Nostrana

4.3
3400 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3400 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.3
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4.0
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4.0
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Kramer
Portland
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal last night at Nostrana. It was a bit cold since we were in the open corner. Even with heater....can’t wait to go back though!

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vipMichaelR
Portland
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dining. Even in a tent!

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WendyW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have eaten here pre pandemic and that experience was absolutely amazing . This experience was not as good because it was outside and the menu was a bit disappointing. I am gluten and dairy free and there was only one option for my main course-- it was delicious , I just like more options . That day there was only one choice for a secundo platter-- the other had sold out . When we dinner in --we had at least 4 or 5 choices. My son and his girlfriend remarked that the pizza wasn't quite as good. The radicchio salad was epic however as was the negroni. Over all a great choice for a Pandemic destination Celebration meal

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Jimmy
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as alway. The outdoor seating is very nice and all works very smoothly.

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JohnE
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to have Nostrana back even in pandemic tent format, which they’ve done a great job with.

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vipARTIE
Portland
27 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic. Super safe with many CoVid protocols. Food was tasty, service was great, and as much ambiance as possible. Great time!

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vipDateNightbyBike
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and COVID Safe dining experience. Nostrana never disappoints.

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HeidiR
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The space felt very safe and the processes used for ordering and serving kept us distanced from our server. There was plenty of air flow in the tent outside to feel safe but it was also plenty warm for a March evening. The food was delicious, although the desserts were not at the same level as the mains.

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vip2dineout
Portland
50 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Once again a delicious meal. We decided to eat family style, so we’re able to partake of several dishes. They were all wonderful. Be sure to try the crab pizza!
Super careful protocol for Covid 19, protecting employees and customers.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing

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vipCathyK
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We understand that service is different with COVID considerations, but Nostrana was just off. We read about their lack of "table side service" before we went, but the experience was even more lackluster than expected. First issue, when they confirmed the reservation 2 days prior, they provided a menu in the confirmation. Given that they are operating on a limited menu, and you have a limited seating time, it seems like the menu they provide you upon reservation would be the same menu they are serving the evening of your reservation - it isn't. Upon arrival at our table we were provided with a QR code. You're encouraged to order everything you want, all the way from appetizers through dessert when you place your order and pay. Additionally, the app requests the tip up front. We all reviewed the menu (which was not the same as the one provided earlier) and my husband was hoping to order the bone in ribeye, which was not available as the menu was different. They were already sold out of his second choice, so he ordered his third choice. We tipped 20% up front, but would not have given the issues we experienced. We requested our salad and appetizer pizzas to arrive around the same time. They delivered our salad, and gave our pizzas to the wrong table. They then brought the bottle of wine we ordered and left it on the side table. They came back 5 minutes later because they realized it wasn't the correct wine. Not sure how that happened, because everything you order is tied to a QR code, which is tied to a table number, which is sitting on a stand on your table. We all ordered the same main course. When the meal arrived, 2 of our meals were hot enough and one was stone cold. The food was good, but the main meal portion was much smaller than our many past visits. We all left hungry. This was our 5th visit to Nostrana, so we know how good it can be, and it just wasn't this time.

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DianeM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nostrana is doing a terrific job of COVID protocols while bringing back dining in a tented space with heat lamps.

DH
DamariusH
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The pizza was absolutely amazing! That the pasta felt like home 💜 it was truly amazing I highly recommend this place I can see myself becoming a regular.

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ElizabethC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Our first pandemic meal and everything felt so special and safe. Thank you thank you.

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AVCallahan
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Nostrana provided such a well thought out and perfectly executed covid dining experience! This was our first date night in over a year and they made it perfect! The bartender even made me a vodka gimlet by squeezing fresh lime juice since they weren't stocked for this cocktail. No safety concerns whatsoever. They made a great investment to continue to provide their usual delicious cuisine in a new and wonderful outdoor atmosphere! Thanks all!

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vipMeeshPDX
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I usually enjoy Nostrana for pasta, pizza and salads. The radicchio salad was great, as always, but the trout I ordered this time was dry and overcooked and the garbonzo dish on the side was just "meh." Not worth $28. Next time I'll stick to reliable standbys.

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vip2dineout
Portland
51 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our dinner in the tent was a bit nippy, but the food was delicious, the service excellent snd the Covid precautions impressive.

