Opened in 2005, Nostrana is Chef/Owner Cathy Whims' love letter to Italy. This is a restaurant built on relationships: with our amazing farmers and purveyors, our dedicated staff, and of course with you, our guest.
We hope to offer something timeless and authentic in a beautiful space, the regional specialties of Italy deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest. We strive to be better every day.
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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers
Chef Brian Murphy presents a set menu in 3 courses, with optional wine pairings and more. In an effort to offer the best possible menu — with the broadest possible array of choices, our team will be in touch to solicit your party's selections prior to the big night. Starting at $95/person.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
My husbands birthday. We had a great meal and the service was amazing! We love this restaurant.
We had a reservation for later in the evening but our plans changed. We arrived early and even though they were heavily booked, they made room for our group of 6. We had a great dinner and made it to our show on time. Look forward to going back.
We sat at the first table next to the entrance, so that was the only downside. The food and service was great.
4 of us for dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday. Everything was fabulous, from cocktails (I had the Negroni of the month, not something I would usually order, but it was great), to salads, pasta and other entrees, and dessert. The first glass of white wine they brought me smelled like a musty old basement and everyone at the table agreed. When I brought this to the attention of our server, she smelled it agreed and apologetically brought a new glass which was fine. So just a bad bottle, but they handled it with aplomb. Highly recommend this place.
Nostrana does not disappoint. It was Thursday, which is when they offer a selection of gnocchi dishes. We had the Bolognese and tomato butter sauce. Both were lovely, and the gnocchi is the best I've ever tasted. The texture is sublime, soft and pillowy, not thick and doughy, which has sometimes been my experience. It's perfect! Their Bolognese is true Bolognese, amazing meat flavor and little tomato involvement. Their cocktails are carefully crafted, the Insalata Nostrana is a refreshing update or spin-off of, a Caesar, with tiny sage-flavored croutons. Desserts, order them! I love chocolate, and the chocolate budino is like a flourless torte, rich, silky, and soft. That is not to be missed, doesn't matter how full you are. Thank you, Nostrana, we will continue to dine with you.
Nice evening out for my two daughters birthdays. Both service and food quality were outstanding, we will be back real soon.
Top notch Italian food ! Excellent service and wine selection.
We have had many dinners at Nostrana, however this time it was the best. Goat cheese stuffed pappardelle with prosciutto! It’s hard to beat their radicchio salad as well. Great dinner, thank you again.
Paul & Kate
Good food. Good service. The ambiance was also good.
The cocktails, salad and pasta dishes were amazing. It was also too dark to read the menu with a flasklight.
Everything was fantastic. Our reservation was a bit delayed so we went to the lounge and were texted when our table was ready. Then they offered us a free appetizer for the inconvenience of waiting for a table. A very nice touch. The service was outstanding from the hostess who apologized profusely for the delay and organized the free appy to compensate, to the lounge server who picked a great local gin for the martini, to our very personable table server to the extremely knowledgeable sommelier. A great experience.
The restaurant doesn't live up to its press clippings. The abbreviated menu lacks invention and and would be standard fare at many Italian restaurants. The food quality is good and the preparation fine but there's just no excitement in the dishes. Service is courteous and timely. Net: Consider Nostrana if looking for a safe choice of basic dishes well prepared at a fair price, and served in a barn-like environment. There are likely better choices if looking for a truly memorable meal in Portland.
Amazing experience. Kudos to Austin, our Sommelier, who was very knowledgable and kind. Our Dungeness Crab pizza was probably one of the best pizza's i've ever had in my life. The whole thing just melted in your mouth. I think I shed a little tear when we finished our last slice. Anyways, food was great, ambiance was on point (I love places that have lower lighting and have high ceilings.) 5/5 we will be back!
Very good meal . Food was great. Drinks from the bar were on point. Its was our 2nd time in and we will be back.
Great food, lively atmosphere, friendly service. So good- one of my favorite restaurants in Portland!
The service is excellent and my husband and I love that we can make reservations. The space is warm and welcoming and open and lively,\.
The food is always wonderful. We come for the pizza and the radicchio salad and are never disappointed. I had the turnip soup this time. Yum.
Wish we could leave room for dessert, but that rarely happens.
We look forward to our next visit.
Delicious pizza, pasta and bread! The tiramisu had too much alcohol for my taste and overpowered the dessert. The other dessert a peanut butter ice cream was v. good. The server was helpful, friendly and efficient.
We were celebrating my husbands Birthday, everything was amazing. We sat at the bar which is our favorite place to sit and had an incredible evening.
What a nice experience, like the bar next to Nostranas, if you come earlier then your reservation time, cheers
everything was perfect, food amazing, 1st time ever having clams on my pizza👍service fabulous, I died and went to heaven on desert "pan a cotta" 5 stars to you all
It was dope!!!🇯🇲👽🇯🇲👽
As always the hostess< Thellina, makes you feel very welcome. It is such a good place to go and eat with friends.
Amazing delicious food. Professional service staff. Love it!
Nostrana never disappoints. Great food and great service. Had the baked apple crisp for dessert with the almond cream, amazing!
Beautiful, bustling, great vibe. Pizza was amazing as was the flat iron steak and kale side. Efficient and friendly server. It was perfect, really. Can’t wait to return next time we’re in Portland.
The food was fantastic, and service exceptional. We had a very enjoyable evening
Everything was nice but waitress was really curt and disinterested. Had an attitude.
Best experience we’ve had in Portland in awhile. The ambiance of the neighbor bar was amazing and everything we ate and drank was 5 star as was the service. Thanks for a date night to remember.
First time at this restaurant and I can't wait to go back. Food was outstanding!
Sat at the bar and had an amazing time. Ordered an appy, a pasta, a entree and a side and it was an amazing value. The crab fettuccine with fennel cream was the standout for me, but all of them being delicious. The only slight annoyance was how much they were charging for wines by the glass, but is easily avoided by getting a bottle and taking the rest home; easy peasy. Super memorable meal, highly recommended.
The food and desert were very good, and the portion sizes were perfect.
Loved our meal! It was delicious and so incredibly unique. The bummer was the fact that protein substitutions are not something they like to do. It made me order I different item entirely :( But the experience was still okay.
Good pizza. Other dishes are hit or miss. Our spare ribs were tasty but fatty and it was only about three pork ribs. One pasta dish was tasty, the other ordinary. Drinks were over priced. Deserts were delicious.
Had a great time as usual. Food was excellent and drinks refreshing.
Ridiculously above and beyond dining experience!!!
Lucked out with gnocchi night. All were different and delicious and meal was thoroughly enjoyed by all
My mushroom pizza was delicious. We love Nostrana in spite of the noise level . Our only complaint is the cost of wine. It doesn't need to be so expensive. Please add a less expensive choice.
Terrific spot for sharing an evening with friends!
Wonderful server, outstanding sommelier, well-designed and executed recipes made from marvelous ingredients.
The only ding was our wait to be seated which was 15 minutes and that was with reservations. The fault lay with preceding diners that didn't want to leave, but the restaurant should plan for such occurrences by managing the number and timing of reservations available.
Great food. Great service. Waiter outstanding! We always go to Nostrana before theater, birthdays and just because lunch.