columbia

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 484-1099

Website:
http://www.nelcentro.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available adjacent to the restaurant at the Hotel Modera, 515 SW Clay Street.

Executive Chef:
John Eisenhart

Private Party Facilities:
Private parties, meetings and banquets are available in our five attractive private dining rooms. Gorgeous patio available for events.

Private Party Contact:
Dede Wilson: (503) 484-1096

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Nel Centro Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (1784)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1268)
Good for Groups (1081)
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Special Occasion (1073)
Great for Lunch (956)
Vibrant Bar Scene (918)
Neighborhood Gem (662)
Hot Spot (640)
Romantic (513)
Notable Wine List (489)
Great for Brunch (294)
Late-night Find (264)
Kid-friendly (113)
Scenic View (108)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Good for a Date (18)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Fun (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Business Meals (13)
Casual (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Healthy (7)
Seasonal (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Cozy (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Authentic (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 7, 2016

My wife and I had reservations for 5PM on Sunday, the listed opening time. In the past when there was a Broadway Show at the Keller Auditorium, the dining room would open at 4:30PM to give customers more time before the show. I went to the maître d' at 3PM to ask to have the reservations could be moved up and he said the dining room did not open until 5PM! We went down at 4:40PM to fine the dining room open and seating guests, the maître d' avoided us when we were seated. The waiter had to be asked what the specials were, no bread was brought to the table until asked for and the meal was at best average. The prices were not! If this had been my first visit, it would also have been my last. As it is, it may still be my last.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 6, 2016

We had 5pm reservations, we stopped by the maitre d' at 3pm to ask to have the time changed to 4:30 but the maitre d' said the dining room did not open until 5. In the past when the Broadway Series was at Keller Auditorium our waitress had told us the dining room opened early, we had 6:30 show tickets. We came down at 4:40 to find the maitre d' seating folks for dinner. We were seated. Our waiter did NOT tell us the specials until asked! While in the past bread was offered right after were seated, this time we had to ask. The meals were both just average, but price was not. If this had been our first visit, it would have been our last. It may in fact be our last. Poor service, unknowing staff and average food for not so average price, does not make for returning.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 3, 2016

A very lovely lunch. Great food and will definitely return. The outside bar area looks great though it was cold enough I am not sure it was open.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2016

I went with a date. We tried the charcuterie board and the warm goat cheese starters. They were both amazing. He had the cassoulet and I had the sweet potato ravioli. We were both very impressed with our dinners. For dessert he had the carrot cake with pineapple ice cream and I had a blondie with caramel sauce. Unfortunately the blondie was dense and dry. It was the only part of the meal that was not incredibly delicious. The staff was very friendly and attentive from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. We dined early and it was quiet when we arrived. The restaurant started filling up as we were leaving and the noise level increased significantly. If we had wanted a quiet conversation at that time it may not have been possible but it was great for people watching. All in all we had a great experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Nel Centro was just perfect for a milestone birthday celebration for an out of town friend. Food and service were outstanding!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 20, 2016

My wife and I chose to go here prior to a show at Keller. It was a very tasty meal, neat atmosphere and worth a visit. It is a bit louder than some restaurants (in a good high energy way) so keep that in mind if you have intend to have a large group and wish to hold a conversation across the table, or have guests who are hard of hearing.

I had the special that evening which was halibut on long rice with veggies, and it was cooked perfectly. My wife had the potato ravioli which was decadent, and very good. I had the house red, which was decent, and not high priced (I'm not a very picky wine drinker, as I typically go for beer) and we finished splitting the carrot cake, which was very well done!

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 19, 2016

Nothing special about the food or service. We wouldn't go back, just because it was pretty average food for the money and service wasn't that great.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 16, 2016

We had an excellent meal, celebrating a dear friend's birthday (total of 4 dining). First time I had been to Nel Centro, the "birthday girl" had been before, hoped to sit on the patio---but rainy day lead to us making reservations inside. Sat in a booth---large, comfortable. Just a nice atmosphere, attentive staff who were able to easily talk about the wine and food--ingredients and preparation---felt paced well, not rushed between courses. Definitely recommend and will be back---to enjoy the patio as weather allows too!!

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2016

We have enjoyed happy hour in the bar twice. A friend came with the first time. She was bowled over by the service and attentiveness of the servers, bar staff. Especially she being in the industry as well. My husband and I love the creative quality to the dishes and he enjoys the beer and wine selection. Dinner is exquisite. First time was last weekend. WoW! The dairy free fennel squash soup... wanted a second bowl. Thank you for your consistancy in keeping the quality yet making thing bright and new each time we return!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 13, 2016

Good food. Good service. Not accommodating for special occasions. When I made a reservation & asked if they do anything for special occasions, lady I spoke said 'not really.' So much for celebrating our anniversary😩

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 13, 2016

Food was great. I loved the sweet potato ravioli - YUM! Noise was loud as we were there at end of happy hour and seated close to the bar. If you want quiet conversation, ask for a table further away from bar. Service was good. Chocolate mousse was OK.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 13, 2016

We love eating here before performances at the Keller Auditorium, not just because it is a easy walk but also because the food and the service is so great! We've had Jesse as our waitperson several times and he is a star. We will keep coming back as long as Nel Centro continues to exceed expectations on a busy concert night.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 11, 2016

Great place for a business lunch...can get in and out in an hour or linger. The food is good and offers a nice variety.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 10, 2016

Nice start on the patio for happy hour. Great pommes frites with homemade harissa infused ketchup, decent kir royale. Our party had the half chicken, squash bisque, cassoulet. All good.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 29, 2016

Both times I ate there recently, I've been wanting a light bite, not a big meal. I LOVE the roasted beet salad! Done perfectly. Convenient location, love the patio with firepits and service was very responsive.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 28, 2016

Excellent - the pana cotta was decent, but I am a stickler for a perfect pana cotta!

