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The main Nostrana Dining Room (March 2022) - Nostrana, Portland, OR

Nostrana

4.7
4.7
5230 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
We're currently reserving indoor tables and bar seating. When available, outdoor patio reservations may be subject to weather disruptions.

A Service Charge of 22% is applied to all checks at Nostrana, providing a professional and equitable wage for all team members.

Nostrana—literally ours—invokes local. Simple food from honest ingredients. Pure, regional, Italian. 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 58 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (503) 234-2427
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Bryan Donaldson; Chef/Owner Cathy Whims
  • Private party facilities
    At Enoteca Nostrana, our new wine bar and events space, we offer two private dining rooms for 30 person seated events with a full bar. The main dining room at Nostrana is available for buyouts accommodating up to 80 seated guests.
  • Private party contact
    Nostrana Events Coordinator: (503) 234-2427
  • Neighborhood
    Southeast Portland
  • Cross street
    SE 14th Ave
  • Parking details
    We offer a free private lot and ample free street parking.
  • Public transit
    Tri-met bus line 15 stops at our front door.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Semi-Private Dinner for Larger Parties

    $75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us opposite our cellar at Enoteca Nostrana for semi-private dinners perfect for your larger size party. Your menu comprises four courses, representing the best of classic and seasonal Nostrana offerings, including family-style pizza and salad courses, followed by individual main and dessert courses. Preview the menu: https://nostrana.com/bigdinner A 22% Service Charge is added to all checks at Nostrana, providing a robust wage for all team members.
    Semi-Private Dinner for Larger Parties Photo

Offers

  • Dealer's Choice Happy Hour at the Enoeca Bar

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Sat - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Join us at Enoteca bartop for Happy Hour, 5 – 6 pm. Selected wines are dealer’s choice, ever-rotating fresh flavors, featured alongside some all-time Nostrana favorites at a roaring discount. To participate, be sure to make your reservation for the Bar at Enoteca.

    Dealer's Choice Happy Hour at the Enoeca Bar Photo

What 5,230 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Portland / Oregon

    Most Booked

  • Portland

    Great for fine wines

  • Portland

    Italian

  • Portland

    Most Booked

5,230 Reviews
  1. Everitt

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    🚨 Attenzione!! 🚨 If you have been sleeping on Nostrana, this is the push to get you there! Sat at the Rooster Bar 🐓 Our server was Molly, professional yet charismatic and very smart. Eat the fettuccine if they have it, followed by a perfect steak and mash potatoes 🥩 🥔 Had literal dreams about the pistachio cheesecake (special item) 🌈 Don’t walk, run! 🏃‍♂️

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  2. AnnaK

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nostrana is a pleasure for the palate and the soul

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  3. GeorgeE

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    From salad to entrees to dessert, food was delicious. Not sure I like their policy of charging an automatic 22% tip to all diners, but service was good.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server tonight was super nice and helpful! We asked her to surprise us with a dish and the recommendation was great!!

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  5. RubyLover

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, experience was very enjoyable. Our only "issue" was that our masked server spoke so quietly that we had a very difficult time hearing her, and interacting. But, she was attentive and professional and prompt.

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  6. KayC

    Portland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have dined at Nostrana many times. Last night was disappointing. Neither of us enjoyed our meals, and it was a birthday celebration Monday night splurge. I wouldn't recommend. Regrets, Kay Campbell

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  7. Esteban

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I regret going here for sure. We had tickets for a 10:00 pm show right down the street so figured an 8pm reservation would give us plenty of time but that was not the case. The 2 of us waited a half hour after our dining room reservation time with multiple other people asking how much longer they would have to wait in the tiny packed waiting area or outside in the cold. Eventually they sat us at the bar next door since no one knew how much longer it was going to be until a table would be ready. We sat on the uncomfortable stools next to the drafty front door for another hour before our food came. Unfortunately the pasta dishes were cold and we had to gulp them down in five minutes and leave. My wife had her after dinner espresso before our entrees arrived. For a place that is supposed to be award winning and is not cheap it was not a good experience to choke down a pile of cold pasta and rush out the door after you have been there for an hour and a half already. Nostrana used to be a favorite but they clearly overbook the seats and cannot keep up in the kitchen and waitstaff. The one bright spot was our bartender who was great and gave us some free lemoncello shots as an apology. Definitely wish we had just left and went to burgerville

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  8. Claire

    Portland

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The sommelier helped us choose a nice bottle of wine that fit our budget and we really enjoyed. Two of us shared the charcuterie board, which was nice and neither mingy nor too much food. We shared a green funghi pizza, stuffed parpadelle, grilled steak, and sautéed spinach. It was all delicious and plenty of food for two hungry adults. Our server was wonderful, friendly and helpful, also patient.

