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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Always reliable and always good.
Nostrana is consistently outstanding— the food, beverages, ambience, as well as excellent service!
We had a lovely lunch that our server made sure moved at a comfortable pace so we could all catch up. The food was lovely per usual, meatball Mondays are the best and our server made sure we all got exactly what we wanted and needed.
One of the best possible dining experiences in SE Portland.
Just go. You'll understand.
Food was amazing! Very friendly staff and great ambiance. Highly recommend the lentil soup, fondue and oxtail ravioli. They were all something special.
I’ve dined at Nostrana multiple times in the past. My past experience have been very good to exceptional. My most recent experience wasn’t great but that’s not typical. I was seated on time. My appetizer was served quickly. The bottle of wine was a great recommendation from their sommelier. My reason for the less than ideal rating is due to my filet minion was served cold. My wife bolognese was perfect. Outside of my cold entrée the experience was fair.
Really pricey but if you can afford to splurge once in a while, it’s a delight at the end of the night, near closing time.
My wife and I both felt it was the best dinner we had in Portland! We'd return to Portland just to have another meal! Highly recommend!
Nostrana continues to deliver. High quality food with thought in an easy and refined atmosphere
I love Nostrana. The food is great and the ambience lovely. Good value for wonderful food. The gentleman at the host/hostess station was great. Our server answered all our questions and made good recommendations. If I have anything less positive to say it is just that our server didn't seem too happy to be there. I guess we all have our "off" days. Overall, we had a great experience.
I’ve been to this restaurant 6 times. The service has been absolutely hit and miss. The first time great, the next time poor, and this pattern has repeated. The food has usually been exceptional which is why I have ventured back. This last time the service was again pretty poor and the food was mediocre at best. Ravioli with sauce that was way too buttery, gnocchi??? that were anything but or close to resembling gnocchi. To finish it off, the panna cotta which was yogurt based was really a glorified yogurt that lacked enough gelatin and turned into a blop of yogurt. I will say the shiitake mushroom pizza was excellent. The server seemed like they need some training.
We have always enjoyed our food at Nostrana but are troubled by the lack of affordable wine options. We are retired and on a fixed budget and find that most restaurants we frequent offer an array of wine by the glass that include some priced slightly under $10 a glass. Nostrana’s list of by-the-glass choices begins at $12 and extends to $19. Bottles of wine are also very expensive. Thus, we don’t order wine which is usually part of our dining experience whether at a restaurant or at home.
Nostrana never fails to please. Service, ambiance, and food is wonderful. I always leave hoping to return soon.
Whenever my friend comes into town she always looks forward to dinner at Nostrana. Their food and service are consistently top tier when you think of the best restaurants in Portland. And once again Nostrana delivered. Our server Ivan was just the best! Attentive and professional. His food, wine and dessert suggestions were spot on. The entire dining experience was fantastic! Thank you to the Nostrana kitchen crew and Ivan for another lovely dinner!!
Service excellent...food excellent...table was tight...6 pax at a table for 4.
Will recommend highly to friends.
We had one of the best dinners, ever, on Feb 9 at Nostrana. Our server was great, the wine lady helped us get something my wife really liked, dinner was tremendous, dessert was excellent. I really like the high open ceiling, that seemed to help keep the packed house noise low enough I could talk to my wife and we could hear each other without raising our voices. And you have a parking lot! So nice in that part of town. The flat iron steak was very good, as was the smokey roasted chicken. We will be back!
I can always count on Nostrana to deliver a delicious meal, quality wines and great service.
Delightful! Thank you!!!
Sooooo delicious!!! Every single thing we ordered. The wine was perfectly paired. Dessert was perfection!!! Nostrana is a must!!!
It was great. We had Jazmine as a server and she was amazing. Our food was delicious. I wish they had the octopus but we all appreciated the food we got. Thanks xo
Drinks & food were great. Best food we had were the delicious crab cakes!! Took a bit to get seated, but experience overall was great!
Pasta was excellent!
One of my favorite places in the city!
Excellent Food, great wine selection an a wicked Old Fashion. Service was good but felt rushed “ eat & go” NOW.
Place is very busy. Always a good sign that you are in a great restaurant.
Great food. Top-notch service.
It's always good to go to a place that has been around so long and see that the standards that made it great are still in place. I have eaten at Nostrana many times and it is always top notch!
What a great place for dinner!! Never disappointed in the amazing food. Would love if they created a whole vegetable entree. Possibly roasted veggies with perhaps eggplant or zucchini with marinara. Service was absolutely slammed the evening we went and didn't see the server very often. Also, you have to ask for bread now since people were wasting it when given away for free. Great idea!! All in all, excellent.
Food was excellent. Service wasn't up to expectations. Server seemed not to take a liking to us for whatever reason. Might have been distracted, but oh well. Ambiance is nice. Crowded and noisy though but I suppose that is to be expected.
Josh, the host was so welcoming. Dakota, our server, was phenomenal. She helped us with the wine list, which was a bit intimidating. She also seamlessly added an additional last minute guest to our table. The salads, pizza, bread and cocktails were exquisite for our friends’s 50th birthday lunch. Thank you, Josh, Dakota and the Nostrana family for making the meal so wonderful.
I have been going to Nostrana for years, but overtime the portions and service have steadily gone down.
Great food, excellent service and had their own parking lot! We had a great time
The food was fantastic. We sat at the bar and our server was quick to take drink and food orders, but never invasive. One of the better meals that I have had in recent memory.
amazing food and great service awsome people work there
Great negroni, the best. Had gnocchi, just like moms.
If you have a gift card, this is a really solid restaurant to eat at. The food had great taste, the service was great, and the atmosphere was fun. The prices for portions however just aren't something I could ever justify out of my own wallet.
The menu changes (daily?), so these items may not all be available during your visit - however, visit you must! I'm going to start with my dish, the duck ragu tagliatelle. This is one of my favorite pastas, and now I'm going to have a hard time finding a better tagliatelle dish anywhere. The pasta was thin and melted in my mouth. Don't know how long the ragu takes to make, but the richness and depth of flavor make this one of the best meals I've ever had. The other pasta dish was the goat cheese -stuffed pappardelle; again, the chef and team turned out an absolutely wonderful pasta dish. We started with the Insalata Nostrana; the radicchio provided an excellent base for their cæsar-style dressing. I don't get to Portland often, and I know it's full of excellent restaurants, but I'll have a tough time finding another meal to top this one.
Good and tasty
Duh! Most favorite, consistently awesome, wonderful service, never let you down restaurant ever!!!
Love this place only downside is that there was a screaming baby next to us that made our meal almost unbearable.