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JimF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were disappointed. This is one of our favorite restaurants; our previous experiences have been consistently five star. The salads, appetizers and dessert were up to their usual standards but the entrées were not that good. I had a ribeye steak which was thin with a sauce that was mediocre. The system they had for operating during Covid seemed excessively cautious. With no paper menus, we had to figure out on our own how to use the QR codes to peruse the menu and make our selections. It was very cumbersome. And the fact that the waitresses would not put our food on our table but put it on a table next to us for us to retrieve also seemed excessive. The staff was very nice and accommodating but the whole experience was very distracting. We will definitely go back but not until their operation and menu selections are something close to normal.

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NicoleH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have done an amazing job of making a dining experience feel safe during the pandemic. From the drink small upon arrival to the side service table everything was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best covid dining set up. Many thanks for the excellent service and experiences in these times.

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vipOlivegirl2
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

When our food arrived, none of it was very hot. I’m sure traveling from the kitchen to the parking lot is part of that. But cold pizza isn’t appealing and Luke warm pasta is just ok. We won’t come back till we can sit inside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love their home fresh pasta and pizzas!

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KaraV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dining experience. I only wish that we could stay longer than 90 minutes.

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Morgan
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, adorable covered outdoor seating area with plenty of room.

MH
MarkH
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food delivered in a wonderfully creative way.

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LuigiB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nostrana is more than just a culinary experience, it's a place for the soul. The staff is always incredibly warm and personable and the food is consistently top notch. The inside is cozy and harmonious.

More than a restaurant, Nostrana is a food mecca. If you like a superb, Pacific Northwestern interpretation of authentic Italian cuisine, then you have found a rare gem.

The food is made with mostly local/regional produce and, while every dish on the menu traces its roots back to the authentic Italian equivalent, there is always some playfulness and an original touch (whether it's the presentation or the use of an unexpected ingredient) in the way the food is prepared that makes it always delightful to the palate and a true taste discovery journey.

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vipMichaelR
Portland
47 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since the start of COVID and the restrictions placed on restaurants, Nostrana has continually knocked it out of the park with outside dining, exceptional take out and take and bake meals for two people. Our most recent experience was with the outside dining where we were socially distant from other diners, warm and cozy in the large well ventilated tend and served fantastic food from the online menu. (You order and pay for the food, it's brought to you and placed on a table next to yours and you serve yourself.) All in all, the meal was perfect, the atmosphere wonderful and the experience cemented our plan to return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice complimentary dessert for birthday guest. Awkward wait for our table- previous diners lingering exceptionally long which made our wait well past our reservation time. Apparently they were not able to accommodate us at a different table location. They ultimately set up a table outside the tent for the diners who were still conversing and then we just had to wait for the staff to clean the table for us.

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MeganR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This is my fav restaurant, but that night wasn't one of my favorites there. Just didn't have options that appealed to me.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food & amazing staff, so grateful they are still open & serving in person again!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining set up for Covid safety is actually quite beautiful. The tent is pretty and the floor looks tiled. Nice heaters and good ventilation. The food was as excellent as always from the Negronis to start, the radicchio salad and then the fungi and arugula pizza. Of course we ended with the butterscotch buddino. The staff was wonderful. We love Nostrana and the new Covid protocols took nothing away from the dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely!
Warm welcome.
Very consistent in all regards.
Will look forward to returning!

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KimoP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, outdoor heated lovely. We had the goat cheese pappradelle, amazing and a perfectly prepared steak

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AmyP
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love love this place. Best salad (the Nostrana) best pizza, best fresh pasta. And gawd, the hot crisp!! It isn't free though, so save up your pennies before you come...

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TylerC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Nostrana did a fantastic job all around! Always excited to return.

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Joetherob
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I'm stuck on the same dinner over and over but it's so good, I don't need anything else. The mushroom pizza and Salade Nostrana.

TG
TaylorG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED our dining experience here!!! The ambiance was great in the outdoor tent with string lights (especially for COVID times...), the food was incredible, and the mulled wine was perfect. We will absolutely be back!

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PeterS
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nostrana is our favorite restaurant in Portland, with reliable, high-quality Italian staples. They did the best job we've seen so far of creating a covid-safe dining experience in the tent in their parking lot.

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AshleyB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here once before and am very impressed by the food! Everything was delicious. I was even more impressed at the level of safety in regards to COVID-19 changes. They took steps to limit waiter interactions at the table by having us order and pay online and would bring dishes to a nearby table which we could grab from. I was very impressed. We were seated outside though and it was pretty cold and there weren't any heaters; that was the only negative for the evening. Would absolutely recommend it, just bring a jacket!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Nostrana using the Order Online button. Nostrana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 234-2427.

Nostrana is rated 4.3 stars by 3400 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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