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  9. Ferrinl

    Portland

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time sitting at the bar on the Enoteca side. It’s very quiet and you get some great time with the service staff including the bar tender. We loved the pizza and fish pasta. Wonderful selection of wine as well.

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  10. Kathleen

    Portland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we walked in the door to the end of our dinner the experience was fantastic. Our server Molly made us feel very comfortable and she was always on point with her service. We can't wait to go back!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nostrana is always a great spot! We love coming back. The service, food and drinks are always amazing!

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  12. Smith

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I'm all for fair wages and tipping generously, but not so keen on their set inclusive tip of 22% for two at the bar. The service was fair when not inattentive and the bill was nice and high. If your reservation is for a birthday, they bring a lounge candle in the shape of a chicken. Hmmm. I think it was all a bit over rated.

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  13. MichaelO

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We've dined there 5-6 times over the years and every next visit it seems the food quality has decreased while the prices increased, on some menu items, substantially. New this time was the restaurant sending a text after we made reservations on Open Table requiring a confirmation within 2 hours or the reservation would be cancelled. I'm not married to my cell phone and it was by sheer luck I saw the text in time. The food's always been good, but not exceptional. This time, one of our party order the pasta special. The temp was inconsistent, a bit cold in the middle and largely bereft of the crab described by the wait staff. The consistent hits on their menu are the desserts and pizzas. This visit was no exception. The sommelier was great and recommended a wonderful wine we wouldn't have otherwise chosen. The bar's drinks are as expected for the price, but again, not different than most establishments in Portland. All in all, this may have been our last visit. With so many choices and new places in town to try, Nostrana has lost its luster competing in the price range it does. I guess I'm still really put out by the restaurant's 2 hour or automatic cancellation text of the reservation I had almost literally just made on Open Table. It made the little flaws and disappointments stand out that much more. $200 for one couple's dinner bill, one can do so much more and better in Portland these days.

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  14. Jonathan

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Front door staff did not accommodate my reservation. We arrived 15 minutes early and still had to wait 45 minutes at the door for our table. The front of house was prioritizing people late for their reservation over ours. Also, people walking in without reservations were seated before us.

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  15. PatrickD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Solid. Nice wine. Food was so-so. Chicago Italian in Oregon... maybe went in with too high of expectation

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  16. KimK

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nostrana remains one of our favorite restaurants. Has been for years. Beautifully fresh and creative dishes. Wonderful selection of wines. Amazing staff. Love them.

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  17. CynthiaF

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, wonderful service and welcoming staff; delicious food; delightful atmosphere. Nostrana is always a winner.

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  18. SarahB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the servers were very informative.

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  19. NormanW

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nostrana is just classic Portland dining at its finest. We sat at the bar which is infinitely more fun because you can chat with the fun bartender and watch her work her magic. The food was fantastic from the fresh baked focaccia to the unrivaled insalata Nostrana to the spaghetti with meatballs and the straw and hay with Dungeness crab. The apple and quince crisp was a perfect ending to a perfect meal.

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  20. Marshall

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nostrana is consistently wonderful! The fried oysters we had last night were high quality and extremely flavorful. The radicchio salad is, as always, to die for. It’s really nice they’re open Monday, and the “meatball Monday” menu items are a great idea. Once again, bravo to Nostrana, our favorite Portland restaurant!

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  21. Recommended

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food. I've been craving the radicchio ceasar salad ever since...

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  22. Anatase

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a delicious and wonderful experience. Hubby liked his food. He thinks his entree could be a bit more balanced. We think it could from a minor change from the mashed potatoes to roasted ones because he cannot eat cheese. Scallops were the best I have ever had.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    There were 6 of us celebrating my husband’s birthday. We had great food, drinks and enjoyed the ambiance. The Enoteca is quiet and more relaxing than the large room at Nostrana. We enjoyed our time there. The only thing we’d suggest is faster service.