Everything else was great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 26, 2016

We had a wonderful dinner and drinks before the Symphony.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Skirt steak was ridiculously over-seasoned with oregano and served with grilled romaine lettuce, which I am not a fan of. Stick with the pastas, as that's what my friends got --the pappardelle was by far the best. Service was scant. Silverware given to us as afterthought and didn't see waitress for very long stretches. I would not go back there unless it was for Happy Hour. Noise level is low if you're looking for quiet dining.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2016

Food and cocktails were tasty -- make sure to ask what the pizza of the day is if your server doesn't tell you!

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 22, 2016

We had dinner here before a show at the Keller. The server asked if we were going to a show to be sure we had our food in time. The cocktails were excellent. We started with a goat cheese appetizer. Superb. I had the shrimp ravioli with cherry tomatoes. Very fresh tasting. We did not save room for dessert. We were out in plenty of time for our show.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Great evening with friends. Everyone loved their meal. Generous portions.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2016

My guests from Bay Area, California were impressed. The quality of seafood entrees was most appealing, and the wine was excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 21, 2016

outstanding happy hour. great pastas. you can walk to the the Schnitz or Performing Arts.

Tags: Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Always a pleasure, great food and service. They continue to impress and they stayed in our regular rotation for several years now.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 17, 2016

When my husband and I go out to symphony concerts, Nel Centro is our go-to dinner restaurant. The Happy Hour is a fantastic option, but we also enjoy a more leisurely dinner on occasion. The food is always top-notch.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Very attentive when asked about dietary restrictions

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Breakfast is much quieter than dinner!

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 8, 2016

Great experience, especially the hostess attention to seating detail.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Family had dinner before the Lion King show. Staff polite professional and accommodating. Food was fresh, locally sourced and home made.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fun, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Organic, Bar Seating, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 2, 2016

This luncheon was for a very special Birthday celebration for a great friend. There were 4 of us in attendance. I had eaten here before and always enjoyed the excellent food. However this day was horrible and embarrassing. One person at the table could not even eat the roasted chicken salad. The chicken tasted spoiled and it was coated in mayo. It was nothing like listed on the menu. The service was horribly lacking as though the waiter didn't want to be at work that day. We were never offered refills on ice tea. For a very special occasion, this was a terrible disappointment. On top of bad food, there was a manidatory $5.00 parking fee for lunch!

Tags: Healthy
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 1, 2016

Enjoyed the location and variety of choices. Services staff was courteous and our meal served very timely.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 1, 2016

Party of 8. Great experience from start to finish!

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 31, 2016

Went on special occasion. Inside tables for two very limited; noisy with kitchen pots/pans falling, loud music and din from adjacent bar. Outside better but not in rain. Food overpriced, but good house wine. Won't return. Definitely a no for a romantic dinner for two. Kudos to a great wait staff.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Really enjoyed the happy hour on the patio. Excellent affordable food choices. Only bad dish was the Clams appetizer--filled with sand. Barely able to accommodate party of six at patio table. Enjoyable atmosphere after matinee at Keller

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 26, 2016

It was our 10 year anniversary, the person at the desk that sat us acknowledged our anniversary when he sat us. Then it was not mentioned again, we weren't told the special, the gal that waited on us was clearly overwhelmed with way too many tables and not enough support. I was starting with water and said that I'd like to order a drink later...never even asked me when we ordered or at any other time throughout the meal. She couldn't get away from our table quick enough because she was almost at a jog running from here to there. Also, never saw a manager, or at least anyone that resembled one anyway. She was cordial, that's about it. The food was good, but the dining experience was not. We won't go back. My husband has given a review via Yelp... We do not recommend going there for anything except for happy hour.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 26, 2016

We eat at Nel Centro routinely due to its central location to our office and ease of access for folks coming into town. The food and service are routinely outstanding. The outdoor patio in the summer is one of the nicest in the downtown area. The team in the kitchen and wait staff are excellent.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 24, 2016

Love this restaurant; food is so good. But lately it's been too noisy. Best is the patio, summer or winter.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, People Watching, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 23, 2016

I've always been a big fan of Nel Centro....and I've been numerous times. It's always been 100% perfect. Until this time. Don't get me wrong, it was good -- just not as spot on as it always has been. Food was good, not amazing like usual. Service was good, not amazing like usual. My standards are high. But they should be when you spend good money. Yes, I'll be back. But I want my usual top-notch going forward.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2016

Patio under an umbrella made fora perfect lunch with girlfriends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Nel Centro is a go-to place in the neighborhood (downtown Portland) for great Italian inspired food and drinks. Their fresh pasta and salads are wonderful with a thoughtful wine list. The Modern Architecture and spacious dining areas as well as an outdoor patio with fire pits make it a classy choice. Service is excellent.

Tags: Organic, Casual
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