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  24. ManuelC

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I have been going to Nostrana for many years now. When we have out of town visitors or special occasions, Nostrana is the place that will not disappoint. I only wish the restaurant was open longer to allow more customers to experience the wonderful food created at Nostrana. Manuel Castaneda

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  25. Mimi

    Portland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a group of 14 in the semi-private dining area. It was an excellent experience- the staff was friendly, efficient and accommodating. The food was delicious. We were treated very well and I won’t hesitate to reserve it again.

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  26. SaraK

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love Nostrana! It's my go to for out of town guests or for treating friends or family members to a special meal! Great food, great drinks, awesome service, and I cannot wait for it to get warm again so we can enjoy dinner and drinks outside on their patio!

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  27. AbbyC

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We come to visit Oregon from Arizona once to twice a year. We always fly in to Portland and then drive to Seaside where we stay which is about 1.5 - 1.75 hours away. We love Nostrana’s so much that we make that drive back to Portland one or two times during our stay just for the food, ambiance and personality of the staff! Make sure to make your reservations far in advance because there is a reason it books up fast! The pizza, the pasta, the gelato, it’s all amazing!!! We have zero complaints!! We WISH Nostrana would move to the east valley of Arizona!!!!

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  28. PDXFoodFan

    Portland

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful room, very good wine and food selection. Nostrana salad was very tart and a bit overdressed but the 47th Ave chicory salad was perfect. Mushroom pizza wonderful, mushrooms perfect. Sommalier very helpful, chose a perfect wine for our dinner. The wait between courses was long. A very good experiemce. Recommended.

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  29. Garbanzo

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff was lovely but very overpriced for what it was.

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  30. andyn

    Portland

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite spots in Portland, Oregon. Wine list is great complete with Amaro's and grappa's. Wood fired pizza's are among the very best and the mains are always excellent. Gnocchi Thursday is our favorite as the various gnocchi offerings are outstanding. If you are visiting Portland this is a must go. If you live in Portland consider yourself lucky.

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  31. bradf

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ben had a great demeanor Great timing of things showing up and checkins

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food great wine list and very knowledgeable on the wines

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  33. MarshaC

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. We will definitely return.

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  34. larryh

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this restaurant....but $400 for two (with paired wine for one) for a solid but average dinner was just too much....don't wish to be a downer, sorry

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  35. MarkM

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful Valentine's dinner. Very pricy but very good. Wine pairing selections were excellent.

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  36. MichaelR

    Portland

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as always, Nostrana shined during it's special Valentines day meal. From beginning to end, we felt the love as we sipped champagne, dined on a delicious three course meal and enjoyed the attention given to us (and everyone else) by the staff. I have been a long time customer of this wonderful establishment and the Valentine meal just cemented my belief that Nostrana is the best restaurant in Portland.

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  37. Nickman

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal, service and ambiance! One of the best Valentine's Day prefix meals ever!

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  38. DjG10

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I was not impressed with the service I received when it came to the timing of the food. After the apps it took a long time to get our main course. people around us got their food before us and we ordered before them. We were given a comp glass of champagne for the delay but it still came 15-20 after that. Then we were asked to hurry up while I waited for my card to be processed by a manager. This took another 10-15 minutes. This was my first time here. Geez.

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  39. StevenP

    Portland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service, as always. Pretty expensive.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Expensive for what it is, ambience was nice though, service was average

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Nostrana is rated 4.7 stars by 5230 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 58 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Nostrana

1401 SE Morrison, Portland, OR 97214

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    SE 14th Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Southeast Portland
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    We offer a free private lot and ample free street parking.
  • Public transit
    Tri-met bus line 15 stops at our front door.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Bryan Donaldson; Chef/Owner Cathy Whims
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (503) 234-2427
  • Private party facilities
    At Enoteca Nostrana, our new wine bar and events space, we offer two private dining rooms for 30 person seated events with a full bar. The main dining room at Nostrana is available for buyouts accommodating up to 80 seated guests.
  • Private party contact
    Nostrana Events Coordinator: (503) 234-2427
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